In collaboration with the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, Deere has announced that it is has developed Smooth Boom Control (SBC) for its M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and MH-Series Tracked Harvesters. This feature will come standard on new tracked feller bunchers and harvesters, or as an upgrade for existing M- and MH-Series machine owners.
The Smooth Boom Control system is designed to respond to operator commands while smoothing out the acceleration and deceleration of hydraulic functions on the machine to improve overall control. The software also refines the motion of the boom, swing, and travel functions using advanced signal control to keep the machine ready at a moment's notice. There is a significant improvement in overall joystick and foot pedal response as well, which reduces the signal delay at the start and end of each command.
"Machine response is important to efficient machine operation, especially when working in challenging conditions day in and day out," said Jim O'Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. "With SBC, we're improving machine functionality, making operation easier on both the operator and machine. As a result, operators can control the machine movements more effectively, especially when reversing motions. SBC delivers a smoother experience for the operator and less wear and tear on the machine over time."
Tracked feller bunchers and harvesters now have SBC software readily available. To learn more about the Smooth Boom Control system, in addition to Deere's full lineup of forestry machinery, contact your local dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com.