Spaldings has been appointed national UK and Ireland dealer for the German-made Pfanzelt tractor-mounted logging winches for forests, farms and estate woodlands.
Complementing the TMC Cancela heavy duty scrub mowers and forestry shredders that Spaldings also distribute, the Pfanzelt S-Line and Profi tractor-mounted geared cable winches are designed for extracting timber from awkward felling locations and skidding out of woodland to a trackside loading point.
The S-Line single drum models come in three sizes with 5.0t, 6.0t and 7.2t of pulling power, while the eight single- and twin-drum models in the Profi range span 7.0t to 10.2t single drum and 6.0t to 8.5t double drum. Remote wireless control means the winches can be used by one operator and cables from 70m to 100m long are wrapped on relatively large diameter drums to minimise the number of layers.
An automatic brake is fitted to the in-feed pulley to maintain tension between the cable and drum should the line go slack when winding-in logs downhill. Tractor pto drive to the cable drums is transferred by an oil-immersed worm gear and controlled through wet multi-disc clutch and brake mechanisms that can be fine-tuned using a three-stage clutch-brake switching mechanism for different winching situations.
Storage compartments are built in for a chain saw and fuel can, and for tools and other items in another two lidded compartments. Prices start at £7,700 for a 5t S-Line winch, and £20,850 for an 8.6t Profi single-drum model.