Attachments, Excavators, Farm Machinery

Sawquip LogRipper excavator saws add versatility

Sawquip’s LogRipper excavator saw range provides a high level of versatility for Australian farmers needing to cut large logs

Not all Australian farmers own the same types of machinery, meaning any attachment manufacturer that can adapt to different market segments is at an advantage.

Sawquip recognises this, with a range of products that includes towable bench saws along with specific models suited to telehandlers and excavators.

It is this latter product line – the LogRipper excavator wood saw – that is most popular with rural contractors, being perfectly suited to the unique needs of Australian farms.

While the benefits of its other products are immediately obvious, such as the portability of the towable bench saws or the significant heights which the telehandler saw can reach, the LogRipper excavator saw is renowned for its versatility and its workmanlike nature.

“The good thing about the LogRipper is that because it is on an excavator, it’s very manoeuvrable and precise,” Sawquip technical sales manager Troy Pilcher says.

“You’ve obviously got a bit of a circular motion on an excavator and, depending on your purpose, you can also track along a log quite easily.

“It is easy to process limbs on the ground and do farm property clean up.

“You can very easily get the saw where you want it and cut up your rounds, trim limbs off trees and access hard-to-reach areas.

“Our telehandler saw is a really good unit too, but the excavator saw does tend to be more versatile and a little bit quicker when you’re cutting up a log.”

The LogRipper X12 with Extended Log Tooth, mounted on an 8-tonne excavator at Sydney’s Diesel Dirt & Turf show. Image: Sawquip

Sawquip’s LogRipper range comes in four models – the X09, X12, X15 and X18 – ensuring there is a size suited to all farm needs.

The X09 has a 900mm tungsten-tipped blade and a 370mm cut capacity.

Its requirement for a 60-110L/min hydraulic flow means it is best suited to excavators between 3.5 and 8 tonnes, according to Sawquip.

Stepping up a model, the X12 offers a wider 1,220mm tungsten-tipped blade and a 500mm cut capacity, requiring between 110-150L/min of hydraulic flow and being suited to excavators between 8 and 13 tonnes.

Sawquip’s two largest models – the X15 and X18 – have 1,520mm and 1,830mm tungsten-tipped blades respectively and cut capacities of 650mm and 800mm.

The hydraulic flow requirements of between 110-190L/min for the X15 and 130- 300L/min for the X18 makes these larger models suited to excavators between 10-25 tonnes and 13-30 tonnes respectively.

Pilcher says that while all four sizes have their unique benefits, the mid-range X12 and the smaller X09 has been the most popular, due to the size of excavators owned by Australian farmers.

“Choosing the right model depends on the size of excavator and the size of timber they’ve got,” he says.

“We find a lot of farmers have smaller excavators but regardless of the excavator size, we’ve got a blade to suit it.

“Sometimes customers do try to run a saw that’s far too big for that machine, which is why we always talk a customer through the options to help them find what is best.”

As Sawquip designs and manufactures all its products locally, and has done so for 20 years, the company is in a strong position to understand different needs and to supply products to suit – with the added confidence for customers of strong local backup.

The popular LogRipper X12 cutting dry ironbark in central New South Wales. Image: Sawquip

Pilcher says the LogRipper range appeals to Australian farmers, from hobbyists through to broadacre, with those running a small side business selling firewood having extra need for the excavator saw.

Some excavators or saw sizes will require a case drain line, Pilcher adds, which is a third line to return oil back to the tank.

An optional extra available with the excavator saw range is an extended log ripper arm – adding further versatility to its use by making large or difficult logs easier to handle.

“Instead of just a standard excavator hitch, it’s an extended arm that comes out the back pointing towards the excavator,” Pilcher says.

“That helps with rolling logs over and moving a log on the ground to get it into position, and is a really handy attachment because it does two things.

“It makes it easier to shift a log if it’s in the wrong position or if it’s a curly one, and secondly you’ll often get a log that’s a bit bigger than your saw.

“When you’ve done four or five cuts along the log, then it can be rolled over very easily using that tooth spike and that just makes it very convenient because you don’t have to take the saw off and swap over to a grab,” he says.

Sawquip’s LogRipper saws – along with its entire range – are manufactured in Australia and can be delivered nationwide.

Full service and maintenance is also offered on everything the company sells.

Sawquip’s full range can be viewed at www.sawquip.com.au

Sawquip’s LogRipper X09 cutting dry redgum in central Victoria. Image: Sawquip
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