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Madill Bunchers?

Discussion in 'Forestry Equipment' started by Chopper95, May 30, 2019.

  1. Chopper95

    Chopper95 Well-Known Member

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    I have a chunk of time being around the loaders and swingers; was always impressed with the serviceability and stoutness for racking up hours.

    In the market for a used buncher to get going on my own, didn't know how fast I should be running from the thought of snagging a 2200 or 2250 tilter? Most of the machines are in that 15xxx-20xxx hour range for my budget.

    Just curious if there's anything serious to watch out for on these machines compared to others. Otherwise looks like it'll be a Timbco…
     
  2. Hallback

    Hallback Senior Member

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    If you have quite a bit of work lined up don't even mess around with a used buncher. My first one was a used machine and it would have driven me to Bankruptcy Court have I not gotten rid of it and bought a new one.
     
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  3. Plebeian

    Plebeian Senior Member

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    Madill have stopped making FBs which might mean they are a legacy product rather than a focus product now.

    See the issues Logger Wage has had with the JD FB, replaced close to every hose on the machine, a valve bank has started leaking majorly in a recent vid. (Now we blowed our top!!!)

    Get a better chainsaw? - some of the new release chainsaws from the big brands over the past year have fairly good performance.
    Chile firewood - TC LS855C with 5195 with T-Winch (gets silly after 10 mins with the vid reversed)

     
  4. alco

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    In all fairness, that machine is too small for the wood they’re handling, and they are beating the hell out of it because of that. Also, it was a used machine that seemed to have been a bit abused.
     
  5. Plebeian

    Plebeian Senior Member

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    Eltec 317 tilter back to back height check with TC LS855E
     

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  6. Plebeian

    Plebeian Senior Member

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    And other side
     

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  7. Hallback

    Hallback Senior Member

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    Can't beat a Tigercat.
     
  8. Skeans1

    Skeans1 Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never seen a dealer for Eltec.
     
  9. Mike L

    Mike L Senior Member

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    Eltec is a fairly new company but they have some dealers out there and they are a very well built machine. They started out by buying the Volvo Feller buncher and made some huge improvements
     
  10. Hallback

    Hallback Senior Member

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    Nope, never seen an Eltec in the woods either. After my little run with the Barko, I will never have another machine that does not have excellent top-notch Factory support in our area.
     
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  11. Plebeian

    Plebeian Senior Member

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    Eltec are only putting out about 40 machines a year. They probably would not wish to sell a machine into an area where they cannot find a service provider to give top level back up. only the 2nd eltec tilter made, with 750 woodsman pro 750 processing head in one of nz's tougher forests.