Above: “The new seat that was installed in1999 is far from comfortable today”, Erkki Rinne says. He still manages to do 20-hour shifts with it. Hats off!
That’s a remarkable amount of work hours for a single machine. Usually you can’t find used machines hours after 40,000+ hours, either the work hour meter just stops working – or the hour bookkeeping gets lost. That is not the case with this Norcar 600 owned by Erkki Rinne as the machine is taken well care of, it even has the original Diesel engine.
“I bought this machine from Logset in 1999, it had 12,000 hours on it. We have made full maintenance for main engine few years ago, at 56,000 hours. Every time we have fixed something, we have also upgraded it. I think it just got better with age,” Erkki laughs.
Erkki likes the agility and the weight of the machine, it works really well for the soft grounds he drives. Also Logset’s service has worked really well.
“I have always had help and answers when I’ve needed them. You don’t find new parts for machines this old. Nässlin (Lars-Erik) has always found out some refurbished parts for me somewhere, Erkki says.
“We have a skilled welder and workshop in my home town, Isojoki. We have done fixes there when needed. I’ve got more power and usability by replacing bigger oil cooler and engine coolers, also air conditioning is upgraded. The crane is still original, we have replaced only the turntable. Body needs some welding from time to time, it is not surprising when talking about a 30-year old machine.
“Next summer we will replace the main engine, I have another one with less kilometres in stock, I bought it from the Koivulahti factory a few years ago. With a new engine we will easily drive as long as needed before my retirement,” says Erkki Rinne.
As usual in Finland, Logset staff ordered a cream cake for the 80,000 hour celebration at Logset Service headquarters in Vanha Vaasa, Finland. Lots of all-time Logsetters were involved, plus the whole service personnel were present. Retired mechanic Ralf Westlin, who knows Norcar machines very well was pleased to meet old customers. Parts manager Lars-Erik Nässlin and Arto Luoma have been working at Logset trough it’s whole history.
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“This must be the last ones of Norcars ever made, this is made in 1991,” says Lars-Erik Nässlin. “Trying to find parts to this old lady, it is like detective work!“
Norcar made a total of 500 units. Logset service has taken care of them since start of the company in 1992.
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