HSM 208F 10t with a new 4 cylinder Volvo Penta EU Stage V 175 kW / 238hp Engine and traction auxiliary winch

HSM 208F 10t with a new 4 cylinder Volvo Penta EU Stage V

Hohenloher Spezial-Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.KG  (HSM) 208F is a powerful forwarder for extracting both short wood and long log poles.

The company was founded in 1967 by the brothers Friedrich-Karl Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg and Prince Hubert zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg for the sale, distribution, customer service and development of machines for forestry management. This was backed by the families 200 years of sustainable forestry management.

In 1996 the next generation of the Hohenlohe-Waldberg family joined the company: Prince Felix zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg who assumed the responsibility for managing HSM after graduating as an engineer and graduate industrial engineer.

Prinz Felix is still at the helm of this successful forestry manufacturer and when I visited their factory in Neu-Kupfer in 2016 they were manufacturing 120 machines a year with each one built to order.

The narrow design with wide tyres offers low ground pressure and makes this forwarder a good choice for both thinning and clearfelling on all soil types.

The powerful, economic Volvo Penta 4-cylinder engine with its optimised hydrostatic drive and high performing hydraulic system offer excellent productivity for professional operators.

The HSM weighs 16,200kg (in standard form) and has several tyre options from 710mm with an overall width of 2600mm up to 870mm with an overall width of 2900mm.

It can be equipped with special bunks so that the BigFoot version (with 940mm wide tyres but still under 3m total width) can be driven using specially developed 1340 mm wide band tracks. With the wide tracks it has an overall width of 3,400mm.

This forwarder was supplied with the HSM Force Synchro Drive integrated traction winch system with optimised efficiency for safely manoeuvring on steep ground. It is fitted with automatic rope coiling to maximise cable life and has an integrated camera with lighting so the operator can keep a watchful eye on the winch when in use.

It has articulated frame steering with a 45° steering angle, a NAF two speed transfer gearbox with HSM high speed drive, first gear is 0-14km/hr and second gear is 0-30km/hr.

The bogies are NAF portal bogie axles with switchable diff locks, the weight distribution is 60% to the front axle and 40% to rear axle.

The hydraulic system has works with a load sensing variable pump with a flow rate of 232l/min at 1600rpm with a maximum of 350 bar pressure.

The standard crane is the Epsilon M70 F80 with a reach of 8m but other cranes from Epsilon and Mesera are available with various lifting options and up to 10.1m reach.

There are many extras available for this forwarder including; front blade, bogielift, tilting kingpost, quick change system from forwarder bunks to clambunk, cabin suspension, radio control for operating the winch, radio control for remote driving along with many others.

HSM build high specification machines to their customer’s individual requirements.


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