June 2006 Glasgow Engineering was contacted by Blue Tier Logging and Komatsu to undertake a high-wide conversion to a Rotree cultivating excavator. This was a very interesting project which required the body of the excavator to be lifted up for clearing tree stumps and the track frame widened out to make the excavator more stable on hill sides. The excavator was driven into the company works and raised up on to a purpose built cradle, the track assemblies were then cut off and widened out and replated into position.
Glasgow Engineering received approval from Komatsu to undertake high wide conversions. The company developed the procedure which was documented and approved by Komatsu engineers in Japan. As a point of interest, during this time the Tasmanian forestry industry was directly employing more than 6000 people and over 10000 across the supply and value chains. The industry was contributing 1.6 billion dollars to Tasmania’s annual economy.