Barko 270B: A logging processor built with purpose


Offering impressive horsepower, swing torque and tractive effort, the new Barko 270B logging processor is built specifically for its application.

The machine features a dangle head boom configuration for picking, delimbing, cut-to-length harvesting and stacking.

Powered by a 225-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine with SCR aftertreatment, the 270B offers excellent fuel economy and features large fuel and DEF tanks for longer job cycles between refills. A 91 cm-diameter auto-reversing fan with automatic blade pitch control further optimizes engine efficiency.

The hydraulic system on the 270B is designed to keep power constantly available, allowing operators to instantaneously shift from function to function without any of the delayed reactions common with the hydraulics on other machines. Responsive IQAN controls are customized to provide programmable settings for individual operators, along with machine diagnostics and troubleshooting.

The processor features load sensing hydraulics to automatically adjust performance according to the load. High pressure and high flow contribute to delivering more hydraulic horsepower to the attachment, while a dedicated pump runs the attachment without stealing power from the machine for other functions. Dual swing drives provide continuous rotation and high swing torque of 58,384 ft-lbf. Bare pin maximum lift capacity is 14,129 kg.

The Barko 270B provides firm, stable footing thanks to long tracks measuring 4.6 metres, along with a D7 undercarriage that offers ground clearance of 75 cm, an overall width of 3.8 metre, and max travel speed of 4.7 km/h. The unit delivers exceptional drawbar pull of 66,700 foot-pounds to handle hills and rough terrain with ease.

Side door entry provides easy access to the cab. Operator ergonomics are enhanced by a heated air-ride seat, cup holder, dome light and radio with an MP3 auxiliary input, AM/FM/WB, USB, XM-ready and Bluetooth. A 3 cm polycarbonate window and eight exterior LED lights provide added safety.

A forward-sliding design allows the cab to move up to 91 cm for easier machine servicing. As well, a large, hydraulically-operated gull swing door offers direct access to the engine compartment and hydraulic components. The gull wing serves as a convenient working platform and includes a slip-resistant walking surface.

An optional Proheat system is available to warm the engine, fuel tank and hydraulic tank in cold weather. Other performance and service options include a high pressure hydraulic filter for attachments, automatic fire suppression system, hydraulic tank vacuum pump, electric fill pump, boom lights, and various track shoe sizes and styles. Cab options include a rear-view camera with 15 cm display, CB radio, window reinforcement bars, oversized skylight, window shades and cab lights.