John Deere’s new forwarders pack power into a compact size

Equipped with “ultra-comfortable” cabs and available with a variety of boom, load space, axle and cabin options, the new 910G and 1010G forwarders from John Deere can be customized for different worksites or operational needs.

Available in a six-wheeled or eight-wheeled configuration, the 910G and 1010G models are ideal for early-to-late thinning operations and smaller end final felling applications.

“With the addition of the new 910G and 1010G forwarders, we are rounding out our forwarder product line to offer a solution for every logging operation,” said Niko Solopuro, product marketing manager of WCTL Forwarders and Automation.

“Compact in size, these versatile machines deliver power and productivity, even in the most demanding conditions. When in the woods, it is critical to have reliable equipment that ensures operators can efficiently finish jobs, no matter what they may face.”

New features for forwarders

Both machines feature an improved design, including a shorter frame in front of the engine to reduce overhang, which makes operation easier in challenging terrain. Balanced bogie axles, rigid front axles on the six-wheel model and an unbalanced front bogie axle option offer increased durability.

As well, the 1010G forwarder is designed for improved, terrain-friendly operation and performance in soft soil, and it’s available with a low-ground pressure rear bogie axle option.

The forwarders can also be equipped with one of two large load space options, narrow and wide, and the headboard offers better visibility to the load area.

The 910G and 1010G forwarders are available with a fixed or rotating and levelling cab. The rotating and levelling cabin helps the operator maintain the correct working posture to prevent stress on the back and shoulder areas, even on uneven terrain, and reduces vibration during operation.

A cab rotation of 290 degrees provides a better view of the boom and grapple, while large windows allow for nearly unrestricted all-around visibility. Equipped with ergonomic armrests, a fully adjustable air-cushioned seat and automated climate-control system, the cab reduces operator fatigue and increases productivity throughout the day.

John Deere 1010G Forwarder
John Deere 1010G Forwarder

Precise boom control

All booms come standard with precise boom control, and the CF5 boom is available with optional Intelligent Boom Control (IBC).

The IBC feature simplifies boom operation, automatically controlling the lift, slew and the extension of the boom based on the location of grapple, increasing accuracy, productivity, and, ultimately, the number of loads per each work shift.

With IBC, the operator no longer needs to control each independent boom joint movement separately, instead controlling the boom tip directly.

A forestry first for forwarders

Both forwarders are designed to enhance drivability and productivity, featuring a transmission with high tractive force and Adaptive Driveline Control (ADC). A first in the forestry industry, ADC improves drivability and productivity by allowing the operator to select the desired rpm setting (eco, normal, power) for the operating conditions. Once selected, the system automatically adjusts the engine’s rpms to correspond with the engine load.

In high-load situations, driveline control ensures that the diesel engine runs smoothly and uses the available maximum tractive force efficiently.


The 910G and 1010G models feature the TimberMatic control system, which includes a configurable user interface, cruise control and inclination display. MECA control modules, simple CAN busses and a streamlined electrical system improve the efficiency of machine functions. Furthermore, the machines are compatible with the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager technology offerings, which provides a streamlined software solution that enhances machine connectivity and communication.

An extension of the control system, the TimberMatic Maps solution utilizes a mobile network to share real-time information between machines, such as harvesters and forwarders, as well as with the managers in the office.

This data can be accessed using the TimberManager web-based solution, which allows the managers to follow progress of the work site, offering total visibility to the operation from the land harvest to the machines at work.

Watch the TimberMatic Maps video here: