John Deere introduces new FR27 disc saw felling head

John Deere FR27

John Deere has announced its newest forestry attachment offering, the FR27 disc saw felling head.

Now standard on the John Deere 953M and 959M feller buncher models, and available as an upgrade on the on the 853M, 859M and 903M feller bunchers, this felling head attachment has a larger cut capacity compared to previous felling head models.

According to John Deere, the new FR27 builds upon the success of the FR24B as another solution aimed to increase productivity on the job.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance operator efficiency and machine capacity. By introducing a larger felling head solution to our lineup with the FR27, we are providing our customers with a larger, more durable attachment to help increase their bottom-line,” said Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager, tracked feller bunchers and harvesters & disc saw felling heads, John Deere. “The newly designed FR27 enables loggers of all experience levels to tackle even the most ambitious jobs with confidence knowing their machines are built to endure larger timber and excel in a variety of forestry applications.”

The FR27 disc saw felling head is designed to take on a variety of timber applications, from large single stem cutting to mid-sized accumulation, and boasts an all-new design and overall rebranding from previous John Deere felling head models.

In addition, this robust, high rotation felling head features first-rate cut and accumulation capacity, offering better productivity compared to previous models. The FR27 features a cutting capacity of up to 27.2 in. and an accumulation capacity of up to 7.5 ft, improving capability in the woods.

John Deere FR27

In comparing the FR27 to previous John Deere felling head models—specifically the FR24B—the FR27 features an updated frame and wrist design, which includes a tall horn, long harvesting arms and continuous hose routings that promote easy machine clean-out. Also, the hardened saw housing wear plates are now standard and offer improved saw housing wear resistance.

Additionally, the FR27 offers bolt-on saw housing for improved serviceability, with three separate saw housing sections with integrated skis. The incorporated large side chip exhaust chute minimizes build up and plugging, keeping your machine up and running. The side chip exhaust chute also includes a cover that can be added or removed depending on application.