A Richmond engineer won a major forestry research award yesterday for his role in developing Climb-Max, a machine designed to safely cut and process trees on steep slopes.
Kerry Hill, managing director of Trinder Engineering Ltd, estimated he and Nigel Kelly, of Brightwater company Kelly Logging, have spent more than 15,000 man-hours developing and constructing Climb-Max since the project was first initiated six years ago.
Mr Hill was one of four winners at the second annual Future Forests Research Awards in Rotorua, where he picked up the Innovation that Enhances Sector Value award.
“It's really awesome,” he said.
He and Mr Kelly had been involved with Future Forests since 2010, working with their engineering department and receiving grants.
The three judges said Mr Hill's design was innovative because it included a front mounted winch, rear mounted blade and integrated hydraulic control systems.
Mr Hill said Climb-Max would go on sale in 2013, which was in line with their deadline.
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