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Farma LF 8 – new 8-ton forwarder hits the market

From time to time new forwarders appear on the market. But mostly by companies that are already known as forwarder manufacturers. So when a company that has never had a forwarder in stock introduces a new forwarder, it’s big – even if the forwarder, in this case, is small…

Fors LF 8.

Fors MW founder Leif Fors had a dream. It was to create a forwarder, something like the Mini Bruunett, which was his role model. He had had great success producing log loaders and log trailers under the Farma brand, as well as dump trailers and hook loaders under the Bigab brand. But unfortunately, he never got to see “his” forwarder.

Leif Force passed away in April 2015 after a several-year battle with cancer. As the company’s 30th anniversary (2022) approached, his successor, daughter and board chair Ulrika Fors and her team decided it was time to fulfill her father’s dream. A green Bruunett forwarder will be unveiled in time for the anniversary.

Farma LF 8 – smoothness and affordability

The new forwarder is to be an 8-tonne forwarder with a 1:1 load factor, which means that the weight of the machine must match the lifting capacity. Something that only the smallest 3- to 7-ton forwarders manage today. It will be equipped with an 8- or 10.2-meter X-Cel crane and a CAT engine.

Eight wheels and a transmission that does not require a driveshaft through the machine’s belt, which means a good steering angle. In addition, according to Fors MW, the machine’s top speed should be higher than that of other forwarders. The machine will be 2.2 meters wide with 600 tires, but the machine can also be equipped with 700 tires. The pricing should be at a level that would make it possible for non-employee forest owners to buy it.

The name of the Farma LF 8 model is interesting. Farma is the brand name and 8 is the weight and capacity, but “LF”…I’m assuming that means “Leif Fors”. If so, a beautiful tribute to a missing father.

The Farma LF 8 is someone who is waiting for something good.

Many of us had hoped that the new forwarder would be present at this year’s Elmia Wood show. And it was – like animation.
The plan is to show the real machine in the winter of 2022/2023.