Farming Simulator 19 mod showcase: The Ponsse Elephant King forwarder, created by North Modding Company.
I’ve meant to write about this fantastic forwarder for a long time. The release of the Elephant King Trailer gave me the final push to do so. I’m sorry I haven’t written about it before. The forwarder deserves all the attention it gets.
Forestry = Farming
The forestry side of the Farming Simulator games is fascinating. Some people say it doesn’t belong in a game about farming. I disagree. I know a lot of real-world farmers that does logging during the winter months, for example.
The logging side of the FS franchise has evolved tremendously. FS2015 loggers surely remember how trees kept rolling away forever after being cut. And logging on the flat ground didn’t help at all.
Logging in FS19 is a much more pleasant experience. The physics are much better. And the amount of forestry equipment is outstanding, thanks to one modding team in particular: The North Modding Company (NMC.)
The Best FS19 Forwarder
I’ve used a lot of Farming Simulator forwarders. No one comes close to being as good as the Ponsse Elephant King, created by NMC:
- It carries a much larger load than most.
- The physics, especially the grapple, is unmatched.
- It offers features no other forwarder does.
NMC’s FS 19 version of the Ponsse Elephant King has an impressive capacity. It dwarfs most forwarders, for example, the base game Ponsse Buffalo.
You can extend the hydraulic stakes and widen the bunk (see the Help Menu on how.)
It’s also possible to tilt the entire load space for easier loading and unloading.
A Lot of Features
- Inside the shop, you’ll find several options for wheels, and tracks from Olofsfors.
- There are also two different load spaces to choose from. You can widen both.
- You can choose between several colors for the Olofsfors tracks.
- There are two outside work cameras: One on each side of the crane. Very clever.
You can add a pushing blade to the front of the Elephant King. Handy when you want to make bigger log piles for more effortless loading.
A Trailer Too
NMC released an Elephant King trailer recently. It increases the overall capacity a lot, meaning you don’t have to drive as much.
It works similarly to the forwarder; you can widen the load space and manually control the hydraulic stanchions.
You can download the trailer from the in-game modhub or (if you’re on PC or Mac) from this web page.
Ponsse Elephant King FS19 Mod Specs
NMC’s Ponsse Elephant King is an impressive addon. It makes me think that the NMC team works really hard to make Farm Sim forestry fun and accessible for a lot more players.
I’ll say it’s worth doing logging just to be able to use this stunning piece of machinery.
- Brand: Ponsse.
- Credits: Giants Software, North Modding Company.
- Category: Forestry Machines.
- Base price: 270,000.
- Engine options: 3 – EU Stage IIIA, EU Stage V, and Tier 4 Final.
- Power range: 275 to 286 horsepower.
- Top speed: 20 kilometers per hour | 12 miles per hour.
- Selectable colors: Yes.
- Selectable wheels: Yes.
- Brands: Nokian and Olofsfors.
- Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, and XB1.
Take your time – Slow and steady wins the race. If you struggle, try lowering the vehicle arm sensitivity in the game menu.
5 to 6 meters – I find that logs between five and six meters are the easiest to handle with the Elephant King.
Fasten the tension belts – Secure the load each time you load the bunk with a new log to avoid sliding.
How to Download
The FS19 Ponsse Elephant King is inside the official modhub. Just download it when the game is running. PC and Mac loggers can also get it from the FS website, to which the blue button takes you.
This mod is an official Modhub mod. Please, do the modder a favor and only download it from the in-game hub or from its official mod page on Farming-Simulator.com.