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SP 561 LF - A versatile harvester head

The SP 561 LF is a high-performance all-round head designed according to SP Maskiner’s low friction principle for minimum friction and maximum productivity. The SP 561 LF is designed for varying work duties, offering very good characteristics all the way from first thinning to medium final felling.

The compact measurements in combination with perfect delimbing down to 30 mm mean that first thinning can be performed quickly and efficiently with maximum quality. In final felling, the smart, patented LogHold and proportionally angled feed rollers turn the SP 561 LF into a harvester head with impressive trunk handling and unrivalled productivity.

The SP 561 LF is compact, broad and versatile. The SP 561 LF reaches top performance with trunks with a diameter of 15-35 cm dbh, but thanks to the LF principle it is also capable of working efficiently with larger trunks.


All of our harvester heads have smart, useful functions. Click on the circles if you would like to know more.

Technical data

Learn more about the technology behind our various harvester heads. Here you will find everything from information about cutting and delimbing to weights and dimensions.


Min. pump capacity: 195 l/min
Rec. working pressure: 23-25 MPa (625 cc roller motor)
23-28 MPa (514 + 560 cc roller motor)


Proportional clamping pressure of the feed rollers in relation to trunk diameter, individual settings for different species for optimum performance.
Roller motors: 514, 560 or 625 cc
Max. opening: 500 mm
Feed speed: Roller motor 514 cc = 6.0 m/s
Roller motor 560 cc = 5.4 m/s
Roller motor 625 cc = 5.0 m/s
Feeding force: 25 kN
Proportional pressure: Yes


The SuperCut 100 is a very powerful saw unit with integrated chain lubrication and hydraulic tensioning of the chain. Together with SP’s QuickCut, this optimises cutting time and minimises the risk of cutting cracks.
Cutting diameter: 600 mm
Chain speed: 40 m/s
Saw motor: 20 cc
Saw unit: Automatic - SuperCut 100
QuickCut: Yes, with Dasa control system


Proportional delimbing knife pressure in relation to trunk diameter for minimum friction and maximum production. Individual setting of upper/lower knives and for different tree species for optimum performance.
Movable knives: 5 incl. top knife
Fixed knives: 1
Delimbing diameter tip to tip: 430 mm
Min. delimbing diameter: 30 mm
Proportional pressure: Yes
LogHold: Yes
Separate knife control: Yes

Weight and dimensions

With compact dimensions and a very low weight in relation to its high capacity, the SP 561 is perfectly suited for a range of felling jobs.
Width closed: 900 mm
Width open: 1500 mm
Height: 1500 mm
Weight: 980 kg


The SP 561 LF can be fitted to a variety of different carriers, such as conventional forest machines, excavators and forestry tractors. In order to ensure good function, please consult your nearest SP dealer or SP staff.
Proportional clamping pressure of the feed rollers in relation to trunk diameter, individual settings for different species for optimum performance.
Optimum trunk diameter*: 15 - 35 cm
Max. rec. trunk diameter*: 43 cm
* Diameter at breast height, measured 1.3 m up the trunk.

We reserve the right to change specifications and design. Harvester heads pictured may have some extra equipment. All stated measurements/values are approximate and refer to standard equipment.

LF – Maximum production and minimum friction

LF stands for “Low Friction” and refers to the very low friction that arises between trunk and harvester head in the LF series. LF minimises the friction during feeding, thereby maximising the harvester head’s performance and production. The low friction also minimises damage to the trunk, wear on the harvester head and fuel consumption.

The LF harvester heads have a low weight in relation to their capacity, and their compact design means that they can also be manoeuvred easily in dense stands. LF comprises four smart systems that help to minimise friction and maximise production.

Accessories and equipment

All of our harvester heads come with a high level of equipment as standard. However, a number of different accessories are available in order to optimise the harvester head for different needs, carriers and felling conditions. The most common accessories are described below.

For more information about accessories, please contact your nearest SP dealer or SP Maskiner.

Colour marking SUPERMARK

Multi-tree equipment

Roller motor

Feed rollers

Find end sensor

Complete measurement and control system

Control system

SP harvester heads can be installed on machines equipped within any of the following control systems.

Dasa4 Compact
Dasa Forester*
John Deere Timbermatic 300/3000
Motomit IT
Motomit PC
Komatsu MAXI
Techno Matic
Technion till SP461LF *

* A complete control system can be supplied by SP

Control system