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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

May 2015

On the Cover:
B.C.’s Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers Ltd has hauled a lot of different materials in its decades of operation—but the company has now expanded its operations to hauling logs in the B.C. Interior, and it is working for several forest companies operating in the region. Watch for the story on Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers in the next issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal (Photo courtesy of Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers).

Prince George: a century
of sawmilling

The City of Prince George—home to the Canada North Resources Expo—is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2015, and it has a rich sawmilling heritage over that century.

Seizing the moment —in logging
Log Commander Enterprises, owned by the Webster Brothers—Ryan and Curtis—of Quesnel, B.C. has chosen to seize the moment in the logging upturn, expanding their fleet of logging equipment by a factor of four in the last 18 months.

Back to the future—with phase logging
Forest company Tolko Industries is revisiting the past with its Innovative Phase Logging program in the B.C. Interior, and it is delivering detailed—and valuable—information on logging equipment performance and production.

Recipe for recovery
A major planer upgrade at Tolko’s Soda Creek Division stud mill operation in Williams Lake, B.C. is going to help expand its range of products and improve grades and recovery at the mill, a solid recipe for improved competitiveness.

The latest in logging tools
Northeastern B.C. logging company Hi-Sky Enterprises has introduced some new Komatsu machines into its logging equipment line-up to provide their employees with the latest in logging tools, and make sure they are able to keep moving wood efficiently to meet the needs of their customer, lumber giant Canfor.

Going full tilt
New logging operation Full Tilt Contracting is looking forward to doing exactly that—going full tilt—in the not too distant future, helped along by solid logging equipment and an experienced crew.

Cranking out the lumber at Idaho Forest Group
Attendees at the recent Small Log Conference got a first-hand look at Idaho Forest Group’s new Lewiston, Idaho upgrade and its focus on a HewSaw SL250 3.4 installation that is already cranking out six million board feet a week—with room for more production.

Energy—but with a green footprint
A new wood-fired district energy system in the B.C. Interior is delivering multiple benefits, including solving the issue of residue disposal from a local sawmill using a Bandit 1390 XP 15 inch drum chipper, and in the process delivering energy that has a greener footprint.

Taking charge on the marketing side
Having had success manufacturing and marketing red pine product, Ontario’s Heideman sawmill recently made some acquisitions, and has now taken charge of marketing its finished white pine product.


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By Tony Kryzanowski

Herzog Alpine Synchrowinch gives PONSSE forwarders extra purpose

The Alpine Synchrowinch turns PONSSE forwarders into a steep slope machine. The winch is mounted on the forwarder’s rear frame with either 280 metres or 340 metres of cable, depending on the cable width. Both 14 millimetre and 15 millimetre cable are available.

It has a hydrostatic winch drive with an additional embedded planetary gear unit equipped with an integrated, spring-loaded, fail-safe brake.

The continual measuring system shows the actual tensile force of the winch, and the camera display in the forwarder cab shows images from the back and/or the drum. The winch is radio remote controlled with continuous variable speed and force adjustment.

MNPNational accounting firm MNP expands into Prince George

One of Canada’s largest national accounting, tax and business consulting firms has opened an office in Prince George, B.C.

MNP LLP has merged in the accounting practice of Neil Fowlie, and also brought in key local accounting professionals Andrew Adams, Rod Quiring, Frankie Albano and Blair Traxler to establish a strong local presence in the community.

“What appealed to us most about joining MNP is that even though we are a large firm with more than 80 offices across Canada, we have a small-firm culture,” says Adams. “It’s a great fit for the Prince George market.”

“We can now offer a lot more opportunity for our clients through MNP’s specialty services and expertise,” Quiring added.

In addition to tax and accounting expertise, MNP delivers a diverse range of consulting and advisory services. MNP also has extensive experience serving clients and markets that are very important to the Prince George economy, including forestry and forest products, First Nations, professionals and private enterprise.

MNP is located at the RBC building at #400, 550 Victoria Street in Prince George. Contact Andrew Adams, CPA, CA or Rod Quiring, CPA, CA at 250.596.4900.

wood mizerWood-Mizer Blades releases new blade maintenance equipment line

Wood-Mizer Products has launched of a new line of blade sharpeners and setters, along with new blades for high production sawing and better performance with highly abrasive wood species.

The BM5500 blade sharpener is designed to handle up to 3” blades with the performance to sharpen hundreds of blades per week. Its auto-run mode saves time, improves efficiency, and the 8” CBN wheel is powered by a one hp motor for consistent, accurate full-profile grinds. The BMS500 can be adjusted for different blade sizes and lengths used in various operations.

For lower blade volume needs, the new BMS200 and BMS250 blade sharpener models offer minimal downtime and easy set-up.

All Wood-Mizer sharpeners are based on CBN wheel technology with sharpening wheels manufactured by Wood-Mizer to meet precise specifications.

The new BMT250 tooth setter has been upgraded and sets the bar for accurate and consistent sets on band blades up to 3”. This machine is designed with an automatic feed system that ensures blades will be in top shape for maximum performance. The BMT200 tooth setter is an economical alternative to set both sides of blades with a hand crank.

Woodland EquiopmentWoodland Equipment picks up Hyundai 2014 Pinnacle Award

Woodland Equipment Inc, with five locations in B.C., has been named a 2014 winner of the Hyundai Pinnacle Award, an honor presented to Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc.’s leading construction equipment dealers in North America.

“Thanks in large part to the outstanding performance and industry-leading service of these Hyundai Pinnacle Award winners, we are confident that the Hyundai brand will continue to be a major player in the North American market,” says Curtis Goettel, North American marketing and dealer development manager, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas. “As true ambassadors of the Hyundai brand, our dealer partners are excited about the direction Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas is headed, and we are very appreciative of their continued support and loyalty.”

The Hyundai Pinnacle Award program recognizes dealers based on such performance criteria as sales, wholesale gross and market share. By continuing to lead by example, the company says that Hyundai Pinnacle Award winners raise the bar for its rapidly growing dealer network in North America.

John Deere GoFell mobile app now available for M-Series feller bunchers

John Deere Forestry has created the GoFell mobile application for M-Series tracked feller buncher customers.

The app was designed to assist operators in understanding machine controls, settings and diagnostics to help users get the most out of their machine.

The free-of-charge GoFell mobile application is available for iPhone and Android devices and acts as an operator’s quick reference guide, providing loggers with instant access to information about their M-Series tracked feller buncher. The application boasts a number of features, including a guide to better understanding unique John Deere M-Series equipment features and tips to customize the operating experience to maximize productivity during regular operations or extreme conditions.

The GoFell application is available for free download in the iTunes Store and Google Play.

Komatsu Forestry offers new XT-3 track feller bunchers and harvesters

Komatsu America Corp now offers its next generation XT-3 series track feller bunchers and harvesters which it says provide significant improvements in operator comfort, ease of operation, productivity and reliability.

Komatsu’s purpose-built XT-3 series machines carry a lineage of superior maneuverability, multi-function capability and high-production in demanding forest environments, says the company. Models include the non-leveling XT430-3, XT430L-3, XT445L-3 and the larger new XT460L-3 ranging in operating weight from 61,300 lbs. to 72,000 lbs. Each model features a powerful 300 peak hp Cummins 8.3 litre engine and 58,400 lb-ft of swing torque.

The XT-3 has a totally new cab that was designed with an “attention to the details” focus.

The XT-3 series features the new IQAN-MD4 programmable digital control system which Komatsu Forestry says is one of the most advanced systems on the market. All former analog gauges and warning lights are now prominently displayed on the highly visible and durable 7” LED color touchscreen monitor. The system accommodates individual preference settings for multiple operators, records harvest data and provides advanced diagnostic reports.

FHXFHX Defender forestry mulcher features high performance Quadco teeth

The FHX Defender forestry mulcher is the result of years of high-performance brush cutter engineering, says Valley Tool Manufacturing.

It allows standard flow skid steers and track loaders to become powerful fuel reduction and land clearing tools. With its efficient cutter design, it is suited for right-of-way clearing and creation or maintenance of defensible space in areas where wildfires are a threat. It is durable, dependable and easy to maintain, says the company. The two models, FHX66 and FHX76, come with 42 and 36 sharp Quadco teeth respectively, designed for better cutting. The FHX76 cuts a 76” width and the FHX66 cuts a 66” width. They both feature dual replaceable recutter bars, for extra fine mulch, a Hardox shield, adjustable/removable recutter door and an adjustable brush bumper.

Rotochopper expanding this year

Rotochopper, a manufacturer of horizontal grinders and wood chip processors, has recently completed an 8400 square foot expansion at its facility in St. Martin, Minnesota.

This includes a new shipping and receiving area, paint preparation bay, and parts warehouse. In addition to the completed factory addition, Rotochopper has also acquired land to accommodate future expansion.

“Rotochopper has a mission and a vision: our mission is to design, manufacture, distribute and service the highest quality and most reliable material processing heavy equipment in the world,” says John Babcock, Rotochopper president. “Our vision is to double in our size within five years.”

Vallée joins forces with pmp Solutionsto optimize handling operations

Lift truck designer Vallée, has partnered with pmp Solutions, a forest industry software solutions provider to launch a system that tracks and analyzes lift truck operating and movement data for enhancing operational productivity.

While applications currently on the market provide lift truck location and maintenance related information, Vallée’s solution makes it possible to link with sawmill production in order to track and analyze lift truck routes and handling operations so needs may be anticipated and co-ordinated. It taps into a wide range of services tasked with improving handling productivity. Users can receive sets of statistics in real time for each piece of equipment. The solution also suggests alternative routes to help draft more productive configurations.

Vallée can also assist with managing order books so customers can plan the movement of material in advance. And ultimately, the productivity gains are directly culled from the equipment: Vallée uses the findings to modify the lift trucks’ parameters, optimize performance, and generate maintenance and fuel consumption savings.

Nyle launches Camden series small and medium kilns

Nyle has created a set of easy to assemble, Camden series kiln packages. They include a chamber with either a dehumidifier that is sized to meet customer lumber drying needs, or a gas heating package for safe, indirect gas fired, drying and heat treating. The chambers are all rugged, aluminum and well insulated.

Matched with Nyle’s L series dehumidifiers, they can handle fast drying softwoods to slow drying hardwoods.

Outfitted with Nyle’s indirect fired gas heating packages, the chamber can be used for drying as well as heat treating.