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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

February 2016

On the Cover:
The world’s leading steep slope innovators from New Zealand and North America will be at the Steep Slope Logging Conference and Field Demo being held March 2-3. Further information on the conference which is being presented by Logging & Sawmilling is available at www.steepslopelogging.events. (Photo of a Tigercat LS855C configured for steep slope logging courtesy of Frank Chandler, Technical Forest Solutions, LLC.)

Campbell River’s goal: reviving the forest industry
The city of Campbell River, B.C. has set up a Forestry Task Force—chaired by a forest industry veteran—to revive the forest industry in the Vancouver Island community.

COFI convention—Where to from here for lumber markets?
With softening lumber markets in China, and a still slowly recovering U.S. housing market, the industry has definitely got some challenges ahead of it, all of which will be discussed at the Council of Forest Industries annual convention and trade show, coming up in Kelowna, B.C. April 6-8.

White River’s sawmill lines are white hot
Ontario’s White River Forest Products sawmill is intent on being one of Canada’s most efficient sawmills, and that effort recently received a $15 million capital investment that will significantly boost production.

Climbing steep slopes—with the ClimbMAX
B.C.’s Tolko Industries was the first operation in North America to use a winch-assist forestry machine—the ClimbMAX steep slope harvester from New Zealand—and their experience so far has been positive.

Remote Operated Bulldozer system tackles B.C.’s steep slopes
Island Pacific Logging has been using the steep slope Remote Operated Bulldozer (ROB) winch assist system—developed in New Zealand—on Vancouver Island since last summer, and it’s working so well that the company has agreed to be the North American distributor for the system.

Getting the most out of every scrap of wood
Producing everything from solid wood products to shavings, the Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties mill operation in Nova Scotia is known for its high wood utilization.

Log handler ably handles east coast weather
Groupe Savoie tried out a number of log loading machines for the millyard at their sawmill in Quentin, New Brunswick, and decided on a Sennebogen 830 M-T, a log handler that is able to handle the cold—and wet weather—that hits the region.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions.

The Last Word
Whatever happens in the forest industry in 2016, it sure as heck isn’t going to be boring, says Jim Stirling.

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Sennebogen 830 M-T,Log handler ably handles east coast weather

Groupe Savoie tried out a number of log loading machines for the millyard at their sawmill in Quentin, New Brunswick, and decided on a Sennebogen 830 M-T, a log handler that is able to handle the cold—and wet weather—that hits the region.

Strongco’s Territory Manager Allan Lindsay
(centre) congratulates Vincent Caron on delivery of the Sennebogen 830 M-T to the Quentin, N.B. mill, joined by Caron’s Groupe Savoie team: service manager Tobby Leclair (far left) and, to the right, yard manager Tommy Lefebvre and operator Mario Levesque.

When it came time to add to the mobile equipment in one of their millyards, Groupe Savoie made a solid choice.

“We made a good choice,” reports Vincent Caron, production vice-president for Groupe Savoie in Quentin, a forestry town in northern New Brunswick. “I needed a new machine that could handle the cold,” he explains.

Established in 1978, Groupe Savoie is a successful family-owned producer of hardwood lumber and value-added products, situated high in the northeastern limits of the Appalachian Mountains. Winters here can be bitter cold, and the region is famous for the severe storms that pass through from the Atlantic.

Sennebogen 830 M-T,The Groupe Savoie mill was already equipped with a log-loading material handler and with some older knuckle-boom loaders. But the firm has grown through a commitment to utilizing modern technologies to maximize productivity. So Caron and company president Alain Bossé were searching for a machine to upgrade the reliability of their log-loading capability.

In March 2015, Caron took delivery of a new Sennebogen 830 M-T, a purpose-built 90,000 lb. log handler featuring an undercarriage specially engineered for trailer pulling.

Caron and Bossé tried out several log loading machines before choosing the Sennebogen. “We visited a sawmill operating a Sennebogen 825 model, and our technician was quite satisfied with it and we were very impressed with Sennebogen’s response time to issues,” said Caron. “We saw good service support at this site, and got very good feedback from some other Sennebogen customers in Nova Scotia.”

In the end, Caron says, he and Bossé were pleased with the machine’s fuel economy, traction, service accessibility, speed and strength. Its productivity in moving wood from the yard to the mill sealed the decision.

“In effect, the efficiency of its loading cycles increased our capacity at the mill,” Caron says.

The 830 M-T is equipped with a 1.25 cord grapple. The Groupe Savoie yard in Quentin sometimes utilizes the machine to unload trucks, but its primary role is to load and pull a 36 ft. three-axle trailer. It picks stock from inventory and fills the trailer with up to 40 tons, then completes the cycle by offloading to a stockpile bunk at the mill.

Sennebogen 830 M-T,At Groupe Savoie’s Quentin, New Brunswick mill, the Sennebogen 830 M-T quickly fills a 36 ft. trailer with 40 tons of hardwood then pulls the load to the mill, powered by a purpose-built undercarriage driven with transmissions on each axle.

With the machine’s delivery in the winter months, operators told Caron that they were impressed with its reliable starts on the coldest days. The new unit also met management’s goal of reducing downtime. Operators say they appreciate the stability of the 830, even with its hydraulic cab fully elevated. But the 830 really showed its mettle when the cold weather abated, and the spring thaw began.

Sennebogen 830 M-T,“The yard is compacted earth,” Caron explains. “And it’s not a flat yard—we have some grades to climb to and from the mill. When the frost comes out in spring, the yard can turn into 12” to 18” of mud. Last year was very wet, and we had spots with up to two feet of mud. But the 830 M-T just carried on. It’s a good tractor!”

To date, Groupe Savoie is confident that they found the reliability they needed for the mill’s operation. The mill’s own technicians service the 830 M-T but, according to Caron, “our team gets good support for technical service. The Sennebogen dealer, Strongco, came here to train our guys.”

Through its three sawmills in the region, Groupe Savoie is producing 90 million board feet of hardwood annually. With the addition of the 830 M-T, the company looks forward to continued growth and success through its investment in reliability and productivity.

This story was supplied to Logging and Sawmilling Journal by Sennebogen LLC www.sennebogen-na.com