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New generation of short wood grapples from Hultdins
Hultdins has introduced a complete new generation of SuperGrip short wood grapples, including additional new model sizes. The SuperGrip Series II grapples are much stronger than the previous standard SuperGrip models and the new “S” models are lighter and handle the same workloads as the current heavy duty models.                                   

The new 300S fills the gap between the current 260S and 360S models and the new 420S provides increased capacity over the 360S without the added weight. And the Series II uses similar geometry as the current models, to give that same proven performance and “Hultdins feel.” www.hultdins.com

System for manages logging slash
Cyclofor is positioning itself as an innovative solution to the current shortage of wood fibre. The company has developed and patented a new integrated system for the collection, transportation and transformation of logging slash. It involves the innovative Tardif collector/ compactor. This self-contained and mobile unit is capable of collecting, compacting and dropping slash into its roll-on/off container. The containers are then transported to a sorting and processing plant where wood chips are produced for paper mills and biomass is produced for co-generation stations and other industrial applications.                 

The machine also has ecological benefits. There is minimal impact to the forest floor and it can open as much as 20 per cent more surface area for tree planting.                                   

The Quebec government recently granted official authorization to Cyclofor for the access and collection of forest residues left behind on any of the commercial forests within the Province of Quebec. The company also has other agreements with forest companies and has obtained support from the Quebec Forest Industry Council. (819) 333-3838

New processing/ harvesting head for Waratah
Waratah Forestry Attachments has announced the addition of a new processing/harvesting head to its powerful HTH600 series—the HTH624 C. The HTH624 C model is said to easily cut through large diameter wood and processes timber up to a 28” diameter. Additionally, it can fell wood up to 30”, and is most productive in wood 20” and larger.                                   

Key features include: top saw cut capacity has increased from 16” to 20”; a new C design sawbox; stronger tilt bracket and delimb knives; relocated head module for superior vibration protection; improved hose routing; and redesigned Parker valve design to improve flow efficiencies to the head. www.waratah.net

Prolenc wear block upgrade available
The original Prolenc square B3T-180S wear block can now be upgraded to part # B3T-1410 wedge style wear block. The original slot anchor must be torch cut and ground to fit the five degree wedge angle. This eliminates repair welding and regrinding of the slot to the original 2” square and provides a stable, stationary lock between the wedge block and anchor. Primary application is Tigercat wheel skidders using 500 Series snubber assemblies. www.quadco.com

New features for Cat loaders
The Cat 559 knuckleboom log loaders now have different power modes and an automatic idle down system that work together to maximize production, while minimizing fuel use.                 

For normal loading operations, the Run mode provides fast cycle times and saves more than 20 per cent in fuel. The Power Boost mode provides 40 per cent more productivity muscle for heavy duty delimbing, slashing and loading applications requiring fast swing with maximum swing torque. Auto idle down (AID) cuts fuel usage even more when the loader is idling.                                   

Activated by a flip of the switch, the Run and Power Boost modes allow the operator to match engine speed and pump flow to the application, yielding maximum production and minimum fuel use. www.forestpro.com.

Grand opening for Inland Kenworth, new Kenworth dealer for NB
Inland Kenworth - Nanaimo recently marked its first year of operation with a grand opening event. The facility was recognized for its innovative green design and features by the city of Nanaimo. The facility uses, among other things, an innovative water run-off reclamation system, which carries rainwater and snowmelt from the roof via a sluice box on to a rock garden, then through a manmade streambed to the local drainage system.                                   

Kenworth has announced that Bayview Kenworth has joined the Kenworth dealer network, with locations in Saint John, Fredericton, Sussex, and St Stephen, New Brunswick.                 

Bayview Kenworth recently completed its dealer transition and now exclusively offers Kenworth trucks and PACCAR leasing and financial services. The company operates two full-service facilities in Saint John and Fredericton, and has truck parts stores in Sussex and St Stephen.  www.kenworth.com

Tigercat appoints new Pacific NW distributor
Tigercat announced in November that it had appointed Triad Machinery as its exclusive, authorized full-line distributor for the states of Washington and Oregon. Triad will also be covering Northern California, Idaho and northwest Montana. This new appointment is effective January 1, 2008.                                   

Triad Machinery has a strong timber harvesting equipment focus and extensive experience in the forest industry. Company wide, Triad has highly experienced and well trained personnel. In addition, Triad’s two Washington State branches are strategically located in Tacoma and Spokane and the company operates from three locations in Oregon: Portland, Prineville and Eugene. www.tigercat.com

Autolog celebrates 20 years
In 1987, three young entrepreneurs, Daniel Ethier, Sylvain Magnan and André Nadeau, started Autolog Inc, a high tech automation business serving the sawmill industry.                 

Twenty years later, the flourishing enterprise in Blainville, Quebec, counts close to a hundred employees and designs, manufactures, installs and supports a variety of products from the simple PLC automation system to the most sophisticated optimizer for the hardwood and softwood industries. The company continues to make customer satisfaction a priority and is a leader in the forest industry for its personalized service, simple easy-to-use equipment and software with top-of-the-line technologies.                                   

The management and personnel of Autolog are taking the opportunity to thank all their customers and suppliers for their confidence and loyalty toward the company for the past 20 years. The company recently announced that Daniel Ethier has assumed the office of president due to the retirement of past president and co-founder André Nadeau. Sylvain Magnan will continue serving as vice president.                                   

Company management noted that they understand Nadeau’s decision, and that he will be missed. www.autolog.com

Tanguay offers three series of bunchers and harvesters
Tanguay Machinery, a division of Quadco Equipment Inc, manufactures three series of feller bunchers and harvesters.                                   

The most popular—the 700 series—is a conventional D7 large size feller buncher with a 300 hp Cummins QSC engine and Linde hydraulics with cab hydraulic pilot controls.                 

The largest 400 series, formally known as the Trans-Gesco TG400 series feller buncher, is said to be the largest and most powerful feller buncher in the industry, with a 330 hp Cummins QSL engine, and dedicated closed loop hydraulics for the traction and IQAN controls.                 

The 300 series is a compact and powerful limited tail swing buncher with a 275 hp Mercedes engine and IQAN control system.                                   

All models share the standard D7 or optional D7G size undercarriages and are designed with an oversized cooling package with hydraulically driven, thermostatic, variable speed, reversible suction fans.                                   

Built without compromise with high tensile steel to withstand the cold Canadian winters, Tanguay feller bunchers feature gull wing enclosures and easy service access. A choice of feller buncher and harvester booms are available, with a reach of up to 11.5 metres.                 

The 300 and 400 series are also available with a proven two-cylinder tilt mechanism, providing up to 55 per cent forward tilt for steep slope logging and one button auto-leveling parallel motion boom and saw head motion. www.tanguay.cc