New iron—and new digs —for Alberta show

Great weather, new digs and a variety of new equipment greeted attendees at the recent northern alberta Forestry Show in Grande Prairie.

True to form, the recent Northern Alberta Forestry Show (NAFS) in Grande Prairie continued its tradition as a must-see event,     featuring a variety of forestry-related attractions over three days to suit everyone from industry executives to loggers.

“Overall, I thought the show was excellent,” said NAFS President Rob Clayton. “The exhibitors indicated that they were happy with the attendance, the weather was awesome, and there was a lot of positive comment about the new TEC Centre. The seminars were also well attended.”

Visitors were greeted by a new indoor show and seminar facility, as the new Trade Exhibition Convention (TEC) Centre opened its doors as the show’s new home. Complementing this modern indoor facility was the paved parking lot where a wide selection of equipment suppliers unveiled their latest and greatest technology, meeting with a steady stream of existing and potential customers. 

Next to the outdoor equipment display area were the working portable sawmills, giving attendees an opportunity to watch these technological marvels in action. This sector of the industry has come a long way since the heavy bush mills operated years ago. Many local loggers and forestry workers took advantage of the excellent weather during all three days to attend with their families. Both the indoor and outdoor displays were an excellent learning experience for young family members, many of whom have already expressed an interest in learning how to operate equipment.

Some attendees traveled long distances to attend the show. There was a strong contingent of loggers from eastern Saskatchewan, taking the opportunity to catch up on the latest equipment advances and also learning what might be in store for them if the mountain pine beetle successfully establishes itself in the pure jackpine forest. Sessions related to the threat posed by the beetle and methods to capture maximum value from beetle-infested logs were held on both Thursday and Friday at the TEC Centre. The dinner, dance, and live auction was an unqualified success, featuring the antics and musical entertainment of Danny Hooper. A truck was auctioned off as part of the live auction with proceeds  to support show activities. It went for $45,000.

North West Crane introduced the Loglift 265Z loader with integrated cab to loggers and log haulers. This versatile loader easily lifts 6500 lbs at 26’, offers among the best strength to weight ratios in the industry and neatly folds down to the tightest of spaces behind the cab.

North West Crane serves Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northern BC from Leduc and Grande Prairie.

Waratah had its complete line-up of 400 series and 600 series heavy duty harvester heads on display at the Northern Alberta Forestry Show. This included the all new and improved HTH 622B with all strengthened frame and hanging bracket design. The company also displayed their new FL 85 directional felling head. During the week of the show, Waratah conducted a Contractor Training School for its Grande Prairie and Edmonton customers. These sessions allowed customers and their operators to brush up on safety, maintenance and troubleshooting skills.

The full range of Hornet dedicated processors was on display at the show.

Votec Innovation introduced the all new Hornet 720 processor to Western loggers. With a powerful 9,990 lbs of feed force, this 5,565 lb head has a processing capacity of up to 29”. Votec also had a Hornet 825 on display at Finning’s exhibit and a Hornet 620 AWD multi-stem processor at the Brandt exhibit. With four feed rollers surrounding the stems to be processed, the Hornet 620 AWD can process up to 10 trees at a time.

Brandt Tractor, North America’s largest John Deere construction/forestry dealer, took the opportunity to introduce the new 748H skidder to Alberta logging contractors. This new skidder model includes many features designed to increase productivity and reliability for logging contractors. Among the new features are more horsepower, increased cooling efficiency with its hydraulically driven thermostatically-controlled reversing fan, and two steering modes, orbital and quick steer. The skidder is also four inches longer. Other machines at the Brandt booth included a 2054 processor, 2554 log loader, 2554 processor, _554 loader, the new 959J leveling buncher and the Bandit Beast horizontal grinder.

Tigercat - With two feller bunchers, two skidder models and a unique high flotation mulcher, Tigercat’s line-up of machines dominated the Strongco exhibit area at the Northern Alberta Forestry Show.

Tigercat’s 220 hp 620C and 250 hp 6_0C skidders employ a hydrostatic drive system that automatically increases engine speed when conditions demand extra power. The industry leading 860C/870C feller bunchers, which were also on display, are ideally suited to high production final felling in difficult and demanding conditions. The 400 hp Tigercat 760 mulcher on display utilized four tracks in place of wheels, allowing the machine to mulch brush, stumps and trees in wet and environmentally sensitive conditions.

Barda Equipment, based in Grande Prairie, is a division of Davco Manufacturing Ltd. which manufactures the Davco Brand of selective forestry attachments that are used on posi-tracks, skid steers and excavators.

The company is also an authorized independent dealer for ASV posi-track all season loaders and a dealer for Yanmar construction equipment, such as excavators, loaders and carriers.

The company recognizes that its business—and the success of its customers—depends on providing quality products.

Risley Equipment offers a full line of saws, harvesting and processing attachments that are designed for conventional and cut-to-length applications, providing a choice of measuring and non–measuring products.

Risley Equipment manufactures and sells the Eclips brand soft track prime movers, the EX_00 and EX400. They are multipurpose carriers ranging from _00 hp to _75 hp that can be matched with virtually any front or rear mounted attachment. Risley’s 200 hp Eclips EZ200 is a purpose built excavator type soft track crawler that can readily handle attachments up to 6500 lbs.

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