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AnBo introduces hydraulic grapple rake
Colville, Washington-based AnBo Manufacturing has developed a hydraulic grapple rake. The versatile new loader/ tractor/skid steer attachment operates like a bucket in that it can be raised and lowered, and rolled forward and backward. It also has a third hydraulic function to open and close its jaws.

The hydraulic grapple rake is said to be much more efficient than manual labour and more adaptable than the traditional bucket. It can remove trees, logs and brush or surface rake limbs and debris without removing needed topsoil or piling up unnecessary dirt. It can also dig out roots and stumps and securely pick up, move, and stack logs, or irregular loads up to several thousand pounds.

Conversely, intertwined teeth can grab and place material down to three inches.
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A-Grader comes of age
The A-Grader is a stress grading machine that uses sound waves to measure timber stiffness, and was developed by New Zealand-based research organization Ensis in conjunction with New Zealand’s Falcon Engineering.

The first prototype was built in 2005. The first mill to take it on board was New Zealand’s Red Stag Timber of Rotorura, and the mill has recently purchased a second. “Because it works on rough-sawn timber, it allows us to sort timber for stiffness prior to further processing. This is a big advantage that other machines don’t have,” says Phil Lindsay, Red Stag Timber marketing manager.

“Our new planer mill operates at a higher speed than our existing mill and we found that the A-grader scales up well. It’s gone from handling 40 boards per minute to processing 80 boards per minute with a potential of 120.”

Lindsay adds that the A-grader is also more economical to install and operate than other graders with similar performance specs.
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Fabtek expands Prentice line
Fabtek heads have been re-branded as Prentice, and the line has been expanded to include several models of Swedish-engineered processing and harvesting heads. The heads, which can be mounted easily on excavators and purpose-built wheel or track harvesters, are available in a variety of sizes with models for both hardwood and softwood applications.

With few moving parts and no guide bars, the heads are simple to operate and maintain. Major functions are controlled from the cab and a single cover over the hydraulic valves provides easy access to hydraulic and electrical components.

Various high speed or high torque motor sizes are available. Feed roller styles include spiked, machined, debarking and rubber with chain. Bar pitch saw systems include .404 and _/4” 11H. Topping saws are available as options and all saws have an automatic chain tensioning system.
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Oregon Cutting Systems offers new saw chains
Oregon Cutting Systems Group (OCSG) has introduced its new 18HX Harvester saw chain. It’s an enhanced version of the aggressive 18H chain built exclusively for mechanized timber harvesters and features a thicker drive link, making the saw chain stronger. The load-bearing surface of the rivets was increased to fit the thicker drive link, which consequently enlarges the contact area and lubrication surface within the moving part of the chain.

The company is also introducing its new 72, 7_ and 75LGX and LPX saw chain. The new LGX series features advanced grind geometry for faster cutting speed. The new grind also dramatically improves chain efficiency, resulting in lower operator feed force. The new patent pending StabL-Link drive links significantly improve performance, increase cut precision and extend system life. In addition, new blued cutters offer superior corrosion resistance and base-cutter hardness consistency.
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BC Safety leader receives award 
A BC Forest Safety Council director known affectionately as “Bulldozer” has been  honoured with the Interior Logging Association’s Member of the Year Award.  MaryAnne Arcand, director of the council’s  Forestry TruckSafe and Northern Initiatives  program, earned the nickname and award  because of her relentless pursuit for safety in  the industry as well as her outstanding  contribution to the harvesting sector. She  received the award during the ILA’s recent  annual convention.  In the last year alone, Arcand has met  with over 6,000workers and their families,  teaching them about safe practices and  responding to issues and their concerns.  She has travelled to every logging community  in the province, held over 60 meetings and  spoke at over a dozen conferences. 
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