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. www.anbomanufacturing.com
A-Grader comes of age
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. www.ensisjv.com
Fabtek expands Prentice line
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. www.blount-fied.com.
Oregon Cutting Systems offers new saw chains
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. www.oregonchain.com
BC Safety leader receives award