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Caterpillar Forest Products partners with head designer SATCO
Caterpillar Forest Products and SATCO Ltd. have signed an agreement that gives Caterpillar the rights to sell and support SATCO harvesting attachments and parts worldwide.
Headquartered in New Zealand, SATCO designs and manufactures a wide range of forestry attachments.
“With this alliance, we can offer a full line of processing and directional felling heads for our FMs, track feller bunchers and the 501HD harvester,” says Mike Duncan, Caterpillar Forest Products industry manager. “Cat dealers will offer a package fully supported by Caterpillar.” Products will continue to carry the SATCO brand name.”
Built to handle the rugged logging conditions in New Zealand and Australia, the beefy heads are constructed using high-grade materials. Hoses from the carrier to the head are routed through the linkage and are not exposed. This protects the hoses from damage and prevents them from over–bending, causing premature failure.
The line includes seven processing heads and two directional felling heads. All heads are designed to be matched with Cat Forestry Machines (FMs), track feller bunchers and the Cat 501HD harvester.
New Tigercat product support representative
Blain MacDonald has joined the Tigercat product support team.
Working out of the Calgary area, MacDonald will focus on product support and operator training in western Canada. Possessing a strong technical background, MacDonald worked previously in the capacity of service representative for Terex Corporation’s AWP division in western Canada.
John Deere parts mobile site offers speed and convenience
John Deere has a new mobile version of its parts web site—jdparts.deere.com—designed to use smartphone technology to help loggers manage their operations more efficiently.
The new user-friendly site allows loggers to access critical equipment parts information with their handheld devices, from nearly any location.
Like the desktop version of the site, the new mobile version allows customers to quickly access parts information, and view pricing, availability and order parts online. Customers can search by parts catalog, model number, part number, or keyword to locate the appropriate parts and attachments.
It is designed for any web-enabled mobile phone or tablet.
Southstar delivers first QS600 multi-stemming processor head
A Canadian logging contractor has taken delivery of Southstar’s first 23”/24”, QS600 multi-stemming processor head, which is a step up from its 22” QS500 processor head.
The head weighs in at 3050 kgs including the rotator. The rotator gives the head 320 degree rotation capability.
So far, the contractor has reported fast performance, quality multi-stemming, the ability to handle single larger trees easily, excellent delimbing performance and accurate measurements, the company says.
The 50cc main saw operates at a 3/4” pitch and offers a maximum saw cut of 29” The top saw has a maximum cut capacity of 23”.
Wood-Mizer releases new high performance Turbo 7 blade
Wood-Mizer now offers a new blade that they claim is a true ‘game-changer’ for thin-kerf sawmill owners running higher horsepower mills.
North American customers reported during initial testing that the Turbo 7 blade allows them to increase sawing speed while maintaining quality cuts in all log species. They have also found that they can avoid switching blades when switching between hardwoods and softwoods. Because of the big bite this tooth makes, it is most productive in higher horsepower sawmills and operations where higher feed rates and demanding production schedules must be maintained or exceeded.
Waratah stocks self-cleaning measuring wheel
The Waratah-designed, serrated, self-cleaning measuring wheel has been supported and offered by Waratah for more than seven years. It is available through all Waratah dealers, and the measuring wheel is also an option on all 600 series Waratah processing heads.
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