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By Tony Kryzanowski
John Deere’s new wheel weight package improves skidder productivity
John Deere skidders have gained a significant increase in performance with a new optional wheel weight package that will add 1,900 pounds to the front of the machines. Available now, the kit is compatible with the 640H cable skidder and 648H, 748H and 848H grapple skidders.
“This is a simple solution that increases machine capabilities to help our customers become more productive on the job,” says Brandon O’Neal, product marketing manager at John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Loggers will see a substantial difference in the load weight they are able to pull with the heavier set of wheels.”
The weight package, made for the front two wheels only, requires the use of dual ring wheels and SWEDA axles. New wheels with a dual ring that allow the use of 35.5 tires are also available with the optional weight package. This new wheel is available both as a factory option and field kit. It does not allow for dual wheels and 35.5 tires.
Weights and all mounting hardware for one set of wheels are included in the kit. The wheel is not included.
Kadant acquires Carmanah Design and Manufacturing
Kadant Inc. has acquired Carmanah Design and Manufacturing Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of stranders and related equipment used in the production of oriented strand board (OSB). Carmanah also supplies debarking and wood chipping equipment used in both the forest products and the pulp and paper industries.
“I’m pleased to extend our presence into the forest products industry with the acquisition of Carmanah,” said Jonathan W. Painter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kadant Inc. “Carmanah is the world leader in stranding equipment and we expect that the company will make a strong contribution to our business in 2014 and beyond.
“Industry analysts expect the annual growth rate of OSB production to be just under 10 per cent per year over the next five years in North America,” said Painter. “With more than 70 per cent of Carmanah’s business coming from parts and consumables, this acquisition will also advance our strategic plan to increase our aftermarket revenues.”
“We are excited to join Kadant and believe its global footprint will provide an opportunity for Carmanah to enhance its global market position,” added Michael Colwell, President of Carmanah Design and Manufacturing Inc.
Carmanah is based in Surrey, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry.
Hultdins releases new strong SG300S grapple
Hultdins now offers an SG300S grapple model, which it says is the strongest 300 size grapple to hit the market.
It is based on the same design and construction as the series I SG260S and SG360S grapples that the company says have become the industry standard in cut-to-length grapples in North America over the past 20 years. Hultdins says this new model— weighing in at 515 lbs.—will be the ultimate solution for customers that find the SG260S model too small and the SG360S model too heavy.
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