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Cat launches new model C series wheel feller buncher
Caterpillar Forest Products recently introduced the Cat 553C wheel feller buncher, the third model in the C series.
The 553C is equipped with the 174 hp Cat C6.6 ACERT engine.
The C series is more productive while burning less fuel than previous models, says Caterpillar. Power is delivered where and when it is needed as a result of PowerDirect Plus, new technology that optimizes machine efficiency and productivity.
The engine is positioned at the back of the C series machines, providing better weight distribution and balance between the front and rear axles.
The centre articulation joint is positioned between the front and rear axles to facilitate tire tracking. Combined with the improved weight distribution and balance that results from the rear engine position, the agility of the C series is said to be a distinct advantage.
The C series is the first wheel feller buncher that can be serviced standing on the ground. This includes fueling. The fuel tank is located behind the rear axle and the fill is at ground level.
Robust box section frames and a field-proven centre hitch design provide a solid foundation. A dual pad pump drive, two-speed gear box mounted on its side, steering cylinder mounts integrated into the frame and chrome-plated lift arm and tilt link pins are examples of design changes built into the C series to increase machine life.
Fast and smooth multi-functioning is due to a high performance control valve.
New Link-Belt 210 X3 series excavator now available
The Link-Belt 210 X3 series excavator is now available in North America in standard and long-front models.
The 210 X3 features an all new ROPS cab with new interior, new Interim Tier 4a engine technology with 10 per cent better fuel efficiency, seven per cent more lift capacity, three per cent faster cycle times and improved serviceability.
Additionally, the 210 X3 can be equipped with an optional auxiliary hydraulic system, which allows the operator to change both pressure and flow settings from inside the cab without having to lift a wrench.
The 210 X3 is equipped with an advanced, electronically-controlled Isuzu diesel engine to deliver performance and power to respond to peak demands of heavy digging and lifting applications.
A new variable-geometry turbocharger provides high velocity air flow at lower rpm's for clean and efficient combustion and power, even when performing precision tasks at slower speeds.
The 210 X3 features an all new fuel management system. This intelligent new fuel efficiency system controls consumption by lowering engine rpm during non-critical functions. In combination with additional engine controls such as auto-idle, the advanced fuel management system reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent to lower overall owning and operating costs.
New Tigercat district manager appointed in Quebec
Yannick Lapointe has joined the Tigercat Industries team as district manager for Quebec and Maine as well as other French-speaking regions.
Lapointe has a strong technical background in the construction and forestry equipment industries. Prior to taking on this position, Lapointe was branch manager for Strongco Equipment in Boucherville, Quebec. He has also worked in product support positions for a number of forestry equipment manufacturers including Pierce Pacific and Denharco.
Yannick will be based in the Saguenay area.
Northshore Manufacturing introduces largest stationary electric material handler
Northshore Manufacturing has added the largest member to its line-up of stationary electric material handlers, the massive Builtrite Model 6500-SE.
Weighing in at 103,000 lbs, this versatile handler is designed for industrial, heavy duty cycle applications like high volume pulpwood applications. The company says that stationary electric material handlers are much more cost effective over the life of the machine as compared to diesel powered material handlers.
Key features, benefits and options include: 67' horizontal reach, fabricated boom using high tensile steel, high pressure hydraulics (4500 psi) and high flow for greater lift capacity at full reach and fast cycle times.
It offers 360 degree continuous rotation on a large pedestal base.
Metriguard sonic lumber grader ideal for mills with limited space
The newest Metriguard machine grading system, the model 2350, sorts lumber for stiffness using density and sonic velocity.
This system is designed for a planer mill to machine grade lumber and for a sawmill to sort material for resource allocation before drying. Metriguard's sonic lumber grader is said to be ideal for mills that have limited space for installation.
Using sonic velocity, piece size and piece weight, the Metriguard model 2350 accurately determines the average modulus of elasticity (MOE) of each piece. MOE and operator-set criteria are then used to assign a machine grade. Lumber length and width are determined by sensors included with the 2350 or they can be automatically input from upstream measurement devices.
Key features of the model 2350 include quick and simple installation in a transverse lug chain, stable and reliable calibration, innovative striker design to initiate sound waves in each piece, proprietary spring suspension weigh system, ability to handle random lengths and cross-sections, and accurate and reliable grading by average MOE at speeds up to 250 lugs per minute.
The Metriguard model 2350 sonic lumber grader is compatible with other visual grading and scanning systems.
Hyster heavy duty forklifts suited for sawmills
The Hyster H190-280HD series of heavy duty forklifts are versatile trucks designed for outdoor use. They are said to be ideally suited for a wide variety of applications including sawmills and lumber production.
The H190-280HD series offers superior ergonomics, productivity and cost of operations, says Hyster.
The heavy duty forklifts feature a powerful Cummins QSB6.7 industrial diesel engine with turbo and intercooler. The Quad-Cooler contains four separate cooling cores in the engine, transmission, charge air cooler and hydraulic system with individually replaceable horizontally stacked cores. The integrated hydraulic cooler maintains normal system operating temperatures even at high ambient temperatures.
Routine maintenance can be done efficiently and quickly because with the side tilting ComforCab II, all engine, transmission and other service check points are conveniently located and easy to reach, says the company.
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