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Oregon Logging Conference Review
If you attended the 2014 Oregon Logging Conference and thought there were more people attending than last year, you were right. OLC Conference Manager Rikki Wellman says, “We had a great response. Attendance was up 25 percent over last year. Well over 5,000 people attended.”
Vendor participation was also up. Booth space sold out in December, and new space had to be created.
This is great news for an industry that has been hard hit over the years by the recession. Dealers debuted various new equipment for loggers excited to be back in the woods. They included:
The OLC has always been a big supporter of education. As in years past, they offered two days full of seminars and panels, where attendees could earn up to 11 professional logger credits.
All were well attended, like the “Better Ideas/New Technology in Logging” panel, which covered everything from storm water treatment and video surveillance, to satellite tracking and machine stability.
Another sign that the industry is recovering was the participation from folks in the auctions.
“The Oregon Women in Timber anticipate making between $65,000 and $75,000 from their annual dinner and auction,” says Wellman. These funds will be used to support the Talk About Trees program, which has educated over two million school children about forestry.
Other events raised money as well, like Jane Moran’s Desserts for Dreams fundraiser, which earned money for the Sunshine Industries, and the OLC breakfast auction, which raised money for the OLC Foundation Forestry Scholarship Program.
Log Loader Competition
This year marked the 5th annual log loader competition. Talented operators battled it out to see who is the Best in the West. This year the winners were:
Preparing for 2015
The OLC officers and staff are already looking ahead and planning the 2015 event. With the economy slowly moving in the right direction, it looks like it will be even better than this year.
Komatsu / Modern Machinery
The Modern Machinery display featured Komatsu’s WA500 Loader, a big PC390LL-10 and the new PC240LL-10 Log Loader, which featured a 177 HP, Komatsu SAA6D107E-2 engine (Tier-4), Komatsu’s new purpose-built Oregon OSHA/ROPS/OPS/FOPS/TOPS/WCB certified forestry cab, and Komatsu’s purpose built 38’ HD live heel forestry boom, KOMTRAX & Komatsu Care.
Logging Encoders.com produces a rugged duty pulse generator specifically for the logging industry, increasing the lifespan of the sensor from months to years. At the OLC, Logging Encoders.com shared information on replacement sensors that fit Waratah, Valmet, Risley, Quadco, Log Max, Denharco, John Deere and Fabtek (CAT) harvesting heads.
Feenaughty Machinery Company has been supporting the construction and forestry industries for over 100 years. Since its beginning in 1901, Feenaughty has been a family-owned business that believes in hard work and loyalty to its customers as well as employees. Although the industry has gone though many changes since 1901, Feenaughty remains dedicated to supporting its customers needs with honesty and integrity. Going forward Feenaughty will continue to support its customers with the equipment, as well as the service, they have come to expect since 1901.
Eagle Carriage & Machine
Eagle Carriage & Machine has been building quality carriages since 1979, producing ten different carriages and grapples. The most recent too its line up is the Eagle V S. We also produce the hydrostatic, slack pulling eagle VI as well as the Super Eaglet carriages. Eagle Carriage takes pride in its service and customer satisfaction. Don’t let our geographical location get in your way, as we go out of our way to service our customers.
PONSSE introduced its new harvester head models, PONSSE 10 and PONSSE H8 with a top saw, at the Oregon Logging Conference. The harvester heads are designed for the demanding harvesting conditions of North America. The H10 is a heavy-duty processing and harvesting head for track-based machines weighing over 25 tonnes. With the new size class of harvester heads, Ponsse is responding to the harvesting needs of local harvesting entrepreneurs.
First time exhibitor, T-Mar Industries Ltd., used the OLC to introduce loggers to the first new swing yarder built in North America in decades. T-Mar is well known throughout western Canada for its cable yarding and yarder rebuild capabilities and drew on its years of experience to design and build a modern, versatile and high production yarder. T-Mar also manufactures extreme duty log grapples, excavator mount rock drills, yarder parts and related forestry equipment.
Wood-Mizer now offers blades in four distinct brands to meet every type of wood cutting application, from green softwoods to abrasive and exotic hardwoods. Offering more than 60 basic blade profiles and an extensive array of combinations based on profile, tooth height, width, thickness, tooth set and length, Wood-Mizer blades offer unmatched cutting flexibility across the board.
Cleanfix Reversible Fans with its patented blade rotation, is the number one reversible engine fan, on the market today. Available as a standard fixed pitch model or a horsepower and fuel saving variable pitch model, both systems will keep your cooling system free of debris as well as running smoothly. All day, every day!
Brake Systems Inc. displayed their complete line of Williams Control air valves, air cylinders, shifters, air throttles and Blue Ox exhaust brakes. All are manufactured in Portland, Ore., for logging and the heavy duty industry. Brake Systems is Williams’ largest stocking distributor and a Haldex Superstore, with a complete line of air compressors, air valves, brake boosters, converters and more. BSI also remanufactures air valves, roto chambers, air compressors and brake boosters for heavy duty applications, and is ISO 9001-2008 and ITAR certified. For your air control specialist count on Brake Systems Inc.
Triad Machinery / Link-Belt
Triad Machinery, your Pacific Northwest Leader in Forestry Equipment, Construction Equipment, Material Handling Equipment, Wheel Loaders, Rough Terrain Cranes as well as Crawler Cranes. Our equipment coverage spans Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. We specialize in New and Used Equipment, Equipment Rentals, Parts and Service. Our major lines include: Link-Belt Construction and Forestry Equipment, Tigercat, Waratah Forestry Attachments, Link-Belt Cranes, Kawasaki Wheel Loaders plus Terex Construction Equipment.
Pierce Pacific Manufacturing
Since 1931, Pierce Pacific Manufacturing, Inc. has been designing, engineering, manufacturing, delivering, and supporting customized products that meet the demands of heavy industry, and the needs of our customers. With expertise in scrap, refuse, and bulk material handling, as well as demolition, specialty excavation, forestry, and heavy-duty crane applications, our product knowledge is vast, comprehensive—and always growing.
Hangzhou Quiri Tools
Hangzhou Qirui Tools Co., Ltd is a Chinese professional manufacturer/ marketer of replacement parts and accessories for the chainsaw and harvester line. Hangzhou Quiri carries the celebrated MAYA brand, with advanced cutting technology for the forestry industry, offers you a complete range of cutting attachments for your harvester. MAYA products are designed for efficiency and built for toughness. No matter what your cutting application, MAYA is your ideal solution.
Cascade Trader / Hyundai
Cascade Trader displayed Hyundai’s 330 Log Loader during the Oregon Logging Conference. These high performance machines provide plenty of strength as well as efficiency to help you complete a variety of tough projects – on time and budget. Hyundai’s 330 has a large reinforced cab, which provides excellent 360 degree visibility. Also the Hi-mate remote management system uses GPS and the internet to let you access machine data from anywhere in the world.
Farmland Tractor Supply is a family owned and operated company. It’s your source for repair, replacement as well as machining of all Farm, Commercial plus Industrial Machine parts. The company’s 25 employees ensure top quality service and reliable parts that you can depend on, with over 30 acres of inventory on-site plus a huge database of parts to find what you need. Farmland Tractor backs everything it sells with full service as well as support.
Morbark displayed its 3800XL Wood Hog horizontal grinder at the Papé exhibit area. The 3800XL provides outstanding material flow into the milling chamber via a 59¾” x 40” infeed opening. There’s plenty of space under and within the mill for turning large and bulky material into saleable products. Powered by a 700-800 HP Cat engine, the 3800XL incorporates a proven driveline protection system that protects against catastrophic contaminant damage. Standard features include the Morbark Integrated Control System (M.I.C.S.). Operators can adjust feed systems for increased output while maximizing fuel efficiency.
Peterson Cat and Caterpillar Forest Products featured equipment for both in the woods and in the millyard. The display included large, medium and small wheel loaders, including the Cat 988K, which burns less fuel without compromising power. Logging equipment included harvesters, skidders and log loaders. For complete harvesting systems fully supported by Caterpillar, several Cat FMs and SATCO processors were also showcased.
Eugene, Oregon based Peterson Pacific was proud to attend the 2014 OLC show again this year. Peterson displayed a 2700C horizontal grinder as well as a DS6162 deck screen. “We are busier than ever, and are really excited on how things are picking up in our industry!” said Michael Spreadbury, Marketing Manager for Peterson Pacific.
Cascade Trader / Doosan
Cascade Trader specializes in the sale of used logging and construction equipment. Over the years business has expanded to include the offering of parts, sales as well as service for Doosan Construction and Forestry Equipment including Excavators, Wheel Loaders plus Purpose Built Log Loaders. For the past three years, Cascade has been one of the top five machine volume dealers for Doosan in the U.S.
As a true visionary and pioneer in the forestry industry. Quadco embraces quality craftsmanship, business relationships plus loggers needs. We are recognized worldwide for revolutionizing the forestry industry through development of the Quad Tooth® System as well as other valuable products used by loggers every day. Our line – up includes forestry cutting tools, saw discs, and attachments.
White Mountain Chain
Let White Mountain Chain give you the safety that only a high quality chain can give The quality and durability of a chain does not solely depend on the quality of the steel it is made from. It also depends on the production technology and the quality control procedures that are used on the way from raw material to finished chain. In this process TRYGG chains are the market leaders.
John Deere / Pape Machinery
Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry displayed a variety of powerful John Deere, Hitachi, Fecon, and Morbark equipment, including the John Deere 2454D Harvester, 648H Skidder, 319E, and 50G. The John Deere 3754D Swing Machine stood alongside the 2454D and 2154D models—all featuring powerful swing and track systems, best-in-class horsepower, and smooth hydraulic systems. Also exhibited were the Hitachi Z240F road builder and the John Deere 825i gator and 5100M tractor.
Log Max engineers products that promote healthy forests, providing harvesting as well as processing solutions to its clients, big or small and in any type of forestry application. The 7000XT and 10000XT continue to be popular with the PNW loggers. However the demand for smaller heads has become apparent in the industry’s changing markets. Log Max has a wide variety of harvesting as well as processing heads for all applications, from the little 928 to the 10000XT and 12000XT.
Laser Technology, Inc.
LTI’s Log Deck Volume campaign created a lot of buzz at the show because it gave attendees the opportunity to win a complete laser system that can measure and calculate MBF in mere minutes. You too can win by taking an online survey. Start tracking “just-in-time” inventory quicker and safer. Learn how now.
Tigercat / Triad Machinery
Tigercat’s 880 Logger was showcased at the Triad Machinery exhibit during the Oregon Logging Conference. The 880 logger is a multi-purpose, no compromise carrier that can be equipped for shovel logging, loading or processing with a live heel, power clam, butt-n-top or processing attachment. Tigercat produces track feller bunchers, forest-duty harvesters, skidders and purpose built shovel loggers that are well matched to extreme PNW harvesting conditions.
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