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TimberWest November/December 2013

May/June 2015

Photo of the Schlafer team at Covelo, Calif., with Paul Shandel on the left, loader operator, Ramon Echeverria, in the center and Antone Schlafer on the right.

Nothing Stands in Schlafer’s Way
Schlafer and his small logging crew don’t know the meaning of impossible, and that is one of the keys to his success.

IFG’s Wood-Eating Machine
Idaho Forest Group (IFG) recently unveiled its new HewSaw SL250 3.4 installation at the 2015 Small Log Conference.

Cold Winter Bumps Up Demand for Pellets
Purcell Premium Pellets, based
in Hauser, Idaho, talks pellets.

New Cable Yarder Takes to the Woods
T-Mar sees the need for a new steep slope cable yarder specifically designed to address the increasing volumes of second-growth timber.

Keeping the Wheels Turning
Ever since Joel Olson built his first logging road and bought his first three log trucks, innovation and attention to detail have been key to his business.

Top Five Causes of Forest Equipment Fires
Although most machines are equipped with fire suppression systems, operators can take steps to help prevent fires.

Tech Review
Firewood Processing Equipment


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New Products

Doosan DX140W-5Doosan DX140W-5 & DX190W-5

Doosan expanded its Tier 4 excavator lineup with two new wheel models—the DX140W-5 and DX190W-5 — for applications that require an excavator with rubber tires. The “dash-5” excavators replace the “dash-3” (interim Tier 4) models. In addition to a Tier 4 diesel engine, these models feature improved fuel efficiency from a new Smart Power Control (SPC) selectable engine mode and multiple product enhancements.

The 132-net-horsepower DX140W-5 and 168-net-horsepower DX190W-5 wheel excavators feature rubber tires, making them a popular choice for customers who regularly drive on finished concrete or asphalt surfaces.

Tigercat Releases the 1085B Forwarder and New Low-Wide Boom and Hooked Crain for the 1075B and 1085B Forwarders

With the new 25-tonne-capacity 1085B, Tigercat enters a new forwarder class. The 1085B stands alone as the only 25-tonne-capacity forwarder offered worldwide by a major industry player.

The 1085B excels in severe duty applications such as long distance forwarding and is especially well matched to steep slopes. The 1085B is equipped with Tigercat’s unique WideRange transmission, innovative low-wide bunk system, and hooked crane.

The new low-wide bunk system combined with the reshaped F195T85 hooked crane provides many benefits for Tigercat’s forwarders. The extendable bunks are angled to reduce overall gate height and eliminate the need for a vertically sliding gate. The low-wide bunk system allows for easier crane operation and decreases loading and unloading cycle times. Also, in combination with the hooked crane, the low-wide bunk system significantly reduces the chance of contact with the gate or bunk stakes.

waratahWaratah FL-85 Series 2

The New Waratah FL-85 Series 2 felling head gives increased durability with a heavier frame, includes a larger saw box design and improved heavy duty guarding protection. The Series 2 features full 360 continuous rotation, a unique hydraulic link-brake for improved control, and a strong upper–boom link system that provides simple installation on log loaders, excavators, and feller bunchers. Weighing 3844 lbs., you can even toss in a heal rack. New larger ¾ saw unit with auto tensioning provides a single pass cut capacity of 37 inches. Picking, sorting, or piling. Perfect to harvest steep slope timber. Fewer cuts on larger timber and minimizing the need for manual hand falling make the new FL-85 Series-2 a go-to attachment.

Intercomp CS1500™ LED Crane Scale

Intercomp announces the launch of their new and improved CS1500™ LED Crane Scale. With capacities ranging from 500 lbs to 20,000 lbs, this NTEP-certified scale now comes standard with an enlarged 1.5” five digit LED display and Intercomp’s RFX™ Wireless Weighing Technology for viewing and recording weights remotely.

Along with making the display larger, battery life has also improved; increasing to an impressive 500 hours of continuous use and 9,000 hours in standby mode. This new, LED display features an adjustable brightness setting to achieve optimal visibility; it is even bright enough for use in outdoor applications.

WoodmizerWood-Mizer Releases New Line of Lumber Drying Kilns

Wood-Mizer LLC has released a new line of lumber drying dehumidification kiln kits, the Wood-Mizer KD Series of kilns, ranging from 1,000 to 35,000 board feet capacities. Joining the Wood-Mizer KS50 Solar Kiln, the KD Series Dehumidification Kiln Kits feature 100 percent corrosion-resistant aluminum cabinets and specially coated dehumidification coils to ensure quality performance and an extra-long life.

“The KD Series gives both entry-level and mid-size lumber operations an opportunity to maximize the value of their lumber in-house while eliminating the need to rely on outside vendors for drying lumber,” said Darryl Floyd, Wood-Mizer COO.

John Deere GoFell Mobile Application for M-Series Feller Buncher Customers

John Deere Forestry has created the GoFell mobile application for M-Series Tracked Feller Buncher customers. The app is designed to assist operators in understanding machine controls, settings, and diagnostics to help users get the most out of their machine.

The free-of-charge GoFell mobile application is available for iPhone® and Android® devices and acts as an operator’s quick reference guide, providing loggers with instant access to information about their M-Series Tracked Feller Buncher. The application boasts a number of features, including a guide to better understanding unique John Deere M-Series equipment features and tips to customize the operating experience to maximize productivity during regular operations or extreme conditions.

“Whether you’re an operator, site foreman, or fleet manager, this M-Series Feller Buncher app will help make your life easier,” said Cliff Caudill, manager, Product Marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry.

Fecon Power PackFecon Introduces New Power Pack

Fecon Inc. introduces the BHP270 Modular Power Pack featuring Fecon’s Power Management System for maximizing performance and torque while minimizing fuel consumption. The BHP270 is designed for use on most excavators in the 20-30 ton range.

The modular aspect of the BHP270 overcomes custom engineering of the power pack and dramatically shortens lead times so the installer can begin work more quickly. Where industry lead times for power packs had run 6-8 weeks or more, the modular design of the BHP270 allows Fecon or its dealers to have units in stock for immediate shipment.

Fecon’s BHP270 comes with a Cummins QSB 6.7 260 hp engine, 105gpm hydraulic flow, swing out hydraulic oil cooler, reversing cooling fan, and an 84 gal. fuel tank to work a full eight-hour day or more between re-fueling.

RotochopperRotochopper Launches Slow Speed Shredder Line

Rotochopper is launching a new line of industrial slow-speed shredders. The first model in this new line, the HTS-2, made its debut at Waste Expo in Las Vegas. The HTS-2 is an aggressive dual shaft shredder designed to pre-process stumps, commingled C & D, railroad ties, and other forms of mixed or contaminated waste.

The HTS-2 shredder is available with diesel or electric power units from 400 to 630 hp, in stationary, portable, or track-mounted configurations. Seamless Integration with Rotochopper Grinders and Hammermills. It’s the answer to processing nasty, contaminated material without pre-sorting. The HTS-2 coupled with a Rotochopper horizontal grinder and hammermill can turn contaminated C&D into whatever product the local market wants.

KomatsuKomatsu Launches PC210LL-10 Log Loader

The Forest Machine Business Division of Komatsu America Corp. introduces its PC210LL-10 Log Loader, which replaces the former Tier 3 PC200LL-8 model. Featuring a more environmentally friendly engine that increases horsepower by 7% and lowers fuel consumption by 10%, the Komatsu engine in the PC210LL-10 is EPA Tier 4 Interim certified.

This PC210LL-10 has a flywheel horsepower of 158 HP and weighs 65,118 pounds in road builder configuration. It’s also available in log loader and processor head carrier configurations.

The PC210LL-10 is equipped with the KOMTRAX® 4.0 technology, which wirelessly sends machine operating information to a secure website. Data such as operating hours, location, cautions, fuel consumption, and maintenance alerts are relayed for analysis.