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Multitek’s New Firewood Processor
Multitek North America, LLC has introduced the Model 1610EZ firewood processor with a highly mobile design, optional integrated conveyor, and fruitful one cord per hour production rating. The 24 horsepower Honda engine and heavy duty log lift and log deck provide solutions for the firewood producer with no support equipment. Building on the success of the company’s proven bar and chain models, Multitek now offers several models with a circular saw, including the popular Model 2040xp2. New innovations such as bundle-wood wedges, wood cleaners, pilot operator style controls, and new safety features enable firewood business owners to reduce costs and add value. Visit

More Options at Tigercat
There’s a lot of news coming from Tigercat. First, the company recently released a new leveling undercarriage and, along with it, a new track carrier model. The primary goals with the new R6152L leveling undercarriage were to reduce weight and provide a lower cost leveling undercarriage that would work well with smaller platforms. The company has also developed the H250B, a dedicated processor carrier designed for roadside processing applications as well as light duty, in-woods harvesting. And the M726E mulcher can now be optioned with a new multi-function hydraulic system and quick-attach boom adapter. This option allows the machine to be quickly converted from mulcher to feller buncher in order to fell merchantable timber as necessary.                       

Lastly, Tigercat now offers two track loader models, the T234 and the T250B. Both machines are powered by a Cummins QSB6.7(QSB67) Tier III engine. The T234 is rated at 173hp and the T250 at 205hp. Both machines benefit from an advanced load sensing hydraulic system that improves performance and fuel efficiency.

Cat Installs Tier III Engines in Track Harvesters
Caterpillar Forest Products recently announced that the Cat® 501 and 501HD track harvesters have been updated with the new 157hp Caterpillar® C6.6 ACERT® Tier III engines rated at 2200 rpm. The Tier III C6.6 engine generates 11 percent more torque over previous Tier II engines in the lower rpm ranges. This additional torque provides more power at reduced rpms for increased fuel efficiency. It also maintains higher hydraulic flow under load for faster processor speeds.

ArmorCord™ Pull Cords
Tension Technology International (TTI) conducted comparison testing of ArmorCord™ and nylon internal combustion engine starter pull cords. The tests resulted in ArmorCord pull cords lasting about 300 times longer than nylon pull cords when subject to the abrasion of being cycled through an engine housing guide eyelet.                                   

Two ArmorCord TM specimens were tested until failure. (One ArmorCord TM specimen is still cycling.) One of these failed at 602,947 abrasion cycles and the other failed at 678,400 cycles. Four nylon pull cord specimens were tested in the same manner. All of these failed due to abrasion at or before 21,000 cycles.