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Tigercat B-series Forwarders
Tigercat’s extreme duty forwarder line has been redesigned. The first B-series model to hit the market is the 1075B, Tigercat’s extreme duty 22-ton capacity machine. It debuted in March at AUS Timber 2008. The 11 and 14-ton class machines (1045B and 1055B) will follow later this year. Most of the B-series changes have taken place in the cab, where operators will immediately notice increased comfort levels and reduced fatigue over long shifts. The ergonomics have been improved, and the joystick pods are easier to operate with only one function per control.
The potentiometer (controlling maximum speed) is helpful in tough terrain. They have reduced the width and moved the structural doorpost forward, which enhances driver visibility. And an optional HID lighting package significantly improves visibility during night operation. www.tigercat.com
CSI Introduces New Dangle Head
Cutting Systems Inc. (CSI) has introduced its DFH-3526 dangle felling head. The DFH is a chain and bar (3/4 pitch) dangle felling saw head designed for use on excavator type carriers for cutting, topping, delimbing, and shoveling timber from the stump. The head is designed to handle all these functions with ease if mounted on the proper carrier. The DFH-3526 frame is constructed from T-1 alloy steel. The DFH has a 26” single cut capacity and a 35” maximum opening. It uses a 37” roller tip bar and 3/4” pitch 59 link chain. www.cuttingsys.com
QX® Crane Package
The QX® Modular Crane Package by R&M Materials Handling offers a pre-engineered, modular crane package intended to maximize performance. The Spacemaster® SX Electric Wire Rope Hoist, with lifting capacities from 1/2 to 80 tons and lifting speeds from 10/1.5- 62/10 fpm, is the highlight of the crane package. The large diameter rope drum of the Spacemaster® SX Hoist offers low headroom, easy positioning, closer approaches, and reduced component wear. The Spacemaster® SX Hoist is outfitted with additional performance-enhancing features including sealed brakes, a two-speed hoist motor, and trolley inverter control. www.rmhoist.com
Morris Material Handling, Inc. Offers Inspection Services
Morris Material Handling, Inc., the original equipment manufacturer of P&H® cranes, hoists, and replacement parts, introduces inspection services for all brands of overhead cranes and hoists.
Highly trained and certified technicians analyze hundreds of crane components and deliver a simple, easy-to-read report of all deficiencies. Technicians are equipped with a Panasonic ToughBook, unique to inspections of material handling equipment, which expedites the complete report and repair proposal. The crane and hoist inspections assist with safety and reliability, help ensure regulatory compliance, and lower the total cost of crane ownership. www.morriscranes.com, www.kaveritcranes.com.
Caterpillar® Line of Rubber-Track Loaders
The new compact track loaders combine a freshly engineered suspension-type undercarriage, designed and built by Caterpillar, with the chassis of their multi terrain loader counterparts, the 277C, 287C, and 297C. The fully suspended undercarriage employs four independent torsion axles for a superior ride and excellent bucket load retention. Class leading track-on-ground of almost 70” provides good flotation and traction, low ground pressure, and long track life.
All three models feature two-speed drive systems, with a maximum speed of 8.5 mph, for fast movement around large sites. The electrohydraulic joystick control of the drive motors delivers straightline tracking, and electronic torque management optimizes productivity.
The new models have rated operating capacities of 3,200, 3,850 and 4,150 pounds, at 50 percent of tipping load. Net-horsepower ratings range from 82 to 90 for the 299C. Lift-arm-path design is radial for the 279C and vertical for the 289C and 299C. www.cat.com
Case Approves B20 Biodiesel Blends
Case Construction Equipment announced it has approved the use of B20 blends (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel) for more than 85 percent of its construction equipment.
“Case is proudly leading the construction industry to help lower customers’ fuel costs and make a positive impact on the environment,” said Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment, North America. Case advises equipment owners to discuss the use of biodiesel, as well as the service requirements associated with its use, with their Case dealer. For a list of Case equipment that is approved for B20, visit www.casece.com.
Ponsse has been listening to its customers’ needs, and that has resulted in numerous product improvements and innovations. With respect to the harvester line, there have been changes in the Ergo, Bear, and Beaver a new Ponsse H53e harvester head for the Beaver harvester, a reinforced PONSSE H8 harvester head for the largest size category, and frame structure solutions for track-based machines, to name a few. Ponsse has also developed group handling technology and will be introducing the C2 sliding boom crane for the Beaver harvester. New balanced bogies mean steadier travel, particularly in hilly terrain. Balancing bogies are offered as an optional extra for the Bear, Ergo, and Beaver harvesters, and the Elephant, BuffaloKing, Buffalo, Elk, and Wisent forwarders. www.ponsse.com/finnmetko.
“This combination will give customers access to the best of both companies. By combining our product lines and our service and support operations, customers will be able to design the solution that best meets their needs,” says Chris Blomquist, USNR vice president. Chris added that USNR is committed to supporting all previouslyinstalled Newnes-McGehee systems: “We now have a larger pool of talented technical resources to do just that.” www.usnr.com, www.newnes-mcgehee. com, or www.coemfg.com.
VCES Dealership Seattle & Spokane
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) added two more Volvo compact equipment dealer branches to its expanding distribution network. The Seattle & Spokane Volvo Construction Equipment & Services (VCES) branches now represent the comprehensive line of Volvo compact wheel loaders, excavators, skid steers, and backhoe loaders.
Brian Burke, Branch Manager for Seattle and Spokane, says, “We are excited to start offering Volvo compact equipment to the Washington market. . . . the addition of the compact equipment line will allow us to give our customers more of what they’ve come to expect.”