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June 2006 - The Logging and Sawmilling Journal



Volvo and Ponsse produce a harvesting match

Volvo and Ponsse engineers have produced what they have termed a perfect match between the Volvo excavator and Ponsse harvester heads. The result is the Volvo EC210B F. The equipment’s features focus on delivering high performance, reliability and excellent fuel economy in demanding forestry conditions.

The package from Volvo and Ponsse includes the dedicated EC210B F forestry excavator, the harvester head, the Ponsse measuring systems installed on a Ponsse Opti computer package, all necessary electrical and electronic components, harness and joysticks. And while the boom retains the standard form, straight and goose neck type adapter sticks are available for harvesting equipment. The EC21B F is also fitted with a Volvo D6D EAE2 six cylinder turbo-charged engine, with 107 kW (143 hp) maximum power.


FECON introduces crawler mulcher

FECON has introduced the FTX440 crawler mulcher to its line of FTX track carriers. Powered with a 440 hp Caterpillar engine and equipped with the Bull Hog BH350 mulcher, the FTX440 is said to be perfect for land clearing, rightofway maintenance, firebreaks and vegetation management.

The FTX440 features a patented synchronized interface between the mulcher and the crawler that allows a full range of motion for tackling standing, fallen or piled vegetation. Other features include a comfortable cab with 1/2” thick Lexan Marguard windows, a tilt-out rear window, dual joystick control, analogue and IQAN digital displays, and exterior lighting is provided to allow maximum productivity.


Tigercat starts production of E-series bunchers

Tigercat has begun production of its E-series Tier III drive-to-tree feller bunchers. The first two models are the 724E and 726E. The 724E has undergone extensive redevelopment to incorporate the design features introduced on the 726D model. With an upgraded Cummins QSC8.3, 230 hp Tier III engine,
the 726 also gets the E-series designation. Like the 726E, the 724E now has a compartmentalized rear frame with separate sections for the engine, cross-flow cooling system and hydraulic components.

The engine air pre-cleaner is also housed in its own separate compartment, distinct from the engine house. The other major change is the upgraded Cummins QSB6.7 Tier III engine, producing 220 hp at 2,200 rpm.


Komatsu introduces latest wireless technology

Komatsu’s newest hydraulic excavators come standard with state-of-the-art Komtrax wireless technology, remote monitoring systems that allow the equipment to send operating information to a secure website.

The wireless equipment monitoring system includes well-engineered features which should aid in increasing machine availability and reducing the risk of machine theft. The system even enables remote diagnosis by the distributor.

Komtrax also includes an hour meter, tracking system, engine lock-down, cautions and maintenance alerts, which are all relayed to the web-based application. This information allows for optimized operations because parts scheduling, maintenance and service intervals and fueling times can be easily scheduled. It can also alleviate costly downtime.


How-to video about ecoforestry

A new documentary and how-to video about alternative approaches to the forest and the forest economy is now available.

Titled “The Sustainable Forest and the New Forest Economy,” much of the program was filmed at Merv Wilkinson’s Wildwood forest on Vancouver Island— an example of the potential of selection harvesting of timber. The program also profiles low impact, commercial thinning with Bob Woods in the Sayward Forest (a second growth forest), Al Hopwood’s woodlot (one of the first FSC eco-certified forests) and marketing and manufacturing of eco-certified wood products.

Written by Ray Travers, chair of the Ecoforestry Institute Society of Canada, and Edward Homer, the program is about working in the forest and creating jobs, while at the same time maintaining the natural systems in the forest.


Ontario’s ESS adds Komatsu utility line


Marcel Langlois, vice-president of marketing for Komatsu Canada, recently announced that ESS (Equipment Sales & Service), the Komatsu Construction equipment dealer for Ontario, will now represent the complete line of Komatsu utility equipment.

Langlois says that ESS has already delivered a number of pieces of equipment and that they were very encouraged by the market response. He also emphasized the advantage in teaming up with a long established equipment dealer. “It’s not often you can add an organization with a 60-year history of
success in the region.” and


CITW becomes Wood
Preservation Canada

The Canadian Institute of Treated Wood (CITW), which has represented Canada’s wood preserving industry for more than 50 years, has changed its name to better reflect its function.

“Effective immediately, and according to the wishes of the board of directors, we will operate as Wood Preservation Canada (WPC),” says Henry Walthert, executive director of the association.

“The new name reflects the prime purpose for our industry to Canadians. It also provides an avenue for new and emerging technologies into mainstream wood preservation and it reinforces the association’s role as the voice of the wood preserving industry in Canada.”

The WPC is located in Ottawa and represents more than 90 per cent of Canadian wood preserving operations.


Williams & White introduces new line of filing room machinery

Unveiled at the recent BC Saw Filer’s Convention, the new robotic saw sharpening system by Williams & White is designed to aid saw filers by reducing the manual labour required to load each saw by hand.

Matched to the filing room workload and budget, the new Saw Auto-Loading System (SAL) automatically loads up to 50 saws on to either the Williams & White top and face grinder or a dual side grinder. The SAL can also be retrofitted to recent models of the Williams & White TFX-C machines.

The company designed the saw loading system with head filers and their team in mind. Placing a stack of saws to be sharpened on the SAL frees up time and increases filing room efficiency.

The Saw Auto Loading system is designed so that sawmill staff can easily operate and maintain the equipment. The SAL system uses industry standard electronic components for robotic control. Linear bearings and all steel construction, with a “C” frame backbone, insure precision saw grinding. Integrated safety systems ensure operator safety. The safety systems include: a complete guarding package; an electrical fail-safe sensor system; and a fault detection system for saw pick-up, travel and loading.




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