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October 2007 - The
Logging and Sawmilling Journal
Deere track feller bunchers offer power and
With their four-way levelling system and increased operator control, the John Deere
909J and 959J track feller bunchers offer a combination of power and productivity.
Levelling is possible up to 26 degrees forward, 7 degrees rearward and 14 degrees
from side-to-side. Both models feature a Total Machine Control system that enables
operators to set the speed and acceleration of the tilt to match their application,
terrain and capabilities, while providing constant position feedback. In addition, the
redesigned cab features increased downward visibility for a clear view of the ground
Both provide outstanding saw blade power
with quick recovery time and 294 SAE gross
hp. The hydraulically driven cooling fan
optimizes horsepower and increases fuel
efficiency by running only when needed.
Room to grow for Optimil
Sawmill equipment manufacturer
Optimil Machinery Inc is well positioned
for the present and the future, with the
recent completion of an expansion of its
facilities in Delta, BC.
“We now have all of our operations
consolidated at one site,” explains Bill
LeGentil, manager of marketing at
Optimil. “With all of our equipment and
facilities in one location, it’s really helped
to streamline the manufacturing process.”
All of the company’s operations
are now at 8320 River Road in Delta,
a suburb of Vancouver. It has a total
of 85,000 square feet in its buildings.
Customers and suppliers were able
to see the results of the expansion at
the company’s open house, held in
On site machinery at Optimil includes
a laser table, burn table, horizontal
boring mills, and CNC milling and
turning centres. The manufacturing
process is designed to utilize the latest
in CAD technology, and equipment
is manufactured under a strict quality
assurance program, utilizing the CNC
machine centres to assure maximum
Optimil is a well-recognized name
in primary and secondary log processing
machinery, and in log and board
optimization systems. Since its founding in
1983, the company’s objective has been
to help progressive sawmillers produce
more lumber from their existing wood
resource. The company estimates that
projects completed in the last three years
alone have resulted in annual savings
equal to more than 15 million logs.
In addition to giving Optimil plenty
of space for its current needs, the recent
expansion also prepares the company for
the future. “We’re pretty well set up if
we want to add any equipment down the
road,” says LeGentil.
USNR’s new triple-length
continuous dry kiln
USNR has introduced a new triplelength
continuous (TLC) dry kiln. It’s the
latest innovation in lumber drying and
delivers non-stop production with energy
efficiency, says the company.
The new concept in drying technology
allows mills to double their kiln production
while using an existing heating
system. The kiln is three times as long as
a traditional kiln, but has an open-ended
design—no doors. The patented process
allows mills to cycle wood through at
variable rates based on temperature and
The TLC dry kiln is a double-track kiln
where the lumber stacks run in opposite
directions so that heat coming off the dry
lumber preheats the green lumber packs,
and moisture coming off the green lumber
conditions the dry lumber. This energy
efficient process happens at both ends.
Finning features Cat’s
To help meet the growing need for
qualified equipment operators, Finning
showcased Caterpillar’s new Virtual
Training System at this year’s Forest Expo
Show in Prince George, BC.
The Virtual Training System’s personal
simulators and the accompanying training
modules are designed to orient and
train inexperienced and prospective
operators in basic machine operation and
application skills. The training curriculum
progressively takes a trainee from basic
control orientation through complex
The Virtual Training System for
hydraulic excavators is already available.
In 2006, Caterpillar will introduce systems
for off-highway trucks, wheel loaders,
backhoe loaders and track-type tractors.
Systems for motor graders and skid steer
loaders are planned in 2007.
Tigercat has released the 822C/
L830C series feller bunchers and
harvesters designed with a number of
The Tier III QSL9 engines on the
machines produce 300 hp at 1,800 rpm,
and the new common rail fuel system
improves engine reliability. The exhaust
manifold hardware is rated for higher
temperatures to prevent breakage and
Tigercat has improved the hydraulic
driven cooling fan by adding thermostat
control. The fan now operates at
automatic variable speed with an
automatic purge cycle. The new 24-volt
electrical system improves cranking ability
in cold weather and provides better
compatibility between the carrier and
harvesting head attachments.
Defrosting and defogging capabilities
have been improved, and the master
disconnect is remote mounted in the
cab. The front door height has also been
extended for better upward visibility.
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