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Logging and Sawmilling Journal March/April 2014

MaY 2014

On the Cover:
Millyards are busier than they’ve been in quite a while with the recovery in the forest industry now having a firm hold, with mills ramping up and starting up. You can read all about the start-up of the Carrier Group’s sawmill in Big River, Saskatchewan (Photo of Liebherr 934 sorting logs at a Tolko operation in the B.C. Interior by
Paul MacDonald).

Missed opportunity?
There’s an opportunity to deal with the growing volumes of greenhouse gas emissions in B.C.—with increased tree planting and restoration of the province’s forests—but it may be a missed opportunity, going by forecasted tree planting in B.C. and a provincial government focused on fossil fuel development.

Big sawmill news in Big River
The start-up of the sawmill in Big River, Saskatchewan—with its annual production target of 250 million board feet of lumber—is big news for the Carrier Group of Companies, and the community.

Diversifying after the downturn
Veteran Alberta logging contractor Herman Derksen—having survived the downturn and made some investments in new logging equipment—is thinking diversification is part of the path to maintaining a sustainable business.

Casting the line further with new tong thrower
A new tong thrower developed by young logger Eric Krume is proving to be productive and portable—it is self-contained and can easily be moved from machine to machine.

Ponsse batting 9,000
Logging equipment manufacturer Ponsse recently marked an impressive milestone, producing its 9,000th production machine, and the company continues to be known for its innovation. Just ask Quebec logging contractor Rejean Girard, who bought #9,000, an ElephantKing forwarder.

The Edge
Included in The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions, FPInnovations and Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures.

Back in the bush
Mike and Lana Daniels, having exited from the forest industry a few years’ back, are now back, but this time around they are applying M and M Logging’s skills to “make things happen” in the fast-paced oil and gas industry in Alberta.

Innovator and ideas man
Nova Scotia’s Walter Rodler is a true wood products innovator, and his work has resulted in improvements in production and safety for equipment from chainsaw mills through to wood splitters— and he’s still working away on new innovations.

The Last Word
If the regulators can figure things out, loggers could be laying out cutblocks with the assistance of drones in the not-too-distant future, says Jim Stirling.


Tech Update: Mulchers and Vegetation Control Equipment




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By Tony Kryzanowski

Silvana saw chain sharpenerNew Silvana saw chain sharpener: just set and start

Silvana Import Trading has released the newest member of its Markusson brand saw chain sharpeners.

This new saw chain sharpener—the Triplematic—is said to provide numerous benefits. It is a fully automatic saw chain sharpening machine, grinding the cutting link at three key points—the cutting edge, the raker, and the gullet, all in one cycle.

It is easy to use; just set and start.

Silvana says the Triplematic creates chain that is sharper than new with no more overheated blue teeth, and it can handle stiff chains with its new tensioning system.

The Triplematic builds on the success of the Grindomatic V12, renowned for its workhorse reliability and ease of operation, as well as last year’s new entry, the Combimatic 3/4” chain specialist.


Morbark slow-speed shredderMorbark debuts slow-speed shredder

Morbark Inc. has partnered with its European dealer, OBMtec, to produce the Barracuda, a single-rotor, slow-speed shredder for markets outside of Europe.

The Barracuda was developed by OBMtec and is manufactured at Morbark’s Winn, Michigan, factory. The company says the new shredder offers a universal solution for industrial, construction and demolition, wood and other waste streams, providing a high-quality end product with low operating, maintenance and fuel costs.

The Barracuda is designed with serviceability in mind. All daily maintenance, such as cleaning the air filter, and checking and changing fluids, can be done while standing at ground level.

The Barracuda’s ground-level adjustment door allows for grates adjustment in as little as two minutes, reducing downtime and increasing productivity. The counter knives can be repositioned to five different heights—higher for waste wood or lower for industrial waste. Available set-up options from 20 to 40 hammers and counter knives give users multiple alternatives to find the right mix of speed, fuel economy, and output quality to best fit their needs.

The Barracuda’s single rotor and bolt-on hammer inserts for reduced maintenance times, the internal rotor gearbox with high torque for greater fuel efficiency and the large hydraulic reservoir for lower operating temperatures all play a part with the many other key features to reduce operating costs in this new design.

BrunetteBrunette BioSizer grinder built for maximum bite

The Brunette BioSizer is a rugged, extreme-duty, high-speed, secondary waste wood grinder, specifically designed for production of a fine, consistent product. Built with a strong emphasis on low-maintenance, this biomass grinder comes equipped with a high-inertia rotor and fixed strikers—four rows of staggered hammers which provide maximum bite with every revolution.

The Brunette BioSizer allows for processing a variety of materials including: oversized ‘bush-grind’ hog fuel, trim blocks, wood chips, pre-ground demolition materials and typical urban wood waste, all of which it converts to a fine, accurate, consistent product size for the biomass industry.

The main frame is protected with internal bolt-on replaceable wear liners and is equipped with an extreme-duty, swing-away anvil. The grate has a progressive rectangular hole pattern, and can be easily changed out to other hole patterns to suit required product size. Available in different models, 40”, 52” and 64” wide, for varying production requirements.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems investing heavily in forestry sector

Trelleborg Wheel Systems’ strategy involves a combination of high-quality, continuous product development, complete customer focus, and a global presence.

The company has long been a leading player within the forestry tire sector. It is investing heavily in further developing its range of products. It has upgraded the load capacity of the existing range and is also introducing new products.

Development of its product range is based largely on the continuous contact it has with customers and manufacturers. The company says it also takes an active interest in general research and development within the forest industry.

Trelleborg’s ambition is to supply high levels of service and support in fields where these tires are used. This local presence improves its understanding of the regional market, so that it can quickly pick up on any changes in attitude, demand and preferences.

Book on history of Canadian forestry launched

‘A History of Forestry in Canada’, a book written by Gilbert Paillé—forest engineer, former associate deputy minister, former president and CEO of the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC)—that tells the story of the Canadian forest industry was launched recently by FPInnovations, Natural Resources Canada, and the author.

The book celebrates both the importance and the history of Canadian forestry. ‘A History of Forestry in Canada’ provides a detailed chronology of the main events that marked the Canadian forestry industry over the last 150 years. The book also profiles forest management philosophies, national forest strategies, management of public forests and private woodlots, and domestic and international wood trade.

Dr. Paillé is an authority on the Canadian forest industry. He is a forest engineer who graduated from Université Laval and the University of British Columbia. He was a resident engineer at Forêt Montmorency, a professor of forestry at Université Laval, a consulting engineer at Blais-McNeil in Québec City, the director of forest research at the Canadian International Paper Company in Montréal, the regional director of the Canadian Forest Service for the province of Québec, an associate deputy minister at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, the Québec delegate to Scandinavia and the CEO of FERIC. In addition to being the author of numerous scientific papers and technical reports, Dr. Paillé has also given some 100 lectures on forestry to a variety of audiences. He retired in 2005.

‘A History of Forestry in Canada’ can be purchased through FPInnovations’ website at

Diacon provides turnkey solutions for lumber mold protection

Diacon is a leading supplier of mold inhibition products to the North American sawmill industry for the control of mold on lumber and wood composites. The company provides turnkey solutions, protecting lumber from mold growth with industry leading names in mold prevention.

Diacon customers treat over five billion board feet of green and kiln dried lumber each year. The company’s Mycostat products are used throughout the North American sawmill industry. Mycostat is designed for worker and environmental safety, and cost effectiveness.

Diacon’s Diaplex Lineal and Transverse Spray Systems provide state of the art, turnkey spray systems. Diaplex Spray Systems are robust, made of high quality stainless steel, complete with the most advanced technology in spraying. Today, there are many Diaplex spray systems that are over 20 years old and they are running as well as the day of installation, says Diacon.

Smart Flow Computer Systems provide state of the art information on a real time basis on all facets of the Diaplex Spray Equipment. Smart Flow provides customers with consistent reliable feedback from the Diaplex Spray System.

John Deere introduces new value-priced telematics solutionsJohn Deere introduces new value-priced telematics solutions

John Deere’s user-friendly JDLink machine monitoring system is now available for all makes of stationary and mobile forestry equipment with two new Universal Telematics subscription levels. JDLink Locate and JDLink Express boast value-priced hardware and subscription costs, the company says.

“JDLink Locate and JDLink Express allow logging professionals to track and protect all pieces of equipment on their jobsites with the same JDLink application they use for the rest of their John Deere machines,” says Tom Trone, director of global WorkSight Solutions, John Deere Construction & Forestry.

“The hardware can be installed on both powered and non-powered assets and will keep companies informed on location, help protect jobsite assets, and boost profits.”

JDLink Locate allows a logger to access asset location and set-up a geofence around a machine, so they can be alerted if it travels outside the virtual boundary.

JDLink Express includes these same machine location and geofence features, and adds distance traveled and engine hours so loggers can track utilization and schedule periodic maintenance. JDLink Express also lets a logger “ping” the machine for real-time data updates. Two different hardware options cover everything from light-duty trucks to skid steers to heavy-duty haulers.

Both JDLink Locate and JDLink Express provide easy remote access to machines through a single, simple-to-use website. Alerts are sent via email or text message, and escalation logic enables additional contacts to be added to receive alerts in the event an alert is not acknowledged during a preset time period. JDLink Express information can also be viewed in the JDLink mobile app for Apple iOS or Android devices.