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Finning and T-Mar Industries sign partnership agreement

Finning Canada has become the exclusive dealer for T-Mar Industries Ltd.’s Log-Champ brand of swing yarders and cable assist systems in Western Canada.

This agreement expands Finning Canada’s forest product market offerings to include Log-Champ cable assist machines and swing yarders for steep slope harvesting. Finning says that customers will benefit from the convenience of one source for world-class forestry product support, service, parts and equipment. Steep slope harvesting in B.C. is expected to grow in the next 10 years, which could mean a significant increase in market opportunity for these products in the southern interior and coastal regions of B.C.

These products represent years of development and testing in the centre of North American steep-slope logging country. T-Mar’s Log-Champ traction assist vehicles and swing yarders have been built and developed in B.C. to the highest engineering specifications, says the company.

The Log-Champ swing yarders represent the first modernization of the machine in a generation. These machines, when operating in conjunction with a mechanical harvesting system, can substantially increase productivity over traditional hand-felled operations, according to T-Mar and Finning.

New ECO-Tracks KovaX trackNew ECO-Tracks KovaX track suitable for all-around use

The newest track model in the ECO-Tracks family of tire tracks, KovaX, is a premium all around track. 

Suitable for most ground conditions and machine configurations, KovaX features a double grouser and larger cleat for good traction as well as curved ends for increased flotation, less ground disturbance and easier machine turning.

Iggesund Forest launches tough Blue Line barIggesund Forest launches tough Blue Line bar

Iggesund Forest has introduced Blue Line, which it describes as “the strongest bar ever produced due to a unique metal alloy and improved tempering techniques.”

Blue Line is more rigid yet flexible and the material reduces vibrations, reducing wear and providing straighter cuts. Blue Line has also increased the dimension of the lubrication holes for improved oil flow and better adaptability with grease lubrication.

Iggesund Forest has also launched an upgraded ¾” pitch saw bar. The R9 series features a stronger metal alloy in the bar and tip for increased lifetime and wear resistance. R9 comes standard with a wide tampered replaceable nose tip and many different bar mounts to suit many different harvesting heads.

Tigercat 632E skidderTigercat goes bigger with new 632E skidder

The new Tigercat 632E skidder is described by the company as the most powerful, productive four-wheel skidder ever built. Several enhancements have been integrated into the new model.

The 632E is powered by the Tigercat FPT N67 engine which provides full emissions compliance for Tier 2 and Tier 4f along with excellent fuel economy, says the company. The Tier 4f engine delivers 285 hp at 2200 rpm. The Tier 2 option delivers 288 hp at 2100 rpm.

The 632E can be equipped with the largest grapple offered on any four-wheel skidder on the market. The larger 23 sq ft option has a tip-to-tip opening of 152”. Complementing the higher horsepower and larger grapple, the hydraulic system and driveline have been extensively upgraded. Several components and structures have been upsized for improved durability.

The 632E uses a larger main hydraulic pump and valves for faster operation and better multi-functioning. The hydraulic cylinders are larger allowing the machine to run pressures that are 10 per cent lower while increasing performance by 10 per cent on average. Cylinder rod sizes have been increased by 25 per cent.

Load sensing control and a simplified steering circuit lead to more responsive and adjustable steering control. A newly enhanced EHS transmission produces 11 per cent more torque , with the same top speed as the previous generation of EHS transmissions.

USNR acquires Ventek

Mill equipment manufacturing company USNR has acquired the business of Ventek Inc, an industry leader in veneer scanning, grading, and handling systems for the plywood industry.

Based in Eugene, Oregon, Ventek has designed and built vision-based and moisture-based grading solutions for veneer since the company was founded in 1991. From the very start, Ventek developed a reputation for having some of the best technology in the industry, and for many years the company has been a go-to choice for veneer scanning and grading solutions. Building on its expertise in veneer scanning and grading, Ventek formed an internal group to design and build green and dry veneer handling systems. The group’s patented multi-point diverter has become the flagship product of Ventek’s veneer handling product catalog.

“Our customers on the lumber side of our business have long recognized the value of tightly integrated mechanical and optimization technology,” says Chris Blomquist, USNR’s senior vice-president for sales and engineering. “With the addition of Ventek’s veneer scanning, grading, and handling solutions to USNR’s lathe, dryer, and downstream product portfolio, we now have an opportunity to bring this integration benefit to our customers on the plywood side of our business as well.”

Link-Belt 210 X4 excavatorNext generation Link-Belt excavator delivers

LBX Company now offers the Link-Belt 210 X4 excavator, featuring an electronically-controlled 160 hp Isuzu engine that meets EPA Final Tier 4 requirements, without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF)

The mid-size 210 X4 is easy to transport and nimble enough to take on a variety of tasks, such as stockpiling overburden, trenching, road building and truck loading.

“The 210 X4 delivers up to nine per cent faster cycle times than its predecessor,” says Nori Kumagai, LBX Product Manager. “This performance increase is largely due to a new proprietary control valve with a 30 per cent larger hydraulic passage area.”

Link-Belt also increased the size of arm, boom and auxiliary spools to reduce pressure loss and distribute oil more smoothly. Two electrically-controlled Kawasaki variable-displacement axial-piston pumps and one Kawasaki gear pump assure that hydraulic flow gets delivered precisely when and where it’s needed. The end result is more smoothness, maneuverability and precision across all operating modes.

The 210 X4 delivers up to 12 per cent improved fuel economy than previous models, says the company.

ELTEC bunchers/carriersNew dealers in the West for ELTEC bunchers/carriers

Technologies Element has announced two new dealers—Woodland Equipment in B.C. and Motion Machinery in Alberta—for its Canadian-made, purpose built ELTEC feller bunchers and carriers.

Woodland has six branches strategically located throughout B.C. and Alberta dealer Motion Machinery is headquartered in Edmonton's Winterburn industrial area.

The partnership of ELTEC and Woodland Equipment and Motion Machinery brings a family-owned equipment manufacturer with four generations of logging experience together with two equipment and service support providers with decades of experience servicing all makes and models of forestry equipment.

"ELTEC forestry carriers are built by loggers for loggers, and who knows Canadian forestry better than Canadians," says ELTEC representative, Karl Element.

Headquartered in Val D'Or, Quebec, and manufacturing forestry carriers for the past five years, ELTEC offers three sizes of tracked feller buncher/harvesters suited either as processor carriers or as feller bunchers, with a variety of boom and stick options available. Customers can also request installation of any attachment brand with the carrier.

Loggers will notice some important differences about ELTEC carriers right away, like the longer track with the nine roller option for greater stability, 8" more ground clearance, a 55" swing bearing, 100,000 lb tractive effort, 85,000 lb swing effort, powerful engine, highly responsive hydraulics, large operator cab, and easily accessible components for servicing.

B.C. ELTEC dealer Woodland Equipment is one of Western Canada’s leading equipment dealers, and has been serving the equipment needs of the construction and resource industries since 1980. Its dedicated and experienced staff is available to assist customers with new and used equipment purchases, and parts and service. Woodland Equipment also offers customers assistance with financing of their equipment purchases.

ELTEC has allied itself in Alberta with a well-respected dealer. Motion Machinery has built its business and reputation providing parts and service support for all makes and models of forestry equipment, construction equipment and highway trucks and trailers.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal
December/January 2017

On the Cover:
A Tigercat 870C buncher at work for D. Lind Contracting in B.C. In this issue, Logging and Sawmilling Journal looks at the situation the forest industry is facing with an increasingly older workforce, and where future equipment operators are going come from, beginning on page 4. (Cover photo courtesy of The Inland Group).

Where are the industry’s future employees going to come from?
There is growing concern in the forest industry about where future loggers and equipment operators are going to come from—and a B.C. logging company is taking action in its own backyard, working closely with a local high school to encourage students to look at the forest industry for their careers.

A new look for B.C.’s coastal forest industry
Forest management in B.C.’s Sea to Sky Corridor has taken on a new look, with majority-owned First Nations companies, such as Sqomish Forestry LP, now being large forestry players in the region.

Forest safety—by satellite
Satellite technology is transforming lone worker safety in the forest industry by ensuring no worker is ever without access to a vital line of communications in the remote locations so common to the industry.

Resolute ramps up Atikokan sawmill
Resolute Forest Products is ramping up its brand new sawmill near Atikokan, Ontario, part of the company’s overall investment of $150 million in the region, creating more than 200 jobs.

A family logging affair
Chris Weare of Nova Scotia’s R&C Weare Logging has readily stepped up to the plate—with the support of family—in running their logging business, a heckuva of a busy business affair with an equipment line-up that includes 13 harvesting machines, 10 tractor trailers hauling wood, and roadbuilding gear.

Bouncing back
Alberta’s Spray Lake Sawmills has bounced back from the economic downturn, and is even stronger now thanks to consistent mill improvements—and it is looking to grow its treated wood program.

Getting ready for legal pot
The imminent legalization of marijuana—which could happen as early as this year—provides a good reason for forest companies of all sizes to prepare themselves with at least a well-defined and communicated substance abuse policy.

Building business-and a safe workplace
Ontario logger John Fleming has won two health and safety awards, and has found that in addition to helping build a safe workplace, the awards have helped build his business.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates and FPInnovations.

The Last Word
Jim Stirling on how B.C. is dealing with the spruce bark beetle on steroids, and possible containment strategies.

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