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Gilbert sells its 100th planer

Almost 20 years after its introduction to the market, Gilbert’s planer has proven to be a huge success for the company, with the 100th unit recently sold, to U.S.-based Katerra.

The Gilbert Products team has developed unique expertise in designing planer mill equipment, says the company. Their products are sold in nearly 10 countries including Canada, the U.S., Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Brazil, Australia and Sweden. The Gilbert planers are said to be among the fastest in the world, and have a high efficiency rate due to their unique-to-Gilbert pull-through technology.

The company is very proud of its planer mill equipment, said Heidi Danbrook, Sales Manager of the Planer Mill Division. “With our five different models, we offer our clients first-rate equipment, helping them increase their productivity while producing a beautiful lumber finish. To have sold 100 planers is a great sign of confidence given by the industry.”

Going into the future, Gilbert said it is devoted to continuing to being a leader in the planer industry, producing high quality equipment tailored to meet mill needs. Its after-sales team is dedicated to offering personalized service and support to all its customers worldwide, the company says.

For over 30 years, Gilbert Products, located in Roberval, Quebec, has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of forestry, planer mill, construction equipment and snow groomers.

New earplug dispenser from Honeywell Howard LeightNew earplug dispenser from Honeywell Howard Leight 

Protecting workers from harmful noise on the job is an important component to worker safety programs. Honeywell has released a new earplug dispenser for commercial/industrial use that the company says makes it easier than ever for companies to achieve better hearing protection for their employees. 

The Honeywell Howard Leight HL400 dispenser offers more choices to serve a wider range of situational needs. For example, it can accommodate the full line of Howard Leight disposable earplugs, has more built-in, flexible mounting options, refills easier and dispenses in multiple ways. 

The dispenser can be refilled with all Honeywell Howard Leight disposable foam earplugs including MAX, MAXLite, Laser Lite, FirmFit, X-TREME and MultiMax earplugs.

Mac’s easy access chainsaw scabbardMac’s easy access chainsaw scabbard offers safe transport

Mac’s chainsaw scabbard provides a versatile and secure method of transporting any size chainsaw. The aluminum and powder coated scabbard can be easily mounted to any vehicle, ranging from a service bed truck to a bicycle.

Mac’s chainsaw scabbard provides a secure, quick-release mounting point for a chainsaw, allowing it to be transported safely. It prevents expensive chainsaws from being unsecured and tumbling around the bed of a pickup, or loosely tied to an ATV rack. Simply slide the chainsaw bar into the scabbard and then tighten the bar clamp to lock the chainsaw in place. The open end design accommodates any bar length in a tamper and theft-resistant manner.

The scabbard’s integrated mounting flange runs the full length of the scabbard body, giving flexibility in mounting. Simply drill holes anywhere along the flange to mount the scabbard to the vehicle’s structure or onto a bed mounted toolbox. Additionally, Mac offers an optional 45-degree mounting to facilitate attaching the scabbard to the rack of an ATV without losing rack area.

Waratah TimberRite H-16 control system in more Deere machines

John Deere has integrated Waratah’s TimberRite H-16 control system on John Deere tracked harvesters and tracked swing machines equipped with Waratah 600 series harvesting heads.

Previously only available for the 200 and 400 series Waratah heads, this system has been expanded for use with the 600 series heads, providing loggers with a solution that enhances connectivity for data and information sharing.

With the addition of the H-16 control system, operators have more control of harvesting and processing heads, increasing precision when measuring and cutting timber. One of the most notable features on the system is the ability to configure settings to exact application needs, which improves head performance, productivity and measuring accuracy. Loggers can choose from two systems based on their needs. The pre-selection prioritization system follows preset logic and prioritizes based on operator selection, length and diameter, while the optional value-based optimization system uses log grade, assortment value, stem prognosis, length and diameters matrices, and demand inputs.

Nokian Tractor King tireNew Nokian Tractor King tire tackles tough terrain

Nokian Tractor King is a new no-compromise tractor tire for the heaviest of machinery and the most difficult terrain in forestry, earthmoving and road construction.

The design from all-new tread pattern to fortified carcass is described by the company as nothing short of revolutionary in a tractor tire.

With the supreme durability and traction of this tire, the horsepower of tractors can be transferred to the ground like never before, pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a tractor.

Nokian Tractor King essentially has the carcass of a heavy duty earthmoving tire, complete with steel belts, extra cord layers and Aramid reinforced sidewalls. Combined with strong rubber compound, this makes it extremely resistant against cuts and punctures in forestry, earthmoving and road construction work.

Many lugged tires suffer from vibration problems, worsening with speed and tire wear. The Nokian Tractor King offers a smooth ride at high speeds, as well. Its durability, wear resistance and environmentally friendly production process make it a sustainable choice for modern forestry, giving the driver peace of mind in all conditions, says the company.

Wood-Mizer acquires Swedish manufacturer of 4-sided planer/moulders

Woodworking machinery from MOReTENs AB is now available through Wood-Mizer’s global distribution network.

Wood-Mizer has acquired the Swedish company, MOReTENs AB, placing a full range of popular 4-sided planer/moulders, table saws, spindle moulders, and CNC routers into Wood-Mizer’s globally available product range.

Founded in 1980, MOReTENs designs and manufactures a range of woodworking machinery which includes 4-sided planer/moulder combination models, spindle moulders, and a workshop table saw. In addition, MOReTENs also supplies high end, CNC-controlled routers and log home building machinery.

Elliott LittleWaratah announces new leadership for North America

Waratah Forestry Equipment has appointed Elliott Little to the position of Manager of North American Waratah Distribution.

As part of his new role, Little will be responsible for managing the North American Waratah business and leading distribution teams in the United States and Canada.

“Elliott is an industry veteran who has extensive experience in the forestry industry,” says Heather Robinson, general manager of Worldwide Distribution for Waratah. “His previous roles will allow him to transition seamlessly into his new position, ensuring that Waratah customers will continue to receive the same quality products and high level of service and support they have come to expect from the Waratah team.”

Little started his career working for a Canadian forest products company with its woodlands division in northern Ontario and Quebec. From there he joined John Deere and moved through various forestry sales and customer support assignments in Eastern Canada. He then held the position of Product Marketing Manager for Forestry Products before broadening his skill base in assignments as Manager of Commercial Development for the western U.S. & Hitachi and Manager of Discount & Incentive Programs for John Deere Construction & Forestry. Little’s most recent role was Division Manager of Customer Support for John Deere Construction and Forestry’s southeastern U.S. division.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the rest of the Waratah team in North America to continue to deliver industry leading service and support and high quality, innovative, and proven products developed with customer driven focus,” says Little.

Carbotech partners with West Coast Industrial Systems

Carbotech has created a strategic partnership with West Coast Industrial Systems (WCIS) for the exclusive distribution of its equipment and after-sales maintenance service for the American West Coast.

Based in Lebanon, Oregon, WCIS’s fabrication shop and warehouse will serve as a critical spare parts distribution location, which will drastically decrease time-to-market and related product costs for Carbotech/Gemofor’s existing clientele, says the company.

Over the years, Carbotech says that it has built a solid reputation for itself in the planer mill and sawmill industries thanks to quality products and customer service. Blane Belveal, Vice-President of Sales for WCIS, says he is extremely confident that the newly built partnership will uphold the two companies’ commitment to quality and continue to grow their reputation across the West Coast.

“Our goal is not only to sell lumber manufacturing equipment, but really to be an integrated partner with lumber producers,” says Mathieu Laflamme, International Sales and Marketing Director at Carbotech. “Having local sales representatives as well as installation and maintenance technicians is essential for us to be able to serve our clientele with the best before, during and after-sales service.”

Bosch Rexroth Canada offers free automation resource kits

Bosch Rexroth Canada offers free resource kits to the Canadian market which provide useful, technical information and advice on a variety of engineering and automation-related topics.

Rexroth Resource Kits include handbook excerpts, case studies, technical papers, videos and online tools, which the company says provides engineers with a must-have resource on each kit’s respective topic, free of charge.

The kits currently offered include: Lean Production and Automation Insights, Linear Motion & Mechatronics @ Work, Advancing Factory Automation, Hydraulics Performance, and Mobile Hydraulics Solutions. Kits are delivered on a 2 GB flash drive. The request form can be found at

JoeScan opens “Longest Running” contest

In an effort to reward customers for their loyalty to JoeScan’s products, the sawmill scanning solution provider has created a contest celebrating reliability and longevity.

Mills are invited to enter and see if they are currently operating the “Longest Running JoeScan.”

“We’ve always been proud of the long lasting performance sawmills can expect from our scanners,” says JoeScan founder Joey Nelson. “But we recently realized that we don’t know exactly which one of our units has been hard at work the longest. This contest is a great chance for us to find out, and for us to honor the mills that have counted on us the longest.”

Sawmills that are currently running JoeScan scan heads can enter in one of several ways: by visiting and filling out a short form, by emailing [email protected] with the name of your mill and the approximate date of install for your JoeScan hardware, or by sharing a photo of the hardware to social media, using the hashtag #LongestRunningJoescan. JoeScan will cross reference the entries with their records and identify a winner by September 30, 2018.

The winner will then be invited to attend the 2018 Timber Processing & Energy Expo show as JoeScan’s special guest. They will also be presented with an award at a special ceremony during the show, recognizing their hard work, dedication, and commitment to quality sawmill scanning.

Canada North Resources ExpoCanada North Resources Expo returning to Prince George in 2019

One of the largest resource equipment shows in Canada will be back in 2019—the Canada North Resources Expo will return to the CN Centre in Prince George, B.C., May 24 and May 25, 2019.

The large biennial trade event focuses on major resource sectors vital to Northern Canada’s economy, such as forestry, heavy construction and project development.  

“This will be the fourth edition of Canada North Resources Expo, and we are looking forward to the biggest one yet,” says Mark Cusack, National Show Manager. “This show has evolved into a must-attend trade event in the region. More than 8,000 visitors came out in 2017, and we’re anticipating growth in that number for 2019, and even more exhibitors to fill the indoor and outdoor space.”

Filling an expansive four acres of exhibit space, the Canada North Resources Expo features all the equipment needed to get big jobs done. Hundreds of industry leaders from the following sectors will be in attendance at the show: forestry, mining, roadbuilding, screening/crushing/recycling, machinery operators, trucking/transportation, contractor/construction, manufacturer/dealer/distributor, power generation and distribution projects, and government.

The 2019 show website is now live at

Companies interested in exhibiting at the show are invited to visit the show website for information on booth package and pricing options.

Canada North Resources Expo has strong ties to the community and local not-for-profit organizations. Past editions have included efforts to benefit AimHi, the Prince George Association for Community Living, the Salvation Army Food Bank, and scholarship funding for Northwest Community College. Each show raises thousands of dollars to support the education of local students going into resource industry professions. In 2019, more charitable features are planned to benefit the community, such as Family Day to celebrate the future of the industry, along with others to be announced.

Show hours are Friday, May 24 from 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturday, May 25 from 9 am – 5 pm.

The location is the CN Centre, 2187 Ospika Boulevard, South Prince George, B.C.

For complete show details, visit or find the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal
July/August 2018

On the Cover:
Hannah Dehoog of Smithers, B.C., is catching a lot of attention in the logging community. It’s not just her engaging presence on social media, but her determination and skill as a young female heavy equipment operator working in a decidedly male dominated industry. Read all about Dehoog and the logging work she is doing beginning on page 8 of this issue. (Cover photo courtesy of Tigercat).

Safety evolving with silviculture sector
The Western Forestry Contractors’ Association set out recently to gain an insight into how the silviculture sector has evolved—and where health and safety programs might need to be changed, to reflect that evolution.

Logger girl
There is a place for young women in Canada’s forest industry, and B.C.’s Hannah Dehoog is proof of that. She loves being in the bush operating logging equipment, and has run everything from skidders to leveling feller bunchers, doing steep slope work.

Big B.C. mill investments
The San Group, which recently acquired a mill operation on Vancouver Island, has some ambitious spending plans for its B.C. sawmill and reman operations, including adding a small log mill operation, with HewSaw equipment.

Dealing with the aftermath of forest fires—at the sawmill
B.C. forest company Tolko Industries is successfully handling fire salvaged timber from last year’s massive forest fires, thanks to some changes at their mill operations.

Tackling the tough job of fire salvage
Last summer’s forest fires in B.C. created a lot of salvage work for forest companies including Tolko Industries. But just as Tolko’s employees and contractors were up to the task of fighting the fires, they’re also up to the tough job of salvaging the fire-affected timber.

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 and Alberta Innovates.

The Last Word
Tony Kryzanowski says the forest industry needs a better communications approach for advocating wood-based alternatives in the battle against plastic.


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