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New web site for R&S Cutterhead

Richard Fischer, President of R&S Cutterhead Mfg. Co Inc., is pleased to announce that a new web site with an online product catalogue and quoting via email is up and available to hogging and tenon head users.

Well known to the oriented strand board and other engineered wood products manufacturing communities across North America, R&S Cutterhead has been serving the needs of the forest industry for almost 45 years.

The new web site is at:

Barko Strong-Arm grapples optimize loader performanceBarko Strong-Arm grapples optimize loader performance

Barko says its new Strong-Arm grapples provide a highly productive solution for log handling and delimbing applications. Designed to optimize the performance of Barko B-Series loaders—including all trailer/truck mount, tracked, rough terrain carrier and stationary loader models—the grapples are said to deliver superior rotator torque, clamping force and arm speed.

The Strong-Arm grapple line-up consists of three models. The 4250, 4850 and 5250 grapples have maximum openings of 42”, 48.1” and 52.1” respectively, with each rated for up to 50,000 lbs of lift capacity.

Engineered for seamless integration with Barko loaders, the grapples offer powerful rotation torque and clamping force. A compact rotator allows for hoses to be contained in a single bundle between the boom and grapple, providing better hose protection. Other features include 360 degree continuous rotation and a fully supported rotator drive pinion gear.

The hydraulic motor is designed to maximize hydraulic flow, making each grapple exceptionally fast and productive. By minimizing flow restriction, horsepower efficiency is enhanced, allowing operators to accomplish more while maintaining excellent fuel economy.

The grapples are constructed of high tensile, wear-resistant steel and include hard face welding on the arm tips to extend working life.

VAB Solutions’ lumber bending test benchVAB Solutions’ lumber bending test bench guarantees production quality

VAB Solutions says that one of the best and easiest ways to determine lumber’s Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) and the Modulus of Rupture (MOR) is with its fully automated bending test bench. The VAB bending test bench will guarantee production quality in accordance with NLGA standards.

With more than 31 systems installed in North America, the VAB Solutions FLX system has a proven design that the company says will assure productivity, precision, and reliability.

VAB Solutions’ lumber bending test benchNew delimber debarker disc chipper from Peterson

The all-new Peterson stationary, electric 5050H delimber debarker disc chipper produces high quality, low bark content chips for wood pulp and pellets, processing whole trees in one continuous operation.

Equipped with a large feed throat, the 5050H can accept up to 23” diameter single trees or multiple smaller stems.

The 5050H can be configured with a three or four pocket disc, with several optional sheave sizes to make precisely the chip needed.

The standard three-pocket disc produces chips from 5/8” to 11/4” long, while the optional four-pocket disc produces chips from ½” to 1” long.

Chipping production rates up to 136 tonnes per hour can be achieved, depending on chip size and wood characteristics.

Peterson’s heavy duty 66” diameter, 4 3/4” thick chipper disc has replaceable 1/2” wear plates.

Traditional babbitt-type knives or Key Knife components are available.

The stationary 5050H can be configured from 600 to 1000 hp at the disc, depending on application needs. An additional 600 hp electric motor powers the needs of the hydraulic system.

VAB Solutions’ lumber bending test benchJohn Deere expands reach of extended boom option

John Deere’s extended stick boom option is now available for the 800MH-Series tracked harvesters.

With a design based on customer feedback, the company says that the new extended boom stick offers a longer reach option so operators can minimize the number of cut trails.“With the extended boom, operators are able to harvest larger areas, reducing the frequency of required movement of the machine. This not only benefits the surrounding terrain, but also improves the efficiency of the machine,” says Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere Tracked Harvesters and Feller Bunchers

Designed for use with smaller attachments, the new extended stick boom option reaches 32.5’. Additionally, the extended option features a narrow boom tip, allowing the operator to reach past standing timber in thinning applications. This also helps operators minimize damage to the trees being harvested.

Sellick Equipment opens new manufacturing facility

Sellick Equipment Limited recently cut the ribbon on an all-new $21 million manufacturing facility in Harrow, Ontario with state of the art technology to maintain Sellick as a leader in the rough terrain forklift market.

The new 126,000 square foot purpose-built factory was designed for new product innovation, improvement to quality control and flexibility in product design.
To ensure higher quality standards, all areas of the manufacturing process were upgraded, including a new machining centre consisting of CNC-controlled laser cutting, milling, and turning machines, automated storage and retrieval systems for raw materials and aftermarket parts, and a state of the art metal preparation and paint line was implemented to enhance product longevity.

Nearing its 50th year in business, Sellick Equipment continues to produce a wide variety of rough terrain forklifts, each custom built to meet the customer’s application and supported by a dealer network throughout North America.

“Our long term plan is to increase the business through new product,” says President Howard Sellick. “The sky’s the limit on what we can produce in this new facility.”

USNR acquires Mid-South Engineering

USNR has bought Mid-South Engineering Co., described as one of the leading consultants and providers of engineering services to the wood products industry in North America.

“Mid-South is a great addition to USNR because it brings into the USNR family a large group of experienced professionals who know a great deal about the many things, beyond just equipment, that go into the successful building and operation of wood processing facilities,” says USNR President George Van Hoomissen. “This gives USNR much greater capacity to deliver large-scale turnkey solutions to our customers.”

To further develop USNR’s turnkey capabilities and processes, USNR has promoted Jeff Stephens (formerly President of Mid-South), to the position of senior vice-president at USNR, with responsibility for leading USNR’s turnkey offerings worldwide. In this new role, Stephens will oversee both USNR personnel and key resources drawn from the Mid-South organization.

Mid-South’s longtime vice-president and CFO, Marc Stewart, has been appointed to replace Stephens as President of Mid-South Engineering.

Although Mid-South Engineering is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of USNR, it will continue to operate as a separate business to preserve the company’s ability to act as an independent advisor to its clients.

Wood-Mizer introduces LT15START sawmillWood-Mizer introduces LT15START sawmill

Wood-Mizer now offers the LT15START sawmill, engineered specifically for sawyers looking for a North American-made sawmill that is low cost, highly durable, and saws accurately.

The compact, economical LT15START joins the popular LT15 sawmill series known throughout the world for its quality, versatility, and affordability, says the company.

The LT15START sawmill offers many of the same robust features of the LT15 sawmill including a 2” X 6” box steel frame, adjustable side supports, log clamp, and the ability to upgrade with a trailer package or bed extensions as sawmilling needs grow. Featuring a Kohler 14 hp recoil start gas engine, push bar feed system, and 11’ standard log length capacity, the LT15START offers a 28” log diameter capacity with a 26” width of cut. Longer logs can be sawn with optional bed extensions which can extend the sawmill to any required cutting length in 6’ 8” increments.

TimberWest gets Aboriginal Business Certification

B.C.-based forest company TimberWest is the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program participant to achieve the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Bronze certification under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.

This certification demonstrates to Indigenous communities that TimberWest is a good business partner, a great place to work and is committed to the prosperity of Indigenous communities, says the company. TimberWest is also the first B.C. forest company to earn PAR certification.

The PAR framework evaluates companies on four PAR performance areas known as the PAR drivers, which are designed to ensure comprehensive business engagement with a community. The four PAR drivers are: leadership actions, employment, business development, and community relationships. PAR certification is said to provide a high level of assurance to communities because the designation is supported by an independent, third-party verification of company reports. The final PAR level achieved by a company is determined by a jury comprised of Indigenous business people.


Logging and Sawmilling Journal
March/April 2018

On the Cover:
B.C. Interior logging company Wadlegger Logging and Construction Ltd. are deploying their leveling feller bunchers and the Tractionline winch-assist system to help their logging equipment work efficiently and safely up and down steep slopes. (Photo by Anthony Robinson)

New biofuel investment for Newfoundland
British-Based AEG is targeting Newfoundland for its first Canadian investment in its biofuel technology—and it is looking to re-start a business plan involving forestlands in Alberta.

Top Lumber Producers—Who's on Top?
Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s exclusive annual listing of Canada’s Top Lumber Producers, produced in co-operation with industry consultants, International WOOD MARKETS Group.

An outstanding logger...
The Canadian Woodlands Forum’s Atlantic Outstanding Logging Contractor Award has gone to veteran logging contractor Dana Day, who has been involved in forestry for more than 50 years.

Move over CLT—make room for DLT (Dowel Laminated Timber)
Mass Timber Products are a hot item these days, and B.C. is now home to a multi-million dollar production facility that is turning out a fairly new product to North America: Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT).

BC Saw Filers Convention coming up
Logging and Sawmilling Journal previews the upcoming BC Saw Filers Convention, to be held in Kamloops, B.C. April 26-28, which promises to be a great exhibition of all the latest in technology, products and services in saw filing.

Getting traction in the B.C. Interior
A Tractionline winch-assist system is meeting the multiple needs of B.C. Interior logging operation, Wadlegger Logging and Construction Ltd., including on steep slopes and tough ground conditions.

Going the distance...
Building logging road and bridges on the tough B.C. Coast requires equipment that can go the distance—and then some—and Powell River contractor Bob Marquis has found the right equipment that can take on some pretty punishing ground.

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, Alberta Agriculture and FPInnovations.

The Last Word
The traditional lands decision from the Supreme Court of Canada is resulting in more dialogue and accommodation, says Tony Kryzanowski.


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