Tech Update - Millyard Equipment


Sawmills and loggers need their equipment operators to perform at the highest level to meet productivity goals and protect margins. The Hyster H190-360XD combines traditional ergonomic fundamentals with the latest technology to keep operators more comfortable and focused all shift long.  

Truck performance data is easily accessible through the seven-inch integrated performance display, which also offers onboard diagnostic capabilities. The display automatically dims in low light situations to reduce the risk of distraction

The unique and standard control arm on the Hyster H190-360XD puts all truck controls, including hydraulic functions, within easy reach and works in tandem with the display. Panels have backlight options so operators do not have to search for the right switch in the dark.

Exclusive one-piece, scratch-resistant curved glass boosts front and rear visibility. The redesigned mast and carriage boosts the visibility of fork tips at ground level, with modified lift chains, inner channel and carriages providing a wider window of view.


The Sennebogen 735 Pick & Carry machine is purpose-built to deliver the fastest loading and infeed cycles in high stacking cut-to-length (CTL) woodyards, says the company.

Weighing in at 96,800 lbs, Sennebogen says that the 735 machine will outpace traditional loaders used at infeed decks and magazines in oriented strand board (OSB) plants, pulp and paper mills, biomass processors, sawmills, sorting lines and bin applications. Its undercarriage provides four-wheel steering to maneuver easily between closely stacked rows, and in high traffic areas around the mill’s feed deck. Its long reach, 36’4”, and high rise Maxcab allow operators an elevated view of the loading zone while building and picking from high stacks.

Its specialty is moving quickly along direct travel paths between rows to pick loads up to 20 tonnes and deliver them directly to the feed deck. With the boom mounted at the rear of the chassis, the 735 is able to transport full loads safely without requiring a counterweight. During lift cycles, the elevated boom remains in the operator’s line of sight, to the front, left and right of the cab.


The Liebherr LH 60 M Timber is equipped with all-wheel drive as a standard feature. As a result, it demonstrates maneuverability with the highest level of driving stability and improved directional stability. Combined with the rigid operator cab elevation for all-around vision, the LH 60 Timber is described as a reliable partner in timber handling operations. It is designed specifically for timber handling, assuring high load capacities with an operating weight of 55 tonnes to 61 tonnes, with a large reach of 20 metres at the same time.

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Said to be ideal for millyard work, the John Deere 524L loader with a tool carrier configuration offers increased visibility to the boom and forks. Less guesswork makes for fewer damaged logs, which means more efficiency and more profit. With the new High-Lift Plus configuration providing an additional 24” of hinge pin height over the standard Z-Bar lift height, and 10” over the High-Lift model, it isn’t an issue getting logs anywhere they need to be. Additionally, the 524L features an operator station that has three more inches of legroom and an adjustable seat belt, maximizing operator comfort.


Konecranes woodyard cranes have emerged as an industry leader in log handling technology, combining deep roots in the 45-year history of Heede and P&H Portal Cranes with the global resources and lifting expertise of their multinational parent company. Their three distinct styles of cranes are tailored to fit any size operation, then supported for decades to come with their woodyard-specific service and parts teams. Popular lately with turnkey sawmill clients has been the high performance Konecranes RPC-226 Rotating Portal Crane—described by the company as the ultimate combination of efficient radial storage and quick cycle times. Log handling crane specialist Konecranes optimizes the safety and productivity of any woodyard operation by maximizing inventory capability and minimizing truck turnaround times.


Pettibone offers the Cary-Lift 254i in its line of log handlers. The company says that the machine is purpose-built to deliver numerous safety and performance benefits over other material handling alternatives.

The Cary-Lift 254i features a unique overhead lift arm design, giving the operator full front visibility when lifting or transporting loads—a sharp contrast to the lift arms on wheel loaders, which are located directly in front of the vehicle. Additionally, Cary-Lift forks are capable of tilting down 90 degrees for specialized lifting tasks.

The machine provides a maximum load capacity of 25,000 lbs and max lift height of 14’. Offering four-wheel drive, with two-wheel, four-wheel and crab hydraulic power steering modes, and with the wheelbase limited to just 12’, the 254i can achieve a turning radius of 23’ 6”.

Unlike forward reaching articulated loaders, the Cary-Lift’s heavy duty, solid steel frame design allows it to take full loads into sharp turns without sacrificing load capacity or stability.


Wajax has become the exclusive Canadian distributor of Bulmor sideloader forklifts.

Bulmor is well known for manufacturing premium, heavy duty, special-purpose lifting trucks. With Wajax taking on Bulmor sideloaders, this marks the first time that Bulmor has had a distributor in Canada.

These sideloaders are designed and manufactured by Bulmor according to stringent quality control standards, allowing them to withstand the additional stress and torque caused by long and heavy loads. Bulmor’s side loading capabilities allow for more products to be stored in one space, as well as offering easy maneuverability in narrow aisles and doorways. With a top speed of 21 km/hr, Bulmor’s sideloaders can move a large amount of product over long distances quickly, making them useful for increasing productivity.

Among the machines that will be available are the very popular DQrc 60 and DQr 80 diesel sideloaders, described as extremely durable machines. The DQrc 60 comes with a 55.5 kW motor, has a loading capacity of 6 tonnes, and is the perfect sideloader for the budget conscious, says the company. The DQr 80 can haul up to 8 tonnes.


Tanguay loaders are custom designed and built with boom geometry, attachment selection and mounting arrangements carefully engineered to maximize millyard production.

Fixed single or dual pedestal mount loaders have been commonly seen in sawmill log entrances and slasher decks. Many oriented strand board (OSB) mills have gone to the innovative rail trolley mount to increase loader versatility by expanding the working range at their slasher decks, debarkers and flakers. Rail trolley loaders are also opening opportunities to unload trucks or trains directly at the mill entrance and provide access to large wood inventory to minimize wood handling.

Electrical engine operating and maintenance costs are less than 50 per cent of the cost of running a diesel engine and there is no need to waste time fueling, adding urea, and conducting engine maintenance and repairs, leading to more productivity.

Tanguay says its electric loaders have a proven record of reliability, low operating cost, long economical life with the extra benefits of no CO2 emissions.


The Komatsu PC290LL-11 is available with either a butt-n-top or live heel log loader front, a Komatsu 398 or universal head processor front, or a road builder front for high performance in a wide variety of demanding logging applications.

Key features include a powerful fuel efficient, 196 net horsepower engine, a high capacity forestry cooling system, high swing torque, high drawbar pull, rugged purpose-built forestry undercarriage, heavy duty forestry-specific guarding, narrow 11’5” transport width, comfortable operator controls, all-LED work lighting, and KOMTRAX Level 5.0 technology.

Powerful PC360 class final drives generate 64,250 lbs of drawbar pull for excellent shovel logging and rough terrain performance. A rugged PC390 class swing motor and drive delivers high swing torque for superior log loading, processing and road building performance. Serviceability is described as excellent and is further enhanced with the Komatsu CARE complimentary maintenance program.


Delivering the power and reliability required for the most demanding material handling applications in millyard operations, Cat says that its new MH3040 builds on the successful legacy of the M325D L MH model.

The boom, sticks and other high stress areas feature thick, multi-plate fabrications, castings and forgings to withstand wear and deliver years of durable operation. Specially designed mountings on the upper frame support the new heavy duty cab.

The new Smart Mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to reduce fuel consumption, while the Power Mode feature constantly provides maximum power to optimize productivity. The fuel efficient engine can run up to B20 biodiesel and offers up to 25 per cent lower fuel consumption than the M325D L MH.

Offering a 12 per cent faster swing speed, the MH3040 reduces cycle times and allows operators to move more material in the same amount of time.

The advanced hydraulic system features valve priority to direct pressure and flow to where it’s needed and delivers the optimum balance of power, efficiency and load control, says the company.


The LogPorter crane from Andritz is a single piece of equipment which requires much less maintenance and attention than multiple loader arrangements, says the company.

Installing a LogPorter portal crane or a LogPorter radial crane typically reduces woodyard operating costs by a large percentage:

  • They require much less manpower to operate (compared to a loader-operated yard) when processing an identical volume of logs.
  • Mills operating a LogPorter crane report less fibre loss and 75 per cent less log breakage than with their loader operations.
  • They operate on electricity, eliminating the cost of diesel fuel required by loaders.

The LogPorter crane handles the unloading and storing of logs, and feeding to the mill, all in one unit. It can make as many as 40 picks per hour. This allows for a high number of trucks to be unloaded when necessary. It is equipped with storm brakes and can operate in all weather conditions, even in high-wind locations.


Since 1976, Carer has been at the forefront of design, development and production of electric forklift trucks, says the company. With this experience in hand, Carer has developed a unique product line, designed to excel in all environments.

With a smaller footprint then most internal combustion trucks, they also boast similar or greater power output, can operate in all weather conditions, are designed for multiple shift applications, dramatically reduce fuel, maintenance, and labor costs, eliminates carbon emissions, and generate almost no sound or vibration, says Carer. With capacities ranging from 10,000 lbs to 60,000 lbs, and powered by lithium Ion batteries, Carer stands alone as an all industry electric forklift solution, according to the company. 

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Southern sawmilling, with a bit of Canadian flavour …
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Using salvage wood to produce log homes—and more
A B.C. company, T.L. Timber, has found a solid market niche in manufacturing log homes and timber—all of it produced from dry wood that has been salvaged from mountain pine beetle stands or forest fires.

Saw Filers Show - In Print
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The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, is a feature story from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC).

Tech Update
In this issue, Logging and Sawmilling Journal looks at everything that’s new in millyard equipment, from cranes to loaders to forklifts—it’s all here.

The Last Word
The COVID-19 virus has undoubtedly changed the ways the forest industry goes about its daily business and how it plans for future contingencies, notes Jim Stirling. That said, the forest industry is buckling down and—as it always has—is getting the job at hand done.


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