The Tigercat 760B is a 550 hp class mulcher carrier that shares major components with the field-proven and similarly-classed Tigercat 480B track driven mulcher as well as the popular M726G wheel driven mulcher.
The 760B was designed primarily for silviculture applications. Forestry companies require the capability to efficiently clean up residual post-harvest forest debris and grind stumps to ground level. The 760B meets this requirement and the machine will also find application in large scale land clearing and right-of-way projects.
Tigercat also designed a 118” wide mulching head to complement the newest carrier. The 4061-30 mulching head is based on the original Tigercat 98” 4061, with several updates and enhancements. The 4061 has been rebranded as the 4061-25 and includes the same enhancements as the larger head.
Tigercat says that its mulcher carriers offer superior build quality, greater hydraulic efficiency, better operator ergonomics and easier access to components and daily service points than competing mulcher carriers. The result is greater uptime and higher productivity.
Quadco competes in two mulcher classes: a 44” cutting swath model and a 56” model. Both are boom-mounted, drum-type attachments powered by an oversize Rexroth variable displacement piston motor, common to high speed saw heads and a heavy belt drive system.
As with all Quadco attachments designed over the last 32 years, these two mulchers excel in severe duty applications from cutting heavy underbrush to chipping full size trees to pieces, and are especially well matched to boom feller bunchers and midsized-to-large excavators.
Quadco says its wide selection of mulcher cutting tools is unmatched in the industry. The four-sided and eight-sided, rotatable, heat treated steel teeth are the preferred choice among many loggers/contractors who are looking for high cutting efficiency and affordable replacement cost. Other applications, where repetitive ground contact is common, may require Quadco hammer-style teeth with carbide bits. It is the customer’s choice.
Diamond Mowers says it is a leading manufacturer of industrial mower, mulching, and brush cutting equipment for the skid steer market, offering a range of attachments for standard or high-flow skid steers and compact track loaders.
Mulching options include the Forestry Disc Mulcher, which has the ability to cut through trees up to a 14” diameter and mulch trees up to a 6” diameter. For a finer mulch, Diamond’s Drum Mulcher effectively clears material up to a 9” diameter.
For stump removal, Diamond Mowers offers two types of wheel-based grinders. Reflex is an easy-to-operate, cost-effective attachment with premium components. This model uses just one style of tooth for simple care and maintenance. The Miller model offers the same power and productivity of a self-propelled commercial unit at a fraction of the cost. Six-way wheel positioning with swing, lift, and telescoping functions allows operators to effectively remove stumps without repositioning the loader.
Loftness offers a full line of Battle Ax mulching attachments for skid steers, excavators and prime movers.
The Battle Ax features a unique rotor with built-in depth gauges which function similarly to raker teeth on chainsaws to prevent the attachment from engaging too much material at one time. This design is a better solution for managing the amount of material being fed into the attachment than competitive ring-style rotors which many operators find overly limiting, says the company.
Loftness adds that its Battle Ax models also feature a two-stage cutting chamber design which is capable of processing material more thoroughly than competitive units by cutting it twice. Depending on the model, the mulchers are offered with a choice of reversible planer knives, hard-surfaced planer knives or carbide teeth. The teeth are mounted to the rotor with a single bolt, allowing them to be easily reversed or replaced on the jobsite using a common hex socket.
Bandit offers a line of track forestry mulchers consisting of two models that can be equipped with a mulcher or stump grinder attachment. Each unit offers high productivity, ease of maintenance and optimal operator visibility and comfort, says the company.
The BTC-150 comes equipped with a Caterpillar 148 hp engine and a 72” wide mulcher head or the BTC-300 can be ordered with a John Deere 300 or Caterpillar 321 hp engine and 90” wide mulcher head. Two mulcher attachments for skid steers are also available.
Since 1983, Bandit has manufactured equipment for a multitude of wood waste processing markets. The vision since the beginning is to build quality, highly productive, easy-to-maintain equipment providing years of dependable service, the company says. The commitment to quality, innovation and dedication is instilled in every employee and is one of the main reasons why Bandit says it became an employee-owned company in 2018. These core values ensure each Bandit machine will leave the factory ready to exceed customer expectations.
The Seppi M Starsoil has been completely redesigned to better satisfy user needs. The transmission has been reinforced and can now be used on tractors up to 310 hp. Seppi M’s new technology, the 2-Speed Powershift transmission, is the first of its kind in the market. This transmission allows the operator to easily switch from one rotor speed to another without leaving the tractor cab and while the machine is still running, unlike the past when it was necessary to stop the tractor and machine, shift a mechanical lever on the central box, and then re-start. The advantages are clear: fast adaptation to field conditions and the right operating mode for all work situations.
In slow gear, approximately 500 rpm, the machine is suitable for all soil works and stone crushing. In fast gear, approximately 1500 rpm, it is suitable for surface mulching.
Seppi M has been a leader and innovator in providing combined tillers in the agricultural and forestry industries for many years, says the company. Combined tillers have long been highly appreciated in these sectors and Seppi continues to innovate making a customer favorite even more versatile.
Advanced Forest Equipment is a manufacturer of professional grade forestry disc mulcher attachments for excavators and skid steers.
The company’s professional grade forestry disc mulcher attachments are used worldwide for land clearing, vegetation control, and forest fire prevention to name a few uses. Unlike other attachment manufacturers, Advanced Forest Equipment says it has dedicated its years of experience in the forestry mulching business to develop a product line that continually outperforms other mulcher designs.
Its product line includes the Original Disc Mulcher for skid steers and the SS Eco Disc Mulcher, as well as two other skid steer mulchers. It also offers multiple excavator mulchers known as the RDM Series. The RDM Series mulcher is the only mulching attachment for excavators in the world to feature the Digging Spade feature, allowing customers to get more done with less downtime, says the company.
FAE says that it is a world leader in the design and production of heads for tractors, excavators, skid steers, special vehicles and tracked vehicles for forestry, agricultural, and road operations. With a range of over 90 products and 400 models, FAE is able to satisfy the most diverse of customer needs. FAE’s range of heads includes forestry mulchers, cutters, stump cutters, stone crushers, stabilizers and multi-function heads. The tracked vehicles it offers include tracked vehicles with cabs, as well as radio-controlled tracked vehicles.
FAE focuses on technological innovation and construction quality to ensure maximum performance and reliability for its machines.
The company’s headquarters are located in northern Italy, in Fondo (Trento), established in the area where FAE was founded in 1989. The production, sale, after-sales service and distribution of spare parts are guaranteed through its four production sites, the head office, six commercial branches and a network of authorized dealers all over the world.
IMH mulching heads from INDECO are described as the perfect tool for vegetation management, especially effective in the applications of right-of-way maintenance, power transmission line maintenance, railroad vegetation maintenance, ski areas/hunting clubs, fire breaks, and development clearing.
Made in the U.S. from high-quality steels, INDECO says its IMH mulching head attachments are the most robust and severe duty on the market. Models are available to fit excavators weighing between 5 and 45 tonnes as well as high-flow track loaders.
Fecon is home to the Bull Hog brush cutting and forestry mulching attachment. The Bull Hog is engineered with severe-duty body construction. Heavy steel and quality welding provide strength and longevity in all types of mulching conditions, says the company. Variable motor speeds maximize rotor speed and torque. It is available in a wide variety of configurations —excavator, skid steer, and hydraulic carrier, to name a few.
Customers can maximize uptime and productivity across different job site conditions with Fecon’s innovative and aggressive rotor systems, which are configured for their needs. The FGT (Fecon Grinding Technology) and DCR (Depth Control Rotor) rotors are available in all Bull Hog models and use the same proven bolt-on stub shafts and bearing systems for long-lasting durability. Fecon offers a variety of tool options to tailor both systems for maximum results in changing conditions.
In a major deal for Canada’s forest industry, B.C.-based Interfor Corporation announced in late November that it has reached an agreement with an affiliate of Kelso & Company to acquire EACOM Timber Corporation.
The acquisition is consistent with Interfor’s growth-focused strategy as a pure-play lumber producer, increasing Interfor’s total lumber production capacity by 25 per cent, says the company.
In addition, the acquisition further builds upon Interfor’s already geographically diverse operations, adding significant scale in a new region. Eastern Canada is one of the major lumber producing regions in North America, the company notes, with highly competitive log costs, a desirable SPF product mix and a supportive investment environment.
With this deal, Interfor’s total annual lumber production capacity will increase by 25 per cent, to 4.9 billion board feet, of which 46 per cent will be in the U.S. South, 16 per cent in the U.S. Northwest, 20 per cent in eastern Canada and 18 per cent in British Columbia. The company will now have 28 sawmills, with multiple secondary manufacturing facilities and 4,600 employees.
The addition of the EACOM business will also provide an expanded opportunity for potential future lumber-focused growth in eastern Canada, given its well-established systems, infrastructure and team, says Interfor. The business will operate under the Interfor banner, but Interfor will maintain all of EACOM’s key operating leadership and employees as well as its office in Montreal, to ensure continued regional support for the operations going forward.
“This transaction makes Interfor a truly North American lumber producer, with operations in all the key fibre regions on the continent, further diversifying and de-risking our operating platform and enhancing our growth potential and opportunity set,” said Ian Fillinger, Interfor’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This transformational growth secures a desirable SPF product mix to meet the growing demand of our customers, at a time when SPF fibre supply is under increasing pressure in other jurisdictions in North America and around the world.
“These are productive and well-managed mills, and we see meaningful opportunities to further enhance their performance by integrating them with our portfolio and applying our proven operating expertise,” added Fillinger.
“This transaction will allow our team to write its next chapter as part of one of North America’s best lumber companies,” said EACOM’s president and CEO Kevin Edgson. “Interfor’s operational excellence, financial strength, customer relationships and North American-wide portfolio will provide substantial opportunities to our people and our stakeholders.”
EACOM owns seven sawmills, a remanufacturing facility, an engineered I-joist plant with capacity of 70 million linear feet, and has over 1,300 employees. It has rights to access approximately 3.6 million cubic meters per year of fibre.
On the Cover:
Logging company Tri Valley Construction Ltd., of Princeton, B.C., did not hesitate when they were approached by Cat and B.C. Cat dealer, Finning, about participating in a trial of the new Cat 538 machine—and the new machine has proven itself in B.C.’s Southern Interior. Tri Valley is also getting involved in more steep slope logging, with the purchase of Tractionline and Harvestline equipment from The Inland Group. (Cover photo courtesy of Tri Valley Construction).
Major industry expansions in Saskatchewan
Big things are happening in the forest industry in Saskatchewan, with a new timber allocation from the Saskatchewan government supporting growth of the industry, including a $100 million expansion of Dunkley Lumber’s Carrot River sawmill.
Moving into steep slope equipment
Tri Valley Construction has been working with some new logging equipment, having solid success with Cat’s new 538 machine, and the company is now springboarding into getting involved with steep slope logging equipment in B.C.’s Southern Interior.
Franklin Forest dives into different markets
Franklin Forest Products turns out a variety of wood products—everything from wood for logging road bridges to diving boards—from its spectacular location on Vancouver Island’s Alberni Inlet, using an interesting combination of mill equipment.
Livestock still makes up a good portion of the business for B.C.’s Ootsa Lake Cattle Company, but it has also been doing more logging the last few years, including an interesting project for a community forest.
Turning out more lumber on The Rock
Newfoundland’s largest sawmill, Sexton Lumber, has seen some big increases in demand for lumber, and has incorporated a number of equipment changes to improve efficiencies.
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 (CWFC) and FPInnovations.
From power upgrades to safety improvements, read all about what’s new in mulcher systems in this issue’s
The Last Word
The partnership of Alberta sawmill Vanderwell Contractors—which will be supplying the raw material for a $35 million biofuel and hydrogen commercial demonstration project partnership—with a biofuel producer deserves praise, says Tony Kryzanowski.