Note: In the July/August issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal, we erred in showing a photo of the Tigercat 875E logger instead of the LSX870D shovel logger with this item. We apologize for this error. Below is a reprint of the item, along with the correct photo.
Tigercat has raised the bar again with the introduction of the LSX870D shovel logger, says the company.
Based on the popular LX870D series track carrier platform, the machine is designed for extreme duty steep slope logging. With the choice of attachments including the new Tigercat BG13 grapple with a live heel boom or the SC08 shovel clam grapple, the LSX870D is suited to pre-bunching and shovel logging in challenging terrain.
The addition of the LSX870D to the Tigercat lineup provides a higher power, closed loop drive alternative to the LS855E. Where the LS855E provides higher swing speed and lower ground pressure, the LSX870D allows for improved multifunctioning ability and quicker, more responsive travel speed, says Tigercat. The Tigercat FPT C87 engine supplies 245 kW (330 hp), which combined with the dedicated attachment pump, provides plenty of multifunctioning power.
Tigercat’s leveling track machines use innovative technologies and systems optimized for a wide range of steep slope applications including shovel logging, felling and harvesting. Tigercat’s super-duty leveling undercarriage is longer and wider, providing exceptional stability on steep slopes. The patented leveling design uses two massive hydraulic cylinders and heavy steel sections for a solution that is simple, robust and reliable. Unlike competing systems, the Tigercat leveling system leans into the hill when leveling to the side, which further improves machine stability and operator comfort.
John Deere says it has agreed with Hitachi Construction Machinery to end the Deere-Hitachi joint venture manufacturing and marketing agreements.
Instead, John Deere and Hitachi will enter into new license and supply agreements which will allow John Deere to continue to source, manufacture, and distribute the current lineup of Deere-branded excavators in the Americas.
As a result of the new agreements, the following changes will go into effect at the end of next February, contingent upon regulatory approval.
John Deere will acquire the Deere-Hitachi joint-venture factories in Kernersville, North Carolina; Indaiatuba, Brazil; and Langley, British Columbia.
John Deere will continue to manufacture Deere-branded construction and forestry excavators currently produced at the three Deere-Hitachi factories. These locations will discontinue production of Hitachi-branded excavators. John Deere will continue to offer a full portfolio of excavators through a supply agreement with Hitachi.
John Deere’s marketing arrangement for Hitachi-branded construction excavators and mining equipment in the Americas will end and Hitachi will assume distribution and support for these products.
Equipment dealer Strongco Corporation, a Nors Group company, has appointed Peter Rayner to the roles of Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.
He joined Strongco in 2014 as the Director of Finance and has been responsible for the general accounting, statutory financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivables and credit management functions. Prior to Strongco, Rayner held financial management roles with public and private companies in the technology, consumer products, and chemical and metal refining industries.
“Together with his strong background and experience in financial management, we are confident in Peter’s ability to successfully move into this role,” says Oliver Nachevski, President and Chief Executive Officer for Strongco.
Steve Hounsell has stepped down as President and Chair of Forests Ontario, though he will remain on the Board of the not-for-profit organization. Malcolm Cockwell, Managing Director of Haliburton Forest, has been selected by the Board of Directors as the new President.
Also, Board member Christine Leduc will become Vice-President of the Board of Forests Ontario.
Hounsell served as Forests Ontario Director and President and Chair for 13 years and is well-known and lauded for his efforts in the battle against both climate change and biodiversity loss, says the organization.
As Managing Director of Haliburton Forest, a multi-use private land stewardship company responsible for more than 40,000 hectares in central Ontario, Cockwell, a Registered Professional Forester, is also Haliburton Forest’s representative at the Ontario Forest Industries Association.
Leduc is a Woodlands Operations Supervisor at Eacom’s Timmins sawmill. She has held policy positions in the office of the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and at the Ontario Forest Industries Association.
Barko Hydraulics develops, manufactures and distributes innovative heavy equipment solutions for the forest industry, and it recently achieved a safety milestone: two years of injury-free work at its manufacturing facility in Superior, Wisconsin.
“At the end of the day, our employees and their safety come first,” says Justin Rupar, President of Barko. “Our employees work with some of the most powerful machines in the industry. Recognizing two years of injury-free work at our facility highlights Barko’s commitment to safety in the workplace, as well as our employees’ sense of responsibility to one another. We are very proud of our team.”
Understanding what it takes to tackle the most challenging jobs, he adds that Barko’s hardworking team of professionals is committed to providing long-lasting machines that meet the industry’s toughest demands.
With over 55 years of experience developing and manufacturing high-quality, innovative forestry equipment, the Barko team has produced over 25,000 of the most durable and reliable machines for the forestry, vegetation management and material handling industries. Barko builds every piece of equipment with rugged components suitable for the most demanding jobs in the industry, from harvesting to loading to land clearing, says the company.
On the Cover:
The last 18 months have been challenging times, with sawmills looking to meet record-high lumber demand. And for a few firms that were expanding, such as The Westervelt Company, they faced the challenge of how to go about building a new sawmill at a time of COVID. But the company was able to meet that challenge, and in fact were able to finish building their new sawmill ahead of schedule, thanks in part to its project partners, such as B.C.-based BID Group, who built the new mill on a turnkey basis. Read all about the project beginning on page 14 of this issue (Cover photo courtesy of The Westervelt Company).
What’s next with the beetle in B.C.?
After a period of exponential growth, and then a slowdown, a big question lingers about the beetle situation in British Columbia—what’s coming next?
A more flexible Lakeview sawmill
Tolko Industries’ Lakeview sawmill in B.C. has completed an upgrade that will result in increased flexibility, while working with a changing wood basket.
Delivering the goods—ahead of schedule
The Westervelt Company was able to build its brand new sawmill ahead of schedule, thanks in part to its project partners, such as B.C.-based BID Group, who built the new mill on a turnkey basis.
Upgrading the family logging operation
Ontario’s Devlin Timber has a proud history—with the fourth generation of the Devlin family now working for the company—and has recently upgraded operations with the addition of new Kenworth trucks that are helping it tackle long hauls in northwestern Ontario.
Low grade wood = high grade benefits
Seaton Forest Products has a focus on utilizing low grade wood at its mill operation in the B.C. Interior, and it’s generating some high grade benefits from fibre that no one else wants—dry, decadent balsam.
Five tips on how to properly maintain your log loader undercarriage
Contractors can extend undercarriage life on their log loaders by following some routine maintenance procedures.
We take a look at chainsaws, bars and chainsaw safety equipment in this issue’s Tech Update.
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.
The Last Word
Jim Stirling says there seems to be a misplaced calm in B.C.’s forest industry as the winter log harvesting season approaches, as there is no lack of concerns.