Tech Update - Small Scale Logging

Introduction: For every large scale sawmill in the forest industry, there are dozens of smaller scale logging and forestry operations across the country, from B.C. through to the east coast. One of the keys to an efficient small scale operation lies in the equipment you are working with, and making sure it is the right fit for your operation.

In this Tech Update, Logging and Sawmilling Journal features some of the equipment small operators may want to look at to make their operations as profitable, and productive, as possible.


TMG Industrial

The TMG Industrial 26” cutting capacity portable sawmill is designed to be able to move and set up easily in the field and get the job done quickly.

Powered by a reliable 14 horsepower Kohler command pro series engine and built with a heavy-gauge, four-post saw head carriage, this mill can cut lumber with speed and accuracy, and is said to be particularly effective for truing up logs for use at the worksite. Whether for a hobby sawyer, a woodworking contractor, or running a small lumber business, TMG Industrial says that this is the right sawmill to get started immediately. Designed to be the best value in its class, this sawmill offers many features found in much more expensive mills, it says. TMG Industrial provides easy online shopping and free delivery to most locations.

Nisula ForestNisula Forest

Nisula Forest Oy was established in 1978 with mechanical timber harvesting as its field of business. The company started as a contractor and operated with 10 machines. Gradually, the main focus shifted to manufacturing forestry machinery.

Today, Nisula is a strong industrial enterprise. Its main products are energy wood heads, harvesting heads and wheeled harvesters. 

Its products are available in Canada through its dealer, Top Down Enterprises in Kamloops, B.C. Timo Savornin, Sales Director of Nisula Forest Oy, says the company wants to offer its customers cost-effective alternatives for logging and forest fuel reduction operations.

Its modern production facilities in central Finland provide a good setting for developing the business in the years to come. The future strategy of the company includes the development of increasingly cost-effective products for forest thinning and new alternatives that help the company’s customers succeed in their operations.

Savornin says that productivity, functionality and low operating costs guarantee good results in logging and forest thinning operations.


A made-in-Canada product and a light to medium duty pull behind an ATV trailer, the MUTS is a very robust and capable trailer.

It can carry and dump a 2,000 lb payload, convert from a box trailer to a logging trailer by removing the front and rear end panels, and converts to a log skidder by separating the box from the carriage. The MUTS can use its own winch to load logs by drawing them in from the rear. Designed for use in dense bush and rough terrain, it is compact, lightweight, and very stable, says MUTS.

According to the company, it is one of the most versatile trailers on the market with a variety of functions, accessories and attachments to enhance any work project.

Silvana TradingSilvana Trading

Silvana Trading is the exclusive Canadian importer and distributor of a complete line of innovative Logosol wood processing products. Logosol now offers a new, bigger version of what it describes as the best chain sawmill in the world. The Logosol F2+ is an F2 on steroids, says the company. This sawmill is sturdier, heavier and meets the demands of customers who want an extra-robust sawmill for sawing large logs. All essential parts of the sawmill are oversized to stand up to the stress of heavy logs, and to create the space needed for bigger logs, the log beds have been extended by 20 cm.

Even though the F2+ is bigger and a bit heavier than the F2, it has become even easier to handle due to a completely new feature that makes it possible to detach the log lifters while keeping the whole guide rail intact and aligned. Logosol says that it has never been easier to store, transport and set up a heavy-duty sawmill for oversized logs.


Kubota Canada recently announced two new additions to its legacy Standard L series compact tractor line with the addition of the L3302 and L3902. The addition of these two new L02 models continues to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and “do-it-yourself” lifestyle of Canadians.

Kubota has built a reputation in its class due to the L Series tractor’s power and performance backed by a Kubota diesel engine. The L02 series offers two horsepower options, with 33 and 37.5 gross horsepower on the L3302 and L3902, respectively.
Both new L02 four-wheel drive models are available with either gear drive or HST transmissions.

Designed specifically for the L3302 and L3902, the LA526 front loader is deeper and has a maximum lift capacity of 1,144 lbs at the pin and a maximum lift height of 94” at the pin. The loader valve is designed for simultaneous boom and bucket operation and a regenerative circuit, increasing speed and dump times to maximize productivity.

The L3302 and L3902 will be available nationwide early spring 2022.


Tajfun forestry trailers, established under the GAP brand name, are designed for the safe and rapid transportation of raw or treated timber.

The complete manipulation of raw wood materials is enabled in combination with the built-in Tajfun DOT hydraulic crane.

Tajfun forestry trailers are intended for daily use by professionals, as well as for personal use by individuals and are supplied in combination with the built-in Tajfun DOT hydraulic crane.

TajfunBlacks Creek Innovations

Blacks Creek Innovations describes itself as a partner for firewood processing productivity. It has invested heavily into designing and testing the right tools for the job with a goal of maximizing firewood productivity, with equipment that will last generations, according to the company. Its lineup of firewood processing equipment and grapple trailers are made in Canada and designed for maximum output and durability. 

To complement its lineup of forestry equipment, Blacks Creek Innovations carries German-made and engineered hydraulic log cone splitters by Black Splitter. Available in a variety of sizes, Black Splitter hydraulic cone splitters and accessories are designed to fit excavators up to 40 tonnes. They are widely used in the firewood and wood fuel production, biomass harvesting, forestry, land clearing and landscaping industries.


Logging and Sawmilling Journal

March/April 2022

On the Cover:
Moggie Valley Timber, located in southwestern Ontario, is a sawmill that sells to lumber wholesalers and retailers, and has been in business for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. Moggie Valley Timber also carries out logging, cutting about 10 million board feet per year. On the logging side, in order to harvest the larger trees that Moggie Valley Timber comes across on woodlots in this part of Ontario, the company has invested in an Eco Log 590F harvester. Read all about how the Eco Log 590F is working out for Moggie Valley in this issue, beginning on page 34. (Cover photo and story photos courtesy of Moggie Valley Timber).

B.C.’s ILA show leading the pack …
B.C.’s Interior Logging Association is leading the pack when it comes to the re-start of forest industry events, with its equipment show and AGM coming up in May.

Cutting edge equipment—from cutting edge suppliers
A mill upgrade for Vicksburg Forest Products led to the company sourcing cutting edge equipment from a variety of suppliers—including from B.C. and Quebec.

Northland moves to partial processing—at the mill
Facing narrow log delivery windows, Alberta sawmill Northland Forest Products has decided to move to partial millyard processing, with two TreeKing processors.

Another successful convention expected for BC Saw Filer’s
The B.C. forest industry is facing challenges, but this year’s BC Saw Filer’s Convention & AGM—being held May 27 to 28 in Kamloops, B.C.—is expected to be just as big and successful as it was pre-COVID.

Iron investment handles bigger timber
Moggie Valley Timber has invested in an Eco Log 590F harvester to handle the larger trees that it comes across on woodlots in southwestern Ontario.

Canada’s Top Lumber Producers: West Fraser and Canfor on top!
Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s authoritative listing of Canada’s Top Lumber Producers—produced in association with leading forest industry consultants FEA—shows that West Fraser and Canfor are still the top lumber producers in the country.

New and Noted at the Oregon Logging Conference
The Oregon Logging Conference in February kicked off with great expectation following two years of in-person restrictions due to COVID. The OLC is widely known for its extensive, state-of-the-art equipment display—and we take a look at what was new at the show.

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.

Tech Update
From power upgrades to production improvements, read all about what’s new in small scale logging equipment in this issue’s Tech Update.

The Last Word
Forest giant Canfor is applying sustainability across its entire culture in a bid to prosper in a post-pandemic world.


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