Tech Update-Log Trailers and Accessories

Doepker TrailersDoepker Trailers

Celebrating 50 years of trailer manufacturing this year, Doepker Trailers describes itself as a customer-driven company focused on building high performance products, with their forestry trailer line being no exception. 

Offering a highly engineered design complements their dedication to lighter tare weights, combined with high tensile strength materials, state-of-the-art paint facilities, premium components and a strong focus on aftermarket support, says the company. The end result is a trailer that offers maximum payload and road life. Doepker has numerous forestry trailer designs in its product portfolio including Quads, Super B’s, Tandem B’s as well as Single Straight and Drop Frame models.

Doepker Trailer Sales welcomes all logging trailer inquiries within British Columbia and Saskatchewan. 

ProlencProlenc Manufacturing

Prolenc Manufacturing offers the PROLOAD chain binder, which is longer and offset with a forged handle for more closing power. No more pinched hands when closing. The open geometry allows the handle to stand upright when attaching to the chain on a long bundle wrapper.

The 1” handle ball stops hands and wet gloves from slipping off when closing.

It comes equipped with a forged in-chain hook for easy, positive locking of the handle.

Also from Prolenc Manufacturing, it has the latest ExTe designs of the company’s EST bunks. No more drilling of the bunk body to lock the band clamp.

It is described as the lightest, all-steel bunk assembly on the market today, 9’ 6” with one-piece stakes, single clamping, and weighing 442 lbs per assembly.

The unique, fully-bolted modular design allows for fitting to any trailer frame rail. The wedge lock clamps the stake tight inside the pocket.

All parts are replaceable for easy and economical repairs if required, says the company.


BWS Manufacturing Ltd builds on and off-road trailers, and is based in Centreville, New Brunswick. The company began manufacturing forestry trailers in 1967 and is celebrating 55 years in business. Today, BWS continues to manufacture forestry trailers and B-trains for both Canada and the U.S.

Thanks to 3D design software and continuous communication with customers, BWS is able to incorporate the latest technologies in its designs, earning a reputation for manufacturing innovative and reliable trailers. As an ISO certified trailer manufacturer in Canada, customers will receive consistent quality in each and every trailer built by BWS, the company says.

BWS logging B-Trains have a wide range of features that deliver value each day, even in extreme environments. BWS is currently developing new designs for regions throughout North America to further assist those in the forestry industry.

FreFlytFreFlyt Industries

FreFlyt is located in the community of Vanderhoof, British Columbia, where owner Gerry Friesen created the first FreFlyt log trailer in 1995.

FreFlyt Industries designs and builds 16 styles of trailers, both individual and paired configurations, to haul logs of varying lengths as well as offering custom logging industry accessories. FreFlyt trailers are designed with several available bunk widths and stake heights to accommodate its customers’ needs.

FreFlyt’s quad axle short log trailer uses FreFlyt-designed mechanical walking beam suspension or FreFlyt air ride suspension. Its fabricated front dolly uses Holland’s 43” turntable bearing assembly. FreFlyt frames are fully fabricated from QT100 web and cross members which are designed to provide support and flexibility for the most extreme conditions. FreFlyt Quads have one of the lightest tare weights in the industry, with a weight as low as 6,200 kgs. Lower tare weights equal increased revenue and overall profitability.


Founded in 1972, Deloupe originally focused on the design and manufacture of transport vehicles for the forestry sector. Over time, the company has diversified its business activities and was acquired by Gestion Brasa in 2014. It combined its strengths with Trailex, a specialist in forest semi-trailers.

In 2016, Gestion Brasa acquired Porcupine Trailers. This company, founded in 1964, was the first to commercialize forest trailers, it says. The three family-owned companies of Deloupe, Trailex and Porcupine Trailers complement each other in an increasingly competitive industry, says the company.

Deloupe says its semi-trailers include such features as high-quality T1 steel fabrication (100,000 psi) and anti-abrasion steel flooring that is 200 per cent more resistant than embossed steel. Other features include ventilated one-piece log bunks with fasteners on both sides to secure the load.

Deloupe provides a full offering of log trailers from among the lightest to the most heavy-duty in the industry.

Anser ManufacturingAnser Manufacturing

Based in Vernon, B.C. since 1985, Anser Manufacturing brings more than three decades of passion, skill and dedication in creating its industry-leading line of logging truck trailers.

As a logging trailer manufacturer and distributor, Anser caters to independent operators, dealerships and everyone in between. The company says that its products have earned a reputation for delivering performance and durability to ensure drivers enjoy maximum uptime, efficiency and profits.

Anser Manufacturing says that it understands the challenges truck drivers face in trying to meet the requirements of different mills, and that its product line is designed to meet all these requirements.

Anser logging truck trailers are built using quality QT100 high-tensile steel, providing both strength and flexibility, while keeping weight to a minimum.

Its products are also built using its innovative formed tube frame design, which makes them easier to clean and maintain than many competing models, minimizes the accumulation of mud and dirt on the frame, reduces wear and tear, and results in lower tare weights and more money in customers’ pockets, it says.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal

May/June 2022

On the Cover:
With the help of technical experts from Italy, Germany, Montana and the province of Saskatchewan, the First Nation Meadow Lake Tribal Council in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan has now launched a state-of-the-art $90-million bioenergy facility. The new power facility is producing enough energy to process the wood waste from their sawmill, power the bioenergy plant’s in-house facility (heat, lights and run the wood hog), provide power to 5,000 nearby city homes—and has enough energy left over to sell 6.6 megawatts to provincial utility, SaskPower Corporation (Cover photo courtesy of Meadow Lake Tribal Council).

Spotlight: Moving on to the next challenge…
Former BID Group CEO Brian Fehr is now on a mission to help struggling businesses and communities—and is also keeping his hand in the forest industry.

Grinding it out in Saskatchewan
The First Nation Meadow Lake Tribal Council in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, has launched a $90-million bioenergy facility—and helping it reach its feedstock goals is a custom built wood hog grinder from Rawlings Manufacturing.

ELTEC expands manufacturing operations, logging equipment production
Logging equipment company Eltec has recently embarked on a significant expansion of its production facilities in Quebec, positioning the company to supply not only the present needs of loggers, but their future needs, as well, with cutting edge equipment.

Most Wanted finds its services even more wanted
Most Wanted Contracting is finding demand for its forestry services increasing among land owners in the B.C. Interior concerned about wild fire prevention.

Resilient sawmillers
Family-owned Ayat Timbers International truly came back from adversity after the New Brunswick-based mill operation was struck by a fire—but they were quick to rebuild.

Tech Update: 
We take a look at what’s new in log trailers, that essential link in the wood transportation chain.

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
The days of B.C. forest land use policy favouring the interests of the forest industry are long gone, says Jim Stirling.


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