Vancouver Park Board chair Ian Robertson and Enzo D’Angelo, Finning (Canada) general manager for Surrey and Vancouver Island, were on hand in July to welcome the arrival of two Caterpillar log loaders to aid in the clean-up of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
Use of the massive log loaders is being donated by Cat dealer Finning and Caterpillar to assist in the park restoration program. Windstorms downed more than 10,000 trees in the famous 400-hectare park this past December. Finning and Caterpillar are donating the 330 D FM and 24 FM loaders for a minimum of 200 hours of operating time per machine; they will also significantly discount any machine hours in excess of the 200-hour minimum. The value of the in-kind donations is estimated at $70,000.
Both machines use technologies that optimize engine performance with low emissions, reduce noise pollution and can run on bio-diesel fuel. They operate with a light ground pressure similar to a 220-pound person walking through the park. Their reach and 60-degree turning ability also allow for minimal ground disruption during forest operations.
“We are very grateful that Finning and Caterpillar have stepped forward with their generous offer,” said Ian Robertson. “It is this kind of outstanding private industry leadership, coupled with continuing strong public support that will help us succeed in the monumental task of restoring this important national treasure.” Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s main tourist attractions. www.finning.ca.
Komatsu introduces new mid-size dozers
The D61EX/PX-15 is also equipped with the latest Komtrax technology, which sends machine operating information to a secure website utilizing wireless technology. The large power angle tilt blade offers a capacity of 4.5 cubic yards for the D61EX-15 and 5.0 cubic yards for the D61PX-15. And the Komatsu’s palm command control system (PCCS) is ergonomically designed not only to provide efficient operation, but also enhances operator comfort. www.komatsu.ca.
DuraTech unveils 9564 industrial horizontal grinder
With the downward drive of the hammermill, more debris will stay contained, allowing users to grind in close proximity of streets and residential areas. Other features include: a 40 degree oscillating unloading conveyor; a Cat C27 Tier II 950 hp diesel engine, and a 42” diameter feed roller. It weighs 91,500 lbs and has a 15 cubic foot hopper capacity. www.duratechindustries.net.
Volvo strengthens forestry equipment offering
With Volvo CE’s focus on providing ranges of machines suited to specific customer applications, this purchase is expected to strengthen the company’s capability in the forestry segment. Volvo CE’s president and chief executive officer Tony Helsham has in the past emphasized the company’s intention to “get deeper into the forest” and broaden its range of timber handling products, either by internal development or acquisition. The expanded product line allows Volvo CE to now offer specialist machines in over two-thirds of the product categories in this important segment of the heavy equipment industry.
The acquired products are currently undergoing evaluation, and more details regarding the nature of their introduction to the Volvo CE product range will be issued in the near future. www.volvo.com