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Bandit track chipper redesign melds comfort with power

With the recent redesign of its model 3090 track chipper, Bandit Industries Inc. says land clearing contractors and loggers now have unrivaled power and productivity without sacrificing operator comfort.

Key upgrades to this 30" capacity chipper include a roomy, spacious operator's cab, a rear entry door, an emergency escape door on the left and a pop-out escape window on the right.

Joystick controls operate all functions of the machine, from the loader's main and jib boom movement to the engine controls and feed system. Operators will also appreciate the heat and air conditioning units mounted inside the cab, and the added benefits of an AC/DC current for operating such devices as laptop computer, radio, or CD player. Optional monitors provide a view of the discharge and infeed system from the operator's cab.

The 3090 will fill a 30-ton chip trailer in less than 15 minutes, the company says.

The 30" X 30" chipper opening is fronted by Bandit's diagonal dual top feed wheel system, allowing it to process the toughest whole trees with limited trimming. The baffled drum, common on all of Bandit's drum-style whole tree chippers, is virtually indestructible, says the company, and is included in Bandit's five year 'guts' warranty.

Other features of this machine include a Cat 325EL undercarriage. A powerful backhoe style loader efficiently feeds the chipper, and is equipped with 360 degree grapple. Engine options up to 630 hp are offered.

SEC Sawmill Equipment rolls out new pivot lumber sorter

After years of development and rigorous testing, the pivot sorter is one of the most significant new product rollouts in SEC Sawmill Equipment Co. Inc.'s history, the company says.

The product comes in two models that provide impressive lug rates and efficient material handling control.

Not only is this among the fastest sorters in the marketplace today, it accomplishes these extreme lug rates with ease, the company says.

The PHS136 PivotSORTER is a stud lumber sorter designed to deliver up to 300 boards per minute through the sorting system.

The PHS1812 PivotSORTER is a random width lumber sorter designed to deliver up to 200 boards per minute through the sorting system.

The features that make this product unique include outstanding lug rates at moderate chain speeds, the ability to process 1" to 4" thick material at the same production rates, the ability to process 4" to 12" wide material at the same
production rates, 13" or 18" pivot hook spacing in the sorter, single or dual drop zones in the vertical sort bin, standard off-the-shelf cylinders, valves and plumbing, agile drop into the vertical sort bin, and no collateral damage to the lumber during the sorting process.

Brunette's SmartVIBE vibrating conveyor has many applications

The Brunette SmartVIBE vibrating conveyor is a unique and simple vibrating conveyor, suitable for many industries, including the sawmill, plywood, OSB, biomass, pellet manufacturing and recycling industries.

Available in different widths and lengths complete with size specific screening options and metal detection, the design optimizes low cost maintenance and maximum uptime efficiencies with a springless vibratory mechanism, which is fully balanced at each stroke. The patented design allows operators to increase conveying speed through the use of controls without costly shutdowns. Speed is varied using a variable speed drive to control the drive motor rpm, which affects the conveyor stroke.

The Brunette SmartVIBE vibrating conveyor can also be custom built.

John Deere introduces wheeled harvesters/forwarders to North America

John Deere has introduced what it calls its revolutionary E-Series forest machines to North America, following its initial launch in Europe.

The E-Series is the latest development in Deere's line of wheeled harvesters and forwarders, all designed with stronger frames than their predecessors and equipped with rotating and leveling cabs.

The rotating and leveling cab with revamped automation offers 360 degrees of visibility.

The four models in the E-Series harvester family include the 1070E, 1170E, 1270E, and the 1470E. The 1070E is available in a four-wheel or a six-wheel version. New generation harvester heads are part of the series launch, with the H414 developed especially for the 1170E harvester, and the compact-sized H412 compatible with the 1070E and 1170E harvesters.

The six forwarders in the E series include the 810E, 1010E, 1110E, 1210E, 1510E and 1910E. The load capacity and engine power of the two biggest models have been increased. The 1510E, powered by a 6.8-litre John Deere PowerTech Plus engine with high torque at low rpm, and the 1910E with a 9.0-litre John Deere PowerTech Plus engine, are built especially for heavy-duty operations.

The new TimberMatic H-09 measuring and automation system includes fully integrated trouble shooting and anti-bucking functions. The unique TimberLink software facilitates the monitoring and optimization of the machine's performance.

Customer requests bring Sennebogen Green Machines to the Maritimes

Sennebogen material handling equipment has established a strong new presence in Canada's Atlantic Provinces with the recent appointment of Strongco Corporation as its exclusive distributor in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

According to Anna Sgro, Vice President, Multiline Equipment Division at Strongco, customers in the Maritime region were the force behind the company's decision to pursue and take on the Sennebogen line.

"Sennebogen's reputation for quality and reliability helped to pursue a partnership in scrap and material handling," she says. "Sennebogen fits our business model well and we're excited about the future."

Stephen George, Strongco's Atlantic region general manager, acknowledges that the distinctive 'green line' machines are getting a warm welcome in his territory.

"Strongco is extremely well-connected in Sennebogen's primary markets: recycling and steel, logging, ports and transfer stations. Some of our larger customers are already using Sennebogen equipment at their facilities in other regions. We're very encouraged by their interest in having Strongco and Sennebogen working with them here."

Wood-Mizer introduces small log processing line

Wood-Mizer Products Inc., manufacturer of both portable sawmills and industrial grade stationary sawmills, is putting the pieces together and has introduced a new small log processing line (SLP).

The SLP is a series of products that work together to improve industrial efficiency, says the company, and consists of the twin vertical saw (TVS), single vertical saw (SVS), a single or multi-head horizontal resaw, material handling for loading and transferring, and an EG300 multi-rip edger.

The system can be set up in a convenient, in-line arrangement for maximum efficiency, or it can be set up in modules for convenience.

The TVS features two tilted heads, which remove the slab from each side of the log. Then the SVS, which also features a tilted head design, splits or removes the third side from a two-sided cant as it comes off the TVS. From there, the horizontal resaw recovers as many boards as possible. Lastly, the EG300 multi-rip edger standardizes up to three board sizes for maximum timber recovery.

"We designed the SLP system as an answer for sawyers who are looking to maximize their sawing capabilities even when it comes to smaller logs," says Dorian Lavallee, Wood-Mizer Canadian Sales Manager.

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On the Cover:

Perhaps reinforcing evidence that the forest industry is now on the rebound, one of Canada's largest logging contractors--Alberta's Pineridge Logging--has recently completed a major equipment purchase. The company, which has several logging operations throughout north central Alberta, has just purchased 12 new pieces of equipment after going nearly three years without purchasing a single piece of iron. Four of those new pieces of equipment are John Deere's new 953K feller bunchers, and the company has two more on order from Deere dealer, Brandt Tractor. (Cover photo by Tony Kryzanowski)


Recent announcements about sawmill capital investments illustrate that the Canadian forest industry is working hard, and smart, to get into recovery mode--and meet the need for lumber in fast-growing markets, such as China.

New B.C. coast logging player

Tranquil Timber Ltd. may be fairly new to coastal logging, but its partners have many years of solid experience behind them--and plenty of good logging iron to back them up.

Logging into a new market

Alberta's Buchanan Lumber has moved into utilizing residual wood in a big way, producing firelogs made from wood shavings, and selling the logs everywhere from Quebec to Texas.

Major investment in new iron

Alberta's Pineridge Logging has invested in the future of the forest industry--to the point of buying 12 new pieces of logging equipment, including six of the new John Deere 953K feller bunchers.

Combining cutting and cattle

The Leussink family in Alberta are doing selective harvesting on their woodlot, and keeping their sawmill plenty busy just through word-of-mouth--and to top it off, managing 80 head of cattle.

Tech Update -- Feller Bunchers

Logging and Sawmilling Journal has the latest equipment information on feller bunchers in this issue's Tech Update.

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The Last Word

Jim Stirling says it's time to be practical--not politically correct --about carbon retention issues for the forest industry