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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2010

April 2011

On the Cover:

After a dismal five years of declining lumber markets, forest companies and sawmills are starting to crank up production, primarily to meet growing demands for lumber in the Chinese market. Logging and Sawmilling takes a look—with the help of Canada’s largest wood products consulting firm, International WOOD MARKETS Group Inc.—at lumber production numbers in this issue, with the authoritative list of Canada’s Top 10 Lumber Producers.

(Photo of the Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd sawmill in Slave Lake,
Alberta by Tony Kryzanowski)


The forest industry in Canada’s largest wood basket—the B.C. Central Interior—is working its way out of the doldrums, and there are now regular mill re-openings. But the result has been a labour shortage in the bush and at the sawmill.

The right equipment ingredients

Logging contractor—and ex-hockey player—Wade Fournier brings all the right ingredients to the table, starting with a modern equipment fleet and unique skills, particularly experience operating tilter feller bunchers and knowing how to safely harvest timber on steeper ground.

A harvesting equipment dream

Armand Landry’s dream of producing a purpose-built tracked harvester has come true with the development and production of the Landrich harvester—and four of these very efficient and productive harvesters are now at work in New Brunswick and Quebec.

Drying Lumber with Solar Power

In British Columbia, a pilot project using a solar hybrid kiln to dry lumber has delivered good results—and offers the potential of savings for a forest industry that is always looking to cut its energy costs.

Canada’s Top Lumber Producers –
West Fraser on top

Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s authoritative ranking of Canada’s largest lumber producers—who’s up and who’s down in lumber production.

Canadian companies exploring the Indian wood market

Tech Update – Skidders

Logging and Sawmilling Journal has the latest information on what’s new with skidders in this issue’s Tech Update.

Supplier Newsline

The Last Word

It’s time to jump-start the B.C. Forest Service—not bury it, says Jim Stirling.




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Container Stuffers LLCFirst ‘C-Loader’ sold to Prince Rupert’s Quickload CEF

Container Stuffers LLC has sold its first “C-Loader” to Quickload CEF in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Quickload had earlier leased the C-Loader and it has been on site on Watson Island in Prince Rupert loading finished lumber into ocean containers for export. The C-Loader has dramatically increased Quickload’s loading efficiency and productivity while reducing collateral damage to both product and containers.

“This will enable us to load containers three to four times as fast as can be done currently with the fleet of forklifts the company has. Additionally, we have seen a very significant decline in our costs for equipment maintenance and container repairs,” says Matt Holland, President of Quickload.

The C-Loader is specifically designed to load lumber or palletized goods into containers. As forklifts load an entire 55,000-60,000 lbs on the ruggedly constructed load platform, the C-Loaders’ built-in load scale weighing and balance system allows the operator to control the weight and balance to within desired limits. Then the load is transferred into the container in one smoothly controlled operation lasting less than four minutes.

“The current tonnage handled by the Port of Prince Rupert coupled with the increasing demand in Asian markets and the efficiency of the Northern Gateway add up to huge potential for Prince Rupert to see a wave of imports, exports and logistics in general in the near future. There could be no better place for CSL to sell and operate its first machine,” says David Haywood, Director of Sales and Marketing at Container Stuffers LLC.

stihlNew Stihl chain saw said to be environmentally friendly

The new Stihl MS 261 chain saw is the latest member of the Stihl chain saw family designed for professional use in forestry. Its environmentally friendly 2-MIX engine, with a stratified charge system, reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent and reduces emissions by up to 50 per cent.

The newly developed HD2 filter, featuring a polyethylene filter material, has up to 70 per cent finer pores, which reliably captures even the finest dust. Thanks to the precisely adjusted anti-vibration system, it is smoother to run, saving the operator’s strength on the job.

Three forest companies contribute to Prince George lodge for cancer patients

Three prominent forest companies in central British Columbia have contributed toward construction of a lodge in Prince George for regional cancer patients.

The Canada Cancer Society has named the building the Kordyban Lodge after receiving a $2 million contribution toward the lodge from a foundation established by Mary Kordyban. She and her husband, Bill, founded Carrier Lumber in Prince George in 1951. Bill Kordyban quickly established a reputation for innovation in the sawmilling industry. He died from cancer, but Carrier continues as a successful forest company with operations in western Canada.

Dunkley Lumber, another well regarded sawmilling operation, contributed $1 million toward the Kordyban Lodge’s creation. Company principal Henry Novak noted how five members of his family succumbed to cancer.

West Fraser Timber’s Hank Ketcham announced a similar $1 million donation to the lodge. He says the donation is from the Ketcham family and company employees in northern B.C. Ketcham lost his parents to cancer. The Kordyban Lodge will be used by cancer patients and their families who have to travel from all parts of northern B.C. for treatment.

The goal is to have the estimated $10 million Kordyban Lodge operating by late 2012 to coincide with the opening of the B.C. Cancer Agency’s Centre for the North. The full service cancer treatment centre is under construction and situated adjacent to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George.

New Cat excavator offers more digging forceNew Cat excavator offers more digging force

The new Cat 374D hydraulic excavator, a direct replacement for the model 365C, combines added horsepower, stronger hydraulics and greater operating weight to boost overall performance, whether trenching, loading, lifting or handling attachments.

Complementing these design basics are undercarriage improvements, a new range of buckets, operator convenience features, safety enhancements and serviceability improvements. The fuel efficient 374D weighs 156,819 lbs and is designed for reliable, low-cost operation and long-life durability.

Rated at 476 net horsepower, the Tier III/Stage IIIA-compliant Cat C15 engine provides the 374D with 18 per cent more power than its predecessor, the 365C.

The 374D implement hydraulic system features a 10 per cent increase in flow and a nine per cent gain in main pressure, resulting in a significant boost in hydraulic horsepower. The added hydraulic power combines with larger digging arm and bucket cylinders to yield 17 per cent higher digging arm forces and 12 per cent higher bucket forces on machines with the standard reach boom and arm configuration.

A new line of buckets for the 374D are designed for added strength and durability to accommodate the higher digging forces of the new machine.

Undercarriage improvements include redesigned track links that operate with less stress, improved carrier rollers, longer recoil springs for extended service life and new forged idlers for improved durability.

For the operator’s convenience and comfort, the height of the joystick consoles is now adjustable, and the response of the joystick control levers can be adjusted to the operator’s preference through the monitor. The control pattern changer, also accessible through the monitor, allows operators to select preferred lever functions.

B.C. Community Forest Conference and AGM at 100 Mile House

The British Columbia Community Forest Association (BCCFA) will hold its 2011 Conference and Annual General Meeting in 100 Mile House on June 9-11.

Thursday June 9 will feature field tours, a trade show and reception. Plenary sessions will be held on Friday. Workshops, the AGM and banquet are slated for Saturday.

Plenary and workshop session presentations and discussions will include: the latest information on the sensibilities and opportunities in community bioenergy systems; case studies and discussion of the unique job of a community forest manager; planning, management and liabilities of recreation activities on community forest; carbon offsets, municipalities and community forests; First Nation dialogue; updates on BCCFA partners and projects; and updates on the progress of BCCFA strategic priorities.

Wajax expands territory for Peterson Pacific product line

Wajax Industries is expanding its sales territories for the Peterson Pacific Corp. (an Astec Industries Co.) product line.

Peterson is the manufacturer of industry-leading whole tree chippers, debarkers, horizontal grinders, blower trucks and trailers. Wajax recently added Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to their current territories of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

Peterson Pacific Corp. began as Wilbur Peterson & Sons, a heavy construction company. Peterson expanded into manufacturing to develop equipment to suit their land clearing/construction needs. A portable chain flail delimber-debarker was designed first, the Model DD 4800. The DDC 5000, a portable delimber-debarker-chipper, was developed next, followed by other portable equipment for the pulp and paper industry.

In 1990 Peterson introduced its first wood waste recycling machine. Ongoing improvement of wood grinders has led to the current line of horizontal feed wood grinders. Continuous development to meet industry needs produced Peterson’s first drum style chipper, the 4300, in 2010.

“We are excited to have Wajax increase their territory representing Peterson products in Canada,” said Michael Spreadbury, marketing manager for Peterson.

Wajax is a national multi-line heavy equipment dealer that services products for the construction, forestry, material handling, mining, and crane and utilities industries. Wajax supports its sales, services, parts, rentals, training and financing departments with over 33 branches nationwide.

Komatsu Forest launches new harvesting headKomatsu Forest launches new harvesting head

Komatsu Forest has launched a completely new harvesting head for the North American market that was first unveiled at the Elmia Wood 2009 show.

The 2755 lb. 365 head is the newest addition to the Valmet harvesting head line-up. High performance frame design, three roller four motor feed and a grouped lubrication centre are key features of this model.

Designed for harvesting and thinning wood in the 8” to 17” diameter class, the Valmet 365 offers a combination of strength, performance, flexibility, and reliability, says Komatsu Forest. A well-balanced frame with new high strength low-weight design improves harvester crane net lifting forces, especially important when working at long reach. The four motor three roller feed system provides traction with a firm grip from the carry style roller closing geometry. The three feed rollers keep the trunk centered under the measuring wheel while a differential lock minimizes roller spin for fast feed speeds. Extra large tilt angle makes harvesting on steeper slopes easier and more productive.

Four hydraulically actuated delimbing knives provide additional holding power and provide clean delimbing for high log quality.

A new, robust length measurement system with longer arm and a new patented measuring wheel cylinder deliver extremely precise length measurements.

New Hyster lift trucks have host of new features

Hyster has launched a new series of lift trucks in the 55,000 lbs. to 70,000 lbs. lifting capacity range.

The Hyster H550-700HD models are ideally suited for a wide variety of applications including steel manufacturing, loading general cargo or moving and stacking loaded and unloaded containers.

The newly designed models combine a host of new features including the ComforCab II operator compartment, developed for enhanced operator comfort to maximize productivity.

In addition, the hydraulic system has been redesigned for optimal reliability and to lower the truck’s operating cost. With its new “Power-on-Demand” load-sensing hydraulic system, the hydraulic fluid is only pumped when the system is required to do work. At low load conditions, drivers won’t need to rev the engine to receive fast hydraulic speeds. This system leads to lower hydraulic oil temperature, extended life of hydraulic oil, filter, hoses, seals and components, and simplified plumbing with a reduction in the number of connections and O-Ring Face Seal (ORFS) fittings.

The redesigned hydraulic system can reduce fuel consumption since the engine operates mostly in low RPM range, and can also extend the hydraulic oil change intervals. The wet disc brakes require minimal maintenance, while the friction discs last up to 20,000 hours. Finally, the powertrain protection system protects the engine and transmission by reducing power or shutting the truck down under prescribed conditions to avoid damage.

New meter measures wood chip pile moisture content in seconds

The Electromatic Equipment Company’s new BLL wood chip moisture meter uses a metre long probe to measure moisture content in piles of wood chips in seconds with no prior sample preparation.

It also automatically converts wood moisture into percentage of water content, from 10 per cent to 50 per cent, and displays the results, along with the sample temperature on a large, well-lit LCD display.

Other performance enhancing features include automatic averaging, automatic temperature compensation and a built-in datalogger that stores up to 10,000 measurements along with date, batch and temperature.

Battery powered for portability, the BLL goes where it is needed. It can detect moisture related machinery issues before problems arise. It also helps biomass producers, suppliers and end users ensure that they are not paying for excessive water content.

The BLL comes pre-programmed with three separate calibration curves—wood chips, coarse wood chips and industry wood chips—as described in the European Standards.

LMI launches new breed of sensors

Gocator 2000 series is an exciting new breed of pre-calibrated sensors that make industrial 3D measurements more affordable and available to a wide range of applications.

Ease of use is leveraged by the built-in web server as an effective GUI for rapid set-up and control. Users can connect, set up exposure and speeds, visualize profiles, measure dimensions, select communication outputs, and monitor results using Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Safari web browsers. This built-in web connectivity enables users to access the sensor from any PC without additional software, drivers, control boxes, amplifiers, or dependency on a specific operating system.
“Gocator represents an evolutionary leap as it creates a new category of flexible 3D sensors that are powerful, easy to use, and competitively priced,” said Terry Arden, LMI Technologies CEO.

Users can also go beyond the built-in measurement tools by using “C” language scripting to perform custom calculations or define unique logic decisions. All of the Gocators in the 2000 series are network “aware” allowing one sensor to be paired with a “buddy” Gocator for more sophisticated differential measurement tasks.