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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2011

August/September 2013

On the Cover:
Managing mobile equipment effectively is a key part of an efficient sawmill. B.C.’s S & R Sawmills is finding that investing in new Cat wheel loaders from Caterpillar equipment dealer Finning is paying off in reduced fuel costs. See the October issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal for a full report on the new wheel loaders at
S & R (Photo of S & R Sawmills millyard by Paul MacDonald).

Home-grown wood pellets for NWT?
The Northwest Territories sees a business opportunity for home-grown wood pellet production with the growing use of wood pellet heating, supported by a strategy to reduce greenhouse gases.

L & M Lumber: a tradition of innovation
A mill upgrade at B.C.’s L & M Lumber—involving a new optimized log breakdown and processing line—positions the independent producer well for recovering lumber markets, and continues a tradition of innovation and improvement.

Tackling tough B.C. roadbuilding
Mark Ponting and his construction crews tackle building logging road in some of the toughest ground in the country, on the B.C. Coast, and they rely on their equipment dealers to help out in minimizing equipment downtime when they are “miles from nowhere”.

Mistik manages growing wood demand
Saskatchewan’s Mistik Management is adapting to the growing timber needs of the NorSask Forest Products mill, which is adding a shift, and is going to require twice as much wood—but it’s a challenge they’re very happy to have.

How does your kiln system stack up?
With mill management always on the lookout to improve their drying operations, it was no surprise that a recent kiln drying seminar in Quebec City drew good attendance, and lively conversations.

OSB on the way up
The market for Oriented Strand Board has improved with the recovery of the U.S. housing market, and Ainsworth Lumber—which is in the process of being purchased by forestry giant Louisiana-Pacific Corp.— is looking at ramping up its OSB operations to meet the increased demand.

Bring on the wood ...
The Miramichi Lumber sawmill in New Brunswick has recently completed an upgrade, including an entirely new small log saw line, and is now raring to go to meet recovering lumber markets.

Turning biomass power on,
diesel off
A wood biomass-fired power system in the works in the small village of Kwadacha, B.C. could be a model for other remote communities looking to wean off costly diesel and propane for power production.

Rolling with the changes
Logger Clint Lightburn is rolling with the changes as forest company Canfor is asking its contractors in southeastern B.C. to move from delivering tree length wood to cut-to-length to its upgraded mill facility at Elko.

The Edge
Included in The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

Tech Update – Mill Wide Information Systems
LSJ looks at the technology and systems available to help mill management better manage and operate mills.

The Last Word
Jim Stirling takes a look at the debate surrounding the creation of more area based forest licences in British Columbia.



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Supplier Newsline

CaterpillarCaterpillar Forest Products partners with head designer SATCO

Caterpillar Forest Products and SATCO Ltd. have signed an agreement that gives Caterpillar the rights to sell and support SATCO harvesting attachments and parts worldwide.

Headquartered in New Zealand, SATCO designs and manufactures a wide range of forestry attachments.

“With this alliance, we can offer a full line of processing and directional felling heads for our FMs, track feller bunchers and the 501HD harvester,” says Mike Duncan, Caterpillar Forest Products industry manager. “Cat dealers will offer a package fully supported by Caterpillar.” Products will continue to carry the SATCO brand name.”

Built to handle the rugged logging conditions in New Zealand and Australia, the beefy heads are constructed using high-grade materials. Hoses from the carrier to the head are routed through the linkage and are not exposed. This protects the hoses from damage and prevents them from over–bending, causing premature failure.

The line includes seven processing heads and two directional felling heads. All heads are designed to be matched with Cat Forestry Machines (FMs), track feller bunchers and the Cat 501HD harvester.

Blain MacDonaldNew Tigercat product support representative

Blain MacDonald has joined the Tigercat product support team.

Working out of the Calgary area, MacDonald will focus on product support and operator training in western Canada. Possessing a strong technical background, MacDonald worked previously in the capacity of service representative for Terex Corporation’s AWP division in western Canada.

John DeereJohn Deere parts mobile site offers speed and convenience

John Deere has a new mobile version of its parts web site——designed to use smartphone technology to help loggers manage their operations more efficiently.

The new user-friendly site allows loggers to access critical equipment parts information with their handheld devices, from nearly any location.

Like the desktop version of the site, the new mobile version allows customers to quickly access parts information, and view pricing, availability and order parts online. Customers can search by parts catalog, model number, part number, or keyword to locate the appropriate parts and attachments.

It is designed for any web-enabled mobile phone or tablet.

SouthstarSouthstar delivers first QS600 multi-stemming processor head

A Canadian logging contractor has taken delivery of Southstar’s first 23”/24”, QS600 multi-stemming processor head, which is a step up from its 22” QS500 processor head.

The head weighs in at 3050 kgs including the rotator. The rotator gives the head 320 degree rotation capability.

So far, the contractor has reported fast performance, quality multi-stemming, the ability to handle single larger trees easily, excellent delimbing performance and accurate measurements, the company says.

The 50cc main saw operates at a 3/4” pitch and offers a maximum saw cut of 29” The top saw has a maximum cut capacity of 23”.

Wood-Mizer releases new high performance Turbo 7 blade

Wood-Mizer now offers a new blade that they claim is a true ‘game-changer’ for thin-kerf sawmill owners running higher horsepower mills.

North American customers reported during initial testing that the Turbo 7 blade allows them to increase sawing speed while maintaining quality cuts in all log species. They have also found that they can avoid switching blades when switching between hardwoods and softwoods. Because of the big bite this tooth makes, it is most productive in higher horsepower sawmills and operations where higher feed rates and demanding production schedules must be maintained or exceeded.

WaratahWaratah stocks self-cleaning measuring wheel

The Waratah-designed, serrated, self-cleaning measuring wheel has been supported and offered by Waratah for more than seven years. It is available through all Waratah dealers, and the measuring wheel is also an option on all 600 series Waratah processing heads.