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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2011

December/January 2012

On the Cover:

It’s a busy time in B.C. forests as the industry is enjoying healthier lumber markets in the U.S. and still strong demand from China. All of that is helping to keep B.C. loggers such as Mike Closs, and his Link-Belt carrier/Waratah processor combination, very active. (Photo: Paul MacDonald)

Logger training
A new Logging Fundamentals Training Program on Vancouver Island is helping to fill a growing labour gap created by the retirement of skilled workers.

View from the Top:
Interview with Don Demens, President of Western Forest Products
Western Forest Products is now the major player in the forest industry on the B.C. coast, being the region’s largest lumber producer. Company President Don Demens talks about Western Forest Products’ $125 million capital plan, making strategic investments in its facilities, including new autograding equipment.

Major mill upgrade at Canfor Radium
Canfor has reopened its operations at Radium Hot Springs, B.C., following a $38.5-million capital investment to upgrade the sawmill and build a new planer mill. When the mill is running at full capacity later this year, it’s expected to produce 240 million board feet annually.

Special Focus —
Saskatchewan forest industry comeback

Edgewood Forest Products has an edge
Access to quality wood fibre is giving Saskatchewan’s Edgewood Forest Products, which started operations in early 2012, the opportunity to produce higher quality products.

Solid sawmilling success in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan’s Dean Christensen has built a solid small sawmill business, and is now looking at expanding his product line beyond white spruce into birch and tamarack.

Planning for the future in the next year province
Like many loggers, Saskatchewan’s
A & A Logging feels fortunate to have survived the recent industry downturn, and is now considering what it needs equipment-wise to move into the future.

stability in Saskatchewan forests
Norrish Logging is sensing that stability is returning to Saskatchewan’s forest industry after a downturn that took its toll on the mills and contractors alike.

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

The Last Word
Is remote command and control of logging equipment the way of the future? Columnist Tony Kryzanowski believes it is.

Tech Update — Log Haul Trailers



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TECH UPDATE - Log Haul Trailers

FreFlyt TrailersFreFlyt Trailers

P&H Supplies’ FreFlyt Manufacturing division offers four types of log trailers for use in B.C.: the tridem pole trailer, hayrack, B-train and a short log pup.

The company says Freflyt trailers are designed for improved reliability in the toughest working environments.

Its tridem is equipped with a tough, rugged chassis and is designed to provide long term off-highway service. Most of the tridems it has manufactured are still in operation today, says the company.

Freflyt Manufacturing’s hayrack has Hendrickson 30,000 lb. air suspension and an innovative dual axle lift system to save on wear and tear for the trip back.

Owners can top off their trailer with solid, trip-able or drop-in bunks to suit their needs from 8’ 6” to 10’ 6”, including the new 9’ 6” version.

The company can also completely rig-up trucks from cab guard to tail frame.

Anser ManufacturingAnser Manufacturing

Anser Manufacturing Ltd. is said to be one of British Columbia’s leading manufacturers and distributors of logging trailers. The Anser product has been available since 1985.

The company manufactures a variety of logging trailers, including Anser hayrack, tri-axle, quad-axle, tridem pole, tandem pole and single axle log jeep configurations.

Its head office and manufacturing plant is located in Vernon, B.C., where the company is continually working to improve and modify trailer design through the use of 3-D solid modeling software.

Its popular tridem pole log trailer is constructed with QT-100 steel, and is available in a variety of reach, bunch and stake options. Its hayrack product has an overall length of 49’ 6”, and features QT-100 steel construction, air ride suspension, and a heavy-duty brush bumper.

BWSBWS Manufacturing

BWS Manufacturing, makers of EZ-2-Load Trailers, is proud of its 45 year history of producing quality forestry trailers.

BWS currently manufactures BC Super B-Train and 3 Axle Tree Length Loggers, as well as AB 4 Axle Tree Length Loggers. The company’s focus has been on delivering value to trailer purchasers and this has resulted in a high ratio of repeat customers. Its current product lines reflect the ongoing strategy of listening to customers and its commitment to innovation.

BWS Manufacturing says the three-year structural warranty on the trailer main frame means it stands behind its product, even in the harshest of forestry environments.


For almost 45 years, Temisko has played a leading industry role in the development and construction of all types of specialized vehicles. Over the years, Temisko has developed an expertise in the fabrication of forestry, flatbed and specialized semi-trailers.

Temisko’s trailers are designed to be strong yet lightweight, thus maximizing load capacity and increasing the return on investment. Temisko offers a range of log hauler, wood chip hauler, regular flat bed and lowboys for heavy machinery haulage.

With the desire for lighter products, the use of aluminum in the fabrication of the company’s products has increased. Temisko chip vans today are mostly made of aluminum and it is also used for certain stakes for log trailers.

The quality of a semi-trailer depends on its design, on the choice of construction material, the welding techniques employed, as well as the cutting-edge technology used throughout the assembly process, and the company has a strong focus in all of these areas.

Arctic manufacturing LtdArctic Manufacturing Ltd

New for Prince George, B.C.-based, Arctic Manufacturing in 2012 was its high-travel auxiliary air suspension with integrated lift for use on quad-axle semi-trailers.

The suspension features 16 ¼” of total travel. This allows for 11 ¾” of axle lift with 4 ½” of jounce. The suspension maintains the same king-pin geometry to the ground throughout its total travel distance.

Also on the short-log equipment side, all the company’s short-log bunks/stakes now feature its new formed bunk/stake pocket. This pocket is now 18” tall instead of the conventional 10 ½”, with the taper on the inside. On hayracks with solid stakes, the taper is on both ends of the stake. This allows for the stake to be reversed if its bend is just above the pocket.

Minor improvements have been made throughout the company’s long-log equipment product line.

Deloupe Inc.Deloupe Inc

In 1972, Deloupe Inc designed and built its first log haul trailer. Since then, that product has undergone several makeovers to position itself as among the best on the market, the company says.

Deloupe developed a light but strong all-steel trailer called the ‘Viking’ equipped with galvanized stakes.

Today, even though its log trailer is well known for quality and reliability, it is still working to incorporate innovations. Within the last year, the company’s engineering department worked on new, revolutionary models: one using the Viking steel frame but equipped with bunks and stakes made with composite, which is a strong but light material that generates a weight gain of more than 1000 lbs. A second model again uses the Viking frame but is equipped with movable bunks, so that customers may adjust them according to the log length they work with.

Magnum Trailer & EquipmentMagnum Trailer & Equipment

Magnum Trailer & Equipment Inc. has recently introduced its newest line of on/off highway short wood loggers.

Magnum’s diversified offering includes five-axle Super “B” trains, four-axle “B” trains, quads, as well as hayrack models.

Using proven design and manufacturing techniques combined with innovative new features, Magnum now offers what many consider to be one of the best-built and most rugged shortwood logging trailers in the industry. Each unit can be tailored to the individual needs of the customer and can include a wide array of custom options including air-lift axles and expandable bunks.

Over the past 30 years, Magnum has earned a solid reputation worldwide for its engineered specialty trailers. They have taken the time to listen to what logging operators require from their rigs and designed a trailer that is an industry workhorse, day in and day out, the company says.

Magnum Trailers is located in Abbotsford, B.C.—only a short distance to the heart of the logging community in British Columbia.