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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2011

June/july 2013

On the Cover:
Lumber prices may be moving up and down of late, but they are certainly moving up and down at very healthy levels, helping to spur activities in the woods and in log sort yards. While the Chinese lumber market appears to be cooling down, the U.S. housing market is heating up, creating growing demand for Canadian lumber (Photo of TimberWest North Island Log Sort by Paul MacDonald).

Biting into a billion dollar biofuel market
Ontario’s Woodland Biofuels Inc. is knitting technologies together to produce ethanol from wood waste—using feedstock from wood chips to pallets—for a multi-billion dollar market.

Mill construction experts
B.C.’s Salem Contracting has proven its construction—and demolition— expertise year after year, with its most recent project being a $19 million upgrade at Interfor’s Grand Forks sawmill in southeastern B.C.

Meadow Lake megawatts
As the result of a recent upgrade project, NorSask Forest Products is now getting more value from the lumber produced at its Meadow Lake sawmill, and it will soon be breaking ground on a 40 megawatt bio-energy plant.

The Future of Logging Equipment—from the top equipment manufacturers
Logging and Sawmilling Journal talks with the top executives of the leading logging equipment companies—Cat, Deere and Tigercat—on trends in logging equipment, and how the companies are going to meet the future needs of loggers.

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

Elmia Wood 2013 served up something for everyone
The Elmia Wood 2013 show held in June in Sweden drew major crowds, all keenly interested to see the wide variety of logging equipment that was
on display. Logging and Sawmilling Journal was there at the show and
highlights what was new in logging technologies and logging iron.

New flail delimber working out in B.C.
The use of a new-to-Canada flail delimber—the Chambers Delimbinator—in logging operations in B.C.’s Southern Interior region looks to be one of those situations where a new approach to harvesting is truly a win-win, with a very significant reduction in the time it takes to delimb small wood.

Forest industry: Help wanted
The B.C. forest industry is working to meet its current—and future—people needs, through several initiatives, including classroom visits.

Tech Update
LSJ looks at that most essential of equipment in finishing and dressing lumber: planers

The Last Word
The Canadian forest industry recently took an important step to verifying its environmental impact—and taking on competitive building products, steel and concrete.



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Supplier Newsline

Brunette Machinery partners with Murray Latta Progressive Machine

Brunette Machinery Company Inc. (BMC) of Surrey, B.C. President Kirk Forbes has announced an ownership change at Brunette Industries, with the company partnering with Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc. (MLPM), also of Surrey, B.C.

Together, the companies have purchased the assets of Brunette Industries Ltd (with head office in New Westminster, B.C.), Brunette Industries Ltd (Prince George Div.), Brunette Industries Inc. (Atlanta, GA), and BDR Machinery Ltd (Toronto, ON). All branches will now operate under the new company name Brunette Machinery Company Inc. (BMC). Branch details and locations can be found on Brunette’s website,

This move is said to strengthen Brunette’s position as a market leader in the design, development, and distribution of high quality wood processing machinery (chippers, hogs, debarkers, butt reducers, conveyors, log singulators, and inventory of specialty parts). The company will now have access to MLPM’s 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility, expertise, and equipment which will help Brunette increase manufacturing capabilities, and enable expanded focus on product development, and customer service.

MLPM is an established leader of custom machinery manufacturing, planer mill equipment and parts distribution, millwrighting and machinery throughout North America, and has been in business since 1918.

Brunette’s history dates back to the mid 1920s. Brunette is well known for its expertise with debarkers, hogs, and has a strong foothold in the chippers. Recently Brunette developed new wood processing machinery such as the BioSizer (high speed grinder), SmartVIBE conveyor, Whole Log Micro Chipper, and Veneer Chipper. These products advance existing technologies and—along with a highly experienced work force and broadened customer service—will play a big part in future growth.


Axis Measuring WheelNew Axis Forestry measuring wheel self-cleaning

Built by Axis Forestry, the aftermarket serrated McNeil wheel is designed to penetrate bark for more accurate measuring. Unlike a regular measuring wheel, which can pack up and clog when sap is running, the McNeil wheel is self-cleaning, ensuring more accurate length measuring. Made of hardened steel, this aftermarket wheel fits Waratah models 620, 622, 622B and 623.


VEI loader scalesNew VEI loader scales offer a better look at more data

VEI loader scales, represented in North America by RMT Equipment, has introduced new versions of two of the firm’s most popular models, each updated with enhanced displays and data capabilities.

The Helper X is the new top-of-the-line loader scale from VEI, providing today’s most advanced data management capabilities for in-motion weighing, says RMT Equipment. The Millennium 5 model offers a lower cost version with the same weighing accuracy, ease of data entry, easy readout screens and should it be needed, an easy upgrade path to convert it to a Helper X.

Both systems are equipped with new high definition color displays, automatic brightness control and high visibility in any light conditions. The easy-to-read information is now presented in a more compact layout, allowing the displays to fit a smaller footprint in the cab.


Brandt Tractor acquires Wallace Equipment

In a major move on the equipment dealer scene, Brandt Tractor has announced its acquisition of Wallace Equipment, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The acquisition marks Brandt’s first presence in Atlantic Canada and establishes it as a nation-wide company with 27 branches reaching from coast to coast.

Wallace Equipment Ltd. is the John Deere Construction and Forestry Dealer for Atlantic Canada, which includes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Wallace operates five branches located in Fredericton, Moncton, Bathurst, Halifax, and Sydney.

“Building on Wallace’s 20-year history, our plan is to invest in product support initiatives to better support customer needs. We’ll do whatever it takes to help grow our customer’s productivity and profitability by raising their uptime and lowering their operating costs,” said Shaun Semple, Brandt Tractor President.

“We’re very excited about this latest addition to Brandt and all the potential it represents,” Semple added. “We’re confident our expanded team and fortified expertise will help fuel our new nation-wide commitment to delivering value to our customers, every day.”

The company says this acquisition is significant to Brandt customers for several reasons:

• Brandt brings to Atlantic Canada its 80-years of customer service experience and its reputation for doing whatever it takes to help customers succeed.

• Brandt’s unique understanding of customer challenges within a variety of industry categories including construction, forestry, and resource sectors enable the company to offer timely, cost-effective solutions.

• Brandt will invest in new product support initiatives to better meet customer needs.

• This acquisition enables Brandt to better meet the needs of national customers who operate equipment across the country.

Effective July 2, 2013, the Wallace Equipment Ltd. name changed to Brandt Tractor Ltd.

Brandt Tractor is part of the Brandt Group of Companies, which is based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Brandt Tractor is the world’s largest privately owned John Deere Construction & Forestry dealer. The company previously operated 21 dealerships in western Canada and one in Milton, Ontario. Adding the five Wallace branches brings the new total to 27 locations that now span the entire country from B.C. to Nova Scotia.


Waratah 600 series headsRotation option available on Waratah 600 series heads

Waratah Canada utilized the recent Interior Logging Association and Canada North Resources Expo trade shows in B.C. to introduce loggers to the new 360° Continuous Rotation option available on their line of 600 series harvester and processing heads. This 360° rotation feature not only boosts productivity but also increases hose life by eliminating a hydraulic hose swivel. The 360° continuous rotation design utilizes the robust, industry proven Waratah rotator with the addition of new rotary manifold. The 360° Rotation feature is available for both traditional hoses from the side install designs, and for the Thru Nose hose routing style. Either install design will enhance productivity and ease of operation for Waratah operators.


John Deere adds productivity boosting features to bunchers and harvesters

Some of John Deere’s most powerful machines, the 900K series tracked feller bunchers and 900KH series tracked harvesters, are now equipped to take on even more of the forest with the introduction of an updated boom structure and cooling system for all models.

Also, the Rapid Cycle System (RCS) is now standard on the 900 K series tracked feller bunchers, making boom operation faster and simpler.

The new boom structure is designed to maximize logger productivity. With an additional foot of maximum reach, and two feet of additional minimum reach, the feller buncher can cover 32 per cent more area. These improvements allow the felling head to tuck tighter to the machine to improve maneuverability in close quarters, as well as reach stems farther away. Similarly, the new tracked harvester boom structure has an improved cutting swath of 1’ 3”, with nearly 1’ of additional maximum reach.

The redesigned boom systems have been engineered to integrate protection for hoses routed along the top of the boom. The feller buncher’s crank and link system was also redesigned and now features large steel castings, while the harvester booms were designed to accommodate through nose hydraulic hose routings. These routings guide the harvesting head hoses through the nose of the boom to the harvesting head rotator, up and out of harm’s way, and will require a Waratah harvesting head that is compatible with the through nose plumbing. John Deere is the first OEM to offer this option from the factory.

Canada North Resources ExpoCanada North Resources Expo draws large crowd

Producers of the Canada North Resources Expo in Prince George, B.C. say that the 2013 edition was a resounding success. The Expo attracted 8,321 registered industry visitors over the course of the two-day event, held May 31 and June 1, and according to show management, attendees were happy with the show and its exhibitors.

Visitors appreciated the number of exhibitors and the variety of equipment being showcased at the CN Centre and grounds that totaled four acres of outdoor and indoor exhibits, showcasing the leaders of the flourishing northern resource industries. Exhibitors reported brisk sales activities and many qualified leads to follow up on. Comments were made that this edition was the best in a decade and some exhibitors are already planning on rebooking for 2015.

The Recruiting Here feature was a hit as visitors came with resumes in hand looking for careers in the booming natural resource field. Activity at the Health & Wellness Zone presented by the BC Forest Safety Council was steady and seminars were well attended. The live equipment demonstrations were a huge attraction.

“The Resources Expo Society is very pleased with how the Canada North Resources Expo went,” says Mary Anne Arcand, Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association. “The feedback we have received is all very positive, and we are hearing about millions of dollars of sales being made during the show.”

Canada North Resources Expo“The big story about CNRE is that it blew everyone’s expectations out of the water,” says Rob Stanhope, publisher of Logging & Sawmilling Journal. “So many shows have been marginal lately, and then this one comes along, and everything worked out perfectly. It was well organized and managed. Promotion for the show was everywhere and it blanketed the market. It worked and people came.”

Master Promotions Ltd. would like to thank all members of the local Prince George steering committee including the Central Interior Logging Association for the guidance and assistance. It is looking forward to the 2015 edition of the show and dates will be announced in the near future.