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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2011

March/April 2013

On the Cover:
With the re-opening of Canfor’s Radium, B.C. sawmill, and a resulting increase in work, M & H Logging recently purchased a new John Deere 2454D log loader. Read all about how M & H Logging handles harvesting wood on steep slopes in southeastern B.C. in this issue. (Photo by Tony Kryzanowski)

Lakeland Mills to be rebuilt
The Sinclar Group, owner of Lakeland Mills, has announced that they will rebuild their mill in Prince George, B.C. and have it operating in 2014; a fire and explosion destroyed the mill in 2012.

Multi-million dollar upgrade for EACOM Timber’s Nairn Centre mill
EACOM Timber is ramping up its operations in Ontario, starting with a major multi-million dollar investment in its Nairn Centre sawmill, near Sudbury.

Canada’s Top Lumber Producers —Who’s on top
Working with the International Wood Markets Group, Logging and Sawmilling’s annual listing of the Top Lumber Producers in Canada.

Steep slope logging
Veteran logger Clayton Mattson brings a wide variety of skills to his work harvesting wood on steep slopes in southeastern B.C. for Canfor’s newly-reopened Radium sawmill.

Sharpening sawfiling skills
An innovative Sawfiling Peer Group at Tolko Industries is helping to bridge the gap between sawfilers, mill management and company divisions.

Ledwidge Lumber weathers the storm
Nova Scotia’s Ledwidge Lumber has weathered elements of the Perfect Storm—including a hurricane and a blizzard—in years past. That’s behind them, though, and the long-established lumber producer is now well-prepared for the recovery, with a modern sawmill equipment set-up.

Industry rebound leads to ramping up on the Island
Harvesting activities are ramping up for Vancouver Island logger Matt Roberts—and as a result, he’s invested in some new Link-Belt iron to do log processing, log loading and roadbuilding on the rugged B.C. Coast.

Peak equipment performance
Tamarack Timber Services operates in the demanding oil patch salvage logging business in Alberta which—with drilling rigs costing out at $100,000 a day—requires logging equipment to perform within very defined production windows.

Custom Cutter
B.C.’s Dove Creek Timber has developed a solid market niche for its
custom and specialty lumber products, with the company making sales to customers from Nanaimo to New Zealand.

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

Tech Update — skidders


The Last Word


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Supplier Newsline

VAB SolutionsVAB Solutions partners with Wolftek Industries

VAB Solutions Inc. has signed an exclusive representation agreement with Wolftek Industries of Prince George, B.C.

“For VAB Solutions Inc., this important agreement will allow us to position our products in Western Canada,” said Jean Bérubé, President of VAB Solutions Inc.

“For over 27 years, Wolftek Industries has been active in wood products seeking partners that provide products and a level of service that we consider the best. VAB definitely does this. This agreement is a perfect fit and will allow us to provide our customers a greater variety of high technological products with low capital outlay and high ROI,” added Scott Sutherland, sales manager/partner at Wolftek Industries.

At the NorSask Forest Products mill in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan are Scott Sutherland (left) of Wolftek Industries, and Jean Bérubé of VAB Solutions Inc.

VAB Solutions Inc. and Wolftek Industries recently completed the installation of a linear grading optimizer for NorSask Forest Products in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.,

New tool helps towns assess resources needed for bioenergy plant

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have partnered with the Community Energy Association and the Wood Waste to Rural Heat project to create a tool that evaluates if local forest waste wood can support bioenergy heating systems.

As energy costs rise, communities are looking for alternative renewable heating fuels for large buildings like schools, hospitals, and libraries. Bioenergy heating systems, like the one at UBC’s Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility, use wood waste to produce clean heat.

Working with three communities in the Shuswap, Kootenays and northern B.C., researchers developed an online tool that uses forest ecosystem modeling technology to estimate how much wood could be removed from surrounding forests to reduce fire risk while maintaining forest health. A calculator then determines how much bioenergy is available from that wood so that decision makers can evaluate bioenergy systems.

This project is funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the tool can be accessed online at:

Ryan ZenorSennebogen appoints new regional sales manager

Sennebogen has expanded its depth of support to dealers and customers with the appointment of Ryan Zenor as regional sales manager for its northeastern sales territories of North America.

Zenor will work closely with Sennebogen distributors and customers in eastern Canada, from Manitoba to Nova Scotia.

Zenor’s past assignments include several years serving customers of forestry machines throughout North America, as well as providing regional sales and support to log handling, scrap handling and port facilities for Pierce Pacific.

With the recent introduction of Sennebogen’s unique 830 M-T forestry trailer-pulling machine, the time that Zenor spent with Blount has provided him with a strong background and deep understanding of the needs and challenges of the market.

D&L TimbertechD & L Timbertech updates super scragg sawmill

New for 2013 from D & L Timber Technologies is an updated version of its super scragg sawmill.

Capable of producing wood products from logs up to an 18” diameter and up to 13’ in length, the sawmill is rated at 20 to 40 mfbm production per day.

The sawmill comes equipped with a 40 hp electric motor on each head saw and 40” saws. The saws can be hydraulically set from 4” to 10”.

To manage slabs, the sawmill comes with a slab conveyor and there are slab belts on each side of the saws. An automatic air kicker removes cants from the outfeed. The sawmill also comes with a four strand infeed and outfeed.

Next generation Tigercat 5702 felling saw enhanced

Tigercat has recently made a number of design enhancements to the 5702 felling saw aimed at increasing versatility and performance in a wider variety of felling conditions.

Although the 5702 is well known and widely used for big timber felling applications, the next generation 5702 features an all-new accumulating arm design. The arms are longer, with a revised profile, to improve accumulation of small trees, increase accumulating capacity and reduce incidence of crossed trees in the accumulation pocket. For contractors wanting to upgrade older model heads, a complete set of arms will fit earlier heads using the same link.

Also, in a move to increase accumulating capacity and performance, the front saw motor cover, which formerly protruded into the accumulating area, is now a flat cover. This increases the accumulating area and allows trees to move into the pocket more easily.

The left ski and saw housing exit have been modified to improve chip exhaust and to reduce plugging when felling large trees or when operating in deep snow or heavy undergrowth. Service access and hose routings have also been improved.

Forest industry launches “Greenest Workforce” recruitment campaign

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), with support from the federal government is launching, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country.

“The forest products sector is now a future-oriented business that is brimming with opportunity. It is now hiring and offering solid careers for those who care about their future, the environment and their quality of life,” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC.

Under Vision2020, FPAC has set a goal of recruiting at least 60,000 or more workers by 2020 to meet the growing demand for such professions as millwrights, electricians, engineers, sales staff, truck drivers, foresters, chemists and many more.
“We invite Canadians to visit the Greenest Workforce website to see the exciting opportunities now available,” says Lindsay.

Rotobec C-SeriesNew Rotobec C-series combination grapple features versatility

Rotobec’s new C-series combination grapple is designed to handle short wood, logs, or tree length wood. It is said to be ideal for forestry applications that require handling of multiple types of wood.

Features and benefits include heavy-duty rotators to match machine capacity and operation requirements that result in maximum productivity and lifespan; the grapple structure is designed with Finite Element Analysis to achieve optimal strength-to-weight ratio; the cylinder configuration allows for superior closing force; easy maintenance with easy access greasing points; jaw curvature and shape allowing for optimal rolling of logs; and replaceable round tips on most models, which are made of a special abrasive resistance material.