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TimberWest November/December 2013

Nov/December 2014

A Lone Wolf in the Woods
Photo by Lindsay R. Mohlere captures Lone Rock Logging, working their Pierce DeLimbinator

Leader in Stewardship and Maximum Production
It’s Lone Rock Logging’s proactive commitment that has won them so many awards, including the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest 2013 Operator of the year.

A Lone Wolf in the Woods
Fred Warth Contracting prides itself on taking on the small jobs that others walk away from.

Making Wood Waste Valuable
Rawlings Manufacturing sets up a new test facility at its Spokane manufacturing center to focus all aspects of wood waste processing.

Productivity and Safety
Go Hand in Hand

Sevier Logging based out of Olympia, Wash., focuses on high production and safe practices.

A Cat Tradition
Lind Logging out of B.C. isn’t afraid to try something new, especially if it’s technology being developed by Cat.

The Show
America Logger Council annual meeting review.


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New Products

Fecon RTF230Fecon Announces RTF230 Rubber Tire Mulching Tractor

Fecon Inc. has released the RTF230 Rubber Tire Mulching Tractor, a 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steer machine that lends itself to incredible tractive and handling capabilities. A center-mounted engine and hydraulic drive train give the RTF230 a very low center of gravity and even balance. Climbing slopes is no chore for the 230 hp engine and 75 gpm/6000 psi hi flow to the Bull Hog mulcher head or other hydraulic or PTO attachments.

Unlike other wheeled tractors in the same horsepower class, the RTF230 is also capable of 24 mph road speeds. A large cab with excellent visibility in all directions provides the operator that extra measure of accuracy and safety on the job or on the road. RTF230 tractors can be configured for many types of work: land clearing, municipal maintenance, snow removal, and roadside clearing as well as construction, industrial, and agricultural applications. The RTF230 is capable of boom and/or crane mounting and mechanical or hydraulic PTOs (and 3-point hitches) both front and back.

Bandit 2550 Track Stump GrinderBandit Industries’ Model 2550 Track stump grinder

The introduction of Bandit’s new Model 2550 Track stump grinder marks the company’s entry into track-mounted stump grinders in the 40 hp category, combining the popularity of the Model 2550XP self-propelled stump grinder with the versatility and go-anywhere mobility of a track-mounted machine.

Featuring the same 44 hp diesel engine and a 20” diameter Revolution cutter wheel from the standard 2550, the Model 2550 Track delivers the all-terrain capabilities and superb flotation found in larger track machines. Its light weight makes it easy to tow, while the track undercarriage provides exceptional maneuverability.

The Model 2550 Track features a beltless hydrostatic direct-drive, delivering smooth, direct power to the cutter wheel while reducing maintenance downtime and costs associated with traditional belt drive models. The Revolution cutter wheel comes standard, delivering exceptional cutting power and chip containment for easy clean up.

Komatsu S132 Harvesting HeadKomatsu Launches S132 Harvesting Head

Komatsu America Corp. has introduced the new S132 Harvesting Head, the second model in its new S-series family of “squeeze-style” harvesting heads. It is a high capacity head suited for a wide variety of final felling applications including those with crooked trees and tough branches. Weighing 2,965 lbs, the S132 has a recommended DBH working range of 6” to 17” diameter and a maximum cutting diameter of up to 28.3”. It is available installed on Komatsu 931.1 and 941.1 Harvesters and as a loose head that can be installed on other carriers.

The S132 is built on a proven robust frame design that provides excellent durability and protection of key components. The 360º rotator, a 128º tilt link angle, and an effective swing damping/braking system ensure fast feeding performance and reduce head frame stress when harvesting and/or reaching on downhill slopes.

The head is equipped with four moveable delimbing knives, three of which are hydraulically controlled. The fourth knife is an automatically pressure-controlled floating top knife with a sensor to manage Komatsu’s Flex Friction Control System™.

Gem Harvester BarGEM introduces new line of harvester bars

After several months of field testing, Gem Chain Bar (GEM) has introduced its own line of 404 harvester bars.

Development of this new product line was driven by customer request. The ¾” pitch bars are made from premium grade raw materials and proven CNC manufacturing processes. All of the company’s new GEM 404 bars will have a replaceable external tip. Bars are powder-coated a bright white to provide maximum visibility while operating at night. The product is available in 59 centimetre, 64 centimetre, 75 centimetre and 90 centimetre sizes.

Wood-Mizer debarkerWood-Mizer adds automated debarker to portable sawmill

Wood-Mizer has added a new debarker for the LT35 portable sawmill.

Engineered to extend overall sawmill blade life, the redesigned LT35 debarker improves functionality and efficiency for LT35 owners.

Featuring a powered in-and-out function, the LT35 debarker is now controlled completely at the operator’s fingertips. With this automation, sawyers experience an increase in overall sawing efficiency by eliminating manual set-up time and effort. Additionally, the cutting blade rotates to direct debris away from the operator, enhancing visibility for the sawyer and providing a clean groove for the sawmill blade to pass through. The new LT35 debarker is also positioned behind the rotating pivot arm to reduce operator difficulties if the debarker blade catches irregular knots in the bark.

Intercomp CS750™ Crane Scale

Intercomp announces the launch of their new and improved CS750™ Crane Scale. This popular American-made scale now boasts a new set of features reinforcing its position as the go-to choice for medium-duty industrial applications. With capacities ranging from 100lbs to 1000lbs, including many NTEP-certified models, the CS750™ can now be ordered with Intercomp’s RFX™ Wireless Weighing Technology.

Battery life has also improved — increasing from 500 hours of continuous use to an impressive 800 hours (5000 hours in standby mode); all while decreasing (to just four) the number of D-cell batteries needed to power the unit. Additional keypad functionality has been added including setting Tare, and the ability to accumulate and total a series of weight readings right on the scale. If direct power is required, the optional direct power chord has been upgraded from a barrel jack plug to a quarter-turn military-spec coupler for a more secure connection.

Doosan Telematics

In response to greater demand for machine-to-machine communication, machine intelligence, and remote equipment monitoring, Doosan has introduced an upgraded telematics package for its heavy equipment including excavators, wheel loaders, and articulated dump trucks. The new system, Doosan Telematics, will be standard on all Doosan equipment except for DX63-3 and DX85R-3 compact excavators.

Doosan Telematics provides a connected machine solution that allows customers and dealers to remotely track and monitor Doosan heavy equipment. Each new Doosan machine that arrived at Doosan dealerships after July 1, 2014, came with a complimentary three-year subscription, including prepaid wireless service. Customers can monitor their Doosan equipment remotely from an Internet-enabled device and an upgraded Doosan Telematics website called CoreTMS. After the three years of prepaid wireless service expires, customers will have the option to purchase a service extension.