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TimberWest November/December 2013

March/April 2015

The GP grapple processor head by Pierce Pacific allows a single carrier to accomplish tasks that normally tie up two machines.

Making the Cut
Mike Pihl Logging continues to find success with its ‘never give up’ motto

Making a Niche
Pacific Logging and Processing finds a niche providing services for small-scale private landowners, which the company calls “‘permits to planting”

Wood Biomass Column
Oregon Sen. backs woody biomass
for government buildings

Pursuing Innovation
Tolko Industries teams with Oregon Manufacturer to try out GP head are
small volume applications.

Teaching Teachers
Sustainable Forestry Tour
Opens Teachers’ Eyes

Stewards of the Future
Chilkat Logging is Oregon’s only certified logging operation located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation

Oregon Logging Conference Review
Highlights of the OLC,
including pictorial review

RLC Review
Highlights of the 2015 Redwood
Logging Conference


In the News

Association News

New Products

Guest Column





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Oregon Logging Conference

With a big smile on her face, Conference Manager Rikki Wellman said the 2015 Oregon Logging Conference far exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“It was the largest show since 2008,” says Wellman. “The attendance was up, classes were well attended, and we had positive comments from exhibitors and those that attended.”

Fundraising events had a great showing too. “The Desserts for Dreams event brought in $10,621, which will be donated to the Play Smart Youth Heart Screening Program, a charity selected by first lady Judy Nygaard,” says Wellman. “This is the 12th year for the Desserts for Dreams event to be held in conjunction with the annual OLC.”


This year there was also a large and wide variety of products debuting at the show. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend, TimberWest would like to give you a quick look. Take a deep breath—here we go.

Link-Belt 4040 TL: This 4040 TL has an Isuzu AQ-6HK1X final Tier 4 turbocharged 207 HP diesel engine and weighs in at 94,010 lbs. It has a swing torque of 82,656 lbf-ft, a tail swing of 11’6”, and a swing speed of 0–8.5 rpm. It has a maximum reach of 39’9”, maximum travel speed of 2.5 mph, and 70% gradeability.

GS Manufacturing Forestry Winch: This first-of-its-kind winch was developed by GS manufacturing and built for the Log Max 700XT head. This versatile winch has no internal electronics and is powered by the 700XT head. It can be picked up out of a truck bed, used to skid logs, pull vehicles, guide trees in difficult cutting positions, and more.

TimberPro 735-C: The TimberPro 735-C has a new design with easy access to critical components. The 735-C features an 1800 RPM engine speed to increase fuel efficiency, an energy recovering hydrostatic swing pump, and rubber belting protection to the boom and gullwing to reduce debris in the engine and hydraulic compartments. The 60,080-pound machine has a 23’9” reach and optional squirt boom.

Herzog Alpine Synchrowinch For-warder: The Alpine turns your forwarder into a steep slope machine. The continual measuring system shows the actual tensile force, and the camera display shows images from the back and/or the drum. Two types of cable are available. It’s fixed on the forwarder’s rear frame, and it is radio remote controlled with continuous variable speed and force adjustment. Seat tilt is available for better ergonomics.

T-MAR LC550 Swing Yarder: T-MAR designed a completely new swing yarder from the ground up. It’s now easier to transport and features a reliable side-by-side main drum arrangement with regenerative braking in both directions. The LC550 is driven by a CAT C9 Acert 8.8 liter engine and Cat CX28 Powershift transmission (5 forward speeds). It also uses new generation 225 Wichita water-cooled slip clutches and band type spotting brakes.

Waratah 622C: The 622C multi-tree processing head with four-roller drive is perfectly weighted for a 21-ton excavator. It features a ¾ main saw with automatic chain tensions; the 360-degree continuous head rotation capabilities help boost operator productivity; and a new, more efficient hydraulic valve design contributes to increasing hydraulic flow.

FHX Defender Mulcher: The two models, FHX66 and FHX76, come with 42 and 36 sharp Quadco teeth, designed for better cutting. The FHX76 cuts a 76” width and the FHX66 cuts a 66”. They both feature dual replaceable recutter bars (for extra fine mulch), a Hardox shield, adjustable/removable recutter door, and an adjustable brush bumper.;

Cat 525D: The 203HP 525D wheel skidder has a Cat C7.1 ACERT™ engine, a high-capacity cooling system, and on-demand hydraulically driven reversing fan to keep the machine running at the correct temperature. The D Series gears are more evenly distributed to maximize performance in tough terrain, and they have heavy duty Cat axles approval for dual tires.

DFM CFB16 Series Compact Feller Buncher: The CFB16 has a 16” cutting capacity and can accumulate up to seven 5”-diameter trees. Its compact weight-saving design uses high efficiency cutting components. When mounted on smaller prime carriers under 100 HP, it reduces fuel consumption while improving maneuverability. The maneuverability along with ease of use, results in less operator fatigue and lower operating costs.

Tajfun RCA 400 Joy Firewood Pro-cessors: The RCA 400 Joy can cut up to 40 cm in diameter and split saw logs in lengths from 20 to 50 cm. It features a foldable infeed conveyor, hydraulic log holder, high cutting-speed chainsaw (25m/s) and swinging laps. The patented splitting cylinder has 150 KN splitting force and two splitting speeds.

John Deere 859M Tracked Feller Buncher: John Deere’s new 859M boasts a 9.0L engine, 46% more tractive effort, 44% more front window area, 17% larger cab interior, and U7 ExD undercarriage. It weighs 90,000 lbs., can reach 25’10”, and features a closed loop dedicated drive system.

Borntrager Tree Jacks: What does a logger do when he can’t find a jack? He builds one. The 28-ton tree jack has a lift of 3.5 inches and weighs 23 pounds. The larger 45-ton tree jack has a 4.5” life and weighs 35 pounds.

Summit Attachment & Machinery TM50R: The first new excavator-mounted TM50R came off the floor just in time for the OLC. The multi-purpose, remote- controlled, 50’ tether master was designed by Eric Krume (Krume Logging & Excavation), who wanted an affordable yarder option for more flexibility in the woods, especially steep slope harvesting.

Gem Chain Bar 404 Harvester Bar: Gem introduced the 404 Harvester Bar made of premium grade raw material, which features a replaceable external tip and is available in 59cm, 64cm, 75cm, and 90cm. Gem also introduced the 404 Rim Sprocket, with its trademark raised tooth design, machined from solid billet material with a tapered clean out for more efficiency.

Wood-Mizer LT15Wide: New for OLC was the LT15Wide portable sawmill, with a heavier, wider bed frame and a 36” diameter by 17’8” log capacity. It features rollers on all six side supports, reinforced side support, and taller, heavier head support. It can produce up to 375 bd ft/hr.

ACDAT monitoring systems: Pacific Power Group introduced the simple, intuitive yarder monitoring and information system designed to provide safe, smooth production increases. The screen displays all line tensions, crew and rigging positions, ground profile, and more. They also introduced a new cab designed specifically for yarders with superior visibility.

The Extreme Cruiser Vest: Made of heavyweight urethane-coated nylon, these vests are designed specifically for the outdoor professional. They have room for gear, repel water, and allow layering. The front and back are designed with numerous pockets, specifically with the forest industry in mind.

Rotobec 4560SHD: This log grapple was designed for the next generation of heavy duty shovel logging. An interlocking head structure maximizes durability. The integrated cylinder guards on the jaw structure provide an outstanding level of protection in all tough handling applications. Each model comes standard with one of the company’s RT Series sealed rotators.

Pewag Star Stud Chain: This new 8-sided design provides superior grip and up to 56% longer wear because the stud surface area is increased by 23% over traditional round stud designs. This results in improved traction, less downtime, fewer repairs, and lower operating costs.

Vimek 630 Minimaster Forwarder: The Vimek Model 630 Minimaster is manufactured in Sweden for low impact timber harvesting. It runs on a Hone 630 CC engine, has speeds up to 13 mph, and 16” of ground clearance. It has a 12’ reach and continuous rotation. It also comes with a wide variety of accessories.


OLC 2015 was a great show, and Wellman says they are already anticipating that next year’s event will be even larger. In fact, they are planning to open up another building in 2016.

For those of you who haven’t put it on your calendar already, mark out February 25- 27, 2016, for the 78th Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene, Ore.


Ponsse, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines, now has a presence in the Pacific Northwest. The fully equipped Service Center in Coburg, Oregon includes; Ponsse spare parts and accessories, dedication to machine servicing, hydraulic component repair, assembly of hydraulic hoses, and the capabilities of installing our harvester heads on the appropriate tracked carriers. Visit us on the web for more information

cascadeCascade Trader

Cascade Trader specializes in the sale of used logging and construction equipment. Over the years business has expanded to include the offering of parts, sales as well as service for Doosan Construction and Forestry Equipment including Excavators, Wheel Loaders plus Purpose Built Log Loaders. For the past three years, Cascade has been one of the top five machine volume dealers for Doosan in the U.S.


Wallingford’s Inc. is an international wholesaler of tire chains, wheel and bogie tracks, as well as other logging and industrial supplies. Wallingford’s has been serving the forest industry since 1975 and is the largest of its kind in North America. Wallingford’s has continually sought to build solid relationships with their customers by offering quality products and to further enhance those relationships by always listening to the needs and concerns of their customers.


Waratah used the Oregon Logging Conference to introduce the new 622C - 4 wheel drive multi tree processing head to Pacific Northwest loggers. Perfectly suited for 21 ton carriers, this head offers 360 degree continuous rotation, a pat. pending auto-stem alignment feature a new high efficiency valve design and ¾ pitch auto tension main saw. Rounding out Waratah’s line up of 600 series heads at the show were the 623C, 624C and 625C models along with Waratah’s TimberRite touch screen computer.

John DeereJohn Deere

Three years in the making and backed by over a half-century of experience in the woods, the John Deere 859M-Series Tracked Feller Buncher made its official debut to customers with Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry. This game changing machine generated positive feedback throughout the week, specifically features like the Rapid Cycle System, which combines automated felling-head arm cycling with simple boom control so loggers can perform multiple tasks without power drain. In addition to the 859M, Papé displayed a wide variety of its most powerful, productive John Deere, Hitachi, Fecon, and Morbark equipment that works hard for loggers shift after shift.

tigercatTigercat / Triad Machinery

In addition to the 880 logger, LX830C and L870C feller bunchers, a 635E skidder and a grapple-equipped LS855C shovel logger, Tigercat and Triad displayed an LS855C shovel logger equipped with the 5195 directional felling saw. The carrier is responsive and nimble in steep slope applications. In combination with the 5195, the machine can fell, bunch and shovel large diameter timber.

vulcanVulcan On-Board Scales

Vulcan On-Board Scales manufactures on-board weighing systems for all types of trucks and trailers in the timber industry, as well as other industries that require tough and reliable equipment. Solutions are available for a wide range of on-board applications including spring, air and mixed suspensions. Vulcan thanks you for helping them celebrate 33 years in business, and for being one of more than 30,000 systems installed worldwide. Contact Vulcan at 1-800-237-0022
or visit their website at

valleyValley Tool Mfg

The 30EX HD BrushHound is a compact heavy duty brush mower that cuts and mulches small trees, heavy grass and brush. Cutting capacity .5-4”. The Rock Tough Tiller is a skid steer mounted attachment which makes seedbed preparation in basic gardening or lawn/ landscaping a breeze. For more information call 800-426-5615 or visit


Morbark displayed its 3800XL Wood Hog horizontal grinder at the Papé exhibit area. The 3800XL provides outstanding material flow into the milling chamber via a 59¾” x 40” infeed opening. There’s plenty of space under and within the mill for turning large and bulky material into saleable products. Powered by a 700-800 HP Cat engine, the 3800XL incorporates a proven driveline protection system that protects against catastrophic contaminant damage. Standard features include the Morbark Integrated Control System (M.I.C.S.). Operators can adjust feed systems for increased output while maximizing fuel efficiency.


Peterson Cat and Caterpillar Forest Products featured equipment and services for harvesting, hauling and millyard. The display included the Cat 525D Wheel Skidder, Cat 568 FM Log Loader, Cat CT660 vocational truck and the Cat 980M Wheel Loader. The power of telematics was demonstrated with real life examples of business improvements as a result of Cat Product Link™. Cat Financial representatives and Cat undercarriage professionals were on-hand to answer questions. Inside the pavilion, Cat work tools were displayed, including the SATCO 323T processing head, HF 201B felling head and a GLL60 grapple. Video showcased the capabilities of Cat attachments.


Steep slope logging specialists, T-Mar Industries used the OLC to introduce loggers to the new Log Champ 550 swing yarder, now working in BC. Designed for a one piece move, this is the first modern high production yarder built in decades. In addition to info on the 550, T-Mar brought their extreme duty log grapple to the show. T-Mar also designs and builds excavator mount rock drills, yarder parts and winch assist systems.

tajfunTajfun USA

Tajfun Firewood Processors, world renowned under the brand name RCA, are essential for log processing into firewood. Tajfun products are constantly developed towards optimal and simple operation. The processors excel in: energy efficiency, simple and fast set up and take down, high capacity, compact and rugged construction, simple controls. Contact us at: (360)-594-8877.

petersonPeterson Machinery

Peterson Cat provides Caterpillar® and agricultural equipment, parts, service, and rental to customers in 100,000 square miles of territory, from San Martin, California to Longview, Washington. We’re proud to support your business anytime, day or night, from eighteen full-service locations.

triadTriad Machinery / Link-Belt

Triad Machinery, your Pacific Northwest Leader in forestry equipment, construction equipment, material handling equipment, wheel loaders,

rough terrain cranes as well as crawler cranes. Our equipment coverage spans Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. We specialize in new and used equipment, equipment rentals, parts and service. Our major lines include: Link-Belt Construction and Forestry Equipment, Tigercat, Waratah Forestry Attachments, Link-Belt Cranes, Kawasaki Wheel Loaders.

laserLaser Technology, Inc.

LTI lasers have multi-generational appeal. Using a simple point-and-shoot laser rangefinder and intuitive data collection software, any inventory/scale manager can get measure and calculate MBF of any log deck in minutes—all without occupying dangerous areas or worrying about uneven ground. Check out LTI’s Log Deck Volume System at


This year was the first time Windansea Diesel’s logging equipment repowering experts exhibited at the OLC. The company had a number of Isuzu power units and an Isuzu diesel Genset on display. Knowing that there are a large number of yarders throughout the PNW in need of repowering, Windansea also featured a drop in yarder engine replacement—the Series 50 Detroit Diesel. Windansea also rebuilds and repairs existing engines.

piercePierce Pacific Manufacturing

The Pierce GP allows you to combine your processor and loader into one machine, reducing the amount of equipment you need. Also saving you time, labor, maintenance, fuel as well as transportation costs by combining the equipment that has historically required two machines. Whether your logging operation is large or small, the Pierce GP is the smartest way out there to do more with less. For more information on the GP, and other Pierce products, Call 800.760.3270.

papePape Machinery

Thank you for a great 2015 OLC! Papé Machinery has served the needs of loggers for generations. This year we were excited to introduce the all-new M-Series that features reduced tail swing, increased horsepower, improved fuel economy, and Rapid Cycle System (RCS) to streamline cutting functions. Please visit us at!

feenaughtyFeenaughty Machinery

Feenaughty Machinery Company has been supporting the construction and forestry industries for over 100 years. Since its beginning in 1901, Feenaughty has been a family-owned business that believes in hard work and loyalty to its customers as well as employees. Although the industry has gone though many changes since 1901, Feenaughty remains dedicated to supporting its customers needs with honesty and integrity. Going forward Feenaughty will continue to support its customers with the equipment, as well as the service, they have come to expect since 1901.

logmaxLog Max

Log Max engineers products that promote healthy forests, providing harvesting as well as processing solutions to its clients, big or small and in any type of forestry application. The 7000XT and 10000XT continue to be popular with the PNW loggers. However the demand for smaller heads has become apparent in the industry’s changing markets. Log Max has a wide variety of harvesting as well as processing heads for all applications, from the little 928 to the 10000XT and 12000XT.

cleanfixCleanFix NA

Cleanfix Reversible Fans with its patented blade rotation, is the number one reversible engine fan, on the market today. Available as a standard fixed pitch model or a horsepower and fuel saving variable pitch model, both systems will keep your cooling system free of debris as well as running smoothly. All day, every day!

white mountain chainWhite Mountain Chain

Let White Mountain Chain give you the safety that only a high quality chain can give The quality and durability of a chain does not solely depend on the quality of the steel it is made from. It also depends on the production technology and the quality control procedures that are used on the way from raw material to finished chain. In this process TRYGG chains are the market leaders.


We had a lot of fun at this year’s Oregon Logging Conference” said Michael Spreadbury, Peterson’s Marketing Manager. “We came up with a unique way to show off three machines at once! We were feeding whole logs into a Peterson 5710C horizontal grinder, which ground them down into mulch, and then into a Peterson GT3660 stacking conveyor, which fed the material into a Terra Select T7 Trommel screen, sorting into 2 different sized materials”.

QuadcoQuadco USA

Quadco manufactures world class cutting systems to fill our customer’s needs and to earn a fair return in order to allow continuous improvement, thereby creating a partnership with our customers for a successful future. Browse our selection of forestry cutting tools, saw discs, and attachments to complete your QUADCO cutting system at


Maximum uptime. Precision and ergonomics. Low operating costs. Our range of professional chainsaws and clearing equipment for the forest and tree care industry has what it takes for you to thrive in today’s tough business environment. Our products are based on the needs of the most demanding professional users, and that’s why you know you can rely on Husqvarna to get the job done.

Construction EquipmentConstruction Equipment Co.

Construction Equipment Company, of Tualatin, Ore.; provides portable rock crushing and screening equipment for the aggregate, recycling, compost and wood waste industries. Both the CEC Screen-It and Separate–It feature full hydraulic set up and fold out on-board product conveyors. They have no high voltage electric motors or controls. Construction Equipment Company is committed to excellence in service and parts, which are available at our place of business plus most dealers throughout the United States of America and can be ordered on line. Visit or call (503) 692-9000 today.

Radiator Supply HouseRadiator Supply House

Radiator Supply House is a complete manufacturing facility for metal replacement radiators, steel tanks, all aluminum radiators, oil coolers, and charge air coolers. With an inventory of radiators, oil coolers, charge air coolers, A/C condensers and shrouds for auto, truck, agriculture, refuse, construction, RV and performance. WHAT CAN WE BUILD FOR YOU?

Pacific Power GroupPacific Power Group

Well known OLC exhibitor, Pacific Power Group, displayed 2 major new products designed to complement their yarder repowering business. One is the ACDAT line tension/crew position monitoring system which is designed to provide safe, smooth production increases while delivering detailed maintenance and production data. In addition, PPG displayed the new Active cab for yarders. This fully certified and climate controlled yarder cab offers vastly increased visibility.

Gem ChainGem Chain

As one of the leading OEM manufacturers GEM works with major machinery manufacturers to continually better our existing products and stay on the leading edge of new product development. GEM has specialized in ¾ pitch harvester bars, drive sprockets and sprocket tips for over 25 years. GEM has introduced custom measuring wheels and a complete line of 404 drive sprockets, bars and replacement tips.

KomatsuKomatsu America

Komatsu Forest is a pioneer in the area of mechanized logging, developing and manufacturing forest machines as well as attachments. We have an extensive service and after sales network with global availability of spare parts and professional advice. With a passion for technology, and product development that merges productivity, ergonomics plus environmental strong points into cutting edge advantages, we are continuously expanding the forestry possibilities.