Oregon Logging ConferenceOregon Logging ConferenceReview

The 81st Annual Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) was the biggest show in many years. Thousands of people attended the event, which featured hundreds of exhibitors.

Show Overview

The theme was Building Products for Building Futures, and 2019 OLC President Jim Dudley said it “reflects the power of our industry to grow our nation’s future. At this year’s conference, we took the opportunity to educate the next generation workforce for the timber industry and reintroduce ourselves to the public at large.”

Oregon Logging ConferenceStudents learning about the industry at the 2nd Annual Future Forestry Workers Career Day. (Photo by Mary Bullwinkel)

One of the highlights was the 2nd Annual Future Forestry Workers Career Day. More than 500 high school students from 30 schools attended. The students learned about career opportunities in the industry and took turns learning how to plant trees, operate a small excavator, and run a chainsaw. The students also talked with industry professionals about wildland firefighting, diesel mechanics, and more.

Attendees were feeling generous at this year’s auction. More than $28,000 was raised from auctions held at the Thursday and Friday OLC morning breakfasts. And the Oregon Women in Timber brought in over $122,000 at their auction.

As always, hundreds attended the panels and seminars that ranged from new technology to air ambulances. In addition to an education, the attendees received professional logger credits.

Oregon Logging ConferenceThis year the 10th annual log loader competition winners were Zane Bryant, Bryant Logging (with a time of 3:03:53); Bryan Chipps, Green Diamond Resource Company (with a time of 3:09:22); and Justin Jackola, Bruce Burke Logging (with a time of 4:27:34). Cindy Koch, Emerald Valley Cruising, was the winner of the Guess the Net Scale.

OLC Conference Manager Rikki Wellman said, “We couldn’t put on this successful show without the support of all of our sponsors, and the participation of all of our vendors. “We are proud to promote and showcase the logging industry,” she added, “and contribute to its continued growth and expansion.”

Debuting Products

The Oregon Logging Conference is widely known for the extensive, state-of-the-art equipment displays. This year was no different. Here are a few new pieces that debuted this year.

Albach Diamant 2000. This all-in-one chipper takes flexibility to the next level. It’s equipped with a 33-foot crane for safe loading, large 42” wheels, 4-wheel drive system, and independent hydro-mechanical drive on front and rear axles. Take it on the road or off, as it can accelerate to 45 mph. For chipping, it has an infeed of 48”, infeed width of 68”, and a rotator speed of 420 RPM.

Carbonator 500. ROI debuted a new solution. The Carbonator converts wood and other suitable biomass into high-quality biochar. With high throughput rates, it utilizes the biomass as its own fuel source for cabonizing. It is smokeless, designed to be easily moved on common lowboy trailers, and eliminates processing, transportation, and disposal costs.

Forestar III Series. Alliance introduced the 643 III and 644 III tires. Both are engineered for ultimate track compatibility. The tires feature improved, heavier nylon construction with special steal belts to ensure excellent puncture resistance and load carrying capacity, as well as reinforced hexagonal bead technology that prevents rim slippage and bead failure.

Harvestline Yarder. The simple system of Harvestline’s dual drum hydraulic yarder consists of a guyline tethered yarder and backspar connected with overhead cables consisting of main and haulback lines. A carriage moves along a skyline, controlled either in the yarder or on the ground. Features include superior line speed, new monitor, and control screen, and it’s fully integrated with the Hawkeye Hydraulic grapple carriage.

Hawkeye. The 1.5 ton Hawkeye grapple carriage features, among other things, a 68-inch grapple opening, two grapple options, 360-degree rotation, three cameras offering full field of view, air-cooled diesel engine, four LED lights, easy service and grease points, and high tensile construction.

Koller Forsttechnik KX800e. This 288 HP hybrid yarder was not on display, but information was available. The yarder uses super caps as energy storage, which provide additional power to the available diesel engine power. The hybrid technology provides up to 3X more power to the net excavator engine capacity, and it comes with two electric-powered and independent winches.

Komatsu XT445L-5. The new 72,091 lb. XT445L-5 tracked feller buncher features, among other things, gull-wing engine hood service access, increased lift capacity at full reach, cab relocated to the left side, rugged new undercarriage, KOMTRAX telematics system, 310 HP Cummins QSL9 engine, and lower fuel consumption.

Pro Safety. The new Pro Safety drone features three winches (one 5,000 feet and two 3,000 feet). It has the battery capacity to fly two miles (one mile each way) and has a lift capacity of 55 pounds. It allows for block change from 2.5 hours to half an hour. The drone requires only two people to operate it, one of whom operates the remote controls.

Tajfun. The remote-controlled Tajfun crane and grapple were being operated with a Scanreco radio remote control. With a 23’ reach, the off-road tractor crane has its own hydraulic system, with the option of being mounted to a forestry trailer. The grapple G0 22 is standard, with the GO-26X optional.

Tigercat 890. The 890 logger is a purpose-built forestry swing machine —the largest in the Tigercat range. The logger range is designed to eliminate the design compromises found in excavator conversions. Tier 2 ad Tier 4 configurations are available. It can be configured as a processor, loader, and shovel logger.

TimberPro TL775D. The TL775D is the largest of the D-Series purpose built track machines. The leveling undercarriage has long heavy duty track frames and a wide stance. It features a 365 HP Cummins L9 engine, an IQAN MD4 touch screen control system, dual motor hydrostatic slewing system, and a dedicated dual hydrostatic track drive system.

Mark your calendar for the next Oregon Logging Conference, February 20, 21, and 22, 2020.


A first-time exhibitor at OLC, ROI brought its revolutionary, carbon negative, wood residue conversion system. The CARBONATOR 500 is operated by one person and designed to turn woody debris into a high-value biochar product. Stumps, branches and other biomass are loaded into the large hopper to fuel the carbonizing. The highly mobile, track mounted CARBONATOR 500 is easily moved by a common lowbed.

Find out more about ROI’s patent- pending carbon negative process at www.roi-equipment.com


A new exhibitor at the Oregon Logging Conference, Albach presented information on their Diamant 2000 highly mobile chipper, considered by the manufacturer to be the most flexible high production chipper in the world. With a 33-foot crane and a 4-wheel drive system, the Diamant 2000 offers superior on and off road capabilities. The machine is particularly noted for its ability to travel between chipping locations at a travel speed of up to 45 mph. Upon arrival, it's ready to begin chipping in 30 seconds or less. 


Brake SystemsBrake Systems

Brake Systems Inc. displayed their complete line of Williams Control air valves, air cylinders, shifters, air throttles and Blue Ox exhaust brakes. All are manufactured in Portland, Ore., for logging and the heavy duty industry. Brake Systems is Williams’ largest stocking distributor and a Haldex Superstore, with a complete line of air compressors, air valves, brake boosters, converters and electronic throttle controls. BSI also remanufactures air valves, roto chambers, air compressors and brake boosters for heavy duty applications, and is ISO 9001-2008 and ITAR certified. For your air control specialist count on Brake Systems Inc.

[email protected], www.brakesystemsinc.com

quadcoQuadco Southstar

QUADCO and Southstar have joined forces providing innovative technology with the largest selection of felling heads and processors to choose from in the forestry industry. QUADCO cutting tools are well known for its  Proven Quality–Reliability–Performance. All the QUADCO products along with the Keto Harvesters were displayed at this Year’s OLC. Thank you for your Business. 


Pierce PacificPierce Pacific Manufacturing

Pierce –Improving the forest industry for over 85 years.

Since 1931, the professionals at Pierce have been designing, engineering, manufacturing, delivering and supporting products that meet the demands of the forestry industry – and the equally demanding needs of our logging customers. We offer a family of forestry attachments from our new PD5500M and recently introduced GP ProSeries, to our industry leading forestry grapples, brush rakes, steep slope forestry booms and large custom millyard high decking conversions.

Contact us today to see how Pierce can benefit your operation. 800.760.3270.


Gem Chain BarGem Chain Bar

A global leader in manufacturing, GEM Chain Bar has over 30 years of experience proudly making harvester products in the USA. Through innovative design, advanced technology, extensive field testing, and cutting-edge materials, GEM is able to deliver maximized runtime, unmatched durability and consistent productivity. GEM offers harvester bars, sprockets, chain, chain loops, measuring wheels, and bar repair. 


KomatsuKomatsu America Corp.

Modern Machinery showcased the totally new Komatsu XT-5 Series Track Feller Bunchers during the 2019 Oregon Logging Conference. The XT430-5, XT445L-5 & XT465L-5 models feature a more powerful fuel-efficient engine, gull-wing style engine hood, redesigned and relocated cab with superior visibility, increased lift capacities, rugged new undercarriages, new higher capacity hydraulic and cooling systems, forestry-specific guarding and KOMTRAX® telematics system technology. 



The Morbark Wood Hog is the best industrial-grade horizontal grinder you can get for processing brush, yard waste, clearing debris, storm debris, C&D waste, mixed woody feedstocks, and asphalt shingles into saleable products. Morbark offers its full line with optional tracked undercarriage to take the equipment anywhere you need it!

For more information, please visit www.morbark.com

Log MaxLog 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 heads as well as processing heads for all applications, from the little 928 to the 10000XT, 12000XT and ProCut 2330. 


Diamond MowersDiamond Mowers


The 60” skid-steer forestry mulcher from Diamond Mowers will mulch trees up to 6” and cut trees up to 14”. Throwing material away from the machine makes it safer for operators and easier on the gear. 


Triad MachineryTriad Machinery

Triad Machinery is your forestry, excavation, and crane equipment leader in the Pacific Northwest. With six full-service dealerships locations scattered throughout Oregon, Washington and into Idaho as well as Montana. Triad Machinery offers sales, rentals, service, parts, and product support.

Triad Machinery is focused on providing exceptional customer service and has continued to adapt and serve our customers varied needs for more than 25 years. 


Cascade TraderCascade Trader

Cascade Trader specializes in new and used logging and construction equipment. Over the past ten years, our business has expanded to include sales, parts as well as service for Doosan Construction and Forestry Equipment. For the past five years, Cascade Trader has been one of the top five machine dealers in the USA for Doosan Excavators, Wheel Loaders plus purpose Built Log Loaders. 


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 are a Logger´s Best Friend – and for a very good reason! Our innovative harvesting solutions that follow the principles of sustainable development are always produced specifically for each customer: our mission is to help to improve our customers’ business by providing reliable products and services.

Our R&D activities never stop – this ensures that we remain number one. Ponsse designs its machines together with their users, catering to the needs of every customer in all conditions. This is why Ponsse’s products are also tested constantly. We want to keep earning our customers’ trust. Contact us! 



Tigercat specializes in the design and manufacture of tree harvesting systems. Tigercat and Tigercat dealer, Triad Machinery provided an exceptional machine display including the new 890 logger – Tigercat’s largest multi-purpose forestry machine designed for log loading, shovel logging and processing. Additional machines on display included the 635G six-wheel skidder, LX830D track feller buncher, LS855E shovel logger with grapple, LS855E shovel logger with the 5195 directional felling head, LX870D track feller buncher, LH822D harvester and 1085C forwarder.

To learn more visit www.tigercat.com.


On display at Papé Machinery was the purpose-built Hitachi ZX210F-6 Forester. Available as a road builder, processor carrier or log loader, it features productivity-boosting advantages such as a fuel-efficient Tier 4 Isuzu engine, a newly-designed cab with additional legroom, new ergonomic controls and a simplified electrical system. The ZX210F-6’s productivity modes adjust the machine to the application. High-productivity delivers more power and faster hydraulic response. Power delivers a balance of power, speed and fuel economy. Economy limits top speed and helps save fuel. 


Feenaughty MachineryFeenaughty Machinery

Feenaughty Machinery Co. is excited to be growing its coverage for the Doosan, Kobelco and Takeuchi lines in the Eugene market. We look forward to providing better service to a market that we have been involved in for many years and growing with our customers. Stop by either store to see how we can help with your Doosan, Kobelco and Takeuchi needs. 



LoggingEncoders.com produces a rugged duty pulse generator specifically for the logging industry, increasing the lifespan of the sensor from months to years. At the OLC, Logging Encoders.com shared information on replacement sensors that fit Waratah, Valmet, Risley, Quadco, Log Max, Denharco, John Deere and Fabtek (CAT) harvesting heads.


U.S. ForestryU.S. Forestry

There was a lot of interest at Precision Maintenance & Repair booth this year. On display was the Rottne H14 harvester with the SP 561 head, Another SP head (Big Brother) 761 with the top saw option, and the newest Twinch, version 10.2. New Tec located in Kettle Falls, WA is the new Twinch dealer to cover eastern Washington state, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana.

For more information on these and more products, call Precision Maintenance & Repair at 541-653-9620, and New Tec at (509) 738-6621.

John DeereJohn Deere

Pape Machinery showcased more than 30 pieces of its John Deere forestry equipment lineup to the show in 2019. The New L-II Series Skidder was on display incorporating a less complex, easier to maintain design. Standard upgrades to the L-II Series Skidders include: Redesigned electrical and hydraulic systems, Stronger winches, Longer booms, Softer steering, Tougher tires and Bigger grapples. Inside the Pape tent, loggers got a chance to better understand the JD Link Telematics and TimberNavi JobSite Mapping Systems.


Peterson Cat and Caterpillar Forest Products featured equipment and services for harvesting, road building and millyards. Introduced was the Cat 982M forestry wheel loader, designed for 2-pass loading with a payload capacity up to 17 tons, with the efficiency and performance benefits of M series wheel loaders. The display also included the 500 Series Forest Machines configured as log loaders, road builders and processor carriers, featuring outstanding fuel efficiency, increased horsepower, swing torque, lift capacity and more. On hand to answer questions were Cat financial and undercarriage professionals. 



Peterson designs and builds state-of-the-art equipment, which makes it possible for our customers to supply their clients with industry leading results profitably. For our customers, we will continue to be the most innovative company in our industry offering the world’s most advanced, productive, durable and environmentally friendly products, coupled with training, education, service as well as support that is far beyond anything offered by the competition. 


Eagle CarriageEagle Carriage & Machine

Eagle Carriage & Machine has been building quality carriages since 1979, producing ten different carriages and grapples. The most recent to its line up is the motorized hydraulic Grappler. We also produce the hydrostatic, slack pulling Eagle VI, Raptor as well as the Super Eaglet carriages. Eagle Carriage takes pride in its service and customer satisfaction. Don’t let our geographical location get in your way, as we go out of our way to service our customers. 


AllianceAlliance Tire

Alliance Tire Group chose the Oregon Logging Conference to introduce its new 643 and 644 CTL tires to western loggers. Engineered specifically for use with bogie tracks on forwarders and harvesters, the design greatly reduces rubbing and wear between tracks and tires. Both the 643 and 644 tires feature Alliance’s chunk and chip-resistant compound and shoulder-to-steel belts for extra durability. In addition, ATG’s new hexagonal bead completely eliminates slip between the tire and rim. 


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