Machinery Row

Komatsu Upgrades Performance Improvements and Special Warranty Program

Komatsu is upgrading its XT-5 family of tracked feller bunchers, adding performance and operator improvements, as well as covering the machines with a special 2-year/5,000-hour warranty program.

To further boost multi-functioning performance for its customers, Komatsu added seven percent more horsepower (331 hp vs. 310 at launch) to the Cummins QSL9 engine and increased the hydraulic flow, while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.

Travel speed was also increased by 25 percent to further improve productivity.

In addition, a special warranty program covers new XT430-5, XT445L-5, and XT465L-5 tracked feller bunchers purchased through March 31, 2021, as well as those purchased since launch. This coverage is in addition to the standard Komatsu CARE coverage, which includes 100-, 500-, 1000-, 1,500- and 2,000-hour maintenance services for the first three years or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first. All of these services are performed using genuine Komatsu filters and fluids.

Purchasing Considerations when Buying New EquipmentNordic Traction Inc

Clark Tracks and OFA Chains parent group, Nordic Traction, has taken the distribution in North America back inhouse to facilitate better service, support and delivery. The new organization, Nordic Traction Inc., has warehouses set up across North America for faster delivery to equipment dealer and customers. A new team of experienced traction professionals has been employed with backing from head office in Europe to work with dealers to find the best and most productive products for their operations.

Con-Vey Appoints New Product Manager for Panel Products

Con-Vey announced that Brent Hensley is their new Product Manager for Panel Products. This new designation is essential to supporting increased initiatives and continued growth for Con-Vey’s panel product segments, including OSB, plywood, LVL, OSL, fiber panels, mineral composite panels, and CLT.

Hensley began as Sales Representative at Con-Vey in 2017 and quickly became a leader in the department. His experience managing teams for over a decade in the financial industry, as well as a technical sales role at another engineering and manufacturing company prior to Con-Vey, led to his quick ascent to Product Manager.

Alliance Tire Americas Opens Canadian Warehouse

Alliance Tire Americas Inc. (ATA) recently opened its first Canadian warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario. The warehouse will serve dealers in Ontario and Quebec.

“It’s very exciting to be able to support our dealers in eastern Canada with a new warehouse that puts them just a phone call away from a huge selection of Alliance tires for agriculture, forestry, construction, material handling, and more,” said Dhaval Nanavati, president of ATA.

Fecon Announces New Personnel

Fecon announces the hiring of new personnel including Robert Soehner as VP of Operations, and Mike Kucharski as VP of Dealer Development, both new positions within the company.

Soehner has served in a variety of continuous improvement and leadership roles including positions of increasing responsibility at GE, Henny Penny, Harmon, and most recently as VP of Operations at Skillcraft.

Kucharski, who has extensive experience in dealer development, has spent the past 16 years with Caterpillar or its dealers, most recently working on the post purchase experience for Caterpillar.

Olympic Logging Conference Moves Date

The Olympic Logging Conference had run for 74 years without interruption in Canada. The organization was looking forward to celebrating the 75th year in Victoria, BC, but due to the pandemic the next meeting has been postponed until April 28-30, 2021.

“Missing the conference this year in April was, for me, like missing an annual migration, and I am sure many of you felt the same. With most folks working even more remotely than ever before, compiled with a firestorm of societal issues, there could never be a better time to reconnect with past acquaintances and to meet some new. After this yearlong delay, we will all be primed and ready for a very special 75th celebration in Victoria, BC, next spring,” said 2020-21 Conference Chair Brian Carbaugh.

Thru the Trees Forestry Video Contest

The Idaho Forest Group, along with other organizations including the Association Logging Contractors, Forest Resources Association, Forest Today & Forever, Idaho Forest Productions Commission, Montana Logging Association, OFRI, Oregon Logging Conference, OWIT, Pacific Education Institute, Pacific Logging Congress, and Project Learning Tree (Idaho and National), will soon unveil a new teen video contest.

The contest, Thru the Trees: Today’s Forest Careers video competition, will invite high school students to create a video that provides information about the value of a career in the forest products sector.

Students can creatively describe a job, using techniques such as storytelling, creation of a news segment, a commercial, a movie trailer, a cartoon, or a music video.

Students can submit their video entries as early as October 1, 2020. For more information, contact Diane Mettler, Ex. Dir., Pacific Logging Congress, (360) 832-1745, [email protected], or Vickie Swanton, Western Reg. Manager, Forest Resources Association, (906) 282-6752, [email protected]g.  

TimberWest November/December 2013
July August 2020

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2020/21 Buyer’s Guide
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