Wood-Mizer introduces the entry-level LX25 portable sawmill. Built in the USA, the LX25 is designed for weekend sawyers and woodworkers. Introduced as the lowest priced Wood-Mizer sawmill, the LX25 joins the American-made Wood-Mizer potable sawmill lineup of 15 sawmill models engineered for entry-level and professional operations.
The LX25 portable sawmill features a large in-class cutting capacity for sawing 26” diameter logs into 22” wide boards up to 12’ 5” in length with optional 5’ bed extensions for sawing longer lengths. The thin-kerf band sawmill blade requires minimal energy and reduces sawdust waste to produce up to 30 percent more lumber from each log compared to a chainsaw mill. www.woodmizer.com
Virtual reality is not just for gaming anymore. Atlas Polar, a truck-mounted equipment company, is changing the reality of rail, recycling, and forestry industries. Effective immediately, the company will carry the entire range of HIAB/LOGLIFT™ heavy-duty cranes and accessories.
HIAB truck-mounted cranes are the #1 selling brand in Canada – extensively tested and proven under Canada’s harsh conditions. One innovation — HiVision™ LOGLIFT — is the first timber crane to be controlled by virtual reality (VR). Operators can safely and comfortably direct the crane from the passenger seat using the VR headset to gain an impressive 270-degree field of vision. More importantly, VR eliminates the need for an additional crane cabin, weighing up to 881 pounds. The lighter weight dramatically increases payload, profit, and substantially increases driver safety. www.atlaspolar.com
Doppstadt unveiled the Methor, presenting a slow speed shredder for the first time that was specifically developed for handling small volume flows.
Thanks to its modular design, the Methor allows operators to respond quickly to changing challenges. This modular system starts with the drive. Customers have the option to choose between a diesel engine or an electric motor. It is also possible to get a variation without its own drive system, since the drive train can also be connected to an external engine. Depending on the operating conditions, the Methor can be equipped with a hook lift or with a tracked chassis, allowing it to move independently. The shredding mechanism is also available as a stand-alone component for stationary use. www.doppstadt.de
National Fleet Products announced the introduction of its new portable and vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations. The rugged, purpose-built product design allows water and hand sanitizer to be dispensed virtually anywhere, and application-specific hardware enables units to stand on their own, or to be mounted to a wide variety of vehicles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls hand washing “one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”
However, until now, it has been difficult for vehicle operators, work crews, and others functioning in isolated conditions.
The black or translucent white water-dispensing tanks come in 6.5 gallon and 10 gallon sizes, and are made of durable, virgin polypropylene with an additive that makes them resistant to UV rays. An integrated removable soap dispenser serves as the cap to the filling port, and a separate cap is also available.
Spring-toggle water spigots are easy to operate, and because they automatically stop water flow when no longer depressed, they eliminate recontamination because there is no need to touch them again once hands are clean. The spigots are recessed and side mounted to protect them from damage. www.nationalfleetproducts.com
Komatsu’s new 901XC (eXtreme Conditions) 8WD harvester excels in challenging steep, rough, or soft harvesting environments. The 901XC has all of the features found in Komatsu’s proven 901-6WD harvester platform, including the 3PS three-pump hydraulic system, best-in-class ergonomic cab, 4-way cab/crane leveling, and ±180° cab/crane rotation.
Komatsu’s 901XC differs from other 8WD harvesters because of its unique drive system. Its exclusive “double Comfort Bogie” drive system provides excellent handling and follows the terrain more closely than competitors’ 8WD machines that have a fixed rear-axle design. The 8WD system generates 12 percent more tractive effort and significantly reduces rear ground pressure--53 percent lower psi with tracks and 19 percent lower psi with tires, compared to the 901-6WD model.
The range of available Komatsu harvesting heads includes the S92, C93 and C124 designed to meet specific application needs. www.komatsuna.com
The addition of PONSSE Parts Online to PONSSE Manager makes the daily activities of forest machine entrepreneurs easier. Using only one single user ID, customers can order spare parts, browse spare parts manuals and instruction manuals, and monitor machine-specific notes. Spare parts can be ordered directly from any PONSSE service center, round the clock.
PONSSE Manager is a data management system with continuously developing features. Entrepreneurs can monitor the progress of stands, print measuring certificates, plan and control machine transportation, and monitor machine production per assortment. What is more, PONSSE Manager reports total working hours, effective working hours, breaks, productivity, and fuel consumption for completed shifts. PONSSE Manager displays engine hours, reports service notes registered by operators, and supports the planning of machine maintenance by calculating the engine hours remaining until next maintenance. www.ponsse.com
ON THE COVER
A look inside the Trinchera Blanca Sawmill in Colorado
Prepare for a Fire Season Amid Pandemic Guidelines
This year firefighting agencies, federal, state, local and private, will have to change the way they’ve been doing business.
A Strong Maintenance Program Begins with Machine Choice
Harvesting equipment is subjected to extreme stresses every day — stresses not seen in most workplace scenarios involving heavy equipment — making maintenance key.
Trinchera Blanca Sawmill — Designed to Help Fix the Forest
The Trinchera Blanca Sawmill is part of an ambitious forest management plan that is a blueprint to aid forest restoration and wildlife habitat and improve fuels reduction.
Award Winning Operation
Pacific Forest Contractors Inc. of Eagle Creek, Oregon, named 2019 Operator of the Year for the Southwest Oregon Region
Investing in the Future
The family business got its start in a woodlot.
Making it Work
When Wes Trivelpiece takes on a job, he likes to put a personal touch to the work. He credits getting repeat customers to his practice of treating the land like it’s his own.
A review of the forestry mulchers and attachments on the market.
A more nimble forest products industry could be the key to the future.