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TimberWest January/February 2011

January/February 2012

Scrap Tire Anaylsis
Analyzing scrap tires can pay big dividends in savings

Oregon Plantation Finds Its Niche Upper Columbia Mill

Woody Biomass Column
Anticipating the Future

Adventures in Logging
Libby Montana’s Jerry Okonski

Riding out the Tough Time
California’s Lewis Logging

Guest Columnist
All for One: Logger’s manufacturers,
dealers, and associations unite to make their voices heard


In The News

New Products


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Power SharpPower Sharp® Bar-Mount Sharpener

Power Sharp’s bar-mount sharpener, a part of the PowerSharp precision saw chain sharpening system, is a simple-to-use, lightweight attachment that sharpens PowerSharp chain in seconds. It comes with a PowerSharp guide bar.

The guide bar is 91 Low Profile 3/8” pitch; features a laminated body, a non-replaceable nose sprocket and has a small nose radius. It’s recommended for 2.3 HP or smaller gas saws and is available in 14”, 16”, and 18”.

Cardinal Bandit Model 2250XPCardinal Scale’s Efficient Bandit Model 2250XP

The all-new Model 2250XP self-propelled stump grinder from Bandit Industries uses a heavy-duty hydrostatic motor to directly power its 20-inch diameter cutter wheel. This eliminates the need for a clutch, jackshaft, drive belt, belt tensioning system, and the many sheaves and bearings associated with those components. The result is a competitively priced stump grinder that requires significantly less maintenance than similar machines. Less maintenance means less downtime and lower operating costs, allowing the 2250XP to work longer with less investment in parts and labor.

Powering the Bandit Model 2250XP is a 27-horsepower gas engine driving two hydraulic pumps—one for the self-propelled undercarriage and one for the cutter wheel. The hydrostatic motor at the cutter wheel is a heavy-duty, 40CC unit that uses an oversize bearing to manage the side-load and shock loads associated with stump grinding. With no clutch to operate, engaging the cutter wheel is literally as simple as pushing a lever. Easy-to-use machine-mounted controls are intuitive and positioned to provide good visibility while grinding, allowing the operator to take full advantage of the 2250’s capabilities.

Weighing SystemsUnattended Weighing Systems

Cardinal Scale Manufacturing provides complete truck scale solutions including unattended systems for driver operation.

Cardinal’s RE series outdoor systems can be configured to meet the customer’s specific operation with a variety of software and hardware features. Driver prompting on the outdoor weight display creates an easy-to-use and efficient management system.

When truck ID security is necessary, Cardinal incorporates proximity badge readers to identify each truck and its materials for shipping and receiving inventories. The proximity badge reader is built right into the RE system enclosure, which thermally prints tickets for driver records.

Depending on the specific application, the Cardinal RE unattended system will incorporate the Cardinal model 225 Navigator weight indicator or the model 825 Spectrum with full-color graphics touch-screen display. Both of these systems incorporate transflective displays for easy viewing and intuitive self-prompting steps for the driver to utilize. The unattended systems include an inclusive QWERTY keypad on the weight display for data entry. The driver is prompted through the entire weight transaction for the information the customer requires. This information is all recorded in the scale house on Cardinal’s WinVRS truck management software.

Caterpillar to Provide Equipment to Train Forestry Machine Operators

This spring, Pitt Community College (PCC) in Greenville, N.C., will launch a 12-week course to train logging equipment operators. Graduates of the program will receive a certificate from the North Carolina Association of Professional Loggers (NCAPL) and be qualified to assume the responsibilities of an entry level logging equipment operator.

Caterpillar Forest Products is donating $1.25 million in equipment for the course, including a Cat® 525C skidder, Cat 573 wheel feller buncher, and Cat 559 DS loader package with pull-through delimber and ground saw.

The training is designed to provide the technical and practical knowledge necessary to become a skilled logging equipment operator. The course will also include training on good work and life skills and behaviors, such as managing money and interviewing for a job. It will consist of approximately 100 hours of classroom instruction and 380 hours of hands-on operation of the equipment on live logging job sites.

Kobelco SK210 Mark 9 ExcavatorKobelco SK210 Mark 9 Excavator

Kobelco Construction Machinery America introduced the SK210 full-size, high-performance excavator to the Kobelco Mark 9 excavator series. These new Tier 4 models include the SK260, SK295, SK350, and SK485 excavators. The versatile SK210 Mark 9 delivers a 10-percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and productivity, with more power and faster engine response.

Featuring an upgrade to Kobelco’s intelligent hydraulics and a new Economy power mode, the SK210 Mark 9 is equipped with the industry’s first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission solution for excavators. A new ROPS/FOPS certified cab provides a larger, more comfortable work environment, and a low engine cover and standard rear-view camera improve operator visibility and productivity.

For improved system efficiency and reduced component wear, the Kobelco SK210 Mark 9 also features a fully automatic engine and hydraulic warm-up system.

Case 621F Wheel LoaderCase 621F Wheel Loader

Case Construction Equipment has introduced the new 621F wheel loader model. The loader provides up to a 10 percent increase in fuel economy over the previous model, while delivering faster acceleration, quicker cycle times and higher travel speeds.

To meet Tier 4 Interim emissions standards, The Case F Series wheel loaders use selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, which results in lower temperatures in the exhaust system while optimizing combustion.

The Case 621F wheel loader features a 6.7-liter Tier 4 Interim-certified engine that delivers up to 162 HP. Classified as a 2.75 yd3 wheel loader, the Case 621F has an operating weight of 26,641 lb.

A new dual-mode shutdown feature maximizes fuel economy and monitors vital engine components. Using the fuel-saver mode, the operator can limit the time the machine will idle. The desired shutdown time can be set in five-minute increments.