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HewSaw Revolution

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The ability to deliver the right product to the mill and execute accurately on contract obligations, often comes down to the functionality of the harvester head

International Forest industries caught up with a leading tyre manufacturer and a complementing supplier of chains and tracks to discuss what’s new in the business of providing a solid footing for forestry machines

57 PRIME MOVERS & MULCHING ATTACHMENTS The ability to clear broader zones of vegetation has combined with increased power to upgrade several leading mulching units




A new range of swing machines could reshape the industry, according to John Deere

Tigercat’s LH855D is the key ingredient to Michael Roundy’s new thinning system in Utah’s beautiful Dixie National Forest

Industry heavyweight Caterpillar has made its range even more versatile with two new swing models launched at Demo 2016




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COVER: USNR Image taken at a high speed trim/sort/ stack line in North America. Once trimmed, boards pass through an overhead pusher gate where boards can be diverted out for reman. This design is used in lieu of a drop-out gate to maintain control of boards in high speed applications. Full control of sorter functions can be accessed from anywhere in the mill with USNR’s


MyMill mobile control system via iPads and iPods. Other interesting products from USNR’s lumber handling line include the ElectraTong lug loader and MultiTrack Fence. Both feature all-electric designs that alleviate the need for hydraulics and reduce operating costs.

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Operation Focus - Brazil

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The sawmill technology of the future is here now. The revolutionary four arbour dx sawing process from HewSaw offers numerous benefits for modern sawmills, including maximizing speed and recovery

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SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 583 Annual Subscription UK and Europe £160, €230 Rest of the world US$270 EDITORIAL T: +44 (0)1442 877 583 F: +44 (0)1442 870 617 2 Claridge Court, Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 2AF, UK Editorial Director John Chadwick Editor Chris Cann Editorial Board Dr Patrick Moore – Chairman and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit (Canada) Darren Oldham – Managing Director Söderhamn Eriksson (UK) Professor Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz – Warsaw Agricultural University (Poland) Mr Kim Carstensen Director General Forest Stewardship Council Eduardo Morales South American Forestry Consultant ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS Lansdowne Media Services Ltd Advertising Manager Phil Playle Group Advertising Manager David Lansdowne +44 (0)1442 87 77 77 Associate Editor Robin Peach Advertising Production Enquiries Emma Smith International Forest Industries is published by International Forest Industries Ltd, 2 Claridge Court, Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 2AF, UK International Forest Industries (ISSN 1755-6732) is published bi-monthly by International Forest Industries Ltd GBR and is distributed in the USA by Asendia USA, 17B South Middlesex Avenue, Monroe NJ 08831 and additional mailing offices. Periodicals postage paid at New Brunswick NJ. POSTMASTER: send address changes to International Forest Industries, 17B South Middlesex Avenue, Monroe NJ 08831 © International Forest Industries Ltd 2007 – 2014 IFI uses, as preference, SI units throughout. All dollars are US unless otherwise stated.


Refocusing on sustainability As editor of what is essentially a technical forestry magazine, it is very easy to put the blinkers on and think that forests around the world are just there to be harvested and processed. We (read: you) work tirelessly through innovation and research to deliver more sophisticated machines capable of doing a better job and a more profitable job. The units constantly become bigger and better. Though we all appreciate the incredible resource that is the forest, it is usually as an innate understanding of the work environment. Not often enough do we actually stop to consider how roundly valuable our forests are and the sustainability of our work practices. This is at least what occurred to me recently when reading an interview with Professor Zhang Shougong, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry, who addressed the role of research in sustainable development of forest resources. Central to Shougong’s sustainable vision is the forest’s role as “the main body of [a] territorial ecosystem”. He describes forests as a “renewable resource with a public attribute, which plays an irreplaceable and vital role in the sustainable development” of our societies. As we know too well, this development plays a crucial role in the form of industry or, as Shougong put it, the forest has an “important position in … global forestry, such as forest employment, forest production value and trade of forest products”. “Consequently, the influence of its forest economic benefit, ecological benefit and social benefit are great”, for each country blessed with a forestry resource, he said. What our forests do for us is of course just one part of the equation. The other equally, if not more, important part is the impact we have on the forest. The most immediately obvious impact we have on forests, at least according to the evening news in most countries, is the destruction of old growth forests in Brazil and Indonesia as a crisis in motion. This is something various groups continue to fight vigorously and their cause is something the

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industry should continue to support with equal verve. It is in this respect – the issue of improved practice – that Shougong’s comments were most enlightening and encouraging. Using his home of China as an example, Shougong said the past 35 years had seen “great strides” forward, as the conservation of natural forest and the energetic growth of planted forest have enabled China to enjoy both forest quantity and forest quality improvements in parallel. The forest area has expanded by 80%, the standing volume is up by 68%, while 2,740 nature reserves have been established covering 14.83% of the national land area – higher than the world average level, according to Shougong. “In addition to improving the ecological environment in China by forests, the forest production function and ecosystem services have been in an effective play, by producing multiple forest products, creating employment opportunities, and thus contributing to poverty alleviation in hilly areas,” he said. “A high number of venues also have been offered for the conduction of forest tourism and forest cultural activities, receiving billions of visitor person-time.” This style of holistic approach to forestry has been perfected in places like Scandinavia and is now being adopted in emerging economic powerhouses such as China, and in the developing world, most noticeably in some parts of South America. With so many mainstream headlines devoted to the atrocities inflicted on our forests, it is comforting to know that the focus on sustainability we are devoted to as an industry is an equally powerful force for the good. Enjoy! Chris Cann Editor

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Convincing performance, excellent fuel economy, and all-around uncompromising high quality are distinctive to the new G-series. The John Deere 1270G harvester is more powerful than its predecessor, yet consumes 10% less fuel. This strong machine has enough of power and the new control system makes the boom very precise and quick. John Deere harvesters come standard with Processing Power Control (PPC) to balance power and fuel economy in different situations. G-Series is more than a machine.

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John Deere 2154G/2156G and 2654G/2654G swing machines boost operator comfort and productivity MOLINE, Ill. (October 17, 2016) — John Deere is setting a new standard for the logging industry with the introduction of the 2154G/2156G and 2654G/2656G Forestry Swing Machines. Designed to increase operator efficiency and performance, the G-Series machines can maneuver through the toughest of jobs, from loading to processing big wood. Much like the large frame machines, the 2156G and 2656G Log Loaders are distinguished by the 56 model number, while the Forestry Excavators retain the 54 model number. All four models are equipped with a powerful PowerTech Plus 6.8L engine. On the 2154G and 2156G models, the new engine reduces fuel usage by 5 to 8 percent. The G-Series machines include a variety of features to increase operator comfort. The climate-controlled, redesigned operator cab is much larger and quieter than the predecessors, and is equipped with ergonomic controls, excellent window clarity and isolation mounting, boosting operator productivity from dawn to dusk. The Forestry Excavator models feature a standard 25 percent larger side-entry cab, while the Log Loaders/Processors have a standard elevated rear entry cab, which allows for safe and easy entry and exit. A cab-forward option on the 2156G and 2656 Log

Loader/Processor models boosts operator confidence, providing excellent visibility particularly when swinging toward the boom side of the cab. The LED options on all models expand the lighted area, providing crisp, clear lighting for improved visibility and safety. “For our new G-Series machines, we wanted to develop a machine that not only responds to the needs of our customers, but goes above and beyond the industry standards to provide operators with the comfort and productivity they need to get through long days,” said Dave McFarlane, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The improvements help operators feel confident on the job site, allowing them to be more efficient and, ultimately, improving the operations’ bottom line.” The design on the G-Series machines features significant undercarriage improvements. The 2154G and 2156G models have been updated with larger rollers, while the 2654G and 2656G are available with an optional longer track, improving machine stability, increasing operator comfort, boosting machine lift capacity and extending lower roller life. Improvements to the boom, arm, mainframe and undercarriage increase the life of the structures. To simplify service, the G-Series

The operator cab is larger and quieter than predecessors, and equipped with comfort features, floor to ceiling windows and isolation mounting.

models feature a 35 percent reduction in electrical components, helping to reduce electricalrelated downtime. The machines are equipped with a larger cooling system with hydraulically reversing fans to increase airflow and lower operating temperature. Additionally, ground level service access, conveniently located filters and test ports, and LED service lights simplify routine maintenance. All of the G-Series machines can be combined with JDLink™, the John Deere machine monitoring system and remote diagnostics service. Owners and operators are able to easily maintain their

machines at peak performance levels, ensuring productivity, uptime and longer machine life. Even from miles away owners can monitor their machines, tracking machine health, managing hours and identifying maintenance needs.

New G-Series large-size swing machines put productivity into full swing See full report pages 64-65

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When the going gets tough, the tough get to work. The Skidder T418 is engineered for all-access traction, long life and low downtime – so you can spend more of your workday earning and less of it servicing. Deep, strong lugs get a grip on any terrain, and extra-reinforced sidewalls and steel-belted shell mean a stable ride with fewer stops for snags, tears or flats. Heavy duty skidding needs a heavy duty tire. Ride Tall with Trelleborg Skidder T418.

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hen Pascal Frémin started his company Ecosys in 1993, he did so with a clear goal. He wanted business success to go hand-in-hand with responsibility for sustainability and the environment. It started with composting, and now the focus is on the production of renewable energy Ecosys is one of the big players in France when it comes to the treatment of green waste and woody biomass: the company has a solution for everything to do with the subject. That includes the production of compost in one of over 15 composting systems and the associated marketing of substrates and soil for gardening and landscaping. The company also has a modern machine park with shredders and screens just waiting to do contract work on French green cuttings. In addition to all this, in the last few years a new business area around woody biomass has come into being. Pascal Frémin considers it to have great potential, for him personally and also for the industry as a whole. “Right now we already do 40% of our business with biomass fuels, as against zero just four years ago. The market has grown incredibly fast, and I estimate it right now to be worth about €300 million. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it double again in the next five years.”

Market heading toward biomass This shift had already started to make itself known in 2005/2006. Frémin remembers: “We could tell that composting was gradually reaching saturation, and prices were starting to fall. At the same time, the term ‘biomass fuel’ i.e.

the production of renewable fuel from woody green cuttings started to make the rounds.” Frémin was confident that he holds all the trump cards. He had access to green cuttings, processing sites - often close to biomass power plants – and the necessary logistics and machinery.

Thinking big He wasn’t interested in small potatoes. He approached the large French energy producers Électricité de France (EDF) and Engie SA to offer his services as a just-intime supplier of organic fuels. Negotiations were successful but the start was delayed. “From 2008 to 2012 it was nearly impossible to get experience in processing. But then in 2012 all the big biomass generators in our region started operations almost simultaneously.” So he had to be fast. Frémin dug into the subject to get a detailed understanding of his customers’ process and needs. He undertook extensive trials to put what he had learned into practice with his machines. It quickly became clear that a three-fraction screen was the best solution for screening. Soon thereafter a Multistar L3 star screen was delivered by French sales partner Hantsch.

Solutions needed But there was a big problem at the front end of the process, the shredding/chipping. The highspeed shredder by a well-known German manufacturer, which had heretofore given good service for composting, was not able to deliver the desired output. Frémin recalls the situation: “From the beginning, it was not possible to make the process

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economical. We made too many fines, or rather, too little product from the input material. The machines were running flat-out, yet we were barely meeting our commitments. “And often customers would send back entire truckloads because the quality wasn’t up to par.” The manufacturer was unable to offer a solution, so it was clear to Frémin that he would have to look for an alternative.

Newcomer passes the test He invited manufacturers to a big test and used his newly acquired knowledge to assess the machines’ shred quality, throughput and sensitivity to contraries. One machine – the newest one – quickly took the lead. “The Axtor was clearly superior to the competition. No other machine let me make so much fuel from all the different feedstocks.” But before Frémin made his final decision, he wanted to see where the Axtor came from and get an idea of the company behind it. A visit to Komptech headquarters in Frohnleiten, Austria sealed the deal. Shortly thereafter Pascal Frémin signed an order for six Axtor 6010s in his office in Nantes.

“It would be odd if a new machine like the Axtor didn’t have a teething problem or two,” says Frémin from long experience. “But I accepted the risk as a kind of challenge. I knew what the machine could do and I knew that I could trust the people at Komptech and Hantsch. Working in close cooperation, we solved the issues step by step.” A solid relationship is important, because there is no lack of challenges. “Our strategy is to take lower value feedstocks like green cuttings, branches and shrub cuttings, and rootstocks, and turn them into higher value products,” says Frémin of his business model. At the product level he competes with the chips that have started to come onto the market in quantity, not least due to the warm winters in recent years. “That puts pressure on prices for chips and thus the amount we can get for our products, since customers get used to paying less for biomass fuel. That makes it all the more important for us to use clever processing techniques and efficient machines to keep the price difference and so our customers.” Pascal Frémin and Ecosys have ambitious goals. In 2020 the company wants to make 20 million euros in revenue with fuel from renewable sources. Important assets in this push will be the Axtor, Multistar star screens, and quality-boosting separators like the Stonefex and Hurrifex. Frémin looks certain to reach his goal of contributing to a more livable environment.


Tigercat goes bigger with 632E skidder The new Tigercat 632E skidder is claimed by Tigercat to be the most powerful, productive four-wheel skidder ever built. Several enhancements have been integrated into the new model, setting new productivity standards for timber extraction. The 632E is powered by the simple and reliable Tigercat FPT N67 engine which provides full emissions compliance for Tier 2 and Tier 4f along with excellent fuel economy. The Tier 4f engine delivers 212 kW (285 hp) at 2,200 rpm. The Tier 2 option delivers 215 kW (288 hp) at 2,100 rpm. It can be equipped with the largest grapple offered on any fourwheel skidder on the market. The larger 2,1 m² (23 ft²) option has a tip-to-tip opening of 3 860 mm (152 in). Complementing the higher horsepower and larger grapple, the hydraulic system and driveline have been extensively upgraded. Several components and structures have been upsized for improved durability. The 632E uses a larger main hydraulic pump and valves for faster operation and better multifunctioning. The hydraulic cylinders are larger allowing the machine to run pressures that are 10% lower while increasing performance by 10% on average.

Cylinder rod sizes have been increased by 25%. Load sensing control and a simplified steering circuit lead to more responsive and adjustable steering control. A newly enhanced EHS® transmission produces 11% more torque — with the same top speed as the previous generation of EHS. The new OB20 rear axle – specially designed for the 632E — provides 47% more torque capacity and nearly twice the life on all bearings. The service brakes and park brake are incorporated into the new axle. The axle mounting

has been redesigned to use four high-strength 30 mm (1.18 in) bolts and two 30 mm studs on each side mounted to a massive 77 mm (3 in) thick steel frame. The new design transfers the force to the skidder chassis and can better handle the higher torque load of the new axle and uprated EHS drive. Rear drive shafts have been increased in size to 8.5C from 7C. Operators will see additional improvements in the cab starting with the automatic, air-ride seat. A new instrument panel layout improves placement of electrical outlets and the electronic control

system display. Operators will enjoy finer joystick control of the travel speed. The new high visibility arch means a 10% improvement in visibility to the ground through the arch. LED lights, improved boom light location and a new arch light further enhance visibility to the grapple area.

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Rottne industri AB signs agreement with a new distributor in Russia Rottne Industri has signed an agreement with Ferronordic Machines AB, which becomes the official distributor of Rottne forest machines in Russia. The agreement with Ferronordic enters into force in December 2016. Rottne Industri also launches forest machines specially adapted for the Russian

market. “We are very excited about the new partnership with Ferronordic. They are a highly qualified sales and service company in the Russian market. We strongly believe in long-term potential in the Russian forestry market and we are confident that Ferronordic is

the right partner for us,” says Rolf Andersson, CEO of Rottne Industri AB. Rottne Industri AB has also developed a whole new series of forwarders and harvesters with Volvo Penta engines, which are specially adapted for the Russian market. The first forwarders will

be available early next year, and later also harvesters and harvester heads. Ferronordic Machines are authorized Volvo Construction Equipment dealer in Russia, and the company is well established in all federal districts with nearly 70 facilities and about 750 employees.

Weyerhaeuser to explore strategic alternatives for its Uruguay timberlands and manufacturing business Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) announced October 10 the exploration of strategic alternatives for its timberlands and manufacturing operations in Uruguay. The company intends to consider a broad range of alternatives, including continuing to hold and operate the business, or a sale. “In Uruguay, Weyerhaeuser has established a high-quality

timberlands portfolio supported by value-creating manufacturing operations and a team of dedicated employees,” said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer. “Following our merger with Plum Creek, we are evaluating strategic alternatives for this business to best position it for long-term success and ensure we are maximizing value for our shareholders.”

Weyerhaeuser established its operations in Uruguay in 1997. Today, its business there includes over 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of timberlands in northeastern and north central Uruguay, as well as a plywood and veneer manufacturing facility, a cogeneration facility, and a seedling nursery. The review of the Uruguay operations does not guarantee

that the company will pursue a transaction, or that a transaction would be completed if initiated.

Conner Industries completes acquisition of Continental Timber Company The company specializing in supplying cut lumber Conner Industries, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Continental Timber Company, a regional lumber processor. As a result of the acquisition, Conner’s operations have now been expanded to Wichita, Kansas. “We welcome all Continental

employees as members of Conner’s growing family. Over the past 38 years, Continental has grown steadily due to its deep customer-centric focus and hard-working culture, which is similar to Conner’s. We are excited to combine forces so that we can continue to grow organically and build on a tradition of excellent

New Log Max dealer for Finland Ove Ljungqvist (on the right in the photo) will assume the responsability for marketing, support and service of Log Max Harvesting heads and accessories in Finland

For sales and service, contacts are as follows; Ove Ljungqvist Solf Ängsväg 236 64 450 Solf Finland For more information: Lars Strömsund, +46 70 347 65 74 Ove Ljunqvist, +358 500 169 037

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service, quality products, and deep expertise in the lumber industry,” said Joseph McCormick, CEO. “To accelerate organic growth, Conner has established an attractive sales commission structure, and we are actively seeking and hiring experienced salesmen and lumber traders,” added Mr. McCormick.

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Rottne-deliver to Hungary for the first time The first forest machine from Rottne has now been delivered to Hungary, through their Czech retailer Reparoservis.

The first of three machines, a Rottne F15, has been delivered to the company Matyas KFT. W

Finland’s 2Q paperboard production increased by 4.8% According to Finnish Forest Industries Federation, Finland’s 2Q 2016 paperboard production totalled 810,000 tonnes, representing an increase of 4.8% from the corresponding period of the previous year, while pulp production grew 4.4% in the 2Q to a total of 1.9 million tones. Forest industry corporations produced no less than 8% more of softwood sawn timber in April-June than in

the corresponding period of 2015 and production grew to 3.1 million cubic metres. Paper production contracted 8.5% in the 2Q to a total of 1.6 million tonnes. Forest industry investments have started to grow, but this positive development can only continue in a competitive operating environment. The European Union is currently deliberating on several matters

The global timber price index increases up to 4.2% The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 4.2% in the 2Q/16 toUS$71.18/m3, the highest quarter-over-quarter increase since the 2Q/11. Sawlog prices increased in 16 of the 19 regions tracked by the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) and were generally higher in both the local currencies and in US dollar terms. The biggest price increases in dollar terms occurred in Russia, Brazil, Germany and British Columbia. The only regions that experienced lower log prices in the 2Q/16 were Chile, where lumber export markets weakened, and the US Northwest, where log export to Asia slowed down the first few months of the year and the domestic sawmills run at fairly low operating rates. During the first half of 2016, global trade of softwood logs was up about one percent as compared to the same period in 2015, according to estimates by the WRI. Almost 50% of globally traded logs are imported to countries in Asia (specifically China, South Koreaand

Japan) followed by Europe and North America. Asia’s share was down from 52% in 2015 because of reduced importation to China. The biggest change over the past ten years has been that the Nordic import share of the global log trade has fallen from almost 18% in 2005 to only nine percent in 2015, because the three Northern European countries have increased their domestic timber harvests to decrease the reliance on imported wood rawmaterial.

The major trade flows in 2015 were, in descending order: • New Zealand to China • Russia to China • US to China • US to Canada • Norway to Sweden The global log trade continued at a healthy pace in early 3Q/16 with shipped volumes generally being higher than the same time in 2015.

that have an impact on the forest-based sector. “Proposals regarding the European Union’s implementation of the Paris climate agreement were complemented by the Commission’s publication of emission-reduction obligations for sectors not covered by emissions trading. The 39% emission-reduction target imposed on Finland is very challenging. The possibility of taking full

advantage of sustainable annual harvesting opportunities must be ensured when drafting regulations concerning the climate and the environment. In addition, measures must be taken to minimise the risk of carbon leakage,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.



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Two Rivers Lumber $65 million startup brings jobs to Alabama

Plans are underway for the startup of Two Rivers Lumber Co.’s first sawmill, a $65 million investment that will bring 55 jobs initially, and up to 95 jobs eventually, to west Alabama reports Woodworking Network. Two Rivers Lumber is a new operation started by area businessmen Jay McElroy, owner of McElroy Trucking, and Roy Geiger, owner of Sumter Timber. Construction is set to begin

January 2017, with the Demopolis, Alabama-based mill scheduled to begin production in September. When completed, the mill will have an annual capacity of 200 million board feet and produce all sizes of southern yellow pine dimensional lumber for sale throughout the United States. “We have a long family history in the area, with all our businesses being tied to the southern yellow

pine,” McElroy said. “We are very pleased to continue this tradition.” The mill’s name, Two Rivers, is derived from its location which is just south of where the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers come together, said the news release. “We are excited about building a new sawmill in west Alabama and what it will mean to local land owners as well as bringing quality manufacturing jobs to the area,” McElroy, added. “Planning began over a year ago and this project would not be possible without support from the City of Demopolis, the State of Alabama, and our lender, Alabama Ag Credit.” Bid Group will design and build the sawmill. Two Rivers Lumber will pay $1,000 a month to rent the land from the city; that amount will increase to $10,000 a month after five years. The company has a 40-year lease on the property, with an option to buy after 20 years, according to Indirect jobs in the forest products industry are also expected to be created to support the operation. “This investment from Two Rivers Lumber Co. will provide well-paying jobs to Alabama citizens and drive economic growth in Marengo County,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “Our partnership with the company perfectly aligns with the goals we’ve set to help rural Alabama,” he added. “The state-of-the-art sawmill being planned by Two Rivers Lumber Co. is precisely the kind of project we had in mind when the Legislature approved enhanced incentives for companies making investments and creating jobs in ‘Targeted Counties’ across Alabama,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

West Fraser invests $33 million in expansion sawmill operations in South Carolina’s Newberry County West Fraser, a diversified wood products company, is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations. The project is expected to bring $33 million in new capital investment, as South Carolina Department of Commerce reports. Since 2007, the company has invested millions to modernize the

mill and plans to invest $33 million more to procure wood, services and goods in Newberry County. West Fraser also plans to install a log merchandiser designed to increase production by more than 37%. “West Fraser believes in making investments to improve our operations. This initiative will

support our capital investment to expand production at the mill. Building a strong business supports our mill’s competitiveness so we can continue to be an active employer and a positive contributor to Newberry County,” West Fraser Newberry Lumber Mill General Manager DJ Russell said.

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The sawmill technology of the future is here now with HewSaw

The revolutionary four arbour dx sawing process from HewSaw offers numerous benefits for modern sawmills, including maximizing speed and recovery. Speed vs. Log Diameter Speed vs. Log Diameter

250 (820)

200 (660)

Speed in M/min (Ft/min)

200 (660)

150 (495)

dx sawing

150 (495)

normal sawing

100 (330)

100 (330) 50 (165)

Log Diameter in mm (inches) dx sawing

normal sawing

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120 (4.75)

80 (3.25) 160 (6.25)

Log Diameter in mm (inches)

200120 (8.00) (4.75)

160 (6.25)

200 (8.00)

240 (9.50)

240 (9.50)

280 (11.00)

280 (11.00) 320 (12.50)

360320 (14.25) (12.50)


400 (15.75) 360 (14.25)


420 (16.50)

50 (165)

(15.75) 420400 (16.50)

Speed in M/min (Ft/min)

250 (820)

HewSaw is once again revolutionizing the primary breakdown sector of the sawmill industry with the introduction of their latest technology - dx sawing. Aimed at maximizing speed, recovery, efficiency and throughput, dx sawing will be a game changer for many sawmills. With HewSaw’s dx sawing, the saws are cutting through the cant in two stages instead of one, allowing for a substantially reduced depth of cut with each saw. For sawmills using this technology, this can result in higher feed speeds with smaller diameter saws and thinner kerfs. • more production volume in a shift • higher recovery or yield from each log • the possibility to run for longer periods before saw and knife changes • improved surface quality and exceptional saw deviation HewSaw is the only primary breakdown producer that can offer this technology and the concept and technology are patent pending worldwide.

With HewSaw dx sawing, the saws are cutting through the cant in two stages, resulting in a reduced depth of cut.


Frank Miller Lumber acquires USA Woods International, Inc. Frank Miller Lumber has acquired USA Woods International, Inc., a Memphis, Tennessee-based wholesale hardwood lumber exporter engaged in the export of high-quality, kiln-dried American hardwoods. The procurement is the latest in the international expansion efforts of the century-

old, Indiana lumber manufacturer. “USA Woods is a great fit for the international business model of Frank Miller,” said Steve James, Frank Miller Lumber president and CEO. “Today’s announcement will enhance our market position and strengthen our commitment to international growth. This

partnership represents a new chapter in Frank Miller Lumber’s history, and we look forward to continuing and expanding upon the great work and fine reputation of USA Woods.” Frank Miller Lumber, established in 1903 in Union City, Indiana, produces premium

quartersawn and plainsawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring.

Voma and Westas Pihlava invest in timber kilns Valutec has won contracts to supply timber kilns to two sawmills in western Finland with a distinguished heritage, namely Voma Oy and Westas Pihlava. The mills are investing in three batch kilns and one FB continuous kiln, with kiln commissioning planned for early 2017 “Valutec is an experienced supplier. This investment will give us access to proven solutions combined with the latest technology,” says Pekka Luoma, CEO of Voma Oy. The mill is situated near Parkano, Finland and was operated under the previous owner as Marjolahden Saha until production at the mill ceased in 2008. Luoman, a company specializing in garden structures, has resumed operations at the mill. The company is now expanding its efforts by investing in three batch kilns, which are equipped with pressure frames and are designed to dry center cut pine in dimensions ranging from 32 to 50 millimeters. The total capacity is approximately 20,000 cubic meters

per year. “It’s also important to us that Valutec provide on-site service in Finland,” explains Pekka. The second contract secured over the summer was with the Westas sawmill Pihlava, not far from Pori, about an hour’s drive from Parkano and Voma. “Pihlava chose an FB continuous kiln with a capacity of about 55,000 cubic meters per year. Like with Voma, we aim to have the kiln up and running in January of next year,” says Mikko Pitkänen, General Manager at Valutec OY. The contract with Westas also included Valutec’s Valmatics control system for ten of the

sawmill’s existing kilns. For about three years now, the sawmill and Raunio are part of the relatively young company Westas Group, which is owned by CEO Pekka Kopra and A. Ahlström Kiinteistöt Oy. “Both Pihlava and Voma have a long history and we appreciate the chance contribute to their continued development. An investment in kiln equipment is always long-term, and is also a matter of constantly refining the way of working. Here in particular, Valmatics is a powerful tool,” explains Mikko Pitkänen.

Mikko Pitkänen, General Manager, Valutec OY

Stora Enso launches their new modernised sawmill in Murów Stora Enso and 200 guests from all over the world recently celebrated the inauguration of its completely modernised sawmill in Murów. Stora Enso has successfully completed the modernisation of its sawmill in Murów, Poland, investing EUR 28 million in its renewal to increase the mill’s capacity and improve its competitiveness. “This investment is part of

Stora Enso’s transformation into a renewable materials company. It enables us to meet growing urban construction needs and better serve customers in Central and Eastern European markets. In addition, Murów Sawmill enables us to strengthen our offering to customers in selected global markets,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. Murów is an ideal location for a modern sawmill for several reasons: close proximity to raw material sources and growing

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markets, excellent infrastructure and experienced and highly professional staff. The modernisation will increase the sawmill’s yearly capacity from 70 000 m3 to 400 000 m3. The raw material used is mainly Polish pine and spruce sourced from the surrounding forests. In the Polish forests, attention has been paid to the promotion of sustainable forestry practices, including the forest management certification of the wood supply base. The Murów mill’s wood

Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström traceability system is covered by both FSCTM and PEFC Chain of Custody certification.


AriVislanda to supply log profiler to Åsljunga Pallen in Sweden Åsljunga Pallen, one of Swedens biggest manufacturer of pallets, has invested in a QSS-700P from AriVislanda. The machine is for profiling of 2 + 2 boards on each side of the log. After the profiler there are double arbor sawblades to cut off the profiled boards and send them

direct to the green sorter. In addition there are conveyors to take the boards to the sorter. The whole mechanical project will be handled by AriVislanda at the end of this year.

Norbord places order for a OSB drum dryer with Büttner The Canada-based Norbord OSBmanufacturing company will be relocating an existing continuous press from its factory in Alberta, Canada, to Inverness, Scotland. The order for a new OSB drum dryer with the corresponding energy plant has been placed with the Siempelkamp subsidiary Büttner. The single-path drum dryer sized 6.5 x 36 R will have a throughput capacity for dry strands of 45 t/h. Along with the air

process equipment, steel support structures and insulation, the scope of delivery will also include a 500 m³ wet-material horizontal metering bin. The energy plant with a total combustion capacity of 55 MW will use a 75 m² grate to generate around 40 MW of flue gas for heating the dryers and 15 MW for heating thermal oil. As with the drum dryer, Büttner will also be supplying the entire range of equipment from a moving floor

for the fuel storage to the primary circulation system for thermal oil, which will include the piping, brick lining, steel construction, and insulation. The complete assembly of the dryer and energy plant is also part of Büttner’s scope of delivery and is scheduled to be concluded by the middle of 2017. This order once again confirms Büttner’s “all from a single source” competence. Customers ordering the combination of dryer and energy

plant benefit from an integrated system. From engineering to startup, both products are perfectly coordinated to one another.

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HOLTEC to supply new log yard for SYLVA site of PIVETEAU Bois PIVETEAU Bois is one of the leading saw mills in France with an annual cutting capacity of 800,000 solid cubic meter logs and a production of 200,000 tons of pellets at three sites. For the SYLVA site in Poland, PIVETEAU decided that HOLTEC should supply the new log yard based on the positive experience they made with HOLTEC at the FARGES-Egletons site. In close

cooperation with the customer a completely new log yard has been designed and supplied. The combined system can process long logs as well as short logs. All logs are fed to a buttreducer, debarked and measured. The short logs are cut to length by a circular saw while being forwarded on a cross conveyor. For the long logs, this saw provides the first cut. In a next step the long

logs are cut to length by means of the tried and tested HOLTEC band saw line technology based on the measurement and optimization data by the JÖRG ELEKTRONIK 3D measurement. The system is designed for a capacity of approximately 200,000 solid cubic meter / a. Only after 3 months of installation the system could start operation in time.

Raute receives new order from Steico of over EUR 17 million Raute Corporation has received an order worth around EUR 17.5 million for Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) equipment from Steico Społka z o.o., the Polish subsidiary of the leading German timber construction systems and wood fiber insulation manufacturer Steico SE. The ordered equipment will be Steico´s second LVL line delivered to Steico’s LVL mill in Czarna Woda, Poland, comprising: veneer drying line, dry veneer grading, composing and scarfing lines as well as LVL lay-up line, pre-press and hot press. The equipment represents the latest technology in its field.

This order is related to the second phase of the LVL manufacturing project, which Steico and Raute initiated in June 2014. The equipment ordered under the first phase of that project was delivered, installed and the mill started up in late summer 2015, with LVL production being ramped up during the winter of 2015/2016. This new order reflects Steico’s trust in the positive development of the LVL markets, as well as the partnering and successful co-operation between Steico and Raute during the development of the Czarna Woda LVL site. The total annual

capacity of Steico’s LVL mill will be 160,000 m3 when the new line is in full production, doubling the LVL capacity installed during the first phase in Czarna Woda. Steico is one of the leading wooden construction material producers in Europe. The company´s current product offering comprises wood fiber insulation materials, sarking and sheathing boards, ETICS (external thermal insulation compound systems), I-joists, hardboards and LVL. Raw material for Steico’s LVL will be mostly Polish grown pine, which has proven to provide good technical characteristics for

structural LVL. The machinery will be manufactured at Raute’s Nastola, Shanghai and Kajaani plants, and delivered during the first half of 2017. The full scale production of the future LVL mill is planned to be reached by mid-2018. The present new order has no impact on Raute’s outlook for 2016. Raute’s net sales and operating profit will be on the same level as in 2015.

Weyerhaeuser to sell printing papers business to one rock capital partners Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) announced October 5 an agreement to sell North Pacific Paper Company (“NORPAC”), the company’s printing papers business, to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC (“One Rock”). Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the after-tax proceeds from the transaction for the repayment of debt. The transaction includes the printing papers mill located in Longview, Wash.Weyerhaeuser has operated the business through a joint venture with Nippon Paper

Industries Co., Ltd. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This announcement completes the company’s strategic review of the Cellulose Fibers business. The company recently announced the sale of its pulp mills and liquid packaging board business. “Through our strategic review of the Cellulose Fibers business we have enhanced the focus of our company and created significant value for Weyerhaeuser shareholders,” saidDoyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer. “We will continue

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to build on this strong foundation as we work together to be the world’s premier timber, land, and forest products company. We are proud of the contributions NORPAC employees have made to Weyerhaeuser and will continue to make in the future as part of One Rock.” The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016. The NORPAC business will continue to operate independently of One Rock until the transaction closes.

Doyle R. Simons, President and CEO

Moelis & Company acted as financial advisor to Weyerhaeuser in the transaction.



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Joescan’s new js-25 x6b scan head provides high-density scanning on carriage headrigs

JoeScan, Inc., a leading manufacturer of 3-D laser scan heads for sawmills, released the newest scan head in its JS-25 X-Series, the JS-25 X6B at TP&EE Portland. The JS-25 X6B is a highperformance, six-laser scanner, specifically designed for highdensity, snapshot-scanning of logs on carriage headrigs. Each JS-25 X6B scan head can

be mounted end-to-end to scan any length of log on six-inch spacing. The JS-25 X6B was designed to make it easy for optimizers and sawmills to upgrade obsolete carriage scanning systems, often reusing the existing scan frame. “Because of our dedication to sawmills, we felt it was important to give sawmills a better option for upgrading obsolete carriage scanning hardware. The JS-25 X6B is an easy upgrade that provides higher scan rates, double the scan density, and is based on the sawmill-proven reliability of the JS25 platform,” says Joey Nelson, the president and founder of JoeScan. The JS-25 X6B requires only 24VDC and an Ethernet connection for operation. The scanner’s Ethernet interface allows the

optimizer to communicate directly with the scanner without special hardware. “The JS-25 X6B’s built-in profile processing eliminates the need for large numbers of PCs to process the image data, resulting in a simpler, more reliable system,” explains Nelson. JoeScan’s scan heads have been made for sawmills since the company introduced its first scanner in 2002. “JoeScan is committed to the sawmill industry,” says Nelson. “We stand behind our products to make sure our scanners are a good long-term investment for sawmills. That’s why every scanner model is backed by a 5-year warranty and a 10-year support life policy to protect against obsolescence,” concludes Nelson.

Joey Nelson President, JoeScan, Inc.

LIGNA 2017 to showcase high-end automation technology The sawmill industry has long since abandoned labor-intensive manual operations in favor of efficiencyenhancing automated processes. At LIGNA 2017, all the leading providers will be showcasing technology solutions that take automation to the next level. Achieving sustained profitability in sawmilling hinges on system-wide process optimisation. Consequently, sawmill companies around the world are looking to invest in advanced technologies across a range of areas, from log handling right through to timber drying,

LIGNA 2017 The world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry 22 to 26 May Hanover, Germany

optimisation and packaging. LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industries, is the perfect place for them to do their research and ensure they make the right decisions. The show will feature a solid lineup of market leaders, including Linck, USNR and Veisto, who will be presenting integrated systems comprising state-ofthe-art roundwood handling and cutting systems. Visitors looking for roundwood yard optimization solutions will also find fully automated debarking systems from a range of providers, including Baljer & Zembrod and Valon Kone. EWD will also be there with its camera-assisted log grading and sawing pattern optimisation software for maximising sawn timber yield. The primary focus of innovation in this area is on electronic measurement systems. Technologies for determining roundwood and lumber dimensions and quality are another important means of adding value in

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sawmilling. X-ray scanners, such as those produced by Microtec, are a prime example of this. The same is true of automatic board edging systems, such as the latest edging lines by Primultini. Then, of course, there are specialists like PAUL Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, whose optimised docking saws maximize output and minimize trim waste. There is always some degree of waste, of course, and so there is growing interest in recycling systems. For example, Vecoplan and Urbas will be showcasing their solutions for processing sawmill residues into valuable products and biofuels. Another exciting option in the sawmill efficiency game relates to high-tech timber kilns of the type showcased by Mühlböck and Eberl. These kilns enable sawmill operators to get high-quality timber to market faster and more easily than ever before. Another key development is that more and more sawmill companies are diversifying their portfolios. Increasingly, they are supplementing their lumber

offerings with processed, valueadded timber products. LIGNA has this area covered as well, with an extensive array of products ranging from small “plug & play” planing solutions to the large-scale fingerjointing plants developed by the Weinig Group. In 2017, the LIGNA show’s revamped thematic layout will make it much easier for visitors to find what they are looking for. Products and solutions for all stages of the sawmill value chain will be located under one roof, in Hall 25, while the displays of mobile sawmill technology will be located on the open-air site. Meanwhile, the latest technologies for processing lumber into construction materials such as structural laminated timber and plywood will be on show in the neighboring Hall 27.


Raute receives order of almost EUR 32 million Raute Corporation has received orders worth almost EUR 32 million for the expansion of Vyatskiy Fanernyi Kombinat’s mill in the Kirov region in Russia. The order was closed with an Italian company Carmac Group srl which is the EPC contractor in this project. Vyatskiy Fanernyi Kombinat has a birch plywood mill in the Kirov region for which the entire production process was delivered by Raute in 2006. The present order received by Raute includes the entire

production process of a birch plywood mill: log handling, two veneer peeling lines, two veneer drying lines, two veneer composing lines, automatic veneer patching line, two plywood lay-up and pressing lines, plywood edge cutting, puttying and overlaying lines. The order also includes an automatic veneer patching line and an overlaying line to Vyatskiy’s present mill. The deliveries of the machinery and equipment for the new mill are scheduled for the second quarter of 2017

to be followed by the machinery deliveries to the present mill. The equipment will be engineered and produced in Raute’s units in Nastola, Shanghai and Kajaani. The cooperation between Vyatskiy Fanernyi Kombinat and Raute has continued for a decade since setting up the company’s first mill. The present order results from the growth strategy initiated by the new owner. Raute’s strong expertise in the entire production process of plywood production can be seen in the scope of the

delivery. Lessons learnt from the previous deliveries and Raute’s presence in the Russian market also had an influence when selecting the supplier. The present new order has no impact on Raute’s outlook for 2016. Raute’s net sales and operating profit will be on the same level as in 2015.

Prices for Chinese plywood decline in international markets China’s plywood exports totalled 5.52 million cubic metres, valued at $2,610 million in the first half of 2016, much the same volume as in the first half of 2015 but the average unit price for exported plywood in the first half of 2016 was $473 per cubic metre, a year-on-year decline of 6%, ITTO reports. In the first half of this year the main markets for China’s plywood were the USA (930,000 cubic

metres, down 1%), the Philippines (410,000 cubic metres, up 40%), UAE (380,000 cubic metres, up 6%), the UK (370,000 cubic metres, down 12%), Japan (300,000 cubic metres, down 12%), South Korea (290,000 cubic metres, down 10%), Saudi Arabia (240,000 cubic metres, down 17%), Thailand (160,000 cubic metres, up 19%), and Algeria (130,000 cubic metres, up 104%). Looking at price trends in the

various markets a different story emerges with the average price for plywood exports being $705 per cubic metre in the US, $406 per cubic metre in the Philippines, $376 per cubic metre in UAE, $443 per cubic metre in the UK, $448 per cubic metre in Japan, $361 per

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cubic metre in South Korea, and $304 per cubic metre in Saudi Arabia, $340 per cubic metre in Thailand, $421 per cubic metre in Israel, and $330 per cubic metre in Algeria. Overall prices in these markets fell between 2% and 9%.

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Les Bruce appointed Procurement Manager for Timber SCA Timber Supply UK has enhanced its procurement function with the appointment of Les Bruce who joins as the Procurement Manager for Timber from the Archwood Group. Les is an experienced Timber Purchasing Manager, having

worked for Masons Timber Products for nearly 30 years. During this time Les has developed a wide variety of experience covering purchasing, supply chain, inventory management and lean manufacturing. John Griffiths, Managing Director comments “The strengthening of our procurement function is inline with the growth of our business. We are delighted to welcome Les to SCA to further reinforce and develop our customer proposition.” International Forest Industries | OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2016 19


Hampton Lumber installs Lucidyne’s GradeScan

Lucidyne’s patented TrueQ® insures boards are matched with their correct GradeScan solution

Hampton asked that Lucidyne automate the process and integrate that upgrade into existing controls during the GradeScan installation. Using the flexibility of the GradeScan System, Lucidyne created a special grade rule and programming for materials handling. With GradeScan in place, the product is now seamlessly integrated into the scanning and optimization system. Manpower cost reductions and improved grading accuracy increase the profit margin of this product, further boosting GradeScan’s benefits for Hampton income and ROI.

Hampton also chose to add Lucidyne’s Grade-VU projector system for their installation. Grade-VU projects GradeScan’s final solution directly onto each board just seconds after it leaves the planer. With our patentpending design, Grade-VU keeps the projected image on the board, moving with it even if the board bounces or moves on the chain. Additionally, the user has several options for configuring the projected image. It can be shown as actual character marks, as abbreviated text, or as an indication of particularly specified


nstallation of the Lucidyne GradeScan System at Hampton’s Willamina, Oregon mill marks another advance in resource management and productivity at that facility. Volatility of the lumber market has resulted in mill closures throughout the Northwest, but Hampton continues to be a vital presence in the industry. Their new Lucidyne GradeScan integrated to the mill’s existing control system maximizing Hampton’s fiber and value recovery, improving their bottom line and holding their strong position. Hampton came to Lucidyne with optimization requirements for their mill runs of both green and dry Douglas Fir in lengths up to 28 feet running at speeds up to 4,000 feet per minute. Given GradeScan’s proven record of success grading Douglas Fir lumber, Hampton chose to go with Lucidyne. Hampton also had a unique need to be met. In an unusual trimming situation, the mill’s equipment was not set up to automatically process one of their products. This sawing limitation put costly demands on mill personnel to manually provide special trimming solutions.

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Lucidyne’s GradeScan installed at Hampton Lumber Inc. in Willamina, Oregon


characteristics. Grade-VU’s projected images give Hampton tools that can be used in a number of ways: for check-grading, to identify boards with specific characteristics, to evaluate new product opportunities or to perform Quality Control functions. The Hampton installation also launched Lucidyne’s new Blade Server System which replaces the bank of PCs used in earlier systems. Coupled with a

10-gigabyte network backbone that eliminates most cables, the Blade Servers provide expanded computing capability while fitting into a single 19” rack that minimizes space requirements. This new design is now standard on all of Lucidyne’s GradeScan systems, and will also be used on the newly introduced ChopScan System. In addition to GradeScan, Lucidyne offers ChopScan, a sister scanning system designed

GradeScan is easily maintained by Hampton’s mill personnel

specifically for cut-up mills. ChopScan joins Lucidyne’s product line, Sorter Controls, Specialty Controls and Integration as well as Lucidyne’s industry-standard grade mark reader, the GMR, which also has a powerful new upgrade. The GMR M5’s added features include: Multiple Instruction and Color Recognition capabilities for a full 23-Character symbol set, multiple symbols per board, color symbol detection, external computer, extended system diagnostics and internet update capabilities. Lucidyne’s reputation for quality, accuracy, payback and partnering with customers played heavily in Hampton’s decision to choose GradeScan.

Lucidyne was founded in 1985 in Corvallis, Oregon and maintains its Ownership and Management with a veteran and expanding team of Engineers, Scientists, System Designers, Fabricators, Service and Business professionals.

Hampton Affiliates Hampton Affiliates, a Northwestbased forest products company, owns and operates eight sawmills located in the states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Annual production capacity is currently in excess of 2 billion board feet, making Hampton one of the largest softwood lumber manufacturers, and a market leader in the retail, distributor, industrial, and export markets.

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Wood-Mizer UK presents new products at APF 2016 Wood-Mizer UK had two exciting new developments to show to the industry at APF 2016. Two new edgers – the EG250 and EG350 – were on display and proved popular with visitors to the stand. Within hours of the show opening the EG350, which was making its UK debut, had been sold to a customer who was impressed


ore businesses are starting to realise the value of wood and looking for ways to exploit it using a sawmill. That’s the view of Wood-Mizer UK’s Dave Biggs who is pleased to see a rise in the value and recognition of timber from trees. Huge domestic demand for wood-burning stoves and a focus on industrial-scale biomass boilers – caused by the introduction of subsidies under the Renewable Heat Incentive – has seen the firewood market expand considerably in the past three years. But Biggs says that with sales of sawmills that he and his colleagues have been involved in over the past 12 months, there has been an emerging trend. “I’m pleased to see that some of our customers this year are making investments to try and produce more from the trees they are handling,” he said. “If you look at some of the

wood that’s been taken for burning in the past few years, it’s a real shame. My view is that there’s some really nice stuff in the heart of these trees which people can do something great with.” Biggs notes that there were a number of examples of customers – mainly tree surgeons – in England and Scotland who have bought machines such as the LT15 or LT20 to create a diversified income stream. Speaking at APF 2016, the UK’s biennial leading forestry event, Biggs said: “For an entry level professional machine, most tree surgeons go for an LT15 because nine times out of ten they already have something to move the timber around so they can have an LT15 set up in their yard for about £6,000 and can start processing timber and producing products that people want.”

Eye-catching edgers attract instant attention At the industrial end of production,

with the large capacity twin-blade edger. “The EG350 has a maximum cutting thickness of 100mm which is something that needed to happen in the UK market,” states Biggs, who added that the machine comes with two 8kW electric motors. The larger of the two machines slots in above the EG300 and below the EG400 in terms of price point, while the EG250, with a maximum cutting thickness of 60mm, offers a new entry-level solution. “The EG250 has manual operation and manual adjustment at a cheaper price point,” Biggs said.

Vortex blades leave little trace Efficiency is the watchword in any modern business, and the professional sawmilling industry

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is always keen to see new product development that improves quality and efficiency in equal measure. “Vortex blades are a break from the norm because this new design is a departure from the traditional straight-cut silver tooth profile,” Mr Biggs explained. “What customers will get really excited about is that it leaves next

to no sawdust. We put them on an LT40 at APF to demonstrate their performance and the results were really impressive. “The current design is for a softwood profile and we see the gains coming for our customers who have multiple heads cutting six or four planks at a time. Sawdust left from a regular blade on the left. On the right, the surface after cutt “If you are cutting them and you have to clear them off before they get treated you are spending time getting them cleaned down. But with these new blades, the amount of sawdust left is hardly worth talking about.” The blades, manufactured in the USA, are expected to be available from Wood-Mizer UK imminently. Mr Biggs added: “They’re so new that we don’t have prices for them yet but we are already getting


Dave Biggs, General Manager for Wood-Mizer UK

enquiries about them.”

LX range makes UK debut Also on show at Wood-Mizer’s APF stand was the new LX range. With a similar operating

performance to the LT15, the LX is an economical sawmill with industrial capability. “It’s built for heavy and continuous milling and is ideal for millers who prefer heavier-duty

Profura acquires AriVislanda Profura, a privately owned Group with long experience in the sawmill business, has acquired AriVislanda and Renholmen. Profura already owns Almab Storvik AB. “We are a strong owner with experience and knowledge

within the industry and we see opportunities to develop the businesses in a positive way. They are three good companies with strong brands,” says Mikael Thörnkvist, the CEO of Provator AB which is the company within the

construction,” Biggs added. Petrol and three-phase electric versions are available with electrical up/down as standard and a 64cm cutting width.

Profura Group that is managing the investment. Profura acquired AriVislanda to create a strong Group of companies within sawmill equipment. The goal is to grow and become one of the leading actors in the business. “We are looking forward to be a part of this challenge”, says Stefan Arnqvist, MD of AriVislanda.

Mikael Thörnkvist, Provator AB CEO


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The sawmill technology of the

The revolutionary four arbour dx sawing process from HewSaw offers numerous benefits for modern sawmills, including maximizing speed and recovery. HewSaw is once again revolutionizing the primary breakdown sector of the sawmill industry with the introduction of their latest technology - dx sawing. Aimed at maximizing speed, recovery, efficiency and throughput, dx sawing will be a game changer for many sawmills. “When we equip our HewSaw sawing machines and sawlines with this patent pending technology, we can provide our customers with the ability to run larger diameter logs at faster speeds for longer periods of time, and we can reduce our saw kerf, increasing recovery and yield from each log,” explains HewSaw’s chief engineer, Raimo Karjalainen. The basic principle behind dx sawing is to replace the standard double arbour sawing technique

currently used by HewSaw with a four arbour system. The first set of arbours will house the saws for an initial or pilot cut into the cant, while the second set of arbours will house a set of saws that will finish the cut, just as it is in existing HewSaw sawing technology. This works well with HewSaw’s philosophy of centre line sawing where all processing is calculated and aligned to the centre line of the HewSaw machine.

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Speed vs. Log Diameter Speed vs. Log Diameter

200 (660)

150 (495)

100 (330)

Log Diameter in mm (inches) dx sawing

normal sawing

80 (3.25)

120 (4.75)

160 (6.25)

200 (8.00)

240 (9.50)

280 (11.00)

320 (12.50)

360 (14.25)


400 (15.75)

50 (165)

420 (16.50)

Speed in M/min (Ft/min)

250 (820)

HewSaw is the only primary breakdown producer that can offer this technology In a typical HewSaw dx sawing scenario, the log is presented in the usual way to the HewSaw scanning conveyor, and following scanning, it is then positioned for the HewSaw with the company’s highly accurate log positioner followed by four sided chipping. The next step is where it gets interesting, as the first set of saws penetrates part way into the cant, making the preliminary or initial cut. Then downstream is a second set of saws on a second set of arbours, which completes the sawing process. This is combined with the edging of sideboards to produce the highest efficiency possible in log breakdown.

This technology will work with most types of HewSaw machines from the company’s newer model smaller machines with optimized edging through to their state-of-the-art multi-unit sawlines that can take multiple edged sideboards at each machine centre. It will also work with HewSaw’s CRS units (splitter saws), and it can be used with both batch feeding and scan-n-set applications.

So what are the advantages of HewSaw dx sawing? Because the saws are not cutting all the way through the cant in a single cut, the depth of cut is substantially reduced, meaning sawmills using this technology can run at higher speeds with smaller diameter saws and thinner kerfs. This is especially beneficial with larger logs or cants. • more production volume in a shift • same production volume with shorter shifts • higher recovery or yield from each log • improved surface quality and exceptional saw deviation • the possibility to run for longer periods before saw and knife changes

HewSaw’s engineering department developed this new technology at the company’s headquarters in Mäntyharju, Finland. It has been tested and proven in sawmills in Finland and the USA and is now being introduced to HewSaw’s markets worldwide.

With HewSaw dx sawing, the saws are cutting through the cant in two stages, resulting in a reduced depth of cut.

Below: An internal look at a HewSaw with dx sawing shows the first set of arbors equipped with smaller diameter saws for the initial cut, followed by a second set of arbours with larger diameter saws for the second cut.

Above: A HewSaw cant saw with dx sawing features two sets of double arbours.

HewSaw is the only primary breakdown producer that can offer this technology and the concept and technology are patent pending worldwide. With its factory and head office in Mäntyharju, Finland, HewSaw is a family-owned company that has been in business for over 50 years. Recognized for its innovation and leadership in developing new technology for the sawmill business, HewSaw has now expanded its customer base to well over 30 countries on six continents. In addition to the company’s operations in Finland, they also have offices and warehouses in Canada, USA, Australia, South Africa, Germany and

Sweden. In total, HewSaw employs over 200 people worldwide and they have delivered over 400 sawing machines in the past five decades.


Operation Focus – Microtec

Optimization standards of Goldeneye 900 boost both recovery and value

Brazil’s industry leader upgrades with Springer and Microtec technology Since 1952, Berneck has been a major player in Brazil’s wood processing industry. With its operations in Araucaria, Brasnorte and Curitibanos, the company is rated as the most modern saw and planner mill in the country and ranks among the global technological leaders. To increase the productivity and lead the global market, the planer mill in Curitibanos has been recently equipped with the Goldeneye 900 transverse scanner by Microtec, the first of its kind in South America. All mechanical parts were installed by Springer, a leading sawmilling provider of conveyor systems for lumber handling


erneck disposes of more than 63,000 hectares of land for forests in the regions of Paraná and Santa Catarina. The raw material of the sawn products is specially managed and selected by Berneck, from the preparation of seedlings, planting and harvesting up to the final processing. Berneck produces 4 million pine tree sprouts per year, from which 3.5 million trees are planted for industrial use. The processed wood species, Pinus Taeda, has a standard moisture content from 8 to 12%, and is classified in accordance with the requirements for the different final uses such as: packaging, furniture, civil construction and wood framing for exportation to big markets like China. At the headquarters in Araucaria, Paranà, the company produces a range of products

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including: MDP – Medium Density Particleboards, which are covered on both sides with decorative films impregnated with melamine

resin, MDF – Medium Density Fiberboards formed by wood fibers deriving from sustainably planted Pine forests and HDF –

Dry sorting and planer mill at Berneck Curitibanos

LUMBER PROCESSING High Density Fiberboards also made from bonded and compacted wood fibers and covered on both sides with decorative films. The industrial unit in Brasnorte, in the state of Mato Grosso, produces BERTeak Brazil Edge Glue Panels and BERDeck – Teak Decking. The new production unit in Curitibanos, in the state of Santa Catarina, is a planer mill that also produces MDF. In future it will be replaced by a new sawmill, an MDP factory, and an additional line for BP laminate and an impregnation line. “Our aim is to produce high quality products to stay competitive in the market and to satisfy the customer’s needs by providing a wide range of products. That is why we invested in new technology to obtain an overall control of our production. The very good partnership with Microtec and Springer convinced us that we made the right decision”, comments Fernando Gnoatto, General Manager Lumber division & International Sales. In order to increase production capacity in the dry-sorter and planer line for quality grading of boards at the mill in Curitibanos, Berneck decided to invest in new software and machinery products engineered in cooperation with Springer and Microtec. While Microtec delivered all lumber quality scanning and optimization devices, as well as PLC control, Springer planned the mechanical components. Springer provided a line feed with a double tilt hoist system, a servo lug loader with

special hold down belt, a trimmer, a tray sorter for planned lumber, a stacker with multi-cross-cut and double lift, a packaging system with foil dispenser, a Pascal press and a strapper. With a feeding speed up to 1.8 m/sec in transversal feeding that is max. 165 boards per minute at 640 mm (25 inch) lug space, this installation is the fastest and most modern planer mill in South America. The heart of this new industrial unit in Curitibanos is Goldeneye 900 Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner in transverse feeding for dry sorting. The Goldeneye 900 series combines the advantages of sensing technologies with robust industrial design to provide constant, predictable grading performance during the production of lumber products, maximizing fiber value recovery. The Goldeneye 900 scans the boards in a single scan frame from top and bottom with 4-side visual inspection including dimension, scatter and grain deviation and color. The scanning is carried out with no board turner, which enables a fluent and smooth production process. Goldeneye 900 determines the dimension and the overall quality of the boards by recognizing cup, bow, twist and spring. The properties of the surface such as wane edge, damage on edge, lack of material on the top/bottom face and splits, checks, knots, knottiness, bark pockets and resin pockets, visual pith as well as stain are defects recognized by the Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner.

First Viscan Plus in Brazil. Equipped with X-ray, it determines the density of all boards with a measurement repeat accuracy of over 99%

Ruggedness, speed and measurement precision are key for high performance planer mills manufacturing a large variety of final products. We have made sure that our customers have no need to compromise in terms of either throughput or reliability, and certainly not in terms of function. Federico Giudiceandrea, CEO Microtec

Right after the Goldeneye 900 scanner, a trimmer station with two saws on either side of the board, cuts the boards to the final length for packaging. “The great advantage of the production with Goldeneye 900 is to perform the measuring and quality selection in transverse feeding. This new technology provides reliable results even at a high throughput speed increasing our added value”, comments Fernando Gnoatto. The planer line also features an inline moisture meter M3 Scan that determines the board’s moisture to check if the degree of moisture content is within the thresholds for transversal feeding. The rapid growth of the Taeda Pine in Brazil leads to a varying moisture content degree over the whole length of the board. As a result, the two moisture-measuring tracks will be upgraded to four measuring tracks in order to determine the most accurate average moisture content. The operator can easily calibrate

the M3 Scan when it is necessary to produce boards or trims of different dimensions. All these scanning devices collect important data for the further processing. The new concept of the installation comes with the advantage that all the measuring devices work in transversal feeding. Immediately after the Goldeneye 900 Scanner there is the first Microtec Viscan Strength Grader in Brazil equipped with an X-ray, which determines the density of the boards and predicts their strength. Boards are automatically classified into strength classes and transported to the right bins. The sorting process is carried out by Variosort Lumber Sorter, the fully automated Microtec software that supervises sorting, packaging and wrapping of the boards. Variosort’s data interface communicates with Viscan Strength Grader, Microtec Moisture Meter as well as the Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner

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Operation Focus – Microtec

All mechanical devices are provided by Springer - line feed with a double tilt hoist system, servo lug loader with special hold down belt, trimmer, tray sorter, stacker with multi-cross-cut and double lift, as well as a packaging press and a strapper Goldeneye 900 for a reliable board tracking. “Ruggedness, speed and measurement precision are key for high performance planer mills manufacturing a large variety of final products. We have made sure that our customer has no need to compromise in terms of either throughput or reliability, and certainly not in terms of function,” states Microtec CEO Federico Giudiceandrea.

way to produce more than 1,200,000 m³ of wood products per year. Berneck is involved in several aspects of the Forestry industry, from planting and felling trees to manufacturing products. Berneck Company offers products of a high standard thanks to their constant investment in new

technologies and quality control. For over 40 years, Berneck has maintained commercial relations with more than 60 countries on every continent, confirming the reliability of its products both at home and abroad.

Berneck Company Berneck’s industrial complex consists of more than 170,000 m² with three manufacturing units. The headquarters of Berneck are located in Araucaria with the MDP Factory, MDF/HDF Factory, the unit for laminates with BP (low pressure melamine), FF (Finish foil) and Super Laca, the most modern sawmill in Brazil. At the industrial unit of Brasnorte, the Berneck group manufactures the entire line of Teak wood products. At the innovative planer mill in Curitibanos, Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, the company produces raw PB (particleboards), PB covered with melamine (LPL), PB covered with Finish Foil and PB covered with gloss. The 1,600 direct employees work in an integrated

Goldeneye 900 transverse scanner maximizing fiber value recovery. The scanner housing covers all internal sensors, cameras, high power LED units, laser etc. which are fully protected against any rough ambient operational conditions. In front of the scanner a Viscan Strength Grader determines the strength class of every board

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MDF / HDF plants – Siempelkamp


SWISS KRONO order MDF/HDF plant from Siempelkamp


he largest order in the company’s history to date reached Siempelkamp from South Carolina: When SWISS KRONO SC, LLC commissioned a complete plant for the production of MDF/HDF in September. The scope of supply covers the entire service range of the Krefeld plant specialist for the wood-based materials industry. The company of the SWISS KRONO GROUP ordered an MDF/ HDF plant with an annual capacity of approximately 280,000 m³ for its Barnwell, South Carolina, location. The Swiss family enterprise specializing in wood processing and wooden building materials requires the new plant to meet its own in-house requirements.

planning the new equipment based on three-dimensional models. Pallmann, the expert in size reduction technology within the Siempelkamp Group, is contributing to the order with the wood-yard with a disc chipper and a chip washing system including a refiner. Büttner will supply an energy plant with a capacity of 53 MW and a dryer; the Italian subsidiary CMC will supply the screening technology. The forming and press line with one of the latest Generation 8 ContiRoll® presses will come from Krefeld. For the first construction phase the press will be designed with a dimension of 10’ x 30 m. The scope of supply also includes a finishing line, a cooling and

In Barnwell the “Quiet Giant” of laminate flooring production is investing $230 million to extend capacity and to create 105 new jobs. The largest share of the annual output goes into the production of carrying plates for laminate flooring. Moreover, a part of the production serves as an additional market supply. The scope of supply for this plant illustrates the growing demand among wood-based material manufacturers for Siempelkamp’s integrated range of competencies. The order starts with the extensive process technology ranging from the woodyard to a high-bay storage system including a transfer station to the flooring production.

stacking line, a sanding line, a dividing saw, and an automatic high-bay storage system. The special feature of this plant is the equipment package for high-speed thin board production including a compactor which provides additional compression in front of the press. Material lumps and other impurities are destroyed by the compactor. The highly flexible operation guarantees that boards with a broad range of thicknesses ranging between 1.5 and 42 mm can be produced. The order also includes the Ecoresinator which was developed at Siempelkamp’s research and development center. Compared to the traditional blending process in a blowline, this system reduces the resin consumption by up to 15%. This is possible due to special nozzle technology and the use of superheated steam. This order represents another complex wood-based material production plant which Siempelkamp has supplied to the

Combined expertise of the Siempelkamp Group for the “Quiet Giant” The expertise of almost all Siempelkamp subsidiaries is being applied in South Carolina. Sicoplan in Belgium have developed the entire plant concept and is

Handshake agreement before signing the contract (LTR): Dirk Koltze (Siempelkamp USA), Bernd Henrich (Swiss Krono USA), Ulrich Kaiser (Siempelkamp), Jürgen Philipps (MD Siempelkamp), Roland Kovacic (CTO Swiss Krono Group), Norm Voss (Swiss Krono USA), Peter Beck (Siempelkamp)

Swiss Krono visits Siempelkamp (LTR): Dirk Koltze (Sico USA), Bob Jordan (Swiss Krono USA), Axel Weiß, Lisa Femers (Siempelkamp); Roland Kovacic (CTO Swiss Krono Group), Jürgen Philipps (MD Siempelkamp), Bernd Henrich (Swiss Krono USA), Norm Voss (Swiss Krono USA), Dr. Johann F. Hochbaum (Siempelkamp), Alla Jörin (Swiss Krono Holding), Ulrich Kaiser (Siempelkamp), Alicia Jackson (Evergreen Engineering Inc.), Peter Beck (Siempelkamp)

Swiss Krono Group since 1995. “It was therefore all the more gratifying to us that, within the scope of a location expansion, our scope of supply has once again convinced our long-standing customer,” says Dr.-Ing. Hans W. Fechner, spokesman of the management of G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG.

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Shifting & Sorting – USNR

Expert handling

Cut-n-two boards merge into the same lug space once again at the top, prior to entering the sorter. At the sorter, the clear line cut-n-two boards are diverted into the first sort bins along the clear line. All the full-length boards and lumber line cut-n-two boards are diverted into downstream bins along the lumber line

A revolutionary configuration from USNR has delivered big gains in performance


SNR recently developed a new process for handling cut-n-two lumber that was implemented as part of a recent project. Along with a new planer mill trim/sort/stack line, USNR introduced a cut-n-two configuration that does not require skipping a lug. This allows the mill to expand its range of products, put more wood in the sorter without a throughput penalty, and without increasing planer speed or labour.

Cut-n-two ‌ no skip-a-lug A conventional system demands that for every board that is cut-ntwo, a lug space must be created to accept one half of the board. That requires the line to run faster to handle the additional boards that are produced. This new design allows the line to run at a consistent speed while cutting longer products in two. After the board is cut in half at the trimmer, both halves remain in the same lug space. The far

end half of the cut-n-two board is diverted up an elevator where it is even ended to the clear line. Meanwhile, the near end board remains on the lower deck and even ended to the lumber line, it travels up an incline and the two boards are merged again into the same lug space at the top, just prior to entering the sorter. At the sorter, the clear line cutn-two boards are diverted into the first sort bins along the clear line. All the full length boards and lumber line cut-n-two boards are diverted into downstream bins

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Shifting & Sorting – USNR


along the lumber line. Once the clear line cut-in-two boards reach the stacker infeed, a long rollcase shifts them to the stacker lumber line for stacking.

Improving performance This configuration provides an opportunity for mills to make two-short length boards from one lower value long-length board, without sacrificing line speeds or throughput volumes. The improvements implemented at this mill removed significant bottlenecks, allowed it to expand its range of products, and reduce its operating hours. Other configurations similar to this concept have subsequently been developed, such as sideby-side or tandem bins, where each half of a cut-n-two board goes into a tandem bin fitted with independent bin floors

The unique cut-n-two handling is achieved by splitting the flow via an elevator

USNR celebrates 100th Multi-Track Fence sold since 2010 Stand outs: • M  ost accurate fence on the market • Fastest fence for your trimmer pitch • All electric design for low cost operation

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USNR recently announced it had sold its 100th Multi-Track Fence since the product was launched in 2010. From BC to Quebec, Texas to Florida, Washington to South Carolina, Uruguay to New Zealand and Sweden, customers are raving about the Multi-Track Fence, its accuracy, its speed and agility, and

its economical electric operation. What is the secret of this fence’s global success? Its inspired design incorporates the best features and eliminates the failings of many other designs. The Multi-Track Fence uses moving board bumpers to position the boards, and this allows several lug spaces for

boards to come to the bumpers and settle into a fixed setback location prior to leaving the positioning system to be trimmed. The result is highly accurate, infinite board positioning, and often higher speeds.

The world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry 22 to 26 May Hanover, Germany

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Sawmill Optimisation – Carbotech

Major upgrade to iconic lug loader Carbotech has been in the workshop for hours on end improving a lug loader already loved by the industry and, judging on first glance, all the hard work has paid off


or the past 20 years, Carbotech’s electric and pneumatic lug loader has received strong market support. The rotary lug loader uses pneumatic rotors to activate a variety of clamps – a design that is user friendly free of hydraulics. Based on that well-proven mechanical technology, Carbotech has invested heavily in R&D to deliver what it considers a “revolutionary” upgrade focused on skew control. Thanks to Cognex reading capacity, Carbotech has modified its lug loader operation so all clamps, all stop gates and all wheels are activated independently – the infeed lengths of timber alone will dictate witch clamps and stop gates need to be activated. The new system is supported by the latest version of M12 connectors to ensure the quickest and most reliable Ethernet communication to an integrated PLC on that Lug loader 2.0.

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Sawmill Optimisation probably one of the most important consideration when attempting to achieve decent efficiency. Understanding that, Carbotech developed (patent pending) a new system using near-end and far-end independent drives controlled by ceiling cameras and lasers. Depending on the desired speed and length variations, Carbotech’s skew control system will use 6 VFD drives over three transfers to regulate backlog pressure, width detections and skew control.

Listening to our customers Over the past few years, the North American market has forced the manufacturer to innovate towards automatization and speed. The main focus has been to take existing equipment and upgrade it for maximum automation and reliability when operating at more than 260 lugs/minutes at the planer mill or more than 220 lugs/ minute at the sawmill. Labour reduction in parallel with production increases were the persuasive payback arguments and how Carbotech came to develop a fully-automatic, electric, high-speed continuous tilt hoist; automatic stick and dunnage recuperation system; Cognex skew and flow control (avoiding operator manipulation); operatorfree lug loader; sorter management HALCO AD:Layout 3/8/10 controlled by the stacker3operator;


fully-automatic sawmill stick system with high speed stackers; and many more. “A great first step in terms of innovation is customer feedback and site operators’ ideas,” the manufacturer said. “Operators and site superintendents are the only ones who work the equipment full time. There is no better feedback in terms of on-the-fly innovations that could be completed on equipment or operational upgrades justified by specific production experience. “Carbotech’s focus is to maintain a very close relationship with customers so we can find out, if needed, upgrades that could be brought to existing or future Carbotech’s equipment.”

Trading on a name Carbotech specializes in maximizing production operations and efficiency for high-speed sawmill and planer mill lumber handling. Working continually to develop new ideas and patents, Carbotech is a well-regarded partner in this market. The company has an excellent workforce of 120 employees that is relied upon “no matter what”. The mission over the past 30 years has focused on the following four principles:

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Flexibility meets power Harvester Heads The ability to deliver the right product to the mill and execute accurately on contract obligations, often comes down to the functionality of the harvester head


lexibility and relative power are the themes of this year’s review of harvester head technology. Not so much flexibility within one single unit but flexibility in range, particularly from the major suppliers. Meanwhile, niche suppliers continued to build on their reputations for delivering excellence in specific sub-sectors of the industry. Large manufacturers Satco, Komatsu, Ponsse, Log Max, Tigercat and John Deere all pushed additions to their existing ranges, which already cover final felling heads down to highly manoeuvrable thinning units. Satco was focused on upgrades to its durable, high-performing harvesting attachments, which is said were designed and built for big, heavy wood. Komatsu was keen to highlight three additions to its range – the C283 (sturdy head designed for big trees), C123 (productive and reliable) and S82 (nimble and light, compact yet

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strong). The new H8HD harvester head has been added to the Ponsse range specifically to tackle big timber in demanding conditions. Log Max has added two powerful and manoeuvrable thinning heads to an already extensive range, while John Deere’s H270 Series II, H413 and H415 heads cater for operators looking for manoeuvrability in thinnings through to heavy duty jobs requiring stamina extreme durability. Tigercat has continued to do what it does best and delivered yet more enhancements to basic productivity and reliability. Smaller supplier, Hakmet, has improved its 400 and 1000 units, which are powerful for their size. The heads prioritise easy operation with an automatic stroke that allows delimbing with a one-button function. Meanwhile, fellow junior manufacturer, Konrad, said its Woody harvester head combines the advantages of the Woody processor head and the additional capacity of felling standing trees. Caterpillar sells

and supports the full line of Satco harvesting attachments for cutto-length processing operations – robust attachments that fell and process trees at the stump or roadside. Satco, with over 30 years in the forestry industry and headquartered in New Zealand, designs and manufactures a wide range of attachments built for rugged logging conditions around the world. The company is known for its durable, high-performing harvesting attachments that are designed and built for big, heavy wood..

This year, Log Max has introduced two new heads, the 3000T and 4000T

Log Max T-series The Log Max 3000T and 4000T are designed for thinning operations. The 3000T is best suited to harvesters in the 10-14 t class and the 4000T for 13-20 t units. Both

The NEW Logmax 4000T

heads benefit from major updates to the frame geometry (upper frame and saw box), improvements in hydraulic layout and flow and last, but certainly not least, a new saw unit; the Log Max True-Cut. ORFS hose connector runs throughout the head including the connections to the carrier. The top part of the frame has been moved forward in order reduce friction against the ‘chest’ of the head and clogging of bark in the measuring wheel housing. A replaceable wear plate is located on the top part of the frame. The centre of the saw has been moved back and outwards for a neat geometry. The saw bar movement passes from 96° to 90° enabling faster-sawing cycle. By changing the position and length of the cylinder, the saw bar

performs a larger arc, which leads to an increased sawing resolution therefore better control. A damped adjustable mechanical stop has been added in the saw box as well as a bolted protection cover to ease the replacement of hoses for saw bar feeding, colour marking and find end. On the 3000T, the mounting bracket for the lower knife as been improved and the corresponding cylinder has also been appropriately updated to increase the lifting power of the bottom knife. The bottom delimbing knife of the 4000T as been totally redesigned to achieve a minimum delimbing diameter of 64 mm (4000B 104 mm, 5000D 108 mm). The new feed rollers are mounted directly on the motors so no more need for spacers. By eliminating the banjo couplings,

rerouting hoses and updating the hydraulic blocks, these heads have a better hydraulic flow and higher flexibility. The Log Max 3000T and 4000T feature the first generation 318 True-Cut and 218 True-Cut. Both have a 19cc motor, though the 318 has automatic chain tensioning and

the 218 has manual tensioning. The key component of the True-Cut system is the intelligent saw motor with integrated valving solutions for saw motor speed and saw bar control. By continuously sensing the motor speed and adjusting the saw-bar feed rate accordingly, the True-Cut maintains an almost constant chain speed of 40 m/s throughout the cutting cycle. This yields an impressive cutting performance; the TrueCut is up to 35% faster than conventional saw units. By locating the valve for motor speed control inside the motor it is able to react instantly to changes

in motor speed and practically eliminate any over-revving that is seen in a conventional saw unit. Not only does this reduce the stress on the motor, it also provides a safer work environment by reducing the risk of chain shots. The True-Cut is optimised at the factory and should not need any further setting changes in the field. The latest version of the Poclain MSE02 398cc motor allows the 4000T to reach 5.1 m/s of feeding speed. Both heads come equipped with Active Friction Control and can be mounted with an optional accumulation kit (multi-stemming).

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The SAT318T is known for its high tractive power

Caterpillar is the exclusive Satco distributor in the United States, Canada and globally except Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Through Cat dealers worldwide, Caterpillar provides support and stocks genuine service and maintenance parts for the complete line of Satco heads. All products are backed by Caterpillar warranties. The robust Satco harvesting heads are built with high-grade materials and feature leading-edge

technology. Depending on the model, they feature two or three feed rollers. Attachments are dangle heads, providing 340° or 360° (continuous) rotation. Generally, dangle heads reduce some of the stress on the carrier and boom since they swing freely. Satco manufactures a complete line of attachments for various applications. For example, the SAT214 would be a good choice for harvesting small diameter timber; it features four delimbing arms to easily handle ‘limby’ timber. Loggers working predominantly in

The SAT318T is known for its high tractive power

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Satco heads are known as durable, high-performing harvesting attachments hardwood or crooked timber may prefer the SAT318T, known for its high tractive power. In a region of tall timber producing long, heavy logs, the SAT323T would be a good application. It features heavyduty pistol roller drives and larger roller arm cylinders. The SAT323T also features the Satco ‘Tri-Knife’ system, which improves measuring because it holds the tree better than two single knives; the system is more like a grapple, which makes the SAT323T more adept at picking a log out of a pile and re-stacking cut logs. Satco heads for cut-to-length felling and processing range from a weight of 2,618 lb (1,190 kg) with a maximum cutting diameter of 25 in (635 mm) to 8,500 lb (3,850 kg) and a cutting diameter of 32 in (800 mm). The company also offers felling and debarking attachments. All heads are designed to be matched with Cat Forestry Machines, Cat Track Feller

Buncher carriers and the Cat 501HD Harvester. With the ‘Hose-ThroughCentre’ system, hydraulic hoses are configured through the centre of the boom linkage attachment system to encase and protect the hoses. In addition, the hoses are routed through the centre line of the pins, which means the connecting hoses can be made as short as possible. The system eliminates over-bending and rubbing of the hoses, which can cause premature failure. The ‘Tri-Knife’ system is a unique grapple type design for the delimbing knives featured on the SAT323 and SAT325 head families. The system enables the head to hold the log straight during processing for best alignment of the measurement wheel. The Satco ‘Dead-Lock’ pin retention system incorporates large pin sizes and adds strength to the chassis. It locks the knife and roller arm pins in place to provide increased structural support along with improved bushing life and extended service intervals. Oversized components provide powerful, durable, reliable performance. Drive roll motors have enlarged bearings for high radial load capability and reinforced shafts to withstand high torques. Main valves are rated at 6,100 PSI (420 bar) and can easily handle carrier pressures. Roller arm pins are 3+ in (80 mm.) The heavy duty 3/4-in main saw system features a 45 cc saw motor and large diameter bearing for smooth and reliable felling and bucking of large diameter trees. Satco provides control systems to meet the requirements of all applications, a simplified system with ‘go to logic’ that can even operate the head without the monitor, and another system that offers more advanced bucking optimization and optional mapping and monitoring capabilities. Satco harvesting heads deliver performance and reliability that loggers require in demanding conditions. They provide loggers with a powerful tool that will keep them working productively and fully supported by the Cat dealer network.


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CONVINCING PERFORMANCE The Log Max 4000T has an entirely new frame construction and features the new Log Max True-Cut saw unit. The modernized hydraulic layout greatly improves power and feeding speed making this 833 kg* harvesting head the obvious choice for thinning and light final cut. Call us today to find out more about all the advantages of Log Max. * Incl. feed rollers, rotator and damped protection plate

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C123 is equipped with Constant Cut

Komatsu Forest has a wide range of harvesting heads in its product line up. The newest additions are the three new harvesting heads Komatsu C283, Komatsu C123 and Komatsu S82. The Komatsu C283 is a sturdy head designed for big trees. This head is the largest in Komatsu’s head line-up with a maximum opening of 800 mm. It is a robust head, suitable for final logging, as well as for selection cutting and processing pre felled trees. The head is intended primarily for the American, South American and Australian markets and is designed for mounting on a forestry excavator, 27 t or larger, or a tracked forest machine. The head features a threewheel feed system, which means that the stem is both fed and lifted by the powerful feed rollers. The body of the head is fitted with an additional feed roller that helps reduce friction and contributes to even greater feed force and feed speed. Komatsu C283 has a powerful saw and is equipped with cutting control, which ensures a wellcontrolled cutting process. The head can also be equipped with a top saw. There are three delimbing knives on the standard model, two moving and one fixed front delimbing knife. It’s optional to fit two additional delimbing knives, mounted in the rear section of the head, one hydraulically controlled and the other fixed to the chassis. The length-measuring wheel

offers high precision and quality, sitting well protected in the body of the head. The measuring wheel is controlled by a unique hydraulic cylinder, designed to follow the stem as closely as possible. The result is highly accurate length measurement. The C283 is equipped with ORFS couplings to minimize leakage. The new Komatsu C123, is a productive and reliable head. It has an effective feed to ensure high productivity. With its unique feed roller design, the head’s gripping force can be kept low with retained feed force and low energy consumption. The feed roller design also ensures high-quality measuring. With cast delimbing knives, the head provides maximum durability, high lifting capacity, and firm stem holding. The C123 is a versatile harvesting head and is a good choice for steep terrain with its robust frame design and extralarge tilt angle. C123 is equipped with Constant Cut. This ensures that a steady, optimal speed of 130 ft/s (40 m/s) can be maintained throughout

the entire cutting cycle. This means there is never any risk of over speeding the saw motor or the chain. Thereby increasing productivity and minimizing risk of splitting saw logs. The option Eco-GLS is a chain and bar lubrication system where the lubricant has been changed from oil to grease. The system has an adaptive control of the amount of grease that will be pumped to the bar and chain. That means that the Maxi-system makes sure that enough volume of grease will be fed to the bar. Grease offers better surface adhesion than oil, which means it more easily remains on the bar and chain. When the oil is thrown from the chain, it creates an oil mist that soils the machine, which can lead to soiled windows, clogged cooling units and more. The Eco-GLS is minimizing both consumption and waste. It is beneficiary both for the cost of ownership and the environment, and means less downtime to clean windows and coolers. The system is designed The Komatsu C123 is a versatile head

Constant Cut ensures that a steady, optimal speed of 130 ft/s (40 m/s) can be maintained throughout the entire cutting cycle Komatsu

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to use an environmentally friendly grease with less environmental impact. The ECO-GLS can be ordered to all C-style Komatsu heads. The new Komatsu S82 is a two-wheel drive head. It is nimble and light, compact yet strong, a combination of characteristics that makes it an effective choice for demanding thinning assignments in dense stands. One of the reasons for its high productivity is the two-wheel feed that allows the stem to rotate in the head, even those that are forked or very crooked. Another function that contributes to high productivity is Flex Friction Control, which senses the stem’s position relative to the frame and adjusts the knife pressure accordingly. The Komatsu S82 also offers easy servicing and maintenance, smart hose routing. In order to improve safety and performance the S82 is equipped with the cutting unit Constant Cut. This is just an example of features that helps minimize unplanned downtime and increase productivity. The head can be equipped with the option 4-point diameter system, for even greater measurement accuracy. Komatsu Forest has also launched an upgraded multi-tree handling function, which is available for a number of Komatsu harvesting heads, C-style. It offers greater efficiency, quieter operation, and improved reliability. It also offers the advantage of increased flexibility as the head can be used for more types of harvesting. The capacity for the multitree handling equipment has been increased by a full 25% compared to the previous multitree handling function that was available on the C93. The multitree handling system has a cast design and a protected valve which increases durability. The new multi-tree handling system is an option available for the Komatsu C93, the Komatsu C123, and the Komatsu C144.



Rottne forwarders and harvesters meet every need, from light thinning to heavy final felling. We offer Swedish-made products of the highest quality and the latest technology, an extensive service network and a competent and friendly atmosphere. With our spacious and modern cabins, we also give you driver comfort in the luxury class. Our cabin damping system Comfort Line eliminates cab vibration and impact, resulting in a very pleasant driving experience. The noise level in our cabins are also low, from 63 dBA – actually lower than in a new car. Contact your local dealer today to book a demo run, see


Ponsse had a strong presence at the DEMO International 2016 held on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia in late September. Ponsse showed off its new series; harvesting solutions for steep slopes and H8HD, a completely new harvester head model for big timber. The new Ponsse H8HD harvester head is specifically designed for harvesting and processing big timber in demanding conditions. It builds on the success of the smaller H7HD harvester head and can be installed on the Ponsse Bear harvester and on over 20 t track-based machines. The new harvester head model offers a superior performance considering its size. A powerful feed, combined with its geometry, which firmly supports larger trunks on feed rollers, guarantees extreme productivity and fuel economy. Thanks to the Opti automation system, it has an excellent cutting precision, and trees are always fed directly to the specific length at maximum speed.

The H8HD is also available with a top saw for processing curvy trees with a lot of branches. The Ponsse harvester head range also includes the H10 intended purely for processing. Also demonstrated at DEMO International 2016, the sturdy and reliable H10 is designed for over 25 t track-based machines. Ponsse has been developing harvester heads since the 1980s. The extensive harvester head range offers applications from first thinning to heavy-duty regeneration felling, as well as models from debarking eucalyptus heads to processing. Larger harvester heads can also be fitted on track-based solutions.

Synchrowinch for effective harvesting on slopes A full range of new Ponsse machines was in action at DEMO International 2016. The Bear harvester, a powerhouse for demanding logging sites, and the ElephantKing forwarder were demonstrated working on a slope. Both of these were equipped with the Ponsse Synchrowinch, a cost-effective and productive winch solution for harvesting on steep slopes. The Synchrowinch allows the harvesting fleet to be used extensively at various sites – in a safe and eco-friendly manner.

From a dream of a machine entrepreneur Ponsse was founded in 1970, first for the needs of forest machine entrepreneur Einari VidgrÊn: he needed to build a forest machine himself as others did not build them strong enough. Today, the Finnish family company is one of the world’s leading forest machine manufacturers with experience gained from more than 11,000 forest machines, and its customeroriented operations are still heavily guided by the wishes and needs of forest machine entrepreneurs.

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SP was founded in 1978 and presented the world´s first single-grip harvester head in 1980. The company has a long and distinguished history in developing and manufacturing harvester heads for the professional forestry sector. In 2016, the SP product development team successfully finalised and implemented a major project targeting an increase in product uptime and reliability. All four harvester heads in the current lineup have been analysed, dissected and then optimized to be able to offer customers some of the most reliable harvester heads on the market. Together with the renowned performance and productivity of SP harvester heads, the product line-up is better than ever and SP stands well positioned for the ever increasing demand for its high quality and high performance harvester heads.

SP 461 LF The SP 461 LF is designed for first and second thinning jobs but is also capable of handling larger tree sizes. Due to carriers getting larger and stronger and measuring accuracy becoming more and more important, even in thinning applications, the SP 461 LF underwent a major update in 2015. During 2016 a further refinement of details was made, which has resulted in a substantial increase in reliability and uptime, and an even

lower carrier fuel consumption than before.

Main specifications Weight 720 kg Max cutting 530 mm Max feed roller opening 420 mm Delimbing 30-350 mm

SP 561 LF The SP 561 LF is a all-round harvester head that is used for both thinning and light clear fell operations. In order to meet the

demands of larger and stronger carriers, the SP 561 LF also underwent a major update in 2015, resulting in an overall more robust and heavy-duty product. The refinement process this year optimized the hose routing, covers and component placement, resulting in a substantial increase in uptime and reliability.

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The A frame is optimized for superior handling of crooked and difficult tree species such as Acacia and Australian Blue Gum while the E frame is optimized for eucalyptus species with straighter tree form. The G3 version also offers an increase in uptime and reliability thanks to a redesigned measuring device using a rugged and reliable non-contact type of encoder. Also contributing to the increase in uptime is the improved house routing and component placement.

Main specifications Weight 1800 kg Max cutting 600 mm Max feed roller opening 630 mm Delimbing 30-430 mm

Main specifications Weight 990 kg Max cutting 600 mm Max feed roller opening 500 mm Delimbing 30-430 mm

SP 761 LF The SP 761 LF is a compact and heavy-duty harvester head designed to handle a variety of different demanding applications. The SP 761 LF was released three years ago and has been extremely well received all around the globe. It is a very versatile head that through a large offering of options can be built to perfectly suit both cut to length, road side processing, or debarking eucalyptus operations. During 2016, the SP 761 LF has been refined, which has led to a further enhancements in uptime and reliability. Customer demands have also led to the SP 761 LF now being compatible to directly install on carriers equipped with either Maxi or Timbermatic/Timberrite measuring systems.

The SP 591 LX is purpose built for debarking of difficult and crooked eucalyptus and acacia. Since the launch in 2007, it has gained a very good reputation on various global markets for its simple and robust design in combination with its high production.

The latest version is called G3 (generation 3) and was released in early 2016. The SP 591 LX G3 offers two different frame designs (A&E) in order to optimize the performance depending on tree species and operation characteristics.

Main specifications Weight 1710 kg Weight with top saw 1870 kg Max cutting 800 mm Max feed roller opening 700 mm Delimbing 40-550 mm

SP 591 LX G3 The SP 591 LX is purpose built for debarking of difficult and crooked eucalyptus and acacia. Since the launch in 2007, it has gained a very good reputation on various global markets for its simple and robust design in combination with its high production. 44 International Forest Industries | OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2016

The SP591LX G3


Extremely stable. Extremely low ground pressure.

The Komatsu 931XC lives up to its name: it’s a machine that remains productive even in eXtreme Conditions. The combination of Komatsu’s unique underlying harvester concept and a completely new solution with a suspended bogie in the rear

frame enables this machine to deliver unbeatable stability. The low centre of gravity and even weight distribution give the XC model incredible hill climbing ability and an unbelievably low ground pressure of just 0.3/0.35 kg/cm².

construction of the head is also suitable for bent logs and deciduous trees.

The NEW Woody 61

Features of the Woody 50: The Woody harvester head by Konrad combines the advantages of the Woody processor head and the additional capacity of felling standing trees. It can be used for harvesting and processing or solely as a harvesting head. With the fully open claw, it is possible to pick up and manipulate logs. The Woody head is equipped with an in-cab measuring and control system, which ensures accurate processing of specified lengths and diameters, and records production output by volume. The robust and reliable

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• Strong endless rotation system • S  pecial clamp construction enables the easy picking-up of logs in steep areas • S  trong frame construction: Qualified for thick-branched and deciduous trees • F our mobile and two fixed disbranching knives

provides a fully adequate loading claw with endless rotation. It is possible to pick up side by side lying logs • High-performance saw • M  easuring system with light barrier • T he highest feed strength of its class allows also the delimbing of thick-branched trees • T apered transporting rollers enable an optimum holding of the logs as well as careful power transmission.

• Top saw (optional) • P  owerful claw of optimal rumble and loading work • S  hort hydraulic hoses (low possibility of damage) • The upward folding feed unit

Features of the Woody 61: • O  ptimal processing with the new roller geometry from 4-65cm • F our-feed roller drives ensures less friction during a fast and

The Woody 50 delimbing

powerful feed • Strong frame construction designed for robust performance in large, hardwood timber

• A  dditionally controlled delimbing knives for optimum delimbing

The Woody 70

• P  roven grapple system for loading and sorting work

• Energy-efficient hydraulic control (saw/feed, rollers/grapple) by diameter-optimized control

• Optimal top saw

• Saw unit with automatic hydraulic chain tensioner

• Powerful endless rotator.

• O  ptimised tilt geometry when used as harvester

The robust and reliable construction of the head is also suitable for bent logs and deciduous trees Konrad on its Woody heads The display on the Woody heads

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John Deere is the world’s leading manufacturer of forestry equipment, with the most comprehensive range of attachments, including Cut-toLength (CTL) harvester heads. Even in stands with trees of varying diameters, the right harvester and harvesting head can give forestry professionals the versatility and productivity they need. John Deere harvester heads offer that versatility. The John Deere harvester heads feature an excellent power-to-weight ratio and compact size — making it highly maneuverable even in dense thinning stands as well as in early regeneration. John Deere harvester heads are known for outstanding productivity, reliability and measuring accuracy. The H200-Series product family of two-wheel drive harvester heads with optional equipment is ideal

for processing both hardwood and softwood, enabling solid feeding of even crooked trees. The four-wheel drive H400-Series harvester heads continue the same high-quality standards for product design and manufacturing that logging professionals worldwide trust to get their toughest jobs done.

H270 Series II Harvesting Head John Deere’s H270 Series II is a powerful, high-capacity harvester head built for superior performance in regeneration harvesting. Designed for use with large wheeled harvesters, the H270 Series II harvester head provides excellent delimbing quality in all diameter ranges. Improvements to the H270 Series II harvester head include new steel rib rollers and top knife options and new stump treatment options. Simple and intuitive to operate, long knives and wide-opening rollers easily grab tree stems. The floating front knife and roller arms along with

the geometry of the four moving knives facilitate the feeding of both crooked and straight tree stems. The angle of the saw box top plate has been changed to avoid snow from packing inside the saw box. In the frame, a stronger valve cover gives better protection and is easy to open and close. The H270 Series II harvester heads offer accurate length and diameter measuring. Additionally, the head is equipped with an efficient multi-tree-handling system option, increasing productivity.

H413 Harvesting Head John Deere’s H413 harvesting head was designed to carry out a wide range of harvesting jobs, from early to late thinnings, to light regeneration harvesting. The H413 harvester head optimizes delimbing coverage and quality. The harvester head has been equipped with a new frame structure and new hydraulics boost productivity. The frame structure is slightly longer, which enhances control when felling trees. Daily maintenance of the harvester head is now simpler and more effortless than ever. The new hydraulic valve solution streamlines hydraulic cylinders and motors, which will extend the life of the hoses. The powerful and well positioned saw unit of the H413 masters fast and precise felling and crosscutting. The H413 features four feed rollers that form a circle around the stem. This unique continuous four-wheel drive with hydraulically connected feed rollers and mechanical differential lock ensures strong, fast feeding. The H413 harvester head delivers superb delimbing performance, thanks to a short frame and optimal placement of the one fixed delimbing and four moving knives. Additionally, the H413 excels when paired with multi-tree-handing equipment.

H415 Harvesting Head

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The John Deere H415 harvesting head boasts strength and stamina for large timber. The H415 combines large timber cutting power with excellent delimbing quality, offering unprecedented tree-processing performance. A feed-roller-arm geometry ensures feed rollers grip solidly and reliably carry trunks in all diameter ranges.

Thanks to its three different trunk type settings – one for normal trunks (narrow stem), another for dealing with large butt-flare (wide stem), and a top saw for pile processing and hardwood – the H415 is well suited for different types of regeneration harvesting. The H415 harvesting head is equipped with optional MultiSpeed feeding, which makes feeding and delimbing a smooth process. The head is equipped with feed motors that can be combined to three variable feeding displacements, which are automatically activated by a control system according to tree diameter, feed speed and tree species. Delimbing starts at first gear, and MultiSpeed provides high torque at a low speed. MultiSpeed is a popular option for the H415 harvester head because it offers the highest possible hydraulic

The John Deere 415 head is built for strength and stamina

power and feed torque for customers working on sites with large trees and heavy branches. The frame of the H415 is higher than usual, which helps control the felling process. A new hydraulics solution makes the hoses more durable. Feeding is handled efficiently, due to excellent grip and trunk management features as well as the location of the delimbing knives. The H415 harvester head works seamlessly with the new CH9 boom that is tailored to suit the largest 1470E IT4 harvester in particular. Additionally, daily maintenance of the harvester head is easier and faster than ever. Equipped with unprecedented tree-processing performance, the H415 is hard to beat when it comes to productivity, uptime and low daily operating costs. International Forest Industries | OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2016 49

Productivity and reliability are the key features of the Tigercat 570 head

Tigercat continues to expand its range of harvesting heads with the new 570, a robust, highperformance, two-wheel drive harvesting head. The new Tigercat 570 harvesting head offers excellent productivity and reliability, utilizing many of the structural and hydraulic performance benefits of the larger 575, in a package ideally suited to Tigercat H845 series carriers. The wheel arms, pins, bushings, cylinders, feed motors and rotator are shared with the 575 model for proven strength and long life. The chassis is designed for optimum strength-to-weight with focus on visibility, component protection and quick service access. A new integrated valve package enhances performance and service access with fewer hoses and connections

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to improve reliability. Clean electrical routing with common service parts further increases up-time.

Flexible configurations Dual-purpose harvesting and processing knives — with replaceable blades and tips — come standard with independent cylinders as the “ultimate” solution for crooked or heavily limbed stems. The dual, independent cylinders allow the knives to follow the stem profile, improving control and delimbing quality. The 570 is flexible and configurable. Optional hydraulic front knife timing improves picking performance in processing applications, while optional harvesting knives with shorter tips enhance harvesting dexterity. Various wheel and motor options are available to tailor performance to application. The 570 is most productive

working with trees 15-50 cm (6-20 in) in diameter in softwood and hardwood stands. Although best suited to the Tigercat H845 series, the 570 is designed to work with the H822 and H855 series carriers or a 20-25 t forestry excavator.

Tigercat D5 control system The 570 and 575 harvesting heads both use the Tigercat D5 Control System which combines a solid and field proven hardware and bucking control system with a Tigercatdeveloped head control and user interface that offers simplicity and intuitive operator navigation. The Tigercat D5 control system is available in three levels of bucking control and reporting: Tigercat D5 Prio, Tigercat D5 Prio PC and Tigercat D5 Optimization, allowing customers to tailor the system to their needs.

There are several additional important improvements for the new Rottne EGS 706 head. Swedish manufacturer Rottne has made a series of upgrades to its cut-to-length harvesting heads, none more impressive than those made to the EGS 706. For starters, there is a new robust system for length measuring, which senses without mechanical coupling. Different types of measuring wheels are available and all have higher pressure against the stem than previous systems. “Several tests have shown that the quality of the measuring within ± 2 cm has increased by 10%,” Rottne said. Diameter measuring in the upper knifes is also improved with help from a new, more robust design for the sensors, delivering a 10-15% improvement in measurements within ± 4 cm – a material improvement. A pendulum arm with protected cylinders has external tanks for colour marking, while a connecting block reduces stress to increase

Diameter measuring in the upper knives

Pendulum arm with protected cylinders Saw motor rpm is controlled electronically by the pump displacement the lifetime of couplings and hydraulic hoses. Couplings are 24° metric and soft sealed, while ports are also soft sealed. The rotator function has changed to a valve. Feed rollers are now 391 mm and spikes can be 12.5 mm or 20 mm. The alignment between the outer feed rollers and the internal feed rollers is optimised for lower friction, while chain lubrication is

an option with oil or grease (the pump unit is mounted on the base of the machine). There is a new profile on the lower delimbing knifes for better cantering. Saw motor rpm is controlled electronically by the pump displacement. It is generally set at 1,700 rpm on the diesel engine and the same oil flow is maintained, even if the engine rpm increases. There is a constant LS signal when cutting. The new L90LS valve has separate drainage from the pressure controlled sections for knifes and feed wheel clamping and comes with a reinforced bracket. It has a new type of hydraulic hose with much better

wear resistance. There are accumulators on the wheel clamping for smoother feeding. Meanwhile, the high pressure line, return line and drainage line have swivels integrated in the connecting block at the tilt arm and there is a reinforced main frame.

Several tests have shown that the quality of the measuring on the EGS 706 within ± 2 cm has increased by 10%” Rottne Length measuring system

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Get a grip The Trelleborg Twin Forestry T480 has transverse grooves and a wide flat tyre profile for optimized track usage performance

International Forest Industries caught up with a leading tyre manufacturer and a complementing supplier of chains and tracks to discuss what’s new in the business of providing a solid footing for forestry machines


ajor tyre manufacturer, Trelleborg, has introduced an all-new Twin Forestry tyres series, which combines the best attributes of the previous range with innovative performance-enhancing technology. The new design, including ProgressiveTraction™ and inter-lug terraces, delivers the next generation of self-cleaning, track-compatible tyres with superior traction for tough forestry applications. Susanna Hilleskog, Managing Director of Trelleborg Wheel Systems for the Nordic countries, says: “With a combined tradition in forestry and agriculture, Trelleborg can bring together the best from both worlds. “Our completely new range draws on all our experience and know-how from forestry and adds award-winning innovations from Trelleborg’s agricultural tyres. The result is an enhanced tyre range that is ideally suited for the tough demands of forest terrain, providing improvements in traction, resistance properties, stability and

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accessibility.” ProgressiveTraction™ was specifically developed to increase tyre efficiency and performance based on the action of a double lug. Operating on the soil at different times, the double lug progressively releases higher traction when required. The double lug also provides the tyre with better floatation capability, producing even pressure distribution over the extra wide footprint and less impact on the forest floor. Inter-lug terraces, another proven Trelleborg concept, have been integrated into the new tread design. By preventing the tread from clogging, inter-lug terraces ensure a self-cleaning tyre that can always work at maximum efficiency.

The tyres, made from a newly developed enhanced rubber compound, have also been redesigned to improve track compatibility, so that maximum grip and maximum performance is achieved with and without tracks. The new Twin Forestry tyre range consists of the T440 and T480 series, complemented by the existing skidder range, T418.

Twin Forestry T440: • I deal for clay, mud, ice and snow – first-class traction design means maximum accessibility • E  xclusive ProgressiveTraction™ technology and inter-lug terrace technology for proven better grip and self-cleaning with less impact on forest floor • N  ew lug design with heavier shoulder, lug heads and

With a combined tradition in forestry and agriculture, Trelleborg can bring together the best from both worlds Susanna Hilleskog, Trelleborg


You are better than ever at forestry. We are better than ever at forestry tires. The new Twin Forestry series from Trelleborg is our ultimate tribute to the business and the people who make it. Expect even better traction, stability and accessibility thanks to exclusive new tread designs, improved resistance properties and better-than-ever track compatibility. And as always, wherever you are we are there to support you. Ride Tall with Trelleborg Twin Forestry.

TYRES & CHAINS transverse edges for effective track compatibility.

Twin Forestry T480: • A perfect fit with tracks for exceptional grip • T ransverse grooves and a wide flat tyre profile for optimized track usage performance • Unique tread design with inter-lug terraces for effective self-cleaning and added pulling power • Large contact area with low ground pressure for less impact on forest floor.

The Trelleborg Group Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of €3.25 billion from over 40 countries. The group comprises five business areas: • Trelleborg Coated Systems • Trelleborg Industrial Solutions • T relleborg Offshore & Construction • Trelleborg Sealing Solutions • Trelleborg  Wheel Systems, and the operations of Rubena and Savatech.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a leading global supplier of tyres and complete wheel systems for agricultural and forest machinery, forklift trucks and other materialshandling vehicles. The company offers highly-specialized solutions to create added value for customers. Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a partner for leading manufacturers of tractors and agricultural machines. It has annual sales of about €461 million, 3,295 employees and manufacturing facilities in Italy, Latvia, China, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the US.

Nordic Traction Group (NTG) is a market-leading European manufacturer of traction chains and tracks, mainly for forestry and agricultural machinery. The company has manufacturing and sales in two locations: tyre chains in Loimaa, Finland; and bogie tracks in Dumfries, Scotland. In addition to this, NTG has sales companies in Sweden and Russia. Products are distributed in over 30 countries. Worldwide trademarks are OFA and NordChain for tyre chains and Clark Tracks for bogie tracks. NordChain is the new brand name for the products previously manufactured under Gunnebo Industries. Production plants of Nordic Traction Group have always been trailblazers when it comes to developing new applications for traction products. Continuous development work generates firstclass traction chains and tracks for professional use. In the background there is a long tradition and experience in the branch. The Loimaa factory is the only plant that manufactures traction chains from steel wire rod to finished product in Scandinavia. It has produced chains since 1903, but the factory started manufacturing fastening products at the same site 130 years ago. Bogie track production in Dumfries began some 28 years ago and during that time it has built a strong reputation for delivering high quality products around the world. NTG has an extensive international network of distributors and dealers. It is able to offer the widest product range of tyre chain and track models for almost every application – the right product for every use. Products are available for all tyre sizes of common CTL-machines and skidders. Within the past few years, the company has launched several new products or improvements on existing ones. NTG developed the U-Grip tyre chain model in Norway but the design is now available now under the OFA brand.

The Craftec design is excellent for self-cleaning

This chain model has a fist-class design with ‘U’-shaped spikes under the horizontally lying chain links. The construction holds spikes firm in an upright position that guarantees “superb” grip and strong performance, which is needed on challenging logging sites. OFA U-Grip is a robust traction chain for all types of CTL-machines and skidders. Available wear chain patterns are dependent on tyre sizes 1, 1.5, 2 and 3-field. The threediamond model, for example, also provides very good protection for tyre sidewalls.

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Totally new U-Grip versions are under development. In addition to the usual 13 mm, 16 mm and 19 mm chains, are 22 mm, 1 mm and 1.5 mmdiamond chains, which are designed specifically for heavy skidders that work in demanding conditions. Furthermore, U-Grip 22 will be available with double diamond pattern for 30.5-32 and 35.5-32 sizes. The chain will be the strongest forestry chain on the market and available from early 2017. OFA Craftec 16 is a perfect chain for logging usage, when selfcleaning is an essential feature. It is also an excellent choice for logging operations where mounting and unmounting has to be done frequently. The connecting of chain ends is quick due to slanted cap couplings and no tools are needed. Nowadays, since the latest update of all OFA 16 mm chains, links are formed so that roll over of studded links is no longer are problem, even after thousands of driving hours. The redesign was carried out by narrowing the links in the middle, using 19 mm studs instead of 16 mm, and leaving the welding burr on link’s inner edge uncut. OFA Paragon 16 was launched in 2015 and has become very popular, especially in Nordic countries. Paragon is a dual-link chain that is manufactured for

the most common 700-series forest machinery tyre sizes. In the development of this chain, customers’ experience and wishes were taken into careful consideration. The longitudinal pattern of Paragon lessens elongation of the chain compared to diamond type chains. Dual welds of links significantly improve stability and ensure studded links remain in an upright position, which makes traction even more effective. Furthermore, this chain maintains its position exceptionally well on the tyre. The NordChain SuperStud chain-line has proved to be a sales success ever since its launch. It offers reliable grip thanks to buttwelded U-studs. A relatively open pattern of wear chain restrains mud clogging effectively, especially in for one diamond style chains, which are the perfect choice for skidders. The TS-version has an additional chain on the tyre walls to provide very good protection against sharp rocks and stumps. TS also has a tension chain as standard. NordChain MultiStud 130 TS and 160TS are the “ultimate” chains for stony ground, according to the manufacturer. The wide U-stud is supplemented with standing studs over the rings. An additional chain on the tyre walls protects the tyre against sharp rocks and stumps. Microalloy case hardened boron steel ensures high wear resistance, which is necessary in demanding logging conditions. MultiStud TS is equipped with a tension chain as standard.

A side view of the NordChain MultiStud 160TS

of snow and mud. Wide and upturned edges provide flotation, while a pinched mid-section generates traction. The broad upturned edges improve flotation and ease steering, a notable benefit when performing thinning operations. Haggis Link is a new and advanced track link, which Clark Tracks has designed and manufactured through its experience and engineering knowhow. This new design features a new pin profile to maximise life and reduce maintenance through tensioning, especially during the initial running period. Furthermore, the special profile of the side flanges reduces the risk of links twisting while remaining tyre friendly. Haggis Link is available as an optional upgrade on all 28 mm tracks.

Manufactured to endure the most extreme & demanding terrains Terra



CLARK TRACKS high performance for maximum work life Clark Tracks, ATF (All Terrain Flotation) is the result of recent product development at Clark Tracks. The main purpose in development work of this track was to design an all-around track for use in wet marshy conditions with functionality on snow and ice. A special link system is used to enable better cleaning and ejection

Haggis Link features: • W  ear surfaces (perfectly) TXL TXCL matched


Clark Tracks specialise in providing a wide range of forest machine tracks to suit numerous applications for the worldwide forestry market that we serve.

• S  pecially designed side flanges inhibit link twisting

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• M  aximum contact area

• Reduced contact pressure • Reduced wear • P  rotects C-Link from premature wear • Less retention • L ess maintenance and downtime due to less frequent retensioning and adjustment.

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Clark tracks are industry leaders

The QTT500 is a totally new hydraulic tensioner, which Clark Tracks has launched recently. It has a re-chargeable battery and hydraulic power to make the tensioning process easier than ever. The hydraulics are “unbelievably powerful” despite

its compact size, exerting 3 t of closing strength to enable “effortless” tensioning. One charge is usually sufficient for tensioning of around five track sets. It is very useful, for example, during maintenance operations in service stations.

Clark tracks in action

The pin contact area within the Clark Tracks Haggis Link design

The Conventional link pin area

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Prime Movers & Mulching Attachments

Heavy duty mulching The ability to clear broader zones of vegetation has combined with increased power to upgrade several leading mulching units


reater clearing capacity comes from both the power of the machine and the technical specifications of the attachment and individual clearing

tools. Tweaks to existing models and a couple of complete overhauls have led to a handful of options that could change the way some contractors are approaching sites.

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The SEPPI M Superforst hyd is equipped with a universal interface, and is suitable for any hydraulic mower with available hydraulic flow between 290-720 l/minute

The Superforst hyd is the high performer among the Seppi forestry mulchers for hydraulic machines and prime movers. The unit is ideal for highly professional gas, pipeline and power transmission maintenance, for land clearing, maintaining of power and communication lines, clearing forests after harvesting wood, right of way and site preparation. It is also “perfect” for the creation of fire-break strips. With a new generation, patented, aggressive rotor, and efficient Mini Duo tungstencarbide-tipped hammers, the Superforst can mulch wood and brush to 50 cm (20 in) at working speeds up to 5 km/h. The tools are easily interchangeable. The basic features are: a strong frame, made of high tensile steel; heavy duty belt cover; well protected hydraulic cylinder; and protection chains, which all assure a long working life. The Seppi M Superforst hyd is equipped with a universal interface, and is suitable for any

Extreme rotor exposure to trees promotes fast mulching

hydraulic mower with available hydraulic flow between 290-720 l/ minute. The versatile mulcher is available with several hydraulic motor options, the most powerful and efficient of which is the variable displacement M-Boost motor, offering 40% more torque than standard motors. A high-flow circuit is recommended. “Extreme rotor exposure to trees promotes fast mulching,” Seppi said. For fine and safety mulching, the Superforst is equipped with a

hydraulically operated hood. The unit is available with different types of guard frames for felling operations and to protect the tractor. Available working widths are 225 cm and 250 cm (89 in and 98 in).

Building on the success of the previous G3 model, the Carbide Cutter G4 is Loftness Specialized Equipment’s newest generation high-performance mulching head attachment for skid steers.

Incorporating an adjustable shear bar to customize material sizing and a 37% larger displacement drive motor with more torque, it is packed with features that increase efficiency while maintaining rugged reliability. The Carbide Cutter G4 is available with 61 in and 71 in cutting widths. All models are offered with either carbide-tipped teeth or and heat-treated steel planer blade Loftness Quadco teeth to match any job applications. The precisely engineered tooth pattern has an improved staggered spiral configuration that offers better power distribution and balance, as well as single-tooth contact with the work surface at all times. For maximum cutting performance, the Carbide Cutter G4 features a two-stage cutting chamber with two shear bars. This combination of features results in small particle sizes while eliminating the jamming and wrapping issues associated with competitive products. A new adjustable primarystage shear bar can be widened or narrowed to fine-tune material

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size and production rate. And the inside of the cutting chamber is smooth and open, which reduces clogging from mud or build-up of material. Improved skid shoes can be adjusted from 0.5-1.5 in, which allows mulching below grade. Operating at 2,000-2,400 rpm, the mulching head features a synchronous drive belt for greater efficiency and less maintenance. The G4 comes standard with a V-Drive system that includes a variable-displacement motor (V-Drive) with 37% more displacement, which improves torque and offers less stalling and shorter recovery. The V-Drive also has load-sensing technology. Under light loads, it operates at maximum RPM, and as the load increases, it automatically lowers the rotor RPM to maximize torque. Full rotation of the mulching head is achieved thanks to specially designed hose routing that has been improved to allow more motion without damage. This feature also allows the unit to easily position trees with the adjustable push bar and welded claw hooks. The push bar can be used to push falling brush and trees away from the power unit, and the claw hooks can pull material into position for proper feeding. The Carbide Cutter G4 is designed for maximum durability. Abrasion-resistant steel is used in areas exposed to high wear, and it comes equipped with a custom hydraulic control valve that protects the unit from pressure spikes. It also stops the rotor quickly on shutdown without damaging components. Other standard features include an on-board pressure gauge and steel deflector chains. Loftness manufactures the VMLogix line of vegetation management equipment, which includes hydraulic oil coolers and highperformance mulching heads for a variety of equipment, ranging from skid steer loaders to 400 hp prime movers.

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The PowerDirect Plus system monitors what the attachment is demanding, what the operator is commanding the machine to do, and the available power from the engine

The Cat 586C Site Prep Tractor is a powerful, multipurpose machine that can be paired with a mulching head or brush cutting attachment to perform a variety of land management tasks. Applications include residential and commercial development, land management, right-of-way construction and maintenance, wetlands and wildlife habitat management, plantation reclamation and management, and clearing land for flood control and firebreaks. The Cat 586C is powered by a Cat C9 ACERT 261 kW (350 hp) engine. It can be paired with the Cat HM825 Mulcher, which can tackle trees up to 40.6 cm (16 in) in diameter, or the Cat BR624 Brushcutter, capable of cutting through single stems up to 20 cm (8 in); both are available from the factory and supported by Cat dealers. The HM825 Mulcher is essentially a powerful grinding tool that was developed and customized in tandem with the 586C and integrated with it for all research and testing. It can process

vegetation into mulch at rates ranging from 1/4-acre per hour to nearly 3 acres/h, depending on the desired end product, vegetation and density, ground conditions, and operator experience. Applications include virtually any need for removing vegetation ranging from brushy material to trees and processing it into mulch. Other examples of applications include creating access trails and roads, maintaining golf courses, and managing wildlife habitat and hunting land and other landscapes. “The real heart of the Cat 586C is the PowerDirect Plus system,” Matt McDonald, a Caterpillar Production Application Specialist, told International Forest Industries. “That allows us to over-size all the different hydraulic circuits.” The PowerDirect Plus system monitors what the attachment is demanding, what the operator is commanding the machine to do, and the available power from the engine. This system puts power where it is needed to maximize productivity while optimizing engine performance, fuel efficiency and durability by maintaining a consistent load on the engine. The system is an important feature, noted McDonald, because the mulching tool has such a high

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power requirement. For example, a hydraulic pump powering a harvester disc saw may run at about 41 gallons/minute. The Cat mulching tool gets about 100 gallons/minute and also operates at a higher pressure than saw head pumps. The 586C features a refined operator cab and considerable flexibility in various functions. For example, with the adjustable creep control, located on the joystick, the operator does not have to ‘feather’ the pedal and can leave his foot on the floor; the speed is easily adjusted with the buttons on the joystick. Similarly, the attachment float control allows the tool to follow the contours of the ground for uniform, consistent mulching; it also reduces operator fatigue because it eliminates the need for continual adjustments in rough conditions. Debris management is a key consideration in site prep machines since they generate so much pulverized wood material, dirt and dust. The 586C design features pressurized compartments that keep debris out of the rearmounted engine, hydraulics, and cooling system. That translates into reduced downtime and maintenance – time spent blowing

out debris – and enhanced performance. Plus, the pressurized air flow keeps electronics, sensors and other components cool. “We’ve got some unique things that are integrated with the air cleaning system that differentiate us,” McDonald added. Beyond the location of the engine air intake, a dust ejector chute is integrated into the pre-cleaner, which eliminates recycling dust and debris into the pre-cleaner. A scavenger system also sucks out large debris to significantly improve air filter life. The high capacity cooling system and on-demand reversing fan keep the machine running cool. Special attention was given to cooling the case drain oil from the HM825 Mulcher, ensuring a cool

The real heart of the Cat 586C is the PowerDirect Plus system Matt McDonald, Caterpillar

running machine. The oversized, hydraulically driven fan spins at a slower speed overall and only turns as fast as needed to maintain proper hydraulic and engine temperatures. In colder weather or when the machine is first started, for example, the fan spins more slowly to conserve power and fuel and reduce noise.

The 586C is easy to service.

The Vermeer FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head gives contractors a powerful machine with the features they need to complete tough land-clearing jobs, according to the manufacturer. “The FT300 mulcher head is a cut above the competition,” Vermeer said. A ringed rotor design helps guide material to the 23 cutting tips for a cleaner cutting path, while also controlling the depth of cut. To customise cutting performance based on jobsite needs, contractors can choose from sharp planar, clad-faced planar or impact-resistant interchangeable tip options. Also, a patent-pending selfpositioning deflector helps direct thrown material at a consistent angle regardless of head position, helping enhance jobsite safety and allowing the operator to focus on productivity. The FT300 features a 300 hp (223 kW) Cummins QSL9 diesel engine that meets Tier 4 Final (EU Stage IV) emissions standards. It includes a horsepower ‘bulge’ that allows an increase to 320 hp (238 kW) when the engine drops from 2,200 rpm to 2,000 rpm under load, helping to increase performance and productivity. With a 137 gallon (518.6 litre) fuel tank, the machine has ample fuel capacity to allow

Power and robustness are priorities of the Vermeer FT300 forestry tractor

the operator to work longer without interruption. The mulcher head hydraulic components are designed to operate below their rated capacity, which helps extend their life and reduce stress on the machine. “Land-clearing work is the first step in timely and expensive projects, such as land development and pipeline installations,” Jeff Bradley, Product Manager for the Recycling and Forestry Segment at Vermeer, said. “The power and features of the FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head, along with innovations like the self-positioning deflector, helps increase productivity so contractors can more easily meet the stringent deadlines they’re given.” To meet contractors’ jobsite needs, the FT300 offers the flexibility of two track options. The 76.2 cm wide (30 in) single-grouser steel tracks provide superior tractive effort, while 83.8 cm (33 in) low ground pressure (LGP) tracks are ideal when working in soft ground conditions. With all service points accessible from the ground, maintenance is convenient on the FT300. The engine compartment is easily accessible with two large doors that swing open to expose the engine, hydraulic pump, cooling system and other maintenance points. Operator comfort was another top consideration in the design of the FT300. It is equipped with airride seating, ergonomic controls, optimal sightlines and a rear-view camera. A 17.8 cm (7 in) colour

display provides real-time machine performance data to help the operator maximise productivity. The FT300 also accommodates an optional 13,607.8 kg (30,000 lb) rear-mounted winch. In the competitive land-clearing market, the FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head offers the features, reliability and support contractors need.

“With the demands faced by these contractors, they are looking for an equipment supplier that stands behind its products and provides machines that are up to the job,” Bradley said. “We know of no competitor in the marketplace that can match the reliability and the quality of service of Vermeer and its independent dealers.”

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“One big thing is the fuel fill is at ground level as well as the electric hydraulic oil fill, which forces oil through a filter before entering the system,” McDonald said. The 586C is the only machine of its type in the industry with the fuel fill at ground level. Panels around the engine compartments open for full, easy access for preventive maintenance, and a tilting cab provides additional access.

very easy to maintain

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Prinoth has achieved yet another innovation in the area of vegetation management with its Raptor 300 carrier vehicle. The expanded new generation of carrier vehicles includes the Raptor 800 and the RAPTOR 300 Little Brother in the 275 hp class. Tried-and-tested attributes have been further developed here, and the benefits of the new generation of Prinoth mulching carriers have been incorporated as well.

Maximum efficiency and service life Aside from the key unique selling points offered by all Prinoth vehicles, such as maximum efficiency and service life, this model places particular emphasis on adapting to meet a diverse range of customer requirements.

Further development of the Prinoth modular system The modular design has been further developed, allowing the Raptor 300 to be fitted with two different mechanical drive systems for the attachment. Customers can choose here between a highly flexible power take-off (PTO) drive with a CAT 3 interface and a robust Powerband drive that allows for a “virtually unlimited” lifting height. With three different types of undercarriage available, the vehicle

The modular design makes the Prinoth units exceptionally versatile can be customised to suit any possible requirements in terms of ground pressure, traction, and overall width. Like the Raptor 800 with 640 hp, the 275 hp Raptor 300 features a ramped-up delta undercarriage on the rear.

Easy service and maintenance The whole vehicle’s modular design allows service and maintenance costs to be cut significantly. Development work focused especially on providing easy access to maintenance components in response to requests from our LAND CLEARING customers.

The Prinoth Raptor 300 is known as the Little Brother to the larger 800 model



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or over 25 years – with 2 brands, 3 product lines, 6 worldwide subsidiaries and more than 120 employees – the FAE Group has led the way as a leading manufacturer of a wide market range of machinery for land clearing and mulching.

PrimeTech 300 and 175 tractors & FAE Mulchers drew a lot of attention at FOREXPO Minziman, France in the summer

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Last year Bron launched its newest series of Mulcher Models, the 490 and 590 replacing the previous generation 475 and 500. Both new machines are powered by a fuel efficient Cummins QSX15 Tier-3i 15 litre engine. The 490 is rated at a 480 hp peak at 1,800 rpm. The 590 is rated at a 589 hp peak at 1,800 rpm. The increased speed rating over the previous models provides additional range for the engine to operate and results in improved efficiency by using less fuel per horsepower. Hydraulic power comes from proven closed-loop pumps for both track drives and mulching head, providing awesome performance and control for high productivity. Purpose-built frames unique between the two models incorporate new oscillating track frames. D4 is standard on the 490 and the D5 is optional. The 590

The new BRON 590 Mulchers has improved stability and operator comfort, longer operating between fuel filling, and lower noise with increased heat rejection capabilities comes standard with D5 tracks. These tracks are powered by heavy-duty planetary drives that are matched to the size of the selected undercarriage. Two specially designed extreme service heat exchangers are designed for improved cooling

in even the hottest climates. They are optimally positioned to draw cool/clean air in from the rear of the tractor, then directed alongside the engine, maximizing air-flow efficiency, reducing wasted horsepower and excessive noise. The open area between the heat

exchangers also provides ample room for service to the front of the engine.




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The swing kings A new range of swing machines could reshape the industry, according to John Deere


ohn Deere claims to have set a new industry standard for the swing machine market, through the release of its 3154/3156G and 3754/3756G swing machines, which “offer operators increases in productivity, durability and reliability”. “From loading to processing big wood, the G-Series swing machines help loggers efficiently power through jobs,” the manufacturer stated. As part of the G-Series introduction, John Deere will distinguish its crawler log loaders using 56 in the model name, while the forestry excavators will continue to use the 54 designations. The most notable improvement on the G-Series swing machines is the completely redesigned cab, which is equipped with features to increase operator comfort. The larger side-entry cab and the elevated rear-entry climatecontrolled cab are more spacious than their predecessors and include fatigue-reducing features, such as excellent window clarity, ergonomic controls and isolation mounting to boost operator productivity throughout long days. The 3154G and 3754G swing

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machines are equipped with a side-entry cab, while the 3156G and 3756G models are equipped with an elevated rear-entry cab, allowing for safe and easy entry and exit. These elevated cabs feature floor-mounted windows that increase visibility to the tracks to help manoeuvre over difficult ground conditions. Additionally, a new cab-forward option on the 3156G model boosts operator confidence, particularly when swinging toward the boom side of the cab, positioning the operator 17 in further forward than standard cabs. New LED lighting options on all models expand the lighted area with crisp, clear lighting for improved visibility and safety on the job site.

“At John Deere, we understand that operator comfort is vital to productivity, particularly during long days on the job,” Dave McFarlane, Product Marketing Manager for John Deere Construction & Forestry, said. “When developing the new G-Series swing machines, we focused on improving operator comfort and safety, creating a more spacious cab and increasing visibility. We feel these improvements will raise the bar for operator expectations in the industry.” In addition to the redesigned cabs, the new G-Series swing machines offer a host of features designed to improve machine uptime and performance. The

When developing the new G-Series swing machines, we focused on improving operator comfort and safety, creating a more spacious cab and increasing visibility Dave McFarlane, John Deere


The G-Series is designed to improve machine uptime and performance

3154G and 3156G models feature a larger hydraulic pump and hydraulic cooling package, along with a 9 litre engine, improving multifunctioning performance and providing better reliability,

solution across both models. Service has been simplified on the G-Series machines, with a 30% reduction in electrical components, helping to reduce electricalrelated downtime. Additionally,

NEW 3154/3156G and 3754/3756G swing machines

The 3156G models are equipped with a large hydraulic pump used in the 3756G, a hydraulic cooling package and 9.0-liter engine.

durability and productivity in big wood applications. The G-Series machines also offer significant undercarriage improvements, including larger lower rollers and a longer track frame option on the 3754G and 3756G machines. The updates to the 3754G and 3756G machines place more track on the ground, offering increased stability and operator comfort, boosting lift capacity and extending roller and track life. Additionally, the 3756G machines are now available with integrated hydraulic plumbing for the Waratah processing heads, offering loggers a factory-installed

the machines are equipped with a larger cooling system with reversing fans to increase airflow and lower hydraulic operating temperature. Larger service bays with LED service lights and a large, tilt-down service platform make it easier for operators to perform routine maintenance. These service features, combined with the JDLink machine monitoring system and remote diagnostics, help owners and operators proactively maintain their machines at peak performance levels to ensure the highest level of productivity, uptime and, ultimately, longer machine life. JDLink enables fleet owners to monitor their machines from miles away, tracking machine health, managing hours and identifying maintenance needs.

The standard rear-entry cab layout allows for safe and easy entry and exit, and the floor-mounted windows increase visibility to the tracks.

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Hot and cold in Utah LH855D is the key ingredient to Michael Roundy’s new thinning system in Utah’s beautiful Dixie National Forest


nlike many loggers, Michael Roundy, member of Barco LLC in Washington, Utah is quite geographically isolated from other contractors. He performs prescription thinning for the US Forest Service in Dixie National Forest, often working at elevations up to 3 350 m (11,000 ft). Barco is typically harvesting bugkill spruce mixed with a small percentage of green timber. This is a fuel reduction, salvage and stewardship thinning program and it is important to preserve the saplings and juvenile trees so that the forest can naturally regenerate, maintaining overall health and a wide age range. There is variation in size and diameter and typically a good deal of steep terrain. Michael explains that traditionally, the cutting work was performed with a track feller buncher. Skidders brought full trees to a hot deck where the timber was processed with a stroke delimber. When Michael began logging, he adopted this system and was achieving six to seven 40 ton loads per day. However, he was never particularly happy with it. The decks tended to be congested and potentially dangerous with skidders, the stroke delimber, loaders and trucks all vying for position. Bottlenecks occurred

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Before and after. Barco’s thinning operations in Dixie National Forest have multiple goals including fuel reduction, salvage and stewardship

because inevitably, the skidders were waiting on the stroke delimber before dropping a load or the stroke delimber would starve for wood if the skidders could not keep up. The balance and flow required for hot logging just wasn’t there. Although Michael was unhappy, there weren’t many contractors to bounce ideas off of. In fact, he figures there is not another active logging contractor for at least 400 km (250 miles) in any direction. So Michael did much of his research on the internet. He poured over manufacturer websites, contacted owners and operators through social media and watched a heck of a lot of YouTube videos. Much of the research focused on processors and how he could change his system by replacing the stroke delimber. “This was all driven by safety, utilization and production,” says Michael. Rather than have one central hot deck, Michael envisioned several landings. The feller buncher would be cutting far ahead of the rest of the system and the skidders would pull to one of several predetermined cold decking areas. A loader would be on hand to pile the decks to a sixteen foot (5 m) height. As skidding progressed along the cutblock, the skidder and loader would advance to the next cold deck, optimizing skid distances. (Each cold deck is directly accessible by the haul trucks.) The processor would work from deck to deck processing the trees without any interference from other machines and later the loaders would come back to load the trucks. Older loggers that had previously worked the region said it would not work because of the slopes. “They didn’t think we would have the room in the landings and thought that the processors would be fighting the cold decks,” explains Michael. “In order to change my system, I had to gather information through the internet and word of mouth through social media. It felt like a big gamble even after studying for three years,” Michael explains. “When you ask people on social media, 90 percent say that for our conditions, the best processor is a Tigercat 855 with a leveling undercarriage. It was a big gamble but it paid off. Michael ended up purchasing a Tigercat LH855D

Where I come from every processor guy wants an 855. That machine is a champion. Dave Yaffe, Barco LLC

Michael Roundy (right) with loader man, Ephraim Nyborg and LH855D operator, Dave Yaffe

leveling harvester equipped with a 600 South Star processing head from Kevin Cotton at Titan Equipment. “I needed cooling, flow and horsepower and that is the reason I bought the Tigercat. I am so isolated here and do not have close-by service support. I may have considered a different machine but I needed to have the reliability and that is another reason I needed the Tigercat.” Expert processor operator Dave Yaffe, who has been operating the LH855D since it was new sums up its performance pretty efficiently, “Where I come from every processor guy wants an 855. That

machine is a champion.” Michael saw almost immediate benefits upon changing the system. His production tripled from six or seven loads per day to an average of eighteen loads per day. Barco’s number one product is house logs. The dead spruce trees make excellent material for log cabin construction right up until four years after the tree has died. Anything that won’t make a house log goes to the local firewood mill which, through distributors, supplies firewood to retail stores throughout the US southwest. However, he also added a new marketable product.

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The key to the new system is the LH855D

Due to the length of the trees and the time consuming stroke delimbing cycles, all the trees were previously topped at eight inches (200 mm). It just didn’t pay to have the stroker spend any more time handling the tree. With the processor, Michael is capturing and merchandising all those additional sticks – either as an input for the fi rewood mill or more commonly as a product that is sold to a shaving mill to be made into horse and turkey bedding. “My slash piles dropped by half,” says Michael. Loader operator Ephraim Nyborg has been with the company for almost four years. He loads trucks and can fill in everywhere in the operation. He explains that the LH855D has also improved loading efficiency from 90 to 45 minutes

per truck. (Barco also does its own log hauling.) Previously, in order to maintain production, the stroke delimber operator was forced to pile the logs indiscriminately. Then Ephraim was required to sort the products during loading. Now the harvester can sort all the different products neatly and efficiently. One interesting thing to note, the cold decks are stacked with loaders rather than the skidders. While this improves skidder productivity, there is another reason – skidders tend to break the expensive logs. Some of the naysayers thought that adding yet another machine to the system would mess up the costing. However, Michael figured all this in advance and now asserts that the extra loader totally pays off.

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The Tigercat 620E emerges from the tight skid trail. Clever use of the corridors minimizes site disturbance and makes Turnaround® an important feature

Contract faller Terry Roseberry in front of his Tigercat LX830C with Tigercat district manager, James Farquhar

Careful selective felling and strategic placement of the bunches save the juvenile trees visible in the foreground

I am so isolated here and do not have closeby service support. I may have considered a different machine but I needed to have the reliability and that is another reason I needed the Tigercat. Michael Roundy, Barco LLC

In addition, since Barco also has a construction side consisting of roadwork, aggregate and equipment hauling, Michael can bounce around operators between log loaders and excavator dirt jobs which makes adding loaders and managing labour easier. Terry Roseberry, a long time

Tigercat customer active in California and southern Oregon, has been contract falling for Barco with a Tigercat LX830C for about a year. Terry’s careful felling and strategic bunching combined with a clever use of skid trails minimizes soil disturbance and maiming of the smaller trees and saplings.

Hagan Brian, the operator of the Tigercat 620E, makes good use of the Turnaround® seat, shuttling up and down the steep skid trails, without ever having to turn the machine around. Together the Barco crew and Terry are taking forests in poor health littered with deadwood and turning them into expertly thinned tracts that not only provide a good, sustainable yield but will also see excellent health, reduced fi re hazard and new growth in the future. Aesthetically – and aesthetics are important in a recreational area such as this – the result is outstanding.

Additionally, and very important for Michael, the efficiency of his system allows him to provide his crew members with a safe, lucrative and quality working environment. Michael quips, “If we can’t provide our guys a good living and good stability and a nice, safe environment than what are we doing this for?” This article originally appeared in Between the Branches, July 2016, the official publication of Tigercat Industries Inc.

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Cat adds to swing range ®

Innovation Industry heavyweight Caterpillar® has made its range even more versatile with two new swing models launched at Demo International

The 538 with Satco attachment


aterpillar® has launched two new Cat Forest Machine models, the 538 and the 558 – the first models in the 500 series to meet US EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. Both machines were unveiled at Demo International last month and feature “outstanding fuel efficiency” and “optimized work tools”, while increasing horsepower and swing torque, according to the manufacturing giant. “We are delighted to bring the new 500 series models of the Cat Forest Machine to the marketplace,” Caterpillar Forest Products President Kevin Thieneman said. “The Cat 538 Forest Machine and Cat 558 Forest Machine underscore Caterpillar’s commitment to research and development to enable the forest products industry to move forward. “Loggers need machines that will make them money,” he continued, “and we are committed to supplying them with equipment that helps them profit from their work. We do this by designing and building forestry equipment that lowers their ownership and operating costs and increases their production. “These two new forest machines deliver on this commitment. “They are designed for maximum efficiency and maximum productivity in order to

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provide more profit potential to loggers.” Cat Forest Machines are versatile, purpose-built track machines that can be customized to perform a complete range of tasks for forestry operations. First introduced in the 1990s, this family of machines has become an industry standard in many logging applications. Like other Cat Forest Machines, the 538 is available in a general forestry version for road building, stroke delimber applications, grapple applications, site preparation and processing. Both the 538 and the 558 are available in a log loader configuration for log loading, shovel logging, butt-ntop/power clam applications, and millyard activities. The Cat 538 and Cat 558 feature a new machine design, new engine, and optimized components and work tools to provide exceptional fuel savings and also excellent productivity. Machine and hydraulic performance are boosted by increased engine horsepower. Both models boast “rock-solid” stability, and the 538 features a wider track gauge and heavyduty counterweight to maximize stability and operator experience in diverse logging conditions. Application versatility is enhanced with a purpose-built boom and stick arrangements and new grouser options.

The new machines are engineered for durability and reliability with proven Cat components, purpose-built upper and lower frames, and increased cooling capability to maximize machine uptime. The heart of the Cat 538 is the 164 hp (122kW) Cat C7.1 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine. The Cat 558 is more powerful, equipped with the 239 hp (178kW) Cat C7.1 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine, a twin-turbocharged power plant. Both larger engines generate increased horsepower, providing the power for strong multi-functioning and improved implement performance – and more production. Both models feature uniform speed control to maintain a constant engine speed regardless of load. The result is unprecedented fuel economy. Other features contribute to fuel economy, too. For example, with automatic engine speed control the machines will revert automatically to a lower idle speed when there is a lull in operation. Also, the operator can choose from three power modes, depending on the work tasks or application. “The hydraulic system delivers a higher level of efficiency and power,” said Jared Dunn, the Caterpillar Forest Machine Application Specialist. “Pumps are upsized to increase hydraulic

flow, so while the engine can run at a lower rpm, burning less fuel, the Cat 538 and Cat 558 have more power and perform more work.� The main pumps, control valves, and hydraulic oil tank are located close together to allow for shorter tubes and lines between components, reducing friction and pressure drops. Updates to the hydraulic system translate to an impressive boost in performance: maximum horsepower, greater swing torque, and added lift capacity. The increases mean improved implement performance, lifting bigger payloads with better control - and more production. In addition, an electronic boom regeneration valve minimizes pump flow when the boom lowers by regenerating oil from one end of the boom cylinder to the other, saving energy and improving fuel efficiency. The engines feature an improved side-by-side cooling system with increased cooling capacity for both models. The radiator package has been updated, and fin spacing has

increased 25% to improve airflow and cooling capability. A standard auto-reversing fan with optimized fan blade pitch increases service intervals and maintains proper engine operating temperature. Machine width and track length are designed for maximum machine stability for increased lift and swing capabilities, and the 538 features a heavy-duty counterweight while the 558 features a fuel tank counterweight. The purpose-built forestry machine hydraulics and new boom and stick configurations are capable of operating a wide range of work tools. New grouser options increase machine applicability on the job site, and ground saw hydraulics are available from the factory. The Cat 538 and Cat 558, optimized and integrated for Satco and Cat work tools, were designed with the customer and service technician in mind and to be easy to maintain. Many service locations are readily accessible at ground level; critical maintenance can be completed quickly and efficiently.

These two machines are designed for maximum efficiency and maximum productivity in order to provide more profit potential to loggers Kevin Thieneman

The cab is designed and purpose-built for tough forestry work. LED lights are standard along with a heated and cooled seat that maximizes operator comfort. Spacious, quiet, and comfortable to ensure high productivity all day, the cab is pressurized and features an updated bi-level air conditioner, heater, and defroster to keep the operator comfortable in any weather. Other features include satellite radio, auxiliary audio port for MP3 players, and 12-volt power supply sockets for charging. In addition, the Cat 558 and an existing model, the Cat 568, are now available with a rear entry cab option for log loader configurations. The option, available on machines in North

America and Australia and New Zealand, offers unparalleled operator experience with safer access, improved operator comfort, and increased visibility. A patented cab lock down system reduces transport time. Product Link, Caterpillar’s machine monitoring system, is standard on both the Cat 538 and the Cat 558 Forest Machine. The user friendly technology enables remote monitoring of equipment. Caterpillar customers are supported by the industry’s largest network of dealers who will keep them up and running with parts availability, field services, stateof-the art diagnostic programs, remote monitoring, and more.

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Level Headed Approach to

Land Clearing

Manufactured to endure the most extreme & demanding terrains POWER TO PERFORM







Clark Tracks specialise in providing a wide range of forest machine tracks to suit numerous applications for the worldwide forestry market that we serve.

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high performance for maximum work life

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BRON Mulcher

BRON 475 Mulcher with SEPPI Mulching Head

Leveling everything in their paths are BRON mulchers - grinding trees, brush and stumps into fine mulch, quickly and easily. Low ground pressure and powerful hydraulics are standard on all models, ranging from 275 hp to 700 hp.

Richardson Service_Frances Marion tree thinning

Seppi Midiforst dt 225 Mulcher on the Bron 275 was a perfect combination on a tree thinning project in the Frances Marion National Forest in Huger, SC. The Bron handled flawlessly on the saturated ground while the Seppi Midiforst dt 225 is an easily manueverable and very efficient mulching head. This video was brought to you by Richardson Service and Seppi Partners LLC

BRON 275 Mulcher with Seppi Midiforst Mulching Head

Can Your Tractor Do This in 10 mins?

Fecon, Inc FTX600

Introducing Fecon’s all-new “FTX 128L High Performance” forestry mulcher! Visit or call 1-800-528-3113 for more information. This 128 horsepower mulching machine was designed and built from the ground up right here at our Lebanon, Ohio, USA factory to deliver the highest performance and greatest fuel efficiency in its class.

The FTX600 is Fecon’s flagship tractor. This tractor brings the best combination of cutting performance, track power, ground pressure and serviceability in the 600hp class of mulching machines.

FTX148L Forestry Mulcher - Mulching Machine - Fecon - Bull Hog

RTC22/500-8 - Pine Trees

Attached to a Fecon FTX148 Mulching Machine, the Bull Hog Forestry Mulcher is perfect for clearing trees and brush. Bull Hog attachments excel at clearing right-of-way, lines of site, invasive species and fire breaks as well as many other in Forest applications.

Fecon’s® RTC22 is a purpose built mobile chipping system like no other. This dedicated carrier is specifically designed for chipper weight, center of gravity, and serviceability. The high mobility of the RTC22 is welcomed on remote jobsites that could be hard to get to with other vehicles. With a top speed of 12 miles per hour, the RTC22 is three times faster to the job.

You will find unmatched versatility, power, and durability from the FeconFTX 148 Mulching Machine. Jobs normally requiring 2 or 3 pieces of equipment can now be completed with just one due to the machines’ high versatility and rate of production.

Bandit visits R.J. Nathe & Sons

Parker Kligerman visits Bandit 2013

Bandit visits R.J. Nathe & Sons on a job site near Ocala, Florida to see how their Bandit Whole Tree Chipper Model 3590 is working for them.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Parker Kligerman visits Bandit Industries and gets behind the wheel of a few other machines.

Bandit Model 2400 XP (24” Disc-Style) Whole Tree Chipper

Operations looking for a high production chipper with a large chipping capacity should take a look at the Model 2400. The Model 2400 is designed for those land clearing operations whose main goal is production, and those loggers looking to produce a high quality, dimensional chip. Like the Model 1900, the 2400 features a five feed wheel system that gives this unit unmatched crushing and pulling power. To aid in this capability, the 2400 features a Caterpillar or Cummins 700 horsepower engine.

Revolution Cutter Wheel

The Bandit Revolution stump grinder cutter wheel is now standard issue for all new Bandit stump grinders, and it’s available as a retrofit for older machines. Don’t have a Bandit stump grinder? No problem—this amazing wheel is also available for a wide range of other stump grinder makes and models so you too can be part of the Revolution.

John Deere G Series - Harvester and Forwarder

Road Map to Success

Fleet management systems have put Mid Atlantic Tree Harvesters “on the map�.

2013 John Deere 843K Feller buncher at Forestry First 05-02-13

This 2013 model Deere 843K is working in Pine Plantation. We filmed this cutter working on a second thinning job where the stems are 6 inches or so average, many less. This feller buncher is very impressive. The owner has been pleased with fuel consumption and the speed and power of this feller buncher is more than adequate in his thinning and logging operations. The operators are also making positive comments about the cab interior which has recently been much improved. The old steering column is gone and it opens everything up in terms of visibility and space for your legs. If you have not sat in one of these you should do yourself a favour and hop into one.

6600 Track Wood Hog

Morbark 5048 Drum Chipper

Morbark 6600 Track Wood Hog. Footage taken at the 2013 Morbark Demo Days.

Morbark 5048 Drum Chipper equipped with a 10 knife Advantage 3 drum and a Cat C-27 1050hp diesel engine. Footage taken at the 2013 Morbark Demo Days.

Morbark, Inc. I Make America

3200 Wood Hog Demo Days May 2013

Aimed at wood and green waste recycling applications, the Morbark 3200 Wood Hog is a compact and aggressive unit. A smaller, lighter, and more affordable unit with all of the benefits of our larger grinders, the 3200 can handle green waste, regrind, sawmill residue, pallets, and logs up to 14� in diameter ease. Available as a tracked unit for greater mobility or with electric power, the 3200 can be built with Morbark’s most popular options.

4300B Drum Chipper Making Micro Chips

s5710C horizontal grinder with Terra Select S6 E Star Screen

The new Peterson 4300B drum chipper has been updated for 2014 with new features that high-volume biomass chippers demand. The 4300B can be equipped with either a 6-pocket (to make standard biomass chips) or 12-pocket (to make microchips) drum depending on your material needs.

A Peterson 5710C horizontal grinder feeds ground wood pallets into a Terra-Select S6-E star screen. The three fraction Terra Select S6-E sorts the ground material into fines, accepts and overs. Both machines are ideal for processing mulch, compost, or other organic material.

6700B Mid-Speed Grinder

5710C Pallet Grinding

This Peterson 6700B horizontal grinder is equipped with our new Mid-Speed C&D package, and is doing primary grind in surplus railroad ties. The second grinder (a Peterson 4710B) is processing the material to meet the product spec which is being used for energy production.

This Peterson 5710C horizontal grinder is grinding pallets for mulch production in Indiana. The machine uses a cross belt magnet to pull the nails from the material (watch for a follow-up video on this process soon!)

The Mid-Speed C&D package is designed for highly contaminated material and features several new innovations that have not been seen on high-speed horizontal grinders before. This operation is seeing consistent 300+ tons per hour of production in this material.

The 5710C is Peterson’s latest generation of high production track grinders. Powered by the Caterpillar C27 or C32 engine at 1050 horsepower, this grinder provides the highest power to weight ratio of any Peterson grinder. At approximately 83,000 pounds (37650 kg) the 5710C was designed for operations requiring high production and frequent moves between jobs.

Pine harvesting system in Tasmania

1135 wheel harvester: blowdown clear fell

An all-Tigercat pine harvesting system owned by B.R. & K.F. Muskett & Sons. The three-machine system working in the southern part of Tasmania consists of a Tigercat L830C feller buncher, a Tigercat LH855C harvester processing infield and a 1075B forwarder equipped with a Tigercat crane and grapple.

A Tigercat 1135 wheel harvester felling and processing in a tough blowdown clear fell salvage application in Scotland. Although the 1135 wheeled harvester was designed for specialty thinning, the machine is highly capable in a variety of selective felling and clear fell applications.

1075B scarifier in Sweden

Pine harvesting system in Tasmania

A Tigercat 1075B forwarder base carrier equipped as a scarifier. This 1075B scarifier is operating in Sweden in tough, rock strewn terrain. Durable Tigercat forwarders are ideal carriers for heavy duty cycle scarification applications.

An all-Tigercat pine harvesting system owned by B.R. & K.F. Muskett & Sons. The three-machine system working in the southern part of Tasmania consists of a Tigercat L830C feller buncher, a Tigercat LH855C harvester processing infield and a 1075B forwarder equipped with a Tigercat crane and grapple.


Skotare ROTTNE F13C

Rottne F18

Vermeer BC700XL Brush Chipper

HG6000 Horizontal Grinder

Vermeer continues to respond to the demands of the rental, landscape and tree care professionals with the BC700XL brush chipper. The smallest machine in the Vermeer brush chipper line, the BC700XL design is based on operator feedback and focuses on productivity advantage and ease-of-use. The brush chipper features a centrifugal clutch system, 25 horsepower (18.6 kW) Kohler EFI engine, bottom feed stop bar and Vermeer exclusive SmartFeed feed-sensing control system. The new member of the chippers line offers the compact size operators are looking for and the performance they want to achieve a job efficiently.

Process wood waste efficiently with the HG6000 horizontal grinder. Get started with the touch of a button to activate the microprocessor-controlled HPTO clutch. Fifth-wheel towing configuration provides mobility, and the openended, extra-wide feed table allows you to load wood waste over the side. State-of-the-art wireless remote lets you operate the machine from up to 300’/91 m away.

HG8000TX Horizontal Grinder

HG4000TX Horizontal Grinder

The HG8000TX horizontal grinder from Vermeer boasts the largest infeed opening in its class, helping to increase your productivity and expand job possibilities. Powered by a 950-hp (708.4 kW) CAT Tier 2 engine, this unit handles big diameter wood and large, brushy debris with ease. Plus, its innovative design incorporates several features to help reduce material spillage and jobsite cleanup time. The HG8000TX is equipped with a tracked undercarriage with 28” (71.1 cm) wide double or triple-grouser track pads. Designed to tackle tough jobs, the HG8000TX enables productivity for the long-haul.

Take the self-propelled HG4000TX horizontal grinder to tough jobsites. With its 20”/51 cm double grouser track pads, high ground clearance and sealed rollers, it can get into remote areas easily, without material building up in the track system. A fully enclosed engine helps reduce noise. Infeed over-pressure/auto-reverse function reduces jams. Extra-wide, 48”/122 cm V-cleat discharge conveyor neatly discharges processed material from the machine.

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The Best of PrimeTech PT-175 forestry mulcher

The Best of PrimeTech PT-300 tracked carrier

The PT-175 is also an impressively innovative PrimeTech PT-300 is a medium, low ground mulcher, built around cutting-edge technology pressure tracked mulcher powered by a John with easy access to all components. Deere 6068 HF485, 6.8 L turbocharged and aftercooled engine, with 6 in-line cylinders and 275 hp.

The Best of PrimeTech PT-600 tracked carrier

PT-400 the movie

PrimeTech PT-600 is a tracked carrier for the hardest and toughest jobs out there, equipped with a Cummins QSX15 turbocharged in line 6 cylinder diesel engine producing 600 hp. Depending on the front attachment, PT-600 can be used for land clearing and site preparation operations (with mulching head) or for removal of stumps and roots and for land conversion (with forestry tiller / subsoiler head).

PT-400 is a tracked carrier for heavy duty applications thanks to its 12.5 L Caterpillar C13 engine, producing 415 HP. It can be equipped with a variety of front attachments: mulching heads, soil stabilizers and rock crushers








Clark Tracks specialise in providing a wide range of forest machine tracks to suit numerous applications for the worldwide forestry market that we serve.

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Clark Tracks Ltd - Forest Machine Tracks. Boggiband. Bogiebändern

Clark Tracks Ltd specialise in providing a wide range of Forest Machine Tracks to an ever expanding market. We provide designs and sizes to suit numerous applications for the worldwide forestry market that we serve. This short video will give you an insight to our tracks being used on John Deere, Ponsse, Komatsu and Tigercat forwarders and harvesters.

RAYCO C260 Mulching

The C260 is a mid-sized mulcher that delivers 260 hp in a compact, low ground pressure package. This mulcher is suited for clearing small trees, underbrush, and a variety of unwanted vegetation across a wide range of environments. The heavy-duty steel undercarriage and powerful final drives allow operators to tackle difficult terrain with confidence. Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design keeps engine and hydraulic temperatures within their limits in the harshest of environments. To minimize maintenance, a reversing fan can be activated from the cab to clear the limbriser debris screens. This helps to extend service intervals even when operating in hot, debrisfilled environments. When manual cleaning of the debris screens is necessary, they are easily removable and the rear door opens to allow unrestricted access to the debris screen and engine radiator. The cabs are climate controlled and sealed from dust and debris to maintain operator comfort. Operators appreciate the high-backed, heated seat with adjustable armrests and air-ride suspension. For safety, the cab is certified to meet ROPS, FOPS, and OPS specifications and is equipped with a roof-top escape hatch. LED lighting facing front, sides and rearward. A backup camera enhances rearward visibility.

FAE Forestry Mulcher Kubota KX 80

FAE forestry mulcher in action 1

The DML/HY from FAE is the best of its category, this mulching head can be mounted up to a 10 ton excavator. G.B Equipment inc is the Canadian distributor for FAE, contact us via our website to know your local dealer.

FAE Forestry And Mulching Heads

FAE forestry and land clearing heads. Forestry Mulchers, forestry tillers, rock crushers. Mulching machines.

Aciers JP - Installation belge 2015

Mobile rotary log debarker is a portable system is installed on a three-axle trailer for easy transport. It consists of three rotors that ensure contact between the debarking plates and the surface of the logs over a 10-foot length. The system is designed to debark various types and diameters of wood year-round. European Homologation.

Mobile rotary log debarker Les Aciers J.P. inc. 15, 3rd Avenue East La Reine, Quebec, Canada J0Z 2L0 Phone: 819 947-8291 Fax: 819 947-6321 E-Mail: Owner: RenĂŠ Perreault

TFVJA - Semi-Forestry Mulcher With Oscillating Hammers

TFVMF - Forestry mulcher with fix vidia hammers

Semi-forestry mulcher for tractors from 40 - 130 hp. Best Suited for mulching bushes and trunks up to 140 mm diameter. Suitable for working on all kinds of wood, gardening and agricultural uses.

Forestry mulcher best suited for trunks up to 300 mm diameter. Suitable for all types of wood, gardening and agricultural uses.

TFVMFD - Forestry mulcher double traction with fix vidia pointed hammer

TFVJH – Hydraulic Forestry Mulcher With Swinging/Oscillating Hammers 360º

Forestry mulcher best suited for trunks up to 300 mm diameter and for all types of wood, gardening and agricultural uses.

Forestry mulcher for excavators 7 – 16 Tn. Best suited for trunks up to 200 mm diameter. Suitable for all types of wood, gardening and agricultural uses.

Doppstadt Expo 2015 - a Bird’s-eye View

50 years of Doppstadt: More than 5,000 guests from the environmental and recycling sector experienced two unforgettable days: on 24 and 25 June 2015. Environmental technology company Doppstadt staged what was arguably the largest European trade show of 2015 in this field on its 220,000 sq.-metre works site (Saxony-Anhalt). On show were over one hundred machines for the shredding, sorting and treatment of waste and biomass. What was unique thereby

was that more than half of the machines could be seen in action. In two-hour live demonstrations, the guests saw how coarse shredders, screening machines and exact hackers shredded tree trunks into sawdust, separated waste from recyclables and sorted pebbles from sand heaps. In doing so, Doppstadt demonstrated its problem-solving skills through combined processes: material collected by machines was initially shredded, then separated into its various components by means of separation processes such as screening, washing or air separation.

Doppstadt AK 510 BioPower

Doppstadt AK 510 BioPower high speed shredder showing awesome power in wood applications




Comact GradExpert

Comact Stacker

Comact Log 3D Scanning

Comact Transverse 3D Board Scanner

Integrated Log Loader

MyMill™ - Changing the way you work

USNR’s Integrated Log Loader is positioned at the last step in the log feeder, and precisely manages the gap between logs.

MyMill is a new software suite developed by USNR that enables mill personnel to interact with mill equipment using mobile devices, such as iPads and iPods. This new mobile functionality will change the landscape of today’s modern mills.

6-Deck Jet Veneer Dryer - time lapse construction

Murray Timber 4-sided canting log breakdown line

This new 6-deck jet veneer dryer, located at Martco, Chopin, LA, is the largest dryer to date in the southern yellow pine region. This dryer will accomplish the equivalent production of two dryers, reducing labor costs by one-half. At the same time it will reduce thermal energy consumption by 10%, and exhaust fugitive emissions by 15%.

This mill is located in Ireland.

The dryer was erected off-line, and once complete it was towed into place and connected to all services under a projected expedited schedule. This allowed Martco the advantage of choosing the optimum time to disrupt its production schedule to install the additional capacity, and allowed the plant to utilize the existing building structure to house the new dryer.

Sweep reducing

Log positioning

The importance of cant positioning is often overlooked. Only one infeed position will result in maximum product value. Deviation from this position will result in lower output. With a True Shape optimization system the best position is accurately determined.

Söderhamn Eriksson´s positioning system ensures the correct rotating position is maintained and carries out the side positioning which is calculated by the optimising system.

System Edger - versatile and reliable Bandsawing technology edger optimizer

Söderhamn Eriksson´s edging systems with high capacity and maximum yield generates the most valuable product out of each board.

Söderhamn Eriksson´s bandsaws offer the highest accuracy, very thin kerf, short built-in length, easy to set and efficient curve sawing of cants.

- Systems for all capacity requirements - Highest capacity on the market - Designs for unmanned operation - High resolution scanning on both sides of the board - Unlimited edging options - Split and reject modules

- High-strain bandsaws with high accuracy at highest feed speed - Saw kerf 3 mm or less - Reducer band saw combinations with 2,3 or 4 bands - Resaw combinations with 1 to 4 saw bands - Feed speeds up to 180 m/min

Microtec CT Log 360° X-ray CTSawing Optimization

Microtec Goldeneye Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner

CT Log optimized sawing • 100% optimum cutting solution based on highest value of final products • Increased value in every sawn log compared to any other breakdown solution • Maximization of lumber recovery quality that significantly increases revenues & resale value

Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner for lumber Grading, Chopping and Sorting for joinery and wood component manufacturers – doors, windows and wood furniture, high performance planer mills and manufacturers of glulam and lumber construction products Goldeneye 300 advantages • Worldwide-accredited strength grading Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner • Increased lumber utilisation while reducing labor costs • Optimal utilization of your machinery capacity • Next generation sensors, state-of-the-art cameras and components with Full HD resolution, faster image acquisition and on-chip image processing • Including X-ray technology • Award winning design and functionality, long product life thanks to a smart design • Fast return on investment • Integrates seamlessly with all cross and chop saws as well as sorting and packaging lines

Microtec CT Log Virtual Grading

Microtec Goldeneye 900 no. 1 transverse lumber scanner

High-speed 360° X-Ray industrial CT-Scanning for high added-values sawmills by the industry leader Microtec. • Full digital log reconstruction and virtual grading to determine quality at conveying speed of 180 m / min. • Virtual cutting solutions to asses multiple break-down angles and cutting masks for value optimization. • For all types of logs • World leading scanning solutions Microtec is the global leader in optoelectronic wood grading technology. As one source solutions provider for all sawmilling processes, we optimize, automate and streamline all processes for the wood working industry using optoelectronic Multi-Sensor Quality Scanning technologies. We have provided personalized solutions for our customers for over 35 years. Innovation is our drive. Wood is our passion!

The world’s no.1 Multi-Sensor Quality Scanner in transverse transport, the Goldeneye 900, is a showcase of the innovative technological capabilities of Microtec. Goldeneye 900 determines the overall quality of green, dry or planed lumber in one pass from all four sides. Value optimization before and after kiln drying is possible as the Goldeneye 900 grades both rough and finished lumber.

Industrial Sawmill Business Spotlight SLP2 at LIGNA - Ohio Valley Veneer

For six years, Ed Robbins struggled to make his high grade lumber mill profitable. Finally he turned to Wood-Mizer industrial thin-kerf headrigs and his employees thought he was crazy... See what happened in the video.

Wood-Mizer debuts the SLP2 (Small Log Processing system) at Ligna 2013, in Hanover. Thin-kerf blades and higher automation result in a profitable combination.

WM4000 ENG

WM1000 with new hydraulic system

WM4000 – Wood-Mizer’s latest thin-kerf headrig.

WM1000 – Break down big logs accurately and efficiently with a 1.7 metre (67”) center capacity cut.

The Westervelt Story

True-Q Patented Board Tracking System


EWD Reducer Quad, First logs

Today we cut the first 5 logs on the new EWD sawmill. first the sides of the logs are chipped off, then four bandsaws go to work cutting the log into the desired sizes.

Wood Processing Industry: Springer System Fitness Check

SPRINGER - a step ahead through productivity

When correctly serviced and controlled, a system ensures reliable and efficient operation. That’s why a steadily increasing number of customers is opting for our system fitness check. Following inspection of the system, measures for improving state and performance are suggested. These activities form the basis for a successful and complete system checkup during summer or winter breaks. For that reason, the inspection should ideally be carried out 2 or 3 months before the scheduled system check in your plant.

SPRINGER is well known for machines and conveyor systems and produces innovative wood processing solutions worldwide.

Innovative CLT production lines

SPRINGER - automation of layer press @ Tilly (A)

To optimize the production of natural wood panels with multi-layer technology, SPRINGER was commissioned with the design and construction of an installation, enabling automation of its existing layer press at Tilly Plant I in Althofen, Austria.

Excellent ease of handling, low maintenance effort and, most of all, minimized material input – these are the key characteristics of the innovative CLT production lines made by SPRINGER. We develop CLT production lines that take cut-outs and chamfers into account early on in the process, specifically during the provision and automatic positioning of lamellas. This means minimized material consumption thanks to solutions that are tailored to the requirements of our customers.

Wagner L60 Logstacker

Wagner is proud to introduce the revolutionary, purpose built, 60,000 lb, L60 Logstacker. Perfect for today’s cutto-length loads, Wagner has taken our customers years of experience and devised answers to day-to-day, year-to-year operational challenges. From fuel consumption to ease of maintenance and operator comfort, Wagner offers the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. The Wagner L60 Logstacker is in it for the long haul!

Autolog Carriage Optimizer

Autolog Gang Optimizer

The Autolog Carriage Optimizer allows for the best log scanning in the industry with its fullprofile scanner with 5” density.

The Autolog Gang Optimizer allows for the best cant scanning in the industry with an outstanding 0.25” scan density at 22°.

Autolog High Speed Lug Loader Control System

Autolog Linear Planer Optimizer – ProGrader

The Autolog control system offers a high speed and precise operational sequence at the sawmill lug loader.

The Autolog ProGrader is a linear optimizer designed to fully automate the grading process of dressed lumber at the planer.

FAE & PrimeTech on show in Canada




From September 24th to 26th, 2016, one of the biggest shows for forestry FAE forestry mulchers and shredders can process all kinds of vegetation above and below ground. equipment, Demo International, was held just outside Greater Vancouver They can be attached on any 50hp to 500hp tractor. in the beautiful scenery of the Maple Ridge rainforest

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On a more than 3 kilometer long loop road more than 100 exhibitors showed off the very latest technology in forestry equipment and services. PrimeTech Shredding Equipment out of Spruce Grove, AB, the Canadian distribution, parts and support center for PrimeTech and FAE, introduced the following new models:

PrimeTech PT-475 The self-propelled tracked carrier powered by a CAT C13 engine producing 475 HP. This new model is equipped with oversized, coarse-fin radiators preventing them from getting plugged up and making cleaning easy. The variable-pitch reversible fans help reduce the power absorbed by the fan which eventually results in a lower fuel consumption. The mulching head of the PT-475 features a new rock resistant drum. The PT-475 is second to none for productivity, ground pressure and serviceability!

PrimeTech PT-175 The completely redesigned smallest carrier of the PrimeTech line. Stunning new improvements make this 160 HP forestry mulcher more service friendly and accessible, lighter and more reliable. With its 175 cm / 69” overall width, it is the ideal

mulcher to cut seismic lines and for vegetation management.

FAE SFM-250, The forestry mulcher, subsoiler and rock crusher for tractors between 180 and 300 HP. It can mulch trees with a diameter of up to 40 cm / 16”, crush rocks with a diameter of up to 30 cm / 12” and subsoil with a max working depth of 30 cm / 12”. This is a multipurpose attachment, ideal for land conversion and land preparation for farming.

UML/S/EX The Forestry mulcher for excavators between 20 and 25 t, the newest addition to the FAE range of excavator mounted attachments. The head is equipped with a fixed teeth rotor and a hydraulic motor with automatic variable torque (VT). This is the ideal head for land clearing jobs where a long reach is needed. In addition, PrimeTech Shredding exhibited a wide range of mulching heads for excavators from 1.5 to 30 t (with swinging hammers and with fixed teeth rotor) and for skid steer loaders (low flow and high flow). FAE Group thank all the customers who stopped by their booth and helped make the event a great success.

PrimeTech’s new PT-475 Tracked Carrier on display in Canada

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A powerful, efficient feller buncher well suited to disc saws, bunching shears, as well as the Tigercat 5185 fixed felling saw.


A multi-purpose machine suited to felling, pre-bunching and shovel logging in steep terrain. It can be equipped with a grapple or the Tigercat 5195 directional felling saw.


A durable, high performance machine for at-the-stump harvesting and roadside processing in tough terrain. Best matched with Tigercat’s 575 harvesting head.

Contact your nearest Tigercat dealer today to learn more.


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