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LOGGING • SAWMILLING • BIOMASS

FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020

PONSSE CELEBRATE 50th YEAR ANNIVERSARY HARVESTERS 2020 ACCESS TO THE TIMBER STAND LIFTING & LOADING OPERATION FOCUS JOHN DEERE & TIGERCAT SAWLINES


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HARVESTERS It’s worth taking a step back to appreciate just how refined the harvester has become under the watch of the contemporary group of harvester suppliers

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58 LIFTING & LOADING

The land-clearing specialists ensure a smooth ride for forestry contractors

When you’re loading in the forest, cranes and grapples need to be strong, versatile and have the appropriate reach

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REGULAR FEATURES

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COVER: Ponsse celebrates its 50th anniversary LOGGING • SAW

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ponsse Plc.

based on the environmentally friendly cut-to-length method.

Today, the family-owned company, which started from the dream of machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in a small village workshop, operates in harvesting markets in 40 different countries.

The Together roadshow 2020

During these 50 years, the company has become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of forest machines

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PONSSE CELEB 50th YEAR ANNIV RATE ERSARY HARVESTERS 2020 ACCE SS TO THE TIMB ER STAN D LIFTING & LOADING OPERATION FOCU S JOHN DEER E & TIGERCAT

From Finland, the Together roadshow will pass through Europe on its way to North and South America, Asia and Australia, covering 30 countries and more than 110 locations altogether.

SAWLINES

www.ponsse.com Cover photo: Ponsse PAZ forwarder from 1970

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How Alabama logger Ray Cobb ignored the doubters

BTB visited Trevor Haywood Timber Co. of Huntingdon, Tennessee to hear how his most recent purchase, a Tigercat LX830D feller buncher equipped with 5185 fixed felling saw, is fitting into the operation.

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PILOUS Log band saws represent the leading edge in the world among log band saw manufacturers

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Viper WRL increases the life of wire rope assets by up to 300%

Bandsaw monitoring improves accuracy and service life

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ISSUE 73 FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020

SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 583 emma@internationalforestindustries.com 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 www.internationalforestindustries.com 2 Claridge Court, Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 2AF, UK Editor Chris Cann chris@internationalforestindustries.com 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 International Forest Industries Ltd Advertising Manager Phil Playle phil@internationalforestindustries.com +44 (0)1442 87 77 77 Associate Editor Robin Peach robin@internationalforestindustries.com Advertising Production Enquiries Emma Smith emma@internationalforestindustries.com

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 – 2019 IFI uses, as preference, SI units throughout. All dollars are US unless otherwise stated.

EDITOR’S COMMENT Rebuilding communities The Australian bushfires have brought out the best in the wood industry

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large part of me wants to use these column inches to focus on the international trade concerns that stem from the outbreak of the coronavirus in, and from, China. The nation’s position as a major demand engine for natural resources, including timber, suggests the fortunes of the international wood trade will be hit hard as transport of people and goods into, and out of, China is restricted. However, when it comes to major forestrelated events, it’s tough to look past the horrific bushfires in Australia that raged over the holiday period and were continuing at time of writing, if at a subdued level compared to their peak and having been calmed further by a deluge of rain in New South Wales over early February. The focus has now shifted to rebuilding those communities ravaged by the fires and Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has taken a leading role in advising that program on the most effective ways to build fireresilient towns. It is a proud moment to see our industry showing the way forward at the same time as it surveys the damage done to much of its lifeblood. It is also a fight against misinformation. For those who haven’t followed the push, FWPA has updated its free resources to help re-build resilient homes in bushfire-prone areas. A program of workshops and further informational resources were to be rolled out over the coming months in fire-affected communities. FWPA’s Managing Director, Ric Sinclair, said FWPA fully supported the current Australian standard (AS 3959-2009) and its structured approach to increasing bushfire attack levels (BALs), which gives flexibility to designers and homeowners in accordance to the appropriate fire risk. “There is often some confusion about what can and what can’t be built in bushfire prone areas and the answer lies in determining the appropriate BAL,” said Sinclair. To assist designers and homeowners,

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FWPA has updated and released its online BAL calculator that can be accessed at the WoodSolutions website. The free design tool allows users to easily and quickly calculate the BAL for a particular site based on the details they input. Also available is the updated Design Guide 4: Building with Timber in Bushfire prone areas, developed to assist architects, designers, builders and owners to understand what construction requirement is required for traditional building methods using timber for each BAL. It is important to note timber framing and internal timber joinery can be used in all BAL categories and while external exposed timber becomes more restricted as the BAL increases. Sinclair said the loss of lives and homes has been heart breaking but communities were looking to rebuild and needed up-to-date information to support rebuild efforts and to know that timber construction is a viable option. “FWPA is an evidence-based organisation but there are some groups who seek to remove timber from building construction in bushfire prone areas without regard to evidence or an assessment of the costs and benefits,” said Sinclair. “As an industry, we need to remain vigilant to ensure that the right information is readily available to support and maintain important markets such as landscape timbers, framing and decking.” FWPA is receptive to any other initiatives that align with the company’s mission. “FWPA will continue to look at ways we can provide relevant information to industry, homeowners, builders and designers in order to improve the use of wood while maintaining the safety of dwellings and the community,” Sinclair concluded. Enjoy Chris Cann


Originated from forest machine entrepreneur Einari VidgrÊn´s dream to build the best forest machine in the world. This year Ponsse will celebrate its 50th anniversary. These five decades have had a major impact on the development of mechanized forestry worldwide. We will continue to work with a true Ponsse spirit and knowledge towards more productive and environmentally friendly forestry solutions. What is most important, we would not have been able to achieve this alone. Work has always been complete together with you. Our most sincere thanks for that.

A logger’s best friend www.ponsse.com


LOGGING & BIOMASS NEWS

Overcome steep odds

The 959ML can be factory configured for shovel-logging and directional-felling applications The new John Deere 959ML can be factory configured for shovellogging and directional-felling applications, making it easy to harvest logs in areas once thought impassable. John Deere’s patented

levelling technology delivers exceptional stability on steep slopes, while a live heel improves control and positioning of the log. An industry-exclusive slopemonitoring system displays the

game changer for us. It is very maneuverable in the extreme conditions we work in, and its ability to reach down into a deep ravine and grab timber amazes me. Operators love the spacious cab and impressive visibility. And it delivers the same uptime, reliability, and dealer support I’ve come to expect from John Deere machines.” Andrew Johnson, owner, Wolf Lake Logging Ltd., Courtenay, British Columbia “Our John Deere 959ML has taken a lot of the work out of hoe chucking. We log in extremely rocky conditions and on steep slopes, but the phenomenal tracking power makes it easy to get around. And with the levelling system, the 959ML is stable and comfortable. It’s a beautiful machine to run.” Rob Boyes, operator, Strongback Timber, Courtenay, British Columbia.

total range of motion on the in-cab monitor. And a “tether-ready” field kit and four-point seat harness further help you confidently operate in tough conditions. “Our 959ML has been a

World leaders ignore approaching apocalypse The WWF estimates we’re losing 27 football fields of forest every minute due to deforestation • UK company Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones. • T he drones can plant 120 seedpods per minute. • T he WWF estimates we’re losing 27 football fields of forest every minute due to deforestation. A drone can plant two trees per second, according to UK tech company Dendra, which is aiming to “re-green” the planet. Dendra estimates it would take just 400 teams of two drone operators, with 10 drones per team, to plant 10 billion trees each year – and at a much lower cost than the traditional method of planting by hand. The target is to plant 500

billion trees by 2060, in often hardto-reach places. Susan Graham, CEO of Dendra Systems, says, “The challenge that we’re tackling is a complex one and working with a team of passionate engineers, plant scientists, drone operators, we came up with this idea to use automation and digital intelligence to plant billions of trees.” So, how does it work? First, the replanting areas are identified using a combination of satellite images and drone-collected data. Specialized planting drones take to the skies loaded with seedpods containing a germinated seed and nutrients. Once in position, the drones

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use pressurized air to fire the seeds into the ground – at 120 pods per minute. The seedpods penetrate the earth and start to grow once activated by water. Dendra estimates its technology – combining speed and accuracy – would enable governments to restore forests 150 times faster than planting by hand, and up to 10 times cheaper. Graham says it represents a new “step-change” in how we think about global ecosystem restoration.

“We need to use technology to scale up our restoration efforts, and the scale we’re talking about is tens of billions of trees every year. We’ll be able to see the ecosystems that we’ve restored from space. “There’s a saying that goes that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second-best time is today,” says Graham. “We have this opportunity now, and we need to act today.”


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Vermeer introduces the TR6400 Trommel screen to the backside of the engine, servicing the TR6400 is efficient. To further enhance the performance of the Vermeer TR6400 trommel screen, the user-friendly Vermeer ACS control system gives operators the flexibility to run the machine with the DP10 display mounted on the control panel or a handheld transceiver remote. From either control unit, the operator can adjust conveyor heights and drum speeds depending on incoming material and jobsite conditions.

According to Vermeer, the new TR6400 trommel screen can separate up to 180 cubic yards (137.6 m3) of material per hour with .5-inch (12.7-mm) screens installed and a material moisture content of less than 40 percent Vermeer continues to expand its trommel screen product line with the introduction of the new TR6400 model, capable of separating up to 180 cubic yards (137.6 cu m) of material per hour with .5-inch (12.7-mm) screens installed and a material moisture content of less than 40%. It features a powerful 100-horsepower (75-kW) Deutz 3.6L Tier 4 Final (Stage IV) engine, a 6.5-foot (2-m) diameter screen drum with variable speeds of 0-33.1 gallons per minute (0-125.3 L/min), a low hopper infeed with a capacity of 6.5 cubic yards (5

cu m) and various service and operating enhancements. The new TR6400 complements the smaller Vermeer TR5300 trommel screen in the product line and is designed for topsoil, compost and woody biomass applications “The TR6400 trommel screen builds off the success of our recently introduced TR5300 model,” explained Jeff Bradley, product manager for recycling and forestry equipment at Vermeer. “Its compact design allows for ease of transportation and maintenance. With a large drum diameter, hopper capacity and increased horsepower,

teams will be able to produce large volumes of finished material with the TR6400 day in, day out.” The drum of the Vermeer TR6400 is designed for quick exchange with a side door that gives complete access to the drum body from the ground. Also, the unit’s quick-change screen, with the ability to tension it around the drum to add rigidity, can accommodate smaller gauge wire to aid with overall production even when running wet materials. And with various access points to critical areas and a foldout motor compartment that provides access

The TR6400 trommel screen builds off the success of our recently introduced TR5300 model Jeff Bradley, Product Manager for recycling and forestry

Jonathan Comber to join the Carbotech project management team Pierre Lafond, head of Carbotech project management, has recentley announced the nomination of Jon Comber to the position of Project Manager. This announcement supports the growth management plan that was put in place slightly more than a year ago. Jon Comber will have the main task of taking charge of client projects, from equipment design to installation to implementation on production lines. He will oversee various markets including Canada, the United States and abroad. With an undergraduate degree

in engineering, Comber also has pertinent management experience in manufacturing production and various projects within the forestry industry. He has also supervised infrastructure development and production expansion for a sawmill operation in the northeastern United States over the past few years. His leadership, critical analysis and results orientation, including expertise in sawmill equipment, have convinced us that Jon is the right person to support Carbotech and their clients in numerous projects.

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ABOUT CARBOTECH For the past 30 years, Carbotech has been working in collaboration with sawmill and planing operations to install cutting-edge equipment allowing for efficient production operations and wood plank handling. Continually striving for new designs and patents, Carbotech is a partner of choice on the market thanks to solutions adapted to the needs of each client with engineering, project management, installation and after sales service with CarboCare. The company has over 100 employees.


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Softree Technical Systems releases RoadEng 9 with cable harvesting planning improvements Mode” with colour-coded display of areas of deflection. Simultaneously explore multiple areas for deflection / cable harvesting suitability. • C  alculation and display of loggable area polygons. • A  utomatic calculation of tail station location. • E  nhanced profile display for cable setups. • I mproved field usage with GPS Integration. Softree Technical Systems Inc., a world leader in forest road and engineering software, announced the release of RoadEng Version 9. This updated version offers a variety of new features for planning cable harvesting operations. Cable harvest planning and analysis using RoadEng 9 can help determine landing locations and road infrastructure. Working off of a high-resolution digital terrain model (such as LiDAR), users can simultaneously explore multiple areas for deflection for cable harvesting suitability and conduct payload analysis. Harvest planners can review the potential locations in plan, profile, and in data views, allowing

them to better determine optimum locations. “We are seeing a huge increase in investments in LiDAR data across our forestry industry customers” said Erin Wasney, Business Development Manager at Softree, “Version 9 has some key improvements to enhance LiDARbased planning of cable harvesting operations. You can now plan your roads and cable locations together in conjunction with each other.”

a tablet easier than in previous versions. Furthermore, GPS integration means users can track their location in the field while visualizing their LiDAR data and planned cable harvesting locations. This makes visualization and field verification easier than ever before. Contact: Erin Wasney Business Development Manager ewasney@softree.com

RoadEng 9 runs on a Windows tablet, which means users can bring the full engineering program with them to the field. The new version also includes an easier user interface and touch gestures which makes working with RoadEng on

Improved Cable Harvesting Planning Capabilities: • C  reation of very large digital terrain models from LiDAR. • C  able Analysis “Explore-

Ence opens its new biomass generation plant in Puertollano, Spain

Ence opened in Puertollano, Spain its new renewable energy generation plant with low emission biomass of 50 MW The new 50 MW biomass generation plant is a clear example of a just energy transition, contributing very positively to the

environment. In fact, it stands out for its high generation of direct, indirect and induced employment (about 27 jobs per installed MW). It

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will produce an estimated 325,000 MWh / year, equivalent to the energy needs of more than 60,000 people. To do this, it will consume around 238,000 tons / year of biomass, among which is pomace, vine shoots and shoots, olive leaf, and woody forest and agricultural remains. All of this biomass will comply with the Decalogue of Ence for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel, a pioneering initiative in the Spanish company launched to guarantee its commitment to sustainability in the use of biomass and the care of the environment in the use from this renewable energy source. In addition, the activity of the Puertollano plant will

allow a strong reduction in the uncontrolled burning of agricultural stubble – which has a high environmental impact -, while contributing to the maintenance of more than 1,300 direct, indirect and indirect jobs, induced, most of them in rural areas. These jobs will be added to the 500 direct jobs generated by the plant during its construction. Ence has made an investment of about Euro 100 million in its new plant that has the Best Available Techniques to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment and the highest levels of energy efficiency in such an installation.


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LOGGING & BIOMASS NEWS

Mild weather impacts harvesting planning Mild weather during the autumn and winter period has impacted harvesting operations in some parts of Södra’s forestry operations area. Harvesting operations will now be diverted to land with sufficient soil compaction to prevent driving damage. Wood supplies to the mills are still on track. “The weather in recent months has affected hauling conditions and the harvesting rate in some places. However, due to effective planning, high mill stocks and balanced roadside stocks, wood deliveries to the mills are on track and remain stable,” said Sofia Petersson, Wood Supply Manager

Södra Skog. “Our logistics planning has faced major challenges during the autumn and winter period. At the same time as prioritising spruce bark beetle areas, we also have to take soil compaction into account to prevent driving damage. Our contractors are currently doing a great job in the forest and with our soil protection guarantee,” said Sofia Petersson. “Wherever possible, we are choosing tracts that are close to major road networks to minimise driving on forest roads. That will require a lot of planning and communication from everyone involved until we see the end of

these weather conditions,” said Sofia Petersson.

AUSTimber2020 rescheduled to November The response and recovery efforts to the bushfire crisis are significant and many people and businesses from our timber industry have been directly affected or are working tirelessly to support communities and regions across Australia. The Australian Forest Contractor Association’s General Manager Stacey Gardiner said “the bushfire crisis will have a lasting impact on our industry and should be the focus over the coming months, as a result we have decided to reschedule AUSTimber2020 until November.” Ms Gardiner added “AUSTimber is hosted in the central part of the Gippsland region and while we have been fortunate to remain safe, our concentrated support

and thoughts continue to be with the communities and areas within our region and across Australia who have suffered loss and are continuing their bushfire fighting efforts.” AUSTimber Site Manager, Mr Travis Healey said “Our focus is like many in our industry, we are sending our work crews and equipment where they are needed to support communities impacted by the devastating bushfires” Mr Healey, added “We were assisting the firefighting efforts in Queensland and now all of our crews are in north east and south west of Victoria.” The decision to reschedule AUSTimber2020 required careful consideration of the impact on

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commitments already in place for the show, including to regional tourism businesses. However, ultimately the AFCA Board and the Planning Committee concluded that rescheduling would enable our timber industry to continue supporting bushfire response, recovery and salvage efforts in the coming months. AUSTimber Coordinator, Ms Dionne Olsen said “AUSTimber is the largest timber industry show in the southern hemisphere and we have already commenced planning to facilitate a seamless transition to the future show in November.” Ms Olsen added “All tickets which have already been purchased will be honoured in November and the program remains unchanged for

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the new dates.” “We also want to recognise and thank our supporters, exhibitors and partners for their positive and proactive response to the decision to reschedule the show” said Ms Olsen. Ms Olsen added “It is their commitment to the success of the show in November that means our communities will still have the opportunity to benefit from over 10,000 national and international attendees visiting Gippsland.”


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New Tigercat dealer for California & Nevada match for our products.” Bejac will be offering the full Tigercat forestry, off-road industrial and material processing product lines including feller bunchers, skidders, loggers, carbonizers and more. “We are excited about this new Ron Barlet, Bejac President

With over 35 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry, Bejac is a leader in the sale and service of machinery for niche markets including the forestry, scrap and waste recycling, green waste, and demolition industry. Headquartered in southern California, with ten locations in California, Nevada and Arizona, Bejac is strategically positioned throughout the southwest to

deliver its products and services quickly and effectively. “We are very happy to welcome Bejac to the Tigercat dealer network,” says Kevin Selby, Tigercat sales manager for the United States. “Bejac is a leader in specialty sectors and is focused on emerging products to help customers improve their businesses. Bejac’s commitment to customer support will be a great

experience.” Bejac looks forward to building strong relationships with area loggers and future customers in the Southwest. Kevin Selby, Tigercat sales manager for the United States partnership with Tigercat,” says Ron Barlet, Bejac President. “We are confident that our experience and commitment to quality service combined with the best product on the market will amount to a first class customer service

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LUMBER PROCESSING NEWS

Holtec supplies log sorting line & sawmill infeed for Gelo Timber

Wolf-Christian Küspert, General Manager of Gelo Timber, has officially declared the realization of new Euro 38.5 million green-field

project. As part of the energy farm Wunsiedel a new sawmill site is built. The reason for the investment is to have raw material available

for their own further processing as well as using synergies with the pellet production in Wunsiedel. Holtec will build both log handling systems – the log sorting line and the sawmill infeed. Further reasons for the investment were the decrease of emissions and the topic “sawmill 4.0”. Due to the innovative further developments of the Holtec chainless technology exactly those two issues were found there combination in an overall concept. The log sorting line will be put into operation in November 2020. The sawmill infeed with a capacity of up to 40 pc./min will start its production at the end of 2020.

Wolf-Christian, Küspert, General Manager, Gelo

New Continuous Tilt Hoist will reduce maintenance & operator intervention

Collums Lumber is replacing an outdated tilt hoist with USNR’s Continuous Tilt Hoist

with advanced features that will remove operator intervention and dramatically reduce the

LMI launch Gocator 2490 LMI have officially launched the Gocator 2490, an all-in-one smart 3D laser profiler designed to scan large targets in packaging & logistics, automotive assembly, sawmill board optimization, and food processing applications.

This ultra-wide field of view, large measurement range 3D laser line profiler is able to scan a 1 m x 1 m at a rate of 800 Hz, delivering 2.5 mm XYZ resolutions even at conveyor speeds of 2 m/s. Gocator 2490 also delivers robust quality inspection of surface defects.

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maintenance requirement. This tilt hoist will come with a new feature for automatic leveling. The automated leveling feature uses a distance range sensor array mounted to a support frame on the tilt hoist, and is designed to allow automated adjustment of the leveling mechanism for more precise, reliable operation. This removes operator intervention and eliminates a high maintenance point in the unstacking process. This automated leveling feature is installed and operating at several mills.

USNR has stated it is proud to be a trusted supplier to Collums Lumber for this and many other technological improvements. Over the past year Collums has been investing in new technology for several of its green mill processes, including new plantwide controls systems, adding profiling to its curve sawing gang, and adding visual scanning to its trimming process.


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Conifex announces agreement for sale of U.S. sawmill business

Late December 2019 Conifex Timber Inc. announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with an affiliate of Resolute Forest Products Inc. for the sale by Conifex of its US sawmill business, consisting of its El Dorado, Cross City and Glenwood sawmills and related operations. The purchase price, payable in cash, is US$163 million plus net working capital at closing. The net proceeds from the

sale will be used by Conifex to repay in full its outstanding lumber segment credit facility and for working capital and general corporate purposes. Ken Shields, Conifex’s President and CEO, stated: “Successful completion of the transaction positions us to retire our entire lumber segment borrowings and strengthens our balance sheet. With greater financial stability, we will be focused on

enhancing the performance of our lumber manufacturing and power generation businesses in Mackenzie, BC”. Shields added: “We are pleased that our U.S. employees will have the opportunity to become part of an organization that has demonstrated expertise in lumber manufacturing and an objective of growing the scope and scale of its lumber business in the U.S. South”. CIBC Capital Markets and Raymond James Ltd. acted as financial advisors to Conifex on the transaction. Sangra Moller LLP acted as legal advisor to Conifex. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur first quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions. For further information, contact: Yuri Lewis Chief Financial Officer (778)-331-8687 yuri.lewis@conifex.com

Ken Shields, Conifex’s President & CEO About Conifex Timber Inc. Conifex and its subsidiaries’ primary business currently includes timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value added lumber finishing and distribution. Conifex’s lumber products are sold in the United States, Chinese, Canadian and Japanese markets. Conifex has expanded its operations to include bioenergy production following the commencement of commercial operations of its power generation facility at Mackenzie, BC.

Stora Enso to sell its sawn construction timber mill in Pfarrkirchen, Germany Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sawn construction timber (KVH) mill at Pfarrkirchen in Germany, to the fund LEO II. – VV1 GmbH, managed by the private equity firm Dubag Group. The divestment is part of Stora Enso’s profit protection programme and it is in line with the Group’s strategic transformation to focus on developing integrated mills for wood products production. Pfarrkirchen Mill has a good reputation on the market, is well equipped and holds a team of very competent personnel, but it is a non-integrated further processing mill. The new owner is in a better position to give the mill the attention it deserves and ensure a long-term development. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of

2020. The impact on Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and net debt will not be material. “We are proud that Stora Enso has chosen DUBAG Group and its LEO II. Fund as partner for a sustainable future of the KVH production site in Pfarrkirchen and for the carve-out from Stora Enso. The Pfarrkirchen site and its 90 employees have a long-lasting experience in the production of high quality KVH and we are looking forward to continue this successful history in the future,” says Christoph Mödder, Partner at DUBAG Group. The divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 40 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s KVH production capacity by approximately 145000 m3.

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About Dubag Group The DUBAG Group is a specialised investment advisory firm based in Munich. The firm advises and manages private equity funds with a focus on the acquisition and active management of companies in special situations, such as corporate spin-offs. www.dubag.eu For further information, please contact: Ulrika Lilja EVP, Communications tel. +46 72 221 9228 Investor enquiries: Ulla Paajanen SVP, Investor Relations tel. +358 40 763 8767

Christoph Mödder, Partner at DUBAG Group

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. STORA ENSO OYJ Pfarrkirchen Sawmill in southeast Germany produces processed timber.


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Profiling heads that offer endless possibilities

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acked by over 50 years of experience in the sawmill industry, Comact has all it takes to offer high-performance, innovative sawing technology. Comact understands that quick and efficient cutting tools are an integral part of the optimal solution. Recent breakthroughs in technology enabled sawmills to increase productivity, consequently increasing profitability. Increased throughput generates more pieces for the edger to process, which in turn can create an operational bottleneck at that level. However, with today’s integration of profiling heads at primary and secondary breakdown, processing is already

more efficient and less costly. For well over a decade now, profiling heads have been an integral component of Comact’s primary breakdown systems, such as the DDM, as well as secondary breakdown systems, such as the TBL3. In order to meet the needs of its clients, aiming to operate evermore productive and profitable

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sawmills, Comact has improved its product offer over the last few years. In fact, Comact has delivered various projects where profiling heads have been integrated into the twin canter (primary breakdown) in order to profile sideboards and limit handling, not to mention relieve existing edgers.

Comact now masters the art of profiling, but the R&D continues! In fact, innovation is fundamental for this company since it values its achievements and it constantly thrives to meet the client’s needs. In 2020, Comact innovates once again in terms of profiling heads and sawmills without an edger by introducing to the market new sawing lines with double limitless profilers combined to a splitter at primary breakdown. Now, this is a game changer for the breakdown of logs with a wide diameter! Unlike the “Pocket” type profiling heads, the new double limitless profilers allow the production of two side pieces of different widths and in addition, it offers an endless range of widths and up to 4’’ for the thickness of a block or a side cant. As for the splitter, it is a perpendicular saw that allows the resaw of the first and/or second side board, in two pieces of different widths (2x4-2x4, 2x4-2x6, 4x4-4x4 …), with high accuracy to avoid damage to the central cant. This module, which may saw in skew, also has two profilers that allow to finish the pieces to the proper width. Without limitless profiling, it would be impossible to produce two pieces of different widths in the second side board.


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The main benefits for this type of profiling are: • Improvement of the production performance • Improvement of the breakdown line speed by up to 30%  • Improvement of the sawmill flow: fewer pieces in re-run  • Reduction/Elimination of the edger operating costs:  • Requires less workforce • Requires less maintenance  • Improved safety (no manual operation required)  For companies that don’t sell wide lumber or that want to adjust quickly to the market demand, this is the ideal technology since a simple adjustment of the optimization parameters will maximize the production value. Everything is done in the same process, there is no additional manipulation!  Although each saw line is adapted to the client’s specific needs, Comact experts suggest the following cutting tool layout to maximize the performance of a line where log diameters are wide: 

Option 1 for the best sawing accuracy and the greatest flexibility possible:   Canter – Limitless profilers – Limitless profilers – Twin + output – Splitter – Twin + output OR

Option 2 for the best sawing accuracy possible: Canter – Limitless profilers – Limitless profilers – Twin + output – Twin + output OR 

Option 3 for a compact line:   Canter – Limitless profilers – Limitless profilers – Quad + output If there is enough space in the sawmill, it is strongly recommended to choose a double

output for the twin to gain the best accuracy in the sawing deviation of the second side board and allow the splitter installation. In fact, several tests and observations performed on different sawing lines proved that the proximity of the cutting tools improves the sawing deviation by 50%, no matter the sawing line type or brand. Finally, the re-optimization after the canters is a very interesting option to attain a higher throughput value. It has been demonstrated that the average throughput value may increase by 1,5% thanks to the re-optimization since, no matter the equipment type or robustness, the log has a tendency to move slightly during the opening and sometimes

this invalidates the predefined optimization solution. In any case, the Comact team will discuss the sawmill production issues to find the optimal solution. At a minimum, the suggested line configurations will allow the benefits of profiling at the primary and secondary breakdown with the possibility to maximize even more the value by the re-optimization and the addition of a splitter. For a sawmill seeking to increase its throughput, this is a sizable advantage besides getting rid of those typical edger bottlenecks. 

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Model 950 Chiphead

Improve cant feeding, chipping control Uniform chips, smooth surface finish, flexible knife choice

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SNR’s Model 950 Chip Head enhances the performance of today’s high-speed, highvolume log lines by improving cant feeding and control throughout the chipping process. With over 20 years of production and more than 100 installations around the world, USNR log lines have proven reliability. This Model 950 canter chip head further enhances the performance of modern log lines while delivering flexible knife options. With decades of success in chipping technology, we know that uninterrupted performance and high quality production is critical in today’s challenging operating environment. Get the most out

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of your system with unique and reliable upgrades from USNR that are specially designed by the people who understand lumber processing machinery better than anyone in the business.

Superior performance Increased production capacity, premium board finish, lower operating costs and a more uniform chip quality are benefits that add up to superior performance. A key feature is the Model 950’s ability to use both double-edge and babbitted knives, delivering added flexibility to your operation in addition to uniform chips, a smooth surface finish and minimal knot tear-out. Easy set-up and low operating and maintenance costs

are simply icing on the cake. The Model 950 is available with finish knives, finish knives and a post-cutting saw, or a pre-cutting saw. The USNR True Flow doubleedge finish knife can be reground without losing the knife plane location.

True Flow knife system The Model 950 comes equipped with USNR’s high-performance True Flow knife system, which is an outstanding alternative for most drum-style and conical chipper heads. It was designed using sophisticated 3D solid modeling CAD software, resulting in a chipping system that is optimized for high quality chips and low operating costs.


SAWLINES - Sawline Technology - USNR The True Flow system is the culmination of decades of chipping system design experience. In fact, USNR was a pioneer in developing modern chipping technology. Learning from years of manufacturing and servicing CM&E, Kockums Cancar and Forano chippers of yesteryear, USNR’s engineers created the True Flow system from the ground up, incorporating features others are still trying to understand and copy. The True Flow knife system can be retrofitted to chippers from practically any manufacturer, and comes standard on all new USNR chippers. USNR developed its advanced knife systems to help you get the most out of your machinery. Not only can we help you with the knife system but also the machinery around it including arbors, bearings, feed systems, and all the other factors that contribute to top quality lumber, high recovery, good surface finish, and quality chips

Options • A  vailable with finish knives, finish knives and a post-cutting saw, or a pre-cutting saw

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• A  vailable with double edge knives or babbitt knives • D  ouble edge finish knife can be reground without losing the knife plane location

Benefits • I ncreased production capacity • P  remium board finish • L ower operating costs • M  ore uniform chip quality

Chip disc with precut saw for cutting through knots prior to chipping, to minimize knot tear-out

Here the Model 950 Chiphead is used in an end dog carriage application

Chip disc with finishing knives and post-cut saw, creates a smooth sawn-look finish instead of a chipped finish

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CTR 1300 H

Pilous - Forestor advanced technology Pilous Log band saws represent the leading edge in the world among log band saw manufacturers, regarding the extraordinary quality and reliability of the machines, as well as the wide product range and overall number of machines produced. Long term experience has tested the machines in the most extreme conditions and proved their reliability in - 40° C in Siberia or, by contrast, in high temperatures and humidity in the jungles of Africa, Asia or South America. CTR series presents the latest trends in construction of log saw bands with a special emphasis on maximum accuracy and long-term service life of the machine while ensuring minimum costs. All log band saws are distinguished by their extraordinary robust construction and smart technological solutions. They make use of top-quality, specially balanced engine drives of the saw blades, professional drives and gearboxes from renowned European manufacturers, as well as electronic parts or hydraulic accessories.

CTR 1300 Hydraulic Extremely large and robust running sections fitted with massive hydraulic equipment allows handling very heavy logs of a diameter up to 1.3 m, including

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the heaviest exotic tree species. Massive saw band arm is fitted with large running wheels of a diameter 720 mm, which allows you to use the saw band up to 65 mm wide. Exceptionally robust construction of the machine and high-performance hydraulic equipment allow operation even under the most difficult operating conditions including non-stop operation. Hydraulic accessories can easily handle even very large logs and it significantly increase the productivity of the machine and save labour costs. Thanks to the unique modular design of CTR series, the machine is fitted with many fitting points for hydraulic equipment. That allows large variability of its placement with regard to the total cutting length and specifics of the processed material. Exceptionally massive running bridge of the saw band arm and running sections ensure undisturbed operation when its cutting even at high running speeds. Professional execution of all main technical units, such as running wheels with their bearing system, saw band arm construction, powering and feeding system, etc. ensure maximum service life and machine accuracy even under the most difficult operating conditions. Continuously adjustable machine feed into

the cut and back and saw band arm height adjustment. Travel speed is displayed on the digital display. The central control panel is stationary and it’s placed on the main running section. This allows convenient machine control from a single place with complete hydraulic accessories. The feed into the cut and back is driven by an electric motor with worm gearbox controlled by the frequency converter. Bilaterally synchronously powered and guided saw band arm bridge on running sections ensures maximum stability at cutting. Travel speed can be easily changed by turning the potentiometer on the control panel. The massive saw band arm is borne on adjustable hardchromium rods (for moving up and down) which ensure absolute accuracy of saw band arm movement and virtually unlimited service life, if the machine is lubricated regularly. The vertical movement of the arm is provided by double-sided synchronous chain transmission powered by an electric motor with worm gearbox. The movement controlled from the central panel has two modes of speed – rapid feed and slow feed for accurate movement to a desired position. This system can be always additionally equipped with electronic metering which


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automatically moves to the specified position. The arm is fitted with large running wheels made of highquality grey cast iron with accurate balancing against vibrations. The wheel has a groove along its circumference. The groove holds a replaceable rubber-textile belt which creates an optimum contact area between the wheel and the saw band. The sturdily mounted running wheel is powered through a wedge belt by a professional electrical motor specially balanced against vibrations. The machine is equipped with a powerful soft-starter that ensures smooth start-up of the main engine and reduction of impacts in the electric network. The tensioning wheel system moves along a sturdy cast iron wedge guide with adjustable pressure bar, which allows highly accurate adjustment without

any free travel even in long-term machine operation. For easier and optimum tension of the saw band the machine is equipped with hydraulic tensioning system. Exceptionally stable running sections with double-sided adjustable steel arm bridge guides form the basis of the machine. They are sufficiently dimensioned for maximum diameters of logs as well. They were designed reflecting the practice, therefore designed to cope with very hard

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operating conditions. Double-sided bridge guidance on the running section in combination with a high-performance engine ensure smooth and fast withdrawal of heavy workpieces when using workpiece feeder. Cut length is virtually unlimited in all types of machines, it only depends on the length of running gear installed. Running gear sections are fitted with massive, height-adjustable log-bearing surfaces. Pilous is a traditional Czech

manufacturer of bandsaw machines, which has been established on the market for 26 years already. Within product range Pilous can offer a variety of bandsaws, including manual, electric, hydraulic and mobile versions. Currently, Pilous company has set itself the goal to increase the market share and strengthen position as a European manufacturer out of the present markets like the Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden etc. Comprehensive machine offer of band saw mills for wood cutting is on www.pilous.cz.

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Latest planer installation in Germany

Gilbert Worldwide Over the past two decades, Gilbert has striven to be a first class world leader in the Planermill Industry. Since the first installations outside its home province of Quebec in 2002, Gilbert has succeeded in installing over 125 planers worldwide.

The North American Market

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n 2002, Gilbert participated in the Portland Show, Oregon. This was the first time a planer was brought to the stand, attracting the curiosity of many! Following the show, Gilbert partnered with a western sales distributor and concentrated on developing the western Canadian market. This expansion soon spread out to include the western USA market as well. Today, they count over fifty planers in the West! In 2008, Gilbert focused its efforts on developing the southeastern USA market. They tailored their engineering and adapted their planer to handle Southern Yellow Pine, a different species than Canadian spruce and pine. That same year, they succeeded in selling a first planer to a mill in Florida, and since then have over twenty planers in operation and four more in fabrication.

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Satisfied Australian customer

The European market In 2006, Gilbert’s sales team focused its efforts on developing the European market. These efforts were quickly rewarded when, in 2007, Gilbert installed four new planers in Europe--two in Sweden and two in Germany. Gilbert’s engineering team adapted the planers to meet CE norms. Furthermore, all operation manuals and PLC recipes were translated into our customers’ language and metric standards. In November and December of 2019, Gilbert’s service team was

busy installing a new Gilbert HighSpeed Planer at Mercer Timber in Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Deutschland. This planer model is designed to run up to 1200 meters per minute, 4000 FPM!


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The Australasian market In 2014, Gilbert, with the support of its Australian sales agent, sold its first planer down under. Since this first installation, Gilbert has worked on five new projects in Australia and New Zealand. They are excited to serve this market. Distance is no obstacle to their service team who easily and efficiently offers online remote controlled service to customers worldwide.

The South American market In 2015, Gilbert had the opportunity to participate in a turnkey solution for a first big planer project in Brazil. This project was such a success that a second planer was soon sold to a neighboring sawmill. Gilbert continues to work with its Brazilian partner and hopes to HALCO AD:Layout 3 3/8/10

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• G  ilbert High Speed up to 1200 MPM (4000 FPM) • Gilbert Moulder • Gilbert Mass Timber Planer Gilbert is comprised of a team of 130 workers, all devoted to making the best planer in the

world, and a team of eight planer after-sale technicians, available 24/7 to support customers worldwide. Gilbert are represented by sales agents on all continents who continually offer valuable after-sale support. Visit their website at www.gilbert-tech.com to view their complete line of planers and learn more about the company and it’s team.

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INNOVATION - VIPER

LUMBER PROCESSING

Viper WRL increases the life of wire rope assets by up to 300%

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iper WRL, an Australian owned company, manufactures and supplies wire rope lubrication equipment to the marine, petrochemical, forestry, mining and manufacturing industries. The use of the Viper WRL system increases the life of wire rope assets by up to 300% compared to traditional lubrication methods. When used in place of manual lubrication the Viper can reduce relubrication time of ropes from several days to several hours whilst also providing a safer work environment. As the Viper delivers lubricant into the wire rope there is also an environmental benefit with less lubricant used and significantly less waste. In recent years the company expanded operations with an additional workshop facility, increased its global distribution network to over 70 countries, increased personnel from 15 full time employees to 24, and increased sales by 32%. Rodney Fitzpatrick, Owner and Managing Director of Viper WRL said “The Viper Wire Rope Lubricator is now the world leader through continued innovations” “The Viper not only provides major savings in equipment downtime but is a lot safer for workers and the environment.”

The Viper not only provides major savings in equipment downtime but is a lot safer for workers and the environment Rodney Fitzpatrick, Owner & Managing Director of Viper WRL

Metsä Fibre’s Nordic Timber sawn timber is now called Metsä Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, is renewing its sawn timber product brand. The previously used Nordic Timber name will be replaced by Metsä brand in all sawn timber products, and at the same time, the company is renewing its sawn timber shipping marks and packaging to respond to the brand update. “We want to continuously

improve our operations and create more added value for our customers, and that’s why our customer promise is Exceeding Expectations – a commitment that reflects our strategic aim and ambition,” says Ari Harmaala, SVP Sales and Customership, Metsä Fibre. As of January 1st, 2020, Metsä Fibre is also responsible for the all

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operations related to sales, order handling and delivery. The only exception to this is the sales in England, Wales and Scotland that will be handled through Metsä Wood sales organisation. Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood

pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.


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Bandsaw monitoring improves accuracy and service life

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The inductive sensors are mounted on the return side of the saw blade, protected by an enclosure

SNR has developed the Bandsaw Monitoring System (BMS) to help ensure lumber size accuracy and extend saw blade service life. The Bandsaw Monitoring System controls saw blades by actively tilting the band wheels. It also detects cracks at an early stage, before they cause band rupture. The inductive sensors monitor the position of the saw’s teeth in relation to the band wheel’s front edge. The main advantage to using inductive technology is the capability to detect even very small cracks in the blade. Incorrectly aligned saw blades will generate cracks in the tooth base as well as wear on band wheels and saw guides. Apart from safety risk and damage to equipment, blade ruptures create downtime. BMS actively corrects the saw band’s position on the band wheel, which not only minimizes wear but also improves sawing accuracy.

Besides the inductive sensors, BMS also includes a PLC with software for monitoring, communication and adjustment. The intelligent saw band control system alerts the operator to faults such as saw bands showing signs of imminent rupture.

Benefits: • Detects cracks in the saw bands at an early stage, before they cause band rupture. • Improves lumber size accuracy • Minimizes wear on saw bands, band wheels and saw guides • Reduces saw band rupture • Lowers energy consumption • Accuracy of measurement corresponding to +/- 0.1 mm The inductive sensors are mounted on the return side of the saw blade, protected by an enclosure. The BMS’ detection capability is not reduced by sawdust build-up or particles in the air. It can easily be installed in new and already existing bandmill lines, processing any species in any region worldwide. USNR has several installations that prove the benefit of the BMS system. One customer indicated that the BMS investment has a very short pay-back time, as well as 100% crack detection (zero blade ruptures). He said that thanks to increased up-time in the saw line, the mill’s production has risen on average by an impressive 1.9 cubic meters (800 board feet) per hour.

The inductive sensors as seen from the outfeed end of the bandsaw blade

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Mind-blowing harvesting progress

The John Deere 1270G

It’s worth taking a step back to appreciate just how refined the harvester has become under the watch of the contemporary group of harvester suppliers

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t the heart of the forestry sector is the need to harvest. It is, in theory, a basic function and, at one point many moons ago, it really was. Man took a saw, walked into the forest, chose the right tree and, laboriously, cut it down. Today, few of those elements remain the same. Both men and women are equally equipped to harvest; the process is no longer laborious and, in fact, has been

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made increasingly comfortable by improvements to ergonomics; and the operator may choose the tree or trees to cut but it is a control system in the head that is linked to the client that determines how the stem is cut. This year’s harvester technology review is a testament to this progress. It is the biggest for years and therefore promotes a large array of new developments from a significant number of suppliers

from across the world. It is tempting to be impressed by major new breakthroughs but, when the evolution of the technology is so advanced, one must accept that progress now is largely tinkering around the margins. Instead, if one draws breath and stops for just a moment, they should be blown away by the sophistication of every single unit in the following pages.


Harvesters

John Deere’s distinct collection of harvesters include the G-Series wheeled harvesters and M-Series track harvesters. Each machine is well-equipped with the newest technology and supported by guaranteed dealer support. They were made to enhance a logger’s job by improving customer experience with less time and money.

G-Series Harvesters Ideal for final felling and late thinning, the G-Series performs at a high-productivity with superb fuel economy. With the assistance of customer feedback, the machines are well suitable for an operator’s comfort. Its redesigned cab includes leveling or fixed options, large windows for outstanding visibility in all directions, ergonomically designed seats as well as air conditioning and heating. An increase in productivity and cab comfort is a result of these key features. The Processing Power Control (PPC) system provides the operator with energy-saving normal or boost options while it does the remaining work. Its applicable processing level is coordinated to work conditions and the size of the tree helping to advance fuel efficiency. Satisfying customer needs, the twin-pump hydraulic system has ample power for simultaneous operation allowing the utmost control of the boom and harvester head. The adequate grip on the trunk of the tree and increased productivity without taxing the operator is guaranteed. The new and improved, TimberMatic™ H-16 user-friendly control system enhances machine performance and precision with

The John Deere 1470G

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The John Deere 1470G its control modules and wiring harnesses. Additional software included in the user-friendly system include TimberMatic Maps which shares real-time production information between G-Series Harvesters and Forwarders. Clear-cut locations, volume totals and species of timber with logging route information are accessible with the mapping program. The TimberManager platform is a web-based solution suitable for a PC, tablet or mobile phone which assists fleet managers with monitoring progress in realtime and tracking the volume of timber at the storage area. Both technologies reward the operators with total visibility to the operation and make communicating easier. In addition, special G-Series models 1170G and 1170G are supplied with the Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) and the TimberMatic H-16 control-system. The IBC is fully convenient, allowing the operator to control the harvester head while the system guides the movements of the boom. Its improved MECA control modules, CAN busses and optimized electrical system enhance machine functions. The Adaptive Driveline Control is linked which boosts

machine drivability and output by adjusting engine RPMs to complement the engine load.

1070G Harvester The 1070G model is fitted for fragile terrain and thinning applications. In dense growth, its wide tires protect the terrain from damage giving it a balanced frame. This model can be operated in two-wheel configurations. The four-wheeled model weighs 33,510 pounds and the six-wheeled model weighs 35,273 pounds. Each is equipped with an H412, H413 or H414 harvester head.

1170G Harvester The 1170G models features two front tires, 24.5- or 26.5 inches allowing loggers more options based on their needs. Improving the hydraulic power, it holds a 125cc pump. The logger has the choice of the CH6 boom’s 32.8-foot or 37.1-foot reach, equipped with an H412, H413 or H414 harvester head. Additionally, they include a six-wheeled or eight-wheeled configuration. The eight-wheeled model is an all-purpose machine, perfect for thinning and felling regeneration. It performs best on

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soft terrain and sleep slopes having a minimum of weight of 42,990 without tracks. The six-wheeled model with an H412 weighs a minimum of 39,242 pounds. The logger is rewarded with low surface pressure, climbing ability on slopes, limber forward movement and outstanding productivity.

1270G Harvester The 1270G model offers a highly exceptional fuel economy in the six- and eight-wheeled models. This creates excellent traction and stability for the operator. The six-wheeled boasts a 200kW Final Tier 4 engine. The eight-wheeled is suitable for soft terrain and steep slopes. Operators have the opportunity to use IBC in application to further control movements which reduce the learning curves for new operators.

1470G Harvester The largest of them all, 1470G is strong and productive when combined with the H415 Harvester Head. Its high ground clearance makes difficult terrain conditions doable. A variety of H415, H480C, H270 Series II and H290 complement the machine as well. Its CH9 boom improves hosing

and cabling with its cylinders and complemented to the harvester’s frame. Forward visibility, serviceability, lessened wear and tear are its best features.

M-Series Harvesters The upgraded 800MH- and 900MH-Series Tracked Harvesters, including the 803MH, 853MH, 859MH, 953MH and 959MH models, are superior in delivering premium performance. The operator station is equipped with adjustable armrests, airconditioned seats, ergonomically designed controls as well as spacious room and seats. The operator has an excellent view of the cutting area as a compliment of the overhead skylight and floor-toceiling front and side windows. Other enhanced features include the undercarriage and boom. The Rapid Cycle system has an automated felling-head arm cycle with simple boom control. Operator preferences and skill levels function accordingly with its tailored settings. An operator’s fatigue is reduced inside the machine along with progressive productivity and efficiency.


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The HX rotator is here! Experience the difference of next generation harvester rotators. Day in, day out. All year round.

Together with the Indexator’s MPB swing damper, HX is the perfect solution for the strongest CTL machines in the forest. • Longer service life • Handles major radial and axial forces • Powerful bearings • Copes with negative loads • Same interface as today’s rotators from Indexator • Easy to service • Better total economy

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SCORPION

PONSSE has a complete range of Harvesters designed for felling operations anywhere in the world. For this issue we feature their two current flagship models, the Cobra and Scorpion. PONSSE Scorpion King is the very image of a modern harvester, awarded for its design and technological innovation. The best prize is its popularity among forest machine entrepreneurs. It is the best-selling PONSSE harvester in many market areas. Scorpion King is a three-frame harvester equipped with a fork boom. Its balancing keeps the cabin horizontal in all conditions. In addition, visibility from the cabin is perfect thanks to large glass surfaces and as the crane does not block the view in any direction. Its

double-circuit hydraulics ensure that power never runs out, not even in difficult conditions. With the Scorpion King, you are at the priority, even on level ground. However, the balanced machine is at its best in demanding conditions and uneven terrain.

SPECIAL FEATURES: IT IS ALL ABOUT THE OPERATOR The design of the Scorpion focuses on the operator – the operator is literally the centre point of the machine. The cabin is located in the middle of the machine, making it easier to see its extremities when working at dense thinning sites. What is more, the operator is situated in the middle of the

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cabin’s turning radius: when the cabin turns, the operator does not feel like being on a carousel. This has a significant impact on comfort and wellbeing at work. The unique crane solution offers an excellent visibility in every direction. Good visibility, also on both sides of the cabin, enables efficiency without any limits. The operator can select trees and felling directions and place trees into piles efficiently, producing the best harvesting quality.

STABILITY UNDER ALL CONDITIONS The incredible stability of the Scorpion comes from its eight wheels and active stabilization system. The patented stabilization system is based on detecting the

crane direction and position, on the basis of which the rear frame is pressed in the working direction. Pressing the rear wheels against the ground and the weight of the rear frame improve the machine’s stability significantly when working on the side of the machine – also when the machine is moving. The Cabin leveling, balances the cabin, also in difficult terrain. The frame of the machine consists of three parts linked by rotating joints. The cabin is located in the middle frame, which is kept hydraulically balanced, while the front and rear frames tilt according to the terrain. The pivot point of lateral leveling is very low, which doesn’t only keep the cabin straight, but also minimizes any lateral swaying and keeps the


CRANE PONSSE C50 Completely new geometry and a unique two-arm lift boom moving over the cabin: excellent visibility and balance. Unbeatable movement geometry. Reach 10/11 m. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Featured machine in the photo may include additional equipment.

Technical specifications: Dimensions Minimum weight

21,300 kg (46,958 lbs)

Typical weight

22,500 kg (49,604 lbs)

Length

8,020 mm (316 in)

Width

2,690-3,085 mm (106-121,4 in)

Ground clearance

655 mm (25.8 in)

Transportation height

3720 mm (147 in)

Crane:

C50

Slewing torque (gross)

42041 lb-ft

Crane tilt angle

front/rear ±15°, sideways ±12°

Crane turning angle

280°

Lifting moment (gross)

185866 lb-ft

Reach

32.8 ft / 36.1 ft

Engine

centre of mass at the machine’s centre line.

ENGINE AND HYDRAULICS The powerful engine and strong hydraulics produce more than enough power, both in harvesting and transmission. Scorpion is available equipped with singlecircuit hydraulics for changing harvesting purposes or as the Scorpion King version with doublecircuit hydraulics, in particular, for clear cutting. The power, torque and fuel economy of the MercedesBenz / MTU engine are better than ever. The advanced transmission offers excellent handling and machine control – especially in demanding conditions and uneven terrain.

Name

MB OM936LA EU Stage V/Tier 4 Final

Power

285.6hp Stage V and Tier4F / 278.8hp Stage 3A

Torque

885.1 lb-ft Stage V / 848.2 lb-ft Tier4F / 811.3 lb-ft Stage 3A (1200-1600 rpm)

Tractive force

40466 lbf

Fuel tank volume

84.5 - 108.3 gal(US)(Higher fuel tank volume without stump treatment)

HARVESTER HEADS PONSSE harvester heads are known for their high efficiency/ weight ratios and robust structure, which are second to none. A broad harvester head range is available for Scorpion: choose H5 or H6 for thinning-based harvesting, or the sturdy H7 regeneration felling. H7 Euca and H77 Euca are efficient when harvesting eucalyptus.

Hydraulic System Control system

PONSSE OptiControl

Hydraulic circuits

Separate hydraulic circuits for the harvester head and crane.

Tires Front

26,5”

Rear

26,5”

Crane pump Crane pump

11.6 cu in

Harvester head pump Harvester head pump

8.8 cu in

Oil tank volume Oil tank volume

74 gal(US)

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COBRA

The Cobra’s technical solutions are reliable basic technology, and the eight-wheel drive gives the machine stability and traction. The crane options are the reliable C44+ parallel crane and C5 sliding boom crane with an 11-metre reach, familiar from other PONSSE models. The wide selection of harvester heads ranges from thinning to large diameter trees and eucalyptus debarking options. For the most demanding steep slope felling operations, the Cobra can be equipped with the PONSSE Synchrowinch solution, which enhances the machine’s movement and reduces stress on the soil. The Cobra’s power transmission includes a powerful six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine and a large 210 cm3 hydraulic pump with enough capacity to do its job while fuel consumption remains low. The familiar and tested basic technology makes the Cobra’s maintenance costs and need for service low.

What makes the Cobra an excellent versatile machine? TRANSMISSION The heart of the Cobra is a powerful 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine. Already at low revs, this power source delivers 1,100–1,200 Nm of torque, depending on the engine model and its emission level, so the Cobra can keep going, even in the most demanding conditions. The engine also delivers enough power, 205 or 210 kW, which makes it easy for the machine to push through the spikes in load variations.

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The large 210 cm3 hydraulic pump is directly connected to the engine. The direct installation on the engine is simple in design, reducing maintenance requirements and the number of components compared to transfer case pump installations, as well as improving transmission efficiency. Thanks to the large work pump and the generous capacity of the hydraulics, fuel economy and maintenance costs remain low. The Cobra’s tractive force is 195 kN, which makes it a leader in its size class. CRANE Two different crane options are available for the Cobra. The PONSSE C44+ is Ponsse’s own parallel crane, which has already proved its user friendliness and efficiency in other Ponsse harvesters. The C44+ crane has a hydraulic parallel action, which makes the crane precise to use. Compared to a mechanical parallel action, the hydraulic function minimises the number of pivot points that are susceptible to wear. This reduces vibrations caused by play in the worn pivot points. Because of its agility and reach, the C44+ fits most applications, as the crane rotation takes up little space around the machine. The reach of the C44+ is 11 metres when equipped wit the H6 harvester head. The other crane option uses Ponsse’s traditional sliding boom design. The C5 sliding boom crane is a powerful option for situations


where a low centre of gravity is important for the stability of the machine, for example on steep slopes. The maximum reach of the C5 sliding boom crane is 10 metres, depending on the harvester head. Both crane models are equipped with two rotation motors, since rotation accuracy and power play an important role in working efficiency. It is also possible to tilt the crane stand to ± 20º for maximum rotational power in slope conditions. Both crane models have a high lifting torque of 248 or 250 kNm, which is excellent for the size class of the machine. PLATFORM Thanks to its eight wheels the Cobra is very stable, and its surface pressure is low. The 1,500 mm hub distance on the bogies and the large 26.5” tyres divide the weight of the machine evenly, and the tyre size makes the machine’s ground clearance high. In addition to tyre size and the bogies, surface pressure is also affected by different track solutions. Eight wheels make it possible for the machine to traverse uneven and soft terrain. The Cobra has Ponsse’s excellent cylinder-powered frame lock, which stabilises the machine during work and functions as a shock absorber when driving. The 380-litre fuel tank makes it possible to keep working for a long time without refuelling. HARVESTER HEAD One factor in the adaptability of the Cobra is the range of harvester head options. All PONSSE harvester heads are manufactured and designed at the Ponsse factory

in Vieremä. This is why they work seamlessly with the PONSSE harvesters. The Cobra’s harvester head options start with the PONSSE H5 harvester head designed for thinning felling. The next step into a larger size class is the PONSSE H6 harvester head, which is praised as the best general harvester head on the market. It is suitable for a variety of uses, ranging from thinning sites with small trees to regeneration felling. Paired with the C44+ crane, both these harvester heads have a reach of 11 metres. For larger trees, the Cobra can be equipped with the strong and compact PONSSE H7 harvester head, designed for demanding work at regeneration felling sites and later thinning sites. Although the H7 is a large harvester head, it can reach up to 10 metres with a crane. Two harvester heads for processing and debarking eucalyptus trees are also available for the Cobra. The PONSSE H7 Euca works well with very large trees because of its centering geometry. Yet the PONSSE H77 Euca is an efficient and durable debarking harvester head for processing smaller eucalyptus trees. The H77 Euca harvester head is characterised by the feed rollers on its sides, enabling very efficient debarking. If necessary, the H77 Euca can be equipped for conventional harvesting. With the debarking harvester heads, the Cobra’s crane reach is 8.6 or 9.5 metres, depending on the crane model.

Technical specifications: Dimensions Minimum weight

19,800 kg (43,651 lbs)

Typical weight

20,900 kg (46,077 lbs)

Length

8,130 mm (320 in)

Width

2,630–3,080 mm (103.5–121 in)

Ground clearance

600 mm (23.6 in)

Transportation height (C5/C44+)

3,800 mm (150 in)

Crane

C44+

Swing torque

57 kNm

Tilt angle

±20°

Crane swing angle

250°

Lifting torque

250 kNm

Reach

8.6/10/11 m (28.2/32.8/36 ft)

Crane

C5

Swing torque

57 kNm

Tilt angle

±20°

Crane swing angle

250°

Lifting torque

248 kNm

Reach

8.6/9.5/10 m (28.2/32.8/36 ft)

Engine Model

MB OM936LA EU Stage V (Europe) MB OM936LA Tier 4F (North America) MB OM906LA EU Stage IIIA (other countries)

Power

EU and North America: 210 kW (286 hp) Other countries: 205 kW (275 hp)

Torque

EU: 1,200 Nm (1,200–1,600 rpm) North America: 1,150 Nm (1,200–1,600 rpm) Other countries: 1,100 Nm (1,200–1,600 rpm)

Tractive force

195 kN (43,838 lbf )

Fuel tank volume

380 l (100 gal US)

Hydraulic system Working pump

210 cm3 (12.8 cu in)

Oil tank volume

290 l (76.6 gal US)

Tyres Front and rear

26.5”

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PONSSE COBRA - customer feedback The Cobra was delivered to us at the end of May. This marked a new beginning for our company, because the Cobra is the first PONSSE harvester we have owned and at the same time the first Cobra in the whole of Ireland. There has been no cause for concern, as the machine has been running smoothly and reliably. We were a little apprehensive about the visibility from the machine, especially on thinning sites. However, the spacious and silent cabin has been a very pleasant working environment for a whole day’s work, with no vibrations affecting the operator. We bought the Cobra for both thinning and regeneration felling sites to complement the PONSSE Wisent. These two machines are a perfect pair, and the Wisent follows the Cobra everywhere. The C44+ crane is very powerful with the H7 harvester head, and we haven’t had any trouble, even with the largest trees. Thinning is easy work for this machine. On thinning sites, the engine can remain at 1,500 rpm, and we still have more than enough speed. The H7 is equipped with the feed motors from the H6, and we can achieve maximum speed at minimum rpm. There’s lots of power to spare. In conclusion, we can say that the Cobra has so far been everything Ponsse said it would be. In addition, the comfort, stability and ease of work are things that have made us the most happy, and we keep on learning new things every day. Tony Davis, Larke & Davis Timber Ltd, Ireland

We received the Cobra nine months ago. It’s the first PONSSE Cobra in Uruguay. We usually process and debark eucalyptus with the Cobra straight off the bunches behind a feller-buncher. Our impression is that we’ve managed to enhance our productivity and reduce our fuel consumption with the help of the Cobra. We also do cut-to-length logging on eucalyptus plantations. There, the Cobra’s productivity is as good as with bigger machines, but fuel consumption is lower. Gustavo Gabriel Hernandez Pereyra, Famanex S.A. Uruguay

We’ve used the Cobra for a year in the forests of Kainuu and North Karelia. The machine is really stable, and its power is very good for our felling sites. The best harvester I’ve operated. Mikko Pikkarainen, Kalevi Määttä Oy, Finland

The Cobra was delivered from Ponsse ready to work. Measuring was accurate from the beginning, and cutting accuracy was excellent. Furthermore, there was no need to change the crane adjustments at all. It’s easy to keep hold of even a larger trunk: the feeding has a lot of strength and the saw is powerful. The stability of the machine makes it easier for the operator to cope with their work. Our operators have used the automatic extension of the crane and found it very good. The hydraulics are powerful, and we haven’t had any overheating problems with it. We’ve been very pleased with the machine. Productivity has gone up significantly compared to the previous 2012 Beaver. Janne Kangas, Koneurakoitsijat Kangas Oy, Finland. In the picture: Janne Halmetoja (left) and Janne Kangas.

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(from left to right): Ville Kautonen (Ponsse Plc), Jani Liukkonen (Ponsse Plc), Juha Vidgén (Ponsse Plc), Jarko, Aki, Mika, Riku and Jani Kylliäinen (Koneurakointi Kylliäinen Oy) , Juho Nummela

The changing industry offers challenges and rewards

1,000th PONSSE Scorpion harvester A factory visit by Koneurakointi Kylliäinen Oy on 19 December 2019 was an important milestone in the history of the PONSSE Scorpion. The Kylliäinen family business received the 1,000th PONSSE Scorpion harvester manufactured in Vieremä.

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ased in Lappeenranta, Koneurakointi Kylliäinen Oy is owned by five members of the Kylliäinen family: the brothers Jarko, Aki and Mika Kylliäinen together with two harvesting professionals of the next generation, Riku and Jani Kylliäinen. In total, the company has around 25 employees. The company is Metsä Group’s key entrepreneur. Even though all the Kylliäinen brothers ended up as timber harvesting professionals, they did not have any connection to the harvesting business until the eldest brother started working as a forest machine operator. “I started working on the same day on which I was supposed to register for my studies. So that was the end of my studies”, Jarko Kylliäinen says. The younger brothers then followed him. Alongside their work, the brothers first established an excavator business and later their own harvesting business. When the brothers established the Koneurakointi Kylliäinen Oy company in 2001, the young men had plenty of faith in their future. “We had strong faith in our success. Probably nobody else believed in us, but we knew how to operate the machine and had good relationships with forest companies. We were enthusiastic about our work. When we were younger, we would have followed a low-loader straight to the forest to get to test drive a new machine”, the brothers say and laugh. The handover of the business

11 forest machines. “We were impressed by the Elk’s reliability, and everyone has liked the machine. The purchase of the first Scorpion two years ago was impacted by the fact that we have been involved in a competitor’s product development projects. We were interested in the Scorpion’s technology. Experiences of the Scorpion’s innovative solutions have been positive, and the visibility and stability offered by the machine are important features to us. The machine is also surprisingly powerful for its size. Approximately 40 per cent of our sites involve thinning, and the Scorpion works very well for thinning”, the Kylliäinen family says.

to the next generation has been planned early on within the Kylliäinen family, and some responsibilities have already been transferred to the younger family members. “We are very happy to see that the younger generation has joined in. We hope that they will have it a little easier and will not need to work quite as long workdays as we did”, the brothers say.

Introducing Ponsse The first Ponsse machine was acquired by the company second-hand in 2010. The next acquisition was a PONSSE Elk at the FinnMETKO fair in 2012. At the moment, the company has five yellow machines: an Elk, a Wisent, an Elephant and two Scorpions. In addition to Ponsse machines, the company also has some machines from a competing manufacturer. In total, the company’s fleet includes

The eldest brothers have been working in the timber harvesting industry for 30 years, and the business has changed a lot during that time. “The impact of the market economy is great, and forest companies want to keep timber inventories small. At the same time, we need to try and offer work to the operators evenly. There are a lot of changing factors, and developing the company is challenging, as the industry has been driven in quit a tight spot”, the Kylliäinen family says. Entrepreneurship and the forest industry have also given a lot. “The industry has enabled many things for me and my brothers, even though we would probably have made it through hard work in other fields as well. We have made a lot of friends through the business, and the basic work is nice – we get to operate great machines and still enjoy doing it”, Jarko Kylliäinen says.

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The transmission on the unique stand-operating harvester Rottne H8D has been updated to give even greater accessibility on steep and rocky terrain

All harvesters are equipped with Stage V engines certified for HVO Rottne offers a complete harvester programme, consisting of the stand-operating thinning harvester Rottne H8D, the all-rounder Rottne H11D - as comfortable doing thinning work as it is doing light final felling - and the Rottne H21D for heavy final felling.

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All of Rottne’s harvesters are equipped with environmentally friendly Stage V engines that comply with current emission regulations by a good margin. The engines are also certified to run on both diesel and HVO. HVO is a fully renewable biofuel that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90 per cent compared to fossil diesel.

At the forefront of working comfort All of Rottne’s harvesters are equipped with the same spacious cab, offering full standing height and which, thanks to large windows, ensures a fantastic view over the entire work area. It is also very quiet in the harvester cab – even quieter than in a new road car, in fact. With Comfort Line - the first cab suspension system for forestry


ROTTNE H8D – IDEAL FOR STAND-OPERATING THINNING Optimum trunk diameter:

5–20 cm

Number of wheels:

4

Service weight:

from 10 180 kg

Sound level inside cab:

63 dBA

Engine:

Stage V, 125 kW / 170 hp (at 2000 rpm)

Fuel:

Diesel or HVO

Fuel tank:

268 litres

Tractive force:

120 kN

Crane reach:

7m

Harvester head:

Rottne EGS 406, LogMax 3000T

ROTTNE H11D – AN EFFECTIVE ALL-ROUND HARVESTER STRIP ROAD OPERATING THINNING, BUT ALSO FINAL FELLING

machines, which Rottne launched in 2007 - the working environment is improved even further.

Rottne H8D – ideal for standoperating thinning – now with improved transmission

Quieter than in a car

The transmission on Rottne H8D has been updated to give even better accessibility on steep and rocky terrain. Rottne has developed a solution that makes it possible to block the differential between the front and rear axles and between the wheels on the same axle – all without unnecessary flow losses occurring.

Sound levels are low (63 dB) – in Rottne’s cabs it is actually quieter than in a new car. The cabs easily satisfy the ergonomic guidelines that apply to forestry machines.

Optimum trunk diameter:

20–40 cm

Number of wheels:

6 or 8

Service weight:

from 17 400 kg

Sound level inside cab:

63 dBA

Engine:

Stage V 164 kW / 220 hp (at 1800 rpm)

Fuel:

Diesel or HVO

Fuel tank:

500 litres

Tractive force:

167 kN

Crane reach:

10,3 or 11,3 m

Harvester head:

Rottne EGS596, SP461 LF, SP561 LF, LogMax 3000T, LogMax 4000T, Log Max 5000D

This has significantly improved offroad driving characteristics. Tests conducted by the company show that the updated version of Rottne H8D offers superb off-road driving performance compared with previous versions and now definitely lives up to demands strengthening its marketleading position among standoperating harvesters yet further.

Rottne H11D – an effective allround harvester Rottne H11D is a powerful machine in a small package, making it ideal for both thinning and light final felling. The high degree of

customisability means that the harvester can be adapted for a range of working conditions. Among other things, the harvester can be equipped with six or eight wheels, a 10 or 11 metre crane, an individual bogie lift, as well as having the option of six different harvester heads to choose between from Rottne, LogMax and SP. Eight wheels and wide tracks spreads the weight of the machine well, making Rottne H11D perfect for work on steep terrain or damp ground.

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All of Rottne’s harvesters are equipped with the same spacious cab with great view and low sound levels – actually quieter than in a new car

ROTTNE H21D: FINAL FELLING IN DENSE FOREST Optimum trunk diameter:

30-65 cm

Number of wheels:

6 or 8

Service weight:

from 24,200 kg

Sound level inside cab:

63 dBA

Engine:

Stage V 227 kW / 305 hp (at 1800 rpm)

Fuel:

Diesel or HVO

Fuel tank:

500+225 litres

Tractive force:

230 kN

Crane reach:

11,0 m

Harvester head:

Rottne EGS706, Rottne EGS596, SP661 LF, SP761 LF, LogMax 6000D, Log Max 7000D

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Rottne H21D is a powerful workhorse for heavy final felling Rottne H21D is the harvester with real reserves of power, its tractive force of all of 230 kN and three-pump hydraulic system making production highly effective, especially seeing as the machine can operate at full power in all positions. With an extremely strong crane featuring the highest torque of all,

effectiveness is all but guaranteed, especially on steep and challenging terrain. Rottne H21D is designed for final felling, and built specifically to overcome difficult and steep terrain – and with eight wheels and broad tracks it can even manoeuvre extremely well on wet ground. The swivel cab follows the crane swing motion (just like the Rottne H11D).


All of Rottne’s harvesters are equipped with environmentally friendly Stage V engines that are approved to be run on both diesel and HVO

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The Tigercat 1165 is powerful and stable in all conditions.

Tigercat builds a full range of cut-to-length harvesting solutions including track harvesters, wheel harvesters, harvesting heads and control software.

1165 harvester The latest harvester addition to the Tigercat product line-up is the versatile 1165 harvester. Available in both six and eightwheel drive, the 1165 is a 22-tonne, high production harvester that is best suited to extreme duty clear fell and selective cut applications, steep slopes, and the toughest terrain. Tigercat’s unique WideRange® drive system

increases working travel speed while delivering extremely powerful tractive effort for high performance in steep terrain and quick in-stand travel on good ground. The 1165 blends high performance with fuel efficiency through the use of advanced hydraulic circuits. Dedicated pumps power the drive, harvesting head, crane, fan and cooling circuit functions. In addition, a closed loop drive system provides excellent performance and response on steep slopes. A pressure and flow controlled piston pump drives the cooling fan, maintaining optimal operating temperatures at the lowest possible fan speed. The crane features Tigercat’s

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efficient and operatorfriendly ER® technology. The hooked profile of the main boom promotes excellent right-side visibility. Not only is the crane efficient but also simple in design, without external parallel linkages. With an extreme duty slew system and 360° continuousrotation, the cabin rotates with the crane. The cabin is spacious with excellent visibility and clear line-of-sight to the wheels. The curved windshield affords excellent upward visibility along with patent pending protective technology. Operators will find all the creature comforts including a comfortable and highly adjustable climate controlled seat with a four-

point harness and full BluetoothÆ connectivity. The 1165 is powered by the Tigercat FPT N67 engine with Tier 2 or Tier 4 configurations, both rated at 210 kW (282 hp) at 1,900 rpm.

H855E and LH855E track harvesters The H855E and LH855E track harvesters are highly efficient, durable and reliable carriers suited to a wide range of harvesting and processing applications. The H855E is designed for high performance harvesting, at-thestump processing and roadside processing duties in medium to large tree size operations. Both are powered by the Tigercat FPT


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Rottne H8D is a small and versatile harvester with unique characteristics including exact tracking, swing arms on the wheels, variable transmission and automatic anti-spin. This makes it very easy-to-operate with minimum space requirements, providing the conditions for smooth and fluent thinning and an undamaged stand – as well as high productivity. Since Rottne H8D works inside the stand, it’s easier for the operator to decide which trees need to be thinned, as it is never more than 6–7 metres to the trees. This means more uniform thinning extraction, which gives both greater volume and added value – and probably also a less storm sensitive stand. In other words, Rottne H8D gives good conditions for a timber rich forest!

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Tigercat 570 harvesting head working in Nova Scotia, Canada

N67 engine and are available for Tier 2 and Tier 4 regions. The Tier 2 version is rated at 205 kW (275 hp) at 2,100 rpm and the Tier 4f is rated for 210 kW (282 hp) at 2,200 rpm. Both models are available with two-piece or telescopic ER boom systems. The patented ER boom system allows the machine operator to extend and retract the boom on a horizontal plane smoothly and quickly using a single joystick. The introduction of the new 3-mode ER boom control allows the operator to choose between ER, semi-ER and conventional. The new semi-ER function allows the operator to extend the boom on a horizontal plane using a single joystick, but retracts the boom with the increased power of both cylinders, doubling the pull force. The stick boom or “reach” joystick controls both the main and stick booms simultaneously, resulting in the attachment moving either away from or toward the

operator. The main boom and tilt functions operate in the traditional manner to adjust the height and angle of the attachment. Key to this technology is reduced energy consumption. The ER system transfers energy back and forth between the main and the stick boom functions, reducing the total energy needed to move the boom system. This translates to reduced demands for power, pump flow and system cooling. Competing solutions do not offer the simplicity and fuel savings of Tigercat’s design. The engine and hydraulic systems are specifically designed to achieve maximum performance and minimum fuel consumption in harvesting and processing applications. High horsepower allows the carriers to maintain hydraulic flow as the pressure increases, maintaining quick feed speeds and significantly boosting productivity. A dedicated attachment pump supplies oil

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to the primary head functions, delivering flow and pressure to match the demands of the head without interference from other machine functions, while delivering maximum fuel efficiency. With a high performance valve and control system, the machine is optimized for harvester performance and fuel efficiency. The LH855E features Tigercat’s patented leveling system, providing exceptional stability in steep slope applications and optimum weight transfer. It uses two massive hydraulic cylinders and heavy steel sections for a solution that is both simple and robust. Due to the unique geometry of the leveling system, the machine is well balanced on slopes. Regardless of the angle of the undercarriage in relation to the upper, the track pressure is even all the way along the bottom of the tracks as long as the upper is close to horizontal. This makes the machine feel very stable and predictable. In addition,

the ramped undercarriage (both the front idler and the rear gearbox are set higher than the centre-line of the undercarriage) allows the machines to easily drive up over rocks and stumps.


Tigercat H855E harvester working in Northern Ontario, Canada

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2020

The machine models are upgraded with a completely new engine installation, conforming to the latest emission legislation

With productivity in focus In June 2019, Komatsu Forest presented a brand-new harvester range, with all models upgraded. The machines have been updated with a brand-new engine

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installation conforming to the latest emission legislation while also offering other advantages. The MaxiXT control system is all-new and enables a number of improvements to the machines while also opening for way for future developments. What’s more, the harvesters have been

upgraded with a number of minor improvements, which together deliver more powerful and userfriendly machines. With the introduction of the 2020 models, the entire Komatsu Forest harvester range has been updated. Everything from the Komatsu 901 and Komatsu 911


thinning harvesters through the Komatsu 931 all-rounder to the Komatsu 951 final felling expert and the Komatsu 901XC and 931XC eight-wheelers.

New engine Installation One standout feature is the new engine installation, which meets the latest emission legislation for

diesel engines (Stage V). The new engine installation offers many advantages, such as an all-new AdBlue system and a new exhaust system. The AdBlue system has been completely overhauled, with a focus on improvements to increase reliability. The tank has also been improved with a new filling solution incorporating a spill

guard and filtration, as well as a specially designed funnel with venting channels for faster filling. The new engine also has hydraulic valve lifters, which means that the service time is shorter. All these factors simplify the machine’s daily maintenance needs. Despite the new engine installation with more components, the machine boasts

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The 2020 harvesters have many new features, that increase productivity and simplifies the operator’s working day

the same slim design with good all-round visibility and views – right down to the wheels.

New control system Another new announcement is the MaxiXT control system, the machine’s nervous system, controlling everything from the engine to the crane and the head. In connection with this, the Automatic Central Lubrication option is now integrated with MaxiXT, making it easy to monitor

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from the cab. What’s more, the grease tank has been doubled in size, meaning less refilling for the operator. MaxiXT brings with it improved anti-theft measures as the operator must log in to the system to start the machine, or else use a remote key with a unique operator ID. The login process has also been simplified as there are less buttons to push in order to start the machine. When the operator starts the machine with the personal

key fob, all personal settings are automatically launched. As the operator pushes the button “operator present”, the platform and ladder automatically retract and the machine switches from parking brake to working brake. Yet another added feature is that the control system records signal sequences from everything done in the machine. This happens automatically in the background and if a problem should occur with the machine, the information can


The Komatsu harvesters have a levelling cab, which means the operator is always sitting at a comfortable angle

be packaged in an error report that is easily sent to technicians and machine support. The feature simplifies communication with the technician and also allows technicians to quickly determine what needs to be done, which in turn ensures the machine gets back to full use faster. MaxiXT also contributes to a more user-friendly work environment by enabling other improvements. For example, the machines feature a completely new electrical system with improved power boxes for greater reliability. Another example is that

the Orbitrol steering wheel has been replaced by an electric mini steering wheel, located on the right-hand panel. This new steering wheel enables a higher transport speed, 20–24 km/h, depending on the model. With the old steering wheel out of the way, the cab now offers more space and – with fewer hydraulics in the cab – a quieter work environment.

Other improvements in the 2020 models On the harvesters, off-road manoeuvrability has been improved in several areas. Parts of the rear axle have been redesigned, providing higher ground clearance and making it easier to tackle steep ditches and other obstacles in challenging terrain. On top of

this, both the tractive force and the power steering have been refined, improving off-road manoeuvrability and increasing productivity. Harvester operators will also notice a large number of additional storage spaces on the outside of the machine, as well as practical finesses such as a portable lamp to better facilitate servicing. There are also improved storage facilities in the cab and a flat surface behind the driver’s seat, the perfect spot for a coffee mug or lunchbox when taking a break. There is now also the option of two additional fire extinguishers, attached to the hood and offering additional peace of mind. Note that the options and improvements vary somewhat, depending on model.

Profitable services To deliver top performance, Komatsu harvesters can be equipped with MaxiFleet, a cloudbased service centred on the information compiled by MaxiXT. MaxiFleet takes follow-ups to a professional level, offering a comprehensive overview of the machine, generating KPI reports and much more. MaxiFleet can also be combined with the new MaxiVision service, which helps the operator to visualise the current state and conditions of the forest and takes production planning to a whole new level.

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KONRAD – King of the Slopes Austrian-based KONRAD FORSTTECHNIK GmbH is a leading producer of forest harvesting machines for the steep slopes, with two special machines: the ground-based Harvester Highlander and the cable yarding systems.

KONRAD Yarding systems: Konrad Forsttechnik GmbH is the leading manufacturer of cable yarding systems in Austria. A skyline cable is set up tightly between the tower yarder and a strong tree. A carriage (Liftliner, E-liner or Woodliner) hauls the complete trees from the forest to the yarder.

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All the operations are remote controlled, either from the machine operator, or from the chocker man who attaches the trees to the system in the forest. The third man in the working team is the feller, who fells trees to be hauled to the yarder. Most of Konrad yarders handle uphill and downhill operation.


The Konrad KMS 4000

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Highlander 4 wheels

standing for the relevant pulling force of the machine (3, 4 and 5 tons). Contractors like these machines very much, because they are very easy to be changed from one work side to the next one.

KMS

Highlander: The Konrad HIGHLANDER is a steep terrain harvester with enormous flexibility due to a synchronized step and drive movement. When reaching the climbing limit telescopic extensions push the machine forward and over edges. The machine can manage a slope of 100%. All four wheels can be steered independently, this results in a small turning radius and allows crab movement of the machine on slopes. The crane and the cabin are one unit; the crane is fitted behind the cabin and turns endlessly. This gives an excellent view for the driver to the harvester head Woody 61 - fitted at the end of the crane. The reach of the crane (10 m) with one telescope extension and integrated hydraulic hoses is described by the manufacturer as “remarkable�. The HIGHLANDER is powered by a 285 HP IVECO Diesel engine and has three hydraulic pumps, two for driving and one for the crane and harvester. The electronic control system (Konrad Touch Control, KTC) is also manufactured by Konrad. There is a six- and four-wheel version of the Highlander, and each machine has a strong shield as standard with the option of a clambank and a synchronized winch with double function. This allows either securing the machine in steep areas or winching trees to the machine. New to market is the Highlander Basic Machine, which is a cheaper

version of the normal machine. The basic machine does not have telescopic extensions on the rear wheels or cabin tilt. The purpose of this machine is to work on forest roads and evacuate the trees arriving with a yarding system.

Yarder types: Mounty: This yarder is built up on a truck and is combined with a Woody harvesting head. Complete trees come from the forest and the machine operator on the Mounty delimbs them and cuts the logs to length. The logs are stored behind the Mounty on the forest road, from where they must be evacuated

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daily by a self- loading timber hauling truck. There is a Mounty 3000, 4000, and 5000, the numbers always

The KMS is a yarder on a trailer with the comfort of the Mounty system, but there is no integrated crane and harvesting head. The KMS 12 U is manufactured only as an uphill version. The KMS 4000 U can work up and downhill. All the operations are on remote control. Mounty 4000 transport


KMS

New product - Comby Yarder The combi Yarder is the latest model of the yarding system range. The yarder is fitted at the back of

Combi Yarder a compact excavator and driven from the excavator hydraulic. On the end of the boom, a harvester head Woody 51 (or 61) is fitted, to

delimb the trees and cut the logs to length. All yarder functions are remote controlled. The advantage of this machine is, that you can

access stands on poor roads or where there are no roads at all with the tracked excavator.

One Step Further

WOODY H61

HIGHLANDER

MOUNTY 5000 (U)

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Undercarriage Equipped with Berco D3 components, lubricated chain and dozer-type rollers, the oscillating undercarriage guarantees sufficient support and high performance on all types of terrain, as well as on slopes. Customers can choose between steel track pads (standard 500 mm wide pads or 700 mm LGP pads) and 500 mm rubber track pads, with the possibility to switch from one type to another easily as the track chain remains the same. With the 700 mm LGP track pads the ground pressure drops to an unequalled 0.26 kg/cm²!

Cooling package

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Offering the best in light/ medium deforestation, the new PrimeTech PT-175 delivers amazing performance while ensuring stability and traction even in the most demanding conditions. Its robust oscillating undercarriage guarantees excellent flotation and manoeuvrability. PrimeTech’s new tracked carrier is set apart by its state-of-the-art design and high productivity in a wide range of operating conditions.

This is thanks to the new 140/U forestry mulcher attachment with the innovative FAE SONIC hydraulic transmission management system: a tech-nological solution to enhance performance by 30%!

Engine The CAT 4.4 engine with 173 hp and 4 in-line cylinders delivers a perfect balance of durability, fuel efficiency and low emissions, in compliance with Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions regulations. The new CAT engine guarantees optimal performance on steep slopes and difficult terrain. Therefore PrimeTech’s PT-175 is capable of working vertical 45° continuously.

Hydraulics and electronics The fully electronically controlled integrated speed and temperature sensors and new layout of the hydraulic components in the power train with a new hydraulic system yield the following advantages: • enhanced performance • optimized power control • more compact layout • e  ffective diagnostics and troubleshooting • c ustomizing functions and settings adapted to the specific needs of the operator.

PT-175 is equipped with an oversized high-capacity radiator for hydraulic oil, air and water to ensure optimum cooling even in the hottest operating conditions. The coarse fins of the radiator enhance efficiency by preventing dust and dirt from getting trapped, while facilitating maintenance. The radiator can be fitted with a proportional and reversible fan. Together with the ECU, the fan position sensor controls the temperature, automatically adjusting the airflow by changing the pitch of the blades. Thus, providing just the right amount of airflow needed for efficient cooling, which results in less power absorbed and reduced fuel consumption. As well, the reversing cycle of the fan can simply be programmed by the operator through the display, making sure the radiator gets cleaned out continuously.

Cabin and display The ROPS-FOPS-OPS cab is designed to operate in confined spaces and in direct contact with surrounding vegetation. Providing maximum operator comfort, the cab is optimally sound-proofed and equipped with an air-suspension driver’s seat. The cab is easy to tilt using a manually operated pump. The controls in the cabin are arranged logically and ergonomically with a 7” colour display which monitors the main parameters, selecting the functions and settings. Also, through the display diagnostics and troubleshooting procedures can be performed and the data gets automatically saved on a USB stick.

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140/U-140 - The FAE SONIC system is an innovative feature resulting in an increase of productivity of 30%

Forestry mulcher PT-175 is equipped with a frontmounted hydraulically operated FAE cutting head, available in three widths: • 140/U-140 (working width of 1465 mm) • 140/U-175 (working width of 1820 mm) • 140/U-200 (working width of 2060 mm) The forestry mulcher offers a

number of interesting new features, including a new push-frame design with raker teeth, adjustable skids to set the required operating depth and quick replacement screw-on counterblades to reduce maintenance costs. The FAE SONIC system is an innovative feature resulting in an increase of productivity of 30%! It automatically and continuously guarantees running the rotor at the optimal torque,

Access to the timber stand

thus minimizing stall cycles, reducing recovery time and increasing efficiency in all kinds of operating conditions.

• M  aintenance of road and rail embankments

Applications

For further information: www.prime-tech.com info@prime-tech.com

• Vegetation management • Land clearing

• Maintenance of river banks

• Land reclamation and recovery • Forestry maintenance • Fuel reduction • Shredding wood debris • C  utting fire breaks and forest corridors • Cutting lines • C  utting lines for pipelines and power lines

LAND CLEARING

DETAILS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

VISIT US AT STAND C-22221 & STAND S-6840 FAE forestry mulchers and shredders can process all kinds of vegetation above and below ground. They can be attached on any 50hp to 500hp tractor. FAE Group S.p.A. Zona Produttiva 18 | 38013 Fondo (TN) Italy | Tel. +39 0463 840000 | www.fae-group.com

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NEW - 850L Crawler Dozers The 850L incorporates an EPA Final Tier 4 John Deere PSS 9.0L diesel engine that provides a 10% increase in horsepower.

The John Deere 2654G New for 2020, the G-Series machines incorporate several features geared toward boosting uptime and lowering daily operating costs.

When preparing roads to provide access to the timber stand, loggers need reliable, powerful equipment designed to tackle tough jobs, ultimately ensuring profitability by eliminating downtime. Built with challenging conditions in mind, John Deere equipment, including the G-Series forestry swing machines, 850L crawler dozers, and 620G and 622G motor graders, are rugged, durable and powerful, providing the solutions customers’ need.

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forestry excavator models provide loggers with durable and reliable solutions while also boosting operator comfort. New for 2020, the G-Series machines incorporate several features geared toward boosting uptime and lowering daily operating costs. The improved machine design includes changes to the boom and arm cylinder guards, hood, and underdecking. Additionally, the larger undercarriage offered on the 3754G swing machine is now available on the 3154G model. Additionally, three previously optional features are now available as standard offerings. Available on all Final Tier 4 engine models, a standard pre-cleaner for engine air intake

extends filter life and minimizes service frequency. Additionally, the auto-reversing fan, now standard on all machines, is controlled by a dash-mounted button that reverses airflow to eject debris from the cooler cores, reducing coolermaintenance frequency. The cab on the G-Series machines was designed with operator comfort top of mind. The spacious, climatecontrolled cab is equipped with ergonomic controls, outstanding window clarity, isolation mounting and LED lighting. The cab is quieter than the previous models while providing increased visibility, improving jobsite safety and comfort, even during long days. Another notable feature on the G-Series machines is the machine design, which leverages half a century of experience to streamline routine maintenance. A reduction in electrical components increases uptime, while the efficient hydraulic management systems increase airflow and lowers operating temperatures. Service bays featuring drop-down work


The John Deere 622GP - In a forestry application, these machines help loggers access the tree stand by keeping the shoulder of the road properly levelled platforms and LED service lights improve long-term durability while also increasing uptime. The larger models feature a powerful 9.0-liter engine, while the 2154G and 2654G machines boast a 6.8-liter engine. Additionally, the same hydraulic pump in both the 3754G and 3154G models increases dependability. The 2154G and 3154G models feature more durable lower rollers, while the 3754G is equipped with larger lower rollers and a longer track frame option. The full G-Series lineup is loaded with more hearty components for the arm, boom, mainframe and undercarriage. These features increase machine life and productivity, making this series of great value to loggers and, ultimately, their bottom line.

NEW - 850L Crawler Dozers The 850L incorporates an EPA Final Tier 4 John Deere PSS 9.0L diesel engine that provides a 10 percent increase in horsepower. At 225 horsepower (168 kW), the 850L has more horsepower than any dozer in its size class. Equipped

with the popular Eco mode feature, fuel consumption is reduced by up to 20 percent, without sacrificing performance. Auto-idle and idle shutdown are also standard which further minimizes fuel costs. Like all John Deere dozers, the 850L features a dual-path hydrostatic transmission, now with 13 percent larger pumps than the K-Series. The cab has 15 percent more space and interior operator noise was reduced by 27 percent when compared to the K-Series model. A new, angled seat keeps operators comfortable while using the rear implement or looking rearward. The new HVAC system incorporates a long-life brushless motor for improved airflow to keep operators comfortable all day. Additionally, a new heated and ventilated seat option further increases operator comfort. The 850L boasts all-new, ergonomic control joysticks for the transmission and hydraulic functions. The new transmission joystick has a rocker switch to control the forward-neutral-reverse (FNR) direction of travel and the

hydraulic control lever includes a proportional thumb roller precise blade angle or power pitch adjustments. Designed with reliability and durability in mind, the 850L features improved electrical and hydraulic routing, and a heavyduty mainframe with increased thickness by as much as 60 percent in some areas of the machine to combat the rigors of the jobsite. The dozer’s cooling package was also upgraded with larger fin spacing and a simplified design allowing full access to both sides of the cooler.

Motor Graders The John Deere 620G and 622G Motor Graders are equipped with the torque and blade pull needed to handle the toughest terrain. The FT4-equipped 620G and 622G models boast 215 horsepower and 225 horsepower respectively, and feature operating weights of up to 42,000 pounds and powerful 6.8-liter FT4 engines. In a forestry application, these machines help loggers access the

tree stand by keeping the shoulder of the road properly leveled. These machines offer exceptional leveling ability through the grading process and provide ample support, as a result, the impressive horsepower. These powerful machines can also be used to keep the shoulder clear of any heavy debris. Another notable feature on the motor graders is the dual joystick, which offers instinctive control to the standard antler rack, minimizing hand movement during direction changes and necessary gear shifting. Additionally, this improves control comfort as a result of removing the need to “twist� during blade circle or articulation motions. The motor graders come standard with the Eco Mode feature, optimizing fuel usage. With Eco Mode, operating costs are decreased by an extra five to 10 percent compared to the larger G-Series motor grader models.

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Lifting & Loading

The versatile, fuel efficient 875 Logger

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hen you’re loading in the forest, cranes and grapples need to be strong, versatile and have the appropriate reach. There are small variations between manufacturers and the fight for market share is fierce and generally the marginal ground is decided based on suitability to a particular task, the general agility and operability or the arm, and the comfort of the operator. Much of the progress in recent years has been made through ingeniously simple adaptions to the core mechanics and through adapting smart technologies to coordinate various parts of the process. In this review we cover the links on crane arms through to the fullscale lifting machines that operate on the forest floor.

Tigercat is a leading manufacturer of purpose-built forestry swing machines including super-duty shovel loggers, tough track harvesters to capable knuckleboom loaders. They all share Tigercat’s commitment to providing the most robust, easy-to-maintain and productive machines in the woods. They feature efficient hydraulics and powerful engines fine-tuned to pull-through delimbing, roadside processing, felling and shovel logging on steep slopes.

875 logger The 875 logger is a 36 000 kg (80,000 lb) carrier with two boom options for loading or processing applications. It is equipped with the Tigercat FPT N67 engine

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which is fully supported by Tigercat Designed for extremely fuel efficient operation, the 875 is equipped with variable speed cooling and Tigercat’s unique closed loop energy recovery swing system. The twin swing drive system provides powerful swing torque and reduced gear tooth loads for excellent performance and reliability in demanding processing applications. The F7-150 heavy duty forestry undercarriage provides a stable base of operations, improving performance and operator comfort. The operator’s cabin is spacious with excellent all-around visibility. Floor windows provide a clear view of the tracks. The engine compartment is open and spacious. Access to daily service points is very convenient and major components are readily accessible.

The engine and hydraulic components are shielded and compartmentalized.

880D logger The 42 640 kg (94,000 lb) Tigercat 880D logger is a multi-purpose, no compromise carrier designed for loading, shovel logging and processing. The 880D is purposebuilt to eliminate the design compromises found in excavator conversions. The upper frame assembly and undercarriage are designed for full forest duty. The 880D can be configured as a loader with various power clam and butt-n-top grapple options. The boom geometry and cab positioning provide unmatched right-hand side visibility. Equipped with a live heel boom system, the 880D is a highly capable shovel logger with excellent stability, tractive effort and swing torque.


The 880D logger working in British Columbia, Canada

The 880D can also be configured as high capacity processor capable of running large harvesting heads in demanding duty cycles. The 880D has plenty of cooling capacity with an automatic variable speed fan for improved fuel efficiency and an automatic reversing cycle to clean the heat exchangers. Another fuel saving feature is the energy recovery swing system. A closed loop drive feeds power back to the engine when swing decelerates, reducing fuel consumption and recovering energy for other machine functions. The 880D provides a quiet and spacious work environment. The full-length front window and additional floor windows provide clear sightlines. The high output climate control system keeps the operator comfortable even in ambient temperature extremes. LED lighting provides higher output and improved reliability.

The 890 logger is Tigercat’s largest multi-purpose, forestry machine.

890 Logger Weighing 47 850 kg (105,000 lbs) the 890 is the largest, highest capacity machine in Tigercat’s purpose built logger product line. This heavy duty, purpose-built forestry carrier can be configured for loading, shovel logging or processing. The Tigercat FPT C87 engine provides generous power, and is fully supported by Tigercat The large swing bearing provides increased capacity and swing torque. The twin swing drive system reduces gear tooth loads. A massive single-piece, forged pedestal strengthens

the undercarriage and improves durability. A new longer FH400, 215 mm (8.5 in) pitch, heavy duty undercarriage with a wide stance carbody gives the 890 the stability that is not possible with excavatorbased carriers. Track components are co- designed with Berco to provide maximum durability in forestry applications. The 890 logger shares the modular main hydraulic valve with all other Tigercat 800 series carriers for improved parts commonality. With the ability to easily swap out a valve section,

the modular design simplifies maintenance. As with the 875 and 880D, the 890 features automatic variable speed reversing fan and the energy recovery swing system. Service access is outstanding with the power operated side engine door and overhead roof enclosure. Shields separate the engine from the hydraulic pumps and valves. The entire upper assembly is designed for extreme duty. Heavy wall side bumpers and a solid cast counterweight protect the upper assembly from impacts when swinging.

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The cabs are really big – lots of room. And visibility is great, which is critical for what we do. Lyle Newton, Owner, Island Pacific Logging

To improve stability and increase traction, the 3756G model incorporates large lower rollers and a longer track frame option

The John Deere 3156G and 3756G swing machines set the standard for durability and reliability. Designed for loading and processing big wood, these machines can be configured for shoveling or loading applications, providing an efficient, multifunctional solution for loggers.

Designed for tough jobs, such as lifting and loading, the machines feature spacious, elevated cabs and ergonomically-designed features, increasing operator comfort. Floor-mounted windows improve operator visibility, making it easier to navigate in challenging terrain. “The cabs are really big – lots of room. And visibility is great, which is critical for what we do,” noted Lyle Newton, owner of Island Pacific Logging. The optional cab-forward setting

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on the 3156G machine improves operator confidence when swinging toward the boom side of the cab, as the operator is 17 inches further forward compared to standard cabs. A new front sunshade increases operator comfort and visibility in sunny conditions. Additionally, the latest models feature an improved machine design, which includes changes to the boom and arm cylinder guards, hood, and underdecking. With 249 hp (186 kw), and

271 hp (202 kw) respectively, the 3156G and 3756G G-Series swing machines provide loggers with a strong shoveling solution. The 3156G model features a larger hydraulic pump and cooling package, along with a 9.0-liter engine. Combined, these featured to enable the 3156G to offer outstanding performance, reliability, durability and productivity in large wood applications. Available on all Final Tier 4 engine models, a standard pre-cleaner for engine air intake extends filter life and minimizes service frequency. “The engine on the 3156G is one of the best engines Deere has ever made,” said Doug Yost, co-owner of Yost Logging in Tillamook, Oregon. To improve stability and increase traction, the 3756G model incorporates large lower rollers and a longer track frame option. The larger undercarriage offered on the 3756G swing machine is now available on the 3156G model. The undercarriage boosts lift capacity and extends roller and track life. Additionally, the 3756G is offered with factory-installed hydraulic plumbing for Waratah processing heads. Improving serviceability, the Final Tier 4 engines feature a fuel shut-off valve, eliminating fuel leakage and spillage during fuel filter changes. A hinged AC condenser increases access to make it easier to clean debris out between the radiator and AC condenser. Remote grease lines


The 3156G model features a larger hydraulic pump and cooling package, along with a 9.0-liter engine

The engine on the 3156G is one of the best engines Deere has ever made Doug Yost, co-owner, Yost Logging

JDLink provides alerts and status updates to help owners and managers better keep tabs on where and how equipment is used. It enables managers to capitalize on productivity through access to remote diagnostics and programming, allowing them to get ahead of any future issues that could potentially cause downtime.

JDLink also prevents machine theft and tracks overall fuel consumption, arming managers with the information they need for a healthy bottom line. “We can track machine hours and idle time to make sure we’re getting the most out of our operators and machines,” says Newton. “Our dealer can also monitor

and troubleshoot our machines remotely via satellite. They don’t have to make a separate trip out to the bush to diagnose the problem. They can come out with the right part the first time, and that’s huge when the machine is often hours away.”

for the boom cylinder base pins improve ground-level serviceability. With an optional hydraulic oil level alarm, operators now have an audible and visible alarm when hydraulic oil level needs attention. Another standard feature is the auto-reversing fan, which is controlled by a dash-mounted button that reverses airflow to eject debris from the cooler cores, reducing cooler-maintenance frequency. Finally, the extremely effective and durable LED light package, which includes access and service compartment lighting, is now standard. The John Deere swing machines are offered with JDLink™ Telematics, five years in base. JDLink is the John Deere telematics equipment management solution system that connects owners and managers to their machines and dealers. The John Deere 3756G International Forest Industries | FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020 61


The NEW Intermercato Intelweigh Compact FM5 The Intermercato Intelweigh Compact FM5 will change the way the industry thinks about grapple scales, according to the manufacturer.

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he patented Compact FM5 is the result of a completely new way of thinking. Mounted directly on the log grapple, with a 103 mm centre hole for the hydraulic connection between rotator and grapple – and with no external radio housing – the FM5 deserves the abbreviation ’Compact’. Add to this eight high resolution strain gauges and the six-axle accelerometer and the industry should appreciate what is a genuinely advanced piece of equipment. The wireless Compact FM5 has a 2.4 GHz radio, while a lack of moving parts and chemical nickeling surface treatment guarantee negligable maintenance and a long product life. The user interface is Intermercato’s Android-based Intelweigh App. By using Android as the operating system, Intermercato gets almost unlimited possibilities to customize the user interface (a Windows App is under development and available later this year).

The grapple In 2019, Intermercato decided to develop a new high quality log grapple primarlily for timber trucks. The result was the TG Ultra.

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TG 47 Render II TG 47 Render II + FM5 + Rotator

IW Compact FM5-Gen II-Render

TG 47 Ultra + FM

This grab is entirely built from SSAB’s high-tensile steel Strenx 900. The only exceptions are the cut-in-one-piece guide bars, which are made from Hardox 400. Other features are special alubronze high-performance

bushings with graphite pockets for long grease intervals; inductionhardened pins; and end position cylinder damping. Gripping force and roll-in-roll-out properties are high-level extras.


Kesla brings to market 21-tonnemeter Z-crane Most Z-cranes are designed for CTL-purposes settling in tonnemeterclasses 9-17. Kesla has now brought to market two bigger Z-cranes – KESLA 2121Z and 2124Z cranes, that are suitable also when handling bigger tree trunks. Both new cranes present tonnemeterclass 21 lifting torques varying from 210 to 216 kNm. The 2124Z model has additionally a switch through which you can increase the lifting torque momentarily up to 244-250 kNm. The cranes are available with traditional high-seat. Both models are available with 8,2 and 9,7 m outreach, the latter with double extension. The crane is always mounted right behind the truck cabin. The KESLA 2124 crane reaches with separate switch momentarily 244-250 kNm lifting torque

New KESLA proC options for cranes’ electric controls

From 2 joysticks to 4 joysticks in half an hour

The Finnish timber and industrial crane producer has presented a new electric proC control system with 2 levers and 2 pedals or 4 levers and 2 pedals. The system is now available for all cabinequipped cranes in KESLA’s range. The KESLA proC control system is operated normally with two Minijoysticks – or now as on option with two larger Maxi-joysticks. Operators used to mechanical controls system have not been that keen to adapt the Mini-joysticks. Now the proC with 2 or 4 joysticks and 2 pedals easies up changing to electric control system.

The new control system is available as 2 + 2 or 4 + 2 version. The movements are based on similar mechanic system’s movements. Both options are built on KESLA’s own KESLA proC control system. Steering valve options are Parker L90LS or K170LS. The new system is design-protected. Changing from 2-lever system to 4-lever system takes about ten minutes. This is beneficial especially in big companies with a several operators or in companies renting machinery such as cranes.

Kesla’s new electric control system is available with 4 levers and 2 pedals so it is easy to learn to those used to mechanic controls

Changing from mechanical to electrical control increases comfort and productivity Mechanical control creates strain to arms and hand joints when steering movements are strong and trajectories vast. Joystick control functions softly and fluently with short movements. Additionally the crane movements are easily and driver-specifically adjustable. The adjustments include general speed settings, acceleration and slowing ramps, control pre-settings (truck, forwarder, excavator) well as rotator’s rotating direction. The adjustments can be saved with operator’s or work type’s names in six memory places.

The 4 + 2 system can be changed to 2 + 2 system in ten minutes

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BELIEVE IT Alabama logger Ray Cobb ignored the doubters

Before chain saws and modern logging equipment such as skidders and feller bunchers revolutionized the industry, logging was hard, manual work. In the early part of the 20th century, loggers followed the timber harvest and lived in logging camps. “My grandfather cut wood using crosscut saws and skidded it with teams of mules,” says Ray Cobb, owner of L&R Enterprises LLC in Brundidge, Alabama. “They’d camp out the whole week, come home weekends, then go back on Monday and do it all over again.”

– STORY: KEVIN ORFIELD – PHOTOGRAPHY: DEB WOOD

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CAMP COBB Traditional logging camps began to phase out after World War II into the early 1960s, as the modern road system grew and crews could drive to work. But when Cobb started his own logging company in 2000, his first job was a throwback to that earlier era. “Our first logging site was on

the Tallapoosa River, which was more than a two-hour drive away from home,” he recalls. “I didn’t want to spend that much time driving when I could be logging. So my wife Valerie, my son Brian, and my brother Jeremy set up tents along the river, just like an old logging camp 100 years ago.” Cobb and his brother logged that tract all summer, moving six or seven loads a day, while Valerie


It’s easier to train operators on the new skidders than the old ones. With the CVT, there’s no more shifting. Now there’s just forward and reverse. Set the maximum speed and CVT automatically does the rest... Ray Cobb, Owner, L&R Enterprises LLC

on what the three sawmills in the area need. “As long as these three mills keep going, the future is looking up,” says Cobb. kept the camp in order and looked after their six-year-old son. “Every morning we’d wash up in the river. Valerie would fix breakfast while we were loading trucks. She wanted to grab a chain saw and help with production, too, but we agreed it was best if she helped out in other ways.”

HIS COMPANY, HIS WAY Cobb got his start in logging working for C.R. Pate out of Brooklyn, Alabama, where his father Lonnie and his grandfather Frank had also worked. In the mid1990s, Cobb and his wife moved to Troy, Alabama, so she could finish nursing school at Troy University. He took a job with logger Ron Morgan before starting L&R Enterprises LLC. Cobb was the first in his family to start his own company, purchasing a used John Deere 648G Skidder and a 643D Feller Buncher, along with a loader. “I wanted to get my own equipment

and run things my way,” he recalls. “For a long time, we had people telling us we couldn’t make it. We would prove them wrong.” After the summer by the river, the company took jobs closer to home and hired another employee. His wife returned to nursing school while helping with the fledgling logging company’s books. After a few years, Cobb also added a second skidder. “If one tractor is stuck, everyone is stuck. But if we have a second skidder, we can always get unstuck.” Trucking was a challenge in the early days. “We’d start contracting with someone. Then they’d think the grass was greener and go somewhere else.” Fast-forward almost 20 years and L&R Enterprises is going strong. The company runs all newer John Deere machines, as well as five logging trucks (although Cobb claims trucking is still a headache). The crew mostly clear-cuts loblolly pine or oak and poplar, depending

STOP AND LISTEN When asked if there was a moment or milestone in his journey when he felt sure his company would succeed, he replies, “I knew the whole time. From day one.” But proving the doubters wrong is not the only thing that motivates Cobb to get out of bed every morning. “I grew up in the woods and just enjoy being out here. All you have to do is just stop and listen to the wildlife. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t done it. It’s something I love.” Cobb is also passionate about his family business. After finishing nursing school, his wife completed a master’s program and became a nurse practitioner. She also continues to handle the company’s books and raise the couple’s two younger children, Alexis and Colin Ray. Cobb’s brother Jeremy runs the loader, and his oldest son Brian likes to run the feller buncher. “He went to college, but he told me he’d rather help me. One day I believe

he will run the business.” The company’s current fleet of John Deere equipment includes two 648L Skidders, an 843L Feller Buncher, and a 437E Knuckleboom Loader. After buying used equipment for years, Cobb had an epiphany: Running new equipment could be more cost effective than running old machines. “I bought used because, if times got tough, I didn’t have as high of a monthly payment. But what I did have was a pile of parts bills.” In 2013, Cobb bought his first new John Deere machines. “I was spending my weekends working on my used equipment, often not even knowing if the machines would be ready come Monday morning. With the new equipment, you don’t have the downtime. Sure, the monthly payment is higher. But after I took into account the cost of parts and the hours lost to downtime, a new machine really made sense. You’re a lot more productive at the end of the day when you are not always stopping to fix the machine.” Low interest rates from John Deere Financial have helped keep Cobb’s monthly payments low. Extended warranties keep costs for unexpected repairs fixed and predictable. Plus better reliability, simplified maintenance, and extended service intervals on fluids

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and filters compared to his older Deere machines help to further minimize downtime. New machines also come replete with the latest productionboosting designs and features. “Our 843L Feller Buncher is a really solid machine — very stable and maneuverable on hills. The Quick Dump feature works really well — just press a button to release the trees in one motion and then start grabbing trees again.” Cobb appreciates how easy the 648L Skidder is to run. “It’s easier to train operators on the new skidders than the old ones. With the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), there’s no more shifting. Now there’s just forward and reverse. Set the maximum speed and CVT automatically does the rest, so you don’t have to hunt around for the right gear.” The rotating high-back seat improves rearward visibility. “You can just turn your seat around and go back down a row or operate the grapple without having to look over your shoulder. That really helps reduce neck strain.”

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I grew up in the woods and just enjoy being out here. All you have to do is just stop and listen to the wildlife. Ray Cobb, Owner, L&R Enterprises LLC ALWAYS RIGHT THERE Cobb has purchased all of his equipment from his local John Deere dealership, Flint Equipment Co., including the first 648L Skidder sold in the Southeastern U.S. He’s known his salesman, John Witherington, for decades. During

the years before Cobb formed L&R Enterprises, the two worked together for Ron Morgan. It was during this time that Cobb spoke with W.J. Sorrell, the timber dealer for whom Morgan contracted, who just so happened to need a logger to work the riverbank tract on the Tallapoosa that summer. Witherington was working part-time for Morgan while he was finishing forestry school. He would later work as a forester for a company that would eventually become Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation before he took a job with Flint. “John and I have been friends for a long time,” says Cobb. “He and Flint Equipment have always been right there for me. Deere machines have always been easy for me to work on. But if I ever have a question, I just call over and talk to their mechanics, and they point me in the right direction. And if it’s something I can’t fix, they get right on it. I think Flint and John Deere will be there for me for many years to come.”

Flint Equipment Co 1220 Henderson Hwy, Troy, AL 36079

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Trevor Haywood Timber Co. – BRE ELBOURN

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I’VE BEEN REALLY SATISFIED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE LX830D. Trevor Haywood

BTB visited Trevor Haywood of Trevor Haywood Timber Co. in Huntingdon, Tennessee to hear how his most recent purchase, a Tigercat LX830D feller buncher equipped with 5185 fixed felling saw, is fitting into the operation.

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revor Haywood is a proud father, husband and logger and owner of Trevor Haywood Timber Co. He was awarded 2018 Master Logger of the Year by the Tennessee Forestry Association for his commitment to achieving landowner harvesting goals while keeping in mind his impact on the woods for future generations.

OWNER AT TWENTY Trevor, a fourth-generation logger on his mother’s side, tells how he was introduced to logging by his grandad. “Being the oldest grandchild, my Grandad liked to carry me with him. So, that’s how I got into it and just never wanted to do anything else.” Trevor’s great-grandfather, Alvin Sellers, and his grandfather, Billy Sellers were both loggers. In the late 1970s, early 1980s, when the economy struggled and interest rates were high, Billy took a break from logging. The hiatus didn’t last long. In 1988 Trevor’s uncle Terry partnered with Billy and together they got back into the logging business. “I started working for them in the summers when I was around ten or eleven years old. Then of course, I kept working with them through high school,” Trevor

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(L-R) Trevor Haywood, owner and feller buncher operator; Scott Sampson, loader operator; and Patrick Haywood, Trevor’s father, a recent addition to the crew, is currently operating the 2015 620E skidder. Not seen in photo is Trevor’s other operators, Willy Bailey (loader operator), who was absent the afternoon we were visiting, as well as, Colin Crossno (operating the 2018 620E skidder) a recent addition since Between the Branches visited. explains. “My mother wanted me to go to college and that was fine, but college wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I just stayed in the woods, and then two years after I graduated high school, my uncle decided to get back into the sawmill business and offered to sell me his logging operation. At twenty years old, I bought his logging operation and I’ve been at it ever since.”

OPERATOR FIRST Trevor’s love for logging hasn’t dwindled and his favourite part about owning a logging company

is operating the machines. He admits, “Most people don’t like the business end of running the business and I’m no exception.” Trevor used to spend his days in the cab and his evenings in the office doing paperwork. These days, his wife Mandy – having quit her nursing job to help with the business – has eased much of that burden, leaving Trevor to focus on what he enjoys most, cutting timber. When Trevor isn’t running machines, he’s looking into contract work for sawmills or

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searching for new timber to purchase. “I run the cutter, but I also do a good deal of the dozer work for road construction. I really enjoy running the machines. I’m not willing to give that up at this point. I conduct quite a bit of business while I’m operating. That’s where Bluetooth comes in handy,” Trevor laughs.

OPERATIONS Trevor’s company is based out of Huntingdon, Tennessee. Trevor explains how his area of operation is unique. “You go to the west

towards the Mississippi River, and you’ll get those wet bottoms. Then you come east to the Tennessee River and you get into rocky hills and rougher ground.” Trevor runs a five-man logging crew (including himself ) with three truck drivers. The equipment lineup consists of one Tigercat LX830D with a 5185 fixed felling saw, two Tigercat 620E skidders, and two log loaders including one Tigercat 234. Trevor primarily cuts mixed hardwood on steeper ground. “We work a lot in 150 to 200-foot elevation changes, and sometimes that can be steep and rocky,” Trevor explains. “It’s not quite mountainous, it’s just really rough and cut up.” In contrast to these rough, hilly areas, Trevor and his team have also worked in small areas of standing water and around rivers. The crew is set up to handle whatever terrain conditions are thrown at them – aided by a very versatile felling machine.

ONE MACHINE, THREE JOBS Trevor’s most recent purchase, the LX830D with 5185 fixed felling saw, has been the perfect fit for these different terrain conditions. “What it has allowed us to do is not have anyone on the ground. No chainsaws. Very seldom do we use a chainsaw for anything.” The versatility of the LX830D has been a great asset to Trevor’s operations. Leveraging the power and response of the track drive system in tough terrain, as well as the bar saw, fixed wrist and grapple arms to fell, limb, shovel and pre-bunch for the skidders, Trevor essentially combines several processes. “It is the efficiency of being able to lay those trees how you want them, in the direction you want to, and get them in place so that the skidders don’t have to pull any cables or anything,” Trevor explains. This extra functionality required Trevor to rethink his operating techniques. “It did take me a little while to learn, even coming with the experience I had on other track feller bunchers. It took me a bit to adjust to the different geometry, and the way the machine handled.” Despite the slight learning curve, he says that the Tigercat LX830D has been a much more reliable feller buncher compared to his previous models. “I’ve ran the LX830D for over a year now, and I’ve had much less trouble with this machine. I’ve been really


Trevor points out that he is much less fatigued come the end of the day due to the clear sightlines in the LX830D cab. satisfied with the performance of the machine.” Trevor also points out that he finds himself much less fatigued operating the LX830D compared with the models he previously owned. “I’ve had machines before where I’d go home at the end of the day and my back would be hurting and my legs would be sore. It was due to the lack of visibility on the machine. You spend so much time leaning forward to see your tracks or to look around the engine enclosure. Where on this machine, the sightlines are really good. I can sit back in the seat like I’m supposed to and I’m not nearly as tired at the end of the day in this machine as I have been in others.”

EFFICIENT OPERATIONS Trevor has found many ways to become more efficient. For example, when the operation permits and the tract is large enough, the crew will pre-load the trailers and short-haul them from the landing to a staging area adjacent to the public road. Trevor explains that this serves multiple purposes, “I can haul more loads with fewer trucks by having the loads set out. Trucks aren’t having to wait to get loaded. Plus, we can set out a variety of loads so the drivers, if they’re smart about it, they can maximize their day because they know who takes lunch at what time, or how far it is to another place and so on. They can kind of pick their day

and maximize their loads. The other thing it does is it eliminates congestion on the loading deck.” The mixed hardwood stands typically yield a high number of sorts. Trevor has the Tigercat 234 loader dedicated to merchandising and sorting and a second loader that strictly loads trucks. By delegating truck loading to one machine, and allowing the other to focus on the sorts, efficiency on the loading deck is improved.

From rocky hills to wet bottoms; the LX830D is a versatile machine suited to a variety of terrain conditions. two or three hours away from them – they send me a truck that day.”

DO WHAT YOU LOVE Trevor is happy with the size and success of his company and does not see himself wanting to grow much larger. “If I get big enough that I can’t work out here in the woods and run these machines, then I’m getting too big, because

this is what it’s all about for me.” If there’s one thing we can all take away from Trevor, it is to do what makes you happy. This article originally appeared in Between the Branches, October 2019, the official publication of Tigercat Industries Inc.

B & G SERVICE Trevor says that when he first became a Tigercat customer, Steve Ballard (B & G Equipment, Iuka) was his salesman. Since then Steve has retired and he now deals with Clint Montgomery. Trevor speaks highly of B & G, “They’re exceptional. I live 100 miles away from them and I can get better service out of them at 100 miles away than I can at other dealerships that are half as far. It doesn’t really matter how great the machine is, if you can’t get service when you need it then it’s a moot point. I don’t want to just paint a perfect picture for your readers. If it wasn’t that way I would tell you that. But it is – that’s just the truth. We get good service. And if I call and order parts, Clint, he’ll even bring stuff and drop it off to me at my house. That goes a long way with me.” Trevor also appreciates the service department’s quick response time. “Typically, if I have a problem before lunch – even if I’m

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Mühlböck supplied two drying kilns to Eschelmüller Holz in Austria Mühlböck supplied two drying kilns to Eschelmüller Holz in Austria. The new type 602 drying kilns have an entrance width of 17.5 m, the net capacity is 270 m3 (gross 500 m3 per drying kiln). Eschelmüller Holz is one of the largest manufacturers of finger-jointed solid wood in Austria. In the future it will be possible to produce not only finger-jointed solid wood but also beam timber, for which the installation is currently in trial operation. 75,000 m3/y fingerjointed solid wood is produced in Jagenbach. Eschelmüller currently has 20 employees. The spruce wood used for production comes from the surrounding area. 15 Mühlböck drying kilns are used to dry the sawn timber. Eschelmüller now has a net drying volume of 2,900 m3 at their disposal. Due to the space available, Eschelmüller opted for a lifting door. The door is made out of one piece, so it seals perfectly and is durable as

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well as easy to operate. The drying kiln can be loaded with a side or front loader. The two fresh air/exhaust air drying kilns are equipped with the new K5 control system with electronic humidity sensors which measure the humidity and temperature inside the drying kiln. This kind of climate measurement is maintenance-free, easier to handle and much more accurate than previous measuring systems. The measurement can be carried out by the IntelliPilot system either with or without measuring points. The 100 bar highpressure injection ensures a uniform climate during the drying process.


Ponsse celebrates its 50th anniversary This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ponsse Plc. Today, the family-owned company, which started from the dream of machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in a small village workshop, operates in harvesting markets in 40 different countries. During these 50 years, the company has become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of forest machines based on the environmentally friendly cut-to-length method.

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Ponsse has grown and developed, above all, thanks to its customers, stakeholders and personnel. Throughout our company’s history, our customers have given us direct feedback to steer our research and development. What is more, the high quality, environmental and efficiency requirements set by forest companies and sawmills have clarified the direction of our R&D activities. We wouldn’t have been able to become one of the world’s leading forest machine manufacturers if it were not for our committed and professional personnel,” says Juha Vidgrén, Chairman of Ponsse’s Board of Directors. “The highly demanding harvesting industry calls for determination and close cooperation. To quote our company’s founder Einari Vidgrén: “No one man could have done this on their own. It’s vital to find the right people.” Ponsse continues to work following this same spirit, even today,” Juha Vidgrén says. Environmentally friendly harvesting and customer-driven R&D activities heavily steer Ponsse’s operations. The goal is to develop innovative products and services in line with sustainable development, with everything starting from customer needs.

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Celebrating together round the world Ponsse celebrates its 50th anniversary at logging sites, together with its customers. The massive roadshow started from Aura in Southwest Finland on 23 January, with an anniversary lorry leading the way in European Union countries. In Finland, the roadshows next stopped in Imatra on 28th January, Karstula on 31st January, Vieremä on 4th February, Hyrynsalmi on 7th February and finally in Rovaniemi on 11th February. From Finland, the Together roadshow will pass through Europe on its way to North and South America, Asia and Australia, covering 30 countries and more that 110 locations altogether. The roadshow will stop at the FinnMETKO fair in Jämsä, Finland, at the beginning of September. Demonstrations will feature the latest models, the PONSSE Cobra harvester and the PONSSE Bison forwarder, and the flagship of the model series, PONSSE Scorpion. All forest industry professionals and everyone else interested in the field are welcome to watch the demonstrations!

At home in the world’s forests Continuous investments and development have been Ponsse’s cornerstones ever since the 1970s. This has helped the company to improve its competitiveness. During the past few years, Ponsse has created more than 200 jobs and invested EUR 145 million in its service businesses, R&D and production. All PONSSE forest machines are still manufactured in the company’s birthplace in Northern Savonia, where the four-hectare forest machine factory represents the most modern manufacturing technology in the world. Last year, the 15,000th PONSSE forest machine was manufactured in Vieremä. Today, Ponsse has more than 1,800 employees in ten different countries and, in addition to the parent company, Ponsse Group consists of subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, France, Russia, the UK, Ireland, the USA, China, Uruguay and Brazil, and Epec Oy in Seinäjoki, Finland, a manufacturer of machine control systems. The retailer network consists of 35 PONSSE retailers. FURTHER INFORMATION: Juha-Matti Raatikainen, marketing manager, tel. +358 40 482 8166 Katja Paananen, communications manager, tel. +358 40 553 2921

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