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July 22, 2104, Toronto – Stirling Hart of Maple Ridge, B.C., won the Stihl Timbersports Canadian Championship taking place at the Honda Indy in Toronto. He edged out Marcel Dupuis of Memramcook, N.B. in second and J.P. Mercier from St-Etienne, Que., in third. "The competition at this level is amazing, so I'm just thrilled to take my first title," said Hart, who topped all competitors with 34 points. "As athletes we're separated by seconds in terms of how fast we can get though the wood. I was fortunate to put up consistently fast times in all six disciplines." As the Canadian Champion, Hart earned one of four spots to compete for Team Canada at this year's World Championship in Innsbruck, Austria, Nov. 14-15. Dupuis, Mercier and Mitch Hewitt of Scotch Creek, B.C. will join Hart on the team. Hewitt, the defending champion with four titles, slipped to fourth after suffering a disqualification in the final Hot Saw discipline. "Full credit to Stirling Hart, who is a rising star in our sport," said Team Canada coach Gerry Rizzo. "The best of the best come to compete in the STIHL Timbersports Series. We'll be sending a very strong Team Canada to compete at this year's World Championship." Results from Sunday's action: 1. Stirling Hart, Maple Ridge, B.C. 342. Marcel Dupuis, Memramcook, N.B. 313. JP Mercier, St-Etienne, Que. 314. Mitch Hewitt, Scotch Creek, B.C. 305. Cecil Starr, Sebright, Ont. 306. Donald Lambert, St-Gilles, Que. 227. Nick Russell, Port McNeil, B.C. 218. Karl Bischoff, Kamploops, B.C. 14 ABOUT STIHL TIMBERSPORTSThe STIHL Timbersports Series is established worldwide as the major league of lumberjack sports, with a massive global fan-base following competitive events live and on TV. The sport originated in Canada where lumberjacks held local competitions to determine the best of their profession. Over time these tests of strength and skill evolved to a professional level and in 1985 the first STIHL Timbersports Series Championships were held. In Canada, STIHL Timbersports has consistently grown from a niche sport in the lumberjack community to a National Tour with over 15 competitions from east to west.
July 15, 2014 - Global counterfeit activity is growing in almost every industry and forestry tools are no exception. Illegal reproduction of chainsaws is a particular concern given the serious hazard it presents to consumer health and safety. Counterfeiters are not accountable to the same industry standards for process and product safety features as legitimate and authorized manufacturers. Modern chainsaws should be equipped with a kickback guard and chainsaw brake to reduce and avoid major injuries due to unexpected movements. The overall chainsaw design should also allow the stop control to be easily accessible so that the engine can be stopped quickly in an emergency. When manufactured illegally at inadequate facilities, counterfeit chainsaws are either poorly designed or they are missing these safety features entirely. This dangerous trend is a growing concern in the industry. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has estimated that about three to seven per cent of the total worldwide trade is represented by counterfeit products. In addition, if the current development rate remains unchanged, the Business Action to Stop Counterfeit and Piracy organization expects the number to grow significantly to 10-15 per cent by 2015. Since 2006, Husqvarna has sustained an anti-counterfeit program to protect the public from the dangers of poorly manufactured tools. By working with an international network of local sales organizations, distributors and dealers, Husqvarna aims to prevent counterfeit products from reaching consumers by combatting illegal reproductions. To keep these dangerous products out of consumers' hands, Husqvarna offers the following information to better understand how counterfeiters operate and how to avoid purchasing a fake chainsaw. Counterfeit manufacturing Counterfeit products are marketed and sold as genuine branded merchandise. Given that counterfeit activity is often managed by an established criminal network, these products are very likely manufactured in poor working conditions in countries where safety and labour regulations are either nonexistent or challenging to enforce. In the case of Husqvarna products, the majority of counterfeits are manufactured in China, and manufacturers often receive orders from an overseas buyer. These buyers will then pose as Husqvarna employees or dealers and distribute the counterfeit tools to consumers. Identifying counterfeits The quality of counterfeit chainsaws has improved over the years, making it sometimes hard to distinguish one from an authentic product. The point of sale, price, product appearance and origin are ways to tell the difference between counterfeit and genuine chainsaws: • Point of Sale: Genuine power tools are only sold through authorized channels such as dealers and retailers. Products sold by non-licensed channels, such as an unauthorized website, can easily lure people into mistakenly purchasing counterfeit products. • Price: In most cases, if the price of a product is substantially lower than regular price, it is likely a counterfeit chainsaw. • Product appearance: The look, quality and content of counterfeit packaging will not have the same professional finish as genuine products. Products are unlikely to have unique or up-to-date serial numbers and may have misspelled the brand name. The product colour may not be as vivid as the brand name and the product may feel lighter as cheaper parts and materials were used in the manufacturing process. • Origin: The product's origin may help you detect a counterfeit. The most counterfeited Husqvarna chainsaw models – the 365, 372XP and 395XP – are all made in Sweden. For these products, a "Made in China" statement is one indication that the product is counterfeit. Tips for purchasing chainsaws • Always buy from an authorized dealer and never from an ambulant seller – and remember to be cautious when shopping online. It is best to purchase the chainsaw in person when possible. • If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. • If you are feeling suspicious or unsure, contact the brand directly to verify the product before purchasing it. • If the product is promoted as new yet smells of petrol, it is likely to be counterfeit. If you have discovered that your new Husqvarna product is not genuine, Husqvarna may be able to assist you in your claim against the company or person that sold it. Contact your local dealer for more information or visit Husqvarna.ca. Michelle Sordi is the Director of Marketing for Husqvarna Canada. She leads brand and product marketing initiatives from the corporate head office located in Mississauga. For more information on counterfeit forestry tools visit Husqvarna.ca.
July 15, 2014 - As the Canadian oil and gas industry continues to grow, recruiting and retaining filing room personnel in sawmills is getting increasingly difficult. Automation in the filing room is the solution to this industry problem. The most advanced filing room products, which include Vollmer automated grinding machinery and Kahny round saw tipping systems, can decrease the impact of exiting personnel. Machinery will allow sawmills to realize an increase in lumber quality, eliminate unscheduled saw changes and increase sawing precision due to the extreme accuracy of the machines. Cut Technologies will have a variety of solutions on display at InterSaw and experts on hand to discuss the challenges sawmill managers face in the saw filing room. To see all Cut Technologies product lines go to www.cuttech.com or visit booth #2138 at InterSaw 2014 in Montreal.
July 14, 2014, Rogue River, OR – KilnDrying.org has welcomed Pierre Asselin to its panel of industry experts at Kilndrying.org's forum, where he will contribute to general forum topics and will launch a French language subsection of the forum as well. Pierre Asselin is a regular contributor to Canadian Forest Industries and woodbusiness.ca. Asselin graduated from Laval University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in applied science, forest engineering, specializing in wood sciences technology. Since then, he has provided consultation and training to lumber mills in start-up, personnel training, quality control and product-specific development. Asselin has been part of European and Canadian efforts to identify and analyze vacuum drying technology and processes, and has done species-specific work related to processing and high-value appearance products like tamarack (See http://www.woodbusiness.ca/harvesting/for-the-love-of-larch). His 30 years of experience covers both general industry expertise, and targeted market segments in wood flooring and manufacturing. KilnDrying.org is also excited to have Asselin launch a French-language discussion board at KilnDrying.org. His deep knowledge of kiln drying and industry practices will bring greater depth to the expert panel at KilnDrying.org and expand the discussion to French-speaking industry professionals as well. KilnDrying.org offers a unique opportunity for kiln personnel and other industry experts to meet, to ask questions, and to share expert insights, along with a calendar of upcoming events and job opportunities for those in the kiln drying community. Experts on the forum add to the discussion from their wealth of knowledge and experience to provide insight, technical recommendations and the latest in kiln drying practices for professionals focused on drying wood, kiln optimization, grade recovery and other lumber drying-related topics. Asselin's expertise and leadership will be a welcome addition to the growing panel of industry experts at the KilnDrying.org forum. To learn more about this unique resource, and to welcome the forum's newest expert, Pierre Asselin, visit www.kilndrying.org and join the conversation.
July 18, 2014 - North America continues to supply China, Japan and other Asian countries with logs for their forest products sectors. Log exports from the US and Canada in the Q1/14 were up 14% from last year, with shipments from the US South having increased the most. North American log exports to Asia over the past several years have boosted profitability for timberland owners while challenging the domestic solid wood sector mainly in northwestern US and Coastal British Columbia. In the 1Q/14, the North American export volume was 14% higher than in Q1/13 and 30% more than the same quarter in 2012. Almost 53% of the overseas exports have been shipped from the US Northwest, while 41% was from British Columbia and the remaining share of shipments were split between Alaska, California and the US South. There are nine ports that handle breakbulk log shipments along the US West Coast. The Port of Longview in Southwest Washington exports more logs than all the other eight ports combined, according to Jones Stevedoring. In the past five quarters, each of the eight ports shipped an average of one vessel per month, while the Port at Longview loaded one vessel for Asia every three days. The major exporting companies at this location are Chugoku, Weyerhaeuser, Pacific Lumber & Shipping, Sojitz and TPT. Coastal British Columbia is also a major supplier of logs to the Asian markets, with a majority of the timber originating from private timberlands on Vancouver Island. Over the past year, shipments have been approximately 1.5 million m3 per quarter, which is up from an average of 1.2 million m3 per quarter during 2011 and 2012. Perhaps the most interesting development the past year has been the sharp increase in shipments of logs in containers from the US South. These exports have been mainly to China and India. Although the total volume is still relatively small as compared to the US West Coast export volumes, the US South share of total overseas exports from the US was over six per cent during the first five months of this year as compared to only two per cent for the same period in 2012. Total shipments of southern yellow pine were up 130% for the period January through May this year compared to the same period last year, and volumes are already 70% more than they were for all of 2012. Combined with the first reported bulk shipload departing from the Port of Baton Rouge in May, we are likely to see increased exports of logs from the Southern states in the coming years. The North American Wood Fiber Review has tracked wood fibre markets in the US and Canada for over 20 years and it is the only publication that includes prices for sawlogs, pulpwood, wood chips and biomass in North America. The 36-page quarterly report includes wood market updates for 15 regions on the continent in addition to the latest export statistics for sawlogs, wood pellets and wood chips.
July 17, 2014, Vancouver - West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. reported earnings of $74 million or $0.87 per share on sales of $1,053 million in the second quarter of 2014. Operational results In the quarter, lumber operations generated operating earnings of $81 million (Q1 - $79 million) and EBITDA of $106 million (Q1- $107 million). The results were substantially similar to the previous quarter as significantly higher shipments were offset by lower prices. Panel segment generated operating earnings of $10 million (Q1 - $7 million) and EBITDA of $13 million (Q1 - $11 million) in the quarter as plywood prices and shipments improved. Outlook Shipments of lumber increased sharply in the second quarter after the settlement of the 28-day strike at the port of Vancouver that occurred during March and both SPF and SYP prices declined. As the strike-related lumber inventory backlog continues to clear and U.S. housing continues to gradually recover, lumber prices have stabilized and shown some improvement in early July. However, we expect them to remain fairly volatile. Log costs are expected to trend higher in B.C. as competition for purchased wood increases but lumber productivity and cost reductions throughout sawmills are expected to continue to improve over the next few quarters as the company completes various major capital projects. "We've expanded our lumber capacity with our acquisition of two sawmills in the second quarter and one in the first," said Ted Seraphim, our President and CEO. "We are pleased with the integration of those operations and the contributions they will continue to make to our earnings."
July 16, 2014, Edmonton – Values of lumber, pulp and paper, and panelboard manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) members totaled approximately $718 million for the first quarter of 2014. The value of production was up $47 million or 7% from the same period last year. Compared to the 4th quarter of 2013, production values increased by $39 million or 6%. "Positive growth has continued for the forest industry," said AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker. "We have worked very hard to develop markets for our products, make facilities as efficient as possible, and manage Alberta's forests in a sustainable manner. These results reinforce the good work that has been done." Alberta's forest industry is a significant social and economic contributor to 50 communities throughout the province. The industry's commitment to the environment, research and innovation, and its employees makes it an ideal place to build a career. More information can be found at albertaforestproducts.ca.
July 16, 2014 – InterSaw, the sawmilling show that shares its venue with a secondary woodworking show and a biomass expo, will include educational sessions in the admissions price. Eugene Wengert, The Wood Doctor's RX, will be speaking on two topics: Maximizing value at the softwood and hardwood sawmills and Drying. FPInnovations' Jacques Lajoie will be speaking about monetary losses associated with lumber manufacturing processes. Ed Chovanec of IEP Technologies wrote for Canadian Forest Industries and Canadian Biomass on the topic of combustible dust explosion protection. He will share additional insights on this topic and answer questions. For attendees interested in wood pellets, John Arsenault of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and QWEB will be discussing Pellet market opportunities. Ed Chovanec will also be of interest to wood pellet processors. More details on the educational sessions to come. An exhibitor list and online registration can be found on the InterSaw website.
July 21, 2014 – Laminate designs based on nature cannot be copyrighted, according to a lawsuit between U.S. laminate flooring distributors Mannington Mills and Home Legend. Mannington sued Home Legend for copying its patented approach to a maple floor pattern but the judge said Mannington had tried to reproduce the wood grain, which occurs naturally and cannot be covered under copyright protection. For more information go to: www.woodworkingnetwork.com.
June 13, 2014 - Engineered wood products have come a long way since a Brit named Sir Samuel Bentham first conceptualized plywood in 1797. Because these products provide many important and unique benefits, they have become a permanent fixture in the range of materials now being selected and used in building construction. Much of the benefit lies in the fact that engineered wood products offer consistent quality and come in specific thicknesses, panel sizes and durability profiles. The strength of these products far surpasses wood. Indeed, glued laminated timber – glulam – is stronger than steel, per the same amount of mass, but takes less energy to produce. At the same time, engineered wood products can be worked like any piece of lumber and some are meant to be finished attractively with stains or paint. The products are also environmentally friendly because they can be made from small pieces of wood, defective wood or unpopular tree species. Chantiers Chibougamau Ltd. in Chibougamau, Quebec, is one of Canada’s leaders in engineered wood products and systems. The company was started in 1961, when Lucien Filion and his employees began sawing timbers for the local mining industry. During the 1970s and 1980s, production shifted from squares to random-length dimensional lumber, and in the 1990s, the idea came along to consider engineered wood processing. The first product was finger-joint. “Since we are the forest products company located most north in Québec, the trees available were so small in our area that we had to deal with strong softwood products, but they showed some flash that was affecting the value,” says Chantiers Media Manager Frederic Verreault. “By jointing good-quality pieces, we were able to sell higher-value studs.” He also notes, at the same time the company was getting familiar with the jointing technology, the new taxes on softwood lumber going into the U.S. appeared. “So we decided to confirm our commitment to engineered wood products at that time, and we have continued to develop our diversity of products ever since,” says Verreault. In early 90s, Chantiers added HewSaw technology, allowing the use of small cross-sections of wood that would be otherwise unusable. At the same time, they also installed a flange production line and tension testing, which heralded the advent of joist production and the creation of its Nordic Engineered Wood brand in 2000. To create Nordic’s beams, headers, columns, tall wall studs, and their new NI-90x I-joist series from treetops and side cuts, Chantiers created a process called ENVIRO≡LAM. “This process offers greater dimensional stability than traditional timbers or glulams made from wide-dimension lumber,” says Verreault. The Nordic I-joists, used in floor and roof construction, consist of top and bottom flanges of various widths united with webs of various depths. They are able to carry heavy loads over long distances while using less lumber than a dimensional solid wood joist of the same load-bearing capacity. As the years went by, Nordic got calls from customers requesting more refined architectural solutions. This led to the creation of Nordic Wood Structures, a product line that includes straight and curved beams, arches and decking for use in non-residential projects. Verreault says market needs have also compelled Nordic to create dimension-sized glulam headers for wall panel producers and glulam log cabin blanks for manufactured housing. In addition to engineered wood products used in timber structures, industrial buildings, sports facilities and office complexes, Nordic offers in-house architectural and engineering services. “It allows customers to fully realize the potential for engineered wood construction,” says Verreault. To reach markets across Canada and parts of the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia, Nordic has set up sales offices and forged relationships with distribution partners. They have also established a permanent reload with full product mix capability for fast shipment on mixed truckloads to complement its direct railcar capabilities. Chantiers employs over 700 people, including those at Nordic. Last year, Chantiers employed some 30 to 50 workers to manufacture X-LAM for a dozen different construction projects. The company has deployed more than 50 projects since 2011, mainly in the non-residential construction sector. X-LAM developmentNordic X-LAM is an innovative cross-laminated timber panel (CLT). Verreault describes it as a strong, lightweight, fire-resistant material that is an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative to concrete and steel for building foundations, frames and other structures. The easily assembled panels are made up of two-by-fours. “Having a higher strength to weight ratio than steel and concrete, X-LAM is rapidly gaining in popularity amongst engineers, builders and architects who want a greener alternative for slabs and walls,” says Verreault. It was in late 2009 that X-LAM product development began at Chantiers. “Sylvain Gagnon and others at FPInnovations first organized an exploratory mission in Europe to look at similar products,” says Verreault. “Our founder Lucien Filion was part of the trip and, when he came back, it was clear that he wanted to start developing this new project as soon as possible, so the work started right away.” Verreault says the lamination and gluing techniques they developed were inspired from the development of their previous technology for glulam around 2000, with the main difference being of course the crossed layers of the structural panels. In terms of how much these panel products speed things up for contractors, Verreault says, “For all the projects we’ve done so far, it took less than a week to complete a storey, which is particularly fast. For multi-level buildings in particular, X-LAM CLT replaces concrete or steel. The speed comes from the enormous sizes of each panel (up to 65 feet long by 8 feet), the fact that they are delivered precisely processed and the ease of using them on the job site, no matter what the conditions happen to be.” Verreault adds, “of course, having both the walls and the ceiling pieces ready to install at the same time helps as well. Finally, time is also saved when the panels are not hidden for some parts of the final building. This is all good news since time is money.” Verreault describes the panel manufacturing process as “quite simple.” “Once we have the two-by-four pieces, some of them are jointed over 65 feet,” he says. “They are later brought in the CLT section of the plant. Once side-by-side, over eight feet wide on the production line, we add the adhesive. Then on the other axis, come more two-by-fours to cover the previous layer.” Adhesive is added again, and the steps are repeated three, five or seven times, depending on the product that is required. “All the equipment was made specifically for the process we developed,” says Verreault, “with no particular changes since then.” In terms of what has been or is most challenging in the entire X-LAM chain – from development to manufacturing to marketing and sales – Verreault says it is definitely the marketing. “The biggest challenge is clearly in introducing a whole new way to design and build multi-storey projects,” he says. “It’s about educating people and we must take this one step at a time. We make the demonstration of how efficient and cost-effective this system is and people can see for themselves.” Most of the demonstration projects have been private multi-residential projects in the northern Quebec, Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean and Québec City regions. “We are still in the early marketing of the product, but we are at advanced levels for constructing some very stimulating projects in the U.S.,” says Verreault. “The interest is growing which is a good thing since we already have the capacity to deliver thousands of units per year. At the moment, less than five per cent of our more than 600-person team is dedicated to X-LAM CLT and therefore, we have lots of room for development.” Verreault says their company plan is basically to keep working hard. “We will continue to be more and more competitive and gain more market share, compared to other materials,” he explains. “Since building with light frame timber structures has been approved in Québec for buildings making up to six storeys in 2013, X-LAM is competing with other wood products as well, but we believe our products have the best characteristics. And we are ready to devote more production capacity to X-LAM within a very short time-frame.” “The demand for engineered wood solutions continues to grow with the standardization of building codes and the need for verifiable performance by code officials, insurance agencies, and homebuilders,” Verreault notes. “At Nordic, we believe it’s very important to have an ongoing dialogue with builders, specifiers and retailers. These discussions will also be a vital link in the product development chain.” Code changesCross-laminated timber (CLT) products were first developed in Austria and Germany in the mid-1990s, and since then they have been gaining popularity in residential and non-residential applications in Europe. “In the early 2000s, construction in CLT increased significantly, partially driven by the green building movement but also due to efficiencies, product approvals, and improved marketing and distribution channels,” says Sylvain Gagnon, FPInnovations associate research leader (structural performance group). “The easy handling in construction and the high level of prefabrication involved that facilitate a quick erection time are just some of the key advantages, especially in mid- and high-rise construction.” Good thermal insulation, good sound insulation and a fairly good performance under fire conditions are added benefits. Though established in Europe, CLT products and systems are new to Canada and the United States. “Yes, the use of CLT in North America is gaining interest in both the construction and wood industries, and several North American manufacturers, including Chantiers/Nordic are in production,” Gagnon notes. “In order to move market acceptance and demand forward, CLT as a structural system needs to be implemented in the North American codes and standards.” With assistance through the Transformative Technologies Program of Natural Resources Canada, FPInnovations launched a multi-disciplinary research program on CLT in 2005 including studies, testing of samples and analyzing information from Europe. The result was the creation of a FPInnovations peer-reviewed Cross Laminated Timber Handbook in Canada in 2011. The U.S. followed in 2013 with the publication of a U.S. edition. “Since the publishing of this handbook, interest in CLT has increased without a doubt,” says Gagnon. “Several buildings were built with CLT all across Canada. This is just the beginning of the story in North America. More to come.”
July 16, 2014, Edmonton – Since its 1999 start in Calgary, under the leadership of Jeff Floyd (Alberta Division Manager) Upper Canada Forest Products has continually grown its market presence and scope in Alberta. In 2007 it acquired Cambium Forest Products, doubled the size of its Calgary warehouse in 2013, acquired Reimer Hardwoods of Alberta earlier this year, and now has opened of a new LEED certified warehouse facility in NW Edmonton. Edmonton has a vibrant and established millwork and cabinet industry and is a growing metropolis of almost 1.2 million people. Edmonton is also the stepping off point to many northern Alberta communities. UCS Forest Group is North America's premier importer, exporter, and distributor of specialty products serving discerning customers in the architectural woodworking, commercial and residential furniture, and cabinet-making industries. UCS does business as Sierra Forest Products in the United States, Upper Canada Forest Products in Canada, UCS Global internationally and A&M Wood Specialty.
July 2, 2014 - While the Stella-Jones pole processing plants in Prince George and Galloway, British Columbia both report to North America's leading provider of utility poles and railway ties, each facility is responsible for managing its own operation independently. When it came to choosing a replacement for their aging log-handling equipment, the two site managers, working 500 miles apart, came to the same conclusion. Today, the Prince George and Galloway facilities are both running new purpose-built SENNEBOGEN 830 M-T material handlers. Bob Stewart was the Plant Manager in Prince George when the purchase of their 830 M-T was proposed to head office. "We looked at 3 or 4 different makes of machines last year, made our decision on Sennebogen and put together the business plan to acquire it." In Galloway, meanwhile, Richard Harkies was also shopping for new equipment. "We had already looked at the other two big names in material handlers," he recalls. "Then Tom Truman (from the Sennebogen dealer, Great West Equipment) came by and took us to see a Sennebogen demonstration in Lavington. We hadn't actually heard of Sennebogen before then!" Before the year was out, Galloway had become a Stella-Jones operation and the purchase of the machine went ahead. Great West Equipment delivered the first one of its 830 M-T's to Prince George in January, and the second was delivered to the Galloway Mill in June. The 830 M-T is a purpose-built material handler for trailer pulling. It has an undercarriage and transmission configuration that's specially built to pull over 100,000 lb. log trailers. The two material handlers were then fitted with Rotobec log grapples. They were also customized to widen out the tines and the tips to minimize damage to the wood. Each was then equipped with a live heel. While the two sites differ in some ways in their specific application, their managers are equally satisfied that the 830 M-T was the right way to go. The Prince George plant processes both utility poles and railway ties, so its log handler has to manage moving and loading square timber as well as round wood. "We stack the ties in packs of 25 for air seasoning," says Bob Stewart. "Then we load the bundles onto gondolas for delivery. The 830 M-T pulls a tridem trailer loaded up to 75,000 lbs. It could be a larger sized machine than we really need, but we wanted to be prepared for future demands, too. We anticipate that we'll get 10 to 15 years of service from this unit." "It has a lot of hydraulic power," he continues. "It takes a fine touch to grab a large load without damaging the wood. These controls are very user-friendly and the hydraulics are very responsive. We also find that the stance of the machine, with its wide wheelbase, is much better for getting around even in soft ground than what we experienced before." Richard Harkies also cites improvements in mobility among the advantages of the 830 M-T. "We have to drive a half-a-mile from one end of the yard to the other. With a separate transmission on each axle, it pulls smoother and it doesn't shift as hard and it's more stable." Harkies notes that the extra stability is especially helpful when the operator's cab is elevated. "The high-lift cab is way better for loading rail cars, because you can see the top of the load. The operators can set it at the best height, for comfort, for whatever they are doing. In the spring, after the snow, you can get potholes, which can make it a little rough up there! The wide stance and pneumatic tires smooth out the ride for them." Stewart and Harkies are both confident that their concerns about the future reliability of their equipment have been answered. Sennebogen's 100,000 sq. ft. headquarters near Charlotte, NC maintains the largest inventory of material handling parts in North America. Great West Equipment, their Sennebogen distributor, also keeps a large stock of off-the-shelf parts for their customers. And Stewart acknowledges the importance of Great West's experience in the industry. "We have been dealing with (Great West representative) Dillon Healey for 8 or 9 years. We always feel that we get a good deal and they're always very helpful making sure that our equipment is perfectly suited to our application." The stability and smooth pulling power of the 830 M-T is well suited to the 1/2 mile circuits in the log yard.