Wood Business

New Gear Harvesting New Gear
Atlantic Heavy highlights new and improved forestry equipment

April 6, 2018 - The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show roots its inception to 1986 when the first Atlantic Industrial Equipment Show (as it was then called) took place in Moncton, N.B.

The event, which runs every other year, has been owned and sponsored by the Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors (ALICA) since the beginning and has been managed by Master Promotions Ltd. following the 1990 show.

The 2018 edition is running for two days at the Moncton Coliseum and has brought out thousands of visitors so far to see the latest and greatest in forestry and road construction equipment from more than 190 exhibitors. The show’s 2016 edition brought out a record number of 14,700 visitors.

Canadian Forest Industries was there to spotlight the newest innovations on the market for forestry.

Below is a list of some of the equipment on display at AHES 2018!

Steep terrain harvester
Eco Log showcased its new 688E eight-wheel harvester specially designed for work in steep terrain, which minimizes ground pressure when working on sensitive ground. The Eco Log 688E combines its Volvo Penta D8 engine with its versatility and flexibility to be ready for the toughest job. The 688E has three turnable motors available as an option, new hoods to increase serviceability, improved mid-area stability, improved control of the tilt plate and an updated operator cab and service platform.

Forwarder with operator in focus
Eco Log also displayed its 574 forwarder as part of its E-series forwarders, which are developed with the operator in mind. With an entirely new cabin where space, comfort and visibility have been prioritized, the E-series forwarders provide a whole new operating experience. The Volvo Penta engines provide fuel efficiency, immediate response on increased workload and easy maintenance. The IQAN control system has been improved with additional integrated functions. The new control unit has a 7” touch screen. The 574E comes with optional utility blade and brush guard.

Horizontal grinder
Morbark’s new 3400X and 3400XT wood hog horizontal grinders were introduced by dealer Cardinal Equipment. Both feature sloped infeed sides and an additional 24” (60.96 cm) infeed length, which gives the operator improved visibility and loading efficiency. The variable speed infeed system consists of one 34” (86.26 cm) diameter top compression feed roll with internal drive and a 16’ long x 57 ½ “ (4.88 m x 146 cm) wide live floor equipped with four strands of WDH-120 chain in a staggered configuration. Cardinal Equipment is also the new dealer for Rayco for tree care products, manufacturing grinders, and millers.

Harvester head
Waratah’s recently updated H290 harvester head has been optimized for performance. It is a robust and powerful harvester head built for exceptional feeding and delimbing performance. The extra-efficient top saw option enables easy topping for increased stem utilization, boosting operational productivity. The H290 has a maximum upper delimb opening of 800 mm, maximum feed roller opening of 760 mm and a maximum cutting capacity of 750 mm. The H290 is used in harvesting in late thinnings or regeneration harvesting and is productive in crooked or straight wood. It can be applied in softwood harvesting, hardwood harvesting and debarking.

Sinto Lubrication Experts showcased its new Synthetic HD Diesel Motor Oil. Their unique formula including calciumtech and antifriction technology ensures the motor maximum performance while the fuel efficiency technology offers greater fuel economy. The oil is exceptional in engine protection, facilitates startup of the engine in cold weather, extends the frequency of oil changes and maximizes fuel economy. It is available in 4 L, 20 L, 55 L and 205 L formats.

Harvester head
AFM Forest’s AFM 65 harvester head is a strong, reliable and highly productive harvester head for medium sized wood which can work on both wheeled and tracked machines. AFM 65 means an optimal combination between capacity, weight, feeding power and force and is an efficient tool for clearcuttings, big thinnings and processing operations. Four movable knives on AFM 65 allow smooth and accurate delimbing even of big trees with heavy branches. The shape of knives on AFM 65 allows easy working from pile or in wind stormed areas. AFM 65 can work with a variety of different measuring systems and can be easily adapted to any type of base machine. The AFM 65 is perfectly suited for 20-25 tons excavators, wheeled and tracked harvesters.

Band sawmill that thinks forward
Logosol’s new Swedish-made band sawmill 751 cuts every board to exact dimensions. In its basic configuration it can saw 4.8 metres (15.75 ft.). It can manage large diameter logs, up to 75 cm (2.5 ft.) in diameter. Logosol’s own band sawmill is robust and has several well-thought-out features that will facilitate when working at the sawing site. Fixed sawing measurements allow for easily produce desired dimensions, quickly and accurately. The 751 is a stable and extremely functional sawmill that comes with a preassembled sawhead and a detailed user manual including band blade, adjustable feet, two log clamps, log supports, toe board, water cooling and adjustable blade guide. The Logosol 751 is distributed by Silvana.

High production mulcher
Promac displayed its new LDM 40 high production mulcher which is light on weight and heavy on performance. Combined with Promac’s optional hydraulically actuated rear door and forward offset rotor design, the superior forward and rear exposure of the rotor to the foliage is very efficient for mulching standing trees, brush and even tall grass, leaving consistent chip-style mulch. The standard features include an efficient 33cc hydraulic gear motor and 40” cutting width. The LDM 40 is suitable for excavators as small as eight tonnes and rubber-tired excavators. It is equipped with the Promac “Chip Production Rotor” and has a dual-face, chipper-style tooling with sharpening capabilities for longer life, as well as an innovative “drop out” rotor frame designed for ease of maintenance.

Material handler
The Fuchs MHL 350 F HD material handler was on display by dealer A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd. The operating weight is 78,925–87,303 lbs. It has a six-cylinder inline engine and Stage Tier 4f exhaust emission standard. The hydraulic system’s main pump is an adjustable double displacement pump in an open circuit. The auxiliary pumps are gear pumps in the open circuit for supplying auxiliary loads. The transmission is a variable speed hydraulic motor with travel brake valve, two-speed power shift transmission and four-wheel drive. The braking systems is a hydraulically operated dual-circuit service braking system with multi-disk brakes. Fuchs is a Terex brand.

Saw heads
Pro Pac PP-22 & PP-24 saw heads are built with the logger in mind. Maximizing productivity while minimizing operating costs. Arm and butt plate geometry are optimized for large or small tree capability while minimizing butt plate wear. Grab arms incorporate a regen circuit to provide faster cycle times while maintaining the holding power of 2 individual cylinders. Supply hoses connected to a sealed bulkhead at rotator center eliminating hose wear and debris build up in the saw head. Heavy duty 360° rotator incorporates 30” bearing and three drive pinions providing superior load distribution and component life. Innovative disc design eliminates the use of large bolts for teeth allowing extra material and smooth transitions at high stress areas providing superior strength and component life, and heavy duty skis & skirt incorporate 3” x 48” heel held with 1” bolts.

Improved harvester head
Quadco showcased the newly updated Keto 660C harvester head. The 660C comes with a topping saw, this one a 16.5-in model, it relies on the dual track feed system that makes Keto heads unique, applying the full 8,000 lbf of delimbing force to the job at hand. Keto-660C is equipped in view of North American requirements. The head has a fixed track system and an eco-tilt with an integrated rotator. The topping saw, butt search sensor and saw stop function ensure efficient and safe operations. New features include a saw safety sensor that prevents sawing when the operator is in the chain shot zone.

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April 6, 2018  By  Tamar Atik

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