Demo ’08 – 4
New harvesting head from Quadco
In addition to its full Keto line, Quadco had its new Quadco 325H for processing and sorting stems up to almost 26 inches. The head features top and bottom saw, with an available intermittent circular saw. The 5,600 lb head is recommended for 22-ton+ carriers, and offers 8,200 lb of delimbing power through two moving and one fixed knives. CFI also ran into the Levesque brothers, co-designers of Quadco’s L220 harvesting head. No details, but they are working on some new processing head designs. More to come. www.quadco.com
Deere E Series lands in Canada
While North American loggers will have to wait a while longer for a first look at the John Deere E Series forwarders with rotating cabs, DEMO 2008 visitors got to see the 1270E harvester in action. It also features a new cab with improved
levelling and rotation, similar controls as the forwarder for easier switching between machines, and new measuring/optimization and control systems. All manuals and maintenance info is now available via the on-board computer. www.deere.com
Back on tracks
Pat Crawford and the machinery experts at Timberpro have moved beyond their well-known rubber-tired harvesters, forwarders, skidders, and bunchers, and have moved back to their track machine roots with the latest offerings at the DEMO site. The TL735-B on duty had a 300-hp Cummins engine and a 26-ft reach with a Quadco full rotation 21-in hot saw. It comes complete with levelling cab, gull-wing maintenance access, and 80,000 lb of tractive effort.
Something old, something new
And yes in fact, something blue, as in Rottne blue. We’re not going to say that Rottne Canada’s Brent Macleod is old, but hey, he has been in the CTL harvesting game a long time, servicing clients across Canada almost since Rottnes have been sold here. Now Brent is general manager of this new company, a division of Rottne Industri AB established to sell and service Rottne machines in Canada. This was no doubt a relief to the many Rottne owners out in the field after the disappearance of original Rottne dealer Rocan Forestry Services. The something new is the Rottne H-20 harvester on display at DEMO, a 250-hp, 6WD machine with a 10-m reach and EGS 700 harvester head with 30-in cutting diameter.
Planting the seeds of success
Seedlings actually, as Silvana Import Trading had video running of its automatic planting machines and mounders working on a variety of sites in northern Quebec. “There’s a group of innovative contractors and ministry employees in the Lac St. Jean region, and they’ve really adopted this new generation technology and are making it work. It’s very encouraging to see,” says Dick Johnsson, who has been promoting this type of silviculture equipment for years, and has the scars to prove it. Aside from automated planters, the Silvana site had automatic chain grinders working at roadside (I lost count of the loggers that asked me where the chain grinder was), as well as a Brake biomass harvesting head. More on the planters and mounders, and their applications in northern Quebec, in the next issue.