DEMO highlights: What you need to know
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
Nov. 25, 2016 - In September, Canadian Forest Industries was on location at 2016 DEMO International, the flagship event of the Canadian Woodlands Forum, held in Maple Ridge, B.C. Thousands flocked to the 3.4-kilometre loop of the University of British Columbia Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, where more than 100 exhibitors showcased their latest and greatest equipment for the logging industry.
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
Part 2 of our coverage of equipment that was highlighted at DEMO includes spotlights from 10 booths that featured top-of-the-line equipment. Read Part 1 of our DEMO coverage in the September/October issue of Canadian Forest Industries, and find exclusive videos from the show at www.woodbusiness.ca.
Whole tree chipper
Peterson brought out its 5000H whole tree chipper to demonstrate the many benefits of in-field chipping. The all-in-one chipper will debark, delimb, and make paper grade pulp and paper chips in one single process. The 5000H can fill a standard chip van with clean chips in less than 15 minutes. Equipped with a large feed throat, the 5000H can accept up to a 23-inch (56-cm) diameter single tree or multiple smaller stems. The 5000H can be configured with a three- or four-pocket disc, with several optional sheave sizes to make precisely the chip needed. The standard three-pocket disc produces chips from 5/8 to 1 1/4 inches (16–32 mm) long, while the optional four-pocket disc produces chips from 1/2 to 1 inches (13–25 mm) long. Chipping production rates up to 100 tons (90 tonnes) per hour can be achieved depending on chip size and wood characteristics.
Seppi featured its Maxisoil multifunctional tiller-mulcher at DEMO, which is the largest forestry tiller in the world. The mulcher is ideal for maintaining dirt roads, for land reclamation and to clean up slash after felling operations. The mulcher’s patented rotor has an optimized combination of Super Mono Protect and Super Mono Extrem hammers with tungsten carbide inserts. Interchangeable Hardox wear-proof plates protect the frame, and an angular compensation feature protects the cardan shaft, the tractor PTO and Maxisoil from unnecessary stress caused by differences in soil.
Mobile log loader
Liebherr displayed several new items at its DEMO booth, including the Tier 4 Final R-924 Excavator, L-538 wheel loader equipped with Front Mast, L580 IND wheel loader offering two types of lifting arms, Z bar type for construction type operation and Industrial, for forestry operation with grapple, forks or bucket. The LH50M mobile log loader with its energy recovering system was in action at the Liebherr site. The L580 Log Handler with a 3.2 square meter grapple was also on display, and offers a compromise between static log loaders and front-end wheel loaders.
Denis Climaf’s DAH boom-mounted mulchers were in action at DEMO International. The DAH Forestry Mulchers use Denis Cimaf’s patented horizontal-shaft rotor technology with fixed knives and bolt-on cutting blades that deliver maximum resistance to impact and abrasion. Six different DAH models offer variable displacement, axial-piston motors that minimize overheating problems and improve re-acceleration and timing-belt drive to eliminate slippage. The mulchers also feature protective rings that limit the size of the bites and considerably reduce risks of breakage on the knife holders.
Terex Environmental Equipment brought machines from its CBI and Ecotec product lines and featured its TBG 650 Horizontal Grider (CBI 5800BT) at the show, along with its CBI 7544 Flail and Disc Chipper process material. The TBG 650 wood waste grinder features a high-lift upper feed roll for easy maintenance, a high torque, hydrostatic feed system, interchangeable carbide layer tips and diverter pan. The CBI 7544 Flail and Disc Chipper uses a belt-driven gearbox to drive the majority of its hydraulics, and features a bidirectional bark pusher, which gives the ability to discharge the debris to either side of the machine.
SMS Komatsu had several pieces of equipment running at its live demonstration site during the show, including two log loaders – the PC210LL-10 Log Loader and PC290LL-11 Log Loder – as well as a PC390LL-10RB Road Builder, XT460L-3 Feller Buncher and 931.1 Harvester. The Komatsu XT460L-3 Feller Buncher has an updated, modern forestry cab with a state-of-the-art control system and excellent ergonomics. It features a high lift capacity, powerful swing torque and a robust undercarriage to allow for high productively on site.
Mulcher and carrier
PrimeTech’s and FAE’s newest models were on display at the PrimeTech Shredding Equipment booth at DEMO. The FAE SFM-250 is one of several new models introduced and can handle tree diameters of up to 40cm, crush rocks with a diameter of up to 30cm, and handle subsoil with a max working depth of 30cm. The booth also highlighted the PrimeTech PT-475 self-propelled tracked carrier powered by a CAT C13 engine that features a new rock-resistant drum. The new model is equipped with oversized, coarse-fin radiators preventing them from getting plugged up and making cleaning easy.
Road Builder/Timber Loader
Link-Belt introduced its 5040 RB and TL Forestry Machine models to the Canadian and U.S. markets at DEMO. This new 40 Series features an advanced, electronically-controlled Isuzu engine that meets Final Tier 4 requirements, with up to 15 per cent cycle time speed increase than previous models. A 55 per cent fuel capacity increase means less downtime. The machines also feature a 2-3 per cent diesel exhaust fluid consumption rate relative to fuel consumption, with no diesel particulate filter maintenance constraint. An updated cab offers better operator ergonomics, comfort and visibility. The machines are also equipped with the RemoteCARE GPS-enabled telematics system.
Pierce Pacific Manufacturing exhibited its TC52, TC60, TC68 log grapples at DEMO 2016. The TC series log grapples are heavy-duty grapples designed to handle tough forestry applications including hoe-chucking without unnecessary weight. Pierce Pacific also showcased its GP Grapple Processor, ideal in tree length, tower applications and supplemental processor in busy forestry operations. The GP can replace two machines in some applications as it both processes and loads. The GP uses the latest measuring technology and is designed and built with durability in mind.
Madill featured its 2850C and 3800C purpose-built log loaders at DEMO International. The 2850C and 3800C models provide proven performance, versatility, and reliability in their respective weight classes. The outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with their lift power, swing torque, and tractive effort capabilities result in highly productive, purpose built log loaders for the most demanding logging environments.