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Equipment spotlight: Looking at log loaders in 2019

Newest machines for handling Canadian wood

October 25, 2019  By CFI staff

CFI has a rundown of the newest carriers and purpose-built log loaders for moving Canadian wood.

The Cat 548 LL Forest Machine increases profitability for loggers by maximizing efficiency and reducing costs. It provides powerful swing torque and hydraulics and also outstanding fuel efficiency. Cat Forest Machines are versatile, purpose-built track machines that can be customized to perform a complete range of forestry operations. The LL configuration is for log loading, shovel logging, butt-n-top/power clam applications, and mill-yard activities. The Cat 548 LL is equipped with a 204-hp (152kW) Cat C7.1 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine for strong multi-functioning and performance – and more production.

Doosan’s DX380LL-5 log loaders are designed for demanding logging and forestry applications. The newest Doosan model weighs approximately 113,500 pounds and is powered by a Tier 4-compliant, 318-hp diesel engine. It is an ideal machine for forestry professionals who work in shovel-logging, sorting and loading tasks. The DX380LL-5 log loader offers approximately 44 feet of reach at ground level, plus powerful hydraulics. Each DX380LL-5 log loader is designed with a log loader workgroup and a live heel. Doosan’s 360-degree rotating log grapples are commonly paired with the log loader’s live heel to efficiently lift, rotate, move and place logs.

Tough. Dependable. Strong. Barko’s 595B Crawlers are built for serious work. This knuckleboom loader gets tough jobs done with a load sensing hydraulic system tuned to perform efficiently and maximize production. The enhanced cab was created for operators, offering a safe, comfortable and easy-to-control ride. The 595B Crawler is powered by a 173-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final engine with superior fuel economy. Built with high-quality components from trusted suppliers, the 595B Crawler is designed for performance. Easy-access service doors simplify regular maintenance, whether you’re at the shop, the mill yard or in the woods. Get the job done with Barko.


The Tigercat 875 logger is an 80,000-pound carrier with two boom options for loading or processing applications. Designed for extremely fuel-efficient operation, the 875 is equipped with variable speed cooling and Tigercat’s closed loop energy recovery swing system. The unique system feeds power back to the engine when swing decelerates, reducing fuel consumption and recovering energy for other machine functions. 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 Sennebogen 830 M-T is a purpose-built material handler adapted specifically for wood yard applications. It is a compact 91,300-pound loader on a rubber-tired undercarriage specially engineered to pull heavy log trailers. A 360-degree lift radius lets it work efficiently between tight rows with minimal maneuvering. Equipped with a Sennebogen K14 boom, the 830 M-T reaches up to 45 feet to build stacks up to 25 feet high. The longer K19 boom adds 10 feet more reach for higher stacking. The 830’s elevating Maxcab lets operators work at eye level with their stacks.

The Komatsu PC290LL-11 is available in either a 40-foot reach live heel log loader, 32-foot reach processor or 34-foot reach road builder configuration for high performance in demanding logging applications. Key features include a high-capacity cooling system, high drawbar pull, robust forestry-specific guarding, narrow 11-foot five-inch transport width, comfortable operator controls, all LED lighting, Komtrax 5.0 technology and Komatsu CARE complimentary maintenance program. Powerful PC360-class final drives generate 64,250 pounds of drawbar pull for excellent shovel logging and rough terrain performance. A rugged PC390-class swing motor and drive delivers high swing torque for superior log loading, processing and road building performance.

The Link-Belt 3240 TL forestry machine features a powerful, fuel-efficient 160-hp Final Tier 4 engine that doesn’t require a DPF, matched to a larger fuel tank that keeps you working longer. Link-Belt redesigned the control valve and incorporated spool stroke control (SSC) functions into the hydraulic system to reduce pressure loss and distribute oil more smoothly, increasing lift capacity up to four per cent. Oregon OSHA/ROPS/WCB-certified cabs are 8082-2 compliant; available with sky roof and escape hatch. Choose rear-entry or side-entry cabs and risers; impact-resistant polycarbonate windows. RemoteCARE telematics keep a watchful eye on performance, maintenance intervals and theft deterrence. Convenient access to all service points.

John Deere
The John Deere G-Series log loaders are designed to increase efficiency and improve the operator experience. The spacious standard rear-entry cab features floor-mounted windows, improving visibility to the tracks. An optional longer track on the 2156G and 2656G models increases stability and lift capacity, and larger lower rollers on the 2156G and 3156G models improves roller life. Ground-level servicing and conveniently located filters, fluid-fill locations, and grease points help ease daily checks and preventative maintenance. The G-Series log loaders are now equipped with TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager, which work in tandem to provide real-time production and location data, increasing productivity.

With the LH 50 M Timber Litronic wheeled material handler, Liebherr presents an impressive timber handling all-rounder. The LH 50 M Timber Litronic boasts reliability and maximum operator convenience as well as low fuel consumption combined with a high level of performance. The LH 50 M Timber Litronic is equipped with all-wheel steering as standard and as a result impresses with its maneuverability at maximum overall and directional stability. Equipment developed specifically for timber handling assures maximum load capacity with simultaneously high reach. Combined with a rigid cab elevation for excellent all-round visibility, these features make the LH 50 M Timber Litronic a reliable partner in timber handling operations.

Pierce Pacific
Pierce’s long history of high-lift Paralifts reach back to the design’s inception – and long before European loaders were even involved in log yards. Since then, Pierce has continued to improve on the original design, resulting in loaders that offer unsurpassed reliability and performance. Outstanding productivity and remarkable longevity are the hallmarks of Paralifts. In fact, many of them have logged as many as 50,000 to 70,000 hours on the meter. Decades of experience with this product have led to the creation of countless purpose-built, high-lift Paralift loaders for handling shortwood – all designed to maintain high visibility for safe and efficient production. And with grapple options suitable for eight- to 16-foot lengths, Pierce Paralifts will likely meet just about any log yard requirement.

Precision Husky
From the XL-175 to the XL-345, all of Precision Husky’s Brutes feature a lower unit, turntable bearing, hydraulic components and control valves. All are available for trucks, stationary electric, rubber tire self-propelled and trailer mounts. Routine service is fast, with an easy access design like centralized hydraulic pressure checks and turntable bearing greasing from the operator’s cab. Count on super heavy-duty sub frames for maximum stability. From the top down, the Precision line is better engineered, built heavier, smarter and stronger for more go time and less downtime. Precision is more than a name. It’s Precision Husky’s No. 1 goal.

Pettibone’s Carry-Life 254i is purpose-built to deliver numerous safety and performance benefits over other material handling alternatives. The Cary-Lift 254i features a unique overhead lift arm design, giving the operator full front visibility when lifting or transporting loads. The 254i is powered by a 225-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 diesel engine with DOC and SCR aftertreatment. The unit includes an engine-driven fan, cooling package and engine block heater as standard equipment. The machine provides a maximum load capacity of 25,000 pounds and max lift height of 14 feet. Offering 4-wheel drive with 2-wheel, 4-wheel and crab hydraulic power steering modes – and with the wheelbase limited to just 12 feet – the 254i can achieve a turning radius of 23 feet, six inches. Unlike forward-reaching articulated loaders, the Cary-Lift’s heavy-duty, solid steel frame design allows it to take full loads into sharp turns without sacrificing load capacity or stability.

Tanguay electrical loaders are custom built in Canada to suit your mill. They are available with standard pedestal mount with your choice of steel or concrete sub-base and various boom and grapple configurations. Replacing one of your mobile diesel loaders with a Tanguay electrical log loader will generate up to 70 per cent energy savings without compromising on reliability. The eco-efficient Tanguay electrical loader design is based on over 50 years of experience and built with proven high-quality components. Tanguay also offers an electrical rail trolley mount, opening huge opportunities to improve your mill feeding process and save cost.

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