By Bill Tice
Updated Tigercat Skidder
Paris, Ont.-based Tigercat Industries Inc. has replaced its popular 630C four-wheel drive skidder with the new 630D model. The company says its new D-Series skidders “are the most efficient, high production and operator friendly” skidders ever produced by Tigercat. The D-Series is powered by the 260 hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier III engine. Improvements to the hydrostatic drive line enable the 630D to achieve improved performance and superior fuel economy from a smaller displacement engine. A variable/reversible pitch Flexxaire® engine mounted fan further contributes to energy efficiency by automatically matching the fan blade pitch to cooling requirements.
Inside the cab, the 630D is equipped with Turnaround™. The revolutionary rotating seat has a two-position mechanical lock providing full rear-facing drive capability. The steering wheel has been replaced with an armrest-mounted joystick for improved ergonomics. Drive pedals are located at both the front and rear of the cab. Combined with Tigercat’s hydrostatic driveline, Turnaround™ allows the operator to travel in reverse while comfortably facing the rear. The full speed range is available, whether in forward or reverse.
Other improvements include The next generation IQAN control system, which has improved functionality and offers a simpler, more intuitive user interface, and the arch has been redesigned for improved visibility, more powerful arch holding force and quicker cycle time.
New Ford Super Duty
Ford has been teasing the pick-up truck world with information on its latest offering – the all new 2011 F-Series Super Duty, which will hit the mass markets next year with an all new 6.7-litre Power Stroke V-8 tubrocharged diesel engine that is designed, engineered and built by Ford.
Some information on the truck was released to the media in late August while a full public unveiling of the new vehicle took place on Sept. 24 at the State Fair of Texas. Ford is promising that when customers get into the all-new 2011 Ford Super Duty next year, they’ll discover the technological advancements that have led to significantly higher torque and horsepower, class-leading fuel economy and best-in-class towing and payload capability.
Wraps Can Save Time
Parker Hannifin has introduced its new Partek Wrap, which is an abrasion-resistant sleeve that can be added after a hose has been installed. The company says this saves users the time of removing hoses or the cost of purchasing new ones. Partek Wrap can also be used to bundle multiple hoses/cables together or to protect cylinder rods from damage and contamination.
Light weight and highly flexible, Partek Wrap is made from extremely rugged urethane-coated 1050 ballistic nylon. It comes on a 50-foot roll and its tight weave pattern prevents the fabric ends from fraying when cut.
Partek Wrap has an ambient temperature range of -60 F to 200 F and is immediately available in four sizes. The product is easy to cut with household scissors and installs quickly. It is one of many hose protection solutions available from Parker’s Hose Products Division, which is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Wireless Tree Shear
Sidney Manufacturing Co. of Sidney, Iowa, has introduced a wireless control option for its line of Timberline Power Rotating Tree Shears. The wireless control allows the operator to wirelessly activate the electric diverter on the tree shear to alternate between tree shearing and hydraulic rotation. The company says this increases the ease of operation and reduces installation time. Placing the technology in the shear rather than the machine allows Timberline Tree Shears to be effortlessly mounted on any variety of available skid steer loaders, compact excavators, telehandlers and Ag tractor arms.
Oregon Replaceable Sprocket Nose
Tough conditions demand tough equipment. New for fall 2009, OREGON® introduces its .404" harvester bar with a replaceable sprocket nose (RSN). Should you damage the bar nose, the RSN reduces your expense by extending the useful life of your bar. And, it’s simple to replace.
Engineered for your toughest day, OREGON® brand .404" harvester RSN bars are available in lengths from 54 centimetres to 100 centimetres with motor-mount configurations to fit most popular applications. They are also available with our patented Jet Fit® bar-mount system.