By Bill Tice
New Loader from Cat
A new knuckleboom log loader from Cat Forest Products will provide operators with more control, allowing them to better match the loader’s power output to job requirements. The new B Series was launched in February of this year with the introduction of the Cat 559B, which features an enhanced engine and hydraulic power system that the company says will also improve fuel economy.
Reduced engine and fan speeds, a reengineered hydraulic pump and bigger hydraulic lines allow more efficient use of horsepower to save fuel while maintaining performance.
In the cab, the operator can call up a diagnostic screen on the console and view data on fuel and hydraulic oil levels, engine and hydraulic oil temperatures and other machine vital signs. www.cat.com/forestry
Improved CTR Slasher
Cat Forest Products introduced the new CTR 107 slasher in March with structural improvements and increased versatility. The 42 inch (107 cm) slasher will work with any loader and is available with either a flat or V-shaped chassis. The company says both chassis designs have been widened so that the vertical posts sit on top of the main rail tubes for increased stability and rigidity. The posts are also shorter, which minimizes the risk of damage for the loader grapple, while a balanced lifting point for ease in moving is now standard.www.prenticeforestry.com
Forest Machine Line Upgraded
Operator comfort and safety, and machine durability have all been improved in the Cat forest machine line, including the 320D FM, 324D FM, 325D FM and the 330D FM. The machines can be configured to perform in any forestry application, including log loader, harvester/processor and road builder. Improvements include: A full-size sliding window on the left side of the cab for increased fresh air flow into the cab; a new quick release latch system on the escape hatch positioned above the operator’s head; strengthened window mounting brackets and hardware; a strengthened HVAC intake cover; and improved guards and protection for the working light on the entry door. www.cat.com/forestry
New Mulcher from Tigercat
Paris, Ont.-based Tigercat Industries Inc. recently shipped its prototype 480 track mulcher. The 480 is the company’s latest offering in a growing line of vegetation management equipment. The 500hp (370kW) mulcher is ideally suited for rough terrain, sensitive site applications and large scale land clearing and right of way projects.
The 480 incorporates high-lift boom geometry for improved performance on uneven terrain and has a counter-rotate function that allows the machine to pivot about its centre axis at the touch of a button. This provides quick and effortless “on a dime” turns at the end of a row. All functions, including the joystick steering, are electronically controlled allowing for operator customization.
Power comes from a Cummins QSX15 Tier 3 engine that is behind swing-out engine compartment doors, offering easy access to daily service points and major components. www.tigercat.com
New Cummins Engines
Cummins Inc. of Columbus, Ind. has announced that the 4-cylinder QSB3.3 and QSB4.5 engines will meet EU Stage IIIB and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim off-highway emissions in 2012 across a broad 75 to 160hp (56 to 119kW) power range.
The company says its next generation engines will retain the same proven platforms and will be supplied as a fully integrated air-intake to exhaust system. Very low emissions are achieved by using cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) for NOx control and exhaust aftertreatment for removing particulate matter. www.cummins.com
Chain Saw Chains and Bars
Jasper, Ind.-based Stens has introduced its new Silver Streak line of chain saw products. Silver Streak chain is suitable for both the professional or occasional woodsman, while Silver Streak chainsaw bars, including Hard Nose and Sprocket Nose bars are for professionals and laminate bars are ideal for semi-professional use. Stens supplies replacement parts and accessories worldwide through its U.S. and international distribution network. www.stens.com