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Deere offers 30% more cutting

With 15% more cutting swath and a load-sensing, multi-functional hydraulic system, the John Deere 700JH Series tracked harvesters deliver more productivity than ever before – 30% more according to the manufacturer. “From the agile, yet strong boom, to the best service access in the industry, the John Deere JH Series harvesters have been engineered for optimum harvesting performance,” says Elliot Little, product marketing manager. He adds that key to the performance is the new hydraulics system, which runs cooler and more efficiently for longer pump life, but which offers better grabbing pressure and speed from 17% higher flow to the head and 23% higher flow to the main circuits. Swing torque has also been improved 20%. For slopes, the sift-tilt technology and four-way leveling system allows the upper structure to shift a full three-feet forward. Model numbers include the 703JH, 753JH, and 759JH (shown). More info at  www.deere.com.


Roading through slopes gets easier

Even rough jobs, like slope retention in steep terrain, can be easier with the right tools. Enter the Thompson Slope Packer attachment from Rockland Manufacturing Co. It eliminates the expensive and time-consuming task of packing slopes by the traditional method of walking them with a dozer or excavator, the manufacturer says. As an attachment for a standard excavator, the Slope Packer allows the contractor to pack slopes on any grade and in any soil condition from above or below the grade, using the weight of the attachment and the flexibility of the boom to compact the soil on the grade. Rockland says the slope packer is safer than traditional walking methods, and compacts soils up to 10 times faster. It also reduces fuel consumption and excavator wear.  More info at www.rocklandmfg.com.


Tops and Branches

•    John Deere Forestry and Investlesprom, a large forest company in Western Russia, have signed a framework agreement for Deere to supply forest machines to three locations in Russia, pushing sales of John Deere forestry equipment to Russia to over $100 million since the past fall. As a result of this agreement, Investlesprom has raised its harvest forecast from 2 million m3 to more than 6 million m3. www.deere.com.

•    Volvo Financial Services North America recently opened a new office in Aurora, ON to support the growth of the company’s Canadian operations, which provides financial services to dealers and customers within the Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo rents business segments. www.us.vfsco.com.  

•    Goodyear Canada will build a new re-tread plant in
North Bay, ON to meet increasing demand for off-road
re-treaded tires.

•    Doosan Infracore America has established Doosan
Global Finance, a single global finance provider for
Doosan Infracore’s forklift and construction equipment divisions. www.infracore.com.
•    Bruks, a Swedish-based maker and marketer of mobile drum chippers, as well as wood processing and conveying equipment, has purchased Rockwood Materials Handling of Atlanta, GA, a material handling and attachment company. The new company, BRUKS Rockwood, will be able to handle more complete bulk handling solutions. www.bruks.com.

•    Inland Kenworth’s new facility in Nanaimo, BC, has been recognized by the City of Nanaimo for its innovative green design and features, including a creative water run-off system and automatic lighting systems.

•    FPInnovations-Feric and Groupe Charette have won the Énergia 2007 top prize for energy efficiency in the transport category. The award was given for their project on the evaluation of backhaul trips using multi-purpose trailers from Groupe Charette, resulting in a 25% drop in fuel consumption. www.feric.ca.

•    Poyry PLC has acquired Perforex Inc., a consulting company focusing on sustainable operations improvements and excellence in wood products and forestry operations. www.poyry.com.

November 21, 2011  By  Scott Jamieson

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