Feb. 26, 2018 - Derek Tchir is a logger because he likes the smell of trees. He’s surprised when I tell him that’s the first time I’ve heard that response.
Feb. 26, 2018 - In the Rouge-Matawin wildlife preserve, a crew of young foresters is busy at work in a predominantly softwood sector about an hour’s drive away from Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Que. An operator in new six-wheeled Tigercat 635G skidder that arrived a few short weeks ago is hauling a heavy load of tree-length wood through swampy and steep terrain.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry. To individually acknowledge each winner and his or her contributions to the forest industry, CFI has featured each of our top 10 winners of 2017 over 10 weeks.In wrapping up our amazing roster of young individuals, we introduce our readers to Marco Gaudette.Marco is owner and operator at Broyage RM in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.As soon as he turned 18, Marco decided to become a construction entrepreneur. Years later, in 2009, Marco trained as a carpenter and took interest in the forest sector. At the time wood pallet businesses had a lot of residues to shred and Marco saw a business opportunity. “I called Domtar to sell them the biomass before buying a wood chipper,” Marco says. “But they did not transfer me to the right person, because a forester offered me a grinding contract on their private lands.” That contract was more than enough for Marco to invest in a wood grinder and launch Broyage RM in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.Marco’s margins were slim with his first contract, but the entrepreneur persevered. Eight years later, at 34-years-old, Marco’s company now processes 225,000 tons of biomass yearly for clients such as Domtar, Acadian Timber and Irving. Meanwhile, he developed a unique business model: he buys the raw material left in the forest, grinds it and sells it to pulp and paper mills. The profitability of his business is tied to transportation costs. In 2009, operations were limited to 75 kilometres or less from the mill in order for Broyage RM to make money. Today, Marco Gaudette can go as far as 130 kilometres and still make a profit with his three grinders – two Vermeer’s and one Morbark – and nine employees.To keep his business growing, Marco now dreams about a biomass mill that would store and process even more raw material for his clients.Thank you once again to all of our nominees. We can't wait to read about more talented individuals in forestry in the search for the next Top 10 Under 40!Read last week's spotlight on Ali Zarei.
Jan. 19, 2018 – Seventy five years ago the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) was discussing radically different logging equipment at their first annual convention, but their core message was the same as it is today: contractor sustainability.
Jan. 16, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry. To individually acknowledge each winner and his or her contributions to the forest industry, CFI is featuring each of our top 10 winners of 2017 over 10 weeks.Leading up to our final week, we introduce readers to Ali Zarei.Ali is controller and corporate secretary at Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd., in Richmond, B.C.He has played an integral role to advancing Richmond Plywood Corporation’s mill through production and operational management, financial steering and streamlining, and all in just one year. Ali came to Richmond Plywood on an interim basis from Deloitte LLP and was appointed full time in May 2016. The 30-year-old stands out within the company where the median age is around 50-60. “He is a visionary, goal oriented, and forward thinking executive management member who constantly sets the bar high for expectations and is progressively aiming to improve his team members,” Gurnam Minhas, Richmond Plywood’s president and chairman, says. Ali’s achievements include record-setting financial ratio improvements and significant capital generation and streamlining the accounting department through the integration of a new accounting system with other supporting systems. “He plays a vital role in ensuring our organization is in line with all our partnered associations’ expectations, which expresses his high level of care for quality assurance,” Minhas says. “He is always generating new ideas and pushing our boundaries to unforeseen limits, which have been greatly appreciated from a chairman, board of directors, and organizational standpoint.” Stay tuned for our last spotlight next week on Marco Gaudette.And read last week's on Chris Kalesnikoff.
Jan. 2, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry.
March 15, 2018 – Healthy, vibrant and sustainable Canadian forests is the theme of a new youth-focused initiative announced today by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and Earth Rangers, the kids’ conservation organization.Announced on the sidelines of the GLOBE Forum, the largest and longest-running leadership summit for sustainable business in North America, the joint Living Forests Initiative will focus on educating youth about the many benefits healthy, living forests provide — and what needs to be done to ensure they continue to thrive for generations to come. To help raise awareness of the central role forests play for all life in Canada, the initiative kicks off on May 1, 2018 with the launch the first ever Earth Rangers Living Forests Photo Competition, which is open to aspiring photographers aged 12 and under across Canada. Categories include “best wildlife photo,” “best forest landscape” and “best tree photo.” A panel of expert judges will review all entries, and prizes will be awarded for the top photos in each category after the competition wraps up on June 18, 2018. “As future stewards of some of the world’s most vibrant forests, kids in Canada need to have a direct stake in the health of this incredible natural resource. Earth Rangers is looking forward to working with FPAC on this exciting new initiative to help educate and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders,” says Tovah Barocas, vice-president of external relations at Earth Rangers.Canadian forests provide huge environmental, economic, and social benefits. Home to almost 70 per cent of Canada’s terrestrial species, healthy forests provide us with the air we breathe and help reduce the impacts of climate change. They also play a crucial role in Canada’s economy, with the forestry sector acting as one of the largest sources of employment in the country while also supplying important products like lumber and newsprint. “We view this partnership with Earth Rangers as an important part of FPAC’s continuing efforts to engage and communicate to the public the important work our sector plays in sustainable resource management and putting Canadians to work,” says Derek Nighbor, chief executive officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada.
March 13, 2018 - The Board of Directors of the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) is pleased to announce that Dave Lehane has been appointed chair of the BCFSC, effective March 22, 2018. Dave takes over from Ken Higginbotham, who retired at the end of 2017.
Feb. 20, 2018 - Supply chains have evolved significantly in recent decades, and yet are now on the edge of even more transformative changes driven by the digital revolution. The fourth industrial revolution, as it is called, is characterized by an interconnection of machines and systems within the production sites as well as between them and the outside world.
Feb. 13, 2018 – The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is encouraging citizens to help it solve natural resource violation cases. They include poaching large and small game; unlawful hunting or shooting from a roadway; fishing out hunting out-of-season; the illegal sale of species at risk, wildlife or animal parts; taking more fish or game than allowed; dumping waste on Crown land; illegally removing sand, gravel or wood from public lands; having fires in restricted fire zones or without a permit; and illegal activities in provincial parks and protected areas. Many of the cases go unsolved because they occur in remote areas with few witnesses. The ministry is encouraging people who have information to call its tip line at 1-877-847-7667. A full map of the unsolved cases can be found here.
Feb. 7, 2018 - WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the forestry sector. The 2018-2020 Forestry High-Risk Strategy is a renewed three-year strategy for prevention activities in harvesting and related operations. “The intent of the forestry high-risk strategy is to implement focused and effective inspections in those areas of the timber harvesting sector that have the most risk to workers,” said Dan Strand, director of prevention field services for WorkSafeBC. “Our goal with the high-risk strategies is simple — to reduce the number of serious injuries.” Identified high-risk work activities typically fall into five areas of timber harvesting: Manual tree falling Log transportation Cable yarding Mechanized harvesting Silviculture In addition to the five main areas, emergency-response planning has also been identified as a critical target area for the forestry high-risk strategy. Due to the continuing high injury rate in hand falling, a dedicated inspection team will focus on employers with high injury rates and/or poor compliance rates. The seasonal nature of forestry work is also incorporated into the forestry strategy. Officers in different regions of the province will continue to have the latitude to shift their inspection activity to reflect seasonal work. The serious injury rate in the forestry sector is much higher than the average in other sectors. In 2016, the serious injury rate in forestry was 1.2 per 100 person-years of employment, compared to 0.3 across all sectors in B.C. In 2016, there were 13 fatal workplace incidents involving forestry workers (based on the classification units that comprise the forestry high-risk strategy). WorkSafeBC’s high-risk strategies identify and target industries and employers with a high risk of serious workplace injury and a significant contribution to the serious-injury rate. High-risk strategies include four industry sectors: construction, forestry, health care and manufacturing. More information about the forestry high-risk strategy, including 2018 deliverables and timelines, is available at worksafebc.com.
Feb. 6, 2018 – The towns of Canmore and Whitecourt, Alta., as well as Woodlands County have received a combined total of $130,000 to eradicate the mountain pine beetle. The mountain pine beetle threatens six million hectares of Alberta’s pine forest and affects the activities of more than half of the major forest companies operating in the province.The funds are being allocated as follows:Canmore – $75,000Whitecourt – $29,000Woodlands – $26,000 “Our best chance to combat the mountain pine beetle infestation is if our government partners with local municipalities on aggressive and proactive detection and control programs,” said Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2017, more than 92,000 trees across the province were cut and burned to help control the mountain pine beetle outbreak.
Feb. 26, 2018 - This year’s challenge consisted of mid-size, full-size and HD entries – 10 trucks total – all vying for a win in what is now the 11th year of the Canadian Truck King Challenge. We tested 10 2018 pickup trucks covering the 2500 HD segment; two midsize and five full-size pickups completed the rest of the 2018 entries. A complete list of scores by model reveal our choice for the winner of the 2018 Canadian Truck King Challenge.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Ponsse celebrates two important milestones today. The biggest extension project in the company's history has reached the topping-out phase, and the factory has produced the 13,000th forest machine made in the Vieremä facility in Finland. Ponsse machine number 13,000, a PONSSE Ergo 8w, was delivered to the company's German customer FoWi GmbH & Co. This also marks the beginning of Ponsse's and German distributor Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH's jubilee year: 25 years have passed since Ponsse and Wahlers signed their contract on distribution and service collaboration in the German-speaking regions of Europe. The seeds of this collaboration were sown already in the early 1970s when Einari Vidgrén, Ponsse's founder, was logging on a storm devastation sites in Germany. Quality and flexibility through investments The current production facility investment is the biggest in Ponsse's history: the factory will expand from the current 2.7 hectares to 4 hectares. Most importantly, the investment contributes to ongoing improvement and development of quality, flexibility, safety and productivity of Ponsse's operations. The extension of production facilities enables the company to respond to changing market situations with more flexibility, and to tailor machines to customer requirements more efficiently in a serial-production environment. The new facilities in Vieremä will be completed by the end of the year, and will be the most advanced forest machine production facility in the world. Our strong focus on the development of cut-to-length forest machines requires constant development of our production operations. That is the only way we can fulfill the needs of our customers and stay at the forefront of technology in the demanding forest machine market. A safe, modern factory is also an important investment in our employees, says Ponsse's president and chief executive officer Juho Nummela. The Ponsse factory in Vieremä currently employs 570 employees, 390 of whom work in production tasks. All Ponsse forest machines are made in Vieremä, Finland. New factory in operation by end of year New assembly lines and storage facilities housed in the new extension will be phased in gradually during 2018. Relocation to new facilities starts in March with warehouse operations. New smart warehouse technologies make production warehouse logistics more efficient and increase the degree of automation considerably. Warehouse automation covers 15,500 storage slots for small items and components and 3,900 pallet positions. After the warehouse relocation, a new harvester head assembly line will move to the new facilities. A new assembly line for base machines will be in operation by the end of the summer, and by end of 2018 cabin and crane assembly lines will also be renewed. The amount of production-time testing used to support quality control will increase in all production lines. High-quality work from local experts Starting with earthworks, most of the factory extension has been built by local companies. The massive project was split into several smaller parts to enable local companies to offer their services. The main contractor, construction company U. Lipsanen, delivered the factory extension project that was started one year ago to Ponsse today.
Dec. 21, 2017 - Following FPInnovations and Laval University’s industrial NSERC Chair recommendations, Alberta Transportation recently changed its Winter Weight Premium (WWP) policy allowing an estimated average of 8 days of WWP extension.
Dec. 21, 2017 - Traction-assist equipment has been gaining traction in B.C.’s forestry industry in recent years. In recognition of the health and safety considerations that arise from new technology, WorkSafeBC has created an equipment inspection checklist to help employers ensure safety requirements are being met. The checklist is available on worksafebc.com, and is divided into eight sections according to the relevant regulations: emergency site-specific procedures; operation of traction-assist equipment; safe work areas; radio-controlled equipment; equipment guarding and emergency escape; equipment inspection and maintenance; rigging and attachment points; and anchors.Download the full list.
Dec. 6, 2017 - Chevy recently partnered with John Deere at its world headquarters to show off its newest version of the HD Silverado pickup. The reason? A work-related backdrop is vital to understanding the needs of the HD truck owner and frankly what looks better than some spanking new construction equipment towed by shiny 2018 Chevy pickups?
Nov. 14, 2017 - Global demand for forestry equipment is forecast to reach $9.2 billion on gains of 4.5 per cent per year, more than four times faster than in the 2011-2016 period. Gains will be driven by the transition from manual to mechanical logging solutions in the developing economies of the Africa/Mideast and Asia/Pacific regions and Latin America, as well as the rise of logging methods, such as cut-to-length, that require more sophisticated (and expensive) forestry equipment in industrialized nations like Canada and Finland. Global Forestry Equipment, 2nd Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm, offers in-depth analysis of these and other trends.Western Europe, the world's largest exporter of forestry equipment, will see its trade surplus increase by $200 million to $1.0 billion in 2021. Factors driving these gains include the reputation of West European forestry equipment suppliers, whose hefty R&D budgets deliver cutting edge products, and the massive scale of their global distribution networks. The Asia/Pacific region, the only other global market with a trade surplus in this industry, will see an increase of $70 million as local producers and foreign multinationals invest heavily in new production capacity and upgrading existing facilities.Felling machinery will see the fastest gains of all product segments through 2021. Demand for felling machinery is projected to rise nearly 5 per cent per year through 2021 as market conditions improve in the US and other mature markets, and logging sector mechanization rates in developing nations increase. Sales of separately sold parts and attachments will rise 4 per cent annually as the global stock of forestry equipment grows and more advanced attachments are developed. In dollar terms, chippers and grinders will experience the fastest growth in the forecast period as global demand for wood pellets as a power plant feedstock rises and the use of on-site processing equipment in developing nations increases.Related studies include: #3539 Global Construction Machinery, 6th Edition (August 2017) #3519 Global Power Tools Market, 9th Edition (May 2017)
March 6, 2018 - For a logger, machine uptime is one of the most critical factors to ensure productivity and profitability. In the past, loggers were dependent on daily walk-arounds and hand-written maintenance schedules to keep machines up and running. Today, forestry professionals can be far more effective by utilizing the latest in machine data technology. Modern forestry equipment is designed with powerful telematics systems that provide loggers with constant visibility to their jobsites and machines. Through remote diagnostics and programming, owners and operators can constantly access machine health prognostics in almost real time. Loggers can no longer rely on a single daily check to keep machines running at maximum efficiency. Rather, progressive loggers should work closely with their equipment manufacturers and dealers to access data that keeps pace with the constant changes of their work environment and solve potential issues before downtime occurs. There is a misconception that technology is complicated and difficult to use, leading some loggers to ignore solutions instead of taking advantage of the power available at their fingertips. In reality, technology is often very intuitive, and the solutions being offered by the leading equipment manufacturers are designed to simplify, not complicate, machine maintenance. Constant visibility Through technology, owners have an insight to their machines that wasn’t available in the past. While an operator’s instinct and mechanical knowledge is still valuable, today’s machines are equipped with onboard hardware that constantly monitors the machine status, providing alerts about potential issues early. Through innovative telematics systems, such as John Deere’s JDLink system, loggers have visibility to the status of their machines at any point, from the jobsite or the office. Telematics solutions provide owners with the information they need to optimize their machines and operations, ultimately increasing productivity and overall profitability. Through an easy-to-use dashboard, loggers can track important information from their entire fleet in one place: · Machine efficiency – Using technology, owners can track machine efficiency, analyzing machine movement, fuel usage and production data, making it easier to identify areas where processes can be improved. · Service intervals – Machine data technology improves maintenance, as service intervals can be captured within the system, giving owners a complete overview of upcoming maintenance to help them better prepare for planned downtime. · Unplanned machine issues – The integration of telematics on equipment enables remote diagnostics and programming, alerting owners as soon as an issue occurs so it can be quickly addressed before it causes more costly repairs and downtime. Telematics solutions take machine management to the next level, providing loggers the information they need to plan for the future at a moment’s notice. Dealer integration Technology by itself offers limited value – it must be paired with support from equipment dealers and manufacturers. With increased technology comes a need to interpret, analyze and act upon the data it provides. With smartphone apps, owners and operators have the ability to access some of that information at their fingertips. But where loggers find the real benefit of technology is when they partner with their local dealer. By proactively analyzing the data provided by machine technology, modern equipment dealers are preventing many problems before they occur. If a problem does occur, dealers now have the ability to troubleshoot remotely. With remote diagnostics, a technician can arrive at the jobsite knowing what problem to address and with the right part in hand. This minimizes costly downtime and unnecessary travel time – increasing logger productivity and profitability. With all of these advantages, many loggers today are relying on equipment dealers for more than just equipment sales and repairs. Many find that enrolling in a preventative maintenance program has been a great way to add efficiency to their business. Having preventative maintenance performed by the dealer can create a variety of benefits to logging operations. Factory trained technicians, utilizing the latest in machine technology, can typically complete service tasks much faster than those who do not do it every day. Machines are serviced using factory specified parts and lubricants, keeping the machine performing at peak levels. Routine maintenance can be scheduled at off-peak times to maintain production schedules. Logging crews can remain focused on revenue generating tasks like cutting and hauling while leaving non-revenue generating tasks of maintenance to the equipment dealers. Moreover, when it comes time to trade out of that machine, owners are able to present a machine with a documented history of factory specified maintenance care, thus increasing the resale value. All of this is made easier and faster with integrated machine technology that is quickly becoming the standard for high production logging operations today. Driving the future of machines Understanding the opportunities presented by telematics, equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have started to take advantage of technology by collecting and analyzing fleet data, helping to improve the machines of tomorrow. Using the data flowing in from thousands of connected machines, OEMs are capturing data and uncovering machine trends. At John Deere, this information is being utilized in the Machine Health Monitoring Center, a centrally located centre staffed with analysts examining machine data. This information provides input to manufacturing and design processes for future machines and for continuous product improvements on current production machines. This information can also be used to develop new and improved preventative maintenance processes, or create machine repair protocols, increasing the productivity of existing machines. The forestry industry is rapidly evolving, and with technology loggers are able to make informed decisions that can positively impact their business. Not so long ago machine maintenance required loggers to track schedules by hand and sometimes shut a machine down for days while waiting for a service technician to travel to the jobsite, costing the business time and money. With the power of technology, operators can optimize machines, taking their business to the next level by minimizing downtime and increasing productivity, ensuring long-term success. Kevin Drake is manager of customer product support for John Deere Forestry.
Feb. 26, 2018 - The John Deere 3756G Forestry Swing Machine has been recognized with a Good Design award for its design excellence and innovation. The Good Design awards program is known as the oldest, most prestigious design award, and is organized annually by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. “We are incredibly honoured to have received a Good Design award for the 3756G Swing Machine,” said Tom Budan, vice-president of worldwide forestry at John Deere. “This award verifies that we not only created a productive and powerful piece of equipment, but also the innovation of the swing machine design. Innovation is one of our core principles, and this recognition solidifies John Deere as the world leader in the forestry industry.” A panel of 14 designers, architects, journalists and critics identified the 3756G Swing Machine as a “rugged, efficient new player” in the John Deere Forestry line-up. The machine’s productivity capabilities and power in the toughest conditions is what caught the judges’ attention, as well as the improved uptime, reliability and durability. The 3756G features a high rise cab with floor-mounted windows. The larger windows in the new cab improve visibility for the operator when maneuvering over difficult ground conditions. The rear-entry cab promotes safe and easy entry and exit, further showcasing the customer-first design that is at the forefront of all John Deere machinery. Additionally, the 3756G cab is climate-controlled and includes fatigue-reducing features such as ergonomic controls and isolation mounts to boost operator productivity during long work days. The 3756G Swing Machine is not the only piece of John Deere equipment to be recognized. The 310E Articulated Dump Truck, the 4-Track 9RX Series Tractors and the Round Baler Family also received a Good Design award. To learn more about the 3756G Swing Machine, as well as the full line of John Deere equipment, visit www.johndeere.com.
Feb. 26, 2018 - Iotatel Inc. is a Vancouver Island-based start-up backed by FPInnovations, the largest forest research company in the world. The company’s primary goal is to provide remote logging facilities with reliable, highly available networking connectivity. Today Iotatel provides a network connectivity solution for forestry camps in remote locations using Cradlepoint’s COR IBR900 ruggedized LTE router for quick, reliable, cloud-managed deployments. With Iotatel’s customers spread all over the region, remote network management is critical. Cradlepoint’s NetCloud platform also enables a single- pane-of-glass view for remote management and network operations. Since installing the Cradlepoint solution, network performance for these remote sites has improved by a factor of 10 times or more. “These facilities are remote, so going out there to configure or troubleshoot is not efficient. We use NetCloud for monitoring the devices, checking in remotely, looking at client data usage, and to make any adjustments as necessary,” said Nick Birch, Iotatel founder and chief executive officer. Iotatel works with forestry and logging camps that are at log sort facilities. The facilities are almost always in semi-remote locations or areas where wired Internet connections including ADSL, cable, fibre, and more are unavailable or cost-prohibitive. The facilities are large outdoor properties and are filled with log piles, logging machines, and usually several small outbuildings that all require secure and reliable network connectivity. Iotatel needed a 4G LTE routing solution it could trust to provide reliable connectivity and be able to handle inclement weather and a hazardous work environment. Prior to implementing the Cradlepoint solution, the facilities were using small USB-based cellular modems and low-powered access points. This did not provide adequate bandwidth or capacity for a regular staff of 10-20 employees’ client devices, nor did it provide the network coverage required throughout the yard. They were experiencing significant packet loss and network drop-out. For these remote logging facilities, Iotatel chose a comprehensive solution including Cradlepoint’s COR IBR900 routers and NetCloud Manager, with the option to add dual-modem Extensibility Docks in the future. The IBR900 acts as the Internet gateway, then the network is built using point-to- point microwave links and WiFi access points to provide coverage across the facility.
Feb. 26, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries gathered details on the newest residual reducing equipment working in Canada’s forests.
Feb. 9, 2018 – Husqvarna has reformulated its line of machine oils to set new industry standards in performance and product longevity. Made specifically for Husqvarna products, the improved formulations deliver lower operating temperatures and greater detergency inside engines. The new bar and chain oil range offers reduced friction and wear on cutting equipment. Available at Husqvarna dealers across Canada, the reformulated selection of oil and lubricants has been improved using premium additives and semi-synthetic base oils to specifications that exceed industry standards, enhancing the output and extending the life of Husqvarna products. “Husqvarna’s commitment to ensuring the optimum performance of our state-of-the-art equipment extends to the entire product ecosystem, from the design through to accessories,” said Giovanni Crespi, Husqvarna’s director of regional product management for North America. “Using proprietary blends of synthetic and virgin base stocks, we’ve reformulated our oils and lubricants to run cleaner and last longer, helping our customers experience even greater performance and efficiency from their Husqvarna tools.” The evolution of 2-stroke engine oils Each of Husqvarna’s improved 2-Stroke oils has Verified Engine Formula (VEF) certification, denoting that they have been designed, tested and approved specifically for Husqvarna engines. VEF is determined via a series of stress tests in hundreds of engines, over thousands of hours to ensure the oils are optimal for Husqvarna engines. Husqvarna fuel mix and engines complement each other to deliver maximum power output, running cleaner and longer, season after season. · Husqvarna XP+ 2-Stroke Oil has been formulated with premium additives, and semi-synthetic base oils. Engineered to maximize engine performance, it is JASO-FD certified, ensuring this formulation meets and exceeds the toughest oil standards, providing the perfect balance of engine lubricity, detergency and exhaust output. Its low-smoke formulation was also specifically engineered to ensure the lowest operating temperature, preventing premature engine bearing failures. · HP Synthetic Blend 2-Stroke Oil combines semi-synthetic base oils and high-quality additives to ensure optimal lubricity and detergency, resulting in lower operating temperature and less deposits in the crankcase. The HP oil formulation also contains fuel stabilizer to help reduce the risk of engine failure caused by spoiled gas. Less wear and improved tackifier Husqvarna X-Guard Premium Bar and Chain Oil has been reformulated with unique anti-wear properties that result in outstanding wear protection. The addition of a premium tackifier adheres the oil to the bar and chain for longer and provides less “sling off.” Husqvarna X-Guard Premium Bar and Chain Oils greatly reduces friction and welding of metal parts under high loads. There are three formulations available: All Season, Low Temperature which is rated down to -49F (-45C) and Biodegradable which does so in less than 28 days. Less wear and longer life Husqvarna’s 4-Stroke Oils are premium oil blends designed for tough, commercial use, but ideal for all Husqvarna wheeled products, including tractors, walk mowers, snow blowers, commercial zero turn mowers and commercial walk behind mowers. Reformulated using high-quality base stocks, our 4-stroke range provides superior viscosity retention and protection, easier starting, less oxidation and fewer deposits resulting in less wear and longer engine life. · There are four versions available, all exceeding all API SJ specifications: SAE 10W-30 Full Synthetic, SAE 30 4-Stroke Oil, SAE 5W-30 Semi Synthetic and SAE 5W-30 Mineral Oil. High octane for high performance Husqvarna’s premium pre-mix fuels have an octane rating of (R+M)/2 METHOD 95. Unlike pump gas, both the 2- and 4-stroke formulas do not degrade or oxidize. The fuel stays fresh for years solving long-term storage needs. · XP+ 2-Stroke Fuel + Oil is mixed with the best synthetic oil blend and is specifically formulated to provide the Husqvarna handheld owner with optimal equipment performance. Ready to use with no mixing required, it protects the fuel system saving carburetors and helping to avoid costly rebuilds and downtime. XP+ is a JASO-FD certified premium synthetic oil blend for your 2-Stroke air-cooled engine. · Husqvarna 4-Stroke Fuel contains premium high-octane fuel stabilizers to enhance the performance of any Husqvarna air-cooled 4-stroke engine. It delivers superior protection for fuel systems, resulting in easier and more dependable starts. Superior performance, superior warranty Consumers who purchase 2-stroke gas-powered Husqvarna handheld products can extend their product warranty from 2-years to a 4-year limited warranty when they purchase Husqvarna branded oil and fuel. Learn more at www.husqvarna.ca. To learn more, join the conversation by liking Husqvarna on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HusqvarnaCA) and by following Husqvarna on Instagram (www.instagram.com/husqvarnaca). Husqvarna Professional Products Inc. is a subsidiary of the Husqvarna Group. Husqvarna Group is a producer of outdoor power products for garden, park and forest care. 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Feb. 6, 2018 - 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 Paralifts that offer unsurpassed reliability and performance. “Outstanding productivity and remarkable longevity are the hallmarks of our high-lift Paralifts,” says Pierce’s Greg Hildebrandt. “In fact many of them have logged as many as 50,000 to 70,000 hours on the metre.” The company’s 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 throughput. And with grapple options ranging from eight to 16 feet, Pierce Paralifts will likely meet just about any log yard requirement. For more information about Pierce’s line of high-lift Paralifts visit www.piercepacific.com.
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International Mass Timber Conference
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Montreal Wood Convention
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International Day of Forests
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Canadian Woodlands Forum Spring Meeting
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