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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.
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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
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. 

Unknown 1Prior 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

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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. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers.
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
Jan. 30, 2018 - RedMax, a global outdoor power equipment brand of Husqvarna, is expanding its lineup to offer professionals the full solution of equipment for tree care needs.

The RedMax GZ3500T Pro Chainsaw is leading the lineup. This new saw for tree care professionals offers fuel-efficient, performance-optimized operation with low-vibration design and insulated handles for longer use and turbo air cleaning for less maintenance.

“Developing innovative and reliable products for commercial use is paramount for us,” said Jeff Dewosky, vice-president and general manager of Husqvarna North America. “We are excited to share our latest innovations for RedMax that show how our products can help professionals be more productive and efficient with intelligently designed products that focus on what matters.”

The GZ3500T is a lightweight top handle chainsaw for heavy-duty use, equipped with a 35-cc engine and a 14-inch bar. 

Please visit to find your local RedMax dealer.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Bandit Industries has added an additional option to The Beast horizontal grinder lineup by introducing the Model 2460XP.

Available as a towable or track machine, the Model 2460XP is a machine built from the ground up to outperform every other horizontal grinder in its class.

“We looked at everything when designing the Model 2460XP. Every design decision, every standard feature, and every option was chosen to make this the most productive horizontal grinder with 520 horsepower,” said Bandit sales manager Jason Morey. “Anyone who sees the 2460XP in action will be able to immediately see what makes this unit so special.”

Special attention was paid to making the 2460XP among the easiest horizontal grinders to service and maintain. Common maintenance items were designed to be accessible from either the ground or on built-in platforms. This reduces maintenance downtime and increases the useful uptime.

“Key to any of The Beast horizontal grinders is the patented downturning cuttermill,” Morey said. “The 2460XP is equipped with a 60” wide by 30” diameter, 30-tooth cuttermill running Bandit’s patented saw-tooth style cutterbodies. This regulates the size of the tooth’s bite, so most of the material is sized on the initial cut, allowing material to be sized correctly on the first pass so it exits the larger screening area more quickly.”

For the tracked 2460XP, Bandit offers Strickland and Caterpillar, giving customers an additional option for their track machines.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Bandit Industries unveiled the BTC-300 track carrier in 2017, kicking off a new track carrier line that will include additional machines in the future.

“The BTC-300 is the next evolution for high-performance track carriers,” said Bandit sales manager Jason Morey. “And the feedback we’ve received about our new track carrier has been amazing. Customer feedback went into a majority of the design of the BTC-300.”

Many customers are discovering the rugged Bandit construction and luxurious cab with extraordinary visibility, making this machine a dependable addition to their machine lineup.

The cab is comfortable and quiet, making it easy to put a full day of work at the controls. The 10-way adjusting air-ride captain’s chair positions all the controls with easy reach. And bulletproof-grade glass eliminates the need for metal safety bars, so the BTC-300 offers the best visibility among the competition, all while still maintaining FOPS/ROPS/OPS safety standards.

Maintenance components are easily accessible, most from the ground or built-in platforms. Hydraulic pumps are easily accessible, and separate hydraulic systems operate the tracks and the mower head.

The BTC-300 rides on a powerful CAT 315 steel tracks, allowing unbeatable ground clearance. Engine options are available from John Deere, Cat and Volvo up to 321 horsepower.

Outfit your BTC-300 with a 90-inch wide forestry mower head or a 44-inch diameter stump grinder cutter wheel. Both are quick and easy to attach, and can be done in the field without costly trips back to the machine shop.
Jan. 12, 2018 - As of today John Deere now offers Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) on its 1270G Harvester in North America. A first in the harvester category, IBC provides operators with increased accuracy and productivity — bringing harvester capabilities to a whole new level.

“We are very excited to introduce Intelligent Boom Control to the North American harvester category,” said Sakari Suuriniemi, product marketing manager for John Deere. “The 1270G Harvester is known for its versatility in a variety of logging applications. With the addition of IBC, the operator will have more precise control of the boom tip, and reducing the learning curve for new operators.”

IBC is available exclusively for the CH7 boom with 10 metre (32.8 feet) and 11.7 metre (38.4 feet) reaches on the 1270G models. With IBC, the operator controls only the harvester head while the system takes care of the boom’s movement. Designed specifically to suit the harvester work cycle, the boom’s movement and operation automatically adjust as the boom is taken to a tree and when the tree is in the grapple. IBC enables precise working and the selection of the correct working methods.

“Customers who have tested the machine noted that IBC makes work easier and reduces fatigue during long days. When we developed IBC, our focus was on improving ergonomics and reducing boom fatigue, ultimately boosting operator productivity and machine durability,” said Suuriniemi.

The 1270G Harvester still retains the features from the original launch, including excellent fuel economy in both the six- and eight-wheel models. The six-wheel model boasts a 200 kW (268 HP) Final Tier 4 engine, and an increase in torque compared to previous models. The eight-wheel 1270G Harvesters are designed for steep slopes and soft terrain. Known for superior traction and stability, operators can now utilize the intuitive IBC in application to further control movements in this difficult terrain, which will also reduce the learning curve for new operators.

The cabin of the G-series machine is designed to maximize operator comfort. The cabin adjusts automatically to boom movements while the automatic leveling functions absorb terrain changes.

To learn more about IBC and the 1270G John Deere Harvester, visit or contact your local John Deere dealer.
Dec. 12, 2017 - Standard on Sennebogen machines, the updated version of the Maxcab is about 3” (70 mm) longer than the previous generation. The resulting cab expansion not only provides more space for the operator to work comfortably. It also offers additional room for an optional electric cooler behind the seat, as well as additional storage space for other necessities.

When Sennebogen introduced the first generation of Maxcab in 2006, it established a new benchmark in comfort, ergonomics and safety for the operators of material handlers and other lifting equipment. The innovative sliding door continues to provide convenient, safe access to the new Maxcab, but with an increased opening width for even easier access.

From the start, end-users and designers were involved in the development of the new Maxcab. The result is a smart design meeting all required specifications.

Throughout the new Maxcab’s design and development process, Sennebogen prioritized higher-quality solutions, including the most easy-to-understand, simple and intuitive operating elements.

Optimum climate control
The new and improved air conditioning system in today’s Maxcab features nine outlets for optimized air flow. Even with the fan on high, the air is blown at a pleasantly low speed via outlets that are strategically distributed around the cab.

Helping to ensure a pleasant working environment, the Maxcab features a tiltable front windshield and a side window panel in the door that can be opened by the operator.

Additional upgrades ensure comfort
The windshield on the new Maxcab has been pulled right down to the floor optimizing the operator’s view of the primary work area at the front of the machine. Together with large side window panels, the operator has an unobstructed panoramic view over the entire jobsite.

Charging outlets have been located behind the driver’s seat and additional storage spaces in the interior keeps the area tidy but all items are within easy reach of the operator.

Additionally, the new cab’s floormat is flush with the access opening, making the cab’s floor safe to access and easy to clean. A permanent catwalk with a railing allows for safe access to the cab.

Creating ideal conditions for fatigue-free work, the consoles and the ergonomic hydraulic-over-hydraulic joysticks move with the standard climate-controlled seat. The work station can be individually adjusted to best suit the size and weight of every operator.

Sennebogen machines continue to employ efficient, cost-effective operating technologies. Individual operating switches instead of electronics makes it easy and cost effective to troubleshoot and repair. 

Sennebogen has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for 65 years. Based in Stanley, N.C., within the greater Charlotte region, Sennebogen LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, Sennebogen LLC is a provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. Visit the website at
Dec. 12, 2017 - John Deere has announced its new TimberOffice Data Transfer (TODT) app, a free smartphone application available for iOS or Android devices which simplifies data transfer from forestry machines to the office. The app, now available for Cut-to-Length forestry machines, allows the user to secure production and work statistics, even when used in a working environment with weak or non-existent mobile service.

“We wanted to provide a solution that allows users to easily transfer the data they need to successfully manage their business – even when working outside of cellular service,” said Matt Flood, John Deere ForestSight product manager. “TimberOffice Data Transfer turns a smartphone into a temporary storage device that automatically transfers the data when cellular connectivity is reestablished.”

Use of the TODT app, developed exclusively for John Deere customers, simply requires users to plug a TODT Wi-Fi device into their TimberMatic measuring and control system, creating a connection between the app and the machine. Once the connection is established, data is transferred to the mobile device with a single touch. When a mobile network is available, the TODT app automatically sends selected data to pre-assigned emails or production management systems, without requiring the user to go back into the app.

The app, which can collect data from multiple machines, enables faster data utilization to help customers improve machine productivity. TODT utilization also results in increased production awareness and efficiency from the jobsite by sharing data on potentially more frequent intervals than ever before.

To learn more about or download the TimberOffice Data Transfer app, please visit the Apple iTunes store or Google Play store.
Dec. 12, 2017 - Here's a look at CFI's latest equipment spotlight all about steep slopes!


With over 60 machines, more than 40 actively involved in daily logging operations, small changes can have a big impact on Greg Jacob’s bottom line. Take machine idling for example. FPInnovations suggests that reducing idling by one hour per day for a feller buncher would save upwards of $600/yr in fuel alone.

Doing the same on skidders and processors would net anywhere from over $300/yr to $450/yr. Across a fleet of 60 machines, that can net $30,000/yr of additional margin from fuel, more if machine wear and tear are included. Given the tight margins outlined in CFI Magazine’s 2016 Contractor Survey, that’s significant.

To Jacob, it’s also low-hanging fruit. Jacob owns Lo-Bar Log Transport, a large BC Interior contractor that harvests 1 million cubic metres annually, including road building and road maintenance to support that work. Following the mantra that you can only improve what you measure, the seasoned logger added telematics systems to 10 of his bunchers and processors this past spring. A major Tigercat client, he added the manufacturer’s RemoteLog telematics solution to all of his D-series track machines, and will expand to his older C-series models when that software version is available.

“We wanted to identify efficiencies and deficiencies in the way we operate, which is what these systems are best geared for. We had ideas of where we could improve, but no data to prove it and no way to measure success once we made changes.”

Idle thoughts
That changed this spring, and Jacob says some simple and easy opportunities presented themselves quickly. RemoteLog uses satellite technology to track and report on machine location, activity, fuel levels and consumption, and diagnostics. It can be used to schedule fueling and maintenance, and alert owners to mechanical issues as they happen. Pre-set reports are also available that can be sent to key staff daily, weekly or monthly. It was within those simple reports that Lo-Bar made its first discovery.

“Right away we saw that idling was way more than we needed for normal operations. The reports allowed us to measure the problem, identify where and when it was happening, and then raise awareness with the operators. We saw a response immediately, and then let the supervisors and operators know the changes were working.”

Jacob’s last comment raises one of the often-overlooked benefits of modern telematics systems, especially in large and remote operations like Lo-Bar. Not only could Jacob and his supervisors identify an opportunity and use data to convince operators of the benefits of change, they could measure the effect of that change immediately, provide feedback to the operators, and monitor regularly to avoid backsliding.

“Something like excessive idling was easy to resolve, and can be 45 minutes a day. That’s not difficult behaviour to change, and it requires very little inconvenience to the operator, yet has a noticeable impact on the bottom line. Now we just have to be sure it stays on our radar.”

Easy to use
Jacob says the system takes very little effort to manage. It is set to email he and his supervisors automated reports, which require only a quick look to spot trends or opportunities.

“The reports are very easy to read - Tigercat did a great job keeping them simple, so we can act on the information. The info we need for that is right there, not buried in mountains of detail.”

Jacob notes that it’s still early on in the implementation process, but says there are other benefits to enhanced operation monitoring beyond continual improvement. For one, machine diagnostics are helping reduce downtime and equipment damage. Key staff are set to receive email alarms when certain conditions arise. Once a code is identified, some troubleshooting can also be done remotely via the system.

Yet in deciding to implement telematics, Greg says it was all about the continual improvement mindset that a successful logger needs to thrive in today’s tight business environment.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that there’s room to improve in any operation, and some time you don’t need to look that hard. You have to be more efficient, work with what you have. The revenue side of this business doesn’t change that much over time, so we need to look at the cost side continually. This helps us do that.”

Lo-Bar has added RemoteLog to all of its Tigercat D-series bunchers and processors.


Easy Trial
Efficient telematics technology is now part of the expected offerings from major forest equipment manufacturers. Tigertcat’s RemoteLog telematics is a satellite data solution that can come on all gear rolling out of the supplier’s plants, and includes a one-year free subscription. Like the Sirius satellite radio system built into many new cars, the hope is customers will see the benefits and keep using the system going forward.

Designed to help loggers see benefits immediately, RemoteLog comes with simple-to-read pre-set reports, which can be customized as needed. Reports are automatically sent to selected staff on a regular basis, and custom notifications or alerts can be sent via smartphone or email. This approach means no operator training or action is required.

Other bells and whistles include:
·      Fuel level reports can go to one location to schedule and plan deliveries.
·      Worksite maps can be displayed as an overlay on Google Maps.
·      Machine locations can be exported to Google Maps to create driving directions, a definite upgrade over the old “once off the highway follow the beaten path” routine.
·      Centralized and up-to-date machine hours for the fleet to help plan maintenance.
Nov. 17, 2017 - John Deere has announced a new extended stick boom option for the 800MH-Series tracked harvesters. With a design based on customer feedback, the new extended boom stick offers a longer reach option, enabling operators to minimize the number of cut trails.

“With the addition of the extended stick boom option, we are able to meet the needs of customers who require a longer reach, helping them to be more efficient in the woods while meeting local regulations,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere Tracked Harvesters and Feller Bunchers. “With the extended boom, operators are able to harvest larger areas, reducing the frequency of required movement of the machine. This not only benefits the surrounding terrain, but also improves the efficiency of the machine.”

Designed for use with smaller attachments, the new extended stick boom option reaches 32.5 feet (9.9 meters). Additionally, the extended option features a narrow boom tip, allowing the operator to reach past standing timber in thinning applications. This also helps operators minimize damage to the trees being harvested.

To learn more about the new extended boom stick offering, as well as the John Deere 800MH-Series tracked harvesters, please visit your local John Deere Forestry dealer or
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