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Feb. 22, 2017 - The 12,000th Ponsse forest machine was handed over to the customer on Feb. 21 at Ponsse's Vieremä factory. The Ponsse ScorpionKing was received by French family company Sarl NC Bois based in Trémilly.

“We have co-operated with NC Bois for a decade and I am very glad to be celebrating the 12,000th forest machine with our French customer. Last year was our best year of operations in France of all times, and our market share in France has developed positively. Furthermore, this milestone is for us as a Finnish company a great beginning to Finland's centennial year,” says Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponsse's sales and marketing director.

At the moment, a new Ponsse service centre, which will be opened in the spring, is being built in Labouheyre in southern France. The service centre is a part of this year's large investments in the service network and development and expansion of the production facilities. This year, new service centres will be completed in Ponsse's subsidiaries in the UK, Uruguay and France.

In France, Ponsse has three of their own service centres and some authorised service partners. The subsidiary Ponssé S.A.S. has been responsible for Ponsse's operations in France since 1996.

Family business as an asset 

Sarl NC Bois is a harvesting company established by two brothers, Nicolas and Mickael Cuny. The company started operating in 2007 with a used Ponsse HS16 harvester. In 2008, the brothers' father Claude Cuny joined in the business, and the following year, even a third brother, Billy Cuny, joined in. On an annual basis, Sarl NC Bois harvests and buys 50,000 m³ of wood with net sales of over EUR 2 million.

“Being a family company is an important asset for us,” Nicolas and Michael Cuny say.

The company can be described as a pioneer in machine acquisitions in France. In 2009, the company acquired the first eight-wheel Ergo in France, and the Ponsse ScorpionKing harvester acquired in 2014 was one of the first in France. At the moment, NC Bois is logging with ten Ponsse machines.

In total, Ponsse has manufactured about 450 Ponsse Scorpion harvesters that came into production in 2014, and has delivered machines into 20 countries.
Feb. 15, 2017 - John Deere is now offering Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) as an option on all 1910E Forwarders in North America. Now available on the biggest forwarder in the John Deere line-up, IBC technology significantly increases machine productivity and efficiency, while providing the best possible fuel economy and boom lifetime.

With intuitive IBC technology, the powerful CF8 boom on the 1910E is accurate, fast, and easy to operate, as the operator now controls the boom tip directly instead of controlling each of the independent boom joint movements manually. Additionally, by eliminating unnecessary extra movements, the IBC system extends the boom component wear life and allows for faster cycle times. 

“IBC is an option that operators have been quick to adopt in Northern European countries, with 80 per cent of machines being delivered with the technology,” said Niko Solopuro, product marketing manager WCTL Forwarders and Automation. “With the new configurable joysticks, we anticipate similar popularity for IBC in North America.”

The 1910E machines also feature new configurable joystick controls. The integration of the new joystick controls allows the dealer to quickly reconfigure the machine to meet the preference of the operator. One of three configuration options can be applied, providing the operator with an intuitive control system. The configurable joystick controls, when combined with the IBC technology, boost operator productivity.

John Deere’s 1910E Forwarder with the IBC option and configurable controls is now available in North America. IBC is also offered as an option on all of John Deere’s 1110E, 1201E and 1510E Forwarders.
Feb. 15, 2017 - After the launch of the 931 wheel harvester (6 wheels), Komatsu Forest is introducing for the spring of 2017, its new 931XC; the 8-wheel version of its 931.

The 931 and the 931XC both have the powerful Stage 4 Final, 251 HP engine and are now equipped with a 3-pump hydraulic system with optimized flow to head and crane functions simultaneously for maximum hydraulic power. The engine can now run at lower speed for optimal low fuel consumption.

The operator environment provides comfort and visibility. The AutoLev system ensures superior stability while travelling or operating; an important feature on uneven terrain.

MaxiXplorer is a harvesting software that is simple and visual, allowing the operator to make countless adjustments to collect production and operation data. MaxiXplorer makes it possible to optimize the harvesting and the cut in given lengths and diameters, or even based on the commercial value of each log.

The design of the Comfort bogies provides high ground clearance and better traction on uneven terrain, on steep slopes or in swampy ground.  The new 931XC has a double Comfort bogie for enhanced performance in the most demanding working conditions.

With the CRH230 parallel boom for fast cycle times, the 931 can adapt to a wide range of Komatsu harvesting heads, from 360.2, 365, S132 all the way to the high-performance C144, which is a stronger head equipped with the Constant Cut system for continuous sawing speed, whether in harvesting or cutting in lengths. Whatever the species or the diameter, you can always count on quick cuts.
Feb. 15, 2017 - Komatsu Forest launched recently a new version of its popular 895 giant forwarder.

This new edition has a Stage 4 Final; high performance 282 HP diesel engine. In standard or ECO mode, fuel consumption will be reduced significantly.

The newly designed operator environment in the 895 offers enhanced ergonomic features and increased visibility, while retaining all the main features that have made it so popular. With the powerful 165F loader and your choice of Komatsu grapple G36HD or G40, the 895 forwarder will be equipped with Comfort bogies and extra-large wheels (780 x 28.5) for unequalled ground clearance on sloping or swampy grounds.

The 895 has the largest loading capacity of all Scandinavian forwarders distributed in North-America, which will prove to be a great advantage for the long skidding distances on many of our harvesting sites.
Feb. 13, 2017 - The new Keto 873 processor is designed for processing larger trees in the demanding conditions of North America and beyond. Keto 873 is the latest model of the Keto product family. This 3360kg/7400lb head can be installed on 30+ ton tracked base machines. Kone-Ketonen and Quadco Equipment Inc will introduce the Keto 873 in the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene, between Feb. 23rd to 25th, 2017. 

Keto 873 was created based on the vision of CEO Lauri Ketonen, designed and produced by the engineering team lead by designer Mika Myllyniemi, and utilizes the best proven components available today. 

One new feature of the Keto 873 is the Rotobec rotator, which spins 360 degrees and beyond. This offers a totally new world of freedom and efficiency to operators. 

The Keto 873 design incorporates a well-proven Parker valve system. Functions are proportional and operate only on-demand, which are key factors in optimizing the fuel consumption of the base machine and running the system at the lowest possible temperature. 

Track feed motors are made by Danfoss like in other Keto models. The 500cc motors produce a level of nearly 4kN of true net pulling power making sure that even the toughest trees can be pulled and delimbed quickly and efficiently. 

Like in any Keto head the length measuring is done by the two feeding tracks. It is simple, extremely reliable and low cost to maintain. A larger front knife cylinder together with the bottom arm cylinder provides the needed holding power when pulling big trees from the deck. The geometries of the three moving and one fixed knives and arms have been optimized to handle the full range of diameters. Another very important feature in the Keto 873 is the shortest possible tilt frame with a very wide working angle. The short tilt minimizes the unwanted head sway caused by the boom movement, thus making the head easier to control. 

Kone-Ketonen Oy was founded 1984. For over 30 years it has been producing numerous models of harvesting heads for thinning and larger heads for clear-cutting and processing. About 5,000 heads have been produced so far. Kone-Ketonen exports about 80 per cent of its products to Europe, Japan, South and North-America. 
Feb. 13, 2017 - Here's a look at the latest log loader equipment spotlight. 

Jan. 25, 2017 - Pierce GP combines grappling and processing features into one work tool.

The Pierce Grapple Processor is a work tool that offers loading utility and processing productivity in one tough machine. It shovels, sorts and loads like a grapple — and delimbs, measures and cuts like a processor.

“The Pierce GP is gaining traction among many of our logging customers” says Greg Hildebrandt, Pierce general sales manager. “They’re pleased by their savings in time, fuel, labuor and maintenance costs, as well as impressed by the GP’s ability productivity levels.”

The unique grapple arms offer versatility. Built to handle big timber up to 52” in diameter, they’re ideal for picking up individual stems as well as handling multiple logs without criss-crossing. Other ground-breaking features on the Pierce GP include integral feed wheels that allow users to increase the distance of each shovel turn and thus reduce the number of turns to the landing. Plus the full scale measuring system that calculates log length and diameter, making it easy to process and merchandise logs with precision accuracy.

The GP’s innovative design makes it possible to also reposition long logs, handle bundles of short wood and distribute brush. It can be used with both new and preexisting log loaders, making it economical as well as efficient.

The Pierce GP is value priced at a cost that is significantly less than a conventional processing head.

“The Pierce GP represents the best of our company’s pioneering spirit, innovative engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” says Hildebrandt. “The interest we are receiving confirms our belief that this machine represents a significant industry advance to both large and small logging customers.”
Jan. 25, 2017 - To stay ahead of the competition, loggers need to keep up at the landing, and the John Deere 437E and 337E Knuckleboom Loaders are now equipped with new grapples manufactured by John Deere to further improve productivity and machine durability. The E-Series machines deliver five per cent more swing torque and lift force over previous models, and the new grapple complements these features by improving rotator torque and response times, and enabling higher side loads and rotator lift capacity. The new grapple, available with a 48- or 52-inch opening, is made with a more durable cast design and a larger, more robust rotator, providing loggers with a heavy-duty machine designed to withstand the toughest of jobs.

“If I could describe the new grapple in one word, it would be ‘nimble’ — and my operator agrees,” said Donald Mixon, owner of Mixon Saw Mill in Bermuda, Ala. “It’s smoother, faster and holds wood well during second thinning. Overall, it just feels tough.”

Key Grapple Features:

·       Rotator lift capacity: 123,000 pounds

·       Rotator torque: 36,200 pounds/inch

·       Built with high impact and wear-resistant custom steel

The new grapple is optimized to run from a John Deere carrier versus previous models that utilized a third-party grapple. It’s built to run better by being more integrated into the hydraulics of the machine, which also simplifies service with a John Deere dealer. To learn more, visit or contact your local John Deere dealer.

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Jan. 16, 2017 - “If you order it like this you save $9,” said Ron Rinell as he maneuvered his breakfast of eggs, ham, and a side of hollandaise sauce into position to create a delectable dish of eggs benedict.

He was very happy with the meal, especially since his daughter was home from college to share the breakfast with him.  But he’s also very keen about getting his money’s worth, and while the eggs benedict breakfast at the world-famous Madonna Inn is delicious, having that extra $9 in your pocket makes the “self-assembled” version taste even better.

Ron could certainly afford the eggs benedict if he wanted it. He’s the owner of Bunyon Bros. Tree Service, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and serving the entire San Luis Obispo County. Tucked neatly between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s picturesque Central Coast, San Luis Obispo (or SLO to the locals) has something of a reputation for being the happiest town in America. Back in 1990 this was the first city in the world to ban smoking in public buildings. The downtown area is structured to promote pedestrian and bicycle traffic; a nod to the numerous biking and hiking trails in the area. All drive-thru restaurants are banned in the city, and in 2010 the smoking ban was extended to all public outdoor areas as well. Outside the city limits, there’s the Pacific Ocean to the west, mountains to the east, and vineyards all around.

The local population of 44,000 love it, and the floods of tourists who visit each year seem to love it as well. Watching Ron enjoy his breakfast while sharing stories of surfing and travel, it’s pretty easy to see he loves SLO as much as anyone. It’s certainly a great place to build an all-encompassing tree care business — Ron and his 30 employees handle everything from removals to land clearing, stump grinding, pruning, disease treatment, firewood, crane service and more. Among his fleet of machines are five Bandit hand-fed chippers and The Beast – a newly acquired Model 3680 Track that’s the first to combine Bandit’s 30-tooth cuttermill with a 1050-horsepower CAT diesel.  

With The Beast dialed in, he’s running chipper knives on knife cutterbodies to produce specifically sized chips for a major nationwide company specializing in playground material. Starting with whole trees, he makes the precise product his client needs in a single pass. And when other clients come calling for mulch, swapping the knives for cutting or grinding teeth is barely a 15-minute operation on the 30-tooth cuttermill.

“They want us to make chips for them, for playground use,” explained Rinell. “We are their source to make chips with The Beast to distribute throughout California. They want to purchase 20,000 to 30,000 yards right now, and it’s a really good, specific chip they need. This project alone was good justification to get The Beast because it would finance the machine, never mind all the clearing projects I had to turn away. We have new screens and baffles going into The Beast to make the certified chip they need, and Bandit has really helped us with the configuration to make just the right product.”

 And that’s the “new” big project Bunyon Bros. is taking on. The company recently picked up a job for a local military base, clearing 1,000 trees in two weeks that he’ll also be tackling with The Beast. That’s in addition to daily removals and trimming projects, not to mention their work for both the city and the county — everything from parks to roadways. They are also contracted to the city which puts them on-call 24 hours a day in case of emergencies. As a result, Bunyon Bros. is the largest tree service operation in the area. And they’re always busy.

“The drought is what’s driving the business right now,” said Rinell. “It’s killing trees all over the place. We didn’t get five inches of rain all last year, and now with El Nino, people are thinking they should get the big trees over their homes taken down before the storms do, but they want it done right now. We’re backed up a month; they’re almost angry because they have to wait.  But the El Nino, it seems to be hitting up north and down to the south, but it’s missing us.”

The drought is certainly bad, but business is good for Ron and his company. He’s continually added employees over the last few years, growing Bunyon Bros. into a multi-million dollar company. Part of that success is certainly due to his eye for efficiency and getting the most from his investments. He only employs the best of the best, and his philosophy for purchases is that he should be making ten times the investment of the machine. That alone says something about The Beast’s earning potential for companies like Bunyon Bros Tree Service.

But the real key to Ron’s success is the same kind of determination that separates those who work to get by, versus those who work to get ahead. That’s easy to understand once you hear the two-part origin story of Bunyon Bros., because it’s really something.

“I had a friend who had 7,000 acres, and his father wanted us to clear it so we started cutting trees,” said Rinell. “He was a professional bull rider, and his friend was also a bull rider, and I was a jock and I had a friend who basically drank beer and cut trees. We were all sitting around the barbeque one evening just bragging it up, comparing ourselves to ‘our brother’ Paul Bunyan and arguing about where he was originally from. We’d had a few drinks and were really getting steamed with each other when one of the guys said ‘you each say you’re Paul Bunyan’s brother? I guess that makes you the Bunyan brothers.’ And that’s when Bunyon (with an O) Brothers Tree Service was born.”

As neat as that story is, the Bunyon Bros. of today stems from a very different set of circumstances.

“I was young and dumb; the guys and I dissipated for a while and I got in some trouble,” said Rinell of his early days. “I turned it around, went to school, got a degree in international business, but when companies found out about my past, I couldn’t get a job. I’d sold all the tree equipment I’d had and I swore I wasn’t going back, but I bought the equipment back and opened my own business. I got a contractor license and went legit with the company in 2000. At that point I was basically homeless, but I had nothing else.”

Working as the sole person behind the company, Ron gradually built Bunyon Bros. to the company it is today. For the longest time he ran chippers from a different manufacturer until one of his climbers talked up the benefits of Bandit. Ron bought his first Bandit chipper four years ago, and he’s bought one every year since.

“I really like the support team from Bandit; the customer service is great,” he said. “The designs are great too. We had problems on the other chippers with the throat being too large; there was too much space between the feed wheels and the drum and the brush wouldn’t feed right. I also like the four knives on the Model 1590 as opposed to the two-knife setup on others. And I love my Model 1890 – it grabs material right away, and it has 225 horsepower on a single axle with dual wheels. For transporting around these parts, double-axle machines are just too long. That makes a big difference in towing.”

With his breakfast cravings satisfied and a few phone calls answered, Ron headed off to work at a company he didn’t expect to build, in a field he didn’t want to be a part of. But in his words, it all turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“Here I am 15 years later, living in the happiest place in the nation with a wonder multi-million dollar business and an awesome daughter. Life is good!”
Jan. 16, 2017 - Pierce’s family of steep slope feller buncher booms are clearing the way to the extreme slopes of West Coast forests. Pierce boom configurations operate in conjunction with a tethering system that allows you to virtually eliminate dangerous and costly hand cutting.

“This steep slope technology represents a major advance in worker safety on the job site,” says Pierce’s Greg Hildebrandt. “And whereas traditional logging equipment reaches only a portion of the job site, steep slope equipment can reach a significantly greater segment, representing a substantial increase in safety and productivity.”

The Pierce family of steep slope feller buncher booms are currently available in live heel for steep slope directional felling, live heel for leveling shovel logging, and a two-piece configuration, also for directional felling. All three can shovel/hoe chuck logs directly to the landing, where the Pierce GP (Grapple Processor) processes and loads, completing the job with one efficient landing machine.

For more information about Pierce’s steep slope products and the GP, contact us at 1-800-760-3270 or visit
Jan. 12, 2017 - John Deere is adding Foresight Intelligence to its stable of construction data solutions to increase dealer efficiencies and customer uptime. The collaboration utilizes Foresight’s Intelligent Alert Triage Center (IATC) and helps John Deere dealers and customers better manage daily machine alerts. IATC enables dealers to easily capture, consolidate and prioritize diagnostic trouble codes, oil sampling results, preventative maintenance alerts and more into one centralized and secure portal.

“Teaming up with Foresight Intelligence allows our dealers to be even more proactive by managing machine health before a customer is aware of an issue,” said Jena Holtberg-Benge, director of John Deere WorkSight. “IATC further enhances the power of John Deere WorkSight and is another tool for our dealers to increase customer uptime and create a sustainable competitive advantage.”

Many John Deere dealers across North America are already utilizing IATC with great results. Advanced analytics make it possible to thoroughly monitor and understand machine health, and uncover trends, such as when a specific type of machine typically fails or when common problems arise among machine populations or in certain applications. Dealers can track individual and branch performance from ticket statistics and easily identify successful activities and areas for improvement based on real-time data. They can also collaborate across dealerships to rapidly deliver solutions.

"IATC has helped streamline our alert monitoring process and has made us more efficient,” said Steve Deller, product support manager at West Side Tractor. “IATC has given us one portal to monitor and distribute alerts as well as access a host of other diagnostic and machine information that’s helped us to respond quicker to our customer’s needs and create accountability at the branch level."

"Dealers are realizing measurable results, such as maximized machine uptime, optimized service efficiency and, ultimately, customer loyalty,” said Christine Smith, vice-president of operations at Foresight Intelligence “We’re pleased to align with John Deere as an endorsed data solution.”

To learn more, visit or contact your local John Deere dealer.

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Jan. 12, 2017 - A telescopic battery pole saw designed for professional use. This telescopic pole saw has a reach of 5m and a performance that surpasses its petrol equivalents. Its lightweight design, excellent ergonomics and quiet operation makes this professional pole saw ideal to use in any location at any time of day. See more at

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Jan. 4, 2017 - Logset's Board of Directors has started the search for a new managing director following the departure of Tapio Ingervo.
Dec. 20, 2016 - Forwarders spend most of their operating time loading. This makes the power, movement, speed and controllability of the loader key factors for efficient loading. Ponsse loaders are strong both in slewing and lifting capacity, and precise. The advanced OptiControl system makes operating exact, easy and secure. Individual settings provide optimal loading for each operator. Ponsse Ecodrive assists operators to improve working methods. Ponsse loaders feature booms made of high-strength steel and high-quality cast components that guarantee performance even in the most extreme conditions. Loaders cover a whole range from medium-sized thinning forwarders to heavy-duty forwarders.
Dec. 20, 2016 - Tanguay electrical loaders have a proven record of reliability, low operating cost and long life. 

The PL350 and PL350-HD loaders are custom designed for each mill with loader location, boom geometry and attachment selection carefully planned to maximize production. 

A choice of 150 to 200 hp electric motors and electrical systems are available to suit worldwide electrical services.  

Stationary single or dual pedestal bases for over conveyors are available and an optional mobile rail trolley is also available to expand working range and increase mill flexibility.

The extra-large ergonomic cab has plenty of room to install mill input and outputs screen and controls.

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