New Gear
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 www.deere.com/en/tracked-harvesters/.
Nov. 7, 2017 - The Barko 270B processor is purpose-built for its application, providing several performance advantages over equipment commonly used for processing jobs. Offering exceptional horsepower, swing torque and tractive effort, the 270B features a dangle head boom configuration for picking, delimbing, cut-to-length harvesting, and stacking.

Powered by a 225-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine with SCR aftertreatment, the 270B offers excellent fuel economy and features large fuel and DEF tanks for longer job cycles between refills. A 36-inch-diameter auto reversing fan with automatic blade pitch control further optimizes engine efficiency.

The hydraulic system on the 270B is designed to keep power constantly available, allowing operators to instantaneously shift from function to function without any of the delayed reactions common with the hydraulics on other machines. Responsive IQAN controls are customized to provide programmable settings for individual operators, along with machine diagnostics and troubleshooting.

The processor features load sensing hydraulics to automatically adjust performance according to the load. High pressure and high flow contribute to delivering more hydraulic horsepower to the attachment, while a dedicated attachment pump runs the attachment without robbing power from the machine for other functions. Dual swing drives provide continuous rotation and high swing torque of 58,384 ft-lbf. Bare pin maximum lift capacity is 31,150 pounds.

The 270B provides firm, stable footing thanks to long tracks measuring 15 feet, 2 inches, along with a D7 undercarriage that offers ground clearance of 29.5 inches, an overall width of 11 feet, 5.5 inches, and max travel speed of 2.9 mph. The unit delivers exceptional drawbar pull of 66,700 foot-pounds to handle hills and rough terrain with ease.

Side door entry provides easy access to the comfortable cab, which offers excellent visibility of the working area. Operator ergonomics are enhanced by a heated air-ride seat, cup holder, dome light, and radio with MP3 auxiliary, AM/FM/WB, USB, XM-ready and Bluetooth. A 1.25-inch polycarbonate window and 8 exterior LED lights provide added safety.

The 270B is designed to provide ample storage space, including a storage tray, two storage areas on the door, space for a lunch box inside the cab, and two additional storage areas outside the cab. Attachments can fold completely under the processor, keeping the unit compact and easy to transport on the road.

A forward-sliding design allows the cab to move up to 36 inches for easier machine servicing. Additionally, a large, hydraulically-operated gull swing door offers direct access to the engine compartment and hydraulic components. The gull wing serves as a convenient working platform and includes a slip-resistant walking surface.

An optional Proheat system is available to warm the engine, fuel tank and hydraulic tank in cold weather. Other performance and service options include a high pressure hydraulic filter for attachments, automatic fire suppression system, hydraulic tank vacuum pump, electric fill pump, boom lights, and various track shoe sizes and styles. Cab options include a rear-view camera with 7-inch display, CB radio, window reinforcement bars, oversized skylight, window shades and cab lights.



Barko Hydraulics, LLC is part of the Pettibone, LLC Heavy Equipment Group. Founded in 1963, Barko has consistently led the industry with innovative solutions to the forestry, scrap and construction markets, including industrial tractors, crawlers, handlers, loaders, forwarders, chippers and harvesters. For more information, call 715-395-6700 or visit www.barko.com.
Nov. 7, 2017 - The John Deere 900M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and 900MH-Series Harvesters are now equipped with Final Tier 4 (FT4) engines, offering fuel and fluid-efficient machines without sacrificing power and performance. John Deere's FT4 technology offers a diesel particulate filter (DPF) solution that is known for its ability to reduce the dependency of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Built on decades of John Deere engine experience and millions of hours of FT4 runtime, the 900M-Series and 900MH-Series machines deliver premium performance, optimum fluid efficiency, increased reliability and economical operating costs.

“Out in the woods, machine productivity and uptime are crucial to business success. Our FT4 engine and emission solutions have been rigorously tested and in the most extreme applications, loggers can be confident that their tracked feller buncher or harvester can withstand even the most challenging conditions,” said Jim O'Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere. “As a proven partner offering the most comprehensive solutions in the industry, John Deere is proud to offer loggers a powerful, reliable machine that meets current and future emissions standards.”

With the required emissions change, John Deere FT4 engines maintain power density, torque, and transient response – which results in productivity, uptime, and more value for your machines. In addition to excellent fuel economy, the design of the engine after-treatment system results in exceptionally low Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) usage. “DEF usage has become a real input into the planning and cost of the overall equipment operation,” says O’Halloran. “We have to talk about overall fluid economy now, and if you use less fluid, there is less handling and storage requirements. It’s a real positive factor in the efficiency and overall bottom line of our customers.”


John Deere has also made changes to the machine line-up, and improving the structure, design and horsepower on select machines. John Deere offers three 900M-Series tracked feller buncher models, the 903M, 953M flat bottom and 959M leveling machines, as well as two 900MH-Series harvesters, the 953MH flat bottom and 959MH leveling machines. All of the 900M-Series and 900MH-Series machines feature a redesigned engine enclosure, improving structural strength while maintaining the excellent serviceability that John Deere machines are known for. In addition to all of the 900M-Series and 900MH-Series machines now boasting 330 horsepower, the 959M Feller Buncher and 959MH Harvester continue to have best in class leveling envelope, maximizing operator comfort and performance requirements in demanding steep slope logging applications.

Other updates include an improved LED work lighting option, and the expansion of the Disc Saw Felling Head option availability. This includes the 22-inch felling head, which is now available for all of the 900M-Series tracked feller bunchers.

The John Deere M-Series and MH-Series machines are available with JDLink™ five years in base. JDLink remotely connects owners and managers to their machines and dealers, providing alerts and machine information to better manage where and how equipment is used.

To learn more about the John Deere 900M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and 900MH-Series Tracked Harvester, visit your local John Deere dealer or www.johndeere.com.  
Nov. 6, 2017 - Caterpillar has announced the launch of the Cat D Series Knuckleboom Loader with two models, the Cat 559D and 579D. The new loaders, which meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards, provide increased reliability and durability along with greater customer value in performance, comfort, and serviceability. The new models are manufactured in LaGrange, Georgia.

“We have built on the superior performance of the Cat C Series and taken the Cat D Series Knuckleboom Loader to a new level,” said Caterpillar product specialist Blake Vaughn. “The D Series puts industry-leading hydraulic multi-functioning productivity in the hands of loggers.”

The Cat Tier 4 Final C4.4 ACERT engine provides equivalent horsepower as the previous series (rated at 173 hp or 129.5 kW) while minimizing overall fluid consumption. The engine is equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air, and after-treatment components to provide high levels of productivity, efficiency, reliability, and service life. An automatic idle feature with multiple settings minimizes fuel consumption when the loader is on standby and not actively working.

“With its high torque characteristics and impressive transient response performance, the Cat C4.4 engine is ideal for the work of tough delimbing and loading applications,” Vaughn said. Twin, fixed-geometry, waste-gated turbochargers enable maximum turbo performance to improve productivity, fuel efficiency, and engine life while reducing operating costs.

The Cat C4.4 ACERT engine has exceptional cooling capability with a large side-by-side engine coolant, hydraulic, and charge air cooling package. Coarse fin spacing lets outside debris pass through and efficiently dissipates heat. Individually isolated cooling cores eliminate core-to-core thermal stresses, increasing durability. The large diameter variable speed fan is electronically controlled to provide cooling only as required, reducing noise levels and fuel consumption.

The purpose-built negative flow hydraulic system is at the core of the D Series to provide continuous, reliable, responsive control. The operator can lift, swing, and rotate the grapple simultaneously without sacrificing performance.

“With excellent hydraulic speed, substantial lift capacity, and impressive swing torque, the D Series provides operating versatility,” said Vaughn. “It can handle small stems from first thinnings, loading heavy, mature pine, or delimbing those large gnarly hardwoods.”

The new Cat GLK Series Grapples are available in two models, the GLK55 and GLK48. Reliability improvements over the previous model include optimized hose routings and larger pins and bushings to increase durability. Both models include cylinder hold valves as standard and are available in the following configurations for delimbing and loading applications:

●      Tapered Wedge (TW) or Straight Narrow (SN) Jaw Configurations

●      2 Port or 3 Port Hydraulic Swivel (Grapple Saw Ready)

Caterpillar offers a delimber/slasher package that is a complete factory-installed timber merchandising system featuring loader and grapple, trailer with trailer-mounted delimber, and ground saw slasher connections. The new Cat DLK426 four-knife delimber makes for easy loading of trees, fast delimbing, and producing clean stems.

Integrated safety features of the Cat D Series Knuckleboom Loader range from a robust step system with two handrails, heavy-duty front window guard, stabilizer movement alarm and pilot enable alarm, anti-skid plates, and more.

The cab will keep the operator working safely and productively all day. Other features that contribute to market-leading comfort and reduce fatigue include the smooth hydraulic controls and superior balance, high-capacity HVAC system, high back comfort seat, and the quiet, spacious cab.

“We know it’s important to keep the operator comfortable in order to maintain productivity throughout the day,” Vaughn said. “The D Series Knuckleboom Loader cab was designed strategically and built with loggers in mind.”

Other amenities for the operator include cupped, adjustable arm rests for better support, sound-dampening insulation, storage trays to eliminate clutter, and factory-installed mounting bracket and other accessories for a CB radio. Satellite radio and auxiliary audio port for MP3 players are standard.

The loader has three operating modes to meet various requirements for production and fuel consumption. Hydraulic flow is managed automatically and increases in each mode by adjusting the horsepower load on the engine. Each operating mode provides superior multi-function ability, function response, control, and fast cycle times.

The upper and lower structures are robust, built to last for rugged applications. The upper frame includes cross plate head-side reinforcements for severe delimbing applications while the lower frame includes a large bearing ring to support the upper frame swing bearing.

The Cat D Series Knuckleboom Loader is easy to service and maintain. Engine, fuel, pilot, and case drain filters are accessible at ground level. A standard on-board service hose and electric fill pump makes it easy and safe to service the hydraulic oil.

Product Link, the remote monitoring solution that enables efficient and effective fleet management, is standard.

Caterpillar customers are supported by the industry’s largest network of dealers who will keep them up and running with parts availability, field services, state-of-the art diagnostic programs, remote monitoring, and more. For more information, contact your nearest Cat dealer or go to www.cat.com/forestry.



Caterpillar Forest Products is a leading manufacturer and worldwide marketer of timber harvesting, millyard, road-building and land management equipment. Products are marketed under the Cat, Prentice and CTR brand names through a global independent dealer network.

Caterpillar Forest Products is a unit of Cat Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at www.caterpillar.com.

For more information on Cat products, visit www.cat.com 
Nov. 3, 2017 - Morbark, LLC announced Thursday it had completed the acquisition of Rayco Manufacturing, Inc. This transaction represents the first addition since affiliates of the private equity firm Stellex Capital Management LP acquired Morbark in 2016. The purchase of Rayco represents a significant move towards the Company’s strategic focus on broadening the range of tree care and industrial equipment, aftermarket parts, and service offered to their customers.

Rayco was founded in 1978 in Wooster, Ohio, by John M. Bowling, who as the owner of a tree care service identified the unique needs of the tree and landscape industry and began to build equipment to meet and surpass those needs. Today the company is dedicated to the design and production of an incredibly innovative line of environmental equipment. The current range of Rayco products includes: stump cutters, crawler trucks, forestry mulchers, multi-tool carriers, and attachments, brush chippers and the all-new AT71 aerial trimmer.

John Bowling, Chief Executive Officer of Rayco, stated, “Our family is very proud of the legacy we have established and nurtured over the past 39 years. As a family-run and -owned business, we view today’s transaction as an opportunity to continue growing our business while joining an even larger family.”

Dave Herr, Chief Executive Officer of Morbark, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Rayco to the Morbark portfolio of companies. Rayco is a company that our senior management team has admired for a long time. We value the long-standing success of Rayco and are committed to providing the Bowling family and their dedicated employees the resources they need to continue the success they have built.”

Transaction highlights:
The transaction is a positive, strategic fit for both companies. Rayco brings a lineup of innovative equipment into the Morbark family across multiple product categories. In particular, Rayco stump cutters, aerial trimmers, forestry mulchers and crawler trucks will enhance and complement the existing Morbark family of products.

Rayco founder, John Bowling, will continue his work with the team to develop new products and help improve the company’s existing product lines. He will continue to have an economic interest in the combined business and will be a member of Morbark’s Board of Directors.

Morbark will operate Rayco as a new division maintaining its brand identity. Rayco’s experienced management team will continue to manage their operations. Teams from each company will work together to determine how to be more efficient and leverage each other’s strengths.

Herr continued, “Rayco has a well-deserved reputation for providing customers with the equipment and service they demand and the value they deserve. That product innovation and dedication will continue without interruption. We are excited by what we can bring to Rayco in the way of our experiences, our dealer network and products to complement current Rayco equipment owners.”


Morbark, LLC, based in Winn, Mich., has been innovating and manufacturing durable, high-performance equipment for forestry, recycling, tree care, sawmill and biomass markets for more than 60 years. Morbark equipment helps customers harvest, process and convert wood and other organic waste materials into valuable, useful and profitable products. The Company produces a full line of whole tree and waste wood chippers, flails, brush chippers, horizontal and tub grinders, sawmill equipment, material handling systems and more. For more information, please visit www.morbark.com

Since 1978, Rayco has been one of the most recognizable brands in environmental, forestry, landscaping, and construction equipment. Rayco’s line of stump cutters, horizontal grinders, brush chippers, forestry mulchers, and rubber crawler trucks feature innovative designs and a range of options to suit any-sized job and budget, from landscaping to major construction projects. Rayco equipment is engineered and manufactured in Wooster, Ohio, and sold through an international dealer network offering equipment sales, rentals, parts, and accessories, including warranty and technical support. For more information, please visit www.raycomfg.com

Stellex is a private equity manager that invests in and oversees the US and European corporate assets. Stellex’s focus is on middle-market companies going through business or industry transitions, as well as special situation opportunities. Stellex seeks to identify and deploy capital in opportunities that have the potential to provide stability, improvement, and growth for its portfolio companies.
Oct. 30, 2017 - With the launch of its new tire look-up mobile app, the Alliance Tire Group (ATG) reaffirmed its commitment to make doing business with the swiftly-growing global manufacturer easier than ever, said Barry Clifford, manager of marketing communication at Alliance Tire Americas, Inc.

“In the last year, we’ve launched our Warranty Wizard app, upgraded our corporate website, and revamped our online ordering system, and now we’re launching our tire look-up app,” Clifford said. “It’s part of our effort to make sure ATG’s dealers, customers and OEMs have the fastest access to our services and the best, most updated information about our tires right at their fingertips.”

The easy-to-use ATG Tire mobile application gives users access to detailed technical specifications for the company’s extensive lineup of Alliance, Galaxy and Primex brand tires. Intuitive and user-friendly, users can search the new app by tire size, machine application, and industry segment (Agriculture, Construction, Forestry, etc.). Results include detailed load and pressure tables.

According to Clifford, the app has all the information ATG customers will need to drill down to the best tire for any job from among the company’s more than 2,000 SKUs.

“Not sure about which tire will be best your specific needs? Ask the app!” he says. “Are you looking for the air pressure that will minimize soil compaction for your load? Here you go!”

In addition to its tire look-up features, the app allows users to stay updated with new products, save items to a “wish list,” or email tire information directly from inside the app.

The ATG Tire mobile app is available for free download and can be found by searching for “ATG Tire” on the Google Play and iTunes platforms.

Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. (ATA) is the American sales and marketing arm of the Alliance Tire Group (ATG), a global leader in agricultural, logging and other off-the-road (OTR) tires. The company’s Alliance, Galaxy, and Primex brands have earned global reputations for excellence and performance. Alliance Tire Americas is also the sole U.S. distributor for Aeolus truck, bus and OTR tires, and also markets its own Constellation brand of truck tires.

With its US-based field engineering, R&D, sales and customer service staff, ATA is in the field every day, solving problems and creating new tires to help farmers, contractors, loggers, and truckers get the most out of their machinery.

For more information on Alliance, Galaxy and Primex tires, visit www.atgtire.com
Oct. 23, 2017 - CFI rounds up the latest skidder equipment availalbe for Canadian loggers.
Oct. 19, 2017 - It was two days of excitement as Morbark, LLC, welcomed about 250 customers, members of its authorized dealer network, and other guests from 15 countries for its 11th Demo Days event on Sept. 28-29. This year Morbark celebrates its 60th anniversary and highlighted that history throughout the event. In fact, one of Morbark’s first Eeger Beever brush chippers, built within the first six months of production in 1980, was refurbished and on display.

Morbark has a world-class dealer network, and the company’s Demo Days give their customers, as well as the other attendees, the opportunity to not only watch the equipment in action, but also meet the people who build and support the equipment as they see firsthand the manufacturing processes utilized. Events included factory tours, networking opportunities, vendor booths, and a chance to see the equipment up close.

Thursday saw attendees learning about Tier 4 Final engines, financing, Morbark factory training, as well as the advantages of using Morbark parts, and much more! Demo Days participants also had the opportunity to learn about Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ “I Make America” program. I Make America is a grassroots campaign that was launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep our economy competitive with other countries. Morbark has been named among the campaign’s Gold-level supporters since 2013.

The event culminated today with demonstrations of equipment for the forestry, biomass, recycling and tree care markets. Of particular note were Morbark’s latest equipment additions, the 3400XT Wood Hog horizontal grinder and the Morbark Pronar Trommel Screen, both introduced this year.

One of the most important features of the 3400XT is its standard width of 8'4" (2.53 m), making it within the legal transport width in any country, no matter what engine is used. This model accommodates engines from 540 to 800 horsepower (402 to 596 kW), so it is ideal for a broad range of applications in a wide variety of markets worldwide. Other key features are the longer infeed bed with sloped sides for improved operator sight lines and more efficient loading of material, as well as an extended platform between the hood and the engine, for better access to components for general maintenance or to change screens.

The Morbark Pronar mobile trommel screens, available in four sizes, are perfectly suited to work with a wide variety of materials, including soil, compost, municipal waste, coal, aggregate and biomass. The easy-to-use electronic controls allow the operator to tailor the operation parameters to the materials to be separated. A variety of drums are available to meet the customer’s specific needs, with round or square holes and of any mesh size.

The equipment models demonstrated were:

Beever M12RX Brush Chipper
Beever M15R Brush Chipper
Beever M20R Chipper with Loader
Boxer 600HD Compact Utility Loader
Boxer 700HDX Compact Utility Loader
223 Flail
23 NCL Chiparvestor
Beever M20R Forestry Chipper
40/36 MicroChipper
50/48 NCL Drum Chipper
3400XT Wood Hog Horizontal Grinder
Morbark Pronar MPB 20.55 Trommel Screen
4600XL Track Wood Hog Horizontal Grinder
6600 Wood Hog Horizontal Grinder
1300B Tub Grinder


Morbark, LLC., based in Winn, Mich., has been innovating and manufacturing durable, high-performance equipment for the forestry, recycling, tree care, sawmill and biomass markets for more 60 years. Morbark equipment helps customers harvest, process and convert wood and other organic waste materials into valuable, useful and profitable products. The company produces a full line of whole tree and waste wood chippers, flails, brush chippers, horizontal and tub grinders, sawmill equipment, material handling systems and more. Visit https://www.morbark.com/press-releases/morbark-hosts-11th-demo-days-event/ for more photos from the event.
Oct. 18, 2017 - Brandt Equipment Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce their all-new lineup of premium Work Ready utility trailers, now available at Brandt's network of John Deere construction and forestry dealerships across Western Canada.

"This is a very exciting announcement for us," Brandt's director of trailer sales Sanjay Jachak said. "These units are just the first models in a Work Ready lineup that will ultimately expand to include a broad range of trailer types for a variety of hauling applications."

The first four models to be introduced by the company are tilt- and ramp-deck commercial trailers, designed for smaller contractors and landscapers with payload capacities ranging from 9,000 – 15,700 lbs in tandem and tridem configurations. Deck lengths span 20 – 24 feet with options for bumper pull, pintle, or gooseneck hitches.

"Our unique engineering and manufacturing approach has allowed us to create products with exclusive features, improved durability, and reliable performance over current industry practice," Jachak added. "And, our ability to distribute and support them through Brandt's extensive branch network means customers enjoy the best sales, service, and support experience in the industry."

Brandt has also announced a zero per cent finance program for the entire Work Ready trailer lineup when combined with the purchase of any John Deere machine. Additional lease and finance options, along with a no-cost, introductory two-year comprehensive extended warranty will also be available.



The Brandt Group of Companies - headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada - is comprised of Brandt Agricultural Products Ltd., Brandt Engineered Products Ltd., Brandt Equipment Solutions Ltd., Brandt Road Rail Corporation, Brandt Developments, and Brandt Tractor Ltd. - the world's largest privately held John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer. Brandt has 50 locations in Canada and the US, nearly 2000 employees and a growing international audience; serving the agriculture, forestry, rail, mining, construction, and tube & pipe industries with unique custom products. Brandt is one of Canada's largest privately owned companies and is among an elite group of Platinum Members of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.
Oct. 17, 2017 - FAE group has just released the SCL/EX/VT stump cutter. It has been deigned for excavators from 7 to 15 tonnes.

This new stump cutter includes a larger, heavy-duty disk to make stump removal easier. It has been designed to easily remove stumps even when using small and medium-sized excavators.

The SCL/EX/VT has a flow rate of 100-160 litres a minute and 26-42 gallons a minute.

FAE says the unit is compact, high performing and is equipped with a hydraulic mulching door to control the exit of debris.

The equipment is also available with an optional front fixed thumb to move material that has been previously cut. Other options include a customized setting hydraulic motor, diverter valve, a customized attachment bracket, and a customized attachment bracket with fixed thumb.

An adjustable supporting service stand is included for storing the machine when it is not in use.

Visit FAE’s website for more information.
Oct. 17, 2017 - As bulk handling equipment suppliers continue to make use of new and evolving technologies to develop “smarter” conveyor systems, Martin Engineering has introduced data tracking with QR codes on its belt cleaners and other components.

Customers benefit from regularly-scheduled inspections by factory-trained and MSHA-certified technicians, providing operators with easy access to a wealth of data on the application, operating environment, service life and condition of conveyor components, updated on every belt cleaner maintenance visit. By avoiding the common “run it until it breaks” approach to conveyor maintenance, a Martin Engineering proprietary smart phone app gives technicians and customers a tool that helps maximize performance and service life – while minimizing carryback and spillage – to improve safety and reduce unscheduled downtime.

Currently being implemented in select markets around the world, the new tracking program captures a wide array of information to create a detailed record on all components. Date codes are imprinted on the blades during manufacture – very important for urethane because it has a limited shelf life – and technicians also affix tags on existing equipment to begin monitoring condition and recording observations.

Conceived as part of Martin Engineering’s factory-direct ‘Mr. Blade’ program, technicians perform regularly-scheduled inspections and adjustments, with an 18-point operational assessment from head pulley to tail pulley and a report for each visit. The visual inspections include the condition of pulleys, belts and idlers, as well as belt tracking, sealing, support and containment. This constant vigilance contributes to greater safety, efficiency and dependability of the conveyor systems, minimizing hazards and unplanned outages.

“Periodic reviews often reveal developing problems before they become a failure, such as worn idlers, leaking seals or excessive spillage,” explained Chris Schmelzer, Director of the Wear Components Business Group for Martin Engineering.

“The data tracking program will help us work with our customers to make better-informed decisions about what equipment to use in specific applications, more accurately predicting the expected wear life,” said Schmelzer. “The goal is to help ensure that all components are properly serviced and replaced during scheduled outages, before a major breakdown occurs and stops production.”

With the new tagging and capture ability, component data can be recorded and analyzed in much greater detail than ever before. Every inspection a technician makes will be logged in, along with operational factors such as the material being handled, conveyor speed and remaining wear life, as well as visual observations and other info. The overall goal is to deliver more effective control of bulk material, improving predictive maintenance scheduling and contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.

The tagging program allows the company to maintain detailed information about the product’s date of manufacture, installation and service history, giving customers access to the data through a smart phone or other device. “Eventually we will have enough data points to make more accurate predictions about the performance and wear life of individual blade designs and materials of construction under specific operating conditions,” Schmelzer said. “Defining average wear life is extremely difficult because of the number of variables, but having this information will allow us to compare blade performance in similar applications and come up with a range and standard deviation.”

Data tracking and analysis have been in use by manufacturers of sophisticated equipment for several years, but the new program developed by Martin Engineering is believed to be the first of its kind for conveyor components. The company already has plans to expand the asset tagging program to its air cannons and other equipment over time.


Martin Engineering is a global innovator in the bulk material handling industry, developing new solutions to common problems and participating in industry organizations to improve safety and productivity. The company’s series of Foundations books (available free online) is an internationally-recognized resource for safety, maintenance and operations training – with an estimated 10,000 copies in circulation around the world – and employees take an active part in ASME, SME, VDI, CMA and CEMA. The company also played a pivotal role in writing and producing the 7th edition of the CEMA reference book, Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials. Martin Engineering products, sales, service and training are available from factory-owned business units in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and the UK. For more information, contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit www.martin-eng.com, or call (800) 544-2947.
Oct. 16, 2017 - Rotochopper’s 2017 Demo Day featured the introduction of the RotoLink 2nd generation remote monitoring system with live connection to the grinder controller and Rotochopper customer service.

Work in real-time with Rotochopper Customer Support to view machine settings and troubleshoot issues. Using RotoLink multiple users can work together through live connection on smartphones or computers to monitor and adjust critical machine settings from anywhere in the world. Monitoring capabilities include maintenance life, vibration and bearing temperatures, engine data and production data. When granted access, factory service techs have a direct connection to the display and with permission can change machine settings.

Operators set up email and/or text message alarms to alert multiple users immediately when a fault alarm occurs. Alarms can be customized by user depending on individual operational roles.

Easily connect RotoLink and your grinder through cell modem, ethernet or Wi-Fi. Data logged during operation and diagnostics is available to machine owners for the life of the machine. “For owners, this means more uptime and predictive maintenance, by allowing them to monitor critical machine parts like the engine and rotor,” said Doug (Spike) Meyer, director of customer service. Customers can choose to receive weekly or monthly reports of their machine health.

RotoLink is available for both diesel and electric horizontal grinders. Use RotoLink remote monitoring system to troubleshoot and maximize machine performance.


Headquartered in St. Martin, MN, Rotochopper manufactures industrial wood waste grinding equipment including horizontal grinders, slow speed shredders and mobile baggers. http://www.rotochopper.com/
Oct. 13, 2017 - John Deere SmartGrade is now available on the 650K crawler dozer, joining the 700K, 750K and 850K models equipped with the technology. The integrated Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System improves job site accuracy and work quality — delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables.

“The John Deere lineup of SmartGrade dozers are generating buzz in the industry, and many customers were vocal about their need for a smaller dozer with the integrated grade control technology,” said Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight. “The introduction of the 650K SmartGrade answers those calls with all the same features and benefits as its larger dozer siblings. Customers also asked for multiple track configurations on all SmartGrade offerings, and we answered with the availability of low ground pressure (LGP) or the extra long track (XLT) configurations on all four models.”

The 650K SmartGrade boasts a 104 horsepower (78 kW) EPA Final Tier 4 John Deere engine. The model’s cab-forward designs make visibility, safety, and precise grading a priority. Exclusive Total Machine Control comes standard with this model, providing customers with personalization options and optimal comfort.

Since SmartGrade is integrated into the machines, it removes the need to install blade-mounted sensors and components daily, reducing setup time and allowing operators to get to work. Eliminating external cables to the masts reduces breakage, and the removal of the masts from the blade eliminates vulnerability to damage and theft.

The Auto SmartGrade feature, which is ideal for novice and expert operators alike, identifies the soil type and easily adjusts the machine to new terrain, without operators having to adjust the blades manually. Operators can easily select the application type (grading, cutting, spreading), load setting (high, medium, low) and soil conditions (hard, packed, loose). This feature stops slippage before it occurs by automatically lifting the blade. It also reduces the number of passes required to complete a job, reducing the wear of the undercarriage over time. John Deere dozers equipped with SmartGrade technology are approximately seven per cent more accurate, than those with conventional masted systems.

All SmartGrade machines are now available in LGP or XLT track configurations. The LGP configuration is ideal for customers who operate on low ground pressure conditions, such as damp or wet terrains, or on a steep slope. LGP models contain a wider than usual track gauge that provides excellent stability and blade control for light grading jobs. In contrast, the XLT configuration is best for rocky terrains and can withstand heavier loads.

Fleet managers looking to get the most out of their SmartGrade dozers can rely on their John Deere dealers to provide Ultimate Uptime, featuring John Deere WorkSight. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections that include five years of JDLink telematics, machine health prognostics, remote diagnostics, programming capabilities and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to create a customized package.

For additional information and model-specific specifications, visit www.JohnDeere.com or contact your local dealer for a demo.
Oct. 5, 2017 - Attendees at the recent Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo in Escanaba, Mich., had the opportunity to participate in the Barko Strong-Arm Skill Challenge.
Oct. 3, 2017 - John Deere has announced the latest addition to its forwarder lineup, the 1910G Forwarder. The largest model in the John Deere forwarder line, the 1910G offers operators the power and efficiency needed to tackle tough jobs, even on difficult terrain.

The 1910G machines are equipped with a Final Tier 4 200kW/268 horsepower engine. The maximum engine output has increased by 7.5 per cent and torque by 21 per cent compared to previous models, offering customers the power and performance they expect in a John Deere machine. Additionally, the drive hydraulics have been increased, with the transmission boasting 4.5 per cent more tractive force.

“The G-Series Forwarder line provides our customers with the machines they need to tackle each workday, regardless of the conditions they may face. With our 1910G machines, operators are able to handle even larger loads,” said Niko Solopuro, product marketing manager of WCTL Forwarders and Automation. “Additionally, we maintained the features of the G-Series lines that our customers appreciate — including the improved operator station and configurable joystick controls — to develop a machine that customers enjoy while also boosting operator productivity.”

A key feature on this model is the adaptive driveline control, a first in the forestry industry. This software-based control system improves the productivity and drivability of this G-Series forwarder, and enables the operator to choose the desired RPM setting (Eco, Normal, Power) for the operating conditions. The system automatically adjusts the engine’s RPMs to correspond with the engine load. In high-load situations, the driveline control ensures that the diesel engine runs smoothly and uses the maximum available tractive force efficiently.

Another key feature is the larger load capacity. The cross-sectional area of the wide load space is bigger and the new-generation headboard provides excellent visibility to the load space. Additionally, the CF8 boom on the 1910G moves smoothly and seamlessly, increasing accuracy and efficiency.

Boom control is further enhanced using Intelligent Boom Control (IBC). Exclusive to John Deere, IBC is an innovative technology that improves operator productivity by automatically controlling the lift, slew and extension of the boom based on the location of the grapple. IBC increases accuracy and, ultimately, the number of loads per each work shift. Additionally, configurable joystick controls allow the dealer to quickly reconfigure the machine to meet the preference of the operator. The operator can select one of three configuration options, providing the operator with an intuitive system.

The 1910G, as well as the rest of the G-Series Forwarder line, is equipped with the TimberMatic F-16 control system. The improved control system features a configurable user interface, cruise control and inclination display, increasing operator efficiency. Additionally, the new software offers service personnel remote access to the machine. New MECA control modules, simple CAN busses and a streamlined electrical system improve the efficiency of machine functions.

The 1910G is available with two cab options, fixed or rotating and leveling, both of which are designed to improve operator comfort. The rotating and leveling cabin helps the driver to maintain the correct working positions to reduce strain on the back and shoulder areas, even when working on uneven terrain. With a cabin rotation of 290 degrees, the 1910G model offers a view of the boom and grapple, enabling safer, easier log loading. The large windows of the cab allow for virtually unrestricted all-around visibility. Other fatigue-beating features, including ergonomic armrests, a fully adjustable air-cushioned seat and an automated climate-control system, help to boost operator productivity. 

All John Deere forwarders come standard with JDLink in base for five years. JDLink, the proven John Deere telematics solution, remotely connects owners and managers with their equipment and local John Deere dealer. Through JDLink, they have access to alerts and machine information, including performance and maintenance data, allowing them to better manage where and how equipment is being used, even from miles away.

To learn more about the 1910G Forwarder, as well as the rest of the John Deere forwarder line, visit your local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.deere.com/forwarders.
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