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.
Sept. 28, 2017 - Peterson Pacific Corp. has announced the all-new Peterson stationary, electric Peterson 5050H Delimber Debarker Disc Chipper. It produces high quality low bark content chips for wood pulp and pellets, processing whole trees in one continuous operation.

Equipped with a large feed throat, the 5050H can accept up to a 23-inch (56 cm) diameter single tree or multiple smaller stems.

The 5050H can be configured with a three or four pocket disc, with several optional sheave sizes to make precisely the chip you need.

The standard three-pocket disc produces chips from 5⁄8 to 11/4 inches (16–32 mm) long, while the optional four-pocket disc produces chips from ½ to 1 inches (13–25 mm) long.

Chipping production rates up to 150 tons (136 tonnes) per hour can be achieved depending on chip size and wood characteristics.

Peterson’s heavy-duty 66-inch diameter, 4 3/4 inch thick (168 x12 cm) chipper disc has replaceable 1/2-inch (13 mm) wear plates.

Traditional babbitt-type knives or Key Knife components are available.

The stationary 5050H can be configured from 600 to 1000 hp (447–745 kW) at the disc depending on the needs of your application. An additional 600 hp (447 kW) electric motor powers the needs of the hydraulic system.

Since 1981, Peterson has specialized in the developing of delivery and processing equipment that turns low-grade organic materials into high value products.



Peterson Pacific Corp. (Peterson) is a Eugene, Oregon based manufacturer of horizontal grinders, disc and drum chippers, wood de-barkers, blower trucks, screens, and stacking conveyors that are sold worldwide. Our company has 110,000 square feet of modern manufacturing space with a capable and innovative engineering group. Peterson machines are sold and supported through a worldwide network of distributors and direct sales and service representatives. Since 1981, Peterson has built equipment that turn low-grade organic materials into high value products.

Peterson is a subsidiary of Astec Industries, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, America’s leading manufacturer of equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, oil, gas and water well drilling, and wood processing.

Sept. 15, 2017 - Forestry and logging, a lifeblood for those in Northern Alberta and B.C., is an industry that we take seriously and should not be overlooked.
Sept. 12, 2017 - Peterson Pacific Corp. has announced the all-new Peterson 6310B Drum Chipper which is suited for high volume biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed material, from logs up to 36″ (91 cm) in diameter, to brush and small feedstock.
Sept. 5, 2017 - Barko’s new Strong-Arm Grapples provide a highly productive solution for log handling and delimbing applications. Designed to optimize the performance of Barko B-Series loaders – including all trailer/truck mount, tracked, rough terrain carrier and stationary loader models – the grapples deliver superior rotator torque, clamping force and arm speed.
September 5, 2017 - CFI takes a look at the latest feller bunchers ready to work for contractors in Canada’s forests.
Aug. 30, 2017 - A bright coloured measuring box dispensing sewing thread used to be part of the suite of tools that every road builder and timber cruiser relied on to mark out trails and measure off plots. I know this from experience in the B.C. bush laying out mineral claims.
Aug. 25, 2017 - John Deere announces three upgrades to its powerful Forwarder line. The 1110G, 1210G and 1510G models feature new engines, control modules, simpler CAN busses and a streamlined electrical system, providing loggers with the power and precision needed for tough jobs in the woods.

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