June 19, 2017 - According to research published in the Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 35(4), using in-forest weighing scales can boost the payload efficiency of log trucks.
June 1, 2017 - John Deere is launching a longed-for global first at Elmia Wood. The company has now developed its crane-tip control for harvesters too. There will also be the opportunity to test operate several forest machines plus do tests on simulators at the John Deere stand.

“Visitors can try out the new technology during the fair,” says Dieter Reinisch of John Deere.

Crane-tip control for forest machines is a true Elmia Wood innovation, which has been developed over the past three fairs. John Deere presented the concept with the help of a forwarder simulator in 2009, which contractors could test and comment on. At Elmia Wood 2013 it was time for the world premiere of forwarders with crane-tip control, which has become a much-appreciated function.

“Our customers say they move an extra load every shift thanks to crane-tip control,” Reinisch says.

And now it’s time for what the industry has been talking about for ten years: crane-tip control for harvesters. This world first is being presented at Elmia Wood, installed in a John Deere 1270 harvester. Visitors to the fair can test the function both in reality and on simulators.

John Deere is also presenting an updated version of its crane-tip control for harvesters. The innovations are in the software, which means that contractors who already have the function on their forwarders can obtain the innovations at their next service opportunity.

All of John Deere’s machine models will be exhibited at the fair, including the three new mid-size forwarders in the G series: the 1110G, 1210G and 1510G. Also being shown is the first harvester in the G series, the 1170G with eight wheels. It is a smaller-size machine with a broad range of uses from thinning to easier final felling.

One recurring request at previous fairs has been for the opportunity to test operate the machines. This wish will now be granted. John Deere is offering the chance to test operate its forwarders with a rotating and levelling cab. This function is almost standard in the Nordic markets but elsewhere contractors often choose a fixed cab for cost reasons.

“At Elmia Wood they have the chance to experience the added value of a rotating and levelling cab,” Reinisch says. 




Elmia Wood 7-10 June

Elmia Wood is the world’s leading forestry fair and is held every four years outdoors in the forest south of Jönköping, Sweden. The last Elmia Wood (2013) had over 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from around the world and was monitored by the international trade press. On 7–10 June 2017 the global forest industry will gather once more.
May 26, 2017 - Forestry tires are expensive. Take some simple, common-sense precautions to protect your investment and get the most service life and maximum safety out of your tires.

Forestry-duty rubber tires are a big investment for logging operators. A set of tires for a four-wheeled skidder can cost upwards of $12,000 USD and fl otation or dual tires can be even more expensive. Skidders, forwarders and drive-to-tree feller bunchers all operate in the most extreme off road conditions of heat, cold, mud, rocks and abrasive soil. Rubber tires can wear prematurely (or fail catastrophically) if not properly looked after. Fortunately, by taking some simple, common-sense precautions, operators can protect their investment and get the most service life and maximum safety out of their tires.

First and foremost, operators need to be checking their tire pressure regularly – preferably on a daily or at least weekly basis. Under infl ation can cause excessive heat buildup leading to damage to the sidewall, beads or lining. On the other hand, an over infl ated tire is more vulnerable to impact damage. Always check the tire pressure against the Tigercat and tire manufacturers’ service recommendations.

When using band tracks (on bogie axle machines) tire pressure should be set to the maximum recommended pressure. This prevents the tires from squatting too much under heavy loads which can strain and damage the tire sidewalls against the side members of the band tracks. This also helps prevent the tires from spinning on the wheels and damaging their sealing beads. (Note – traction aids should only be used on Tigercat skidders with pre-approval from Tigercat Customer Service to ensure warranty coverage.)

Operator training and behavior are also both critical to extending tire life. Two particular areas that operators need to be aware of are the use of differential locks and planning for the best driving path.

Differential locks provide extra traction by forcing both wheels on a vehicle to spin at the same speed rather than allowing each wheel to spin at different speeds depending on traction. Pre-emptive use of differential locks in difficult terrain (muddy, steep or dusty) helps to minimize the amount of wheel spin. Many operators wait until they notice wheel spin before using the differential locks. This can lead to severe tire damage as large pieces of rubber can be sheared off if the tire makes contact with a sharp rock or stump when spinning. Differential locks should be engaged in anticipation of difficult terrain as much as possible to minimize this risk, but should be left off for driving on less challenging terrain.

Finally, operators need to select the best driving path whenever possible. Operators need to be aware of the geography in the working area and carefully plan the route to be driven. How steep are the slopes? Are there areas or deep mud or hard-to-spot hollows? Going around an obstacle or mound or steep incline may take a little longer, but the savings in fuel and tire damage may well make it worthwhile. Always keep both eyes and your mind open when driving off road. 

Read more at www.tigercat.com
Feb. 10, 2017 - Nine-axle logging trucks, including tandem-drive and tridem-drive configurations, are now approved and in use on a key transportation route in the Vanderhoof area in north-central British Columbia. The approval was the culmination of a four-year collaborative effort between FPInnovations, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), and the forest industry.
Jan. 5, 2017 - Forestry and off-road equipment operators and maintenance technicians are used to dealing with obvious dangers from spinning saws and falling tree limbs, but may be less familiar with a critical danger that can cause crippling injuries or death – high-pressure injection injuries.
Dec. 12, 2016 - Fuel quality is critical to keep Tier 4 engines running smoothly, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a downloadable infographic to help equipment owners and users keep their machines up and running.

The AEM “Get CLEAN on Fuel” infographic outlines five key actions that help protect Tier 4 engines “because while the new engines reduce diesel emissions and protect our health and the environment, the fact is they are rather finicky about fuel,” said William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager.

Bernhard explained that today’s Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is very different from the diesel of just a few years ago.

“Among other things, it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and related factors critical in maintaining fuel quality,” said Bernhard.

AEM member company experts came together through the association to develop the guidelines as a way to spread more awareness of the importance of diesel fuel quality.

5 Steps to Maintain Fuel Quality

The new AEM fuel-quality infographic relays 5 quick tips using the CLEAN acronym, accompanied by actionable guidelines:

C - Commit to understanding your T4 engine

L - Learn the facts about today’s fuel

E - Evaluate your fuel source and fuel handling

A - Always follow manufacturer guidelines

N - Never take your role for granted


AEM Clean Fuel Tips Tier 4 Engines


Download the complete infographic at aem.org/clean.
Oct. 18, 2016 - Resources created by a working group which consisted of fallers, engineers, road builders and contract managers can help fallers and others who work below avoid the hazards from excessive roadside debris on steep ground.
Sept. 16, 2016 - Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region in Ontario has once again recieved the top award from Workplace Safety North (WSN), Ontario’s occupational health and safety association for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors.

“The Workplace Excellence Awards shine the spotlight on the health and safety achievements of our members in mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting businesses, as well as small businesses in northern Ontario with fewer than 50 employees,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award, and scoring is based on the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years.”

“We’re proud to welcome returning winners: Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region, and ACCO Brands Canada in Mississauga – excellent achievements in health and safety!”

Top scoring firms in Ontario forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business will be officially presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting on Sept. 28 in North Bay.

“It’s important to recognize the efforts of workplaces that make health and safety a priority,” says Ballanger-Michaud. “They lead the way and set the tone for their sectors. That’s why these businesses deserve special recognition, for demonstrating their strong commitment to ensuring that every worker goes home safe and healthy each day. The award winners are positive role models for Ontario businesses to make workplace health and safety an integral part of every job and every work day.

“Congratulations to all winners for your commitment to workplace health and safety. I’m honoured to recognize your dedication to workers’ well-being, and to creating and maintaining healthy and safe workplaces – well done!”

President’s Award Winners

  • Forestry – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
  • Mining – Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
  • Paper, Printing and Converting – ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • Small firms (less than 50 full-time employees) – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
Earlier this year, 22 companies received a Workplace Excellence Award, recognizing workplace excellence in health and safety.

Workplace Excellence Award Winners

  • ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine, Matachewan
  • Alex MacIntyre & Associates Limited, Kirkland Lake
  • Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., New Westminster
  • Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
  • DeBeers Canada Inc., Timmins
  • Domtar Inc., Dryden
  • Fleming's Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
  • Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, South Porcupine
  • J.S. Redpath Limited, North Bay
  • Kidd Operations - a Glencore Company, Timmins
  • Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., Kirkland Lake + winner of International Mines Rescue Competition 2016
  • Label Supply, Whitby
  • Lac Des Iles Mine Ltd., Thunder Bay
  • Lake Shore Gold Corp., Timmins
  • Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc., North Bay
  • SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P., Val Caron
  • Shuniah Forest Products Limited, Thunder Bay
  • Technica Mining, Lively
  • Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, LIvely
  • Wellington Wood Products (1972) Ltd., Mount Forest
  • Weyerhaeuser, Kenora

Learn more at www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/

Aug. 16, 2016 - Whether you are a director or officer of a private company or serve as a director of a community-owned organization, you must take all reasonable care and exercise due diligence to ensure that the company you represent protects the health and safety of its workers and complies with British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Regulations.

May 16, 2016 - A Maine logger has won the Caterpillar Loader Championship contest at the Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo.

The contest, held in connection with the Northeastern Expo from May 6 to 7 in Essex Junction, Vt. raised $2,227 for Log-A-Load for Kids, an organization sponsored by loggers and others in the forest products industry to benefit hospitals associated with the Children’s Miracle Network. The funds include voluntary contestant donations, a matching contribution from Caterpillar, and merchandise sales.

Shaun McLucas of Rangeley, Maine, won the contest with a winning time of 2 minutes and 9 seconds. Marc Riendeau of Danville, Vt. won second place with a time of 2 minutes and 14 seconds, and Ben Hardwick of Francestown, N.H., won third place with a time of 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

Rounding out the top five were Derrick Berry of West Burke, Vt., fourth place, and Gerard Riendeau of Lyndonville, Vt., fifth place.

The top three winners receive a trophy, jacket and cash prizes, and winners for fourth place and fifth place receive a jacket.

The Caterpillar Loader Championship drew 109 participants over the two-day exposition. Contestants demonstrate their skill with a Cat knuckleboom log loader by picking up and moving blocks between two checkerboards. Loggers with the fastest times are the winners.

The contest was first introduced as the Prentice Loader Championship at the sawmill and logging show in Richmond in 1972. 

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 division of Caterpillar 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.

May 13, 2016 – Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. announced its new Extreme Duty (XD) Offroad package and the launch of the MBT-40 Transformer chassis.

Western Star builds some of the toughest and most durable vocational trucks in the world today and is one of the fastest growing brands in North America. However, they also offer an off-road product that competes with the articulated and ridged frame markets.

The Western Star XD Offroad package is engineered specifically for extremely rugged environments and is available on both the 4900 and 6900 models. Vehicles spec’d with the XD Offroad package deliver maximum driver safety and comfort while providing customers with a low cost per ton product for off-road applications. Western Star plans to open the XD Offroad package up to other models in the future.

The 6900XD Offroad MBT-40, dubbed the Multi-Body Transformer for its ability to quickly change from one fully functional in cab controlled body application to another, is the first XD Offroad series offering from Western Star and a new concept for offroad equipment markets.

Using a PALFINGER G68 hooklift which has a lifting capacity of 68,000 lbs and a new transformer package, the MBT-40 gives customers greater utilization of their chassis. It is designed to replace the need for having multiple pieces of dedicated off-road equipment on a job site that sit for long periods of time when they are not needed. With this new product, extremely complex and heavy capacity bodies can be changed over and back to work quickly and easily.

The unit is equipped with a generic in-cab control system and a self-adapting hydraulic system that also allows the operators to quickly and easily swap the controls of multiple body applications as well. The MBT-40 features multiple hydraulic air and electrical connections that allow it to connect and power a variety of body needs from powerful flow controlled hydraulic motors and pumps to heavy high flow tip cylinders.

“The development of this platform was all about finding better economic ways of filling needs for our customers," said John Tomlinson, XD and vocational sales manager, Western Star. "Offroad chassis equipment can be expensive to buy and maintain and new emissions levels are making the investment even more costly.
"By maximizing the operation time, customers can have the equipment they need always for when it is required. Mining, quarry and off-road construction industries are looking for better solutions right now and we have the answers for them with this new product.”

“Working with Western Star on this open platform concept product has been great. CARCO Industries is very experienced in mining and offroad fuel and service products along with carrying the PALFINGER crane lines,” said Charlie Schimmels, sales manager, CARCO Industries. “This combination of experience and product along with the rugged design and carrying capacity of the XD40 Offroad chassis offered by Western Star makes the MBT-40 package a very unique product. With commodity prices down and budget cuts becoming common place we need to think smarter about how we do business and the MBT-40 does that.”

The 6900XD is available in both 6x4 and 6x6 configurations.

For more information, go to www.WesternStarTrucks.com

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
April 25, 2016 - I am taking this action is a positive affirmation of the strength and unbiased reputation the Challenge has built over the past decade. In large part this move is also a compliment to the quality and reputation of the journalist judges that work so hard each year; making the Truck King Challenge a home-grown success story.

Moving forward I will continue to organize, facilitate and run the annual Challenge – but I entrust the judging – and therefore the results solely to the volunteer judges. Of course every result from every year was always an average across the scores of multiple judges; as fair as possible – but, sometimes, there were whispers of bias. My decision to remove myself from the direct judging process should silence those dissenters.

Despite my stepping out of the judging role - The Canadian Truck King Challenge will move forward in its mission of giving Canadian truck buyers the best and most real world truck testing results in North America. To reinforce this, we have added two new judges this year:

Alan Sidorov of Whistler, B.C. is the chief instructor for the BC Forest Safety Council. He trains drivers for company fleets in the proper use of light trucks and also does extensive tire testing on those same trucks. 

Sue Mead of Williamstown, Mass. has asked to be part of the Challenge because our testing formula so intrigued her. Mead writes extensively about trucks – and races them. She has competed in Camel Trophy adventures, the Arctic Circle Challenge, the Tip to Tip Challenge and the TransAmerica Challenge. She has competed in the Baja 1000 and the Dakar Rally in South America and Africa.
April 15, 2016 – Volvo Trucks presented its lineup of 2017 powertrain upgrades to help kick off the 2016 Truck World Show at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

March 11, 2016 - The B.C. forest industry relies on approximately 2,800 log truck drivers to haul timber from forests to wood processing and manufacturing facilities, log dumps, harbour terminals in B.C., and to other parts of Canada and North America.

February 24, 2016 - For the past nine years veteran automotive journalists have donated their time to act as judges in the only annual North American truck competition that tests pickup and van models head to head – while hauling payload and also towing.

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