Forestry Equipment Articles

GLTPA Hosts 75th Annual Logging, Heavy Equipment Expo →

The 75th Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo was held Sept. 9 to 11 at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanabe, Mich. Fabick CAT co-sponsored the event with the Great Lakes Timber Professionals (GLTPA). The expo kicked off with a live band and fireworks, sponsored by Ponsse. The expo is the largest logging and heavy equipment gathering in the Midwest. More than 200 dealers and manufacturers showcased the latest equipment and technology for the timber industry at both indoor and outdoor displays.  Click for more...


Cat 568 Takes Timber Production to New Heights →

The new Cat 568 Forest Machine features several design upgrades that are sure to lift the production of loggers and those with less time in the woods. "The 568 has earned its reputation for moving the biggest timber with terrific power and reliability," said Giacomo Bottone, worldwide director of Caterpillar's forestry and medium excavator family. "The Next Generation 568 will build on that by being even more productive with added benefits of greater comfort and safety.  Click for more...


Company Acquires Nortrax Inc., Schmidt Equipment Inc. to Become United Construction & Forestry →

Fernandez Holdings Inc., which owns a diverse portfolio of businesses, including 57 John Deere Ag and Turf dealerships in the northeast and south central United States, has acquired 14 John Deere Construction and Forestry stores, nine locations from Nortrax Inc. in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, and five stores in Massachusetts from Schmidt Equipment Inc. The business operates as United Construction & Forestry LLC.  Click for more...


New Mulcher Helps Contractor Stack Deck in His Favor →

Todd Hyatt is familiar with forestry mulchers, having used them on land clearing projects, pasture clearing and around his own property. They tackle brush as well as felled and standing trees, leaving a carpet of mulch in their wake. They are a good "go-to" tool for an aesthetically pleasing project. He also knows that not every job requires the fine grinding that mulchers provide. So, when Hyatt purchased 20 wooded acres in south Louisiana, he wanted an ace in the hole.  Click for more...


Weyerhaeuser Grant Provides Mobile Classroom for Forestry →

Due to a pair of grants from Weyerhaeuser, Louisiana Tech's Forestry program just got an upgrade and became more easily mobile. The Weyerhaeuser Community Grants were awarded to the Forestry Program in December 2019 for the creation of a mobile classroom. Despite the pandemic that altered travel last year and an ice storm in February of this year that cancelled what was to be the classroom's inaugural field trip, the classroom, equipment, trailer and field supplies are now a reality and very much in use.  Click for more...


Ponsse Manufactures 17,000th Forest Machine →

The 17,000th Ponsee forest machine has rolled off the production line in Vieremä. The milestone machine, a Ponsee Elk built in mid-August, will start its career in the hands of Kuusmoto Oy. "It is a special privilege to hand over the 17,000th Ponsee machine to the Finnish Kuusmoto Oy. I wish to thank Kuusmoto for their trust and fantastic cooperation as we continue our journey together," said Sales, Service and Marketing Director Marko Mattila.  Click for more...


Production Starts at Komatsu's New Factory in Northern Sweden →

Forest machine production will soon begin at Komatsu Forest's newly built factory outside Umeå in northern Sweden. Here, assembly will take place on a single production line, around which the flows of both materials and people are optimized and automated to ensure high product quality and a high level of customer service. Work began in early August 2021 to introduce and prepare roughly 220 employees to the new production system.  Click for more...


Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Hands Out Round of Student Scholarships →

More than $40,000 in financial assistance has been awarded to 20 students by the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF). Each of those recipients represents the next generation of those who will carry on in the logging and forestry industry. Each student qualified to receive this financial assistance to support them in their educational pursuits. Of special note, recipient Justin Helgren was awarded the Carl Welle Memorial Scholarship.  Click for more...


Deere Acquires Three Excavator Plants →

From Construction Equipment Guide... John Deere announced it has agreed with Hitachi Construction Machinery to end the Deere-Hitachi joint venture manufacturing and marketing agreements. John Deere and Hitachi will enter into new license and supply agreements, which will enable John Deere to continue to source, manufacture and distribute the current lineup of Deere-branded excavators in the Americas. As a result of the new agreements, the following changes will go into effect on Feb.  Click for more...


Product Showcase: Offering New Value, Performance →

CrossTrac Equipment is focused on delivering machine solutions for loggers that maximize value, performance and reliability. The company said it has established a strong leadership position with innovative products, and backs them up with product support that understands the unique needs of loggers. New Value, Performance CrossTrac also is a strong supporter of Great Lakes manufacturing. Its most prominent lines are built in the area.  Click for more...


Cortec Ecoline Lubricants Add New Dimension to Sustainable Forest →

Concerns about environmental impact in the logging industry have led to sustainable forestry initiatives, practices and certifications. But one aspect that is not often thought of with respect to sustainable forestry is biobased lubrication of chainsaws and heavy equipment that do the work. Traditionally petroleum-based, most lubricants use non-renewable resources and leave behind pollutants if spilled on the ground.  Click for more...


Tigercat Releases LSX870D Shovel Logger →

Tigercat has introduced the LSX870D shovel logger. Based on the popular LX870D series track carrier platform, the machine is designed for extreme duty steep slope logging. With the choice of attachments including the new Tigercat BG13 grapple with a live heel boom or the SC08 shovel clam grapple, the LSX870D is suited to pre-bunching and shovel logging in challenging terrain. The addition of the LSX870D to the Tigercat lineup provides a higher power, closed loop drive alternative to the LS855E.  Click for more...


Fecon Adds Vermeer Southeast as Forestry Mulcher Dealer →

As part of the controlled roll out of the recent global distribution agreement, Fecon LLC announced the addition of Vermeer Southeast. With 11 dealership locations throughout Alabama, Florida and Georgia and affiliated companies in the Caribbean, Vermeer Southeast provides a robust line of mulching equipment that incorporates the best of Vermeer and Fecon mulching technology. It will begin stocking Fecon-made forestry mulching tractors and attachments in addition to its full lineup of Vermeer branded forestry equipment, making it simpler for customers to find the equipment best suited to their needs.  Click for more...


Foley Equipment Hosts Invasive Tree Demonstrations →

Foley Equipment recently hosted several invasive tree demonstrations to give Kansas and Missouri customers a unique opportunity to try out Cat machines and various attachments. Attendees observed techniques for clearing pasture and brush, as well as cutting and mulching. Afterward, customers test drove machines like new D3 series Cat skid steer loaders and compact track loaders. Land management attachments like tree shears, brush cutters, grapple rakes and mulchers also were showcased.  Click for more...


Electric SENNEBOGEN Material Handler Complements Sawmill in Germany →

The sawmilling industry has continued its meteoric rise despite the strained economic situation in many other industries. In response to this surge in demand, one of Germany's largest wood processing companies, GELO Holzwerke, decided in 2020 to make a far-reaching investment in a new small-diameter wood sawmill. And a featured machine in the sawmill is a SENNEBOGEN 835 E electric material handler, which is now responsible for all its log handling duties.  Click for more...


Jarraff Industries to Display Tree Trimmers, Brush Cutter at Expo →

Jarraff Industries will display its Jarraff all-terrain tree trimmer, Mini-Jarraff urban tree trimmer and LineBacker brush cutter at the Utility Expo, Sept. 28 to 30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Jarraff all-terrain tree trimmer and the LineBacker brush cutter are now available in Quad Track configurations, both industry exclusives. The quad track design provides superior mobility, improved stability, more traction and lower ground pressure for both machines, according to the manufacturer.  Click for more...


Oregon Logging Conference Returns With In-Person Event →

The Oregon Logging Conference will return for an in-person gathering after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year's live event. The 2022 conference will take place on Feb. 24 to 26, 2022, at the Lane County Convention Center and Fairgrounds, in Eugene, Ore. This year's theme is, "Family, Friends and Forestry 2.0," and it will recognize and honor loggers, their families and the timber industry.  Click for more...


Kesla Launches 326T Loader →

The new Kesla 326T loader represents a new way of thinking when it comes to both looks or features of a loader. The hoses are mainly hidden inside the boom structure. The whole frame, including the boom, utilizes a smooth design without excessive overhangs. The new, linear design minimizes the stress and tension caused by heavy use, ensuring the product a long lifetime also as a possible second hand item, the manufacturer said.  Click for more...


Three California Companies Partner to Launch TimberQuest →

Three San Francisco Bay Area construction industry companies have partnered to launch TimberQuest, an innovative, sustainable and highly efficient solution for building cost-effective, prefabricated "mass timber" classrooms for the California K-12 and community college markets. The partnership between XL Construction, Milpitas, with Aedis Architects, San Jose and Daedalus Structural Engineering, based in Saratoga, combines the organizations' unique expertise in 21st century learning environments with mass timber design and construction.  Click for more...


Palfinger Adds FG53S-V to Epsilon Range of Timber Grapples →

Palfinger has extended its Epsilon range of timber grapples with an adapted product: the existing FG53S grapple has been equipped with additional features and launched as the FG53S-V. Together with Scandinavian customers, EPSILON has taken a closer look at its requirements and optimized the grapple to make sorting work even more efficient. "Especially in Scandinavia, logs often have a thinner diameter, which can cause the grapple to become wedged in the wood and interrupt the workflow," said Dominic Lanner, product manager at EPSILON.  Click for more...



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