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Over the past few months, most of us would have heard about the slow-down in forestry in some parts of the world.
We have been here before and we have come through it the other end the last time.
This edition of MYLOGGERMAG looks at what can be done during these times, from a business perspective as well as an employee perspective to come out the other end as winners.
We are also excited to finally have Timo from AFM on the front page. The AFM brand of harvester heads is a phenominal head that is making some good inroads into the market place.
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ON THE COVER
Timo has been on our radar for a very long time. We have been following his progress for years and have seen the AFM BRAND building momentum as Timo has been relentless in finding new distributors and dealers.
But he goes further, he provides excellent training to all new dealers to lay a smooth path for future sales and customer support.
MYLOGGERMAG are sure that this article will serve as inspiration for many to never stop reaching for the next rung on the ladder of success.
AFM is a processor head manufacturer that has been a trend setter from the outset. The stylish lines of this machine made it one of the most attractive processors to be owned by logging crews.
As one of the first companies to ever manufacture feeding harvester heads one has to stop for a moment and give credit to this well designed machine, the engineers behind all of this and then of course to those who spread this
machine into the forestry arena, making it
available to us as loggers.
Timo was born in the South of France and lived there for 13 years. As a half French half Finn he speaks French and Finnish perfectly. After living in France he moved to Finland with his family where he is still living today.
Timo always wanted to be a logger. “I remember how my grandfather and father always took me to the logging sites in Finland from a very young age. These are some of the most cherished memories of my childhood!” This memory motivated Timo to pursue this dream and so he went to a three-year harvester operator school in Jämsänkoski, Finland.
In Scandinavia machine operators are taught as much as possible before they go to work for a company. The training of operators in Scandinavia is intensive in comparison to other countries.
An operator has to be able to work alone, do the basic maintenance, trouble shooting, and be efficient to set levels and keep the quality of the work up all the time.
After Timo finished operator school, Timo operated harvesters in different companies in central Finland.
In total Timo operated forest machines for five years or more. At the same time, during this period he did his Forestry Engineering studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Tampere, during weekends.
It is clear that Timo has an incredible work ethic and a desire to settle for nothing but the top rung on the ladder. During his studies he started to have a desire to combine his language skills and forest machine operator skills.
He developed an interest in sales and marketing in the forestry arena. At that time AFM-Forest Ltd had a job opening that fitted Timo’s skills and interests perfectly and he took the job without hesitation.
AFM-Forest is a family owned, customer oriented company with their feet down to earth. As we have stated earlier, AFM is one of the first companies in the world to manufacture feeding harvesting heads or processor heads as they are well known in Europe, North America, Russia, and in other parts of the world.
Timo during a customer visit
Timo hosting the AFM annual Dealer Meeting.
In the 80’s AFM had their own line of rubber tire harvesters and forwarders.
Since 1993 though AFM focused on putting all their efforts in the manufacturing of harvesting heads. Timo’s tasks in the beginning were focused to the development of the spare part market and the development of the web shop for AFM in Finland.
Today Mototarvikkeet.fi is the number one web shop for forest machine consumable parts in Finland!
After Timo’s Forestry Engineer studies ended, he was appointed as Area Manager for North America and Southern Europe but it did not stop here.
His responsibilities grew to being responsible for developing the North American markets from zero.
During his employment as Area Manager AFM opened 8 dealerships in North America and recently one distributor in Italy. Timo spent a lot of time in Canada and USA searching the right partners for AFM. After finding the right partners, AFM trained their new distributors and dealers one by one to offer a state of the art service for AFM’s product line.
Today North America is one of the most important markets for AFM-Forest.
AFM soon realized the importance of social media and it has helped a lot in the development of AFM as a well recognized brand across the globe.
Loggers from around the world are very active on posting pictures and videos of what they are doing with AFM processors. Today AFM-Forest has 12000 followers on Instagram!
FIND A DEALER
FOR ANY PRODUCT IN
Those of us who are constantly focusing on growing Instagram accounts will know how much time and dedication goes into the development of a strong account.
As with many brand builders, your responsibility as a brand developer do not stop at the development of brand awareness. You go that extra mile and stay involved in the product development for the company you devote yourself to.
As a forest machine operator Timo has an extremely good knowledge of how a good harvester machine should perform and his skills gives him a good point of view from an operator’s seat.
“We are spending a lot of time with our distributors, dealers and customers in the field. In my opinion the feedback we get from the field is extremely important for the development of our products and our company.
Every country and market is different and so the needs of our customers are different for each of the areas they work in.
Continual improvement never end” : says Timo.
Timo adds: “We all know loggers have a really tough job. They have expensive machines and the operation costs are getting higher and higher. If our dealers or customers have something to ask, they have the confidence to call us whenever they need to without hesitation.
For me it is very important to give a quick response and keep the machines working. I truly believe the service is the key to success, no matter how good your product is.
The best reward? “For me is to see our dealers and customers happy using our products. In the end we are a big family, operators, owners and we as manufacturers of the machines they use.” says Timo.
– MLM –
Timo with a customer infront of an AFM 65
what everyone wants.
Every single person who walks planet earth wants to have the assurance that tomorrow has been taken care of.
That whatever happens to us today will not destroy years of hard work or investments that has been made. That is the dream for so many business owners as well.
We are however living in an ever changing world. A world where things can change quickly and nothing is guaranteed to last forever. It is this certainty that things will change that fills us with uncertainty and this incredible search for security.
During the last few months we have experienced yet another setback in forestry, especially in the North of Canada, that proves this point.
Mills are closing and contractors are left with machines that they have no use for.
Manufactures are over stocked and are letting staff go as production figures have drastically fallen to record low numbers. Guaranteeing success is becoming increasingly difficult but there are so many things that we can do to ensure that our futures are taken care of.
Taken care of is not used in terms of guaranteeing that you will enjoy the same income levels or sales of machines compared to when things are going well.
What it does mean is that you will be able to support yourself, your staff and whatever you do in the forestry industry until the market either returns to sustainable levels or you have found other resources to sustain your income, whether it be new markets to explore or new contracts with mills.
But what can you do to secure some certainty in an uncertain market, especially knowing that things will change and not always for the better?
10 steps to
be SET FOR
keep your ear on the ground at all times.
Listen to what is being said in the market place. We all have contacts in this market and we are all individuals with enough experience to know when a down turn is coming.
ensure you run your business lean.
Do not purchase machines based on today’s market values or a promise of success. Build your base first and ensure that whatever happens that you will be able to pay your debt with either an insurance that covers for a loss of work or cash. There is a saying that if you cannot purchase it twice you cannot afford it.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket or your faith that one crew will be able to sustain you. Spread your risk and have crews in different areas.
If you can, have your crews work for different mills wherever possible. This will ensure that if one mill has a turn for the worst the other will be able to sustain you.
This option also lends itself to the possibility of moving your crews to the other if things turn sour.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket or your faith that one crew will be able to sustain you. Spread your risk and have crews in different areas.
have an exit strategy in place.
Have a specific goal in your mind that you will have all your machines paid before a set period of time. This reduces your risk of going bankrupt.
Even though we do feel that each employee should have his or her own plan in place – do have a strategy or savings plan in place where you will be able to pay staff a fair departure salary in case that you have to close shop for a while or you need to reduce your staff levels.
keep your options open.
Never have a negative relationship with other mill owners just because you are supplying one specific mill. You never know when the mill you are currently supplying closes its doors and you may need to knock on a door that you closed in haste.
network with other logging crews.
Never have a negative relationship with other mill owners just because you are supplying one specific mill.
You never know when the mill you are currently supplying closes its doors and you may need to knock on a door that you closed in haste. You may have to sell your equipment to them, or you may want to help your staff look for work elsewhere.
This may also help if you want to subcontract to another crew for a while to keep your machines operating.
never give up
Be willing to move if the need is there to see yourself through the dry times. Look for markets that need crews, but never give up.
This ties in with a previous point – network.
Network in other markets so that if you need to move to another market area you already have a foot in the door.
Attend shows in these area and ensure you meet other mill owners or forest managers.
This may come in handy if you want to expand your business as well, not just during hard times.
Align yourself with service and not a brand name.
The one thing that keeps you going is your machines – regardless of the brand. Deal with companies where each department, the sales or after sales service all give you the same excellent service. If you sense there is no teamwork from your supplier to give you service – look for another.
These are simple steps, in your control, to help you set yourself up for success.
Since 2014, Randalls Equipment Company has been the Australian distributor for Sany excavators sold into forestry applications in Australia.
Over this period there have been machines sold into various applications such as harvesting Bluegum as well as pine.
One application that lends itself particularly well to the Sany carrier has been log loading. When fitted with the Australian built Randalls 0.55m2 or 0.80m2 rotating grapple or fixed grapple and a guarding package, the machine is transformed into a high quality, highly productive log loader that can be used in a mill-yard or in the forest loading trucks.
When we look a little deeper inside the Sany excavator and the company building them it becomes apparent that this is a truly world class company building world class equipment.
The SY245F runs an Isuzu 6BG175HP Tier II engine, Kawasaki pumps and valve and Hydash track drives.
Sany itself has been building excavators for more than 20 years and have refined their engineering processes to a point where the quality is equal to that of Japanese built excavators.
Sany currently have the capacity to manufacture as many as 80,000 excavators per year and they are sold in all parts of the world.
Sany SY245F Specs
Machine weight – 25,000kg
Engine – Isuzu 6.49lt Tier II
Power – 175Hp
Fuel capacity – 340l
Oil flow – 2 x 252lt
The range of Randalls grapples has grown over the years off the back of strong demand from Countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
Due to the demands of log loading in these parts of the world so to the design and strength of Randalls grapples has been adapted to enable them to work in some of the toughest conditions in the world.
Today Randalls remain the sole Australian manufacturer of rotating log grapples.
Randalls products are built from start to finish in Melbourne using robotic welding and advanced machine tools in order to produce a top quality Australian product that will withstand anything you can throw at it.
Randalls Grapple range
0.36HD – 378KG
0.45HD – 480KG
0.45IR12 – 570KG
0.55IR22 – 830kg
0.80IR22 – 980kg
1.3IR22 – 1,400kg
2.0XR400 – 2,300kg
THE YEAR 2020
We are all
the need for
We are all dependent on one thing, the need for wood.
Every single person reading this has some role they play in the forestry industry. When you read this you need to know that there are others, like you, maybe doing the same you do, maybe doing something different, who also depend on this industry. We all want to get to the other side of things. The other side is not just hoping that this industry will survive, but actually to make a living out of what we do, to support our families, to pay our debts and hopefully fulfill some dreams.
To be able to be successful with whatever you want to achieve in the end we also need to be prepared with whatever 2020 will hold. Not only to prepare ourselves but also to make sure that we can use every opportunity that comes our way so that we indeed, fulfill each of our own personal dreams.
First, let’s look at the state of the forestry industry today. To do this we need to look at the demand for wood first.
Wood as we know is used for so many things, one of them being housing. Keep in mind that the housing industry will not find another resource to replace the wood needed to build houses. The industry will slow down, maybe, but the demand will be there for years to come.
Not only to prepare ourselves but also to make sure that we can use every opportunity that comes our way so that we indeed, fulfill each of our own personal dreams.
First, let’s look at the state of the forestry industry today. To do this we need to look at the demand for wood first.
Wood as we know is used for so many things, one of them being housing. Keep in mind that the housing industry will not find another resource to replace the wood needed to build houses.
The industry will slow down, maybe, but the demand will be there for years to come.
As some may know, some mills have closed down in Canada due to environmental stresses etc.
The reasons are varied but it is our reality today.
Yes, some of us will suffer because of the closing down of mills and the changing forestry industry in the North of Canada. For many though, and also for some who is suffering this setback, this may be an opportunity to create and secure success for 2020.
Keep an open mind? Keep in mind what we said in the beginning.
The housing industry will not stop, it may slow down due to the lack of wood supply from the North of Canada but that wood supply will now start to come from other areas across Canada, the USA, Europe etc.
So how what does this mean for us?
It means growth in a similar proportion as to how it slowed down in the North of Canada in areas that were neglected before. If you are a logger elsewhere other than the North of Canada, know that wherever you are the industry will now grow in your area.
For those who are caught up in the areas of the slowdown: – there will still be some forestry operations albeit less.
You either need to reassess if you need to move or do something new. It is a sad truth but we all knew that this was going to happen to some degree at some stage in our careers.
Now the reality – things will grow but we need to understand something – as an industry we need to do things differently.
those of us who work with machinery, in logging teams and in other areas of forestry.
We now know and we had this experience before, things can change very quickly. This fact is one catalyst for the stress that many go through as we are all aware that we will have hanging debts that needs to be paid.
Most of those caught in the slow down have debts to repay but it is important to know that it will be possible to repay with some rework on how this can be done on their part. Stress on their part would have been a lot less if they did not have those debts – it is an obvious statement – but we who are not in their shoes can learn from this experience.
Life in itself is better when we have taken care of our basic needs – security being the first.
The best security you can give yourself is the security that whatever happens, your family will be okay.
Make a plan and pay your debts. Focus on doing a good job, increasing your knowledge in what you do and being a positive team member wherever you are.
It is time to do a better job at what you do. For a long time, some companies only looked after the Canadian industry because for the most part that is where your income came from.
Other parts were, not necessarily ignored, but put on a lower priority list. Today you are dependent on these sectors to keep you going and to hopefully grow your business once again.
Learn that we are all important, every single customer and dealer that you have ever sold a machine to.
Support all sectors, not just where your immediate income comes from. Start to trust your dealers when they ask for help or make suggestions.
Learn that 90% of your designs comes from dealers who deal with your customers daily.
dealerships and those working in dealerships.
A few sides to this. You are in a big way dependent on the support that you receive from manufacturers. This is to some degree not completely in your control. What are in your control are the staff you have and the customers that you have.
Ensure that all your staff are well trained, that they work in teams and they leave their ego’s at the door. Every single person in your dealership should focus on one thing – teamwork that result in excellent customer service.
Your dealerships growth depends on this in such a big way that you can no longer ignore it and it should be a priority for any business to get staff to start working together to deliver this service. The next thing to think about: Stop holding on to promises from your suppliers that solutions and backup are coming but while you wait for this to happen your customers and your good name suffers.
You cannot afford to have bad service from a supplier so how do you overcome this?
Look at other products that can be sold. The best strategy is to have more than one supplier for a product in a sector. This will ensure you get the best service from both providers as they will know that for them to survive or grow their businesses they have no choice but to look after you.
If a manufacturer let you down with a lack of service, training or stock, do not be scared to make a switch to another product.
When we do our dealership training sessions there is one answer that comes back every single time from one question: What do your customers want?
The answer – service.
This service can come in machine setup, spare parts and backup service after a sale. The brand of product is always named second.
Yes some of your clients will hold fast to using only specific brands of products but they will soon change when they see other brands being more reliable due to your service.
When you look at the rise of new products in the forestry sector and how and why they made such an impressive entry you will find that every single time there is one definitive reason as to why they were able to outsell more well known brands – SERVICE.
Service wins in weight over any brand name.
You have this in your hands, in your control. Set things in place to be able to service your clients. Your clients and your staff all want the same thing. To be able to do what they do and they can only do this if they have the service they deserve.
Your business should be in the reorder business – where your teams provide such impressive services that none of your clients will ever leave you, but instead always reorder machines. Only when you reach this point can you honestly say you are prepared for 2020.
If you know you can improve on your service and some departments just do not seem to be integrated to enable you to provide the service you know can be deliver, then arrange training.
Use some finances that you have reserved for advertising and spend this on training your teams to work as an integrated team, to deliver the service your clients deserve.
This way you are creating the best advertising that exist – word of mouth.
Focus on growth, how to develop your teams, how to provide a better service and you will win.
Your customers will win, your staff will win and ultimatly you will have a winning strategy.
What is the point of advertising your company if your company do not deliver the service you advertise. If you did you would not need to advertise because your current customers will do the advertising for you – through word of mouth.
We will make our fortunes by the one thing this world need, wood, through providing what our industry needs – service.
– MLM –
Quadco saw teeth have become the industry standard around the world, even more so with their two-piece system and shank less models. Available with sharp or chipped x-point tips with G1 or 11C carbide grades.
G1 Carbide grade are used in highly abrasive applications and 11C Carbide grade are used in areas where the soil is contaminated with gravel. Quadco carbide teeth use the patented overlapping design to prevent blow by and erosion of the teeth and disc.
Their steel teeth are heat treated to the highest Rockwell rating on the market without compromising impact resistance.
Their patented, segmented discs protect the disc with replaceable tooth holders making them ideal for high impact applications.
Quadco’s one-piece discs are designed for use in abrasive conditions and are rated as the best in the industry.
Quadco manufactures saw discs to fit almost any application. With the Quadco design they can also offer
reversible tooth holders fully symmetrical allowing the tooth to be mounted on either side to double the life of the holder.
Through research and development of the Quad Tooth system, Quadco has developed tougher, more sustainable mower and grinder teeth to withstand harsh elements. Available for all popular applications, these teeth perform well in even the toughest conditions. When using a Quad Tooth, less cutting effort is required which results in fuel savings and less wear on your machine.
Quadco’s standard factory tips are all one piece.
In addition, they have designed a holder that has replaceable teeth and, in some instances, rotatable / reversible teeth for reduced cost and longer life.
As a true visionary and pioneer in the forestry industry, Quadco embrace quality craftsmanship, business relationships, and loggers needs.
Incorporated in 1989, Quadco are recognized worldwide for revolutionizing the forestry industry through development of the Quad Tooth® System as well as other valuable products used by loggers every day.
– MLM –
Success – that is what you want.
Strange angle to take when you look at the title of this segment. You don’t have to attend every fight that you get invited to.
When we grow up we tend to land ourselves amongst other human beings. Funny thing that, this is how life works.
What happens is we tend to start talking about our goals and dreams and at the same time we listen to what others have to say about their opinions about life, success etc.
You try to fit in, try to make sure that everyone likes you. So others start to say things about you, not always bad but not necessarily complimentary, only because they themselves feel they need to show who is the best, like the alpha male of the pack.
You spend more time making sure that you actually still fit in and make the grade amongst the pack. You have just accepted the invitation to attend the fight you were invited to.
Not a physical fight but a fight to try and reach the top of the group you find yourself in.
Is that the original plan you had for yourself? Is that the success you dreamed about, or was it to be successful, in terms of financial success, be the best at what you do in logging, have your own crew or to live life without debt?
But how quickly have you forgotten the initial goal all because you decided to accept the invitation from others who have forgotten their own goals the same way you did?
You do not have to attend every fight you get invited to.
Keep your eyes on YOUR prize, your goals, what YOU want to achieve.
Don’t the diminish what you can achieve through the distractions of others. Become a person who knows the direction he initially set for himself and stay on that track. If you live by this rule
– you do not attend –
– every fight you –
– get invited to –
success surely will find you.
– MLM –
EVERY SO OFTEN,
WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE
AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS.
THIS ONE HAS BEEN
IN THE MAKING
Pick a name in the forestry industry today and my bet is you are amazed by their size, their strength and how big their market share is.
We get swept up in their shear size and we are proud to use their equipment, brag that we are a “part” of them and we almost form an alliance with them to grow their market share against others in the market.
That is the power of true BRANDING.
But building a BRAND in forestry is different from building a brand in any other business. Building a brand in forestry is built on service, reputation and giving your clients what they need and want.
When you look at brands that failed, are failing and who are losing their grip on the market it is all because of a lack of service and a lack of good staff that will go that extra mile to keep loggers running in the forest.
It is hard work to build a brand. To keep doing it from the time that you have found your company is even harder especially with new products and companies are being established on a regular basis all around you.
But if you stand the test of time, if you keep delivering the same excellent service from the start, then there is no stopping you, because you cannot stop word of mouth advertising.
Word of mouth advertising is what grows and kills a business in forestry. Word of mouth tells the truth, it does not lie and no other industry depends on word of mouth more than Forestry.
If you are able to grow through this medium, word of mouth, loggers telling each to use your service or products because of the service you give, it is then that giants are born.
One such giant has been growing since 1968… Randalls Equipment in Australia. Randalls Equipment has been delivering the same, exceptional service since the day that it has been found and it has not stopped.
And so, Randalls, who are one of the biggest forestry suppliers in the Australia is now also found in New Zealand.
A giant is awakened
in New Zealand.
Following the introduction of the first new Ponsse forestry machine sold in New Zealand, sales and service agents for both the North and South Islands have now been confirmed by Australasian distributor, Randalls Equipment.
2 Tyre Tracks and Hire in Invercargill, run by Brett McIntyre, were appointed to cover the South of New Zealand and Hamilton-based Donaldson Mechanical, run by Jason Donaldson, will promote and support Ponsse and Randalls products in the North of New Zealand.
Three new Ponsse machines are already working in New Zealand – two forwarders and a wheeled harvester, all in the lower South Island – and Randalls Equipment says they have created a lot of interest amongst local contractors.
“The only way this has been possible is through the provision of local support to ensure these machines have the day-to-day service support and parts required to guarantee the best customer experience possible,” says Davin Frankel, Sales and Service Manager for Randalls Equipment.
“Providing the best
customer support means more than just saying it or writing it in an advertisement.
We must truly mean what we say and go to
extraordinary lengths to
act on our words.”
Partnering with service providers in New Zealand or anywhere else doesn’t mean Randalls can wash our hands of any responsibility after a machine is sold. As the dealer for Ponsse in Australia and New Zealand we have a very serious obligation to our customers, Ponsse and our service partners to ensure things run smoothly and everyone receives what is expected.” says Davin.
Randalls’ Australian-based technicians actively participate in new machine deliveries, maintenance activities and training in New Zealand and a Ponsse Operator Trainer has spent a considerable amount of time here helping new customers get the very best from their new machines.
Randalls service team during recent product service training
With the two new sales and service agents up and running, Mr Frankel says customers in New Zealand are in good hands.
He says: “Brett and his team have done a fantastic job helping us to get Ponsse established in this market and we’re very pleased to have Donaldson Mechanical joining the team.”
“Jason and Jo have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the forestry industry and they know what they are doing. They have a team of mechanics with the ability to work closely with us in New Zealand to ensure we get off to a good start when we do begin selling in the North.”
Randalls Equipment is Australia’s longest serving forestry equipment manufacturer and supplier, going back to 1968.
Today, Randalls manufactures a range of rotating log grapples and is the distributors for Ponsse, SP Maskiner, Duxson, Sany, Indexator and Clark.
Make no mistake, Randalls ARE no overnight success, it has been built since 1968, through word of mouth,
delivering consistent excellent service.
– MLM –
NEW FORESTRY TECHNOLOGY
OPENS UP POSSIBILITIES
SP was founded in 1978 and presented the world´s first ever single grip harvester head in 1980.
SP has the longest period of experience of all harvester head manufacturers in the field of development and manufacture of harvester heads for professional forestry.
2018 has been a busy year for the SP product development team. Two new harvester heads have been released for sale after being tested in various harvesting operations around the world.
This is an amazing feat as there has been few new releases in the harvester head division for a few years now from all manufacturers.
The new developments have made the SP harvester heads a sought after processor for many professional logging crews globally.
The design concepts from SP is some of the most remarkable designs on the market today, with a clean, hidden hose routing making this a prefered choice in a variaty of operations.
The SP 661 LF is the latest design from SP. It is a compact and strong high performance harvester head designed according to SP ́s Low Friction principle for minimum friction and maximum productivity.
The SP 661 LF is designed to offer the highest productivity in both small and large diameter harvesting of softwood and hardwood.
One of the major focus points when designing the SP 661 LF was to reach maximum reliability and up time. For this reason a large part of the design work has been focused on achieving an optimum hose routing and protection of hoses.
As with other SP head models only the best quality hydraulic components are used to further increase the reliability.
The result is a harvester head with zero visible hoses/fittings and probably the best reliability and up-time on the market today.
The SP 661 LF also, thanks to the LF (low friction) design in combination with state of the art hydraulics and computer software the SP 661 LF, offers a productivity that is absolutely top class.
In large diameter harvesting the proportional angled feed rollers in combination with SP ́s patented knife control system LogHold, ensures an impressive capacity and productivity.
When harvesting smaller diameter trees the compact and agile design is a great asset. Equipped with the optional Multi tree handling equipment the SP 661 LF is able to reach highest productivity also when harvesting very small tree dimensions.
Other options that are available are a top saw , processor knives and a find end sensor making the SP 661 LF equally as productive felling at the stump as when working as a dedicated processor.
Another great feature on the SP 661 LF head is the possibility to change between the .404 and the ¾” chain/saw bar in just a few minutes.
The SP 661 was released for sale in early 2018 and to date around 40 units have been delivered to The SP 661 was released for sale in early 2018 and to date around 40 units have been delivered to customers and dealers all over the world and the demand is steadily increasing.
Main specifications SP 661 LF
Weight 1480 kg
Wight incl. top saw 1600 kg
Max cutting standard 700 mm
Max cutting optional 810 mm
Max feed roller opening 630 mm
Full coverage delimbing range 30 – 510 mm
The SP 661 E is designed for one task only – one pass debarking of plantation grown eucalyptus.
The highest debarking quality and productivity is achieved through a unique combination of specially designed debarking knives, replaceable bark deflectors and high-speed feeding capabilities.
Thanks to the proportional pressure function on the knives and feed rollers the debarking process is easily and perfectly adjusted for different conditions, resulting in the best possible debarking quality and minimum fiber damage. The SP 661 E shares the same state of the art hose routing and protected design as the
SP 661 LF and because of this it is able to offer unrivaled reliability and up-time. SP 661 LF and because of this it is able to offer unrivaled reliability and up-time.
The SP 661 E truly is an impressive, productive and reliable debarking harvester head.
Main specifications SP 661 E
Weight 1520 kg
Max cutting standard 600 mm
Max feed roller opening 630 mm
One pass debarking dia. Range 27 – 250 mm
SP 591 LX G3
The SP 591 LX is purpose built for the debarking of difficult and crooked eucalyptus and acacia.
Since the launch in 2007 it has gained a very good reputation in various global markets for its simple and robust design in combination with its high production.
It is specifically designed to handle crooked and difficult to debark species of eucalyptus and acacia.
The latest version is called G3 which was released in 2016. The G3 version offers an increase in up-time and reliability thanks to a redesigned measuring device using a very rugged and reliable type of non-contact encoder.
Also contributing to the increase in up-time is the further refined house routing and component placement.Also contributing to the increase in up-time is the further refined house routing and component placement.
Weight 1800 kg
Max cutting 600 mm
Max feed roller opening 630 mm
Delimbing 30-430 mm
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announces the all new
Cannon DuraLite SuperBar
This bar combines the professional quality of their traditional Cannon SuperBar with the weight reduction that the industry has been demanding.
The new Cannon DuraLite SuperBar is made from a virtually completed SuperBar.
After the bar has been grooved and the rails have been flame hardened, Cannon eliminates weight by milling out pockets on either side of the SuperBar, leaving a steel core in the center for strength. The center section is then perforated with holes.
This method of construction is based on the same principal that one would see in an I-beam.
Cannon then uses a special adhesive which not only bonds the steel to two flexible aluminum inserts, one on each side of the bar, but also creates a chemical bond or weld between the two inserts.
The new DuraLite SuperBar remains ridged and stiff, has the same quality characteristics as the traditional SuperBar, but weighs about 20% less.
Prototypes of these bars have been put to test by many hand-fallers in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California over the past year and all reviews have come back extremely positive. all reviews have come back extremely positive.
Kaitlin Scown, Vancouver Island, BC, pictured above.
“The Cannon Bar is doing great so far. I bucked a super loaded log the other day and it ripped my saw out of my hands, broke my chain tensioner and pinched my bar hard against the side of another log. The bar was fine.” – Kaitlin Scown, Vancouver Island, BC, pictured above.
As hand fallers we work in a demanding environment, abundant with hazards. Our gear needs to be in top shape to give us piece of mind so we can perform physically and more importantly mentally.
Over the last 60 falling days I have cut in burnt timber, small wood, big wood and the Cannon DuraLiteSuperBar performed way past my expectations, the best light-weight bar I have ran.
Rigid, tough and balanced. It’s down right tough and its the first piece of riggin that I can say is made for a logger. I’ll have my hands on a DuraLiteSuperBar as soon as they are released.” – Big Bark Falling, BC.
Cannon will have these bars out on the market and available through dealers November 2019. (Also listed in MYLOGGERMAG’s forestry directory) Visit their website www.cannonbar.com or their social media accounts @cannonbarworks for more information.
Big Bark Falling, BC
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Follow Lisa Schneider
Instagram handle: fueledphoto
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I remember my parents buying me a new Canon Rebel film camera for Christmas; I think I was in my early teens. I had been using my dad’s old Canon AE-1 as much as he would let me, mostly shooting landscapes like Ansel Adams.
It was more than a decade later before I would focus my skills on shooting trucks and heavy equipment. In high school, taking photos was just for fun. I was going to be a pilot and started flying the day after I got my drivers license. At 19, I passed the test for my pilots license and a few days later I joined the Marine Corps. I had found
a path in the Marines that allowed me to fly as a Crew Chief without getting a college degree. I served five years with HMX-1 in Quantico Virginia.
In 2007 I was honorably discharged but before that I had studied and earned an Airframe & Powerplant license to work on airplanes. From there I applied at Boeing back home in Seattle. I would spend the next eight years working on the first 787 Dreamliners.
Throughout this time I had still been taking pictures. I never thought of it as a job or even wanted to make it a career.
It was in 2011 when I decided to buy a Canon 5d, a true pro camera at the time. The first time I took it out was during the Buckley Logshow, however it was raining heavily. I thought “what the hell, it’s under warranty and they say it’s weather sealed” so I shot in the rain.
I would later find out that those images had blown up on Facebook.
I remember one picture had more than 1,800 likes. That is when I thought, this might be the direction I should take my photography.
Logging has always been a part of my life. My dad is a diesel mechanic, so from a young age I have been going up in the woods and to the mills with him.
a proud father, Colby Williams, with his two sons, Caden & Greyson Williams
I remember when I was little my dad took me out to the sorting yard to see a LeTourneau log stacker that had rolled on its side.
Every morning on the school bus we would pass several log trucks headed back into the woods for another load. I used to hand draw machines and trace out trucks from the Kenworth brochures.
I think that all has had some influence in my photography career.
In 2012 I created Fueled Photography.
I didn’t want my photography to be about me, it was all about shooting things that are fueled. My focus was different from shooting cars. Truck drivers make a living in these big rigs and I wanted to show the passion they have for keeping their trucks pressed out. They had more pride in their rigs than a guy who had just bought a Ferrari.
I loved that.
Over the next two years, I was getting asked to shoot so much that I was using sick leave and vacation time at Boeing to meet the demand. I was also working weeks on end without a single day off and my family was paying for it. I needed to make photography my full time gig; easier said than done though.
Fortunately I had one customer who was willing to give me the flexibility I needed to run out for photoshoots. In return, I helped manage their fleet of trucks.
Along with many other loyal customers, my work continues to grow and I am very thankful for them.
MVR Timber Cutting is one customer in particular that has kept me busy. They are one of the few companies pushing the future of logging in the Pacific Northwest with tethering bunchers for steep slope work along with a harvest line to fully mechanize logging operations. For the last four years, I have been going out to film and capture some of the steep slope work they do, creating a “year end” video for the crews to enjoy.
These days, I tend to shoot an equal amount of trucks, construction, heavy hauling, and logging operations. It amazes me still to this day that companies will hold off putting a truck on the road just so I can shoot it before it gets dirty.
For those wanting to follow my path, it takes a tremendous amount of hustle and failure to run a successful business. I am constantly shooting and editing, learning new skills, staying up on trends, and further understanding what clients want. It’s a constant learning process.
Never give up.” – Colby Williams
22 – 23 AUG 2019
Forestry Expo Scotland is a unique event combining a live harvesting demonstration and a trade expo.
Held over two days in August 2019 the event will provide the opportunity to not only see the latest and best forestry machines and equipment at work but also to discuss ideas with leading industry experts.
Little Clyde, Elvanfoot, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6GS
For more information or suggestions contact us:
0131 333 0969
11 – 13 SEPT 2019
THE POWER OF WOOD
The 3rd Lignum Latin America is a trade show aimed at
Latin American companies linked to the wood production chain.
In it, the professionals of the industrial timber and forestry sector find technology and productive solutions for the transformation, benefaction, preservation, energy, biomass,
wood use and forest management.
For more information or suggestions contact us:
+55 (41) 3049-7888
+55 (41) 9 9924-3993
06 – 08 November 2019
EXPOCORMA is held in Chile,
in the Bío Bío Region, Chile’s Forestry Capital
in the province of Concepción,
about 500 kilometers south of the capital Santiago,
in the Corma Fairground located on route 160 km 18
that connects Concepción and Colonel.
EXPOCORMA has established itself among the most visible events worldwide.
The latest versions have attracted more than 350 exhibitors from 34 countries,
where the exhibiting companies had the opportunity to present
to their clients and the specialized public the latest advances
and innovations in the sector.
Agustinas 1357, floor 3. Santiago
+56 2 23314213
20 – 22 Feb 2020
Every year manufacturers and dealers around
the world exhibit the latest technology at the largest inside
and outside equipment show west of the Mississippi.
Plan to attend the “power packed” educational opportunities including;
What’s New In Logging panel session,
outside hands-on training seminars.
Earn as many as 11 professional logger credits in just two days
when attending the program and seminar sessions!
Thursday, February 20th to Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Lane County Convention Center and Fairgrounds
Headquarters Hotel – Hotel Eugene (formerly Eugene Hilton)
Eugene, Oregon USA
20 – 22 Feb 2020
Be part of the unique experience of AUSTimber
the largest timber industry show in Australasia.
A WORLD CLASS SITE WITH EUCALYPTUS AND PINE PLANTATIONS
AUSTimber is where it all happens.
Our in-forest show demonstrates the latest developments
in harvesting, processing and hauling equipment in action and up close.
Field Trips to industry sites will be planned six months
prior to the show to guarantee a diversity of specialised experiences.
SAVE THE DATE
30 March – 04 April 2020
Connect with us
+ 61 429 202 929
VIC 3012 Australia
18-21 May 2021
Elmia Wood is the world’s leading trade fair for the forestry and recur every four years.
The fair is completely built in the forest and you can see and test forest machines and tools in their natural environment.
Elmia Wood is an effective way to gain valuable knowledge, get an overview of the market and see new trends.
During 18-21 May 2021 its that time again.