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A crane that makes the job easy

International Forest Industries - Mi, 14/10/2020 - 10:48
Forwarder cranes with a unique design & 100% optimised for Komatsu forwarders

The well-matched combination of machine, crane, hydraulics and grapple provides a forwarder with high productivity and good reliability. The design of the cranes involves a minimum of protruding parts, for example our design of the telescopic arm, which helps to protect the remaining stock in thinning. The hoses are highly protected thanks to the ProTec link, which provides higher reliability.

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Komatsu – Bogie Lift Advanced for an easier working day

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/10/2020 - 13:21

Simplify your working day in the forest with our individually controlled bogie lift – now available for more models.

Bogie Lift Advanced, which enables individual control of the left and right bogies, will now be available as an option on the Komatsu 825TX, 835TX and 845 models. This function provides the forwarder with great mobility when passing over obstacles, which is especially important in dense forest stands with narrow strip roads that require agile machines with good offroad handling.

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High Volume, Automated Bale Processing

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/10/2020 - 11:52

WSM’s Bale Processing System is an automated, high-volume processing system for baled agricultural residuals, delivering process ready feedstock for large scale bio-fuel, bio-refining, bio-power, and animal feed operations. A single line system consists of five integrated processing modules to process 40-50 bales per hour. Multiple lines can be installed additional capacity.

Bulk Receiving, Singulating, Orientation, and Inspection are the first stage of this innovative process. The unique QC inspection station with reject option provides an added layer of protection. WSM’s Bale Destringer removes twine, with an adjustable opening to handle various sized rectangular bales. The built-in disposal system removes string from the processing line. WSM’s Bale Chopper deconstructs the bale and performs the initial size reduction.

WSM’s Screening/Cleaning System reduces maintenance by pre-screening dirt, grit, ferrous metal, and other contaminants from chopped fiber and classifies sized material prior to milling for reduced power consumption. Produce process-ready feedstock, sized to work with your conversion technology, with WSM’s massive Super Shredders. These high capacity and high efficiency machines, suitable for 24/7 operations, ensure you get the finished product you need.

Contact us to learn more about WSM’s innovative Bale Processing System. 503-364-2213 | 800-722-3530 | info@westsalem.com | westsalem.com

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SKOVTEKNIK DK appointed as a Sales and Service Partner for John Deere Forest Machine customers in Denmark

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/10/2020 - 11:13

John Deere Forestry is continuously strengthening its world-class distribution channel through a professional and customer-oriented dealer network, which in close cooperation with John Deere promotes a predominant position for John Deere products in the market.
John Deere Forestry is now proud to welcome Skovteknik DK as an authorized dealer in Denmark.

The company Skovteknik DK, located in Frederikshavn, Denmark has been a sales and service provider for Swedish John Deere Forestry AB since 2002. Skovteknik DK now becomes an independent dealer for John Deere forest machines in Denmark.

Skovteknik DK has customer service, spare part and machine servicing locations in Fredrikshavn, Vinderup and Randers. In addition, Skovteknik DK has a service provider in Sorö. “Our customer service locations are well positioned to serve our Danish customers. And our professional and experienced personnel have been serving John Deere forest machine customers for almost 20 years.

This makes for a strong market share in Denmark”, CEO and owner of the company Claus Kammer explains.

“Skovteknik DK has an excellent reputation for proven, high-quality parts and service support for their forest machine customers. Appointing Skovteknik as an authorized dealer in Denmark is part of our growth strategy”, concludes Pekka Leppänen, Manager, Sales and dealer development, John Deere Forestry Oy.

Further information: Elina Suuriniemi
John Deere Forestry Oy
Tel.: +358 400 466 476

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After Years of Political Gridlock, Oregon’s Fire Disaster Brings ‘New Reality’

NYT Logging Industry - Mi, 07/10/2020 - 18:35
Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.

Fires Scorch Oregon's Forests, Where the Economy Is Rooted in Its Trees

NYT Logging Industry - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 18:34
Oregon’s fate has always been intertwined with the forests that blanket the state. Now millions of trees are charred, and those who live from them face a future full of uncertainty.

Komatsu 825TX, 835TX and 845 models are all upgraded with a Stage V diesel engine.

International Forest Industries - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 13:43

Komatsu – The new engine installation offers many advantages, such as an all-new AdBlue system, a new exhaust system and hydraulic valve lifters.

The AdBlue system has been completely overhauled, with a focus on improvements to increase reliability. The tank has been moved to the front-left storage space and has also been improved with a new filling solution incorporating both a spill guard and filtration. It even has a specially designed funnel with venting channels for faster filling. All these factors simplify the machine’s daily maintenance needs.

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Norra Timber is investing in six batch kilns from Valutec

International Forest Industries - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 13:06
Swedish Norra Timber has enjoyed good, long-term productivity trends, which has led to a need for increased kiln capacity. Now it’s investing in three batch kilns each to its sawmills in Kåge and Sävar. In all, the capacity increase totals around 85 000 cubic meters (36 000 MBF).

“We’ve enjoyed good returns on previous investments, which has led to a production increase according to plan. This means we must now increase our kiln capacity. We studied various alternatives, but in the end, Valutec was able to offer the best solution,” says Johan Oja, Technical Manager at Norra Timber.

Norra Skogsägarna and Norrskog merged in May 2020 to form Norra Timber. This means that Norra Timber have three modern sawmills in northern Sweden located in Hissmofors, Kåge and Sävar, which together produce more than 780 000 cubic meters (331 000 MBF) per year.

”We’ve always enjoyed great collaboration with both Norra Skogsägarna and Norrskog, and we’re proud that they’re trusting us to join them on their shared journey,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec.

In conjunction with the investment, Norra Timber decided to upgrade the control systems for their existing batch kilns with Valmatics 4.0. In all, Norra Timber invests in 28 control systems.

”Until now, we’ve had both Valmatics and Valmatics 4.0. The ability to work with a single control system improves user-friendliness for our operators while also making operations more efficient,” says Johan.

Valutec’s new Valmatics 4.0 is the only lumber kiln control system to combine simulator technology with adaptive control, enabling the simultaneous optimization of capacity, quality and energy consumption.

The installation of the lumber kilns will begin in November 2020.

For further information, please contact:

Jon Lindberg
Sales Manager
Valutec
Tel: +46 70-662 9999
jon.lindberg@valutec.se

Johan Oja
Technical Manager
Norra Timber
Tel: +46 70-335 5258
johan.oja@norra.se

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Springer to supply equipment for Holzindustrie Stallinger’s sawmill in Austria

International Forest Industries - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 12:30

SPRINGER service package convinces Holzindustrie Stallinger

Service and maintenance solutions that optimally match the needs of the system are an important part of SPRINGER‘s product and service range. The well-trained SPRINGER service team has now also been able to convince Holzindustrie Stallinger GmbH of the benefits of a comprehensive SPRINGER service package.

In order to maintain the long-term performance of the lumber sorting system at the sawmill site in Frankenmarkt, the service package includes amongst others the expansion of the existing lumber sorting system. The plant will be extended by five additional trays, including a mischannelled board diverter. In addition, a SPRINGER board unscrambler will be installed in the area of board singulation to meet the new performance requirements.

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New Komatsu harvester head adapted for eucalyptus

International Forest Industries - Do, 01/10/2020 - 14:01

Komatsu Forest presents a brand-new harvester head specially adapted for the harvesting of eucalyptus. The head is called Komatsu S162E, where the E stands for eucalyptus.

Some 20 years ago, the company launched the first harvester head adapted for eucalyptus, the 370E, which was equipped with a more robust frame construction and a felling link dimensioned for the power of an excavator. The head has been much appreciated and has over the years gained two companions in the eucalyptus forest, V132E and C202E. However, all these heads are modified and originally designed for softwood, i.e. pine and spruce.

The new Komatsu S162E is specially designed for fast and efficient felling in eucalyptus stands. With sustainability and longevity in focus, the head has been designed to withstand the tough stresses it is subjected to. The fact that the components of the head are well-proven ensures efficient felling in challenging conditions.

The S162E is optimised for delimbing and debarking eucalyptus trees with a diameter of between 20-26 cm. To optimise the debarking process, the head has angled feed roller arms, and the frame has a support roller in the middle to minimise friction. The head is also equipped with four hydraulically manoeuvrable delimbing knives and a fixed top knife, which further improves the debarking process.

In order to reduce environmental impact caused by oil leakage, the hoses of the head are equipped with ORFS couplings.

“With its unique characteristics, the S162E becomes an efficient and well-adapted harvester head for eucalyptus harvesting,” says Tobias Ettemo, Product manager at Komatsu Forest.

The head will primarily be mounted on excavators but is also available for rubber wheel machines, such as the Komatsu 951 harvester.

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Best Wood Schneider GmbH has released details on High-Tech Sawmill in Messkirc

International Forest Industries - Do, 01/10/2020 - 12:03

Best Wood Schneider GmbH with production site in southern Germany has released more details on their plans to build a state of the art, Euro 80 million sawmill in Meßkirch.

The new mill will produce up to 200,000 m3 of lumber and 100,000 m3 of CLT per year. The facility will be highly automated, with separate lines for small diameter and large diameter logs. Schneider will be relying on a mix of German, Finnish and Swedish manufactures for machinery.

For the log yard operation Schneider has chosen mechanization from Holtec and will only accept shorter length logs (up to 4m) to eliminate log sorting. Instead the logs are fed separately according to small and large diameters on two independent feeding conveyors. Beginning installation is planned for the summer of 2021 and commissioning in the winter of 2022.

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Logmax – 7000XT Top Saw

International Forest Industries - Do, 01/10/2020 - 11:34

At the last 2020 Oregon Logging Conference, Log Max presented to the public the next generation 7000XT Top Saw

This pre-series was due for testing under 2020 before a release later this year, there has been some delay due to covid-19 situation yet there is hope for the series production to start at the beginning of 2021.

The new log max 7000XT is a durable, easy-to-work, accurate, and intelligent workmate, ready for the toughest applications.

Weighing 2 270 kg (5,004 lbs) it has everything you would expect from a modern harvesting head and is designed to withstand the toughest applications no matter how or where in the world you use it. It offers accurate and precise length and diameter measuring and has many smartly designed features that greatly simplify service.

 What makes the 2020 7000XT Top Saw special :

– Durability : the frame is reinforced in many places to withstand the toughest jobs and increase lifespan.

– Cutting performance, the 7000XT Top Saw as new saw valves for both units that have been optimized to offer fast, trouble-free cutting.

– The measuring results, there is a high requirement for today’s harvester heads to deliver precise measurement results. The 7000XT measuring unit has been redesigned to meet these requirements.

– Simplicity & ease of access : It’s now even easier to perform regular maintenance and service on the head thanks to Improved accessibility, well laid out hoses and grease nipples makes life easier.

Strength and durability
To improve the frame’s durability and life span, the attachments for all the delimbing knives and for the feed roller arms have been strengthened. The lower knife has a new reinforced mechanical stop in both open and closed positions. In the open position, the inside of the frame has been strengthened, inside the oil tank. In the closed position, a mechanical stop has been integrated in the frame. To increase the lower knifes lifting capacity and improve the stem holding, the cylinder for the lower knife has been upgraded. Both the lower knife attachment and the knife itself are updated to work optimally with the new larger cylinder.

The frame´s design around the measuring wheel hole has been modified and the stoppers for the roller arms on the inside of the frame reinforced. A replaceable wear plate has been added on the frontside of the Top Saw box. Instead of wearing down the centerline of the frame, the new wear plate will take the hit.

The 7000XT Top Saw will, from now on, be equipped with a hydraulic top knife as standard. This feature allows the upper knife to automatically retract when the head feeds backward, a good way to protect the knife from damage. The 7000XT has new reinforced knives with welded knives edges. The knife-edge has an increased thickness and is interchangeable. The tip of the knifes have a smaller round tip, which makes them function more like a tweezer, making it easier to pick stems from a woodpile. The knives are also better suited for hardwood thanks to a steeper angle of the lower part of the knife helping to fend away thicker branching. The lower knife is reinforced to adapt to the new, more powerful cylinder.

Cutting performance
The head comes equipped with the 611 has the main saw and the 318 for the top saw. The saw 611 has a 60cc (3.66 cu.in) motor, manual chain tensioning and 3/4” chain, the top saw is the 318 with a 30cc (1.83 cu.in) motor and automatic tensioning.

To increase the performance and durability of the top saw, a new valve has been added. It has also been given a new position on the frame to simplify service and settings. The main saw also has a new valve that provides increased durability and better controllability of the saw. The valve has a new placement, directly mounted on the motor outlet, which minimizes the risk of cavitation. To improve cutting, the position of the main saw has been optimized. This modified geometry provides a faster cutting cycle and minimizes the risk of the wood splitting during cutting. This change in design of the saw box also provides extra room for the new, more powerful, saw cylinder.

Improved length measurement function & New contactless sensor
To offer the best measurement results, the length measurement function has been totally rethought. The design of the measure wheel cylinder, the hydraulic circuit have been improved and the measuring wheel arm and its attachment reinforced. The new measuring wheel unit includes a larger diameter measuring wheel. Altogether, the changes will allow the measuring wheel to follow the contour of the stem even better and provide the best measurement results. The new length measuring sensor is now contactless meaning that there are no mechanical moving components that will result in minimal or even service and maintenance free sensor. The spring-loaded sensor is placed in the arm and retained by a lock ring. An o-ring prevents it from turning, a magnet is fixed to the cover which is part of the wheel assembly. The measuring wheel assembly has also been equipped with a new bearing with tapered rollers which provides a more stable and stronger construction. To simplify the maintenance of the roller bearing, a lubrication point on the aluminium cover of the measuring unit has been added.

The heads come with many more improvements, such as the new laser find end sensor, the integrated safety pin attachment, hose protections that protects the base machine hoses from sticks coming from the front.

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British Columbia government changes lumber regulations to boost domestic production

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 15:23

British Columbia government made changes to the Manufactured Forest Products Regulation (MFPR) around export requirements for sawn-wood products and lumber made from western red cedar or cypress go into effect Sept. 30, 2020. These changes are intended to increase the amount of processing of wood products done within British Columbia, leading to more B.C. jobs, rather than having that processing done after export.

Under the amended MFPR, the maximum dimension of lumber to be considered a sawn-wood product will be 0.1 square metres (approximately 12 inches by 12 inches). This will require further domestic processing of lumber prior to being eligible for export. Additionally, the regulation amendments will require that in the Coast area, lumber that is made from western red cedar or cypress must be fully manufactured. Products that do not meet these new criteria will require a provincial export permit and payment of a fee in lieu of manufacture to be eligible for export.

MFPR, introduced in 2003, defines the criteria that products must meet to be considered manufactured under the Forest Act. Under the current regulation, logs that are squared off up to a maximum dimension of 0.2 square metres (approximately 17 inches by 17 inches) are categorized as a sawn-wood product and may be exported without further manufacture.

These changes were initially set to come into effect July 1 but were postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This additional time allowed the forest industry to recover from the challenges associated with the pandemic and to better prepare for the resulting market impacts.

Reinvigorating B.C.’s forest sector to improve both environmental standards and jobs for local communities is a shared priority between government, the BC Green Party caucus and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

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Protective presence of plantations

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 13:02

Independent research from Airborne Research Australia (ARA) after the 2019-20 bushfires on Kangaroo Island has confirmed that plantations can act as a fire suppressant.

“From what I can see on our aerial imagery and Lidar it does not seem to support the opinion that the plantations were particularly bad in the fire situation. We have several examples where the native vegetation around, or even within plantations has burned, but the trees in the plantation are still alive,” said Professor Jorg Hacker, chief scientist at Airborne Research Australia.

ARA is a non-commercial, not-for-profit organisation that undertook aerial surveys of vegetation in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island after the summer bushfires.

KIPT Managing Director Keith Lamb said it was widely acknowledged that well-managed plantations without ladder fuels could act to suppress fire when it entered the plantation. Plantation timber comprised just 7 per cent of the area burnt in the summer bushfires – about 15,000ha of 210,000ha burnt.

“We’ve had several property owners come to us and tell us that the plantations actually saved their assets during the summer bushfires. And you can see at the back of a plantation like Jarmyn on the West End Highway, that there are unburnt trees after the Ravine fire, while assets over the road were not burnt,” Mr Lamb said.

Independent bluegum growers John and Cheryl Lewis confirmed that their plantation trees had protected parts of their farm during the Ravine fires in January.

“We are quite sure our house and sheds survived because of the bluegums. We had sheep that took shelter in native veg and they were burnt but the ones that sheltered in the plantation just wandered out the next day, unharmed,” Ms Lewis said.

West End resident Margi Prideaux confirmed the protective presence of the bluegums and said senior firefighters had agreed.

“Bluegums saved our vineyard. On January 3rd, if we had had nothing between us and the bush block next door we would have lost the vineyard. There’s a strip of plantation bluegums and you can see the fire hit it hard but then as you go through, the fire scar reduces. It absorbed the impact before it got to our vineyard,” she said. “We lost our home, but that was fire in a creekline of native vegetation,” Ms Prideaux said.

Photo: Burnt pasture and native vegetation at the Lewis bluegum plantation January 2020.

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Seedlings signal new era for KI forestry

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 12:27

Seedlings – KIPT has completed its first replanting following the summer bushfires. The new crop of pine and blue gum, in a small 24-hectare compartment, was planned well before the devastating bushfires. The site in the Bark Hut Road precinct was harvested a decade ago by a previous owner and it had been part of KIPT’s plans to plant it out this year.

“This is the first plantation planting on island in more than 10 years and has served as a trial for new fencing and site-species matching. It’s a small but symbolic step for us which sends a clear signal to our shareholders and the Kangaroo Island community that we are here for the long term, and planning for the future,” KIPT Managing Director Keith Lamb said.

“This site is at the lower end of the rainfall band for our current estate, and lends itself well to pine. But we have also trialed blue gums to see how far east they can thrive on the island. It also helps us to trial some of our systems in preparation for the major replanting after harvesting the current fire-damaged crop.”

The site has been fenced by local contractor Bob Zinnack, using a Dingo Fencing solar-powered hot-wire system  to deter browsing by native wildlife, and a security system to deter theft. The fencing materials will later be recycled for other sites.

Photo: KIPT operations team leader Brian Stewart with the new seedlings.

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KIPT prepares for port construction and salvage harvesting

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 11:15

The Company has signed a contract for the construction of the Kangaroo Island Seaport at Smith Bay.

The contract partners in the Early Contractor Involvement Agreement (ECI), led by Maritime Constructions (MC) from Port Adelaide, include KBR and WGA, two global leaders in the field of civil and marine construction.

The ECI Agreement establishes an innovative Alliance Agreement model, under which the Contractor will build a deep-water wharf at Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island.  The Alliance Agreement itself will now be prepared under the ECI Agreement terms and conditions.

Managing Director of KIPT Keith Lamb said he was pleased to formalise the long-standing strategic partnership with Maritime Constructions.

“There are many advantages for our shareholders in this ECI arrangement. In particular, we welcome the fact that this Alliance Agreement model allows KIPT and Maritime Constructions to share the financial risks and rewards of building the KI Seaport. We respect the skills and experience of Maritime Constructions and we are pleased that this ECI has the practical effect of establishing them as our development partner for the KI Seaport project,” Mr Lamb said.

MC is SA-owned and employs 130 people. KIPT has employed experienced engineer Alan Braggs as its KI Seaport Manager to work directly with MC on the project and the associated agreements and contracts.

“Alan comes with almost 30 years of experience in civil engineering in Adelaide, Perth and Singapore, and expertise in marine structures,” Mr Lamb said. “We are very pleased to have him on board and he has already brought significant value to the project and our shareholders.”

In another step forward, the company is also expecting submissions from a number of contractors expressing their interest for significant contracts for the provision of harvest and haulage services on island. This is essential to salvage the softwood logs, which are at most risk of deterioration if not harvested soon.

Mr Lamb welcomed the Federal announcement last week of the $10m Salvage Storage Fund – Securing Forestry Resources for Economic Recovery.

He said the fund, to help in establishing storage facilities for bushfire-affected timber, was timely for KIPT as its salvage harvest loomed, and could benefit Australian mills.

KIPT still awaits approval for its Kangaroo Island Seaport export facility.

“Kangaroo Island has received two major setbacks this year with the devastation of the fires, and now the COVID-19 pandemic, both of which have had a major impact on the lives and prosperity of Island residents.

“KIPT shareholders and the independent growers on the Island suffered significant losses from the fires, and the company is determined to push ahead with plans to build the Seaport and salvage what it can of the fire-affected logs before decay sets in and any chance of salvage is lost.”

Photo: KIPT’s Alan Braggs, centre, with MC’s Matt Haskett and Shane Fiedler

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Andritz to supply logyard cranes to Metsä Fibre’s mill in Kemi, Finland

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 10:04

International technology group Andritz and Metsä Fibre have signed a preliminary agreement under which Andritz will supply two fully autonomous logyard cranes to the planned Metsä Fibre bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. Metsä Fibre will make the Euro 1.5 billion investment decision for the new mill in autumn 2020 at the earliest, and the new mill will take approximately two and a half years to build.

Included in the EPC delivery are two 2 x 25-ton cranes on a 540 m long runway with storage capacity of approximately 120,000 m3. The cranes will handle approximately 7,600,000 m3 wood/year shipped on trucks and trains as well as handling log storage and feeding the wood to the pulping process.

These Andritz cranes will be the first autonomously operated logyard cranes worldwide. They feature the latest in artificial intelligence, thus optimizing log handling, minimizing wood losses and securing environmentally friendly and cost-effective operation compared with traditional log-handling solutions. This agreement is a significant breakthrough for logyard cranes in Europe.

“We valued the low noise – considering the planned mill location – the energy efficiency and all-electric drives with no fossil fuels consumed, and also the advantages created by applying advanced robotics and artificial intelligence to achieve autonomous operation,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre Ltd.

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of biochemicals, bioenergy and other bioproducts. Planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high level of environmental efficiency as well as efficiency in terms of energy and materials used. The mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%. If built, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce 1.5 million tons of softwood and hardwood pulp a year as well as many other bioproducts.

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Trump Administration Releases Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

NYT Logging Industry - Fr, 25/09/2020 - 23:43
The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

New H424 Harvester Head for later Thinning and Final Felling

International Forest Industries - Fr, 25/09/2020 - 10:44

The new H424 harvester head replaces the previous, best-selling H414. The H424 has a redesigned look. The changes based on customer feedback improve productivity, ease of service, durability, uptime, measuring accuracy and reduce daily operating costs. This model is also equipped with the new SuperCut 100S saw unit. The H424 harvester head is available for John Deere 1070G, 1170G and 1270G harvesters.

 The H424 is a medium-size harvester head designed for later thinning and final felling where the tree diameter at chest height is 150–430 mm. The H424 is also well suited for handling crooked wood and working on slopes. The harvester head’s robust structure, improved hose routing and easy access to service points have convinced customers.

H424 product improvements
The new PEVO valve improves the harvester head’s performance, adjustability and economy compared to its predecessor. Improved hose routing from loader to harvester head and from valve block to feed motors improves the durability of the hoses. The new hinged valve block cover makes daily maintenance easy. Grease points and the saw chain oil tank are also easier to access, and the greasing intervals have been extended compared to before.

The harvester head’s backwards tilt angle has been increased by 4°, which improves the grip of the stem in the grapple when feeding backwards and makes it easier to work on slopes. The fixed rear knife has been shortened for easier handling of crooked stems and hardwood. Also the placement of the rear delimbing knives has been changed to improve colour-coding accuracy. A more robust tilt frame for demanding conditions is available.

 Max. cutting diameter 620 mm

 Max. feed roller opening 640 mm

 Feeding force 27 kN

 Max. feeding speed 4.3-5.3 m/s

 Weight starting at 1100 kg

New SuperCut 100S saw unit for all John Deere harvester heads.
In 2020, all John Deere harvester heads will have the new SuperCut 100S saw unit. The saw unit’s next-generation chain tensioning unit, automatic chain tensioning, and mechanical bar locking give it added efficiency and reliability. The improved chain release makes it easier to replace the saw chain. The new saw unit enables also a bigger selection in terms of saw motors and saw bars.

John Deere harvester heads are known for their productivity, reliability and measuring accuracy.
John Deere harvester heads are high performance tools that meet the industry’s stringent quality requirements in all working conditions. Harvester head testing is part of John Deere’s product testing process. Each harvester head model has been field-tested for thousands of hours before the start of serial production. John Deere harvester heads are designed and manufactured in Finland.

Further information: Elina Suuriniemi
Communications Specialist
John Deere Forestry Oy
Tel. +358 400 466476
SuuriniemiElina@JohnDeere.com

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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

NYT Logging Industry - Fr, 25/09/2020 - 02:41
The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

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