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Oregon Logging Conference Review
By Diane Mettler
The 2013 Oregon Logging Conference has come and gone — but not without some memorable moments.
Since the start of the recession, numbers have been down at the show, a reflection of how hard times have been on the industry. Things are turning around though. Despite the off-again, on-again weather, numbers were up this year.
“I felt it was the best show since 2008,” says OLC Conference Manager, Rikki Wellman. “Thursday the attendance was better than we expected. Friday was even better than Thursday.”
The many panels and seminars were well attended, and there was a full house for keynote speaker Congressman Peter DeFazio.
Exhibitors felt the change in the atmosphere too. “I visited with several exhibitors; attitudes were positive and up beat,” says Wellman. “Their comments were good and many felt the 2013 conference was the best we have seen in 5 years.”
The show was bigger out on the fairgrounds too. There were more machines on display because the manufacturers have bigger inventory than earlier years.
“A number of machines displayed were already sold,” says Wellman. “This is something we haven’t seen for a few years. And I talked to a few dealers who said they actually sold machines at the show.”
With this being the 75th anniversary of the OLC, there was reason to celebrate, and 150 folks did just that on Friday night. The evening started with wine and micro beer tasting followed by hors d’oeuvre tasting and dancing to local band “Bump in the Road”.
“The highlight of the evening was when OLC President Don Hardwick performed with the band [he played with the band 10 years ago], playing the drums to everyone’s favorite song Old Time Rock ‘n Roll,” says Wellman. “It was a fun evening and will definitely be a mainstay on the agenda for the 2014 Conference.”
The 10th annual Desserts for Dreams charity was also a success and brought in over $4,200, which will be donated to a local education charity, “Bethel Education Foundation”.
The Wednesday night OWIT dinner and auction brought in about $50,000, which will be used to bring the Talk about Trees program to hundreds of children in classes throughout Oregon.
The winner of the first ever Guess the Weight competition was Rob MacMillan of Montesano, Wash. He made the closest guess of 5,920 board feet (it was 5,930). “This event was a big success, and Swanson Bros. Lumber Co. plans to sponsor the event again in 2014,” says Wellman.
The log loader event winners this year were: First Place-Layne Walker, Surco Logging Inc., with a time of 3:55; Second Place-Ross Cribbs, Van Wells, with 4:15; and Third Place-Chad Bell, Wayne Stone Logging, with a time of 4:47.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an equipment show without new equipment, and this year there were many pieces being introduced, including several new heads.
The Woodsman Pro 700 features a continuous 360-degree rotation. It’s equipped with five delimbing knives, and the upper and lower sets are controlled individually. It has replaceable limber knife inserts as well as concealed, yet readily accessible, hosing. The 7,100-pound head has a 31.5” delimbing knife opening and a maximum feed force of 8,919 lbf. www.acmecarriages.com
The 6,600-pound Satco 223 processor has a maximum feed speed of 15.7 f/s and a maximum cutting diameter of 30”. It has five delimbing knives (3 upper and 2 lower) all moving, and the processor rotates 340 degrees. Maximum delimbing capacity is 26”. Just a few of its key features include: twin tilt cylinders, cast cutting edges for fast and easy field replacement, removable covers for easy servicing, and large 20” diameter feed rollers.
Southstar introduced both the Quadstar 500 and the Tristar 585. The 500 has a unique wide frame, four-roller feed system that can handle tough environments from single stemming large trees to multi-stemming the smaller. The 22” multi-stemming head is fast and accurate using a Dasa 5 computer system and also features the Dasa “stop on the mark” technology with GPS and optimization optional.
The 585 three-roller harvester/processor was designed by Dave Cochrane, founder of Waratah. With a robust tilt frame with dual cylinders to spread out the forces, it’s designed with speed and torque in mind.
Quadco announced their new 26” and 28” disc saw heads. The two heads are 7,900 pounds and 9,800 pounds respectively. The grab and accumulator arms are made of cast steal, and each arm works independently. The “arms down” design increases leverage for easier handling of tall timber, and Quadco disc choices include one-piece and bolt-on holder discs. Different Quadtooth® styles are available: reversible, Beaver, carbide, or concave. A boom adapter is also available for all popular feller bunchers.
The TDS-22 is 6,000 pounds or 6,900 pound if the 360-degree adapter is included. The frame is constructed from grade 100 material, and the 40-degree lateral tilt adaptor comes standard as well as the Quadtooth® bolt-on holders. It has a cutting capacity of 22”, with an accumulation area of four square feet. From tip to tip, it’s 52” with 20 teeth and a saw kerf of two inches.
There were a lot of other debuts at the show as well.
Folks saw the new PC390LL-10 Log Loader, which features, among many other things: a 257 HP Komatsu Tier IV engine, Komatsu-designed 42 live heel with Komatsu cylinders and parts support, 21’6 HD excavator boom, a 10’5 standard arm, a 13’2 long arm, a 73,800-pound drawbar, and an enhanced work environment.
Komatsu also introduced the 398 processing head, designed for large timber. It has a feed speed of 0-16.4 ft/sec and a feed force of 9,000 lbf. The delimbing knives’ opening (tip to tip) is 25”, and its felling diameter is 31”. It has three standard delimbing knives and two additional optional knives. Its feed wheels are built of steel, and it weighs in at 6,140 pounds.
Caterpillar Feller Buncher
Cat brought out its new Cat B Series track feller bunchers — the 522B and the 521 B. They feature a new, upsized undercarriage, more horsepower, and a new hydraulic design for improved multifunctioning performance.
Major enhancements to these limited tail-swing track feller bunchers will give loggers faster cycle times, more uptime, and longer machine life. The Cat 522B is a leveling machine for select or clear-cut logging in rough, steep terrain. The Cat 521B is a non-leveling model best for plantation thinning, swamp logging, medium production clear cut, and high production biomass applications.
Peterson demonstrated the German-built Terra Select Trommel screening Machine T3, which permits an easy entry into the trommel screening technology. The clearly assembled and quiet machine is designed for small compost sites and is equipped with a Perkins Diesel engine with 23 kW. The generous input hopper provides screening capacities of up to 60 m³ per hour.
The patent pending ABI saw direction strobe protects from chain shot. The saw directional strobe can be cleanly and quickly installed on your 800 series Keto. The duel-direction strobe light is mounted above the saw cylinder inside the saw case. The power wire is run to the saw sensor connection cover just below the box. The new bolt-on model is easily mounted with four ½” bolts and without welding.
The Z-7900 motorized carriage weights 4,300 pounds and is powered by a 160 HP Cummins 4-cylinder high torque turbo diesel engine. Line speeds and pulls range from 40,000 pounds (mid drum) 550 ft/min to 31,000 pounds (full drum) 700 ft/min. Drum capacity is 400 feet at 5/8” and 500 feet at 9/16”.
The Tigercat RC5185 bar saw was on display. The fixed wrist bar saw can be equipped on both drive-to-tree and track feller bunchers. The FC5185 for track carriers is versatile too. It can fell, top, delimb, and shovel heavy, oversized trees and is a great asset when felling and handling high value hardwood.
Log Max’s Log Mate 500 is a highly advanced control system specifically for Log Max heads, and it helps operators get the most out of all Log Max products and accessories. Running features such as Active Friction Control and Four Point Measuring natively on Log Mate or having the ability to test and control all I/O are just some of its many features. One module is mounted on the head, two in the cabin to transfer and receive data and power to the harvesting head. All communications are made over a two-channel CANbus system.
The show may be over, but work has already begun for the next 2014 Oregon Logging Conference, February 20-22, 2014. For more information, visit www.oregonloggingconference.com.
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