Forestry's Green Warrior
MARKETPLACE TECH UPDATE: Trailers & Loaders
Compiled By Mel-Lynda Andersen
Superior Trailers Ltd.
Superior Trailer Ltd., based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario, manufactures custom-built roundwood and chip trailers for use across Canada. Highlights of their line include lightweight tridem and B-train loggers as well as on- and off-highway chip vans and trains for the maritime and western provinces.
The Ontario facility specializes in 48' five-axle, drop-deck combination logger, chip vans and B-train vans built to either Ontario or T.A.C. configurations. Superior custom-builds each trailer to suit individual customer needs, such as tree-length B-train units in use in northern Alberta and 42'-long, 8' shortwood-only models in Cape Breton. Wilson Equipment Limited in Truro, Nova Scotia is the company's distributor for the maritime provinces, while three James Western Star Ltd. outlets in Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George provide sales and service in British Columbia.
Reader Service Card No. 181
Porcupine Trailers Ltd.
Porcupine Trailers Ltd., based out of Timmins, Ontario, has designed and built the Timmins Trailer for the tough forestry conditions of northern climates. Commonly found at many logging operations throughout northeastern Canada, they are also in use in British Columbia, Newfoundland and as far south as Jamaica.
The company's sales and distribution system extends across eastern Canada. Porcupine's Timmins manufacturing plant also has a fully equipped industrial paint shop accompanied by a complete parts department. Porcupine also designs and builds other products for the forestry industry, such as chip vans, flat beds and floats. Recently the company's efforts have focussed on building logging trailers.
The patented Timmins Spring Suspension and the Timmins Air Lift designed in the company's own engineering department are the trademarks of custom-built Timmins trailers. Certified truck and trailer repair crews do preventative maintenance, and can convert 45' models to 48' units and four-axle units to five axles, as well as equipping trucks with the safest cab shields in the business.
Reader Service Card No. 182
Aspen Trailer Company
Aspen Trailer Company's new tandem axle logging jeep and pole trailer are offered in five-axle and seven-axle configurations.
With a 40-ton capacity, the JT40-2-LT Tandem Axle Logging Jeep's construction is a medium-duty design for 25 per cent offhighway use. The JT40-2-LT has a 54'' fifth wheel height and a 16' to 100" (air slide) King pin setting. Equipment includes a self-cleaning Air Slide upper couple, telescopic folding landing legs, tire ride, 17''-diameter hub to accept a 10'-wide, low-profile, non-trip bunk, Pintle hitch with chain kit, spring-loaded mudflap hanger on rear of tandem, and backup lights.
This unit is also equipped with Aspen Tandem axle air-ride suspension with a 54'' spread. The trailer is equipped with dust shields on all axles, enclosed camshafts, automatic slack adjusters, and spring brakes on all axles.
Aspen trailer products are built in accordance with all federal motor vehicle regulations in effect at the time of manufacturing. All air and electrical components are DOT approved. The JT40-2-LT also has spoke steel hubs and drums, Dayten steel wheels, Goodyear G286 tires, and is sandblasted and painted with one-colour plastic paint.
The Aspen Logging Pole Trailer has a 30-ton capacity. Equipment includes a 30' reach with 20' insert, 60'' compensator with Pintle eye, fabricated T-1 bunk, 14''-diameter hub, and Air System Transducer with transmitter and reach cable, spring-loaded mudflap hanger on rear of tandems, and backup lights. This trailer is also equiped with Aspen's Tandem Axle Air Ride suspension.
Reader Service Card No. 184
The new HYKIT folding short-log trailers from Doepker Industries and distributed by Fort Gary Industries offer customers a unique, "go-anywhere" capability, according to the manufacturer. Folding onto the back of a tractor, this short-log trailer places an increased weight on the rear tractor, greatly improving traction and eliminating tractor hop in heavy pulling conditions.
The drag of the trailer tires is also eliminated on uphill climbs. Converting from transport position to the working position takes just minutes, saving valuable time and money. Doepker Industries has over 20 years of trailer manufacturing experience and was the first trailer manufacturer in Canada to achieve ISO 9002 registration.
High-quality products, a written warranty and fast, effective after-sales service team are what Deloupe Inc. claims are the keys to their success. Deloupe's engineering staff designs trailers and lowboys according to Canadian transport regulations. The company claims any type of customer-required alteration can be performed on all types of trailers.
At Deloupe, lowboys of any dimension and capacity are manufactured to transport all types of machinery. Deloupe also builds curtain sider trailers with rugged removable tarps. For quick, easy cargo loading and unloading, Deloupe can professionally install a mobile flooring system in new or used trailers.
All Deloupe trailers are precision sandblasted, followed by application of an epoxy primer and two coats of highly resistant gloss enamel. Basic components, braking and lighting systems are then installed to the final inspection. Deloupe backs its products with a strict inspection process and a written warranty.
Reader Service Card No. 186
Columbia Remtec Inc.
With over 50 years of experience in the logging industry, Columbia Remtec Inc. custom manufactures logging trailers for virtually all field applications. Their product line includes tandem and tridem pole trailers, short and long log tri-axles, single and tandem-axle jeeps, pulpwood hayracks, 40- and 60-ton off-highway log trailers, and export log trailers.
The company maintains that through innovative engineering and utilization of high-tech, lightweight components which allow higher payloads and less maintenance, Columbia Remtec has maintained its competitive position in the industry.
The company will soon be moving its manufacturing facility to a new 30,000-sq.- ft. plant in Surrey, B.C. The old plant will also be expanding to improve the company's parts and service departments.
Reader Service Card No. 190
Advance Engineered Products
Advance Engineered Products has unveiled a new line of logging trailers which they claim "represents a giant leap forward in logging trailer construction." Advance's new Super "B" model lists among its features floating cross members, which increase system flexibility, and a sliding king pin.
The Raydan Easy Slider king pin has been incorporated to enable the unit to expand around corners. "As a result, ours is the only 'B' train in the business able to carry tree-length logs up to 69 feet," says Advance's Plant foreman Ray Hunt. The new Super "B" train unit also meets both RTAC and the Canadian Welding Bureau's W59-M1989 standards.
Reader Service Card No. 189
Peerless Page Industries ltd.
Peerless Page Industries Ltd. has designed a new modular short-wood trailer, featuring air-ride suspension, ultra high-yield bunks and drop-in stakes, and a low-profile body design. The Peerless Page Model HRL 40A is a lightweight, high-strength trailer, according to the manufacturer, engineered to allow the frame to flex in severe applications without damaging cross members.
All Peerless Page trailers utilize full-length automatic welds to join the flanges to the web to create the main rails. The HRL 40A trailer comes with a five-year pro-rated warranty.
Reader Service Card No. 183
Challenger Manufacturing is entering its 10th year of manufacturing heavy off-highway trucks and trailers for the logging and mining industries. Two models of tandem axles and one triple-axle pole trailer are currently available. The tandems are 60- and 75-ton, the tridem is 85-ton.
The trunions consist of hardened steel bushings pressed on short trunion shafts with mating bushings pressed into the walking beams. These are greased and usually last around 10 years, if lubricated every three months, claims the manufacturer. The walking beam ends are round with rubber bushings to allow oscillation; they are said to last approximately 10 years without servicing.
The trailer body is fabricated out of steel plate, which is easy to wash off and safer to walk on, rather than the trailers of the past that were made out of pipe. The reaches are usually made of 12-3/4 OD pipe; square tubing or H-beam are also available.
Reader Service Card No. 188
Anser Manufacturing announces their Tridem Pole Trailer Conversion Kit. This extra-axle package converts most standard two-axle Log Pole Trailers into a triple-axle trailer. This package includes a heavy-duty reach pole, support rails, wheels and tires, axle, scale plate, lights, and air system. This conversion has proven itself in a variety of conditions throughout British Columbia.
The package is available through Anser's manufacturing facility in Vernon, or through most truck dealerships in British Columbia.
Reader Service Card No. 187
Prentice Prentice's new T-180E truck-mounted loaders feature engines that are mounted lower into the frame and at the centreline of crankshaft rotation, which reduces engine vibration and results in lower engine shroud, providing increased visibility to the rear. The muffler and air cleaner are both installed within the engine shroud, which directs exhaust fumes and noise away from the operator, reduces the chance of accidental burns and provides a clean profile on top of the shroud.
A 79-gallon fuel capacity permits more productive time before refuelling, and the fuel fill spout is conveniently located at the forward edge of the upper deck. The main boom design has dual cylinders tucked in close, providing an unobstructed front view.
The slasher package on the 180E consists of bar saw slashers that are powered by a three-line hydraulic package, complete with factory-installed hoses from the swivel to the bulkhead. According to the manufacturer, 60" circle saws are driven by a 48-GPM hydraulic package, which operates at low temperature, provides quick saw recovery and is controlled by user-friendly dual levers or a single joystick.
The new 180E is identified by the revised paint scheme on the cab. The new cab is also 24 per cent larger. Recessed halogen work lights and operator protection guard with long parallelogram wipers are standard. Ergonomic improvements include a one-man lubrication system easily accessed from the seat, and narrow-profile instrument panel to provide comfortable viewing of guages and work without obstructing visibility. Prentice also carries T-210E, T-310E and T-410E loaders.
Reader Service Card No. 192
Hitachi Log Loader
Wajax Industries reports availability of the new Hitachi WX350LL tracked heel-boom log loader. The machine is powered by a 208-hp Isuzu engine. The cab/riser meets WCB standards in BC and features a hydraulic tilt riser for transportation.
The undercarriage, with a 30'' ground clearance, rests on Intertrac 28'' double grouser track pads, with eight lower rollers and two double-pedestal upper rollers. The front end comes with a Wajax 22' formed boom, 17'-6'' stick and 3'-9'' heel rack. Maximum reach is 42 feet.
Reader Service Card 191
Built for extra strength and performance, the Timberjack 330 and 430 Log Loaders are designed for heavy service, developing impressive lift and speed from their 148-hp (110 kW) Turbo Cummins B-Series engines and high-flow hydraulics, according to the manufacturer.
Choices include the 6BTA at 174 hp or the JD 6059T at 163 hp with optional engine shutdown. With a boom reach of 27' (8.2m), the 330 has a rated lift capacity of 23,700 lbs. (10 750 kg) at 10 ft. (3m). The counterweighted 430 has a 30' reach (9.1m) and is rated at 27,700 lbs. (12 565 kg) lift at 10' (3m).
Design features range from the large turntable bearing and massive boom sets built to work with delimbers to the large cab with windshield guard. The 330, with standard equipment, weighs 20,900 lbs. (9 480 kg); the 430 weighs 25,200 lbs. (11 430 kg). There are external hydraulic check ports for the swing, main and jib pressures; and swing gear/pinion and swing bearing are greased from the cab.
Timberjack offers a selection of grapples and will install the one most suited to your specific loader operation. Also available is a bolt-on, adjustable heelbar, allowing three-position adjustment for better log control. Standard on the 430 and optional on the 330, a shaft through the centre drives a pump with its own 245-litre hydraulic tank in the lower, to power the stablilizers and remote attachments, isolating the upper and lower hydraulic systems and eliminating the usual hydraulic swivel.
Since no oil passes through the centre, the manufacturer reports that there is no risk of a failure in one system contaminating the other. As well, the reduced leakage benefits the environment. The Timberjack 330 and 430 are designed for delimbing, with half-inch wall box section booms of high-strength steel; main boom hoist cylinders which are widely spaced to counter lateral loading; extra wide self-aligning bushings in hoist and jib cylinder mounts for load-carrying capability and long wear; box construction headframe weldment of heavy plate, with boom pin mounts for maximum lateral strength; extreme service swing gear, base plate and riser tube; and two-stage planetary swing drive for virtually instant delimbing action.
Reader Service Card No. 193
IMT Cranes Canada Ltd.
IMT Cranes Canada Ltd. announces three new log loaders that offer greater production, light weight and heavy-duty lift capactiy. Exclusive Eagle performance is now available in the T30, a 60,000-lb. unit to allow more wood to be loaded in less time, with reduced operator fatigue. Eagles' exclusive gear boom design is said to dramatically increase lift capabilities, allowing you to use up to .33 cord grapples. It also offers the greatest articulation available, facilitating close-in stacking.
The manufacturer also features a "soft swing" system, which provides faster cycling for added overall productivity and efficiency. The T40 log loader is a high-production, lightweight loader with heavy-duty lift capacity, according to the manufacturer. The boom performance on the T40, coupled with IMT's "soft swing" system and grapples to .40 cord capacity, increases overall productivity and efficiency.
IMT's gear boom design increases lift capacity and close-in stacking capability. The Eagle T50's unique gear boom design increases lift capacity and close-in stacking capability. All loaders in the Eagle line are designed and built for maximum durability and operator comfort. They're also backed by uncompromising product support and an expansive distribution network.
Reader Service Card No. 194
Husky Brute Knuckle Boom Loaders
The Husky XL series Brute Knuckle Boom Loaders are said to be the heaviest built in the industry, out-weighing their competitors, model for model. Routine service is fast with centralized hydraulic pressure checks and turntable bearing greasing from the operator's cab. Husky boasts the largest steel booms available with super heavy-duty subframes. Lift capacity includes an average 1,000 lbs. of grapple.
All Husky models are available for trucks, stationary electric, rubber-tire, self-propelled and trailer mounts. Husky also provides the hydraulic power and control valves, oil lines and couplings for any major manufacturer's delimbers or slashers, and will custom-mount on your choice of trailer.
The Husky Brute XC-335, weighing in at 31,000 lbs., has a lift capacity of 16 tons at 10' and nearly five tons at full extension of 30'. A total of 11 changes were made in the past year that the manufacturer claims will make this model even stronger, cooler running and more stable, with increased boom swing speed by 25 per cent.
Weighing 21,000 lbs., the Husky Brute XL-235 can lift nearly 11 tons at 10' and over three tons at full reach of 27'. In the past year, similar 335 improvements have been included in the 235 Series. The Husky Brute XL-175 shares many of the same components as the larger 235. It has the same lower unit, turnable bearing, hydraulic components and control valves.
Gross weight is 16,000 lbs. and the unit can lift almost 18,000 lbs. at 10' and over 5,000 lbs. at maximum reach of 25'. All structural components and turntable bearings, material and workmanship are warranted for 18 months or 3,000 hours of use. All other component parts are warranted for six months or 1,000 hours. Husky presently has sales and service in 40 dealer locations.
Reader Service Card No. 195
Vanguard Offers Extended Reach
Vanguard Cranes Inc. announces a new development in its existing line of loaders: the 1028 Extend-A-Jib. Highlights of this unit include an increased reach of 32' over standard reach of 25', and 6' X 3' telescoping butterfly stabilizer arms which extend an additional 3' X 1.75' for greater stability when loading.
This loader has also incorporated the Super "B" train concept, with the loader mounted at the rear on the lead trailer. The reservioir in the unit's hydraulic system is complete with suction screens, return manifold and filter, combination sight and temperature gauge. The swing system offers 360° non-continuous rotation as well as planetary reduction gearbox with high-torque hydraulic motor.
Vanguard has developed and built its own double-acting cylinders with induction hardened chrome rods. Pistons and glands are constructed from aircraft aliminum. This unit also features close-tolerance, micro-honed normalized tubing and heavy-duty base mounts and rod ends, complete with self-aligning bearings and 44" West Coast Pole Grapple.
Reader Service Card. No. 196
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