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OREGON LOGGING CONFERENCE REVIEW

2007 was a Success

By Kurt Blaeseman, Diane Mettler

Last year, the Oregon Logging Conference was a little lean on machinery. But this year the heavy equipment was back. And despite the rain, snow and sleet, lots of people turned out to see it.

“We had over 2,000 register, which was up from last year,” says Rikki Wellman, Conference Coordinator. “But the overall attendance was probably triple that. We had people parked as far as five or six blocks away.”

There was a good mix of new machinery and interested buyers. Jerry Marks, Marketing Manager for Triad Machinery says the company was extremely pleased with the show. “In general everyone we talked to had a positive attitude, and the overall mood was very positive. I think it was a good recovery year for the show itself. I see it as the beginning of a rebound in the participation and attendance of the OLC.”

 

Words from the President

Thursday’s Opening Session Breakfast at Wheeler Pavilion was a solid, hard-hitting look at today’s industry as it attempts to recover from the past and to mold a viable future. Exiting OLC President Mack Brown, emphasized that the industry is still facing challenging times as it copes with such dissimilar issues as public misinformation, diminished workforce, expensive wildfires, and rising costs. But his tone was optimistic. He sees the emergence of a leaner, meaner, and more efficient industry that strives to get the maximum value from a product in a shorter amount of time by using better technology and better safety practices.

Brown reminded the audience that the sustainable growth and harvesting of trees is of utmost importance to the industry and to the world. He pointed out that carbon storage in managed forests clearly reduces man-made greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and that these same forests can be entirely compatible with the need for clean air and water, for wildlife habitat, and for recreation.

 

Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker Lars Larson, radio talk show’s host of Portland’s NEWSRADIO 750 KXL, compared his own role to that of a whistle punk, a kid standing on a stump, passing information back and forth. He spoke of the danger of the addition of vast tracts of land to Wilderness Areas, where the forests would not be managed at all. He encouraged the audience to get involved in the research that can turn biomass into ethanol-type fuel for cars. He warned that the high-tech bio-tech industries can easily move overseas, but the productive Oregon forests remain in Oregon.

 

Variety of Educational Opportunities

This year’s seminars and panels were packed. There were a variety of choices, from the New Technology Equipment where representatives from Caterpillar, Komatsu Forest, John Deere Forestry, Jewell Manufacturing, Peterson Corporation and Blondin, highlighted some of their innovations and how theycould be advantageous in today’s industry — to the more humorous.

There were some chuckles and guffaws at the Oregon Forest Practices Seminar “What Went Wrong? Industry professionals described their dismal stories of Bad Days, Poor Decisions, and Lack of Communication. The underlying lessons were easy to digest. First, there is no substitute for a thorough prework meeting. Second, get all the details of a contract in writing. Third, communication is important at every step of the job, and lastly, operators should know riparian laws and realize the importance of wildlife trees to the general public.

Like last year, Hands-On Demonstrations were offered. Husqvarna’s handson demonstration of a professional arborist falling sections of a shallowrooted pole brought applause from the audience. Rip Tompkins delivered his how-to and safety message from the top of a pole, keeping up an informative explanation for the crowd and a lively commentary with his groundsman Tim Ard.

 

Oregon Women in Timber

One of the popular outdoors stations was the Echo Chainsaw Carving Exhibit, where carver Bob King deftly created art from a block of wood. His chainsawcarved eagle was donated to Oregon Women in Timber and sold for $1600 at their big auction. The auction itself was a great success — OWIT grossed approximately
$100,000.

2007 proved to be a success at every level. We look to 2008 to be even better.

NOVATRAX

VP-SERIES: Blades automatically rotate 180? at full engine rpm to reverse airflow for maximum radiator cleaning. Fan blades also adjust airflow automatically with temperature; increasing airflow on hot days, and reducing airflow on cold days. Cleanfix VP-Series fans provide large fuel saving, more usable engine power, help warm-up engines faster, keep engines running at the ideal temperature and greatly increase machine productivity. Ideal for feller bunchers, excavator processors and log loaders.

Learn more at www.cleanfix.org.

Congratulations to Ron Whitmire – Whitmire Inc. in Goldendale, Wash., the winner of the Timbco/Valmet 445EX Die Cast Feller Buncher.

MULTITEK

Multitek North America, LLC has been manufacturing innovative firewood processors, along with skidsteer and track loader attachments, that meet user expectations for over 25 years. Word-ofmouth praise from satisfied customers continues to enhance our reputation for high-quality machinery and on-time delivery. Multitek’s workforce of trained professionals are dedicated to providing innovative technology that has allowed our customers to be more productive, versatile and profitable. Multitek products are built with proven components, field-tested to ensure the highest level of reliability.

Visit www.multitekinc.com

LINK BELT / TRIAD

Triad Machinery continues to be a dominate force in the forest equipment industry with the Link-Belt LXTL, DL, HP and RB series, plus Link-Belt cranes.

In addition to Link-Belt log loaders, stroke delimbers, road builders and processors, Triad also offers a variety of other forestry related equipment including: Rottne CTL products; Prentice feller bunchers; skidders; stationary log loaders; dangle head processors; and a variety of forestry attachments.

Visit our website at www.triadmachinery.com

KOMATSU FOREST

Komatsu Forest’s Valmet displayed its 911.3 harvester at this year’s OLC. The leveling cab and boom are mounted on the same upper, which can rotate 315?. This gives the operator a picture window view of the head without having to turn to look at the work. Superior stability is achieved through the mounting of the cab directly over the articulation joint. Personnel were on hand to describe other innovative Valmet products, such as the EX10 with a 70 foot harvesting zone, the new 475FXL buncher and ProTec, Valmet’s unique hose protection solution.

www.komatsuforest.com

PIERCE / DENHARCO

Now that Denharco Inc. of Quebec is part of the Pierce Pacific Manufacturing, Inc. family, the full line of Denharco delimbers and processing heads is available to you without borders, without customs, and without delay. If you already own Denharco products, that means the parts and service you need to keep your equipment working hard are now as close as your nearest dealership.

Also, check out the new Titan 22, as well as the DHT 650 Series II processors for all of your harvesting and processing needs. Talk to us today. We are ready to live up to your high expectations.

800.760-3270

www.piercepacific.com

www.denharco.com

JOHN DEERE

Loggers and mill personnel had an opportunity to view a full line of John Deere equipment at Pape’s exhibit area. John Deere’s 959J leveling feller buncher attracted a great deal of attention during the show. This new machine has a lift capacity of 18,000 lb at its full 28 foot reach.

Deere’s purpose built forestry swing machines were also prominently displayed. Built with loggers in mind, these machines can be configured as log loaders, road builders, and can be used in delimbing, processing and shovel logging applications.

In order to get the wood from stumpside to roadside, Deere had a 1410 forwarder and 748GIII grapple skidder on display.

FEENAUGHTY

Feenaughty Machinery carries a full range of powerful and precise Kobelco shovels, configured to meet the rigorous demands of log loading, shovel logging and harvesting throughout the forests
of the Western United States. Kobelco has earned its spurs as a rugged, reliable and accurate forestry machine, fully supported by the knowledgeable technicians and complete inventory stocked by Feenaughty Machinery.

Visit www.feenaughtymachinery.com for more information.

PRENTICE

The new PE-50 head has numerous features, including: an angel position feed roller design that decreases rolling resistance for increased feed speeds; forward weighted processing geometry that allows easy entry of picker arms into a tree-length deck; a heavy duty one piece C-Frame Design for structural strength; four cast delimbing knives, soft-grip feeder rollers, expanded bolts to minimize pin and bushing maintenance; as well as a DASA AU2 computer to provide optimized bucking.

The head weighs 3,750 pounds (1,700 kg), an its width (with arms open) is 77”. It has a standard feed force of 6,069 lb-ft, a feed speed of 16.5 ft/sec and a maximum cut diameter of 33”.

www.blount-fied.com

MISSION INSURANCE

We Cut Too - Insurance Costs That Is We want to thank everyone for taking time to stop by our booth at the Oregon Logging Conference and Sierra Cascade Logging Conference. Mission Insurance Agencies specializes in handling Commercial Insurance Programs for logging contractors and manufactures in Washington, California and Oregon.

Our staff of 15 Insurance Professionals know and understand your business insurance needs. You can contact us at 1-800-936-9898 for immediate service. You will not be greeted with voice mail or transferred to voice mail. Call us today for second opinion on your insurance needs. We can save
you $$$$$$

WOODSTAR

WoodStar Forestry Attachments had a great OLC 2007 show with lot’s of interest in the companies broad range of harvesting and processing solutions. Products on display where the Quadco 22B high speed saw head with 360 degree rotator, Keto 825, Keto 600, and WoodStar WH75 and WH105 heads processing heads, the WS333 bar saw and a new track carrier hydraulic installation package.

Go to www.woodstarforsest.com for more details.

WHITE MOUNTAIN

White Mountain Chain of Bonners Ferry is the largest importer of the Trygg line in the United States. We carry a vast array of tire chains for pickups, loaders, motor graders, skidders and just about anything with a rubber tire. Depending on what the application is and what your needs are, we work with you to recommend what will be the most economical chain for your. Now that you have played with the rest, get the best.

Call Ed at 800-439-9073 or visit www.whitemountainchain.com.

LETOURNEAU

When it comes to moving logs, the machine you can count on is the LeTourneau Log Stacker. Whether it’s unloading trucks, sorting, decking, or loading the in-feed at the mill, this machine does it all. Totally electric (with no chance of hydraulic spills) the 45-ton lift capacity LeTourneau was designed from the ground up to provide quick response, precise maneuverability, fast travel speed, and rapid hoist speeds.

The LeTourneau 4592/4, with a 24’ lift height, low fuel costs, and low maintenance costs, is carving an impressive mark in the log-handling world.

Visit us at www.letourneau-inc.com for more.

PONSSE

P0NSSE BuffaloKing - Robust beast of burden. Able to carry nearly its own weight in wood, the 18-ton BuffaloKing offers its operator a luxurious cab, the powerful P0NSSE K100 loader, ample load space, an efficient and powerful Mercedes-Benz engine and a sturdy structure ready for the most demanding wood harvesting conditions. The extremely strong rear bogie receives most of the load’s weight. Broad rear tires with ample air space distribute the load weight evenly on varying terrains, which means that ground contact pressure remains low even with heavy loads.

www.ponssena.com

VOLCAN ON-BOARD

Vulcan On-Board Scales manufactures on-board weighing systems for all types of trucks and trailers in the timber and other industries that require tough and reliable equipment. Solutions are available for a wide range of on-board applications including spring, air and mixed suspensions. Thank you for helping us celebrate more than 25 years in business, and for being one of more than 30,000 systems installed worldwide.

Contact us at 1-800-237-0022 or visit our website at www.vulcanscales.com.

CATEPILLAR

Caterpillar® exhibited a dozen machines representing the full line of forestry machines now displaying the Caterpillar brand. Three new forest swing machines, the 324D FM, the 325D FM and 330D FM were featured. The purpose-built forestry machines can be equipped as log loaders, feller bunchers, processing machines or shovel loggers. A new line of durable Cat® grapples — the GLL52B, GLL55B and GLL60B — were displayed with the swing machines. The 525C wheel skidder represented the highly productive C-Series skidders, and the 574 forwarder represented the cut-to-length line of Caterpillar products.

www.cat.com

LOG MAX

Log Max promotes products for healthy forests with a continued focus on providing harvesting and processing solutions. This year Log Max provided our guests with a unique harvesting and processing simulator. The Log Max simulator allows customers to process wood identical to real life applications. The simulator provides a 360° view of the Log Max head both horizontally and vertically. Log Max continues to provide products designed for the unique conditions of the North American market.

Visit www.logmax.us.

SUPERTRAK

SUPERTRAK, Inc. engineers and manufactures a complete product line of custom mulching machinery ranging from 97 to 450 horsepower; providing unique technologies to the vegetation management and land clearing industries since 1986. As an OEM, our tracked, excavator and rubber-tired carriers utilize Caterpillar® components to provide maximum efficiency and productivity.

SUPERTRAK’S custom machinery provides exceptional means to shred, mulch, and cut, brush, under story, trees, stumps, and logging scrap/slash. Our equipment is durable, reliable, and does it ALL: land clearing, fuel breaks, and urban interface fuel load reductions.

Visit us at www.supertrak.com.

 

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