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One sign that the timber industry is recovering is the increased turnout for the recent 2014 Oregon Logging Conference. Attendance was up over 25 percent.
Dealers debuted various new equipment for the loggers excited to be back in the woods. A few of the new produced included:
• Quadco 28B disc saw felling head. The 28B is the largest of the B series, designed for heavy and tall timber. The heads feature independent arms with the “Arms Down” feature, for increased leverage and greater holding power in tall timber. Two cylinders per set of arms (instead of one cylinder with linkage) contributes to maximum holding power.
• Ponsse H10. This large harvesting head, was designed specifically for North America’s demanding harvesting conditions. The heavy-duty processing and harvesting head, for track-based machines, weighs 5,700 pounds. It features 3 feed rollers and has a feed force of 9,667 lbf, with a feeding speed of 17 ft/s and a 32.7” opening.
• The D&L 10-inch, 180 degree Swing Blade Sawmill. The 180-degree swinging saw has a number of advantage over the 90-degree swing, including: easy double cutting, saw guard that swing with the saw protecting the operator, guards that remain in place, and a head that doesn’t have to be removed and turned to cut.
This is only a sampling of the equipment. Stay tuned to hear about more.