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Interesting Information - Tips for using harvesters and processors more efficiently – part 1

Here are some simple techniques to increase productivity, reduce fuel consumption and minimise wear and tear on the carrier and processing equipment.

Interesting Information - Tips for using harvesters and processors more efficiently – part 2

This follows on from the January issue, where simple techniques to increase productivity, reduce fuel consumption and minimise wear and tear on the carrier and processing equipment are highlighted.

Timber Transport Research Results – Using carbon to carry carbon?

Large amounts of carbon are stored in timber products. However, transporting the timber from the forest to the mill involves the combustion of fossil fuels. How much do these emissions reduce the net carbon sequestration value of the timber?

Interesting Products – Awassos MD 60C cable mini-skidder

The Awassos MD 60C articulated mini-skidder is ideal for low impact forestry and selective cutting (thinning) operations.

Research Results – Reducing sediment loss from unpaved roads

This study looks at five different techniques to reduce sediment pollution from unpaved roads.

Steep slope harvesting – Ponsse Alpine Buffalo

Ponsse and Herzog have made use of a winch on a forwarder to increase its terrain handling capabilities.

Research - Steep slope harvesting in New Zealand

Improved productivity, no worker on the slope and no hand on the chainsaw? What is this all about?

New Products – Peterson 4310 track mounted drum chipper

The 4310 is a high volume drum chipper suited to biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed materials?

Cable skidder vs clambunk vs grapple vs forwarder?

We compare a few parameters for these extraction machines?

New Products – Morbark 5500 chain flail delimber/debarker

Morbark has introduced a new stand-alone, portable chain flail delimber/debarker.

Check your grapple skidder snubber?

The grapple skidder snubber prevents the grapple swinging widely and causing damage to the boom structure or grapple.

Research Results – Low-investment fully mechanised thinning

This research investigated a potential cost effective system for small sized pine thinning.

Muck-truck – your motorised wheel barrow!

If you need a small vehicle to do some work around your road construction site, look no further!

Newsflash – What’s happening in forest engineering?

BPW – Reduced weight of the Airtight II air suspension

John Deere – D Series Knuckleboom loaders

Mecanil – Wireless control for EG250 energy grapple

Oregon – Replaceable Sprocket Nose (RSN) bars for harvesters

Exhibitions

14-18 July 2010 - INTERFORST Trade Fair for Forestry Technology - Munich, Germany.

19-22 August 2010 - Maderexpo - Montevideo, Uruguay.

24-27 August 2010 - Tra and Teknik: Wood Products and Technology - Göteborg, Sweden.

2-4 September 2010 - FinnMETKO - Finland.

7-9 October 2010 - Sabie Forest Fair - Sabie, South Africa. 

15 November 2010 - Expocorma - Santiago, Chile.

13-15 April 2011 - Expoforest 2011 (and XVI Seminar on harvesting and wood transportation) - Brazil.

29-31 March 2012 - AusTimber (and conference) - Mount Gambier, South Australia.

5-8 June 2013 - ElmiaWood - Jonkoping, Sweden.

Convert your chainsaw into a winch

Create a portable winch by using a winch attachment on your chainsaw.

Valmet – New forwarder features

These include features to handle steeper terrain.

John Deere – New Autoshift feature in H-series skidders

No more gear shifting for the operator, the correct gear is automatically selected for the load.

Research – Guidance on site selection for brash removal

This publication by the Forestry Commission focuses on slash removal after harvesting.

Research – Training improves harvester and forwarder productivity and fuel consumption

Skogforsk shows how method training can affect harvester and forwarder productivity and fuel consumption.

Safety in forestry harvesting and haulage

This WorkSafe Victoria publication provides practical information on safety risk management.

Forest Engineering / Logging handbook – A “must read” for the forester

An updated handbook is on the market, titled “An introduction to forest operations and technology”.

Alternative in-forest vehicles

JST Services has come up with a few innovative ways of collecting logs from difficult areas.

Good practice guide - Production of wood fuel from forest landings

This guide covers the recovery of logging residues from landings.

Research results - Roadside bundling of logging residue

Research has been carried out on a prototype truck mounted logging residue bundler.

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