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New Products - October 2003

New products, machinery and services or supplier news from Smithco, Tigercat, Koetter Dry Kiln, Bandit Industries,

By TimberLine Staff
Date Posted: 10/1/2003

Smithco Reports Increase in Kiln Retrofits, Upgrades

Smithco Manufacturing reported a marked increase in retrofitting and dry kiln replacements. The company, which manufactures high performance dry kiln propellers, reported a jump in orders and inquiries from several markets around the globe.

"Activity has clearly picked up here in North America, especially in Canada, and Eastern Europe and Australasia are gearing up for growth," said Smithco president Tracy Smith.

"Our propellers are ideal for retrofitting and upgrading kilns because of the wide range of sizes and models we offer," he added.

Smithco manufactures propellers specifically designed for dry kilns. Its family of four, six and eight blade propellers come in sizes ranging from 760 mm to 76 inches in diameter. Smithco propellers are fully reversible for uniform drying cycles and provide maximum airflow with any size motor and fan speed.

Smithco propellers are made of permanent-mold aluminum blades and hubs, heat-treated for longest kiln life. The precision-manufactured hubs include stainless steel hardware and are balanced for vibration-free operation.

Founded in 1990, Smithco Manufacturing is now a leading supplier of propellers for major dry kiln manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada, according to the company, and it is gaining increasing recognition in European, South American and Australasian markets.

For more information, contact Smithco Manufacturing at (503) 295-6590, e-mail, or visit the Web sit at


Tigercat Offers New 220 Series Loaders

Tigercat has introduced its 220 series of log loaders, which are suitable for both short wood and tree-length applications. It provides loggers with a small loader that may be mounted on a truck or trailer. The Tigercat 220 loader is powered by a Cummins QSB5.9 Tier II engine. It features a well-proven, open-center hydraulic system and a boom designed for durability and long life.

The Tigercat 220 loader has an optional delimber and slasher hydraulics for light-duty delimbing, such as pine plantation first and second thinnings.

The operatorís station is large, quiet and comfortable with full climate control, isolation mounting and good visibility. Swing-out doors allow access to pumps and filters, and the 220 has platform access to the valves and engine.

For more information, call Tigercat Industries at (519) 442-1529 or visit the Web site at


Koetter Has New Heat Treat Chamber

Koetter Dry Kilnís Heat Treat Kilns will heat pallets to meet new European Union regulations. Koetterís new one truckload heat treat chamber is its most economical unit. The KDK-12600D-PK, with a capacity of approximately 600 standard size pallets, incorporates high quality construction with the features that Koetter customers expect. This new model showcases a 25-foot wide entryway, a hot water heat exchanger, uniform air circulation, powered variable exhaust, and an optional floor heat system.

Koetter Dry Kiln manufactures wood drying kilns that exceed industry standards and achieve favorable short-term and long-term financial results for its clients. It can supply a custom designed kiln to treat pallets or a Components Only Kit.

Koetter Dry Kiln standard features include: wide side hinge doors for forklift loading, overhead door on the 18N-PK & 52N-PK, coated aluminum interior walls, circulating fan wall, high horsepower hot water heating coils, heavily insulated walls for excellent thermal efficiency, hot water heat system that can utilize waste wood systems, and more. The company also offers a variety of optional features and

For more information, contact Koetter at (812) 923-0635 or visit the Web site at


Bandit Offers Coloring System for Beast Recycler

Bandit Industries now offers a coloring system that works in conjunction with its line of Beast Recycler horizontal grinders. The system applies granular colorant to the wood material as it is in the bed of the grinder, and the grinding action reduces and colors the material in one process.

Using a granular colorant with the system requires about 10 gallons of water per minute, which is considerably less than the amount of water required for liquid colorants, according to Bandit. The colorant is an oxidizing pigment that covers and penetrates well. The system runs off the electronics of the Beast engine.

For more information, contact Bandit at (800) 952-0718, e-mail, or visit the Web site at


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