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Product Profiles - August 2006

New products/services and supplier announcements from Brewco, Corley, Tigercat, John Deere, Hakmet and Blount.

By IRI Staff
Date Posted: 8/1/2006

Brewco Introduces New G-Series Wolf Gang Saw

        Brewco Inc., a leader in thin-kerf technology, has introduced the new Brewco G-Series Wolf Gang Saw.

        This double-arbor, single-bay machine is built very heavy with 1-inch thick side plates
and (21) 5-inch diameter chrome-hardened feed rolls top and bottom.

        The powered chain feeder provides two points of feeding grip to ensure a strong, positive flow of cants into the machine.

        Brewco uses all four bolt flange bearings that are on the outside of the machine for easier maintenance and longer life.

        For more information on this high-production, thin-kerf gang saw or any other Brewco products, call (800) 237-6880.


Corley Promotes Boaz to President and COO

        Charles (‘Chuck’) Boaz recently was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Corley Manufacturing. He previously was executive vice president.

        A.J. (‘Chip’) Corley will remain chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors.

        Chuck joined the company in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Tennessee. He was named a field sales engineer in 1983 and in 1990 became southern regional sales manager. He also assisted in all sales territories as a production specialist for Lewis Controls scanning and optimization systems.

        Chuck was named vice president of sales in 1995 and in 2004 became executive vice president.

        Corley Manufacturing Co. manufactures a complete line of sawmill equipment and control systems, including linear positioning carriages, bandmills, edger and gang edger systems, trimmer systems, and, through its Lewis Controls subsidiary, scanning and optimization systems for sawmills.


Tigercat Introduces New Feller-Bunchers, Harvesters

        Tigercat has released the 822C-L830C series feller-bunchers and harvesters. Along with the new Cummins QSL9 Tier III engine, Tigercat has made a number of improvements to this series of feller-bunchers and cut-to-length harvesters.

        The Cummins QSL9 Tier III engine produces 300 hp at 1,800 rpm and is very responsive, and the new common rail fuel system improves engine reliability. The exhaust manifold hardware is rated for higher temperatures to prevent breakage and exhaust leaks.

        Tigercat improved the hydraulic driven cooling fan by adding thermostat control. The fan now operates at automatic variable speed with an automatic purge cycle, and the frequency of the purge cycle can be varied, depending on operating conditions. The heat exchanger size has been increased and is now common to the 860C/870C product line.

        The new 24 volt electrical system improves cranking ability in cold weather and provides better compatibility between the carrier and harvesting head attachments. The machines are standard equipped with a 24-12 volt converter to allow for 12 volt radios and other accessories.

        The primary machine functions are pilot controlled, providing the operator with precise, responsive control and feedback of the tracks, swing and boom. Head functions are electronically controlled for smooth, ramped operation that can be tuned to the preference of the operator.

        Boom base hose routings have been significantly improved, and a swing-out access door at the base of the boom has been added.


John Deere Machines Get PowerTechPlus Engine

        John Deere has introduced the ECO III models of its 1270D and 1470D harvesters. The new harvesters, with PowerTechPlus™ Tier III-Stage III engines, feature lower emissions and higher productivity with greater fuel economy.

        The heart of the new ECO III machines is the John Deere 6060 PowerTechPlus engine. They feature best-in-class fuel economy, increased torque and high performance. The engines now incorporate e.g. cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation, a more advanced two-phase fuel injection control system, and quiet running. The Variable Geometry Turbocharger and four-valve technology further boost engine efficiency and transient response.

        The ECO III machines also feature new software that optimizes engine RPMs with a hydrostatic transmission ratio to achieve the desired vehicle speed at the lowest possible RPM. The machines can be used in both slow and fast driving conditions. It automatically engages in slow driving in the forest. It also can be engaged during fast driving on level, easy terrain. The result is lower fuel consumption, better productivity, and a more comfortable work environment for the operator.

        The ECO III harvesters and forwarders also are equipped with so-called automated work RPMs. The engine’s work RPMs are automatically lowered to idle if the harvester head or boom is not used within the set time. The machine operator can set the work RPMs to decrease within 3-20 seconds if work is interrupted. RPMs automatically increase once work is resumed. This feature reduces noise levels and fuel consumption, which reduces operating costs.

        For more information, contact a John Deere dealer.


Hakmet Introduces Palax Firewood Processors to NA

        Hakmet has introduced the Palax line of firewood processors to North America.

        Palax, a Finish manufacturer, offers several models, including several that utilize tractor PTO.

        The Palax Power 100s is designed for professional firewood production. It can process large diameter trees and is available with several power options, including diesel engine.

        It features an automatic high-speed valve for the splitting cylinder. The length of the splitting cylinder stroke is limited according to the length of the firewood, which increases splitting speed. Other features include infeed conveyor, automatic tightening of belts, hydraulic log clamp, and outfeed conveyor.

        Options include log decks with chain feed, hydraulic rear feed roller, hydraulic oil cooler or heater, and more. Palax also supplies products for bagging and palletizing firewood.

        Hakmet forestry machinery is distributed in the Eastern U.S. by Carl Neutzel Services in White Hall, Md.

        For more information, call Carl Neutzel Services at (410) 329-6791, or call Hakmet at (800) 361-2288 or visit


Blount Acquires Votec

        Blount, a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of timber harvesting equipment, has acquired the manufacturing and marketing rights and certain assets of Votec, a Swedish company that manufactures timber harvesting and processing attachments.

        Votec currently offers 11 models of harvesting attachments designed for all applications, from first thins to clear cutting. The attachments can be mounted on excavators and purpose-built forestry machines.

        “Votec is well known for its advances in designing and manufacturing efficient and productive processing and harvesting attachments,” said Dennis Eagan, president of Blount’s industrial and power equipment group. “The addition of Votec’s products greatly broadens the line of processing heads Blount can offer in Europe, North and South America and the world.”

        Blount currently offers three harvesting-processing heads under the Fabtek brand name.


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