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Product Profiles - October 2007

New products/services and supplier announcements from Fecon, Pitts Enterprises, Rockland Manufacturing, VanStarr Enterprises and American Wood Dryers.

By IRI Staff
Date Posted: 10/1/2007

Fecon Introduces FTX350 Carrier

            Fecon has introduced the new FTX350 track carrier. It is a steel track carrier that is capable of high production in tough terrain or on soft ground, open or compact work environments.

            The Fecon FTX350 is available in various track width options. Coupled with the machine weight of about 28,000 pounds, it produces ground pressure as low as 3.4 psi.

            The Fecon FTX350 is powered by a powerful Cummins Tier III engine and is equipped with the Fecon BH99HD Bull Hog® mulcher. The mulcher has an 86-inch cutting width and offers a 30-degree lateral tilt for efficient mulching on uneven terrain.

            The Fecon FTX350 comes standard with an LCD screen with computer monitoring system and user-friendly controls for easy, comfortable operation.

            Options include a 25,000-pound Ramsey winch, Espar Heater (coolant and hydraulics) and winter cleats.

            Applications for the Fecon FTX350 include land clearing, right-of-way clearing and maintenance, site preparation, fire breaks, habitat improvement, brush removal, processing logging slash, and more.

            For more information, call Fecon at (800) 528-3113 or visit


Dorsey Trailer Becomes Third Division of Pitts

            Pitts Enterprises has acquired the assets of Dorsey Trailer, including Dorsey’s 800,000-square-foot plant in Elba, Ala. The purchase was completed in June, according to Jeff Pitts, president of Pitts Enterprises.

            Dorsey Trailer will continue to manufacture a variety of over-the-road trailers bearing the Dorsey nameplate, including refrigerated vans, dry freight vans, deep drop furniture vans, open top and closed top chip vans, fruit haul trailers, and flatbed trailers.

            David Dorsey, an Elba native, was named General Manager of Dorsey Trailer. David is a third generation descendant of the founders of the company, which began manufacturing truck trailers in the early 1920s.

            With the acquisition, Pitts Enterprises now owns and operates three trailer divisions: Pitts Trailers in Pittsview, Ala., Dynaweld Trailers in Columbus, Ga., and Dorsey Trailer.

            Pitts Trailers was recently classified by industry sources as the 22nd-largest truck trailer manufacturing company in the nation. The company was founded by Jeff’s father, Andrew, in 1976.

            Pitts Trailers is the largest producer of forestry-related trailers in the nation, according to the company, while Dynaweld specializes in heavy-haul and tag-along trailers.


Rockland Offers LF Series of Log Grapples

            Rockland Manufacturing designed the LF Series log grapples with input from sawmills for improved efficiency, reliability and capacity.

            The Rockland LF Series log grapples features a low profile frame that allows the operator to see the tips at ground level for improved visibility. Adjustable, floating tines automatically compensate for uneven terrain.

            The grapples are built with tough, high-strengthened rectangular alloy steel tubing and feature oversize pins. Chrome-plated rods are induction-hardened and heat-treated, and high-temperature, long-life O rings and seals add reliability.

            The Rockland LF Series log grapples are available in two widths. The LF-1 grapple can be manufactured for parallel linkage or center bell crank machines; it has a single center-mounted clamp for positive load control while minimizing weight and cost. The LF-W grapple has a new, wider, dual-cylinder clamp that passes between the forged tines for maximum load control; it will close on a single log and can open extra-wide for efficient handling of stacked material.

            Rockland designs and manufactures custom and standard attachments for loaders, dozer, excavators, graders and skid steers.

            For more information, contact Rockland Manufacturing at (814) 623-1115, e-mail or visit


Arm Chaps Guard Forearm and Wrist

            Arm Chaps® provide protection for forearms and wrists from scratches, cuts, bruising and burns. They also provide additional wrist support while allowing total finger movement.

            Arm Chaps, made of high quality leather, have a zipper closure along the forearm, a thumb opening and a single opening for all four fingers. They slide easily on and off.

            Arm Chaps protect the skin and provide added support for the wrist. All fingers remain fully exposed for total freedom of movement.

            Arm Chaps are suitable for a large number of tasks and activities where employees are working with their hands, including tree services and logging, brush removal, sawmills and pallet operations.

            For more information about Arm Chaps, Call VanStarr Enterprises at (651) 492-4830 or visit the Web site at


American Wood Dryers Delivers Kilns to Brazil

            American Wood Dryers Inc. recently delivered four kilns to a woods products company in Brazil. The four kilns have a combined capacity of 63,600 board feet.

            American Wood Dryers now has supplied 16 kilns to the Brazilian customer, Aracruz Produtos de Madeira SA, since 1999. The company, which is owned two-thirds by Weyerhaeuser, produces Lyptus brand plantation-grown eucalyptus hardwood lumber products.

            American Wood Dryers, in business since 1981, provides innovative, effective solutions for drying lumber. It pioneered the development of computer-controlled, all-aluminum and stainless steel dry kilns, according to American Wood Dryers.

            American Wood Dryers has dry kilns operating for customers in 21 countries, and they have earned a reputation for quality, efficiency and maintenance-free operation.

            For more information, contact American Wood Dryers at (503) 655-1955, e-mail or visit


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