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By Staff
Date Posted: 9/1/2009

Fecon Offers Mulcher for Compact Excavators

            Fecon now offers a version of its Bull Hog® forestry mulcher attachment for mid-size and small excavators.

            The Fecon Bull Hog compact equipment mulcher features Fecon’s proven durable fixed rotor system that can grind plants and trees up to 4 inches in diameter. It also features Fecon’s HDT tool system that offers four cutting tools tailored to a wide range of job applications. Cutting tool options include double carbide, stone tools, single carbide and chipping.

            The Fecon Bull Hog compact equipment mulcher weighs 1,000 to 1,200 pounds and has a 36-inch cutting width. It is targeted for excavators in the 7-12 metric ton range with 17-30 gpm of auxiliary hydraulic flow. The mulcher also can be used with other similar machines, such as larger back hoes.

            Applications for the Fecon Bull Hog compact equipment mulcher include vegetation management for ditches and roadsides, utility right-of-way clearing, invasive species removal, creating fire breaks, land clearing and site preparation.

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


Wood-Mizer Attachment Converts Mill to Resaw

            Wood-Mizer offers an attachment for its portable band sawmills that enables the sawmill to function as a horizontal band resaw.

            The belt-fed resaw attachment will fit any Wood-Mizer sawmill model that is equipped with the power feed option.

            With the attachment, the sawmill can resaw slabs to reclaim valuable lumber that normally would be lost, and it can resaw small cants into pallet parts. The attachment also can be used to split 4/4 lumber into two even pieces of lap siding, and it can produce roofing shingles with an optional ‘shingle belt.’

            For more information, call Wood-Mizer at (800) 553-0182 or visit


Poggemoeller to Lead Pacific Lumber in 09-10

            Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) recently elected David Poggemoeller of North Enderby Timber in Enderby, British Columbia as its president for 2009-10.

            David has been a member of the PLIB board of directors since 1994.

            The election came during the annual meeting of members held in Victoria, B.C. in June.

            Eric Fritch of Fritch Forest Products in Snohomish, Wash. was elected vice-president and Jeff Fantozzi, PLIB’s secretary-manager, was elected secretary-treasurer.

            Others elected to PLIB’s board were Jim Hallstrom of Zip-O Lumber in Eugene, Ore., Blair Buchanan of Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way, Wash., Paul Beltgens of Paulcan Enterprises in Duncan, B.C., Jim Manke of Manke Lumber in Tacoma, Wash., Ted Smith of Gilbert Smith Forest Products in Barriere, B.C., John Thorlakson of Tolko Industries in Vernon, B.C., Bob Waltz Jr. of Seattle-Snohomish Mill in Snohomish, and Greg Mobley of RSG Forest Products in Kalama, Wash.

            PLIB is a nonprofit lumber inspection agency serving over 50 lumber producers and remanufacturers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia and Alberta.

            For more information, visit the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau web site at


Silvaris, Tolko Finalize Sales Agreement for OSB

Silvaris Corp. has signed an agreement with Tolko Marketing and Sales Ltd. to handle all North American sales of off-cut and off-grade OSB products.

            Silvaris is a North American leader in industrial sales of off-grade OSB. Panels are sold through the company’s Web site, The Web site enables buyers to view up-to-the-minute delivered pricing for their region – 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

            “We are excited to be able to add Tolko’s products to OSBmarket,” said Eric Miller, vice president of panel markets for Silvaris. “We see this expansion as something that gives us the ability to provide even better service and wider selection to our customers.”

            Silvaris specializes in buying and selling wholesale quantities of OSB,
plywood, softwood and hardwood lumber, cut stock, building material surplus
and seconds. The company trades as Silvaris and also as LowGradeLumber and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

            For more information, call (866) 809-8101, or visit the Silvaris Corp. Web site at



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