The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) is looking to provide its members with more information on the use of winch-assist technology to harvest trees on steep slopes.

Although manufacturers of these systems already provide guides to purchasers of their equipment...

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Remember when purpose-built forestry equipment was as rare as hen’s teeth?

Back in the day, if you wanted a mechanised felling, harvesting or processing machine, you’d just chuck a head onto an ordinary excavator and trusted it to do the job...

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Experiments with trucks travelling close together in so-called ‘platoons’ currently under way in the US and Europe are unlikely to be replicated in New Zealand. The Woodflow Optimisation 2016 conference in Rotorua heard from one of the world’s leaders in this technology last month...

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Paul Watson always wanted to run his own crew, but he obviously forgot that old adage; ‘be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it’.

One year into becoming a logging contractor, Paul now admits that if he knew how tough it was going to be at the start, the decision might have been...

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Pan-industry safety certification pending


There has been much focus and change in the last couple of years in relation to health and safety.

Legislation is necessary, but it is really the fall-back option to hold people to account if they break the law or fail to do the right thing...


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The forest industry has made very good progress in improving safety, made possible because several generous people have put the good of the industry ahead of their own personal interests. With worker reps, contractors, managers and regulators all coming together there are now two key initiatives...

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Hyundai and SATCO for Protos – Colin Dorreen, of Protos Logging, has taken delivery of a new Hyundai R250LC-9 H/C with PFS all-purpose cabin guarding package that is fitted with a SATCO SAT630 felling head to perform felling and shovelling duties for his ground base operation near Auckland...

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