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Forest Talk

Gough Cat has introduced the High Rotation Seat to the newest Caterpillar D-series skidders in New Zealand, with M J Fraser Logging’s latest 545D being the first in the country.

he High Rotation Seat offers 100 degrees of seat rotation, instead of 30-degrees in the previous seat, and also features the new Cat Advanced Ride Management (Cat ARM) seat suspension for improved operator comfort...

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Fica

With both the domestic log market and log exports to China running at all time highs, the demand for harvesting crews is stronger than ever and this is focusing even more attention on the need to attract more people into the industry.

A recent survey of FICA members highlighted labour as their biggest current constraint...

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Shaw's Iron Test

Thinning young stands of Radiata Pine in Kaingaroa Forest is a highly mobile, high speed business.

 

The margins in production thinning are so thin (pun intended) that the smallest amount of downtime can affect the economics of the job.

 

Operations have to be super-efficient and super-reliable...

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Top Spot

This issue sees the first round of results for the ‘value added’ section of the competition – Waste Thinning.

Agriculturists will refer to a thing called ‘highbrid vigour’, which is the result of introducing new genes into livestock.

We’ve seen our version with the introduction of new silviculture crews to the competition by both Port Blakely and Ernslaw One...

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Breaking Out

New Iron

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Breaking Out

Why on earth a successful American logger ended up owning and harvesting a forest in the rural back-blocks of New Zealand at a time when he should be retired and enjoying the fruits of his labours back home, beats me.

But Steve Henderson is no ordinary logger.

The man from the north-western US state of Idaho has invested a...

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New Iron

Rotorua-based Goodman Logging is one of the first companies to invest in the new Cat 538LL Forest Machine since its recent introduction. The company’s new purpose-built unit has been operating for a few weeks and owner Paul Goodman reports he is “more than satisfied” with the performance...

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