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Forest Talk

Announced earlier this year, the first of the all-new Hitachi ZW-5 wheel loaders has gone to work in a New Zealand forest.

 

A mid-range ZW220-5, complete with a set of Ensign log forks, has just been commissioned to load logs for Stokes Logging north of Auckland.

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Feature

Shifting operators out of forestry machine cabs into

safer and more convenient environments won’t result in an overall reduction in the workforce.

 

We’ll still need people to service, maintain and repair equipment and employment numbers are likely to rise, according to senior Scion scientist, Dr Richard Parker...

 

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Getting your five-plus helping of fruit and veggies every day is, we’re told, good for your bodily health.

And a good dose of this new five-plus green machine from Caterpillar would equally benefit the health of your business, not to mention the environment, on account of its cleaner Tier 4f engine.

The 538 LL is the latest extension to the new 500-Series forestry swing machine range from Caterpillar and it’s been a long-time coming...

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Breaking Out

The early forestry business in New Zealand was almost entirely focused on the giant Kauri trees that provided the masts and spars for the Royal Navy, as well as timber for building houses.

 

But once Kauri was logged out, sawmillers’ eyes turned elsewhere...

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Fica

With the two recent deaths bringing the total this year to five in forestry, the question still remains: Why?

 

On one hand, it’s personally challenging for everyone who identifies with logging or forestry in general, as ‘our industry’, to do the soul-searching and ask ourselves why our workmates are still being killed on the job...

 

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Top Spot

Logging contractors and their crews have a lot to digest in their normal everyday work activities, but the new layer of responsibilities around health and safety has taken this to a higher level since last year’s introduction of the HSW Act 2015...

 

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