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 Forest Talk

The new, top-of-the-range Tigercat 1085C forwarder has

arrived in New Zealand, boasting a 25-tonne log carrying capacity.

Although it was first released a couple of years ago in North America, as the 1085B, these big boys were largely reserved for the home market until now...


Breaking Out

It’s the destiny of little brothers to stand in the shadow of their older siblings, no matter how good they are, or how hard they try.

And that’s just how it is with the Log Champ LC 550 swing yarder here in New Zealand. Most contractors only have eyes for the bigger model, the Log Champ 650, with several of these now working in crews around the country...


 Shaw's Iron Test

Don’t you just love a New Zealand good news story. Here’ one with a twist, because it doesn’t involve anyone conjuring up a revolutionary concept using Number 8 wire and selling it off to the world.


It’s about a persistent Kiwi who badgered a big corporate equipment manufacturer into building a harvester/processor...


NZ Timber

And that’s likely to be the best option for some farmers and woodlot owners around New Zealand in the future, as access and transport costs affect the economics of harvesting forests in very remote locations.


What better way to cut those trees into saleable, or just usable, wood than by employing the New Zealand-developed and manufactured Mahoe portable sawmills...


 Top Spot

What a cracker of a year 2017 was in the Top Spot competition. The competition was so fierce that any of the crews in the top six could have won it going into the final days. It was that close.


In the end, one of Blue and Donna Balle’s two crews, Moehau Logging 99, pipped Fraser Logging 740 to the top...


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