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Between the Branches, the silver issue, July 2017

oral history of Tigercat | Richards Logging | spring break-up in Quebec | Parnell in Alabama | Tigercat launches RemoteLog

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BTB 46: 1085C FIRST IMPRESSIONS

BTB went to Chibougamau in central Quebec in April to visit with Jocelyn Gagné of Forestier 2P Logging and get his first impressions of his new 1085C forwarder.



BTB 46: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN QUEBEC

Logging contractors in the Saguenay–Lac Saint-Jean region of central Quebec face it all – from extreme weather conditions and remote locations to low wood prices and high production demands.




BTB 46: CAPTURING VALUE IN THE ADIRONDACKS

Fourth generation logger, Larry Richards talks about his operations in the Adirondacks and leveraging the knowledge and expertise of the team to capture more value – for the company and the landowners.


BTB 46: INLAND, PRINCE GEORGE GETS NEW FACILITY

Tigercat’s British Columbia dealer, Inland, inaugurated an impressive new facility in Prince George in grand style with a facility tour and meeting for its sales team and vendors April 24-25, 2017.



BTB 46: An Oral History of Tigercat

25 years ago, a very small company with a single prototype and no distribution showed up at a logging show in Georgia. What led up to it and what happened next? Some of the earliest Tigercat team members look back for the answers.


BTB 46: PARNELL PERSPECTIVE

The Parnell family has come a long way from their first grant of land from the Government of Alabama nearly 200 years ago back in 1819. In 1960 James Parnell started his own business with just a used truck and a pair of mules.






BTB 45: SUCCESSFUL 2017 OLC

The pacific northwest logging community gathered for the 79th Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) in February in Eugene, Oregon.


BTB 45: NOW THAT’S A SNOW PLOW!

This year, instead of having the Tigercat 620E skidder parked for the winter months, Utah's Barco LLC decided to utilize it as a very powerful snow plow.


BTB 45: A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP

BTB visited with McCoy Grading Inc. and Premier Timber Services LLC in Greenville, Georgia to learn more about the recent purchase of a Tigercat LX830D feller buncher for the companies multi-million dollar grading business.


BTB 45: TWO SIDES OF A DEVALUED COIN

South African harvesting contractors run high quality purpose-built forestry machines and have developed the expertise to run them to extremely high hours. Machine longevity is critical.



BTB 45: DRIVEN

Two brothers with a lifetime of experience and a penchant for hard work have a drive to succeed and are proving it just two years in.



BTB 44: HOT MISSISSIPPI TURNOUT

The extreme heat didn’t stop the crowds of over 7,000 from showing up for the 15th biannual Mid- South Forestry Equipment Show, held August 26-27 in Starkville, Mississippi.


BTB 44: TIGERCAT FPT EVERYWHERE

Tigercat customers worldwide will see the benefits of Tigercat FPT engines as the Tier 2 configuration is offered in addition to the Tier 4f.


BTB 44: MOTOR-MANUAL: PINE HARVESTING IN STEEP TERRAIN

With 300 employees – including handfallers, peelers and stackers – and eight sets of tractor-trailer short haul transport systems, Grant Rankin has been involved in manual felling operations in South Africa for over ten years.



BTB 44: THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN FORESTRY SHOW

Tigercat and local dealer Ricer Equipment teamed up for the Paul Bunyan Show, October 7-9 in Cambridge, Ohio. Beautiful weather helped bring in the crowds for the 59th annual event.


BTB 44: RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB

BTB visited Castalia, North Carolina to speak with Joedy Cahoon about his family operations, preferred equipment and prime harvesting methods.



BTB 43: PG BISON EIGHT YEARS LATER

BTB revisits PG Bison eight years after purchasing four Tigercat harvesting systems for a new operation in a remote part of South Africa.


BTB 43: HOT AND COLD IN UTAH

LH855D is the key ingredient to Michael Roundy’s new thinning system in Utah’s beautiful Dixie National Forest.


BTB 43: FIRE IN THE WOODS

The news of the massive wildfire near Fort McMurray, Alberta is a timely reminder that loggers need to be vigilant to the risks of wildfires, while understanding the important natural process of wildfires for woodland environments.


BTB 43: BOTTOM LINE BUSINESS

By the name alone, Forrest York was destined for the woods. Recently switching to Tigercat equipment within the last year, Forrest talks to BTB about how he got into logging and how Tigercat now plays a key role in his bottom line business.



BTB 43: TEAM EFFORT AT EXPO RICHMOND

Tigercat and Virginia dealer Forest Pro teamed up to showcase an impressive twelve machines at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, Virginia for the 35th biannual East Coast Sawmilling and Logging Equipment Exposition on May 13-14.


BTB 43: 630B CONSTRUCTION TRACTOR

A 2000 model 630B skidder spent fourteen years operating in extreme Canadian winter conditions before undergoing a substantial transformation.


BTB 43: ONETRAK CELEBRATES TEN YEARS

This year marks a significant milestone for Australian Tigercat dealer Onetrak – ten years serving the needs of the construction, mining and forestry industries in Australia.


BTB 43: AUSTIMBER 2016 A HUGE SUCCESS

An estimated 100 million Australian dollars worth of equipment on display in Latrobe City, Victoria attracted over 7,500 people throughout the major two-day event.



BTB 43: 855D FIRST IMPRESSIONS

BTB visited Oral Kirk, operator for Cahoon Logging Company Inc., in Aurora, North Carolina to get his first impressions of the Tigercat 855D feller buncher. 855D FIRST IMPRESSIONS



BTB 42: REMOTE CONTROL

Tiwi people take control of acacia plantation operation and begin to build stronger economy on remote Melville Island off the north coast of Australia.


BTB 42: OPTIMIZING CAPACITY

Tigercat continues to expand and optimize its manufacturing and logistics capabilities to meet growing demand and the needs of customers. Three major new expansions have recently been completed.



BTB 42: US PARTS DISTRIBUTION AND TRAINING CENTRE

Just over two years ago Tigercat purchased a larger distribution warehouse in Ailey, GA. We had outgrown our 670 m² (7,200 ft²) facility in Vidalia, GA. This new location is in the centre of our largest hub of business in the US.


BTB 42: LOWLAND LOGGING

Dopson is a well-known name around the Tigercat factories. Charlie and Timmy Dopson are partners of Dopson Timber LLC and their enthusiasm and loyalty to the Tigercat brand is undeniable.


BTB 42: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

BTB discovers how two unique Tigercat 1075B scarifiers are efficiently preparing the soil for replanting in Sweden.


BTB 41: TRAINING IN THE TAIGA

When venturing off for the Russian Far East, as with a visit to any remote locale to train operators or consult with forestry companies, one always knows that it will be an adventure.




BTB 41: COMMON GROUND

Treeline’s Brian Souers talks about business, changing equipment requirements and his quest for parts commonality.



BTB 41: 822D OPERATOR FEEDBACK

Twenty-year-old Matt Cox operates one of the first Tier 4f Tigercat 822D track feller bunchers currently running in the US. Matt works for Mac McClure and Jim Hancock, owners of H & M Quality Logging near Elizabethtown, North Carolina.






BTB 41: TIGERCAT POWERED 822D

The 822C series has been a highly successful and productive machine in production for over a decade and remains available in non-Tier 4 markets. The new D-series takes the carrier to the next level with a number of improvements.


BTB 41: AUTOGRAPHED LOADERS

It was a cold and muddy weekend during the Paul Bunyan show hosted at the Cambridge Ohio Fairgrounds October 2-4.




BTB 41: AUSSIE FIELD TRIP

Australian loggers tour Tigercat facilities and travel to southern US to see pine plantation and lowland hardwood logging techniques.


BTB 40: TIDEWATER DEMO DAY

Tidewater hosted its first ever Demo Day on April 11 in Jesup, Georgia, drawing in more than 1,000 people.


BTB 40: FIRST 1085B FORWARDER

JMG Fillion is proud to own the very first Tigercat 25-tonne 1085B forwarder ever built. BTB followed up with the Fillion family in northern Quebec to see how the new machine was working out for them.


BTB 40: LIVING LABORATORY

A visit with Eric Krume provides a glimpse into future possibilities for Pacific Northwest logging.


BTB 40: LES COGNÉES 2015

Held every second year in Les Gets, a picture-perfect ski town in the French Alps, Les Cognées is a truly grassroots forestry event.


BTB 40: HOW TO MOVE TIMBER IN FRANCE

Using the 610 platform, Tigercat and Clohse Group help a diverse group of French loggers fulfill a wide variety of skidding requirements, while providing excellent after sale support.



BTB 40: MY TIGERCAT CIRCUS

C.K. Greene has made his mark in the Virginia logging industry and stays humble through all his recent growth and success.


BTB 39: CUSTOMER DRIVEN DESIGN

BTB recently visited J&B Logging Inc. in Oakland, Maryland to see how Jimmy Glotfelty’s 5185 fixed felling saw is working out.



BTB 39: FOCUS ON MANITOBA

Manitoba contractors estimate the annual cut in the province to be around one million cubic metres although government statistics peg the allowable cut at nearly nine million cubic metres.


BTB 39: CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – 160 CONSOLIDATED

Progress on the building project at 160 Consolidated Drive continued slowly through the first two months of 2015, including the most bitterly cold February on record in southwestern Ontario.


BTB:39 ADDING VALUE

Russell Stites is doing it all – timber buying, logging, trucking, log exporting and now sawmilling – with a focus on smart growth.




BTB 39: B & G DEDICATED TO CUSTOMER SERVICE

Debbie Webb, president of B & G, talks about their new location in Alabama and the company’s steadfast efforts at improving the customer experience through better facilities as well as outstanding parts and service capabilities.



BTB 39: 635E SCARIFIER HELPING THE HIGH-BALLERS

Proper scarification is very important to accelerate the tree planting process. The fastest growing reforestation company in Canada, HRI, has turned to Tigercat’s, six-wheel 635E scarifier to get the job done.


BTB 38: Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show

Tigercat dealer for Mississippi, B & G Equipment Inc., teamed up with Tigercat to participate in this year’s Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show held in Starkville on September 19-20.


BTB 38: WHEELS ARE COST EFFECTIVE AT THE HEAD OF TIDE

Bill Olson, owner of Olson Inc. is a second-generation logger who works with his son, Josh for a land management company, Wagner Forest Management in Bangor, Maine, cutting a mix of typical Maine hardwood and softwood.




BTB 38: 630E Skidder

BTB recently visited a Tier 4i 630E skidder near Hinton, Alberta owned by Seth Dickinson (Dickinson Logging).


BTB 38: 845D Carriers are Tigercat Powered

The Tigercat 845D series feller bunchers and H845D series harvesters have moved to Tier 4 final with the Tigercat FPT N67 engine delivering 210 kW (282 hp) at 2,200 rpm.


BTB 38: Tigercat Rolls out G-Series Drive-to-Tree Bunchers

As 2014 draws to a close, Tigercat is busy rolling out the G-series drive-to-tree feller bunchers, starting with the 724G that made its formal debut in Starkville, Mississippi in September at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.





BTB 38: Poetic License

Tigercat has been setting new monthly production records on a fairly consistent basis in 2014.



BTB 38: Ghosts in the Forest

BTB recently visited the Cape Breton Highlands to see how the first 1135 harvester on the continent is working out. Truro, Nova Scotia based Highland Pulp Ltd. recently acquired the machine to perform ghost thinning.




BTB 38: Going for the Burn

Fleet of “seasoned” Tigercat equipment helps Sapp’s Land & Excavating meet growing demand for biomass product.


BTB 37: EHS and the new E-series skidders

Early in 2014, Tigercat released the E-series skidders. Available in North America and Europe, the 620E, 630E and 635E skidders are powered by the Tigercat FPT N67 Tier 4i engine. The 620E is rated at 164 kW (220 hp) and the two larger models at 190 kW (260 hp).


BTB 37: Focus on 5300

Attachment product manager, Duane Barlow, talks about Tigercat’s high capacity bunching saw line-up and the new 5300 bunching saw.