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.

The oldest and largest live in-woods demonstration of forestry equipment in the nation was hosted once again by Mississippi State University. The venue, John W. Starr Memorial Forest, is one of the properties in the university’s Bulldog Forest which covers approximately 12 000 ha (30,000 acres) throughout the state.

The 234B loader with a newly redesigned cab.

The 234B loader with a newly redesigned cab.

The latest and greatest advancements in forestry equipment were showcased. Continuing education programs offered during the show provided an opportunity for loggers, landowners and foresters to learn of the newest research advances from top professionals in the field.

Tigercat’s full tree harvesting demonstration consisted of a 724G drive-to-tree feller buncher, a 610E skidder and a 234B loader. Attendees were also able to watch a T234B track loader feeding material into a Bandit chipper and got a close-up look at the latest Tigercat machines, including the LX830D track feller buncher, a 720G feller buncher and the E-series skidders.

The new Tigercat FPT powered LX830D track feller buncher attracted a lot of attention.

The new Tigercat FPT powered LX830D track feller buncher attracted a lot of attention.

The show generated over $10,000 for Log-A-Load for Kids through merchandise sales and donations, including one made by Tigercat dealer, B & G Equipment. B & G also sponsored the loader contest with top finishers including, Charles Garrett of Glen Henderson Logging in New Augusta, Mississippi, Lee Powers of Doug Powers Inc. in Carthage, Mississippi and Clay Maxwell of Stott Wood Co. from Olla, Louisiana.