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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 630B CONSTRUCTION TRACTOR

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



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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 36: E&R Langille Believes in Tigercat 575

BTB reported on the operations of Nova Scotia based E&R Langille Contracting Ltd. back in 2008, not long after the company purchased, sight unseen, the third ever TH575 harvesting head to be produced by Tigercat.



BTB 35: Chipping in Chile

KBM owner Daniel Hermosilla talks to BTB about the equipment and human resources required to produce chips efficiently in Chile.


BTB 35: Past, Present and Future

Mike Nadeau looks at the past and present for cues on how to evolve White Oak Inc. along a sustainable path to the future in Northern Maine.


BTB 35: Changing the System

Gentz Forest Products faces new realities head on, transitioning from high volume chipping to processing in Michigan hardwood.


BTB 34: Eucalyptus Specialist

José Hidalgo talks about his company, Mecharv, and how a serendipitous walk in the British Columbia bush led to the purchase of 30 Tigercat machines.







BTB 33: Suzano Purchases 49 Tigercat Machines

Suzano Papel e Celulose is a Brazilian pulp and paper producer belonging to the Suzano Group, one of the largest corporations in Latin America with a presence in over 80 countries.



BTB 32: Cutting on the Edge in Eastern BC

The Larson family has been working in the forests of British Columbia since at least 1929, when Ivar and Lance’s grandfather started his first logging business.




BTB 31: WHAT BOTTLENECK?

Tigercat and CBI join forces, taking giant leaps toward a more cost effective multi-stem eucalyptus pulpwood harvesting system.


BTB 31: Mississippi Hills

In April 2011 Derrick O’Bryant toured the Tigercat facilities as part of a fact finding mission. Derrick was representing TDK Logging, a family owned business started by his father Edwin (Sam) O’Bryant thirty years prior.


BTB 30: IN THE THICK OF IT

Jimmy Glotfelty wrestles with giants as he tiptoes through West Virginia’s natural mixed hardwood forests.



BTB 27: The World of Klabin

Klabin is an integrated forest products company with 14 000 direct and outsourced employees, extensive land holdings and multiple industrial plants spread throughout eight states in Brazil.


BTB 26: Milestones for Clary Logging and Tigercat

Veteran Georgia logger and long-time Tigercat customer Robert Clary bought the first serial production model 726 as well as the 10,000th machine. He discusses the importance of preparedness, adapting to change, good equipment and hard work.



BTB 20: Tigercat Marches Across Siberia

On a February trip to start-up a new H860C harvester and provide initial operator training, I was fortunate enough to follow up with two of Tigercat’s first customers in Siberian. The companies purchased the Tigercat systems nearly one year ago.


BTB 13: The Hodge Brothers

Successful businessman and unconventional thinker, Eddie Hodge talks about Williston Timber's new low impact thinning concept and why, once upon a time, he and his brothers bought an unproven one-off machine from a bunch of Canadians.