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.
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.
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.
More memories of Tigercat's early years.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 visited Castalia, North Carolina to speak with Joedy Cahoon about his family operations, preferred equipment and prime harvesting methods.
Teak round log export specialist, Proteak, ventures into eucalyptus in Mexico in a big and bold way.
BTB revisits PG Bison eight years after purchasing four Tigercat harvesting systems for a new operation in a remote part of South Africa.
LH855D is the key ingredient to Michael Roundy’s new thinning system in Utah’s beautiful Dixie National Forest.
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.
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.
A 2000 model 630B skidder spent fourteen years operating in extreme Canadian winter conditions before undergoing a substantial transformation.
Musketts in Tasmania choose Tigercat harvesting system for challenging hot logging scenario.
Tiwi people take control of acacia plantation operation and begin to build stronger economy on remote Melville Island off the north coast of Australia.
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 discovers how two unique Tigercat 1075B scarifiers are efficiently preparing the soil for replanting in Sweden.
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 visits Michael Bedgood Logging in Shreveport, Louisiana.
All Tigercat FPT engines require fuel filters and diesel fuel that meet certain minimum standards.
Treeline’s Brian Souers talks about business, changing equipment requirements and his quest for parts commonality.
BTB took a trip over the Atlantic to Scandinavia to visit Tigercat customer Mats Danielsson, owner of MD Skog AB, in Borlänge Sweden.
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.
A visit with Eric Krume provides a glimpse into future possibilities for Pacific Northwest logging.
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.
Contrary to popular belief the New Zealanders did not invent bungee jumping.
C.K. Greene has made his mark in the Virginia logging industry and stays humble through all his recent growth and success.
BTB recently visited J&B Logging Inc. in Oakland, Maryland to see how Jimmy Glotfelty’s 5185 fixed felling saw is working out.
250D with AC16 carrier gets high marks in hardwood sawmill.
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.
The logging odyssey of David Hutsenpiller.
Passion, pride, and diversity is the key.
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.
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 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.
Tigercat sold its first unit into Australia (also the first Tigercat machine sold outside of North America) to Kevin Morgan back in early 2000.
Fleet of “seasoned” Tigercat equipment helps Sapp’s Land & Excavating meet growing demand for biomass product.
A brief history of the Tigercat shear and why it is a hot commodity in the Florida Gulf Coast.
Performance and support leads to steadily expanding TH575 population in Saskatchewan.
In just a couple of years, with AB Equipment at the helm, the Tigercat machine population in New Zealand has exploded from a handful of units to over 120.
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.
Dalfey’s hot logging operations are all about big timber and soft landings.
KBM owner Daniel Hermosilla talks to BTB about the equipment and human resources required to produce chips efficiently in Chile.
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.
Gentz Forest Products faces new realities head on, transitioning from high volume chipping to processing in Michigan hardwood.
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.
Southern US style roadside system finds its way to the highlands of Ecuador.
Tigercat and Titan Machinery opening new markets in Montana.
The planting of rubber wood trees (Hevea brasiliensis) in the west part of Africa has been going on for decades.
What a top notch crew and good maintenance will do…
Glenn Henderson Logging and Timber Co. is a large and successful harvesting company by any measure.
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.
Tigercat brings back the 726E feller buncher with a high horsepower twist.
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.
Iconic Canadian company, J.D. Irving, grants BTB an insider tour of its forestry operations in northern Maine.
Early this spring the Alabama cooperative, Cherokee Electric, purchased an M718E mulcher from Forestry 21 in Piedmont, Alabama. For Tigercat this was the second M718E to retail.
Tigercat and CBI join forces, taking giant leaps toward a more cost effective multi-stem eucalyptus pulpwood harvesting system.
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.
Jimmy Glotfelty wrestles with giants as he tiptoes through West Virginia’s natural mixed hardwood forests.
Starting from scratch and the story of PG Bison.
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.
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.
Tigercat finds niche in one of Sweden’s most demanding forest machinery applications.
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.
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.