New Products – March 2009: Caterpillar has made improvements to track feller-buncher machines.

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Cat Changes Improve Cab for Track Feller-Bunchers

            Caterpillar has made improvements to the operator’s cab of its track feller-buncher machines. The changes improve operator safety and comfort and machine durability.

            A full size sliding window on the left side of the cab allows more fresh air into the cab, and the escape hatch has a new quick release latch to allow fast exit in an emergency.

            Window mounting brackets and hardware have been strengthened to prevent damage from falling debris and eliminate potential leaks, and the sheet metal of the HVAC filter intake cover was strengthened and thickened to prevent damage.

            Finally, the work lights have stronger guards and steel bar protectors to prevent breakage and improve illumination of the work area.

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            The improvements apply to the following Cat feller-buncher models: 511, 521, 522, 532, 541, 551 and 552.

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Wood Products Workshops Slated in N.C. and W.Va.

            The North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension and the Wood Education and Resource Center will sponsor eight workshops related to wood products in the coming months.

            The workshops, for wood products designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, will be held on different topics at several locations.

            A short course for dry kiln operators will be held March 3-6 on the N.C. State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The next workshop will be on gluing solid lumber wood products March 12 at the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, West Virginia

            Two workshops on drying hardwood lumber and improving lumber quality will be held March 26 at the center and May 21 in Raleigh, and a short course in hardwood lumber grading will be taught May 12-14 in Raleigh.

            Two workshops on using 3-D SketchUp design software for wood products are planned, May 14 at the center and June 11 in Hickory, N.C.

            The final workshop on the series will be on profitable business opportunities for solid lumber cabinets, furniture and millwork June 18 at the center.

            Registration fees for the workshops range from $45 to $350. For more information or to register, call (704) 880-5034 or visit

Wood-Mizer Offers New Thin-Kerf Band Blade

            Wood-Mizer Blades has introduced a new thin-kerf band blade. The new 7 degree blade features greater hook angle and higher tooth height than 4 degree and 10 degree profiles. It can be used to saw exotic woods from tropical regions, extreme hardwoods, seasoned or recycled beams and frozen logs.

            The Wood-Mizer 7 degree blade, which can be used on sawmills with a wide range of horsepower, features increased gullet capacity that removes sawdust more efficiently, enabling a higher feed rate.

            The 7 degree profile is part of the DoubleHard product line that offers extended life and withstands multiple sharpening.

            It is available in the following width-kerf combinations: 1.25-inchx.045-inch, 1.25x.055, 1.5x.045 and 1.5x.055. Wood-Mizer will manufacture the blade to fit the length of any sawmill or resaw.

            “The seven degree blade meets the new demands of sawmills running accurately at much higher feed rates and cutting through difficult hardwoods with the efficiency of normal wood,” said Randy Panko, sales manager of the blades division.

            For more information, contact Wood-Mizer Blades at (800) 522-5760 or visit

Industrial Resources Offers Portable Wood Heat-Treater

            Industrial Resources has developed a new, portable heat-treating system that will be targeted for pallets, lumber and firewood.

            Industrial Resources partnered with another company, Wood Save, in a joint venture. Industrial Resources will manufacture the kilns, and both companies will market and sell them. The two companies have been testing the kilns over a year.

The portable heat-treating system is contained in an insulated, specially equipped semi-trailer. It uses an electric heat source. The systems will be pre-certified to comply with ISPM-15.

            For pallet suppliers with customers that require heat-treated pallets or containers, the portable system eliminates costly capital expenses for excavation and construction of heat-treating chambers or kilns. Portability also enables the system to serve the needs of multiple pallet plants or locations.

            The new portable heat-treating system also may have application for firewood producers. The firewood business in some states has been impacted by the spread of the emerald ash borer, an insect that kills ash trees. Quarantines have been imposed in some states, restricting the movement of ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood in order to contain infestations of this beetle. Hardwood firewood in quarantined areas is regulated. Generally, the risk associated with the beetle in these areas must be mitigated by heat-treating, kiln-drying, fumigation or debarking.

            Industrial Resources is an international provider of pallet handling equipment. It manufactures machinery and equipment to handle and repair pallets, and it can supply individual component machines or complete pallet management systems.

            For more information, call Industrial Resources at (800) 748-0306.

West Salem Completes Wood Fiber Prep System

            West Salem Machinery (WSM) recently completed a project for a wood fiber preparation system to convert green chips, sawdust and shavings to pellet fuel.

            The complete system, engineered and manufactured by WSM, handles up to 100 green tons of fiber per hour. It includes pre-screening and milling material to about ½-inch to ¾-inch minus product size.

            The system features two WSM drag chain reclaims that allow bulk loading and metered feeding of wood fiber, a WSM belt conveyor with overhead permanent, self-cleaning magnet, a WSM vibrating screen, and a WSM swing hammer hammermill. Pre-screening incoming material increases through-put using less energy.

            To learn more about WSM’s fiber preparation systems for renewable energy projects and its complete line of size reduction, screening and recycling systems, call (800) 722-3530 or visit

Edge Supplies Blades for Resaw, Dismantler

            Edge Manufacturing produces a line of carbon wood-cutting bandsaw blades and coil stock for the pallet industry as well as butt flash welders.

            The company’s U.S. EDGE® brand bandsaw blades are for resawing and pallet dismantling. They are fully hardened, one-piece carbon steel and feature precision ground teeth for optimum performance. They are made in the U.S. and available through local distributors.

            Edge expanded last year with the opening of a new facility in Tampa, Fla. The company also has operations in Missouri and California.

            Edge produces cutting tools for other industries, particularly the food and meat packing industry. It has operations in China, Germany and Brazil and supplies cutting tools to 50 countries on every continent.

            Overseeing sales of industrial products for wood-cutting and welding markets is Brad Leister, national sales manager.

            For more information or to contact Edge Manufacturing, call (888) 334-3123 or visit

William Cooper Retires from Cooper Machine

            Cooper Machine announced the retirement of William B. Cooper, who served as president of the company since 1991. The company extended best wishes to Bill in his retirement.

            Robert M. Cooper was named president and CEO. He has many years of experience in sawmill design, construction and service.

            Under Robert’s leadership, Cooper Machine will continue to serve the sawmill industry with its machinery and equipment products and service.

            For more information or to contact Cooper Machine, call (478) 252-5885 or visit