Nortrax Hosts Live Cut Forestry Event for Loggers

The event started with live demos in the woods featuring the full lineup of John Deere forestry equipment.

📅   Fri September 09, 2016 - Midwest Edition #19


The operator uses a John Deere 2154D logging processor.
The operator uses a John Deere 2154D logging processor.
The operator uses a John Deere 2154D logging processor.
(L-R) are Rod, Tony, Zachary and Cole Thompson and a friend of the family, Dave Nynas. The Thompsons are the owners of property that is part of a federal program to help improve the habitat for the Golden Wing Warbler.
The operator demos this John Deere 1110E forwarder.
Informational seminars were conducted throughout the day. 
Tom Shannon, a retired Nortrax employee, worked for the company for 43 years. He drove attendees to the demo area using his 4520 John Deere compact tractor. Tim J. Murphy, president and CEO of Nortrax Inc., stands with a John Deere 853M tracked feller buncher.  
Dale Gessell, regional vice president of Nortrax, stands with a 848L grapple skidder. 
Lunch was served under a big tent in the woods. 
B&B Market and Quality Meats, Cloquet Minn., provided lunch.
Jacob Kesanen (L), Nortrax product support technology representative, Grand Rapids, Minn., discusses the new Timbernavi technology for tracking and managing material produced in the timber industry to Mike Warren of M&R Chips, Grand Rapids, Minn.
The operator of this John Deere 803 M with a Waratah 623C dangle processing head, strips, cuts and stacks trees in one quick run.
Gabe (L) and Logan Kiel check out a John Deere 843L feller buncher with a tree puller.
The operator demonstrates the John Deere feller buncher with Waratah head. 
Approximately 200 loggers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan attended the event.

Nortrax Equipment Company, the John Deere Forestry and construction dealer in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan, hosted a live cut forestry event for loggers and timber industry professionals on Aug. 18, near Twig, Minn. The site was located about 15 miles north of Duluth off Highway 53.

The event started with live demos in the woods featuring the full lineup of John Deere forestry equipment, including harvesters, feller bunchers, forwarders and skidders as they worked in unison to showcase the machines' productivity and efficiency in the woods. Morbark industrial chipping and grinding machines also were used in the live cut operation.

Approximately 200 loggers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan attended the event. They had the opportunity to attend four different seminars offered throughout the day for eligibility for MLEP (Minnesota Logger Education Program) and FISTA (Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance) SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) credit. The seminars covered topics such as machine optimization, safety initiatives, diesel exhaust fluid, battery and hydraulic and engine oils as it pertains to forestry equipment.

Tim Murphy, Nortrax president; Dale Gessell, Nortrax Midwest vice president; and Ken Knauf, Nortrax Forestry specialist, along with other Nortrax and John Deere forestry specialists and Morbark representatives, were on hand to answer questions and provide in-depth machine walk arounds and tours of the equipment. Jacob Kesanen, Nortrax product support technology representative, offered TimberNavi demonstrations on the job site mapping solution designed for full-tree logging operations. It provides accurate, in-machine visibility of terrain, harvesting area, and land boundaries. Lunch was served under a big tent in the woods.