Versatile Log Handler From SENNEBOGEN Helps Paper Mill Meet New Production Targets
Port Hawkesbury, NS – Dennis Boulet watches the big machines trundling past his window and he sees progress.
Just a year earlier, the window was shuttered and his calender mill in this small port town on the Island of Cape Breton was shut down. Then a new ownership group entered the picture, determined to restart the plant with new equipment that would increase throughput and improve profitability. As a Woodlands Supervisor within the mill now operated by Port Hawkesbury Paper LP, Dennis has been in the thick of the renewal effort.
“When the new owners took over the mill, we put in a new wood room…” Boulet explains. “A debarker, wood chipper and all the attachments. In doing so, our deck infeed was raised significantly, 18 ft. at the low end, up to 26 ft. at the high end. Then we were kind of hand-cuffed by the machines we had in the yard at the time – Paralift loaders and two material handlers. Our loaders didn’t have the height, and the material handlers didn’t have the trailer pulling capacity.”
A picker and a puller
Boulet looked into other machines available on the market and found himself meeting with a group from Strongco Corp., who represent SENNEBOGEN in Canada’s Atlantic region. Boulet had worked previously with Strongco, and he welcomed a call from Territory Manager, Terry Pickard. Pickard arranged an introduction to SENNEBOGEN’s purpose-built log handler, the 830 M-T, for the Port Hawkesbury team.
Boulet recalls: “They put on quite a presentation that showed us the machine pulling loaded trailers up the hill. Then they took us up to another mill that had an 18 ft. deck where we met the operator. Our mechanic went all over the machine and some of our operators got in and did some work on it. Once the operators and mechanics saw what the machine could do, that pretty much told us that this was the machine that could do the job. So we purchased the 830 M-T because it’s a material handler as well as a trailer puller.”
Engineered for yard duty
Once the 830 M-T went into service, operators found that it provided additional advantages over its basic requirements for picking and pulling.
With its cab elevating to about a 20 ft. height, the extra height for the operator to be able to look down at the deck makes the job that much easier. The mill’s machine operators tell him the extra 2 ft. height difference means a lot, plus the cab’s joystick steering controls instead of a steering wheel allows them more room in the cab.
The unique drive system on the 830 M-T, featuring a dual transmission is also well-suited to Boulet’s yard. SENNEBOGEN designed the system to ensure plenty of traction for pulling loads through sticky mud and uphills, without overstressing the power train.
“There’s no shortage of power, by any means!” Boulet reports. “Our upper yard is not paved and it has a 40 ft. elevation change from the lower yard. With the other machines, with just one transmission, we would have to be careful coming down to the lower yard, because a full load on our large trailers would be pushing the machine.”
Meeting more needs
The versatility of the machine is also paying off. “We do a lot of reclaiming here,” says Boulet. “We get wood coming in throughout the year but, at certain times, we need to cycle the wood around that’s in the yard. We have to clear the wood right down to the deck, but because we fill certain blocks with some large volume, our existing machines could do it but were limited.”
“Our wood specs also changed: from 8 ft. cut-to-length to random. Now we take logs anywhere from 6 ft. to 24 ft. So, for us to have a machine that could handle the volume, the weight and the length, we had to get a stronger machine.”
The log handler is also put to work unloading trucks with CTL (cut-to-length) loads from private suppliers, and for loading 8 ft. and 10 ft. lengths that the mill ships to nearby stud mills.
On target for prosperity
The real goal in purchasing the 830 M-T was to feed more wood through the mill. According to Boulet, his operators and technicians made the right choice.
“Our wood room is designed to run on a 12-hour shift at about 2 ½ ft. per minute. We’re producing 1700 tons of chips per day, so it’s running fairly fast. In order for us to get enough wood to the deck in the shortest amount of time, we needed a trailer puller so the log handler always has a good amount to feed right at hand. Trucks come direct to the deck, too, but if we don’t have another truck right there, the 830 M-T can load the deck from its trailer.”
“Our wood room is still getting up & running, but the 830 M-T can handle the pace, hands down.”
MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE
Model: 830 M-T
Undercarriage: Rubber Tired
Reach: 46 ft.
Attachment Type and Size: 225 Log Grapple
Type of Operator’s Cab: MaXCab with hydraulic elevating cab system.
OPERATIONS AT A GLANCE
Customer: Port Hawkesbury Paper
Dealer and Location: Strongco – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Start Up Year: 2013
Type of Material Handled: Logs 8 ft. to 24 ft.
Loading: Infeed deck 23 ft. at the high end feeding a debarker.
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