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COVER: Bradley McDowell Stands Tall In Louisiana
JENA, Louisiana – When Bradley McDowell started logging in 1992, he didn’t know he would be considered an innovator. But after a trip to the Canadian Rockies in 2004, and an introduction to “dangle head” machines, McDowell knew he wanted to do things a little different down in Louisiana.
Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Southern Loggin’ Times
SOUTHERN STUMPIN': Odds and Ends
As we do in every December issue, to end the year, let’s take a look back at some of the best quotes we’ve printed throughout 2021. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and see you in 2022. Excelsior! Article by
David Abbott, Managing Editor, Southern Loggin’ Times
CARSON, Mississippi – Espousing a sunny outlook somewhat the opposite of what might be more typically found among many of his peers, Anthony Stuart, 48, clearly has a positive outlook on the state of the industry these days. “I have never been a doom-and-gloom type person,” he admits. “There have been some good times and some bad times but with the weather how it has been and mills needing wood and talk of new mils coming online, it is kind of exciting right now to see what is going on. I really think there are good things to come.”
Article by David Abbott, Managing Editor, Southern Loggin’ Times
HAVANA, Florida – On October 22 and 23, 2021, Knight Forestry from Georgia, Equipment Linc from Alabama and Ponsse North America, Inc., joined forces to host a cut-to-length (CTL) live demo on Coastal Plywood land in Havana, Florida. Spectators came to the demo from all around the southern U.S. to watch the efficient team of a Ponsse Ergo harvester and Ponsse Elephant forwarded operate on rolling hills.
Article submitted by Ponsse North America.
Tire Care Makes Big Difference
Forestry tires are a big investment for logging operators, and in a business where small increases in efficiency can add up to the difference between profit and loss, it is important to take care of your tires.
Article submitted by Maxam Tire.
BULLETIN BOARD: Is The Sun Setting On The USA?
People, like nations, think they are eternal. What person at 25 or 30 doesn’t believe, at least subconsciously, that they will live forever? In the springtime of youth, an endless summer beckons. As you pass 70, it’s harder to hide from reality.
FROM THE BACKWOODS PEW: The Look Out
Whenever I see a stand of flooded timber, I am reminded of the many summer vacations I spent at my grandparents in Arkansas. My dad and I would fish any place we could find water. One of our favorite spots was a relatively small lake, which used to be a stand of timber.
Excerpted from Side Roads, Snares, and Souls by author Bradley Antill.
INDUSTRY NEWS ROUNDUP
- As We See It: Mr. Smith (The ALC) Goes To Washington
- Joe Allen’s Life Was Well Lived
- Northwest Hardwoods Heading To Texas
- Platinum Equity Acquires Oregon Tool
- Life Celebration Held For Pat Doyle, 81
- GP Sells OSB Mill To West Fraser Timber
- Woodgrain Purchases Independence Lumber
- Komatsu Combo
- New Feller-Bunchers, Harvesters
Forest Crew Worker Electrocuted While Trying To Cut Tree Fallen On High-Voltage Power Line
Supplied by Forest Resources Association.
Article By Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Southern Loggin’ Times
Bradley McDowell Stands Tall In Louisiana
JENA, Louisiana – When Bradley McDowell started logging in 1992, he didn’t know he would be considered an innovator. But after a trip to the Canadian Rockies in 2004, and an introduction to “dangle head” machines, McDowell knew he wanted to do things a little different down in Louisiana. It surprises him that the processor machines never caught on in the South – but after he thinks on it, he knows why, he says. “It is the investment: You can buy two loaders for what one of these costs. But you eliminate other costs,” he adds. “This thing will take the place of three loaders, and I thought it might catch on. It makes logging so much easier.”
McDowell operates by looking at tons per man that the crews produce. Because of the dangle head processor, each man on the four-man crew puts out at least 20,000 tons. “Everything else is irrelevant,” he believes, saying that looking at the tons per man in the woods tells truly how efficient an operation is; it will show how many skidders are needed, trucks, everything. It was a lesson McDowell learned years ago and has helped him greatly.
“My motto is that I try to make the money in the woods and keep it in the office. Always try to find a better deal on things,” he says. Sure, a better deal means cheaper fuel or better rates on insurance, but it also means truly maximizing production of men and machines.
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