Landing Summer 2016

Landing Summer 2016
SUMMER 2016
Provided by Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. and John Deere
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Your voice matters
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By Richard W. Schwab,
President, American Loggers Council
When I first accepted the presidency of the American
Loggers Council (ALC) in September of last year,
one of my main goals was to increase our presence
in Washington. To that end, I want to encourage loggers
to get more involved in discussing key issues with
our elected representatives. As loggers, we’re the ones
who feel the impact of regulation the most. We’re the
ones enacting legislation on the ground. It’s our job to
ensure it’s done correctly.
The ALC is the only voice exclusively representing
timber harvesters in the United States. The Spring
Fly-In is the kind of engagement by our members that
helps us gain traction in Washington. I am pleased to
report that we had 60 individuals participate in our
last Spring Fly-In. In a day-and-a-half, ALC members
conducted 146 visits with senators, congressmen and
congresswomen, and staff members to educate Capitol
Hill lawmakers on matters important to loggers.
United States Forest Service timber-sale program.
The ALC is an advocate for increasing the pace and scale
of forest restoration and timber production on federal
forestlands. To improve forest management, we’d like
to see the amount of wood sold by the U.S. Forest Service
double from approximately 3.2 million to around 6.0
million board feet.
Wildfire-suppression funding. Wildfire-suppression
costs reached $1,195,955,000 in 2014, nearly double
the amount spent nine years ago. To meet the costs, the
U.S. Forest Service takes critical dollars away from other
forest-management projects that could actually help
prevent catastrophic fire events.
As loggers, we need to continue to speak our minds
on these and other important issues. Your voice matters.
Testimonies about how overregulation is affecting
your bottom line and ability to stay competitive really
resonate with lawmakers.
These key issues include:
Supporting the careers of youth in logging. The ALC
supports changes to child-labor laws that would allow
family members between the ages of 16 and 18 to work
in their family’s timber-harvesting operations.
But you don’t have to travel to Washington. You can visit
your state capitol, because state governments are also
burdening loggers with excessive regulation. Or you can
get in touch with your federal and state elected leaders
by email or phone. Visit www.usa.gov/elected-officials
to identify those representing you.
State-legal loads on the interstate system. Individual
states have long set weight limits for roads and highways, The ALC is currently active in 34 states. If your state
but the federal government establishes its own weight
has not yet become involved with the ALC, please ask
limits for the interstate system. The ALC supports an
us how we can help you make this happen. Loggers
exemption for forest-commodity loads that meet state- need to help us get the message out. The future of our
legal requirements and tolerances, which would shift
industry depends on it.
more trips from secondary roads to the interstate system,
reducing trip miles and improving safety.
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CONTENTS
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News You Can Use
Ultimate Uptime can help you fix costs
and better manage cash flow.
5 Tech Tips
Remote diagnostics and programming
can often reduce downtime and save
a technician visit. Here’s how.
6 Going To Extremes
D&J Isley and Sons Contracting Ltd.
works in some “wicked, wicked terrain,”
according to owner Roy Isley. “I want to
be the only guy who will log that stuff.
I really push the envelope.”
10 Deere Gear
To keep ahead of the competition, you
need to keep ahead at the landing. Our
new E-Series Knuckleboom Loaders
and G-Series Swing Machines can help.
12 Logger’s Round Table
Recently we visited new owners of the
L-Series to learn what they had to say
about these game-changing machines.
15 Well Grounded
Logger Frank Krammes knows how
to work the land, with his excavating,
farming, and mining operations.
Cover image:
Logging the unforgiving Canadian
Rockies requires the latest equipment
and plenty of data.
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WEIGH THE VALUE
WHY ULTIMATE UPTIME MAKES SENSE (AND CENTS!)
Loggers contend with many variables in their business — terrain, weather, quotas, and operators,
to name a few. But perhaps none are more frustrating, or costly, than when a machine is down for
unplanned maintenance and repairs. Ultimate Uptime, featuring John Deere ForestSight™ technologies
coupled with services such as Extended Warranty and Preventative Maintenance (PM) programs, is offered
by your John Deere dealer. It can be customized to fit your needs and take a load of worry off your mind.
More machine availability
Fixed costs
Ultimate Uptime ensures that your maintenance is completed
in the most efficient way possible — with factory-trained
dealer technicians utilizing the most advanced tools and factoryrecommended parts to complete major service and repairs.
This not only reduces machine downtime, but also frees up
your manpower to focus only on minor issues and spend the
rest of their time on more revenue-generating activities.
An Ultimate Uptime agreement with Powertrain Extended
Warranty allows you to roll your maintenance costs
and major component repairs into the financing of your
monthly machine payment, making your costs predictable.
Planned versus unplanned
Using JDLink™ data, dealer technicians can forecast maintenance intervals to schedule repairs during non-productive
times such as nights, weekends, or rainy days. Moreover,
by proactively monitoring alerts, they can often prevent
problems before they occur.
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Resale value
An on-purpose, dealer-managed, PM program ensures
that necessary maintenance does not take a back seat
to the demands of a production schedule. When it comes
time to sell or trade your machine, the next owner can
have peace of mind knowing that this well-documented
maintenance program has maximized the performance
and the life of the machine, potentially adding value to
the resale transaction.
REMOTE DIAGNOSTICS
AND PROGRAMMING
SAVE TIME AND MONEY ON REPAIRS
Uptime is a logger’s number-one concern. And when your
machine experiences an issue, it usually means losing time and
money waiting for a technician to arrive. With JDLink™-enabled
remote diagnostics and programming, part of the John Deere
ForestSight™ solution, you can often reduce downtime and save
a technician visit. Here’s how:
HOW REMOTE
DIAGNOSTICS WORKS
Dealer receives an alert
from the jobsite.
Dealer accesses JDLink
and reviews fault codes and
machine-performance data.
Machine-operation issues
Improper machine operation can lead to
costly repairs, but it can often be hard to
identify until it’s too late. Your John Deere
dealer can provide the insight you need.
When there is an issue with a machine
at the jobsite, JDLink telematics sends
an alert to your dealer. Using remote
diagnostics, your dealer can read trouble
codes and even record performance
data. If it’s an issue related to improper
machine operation, like excessive inchingpedal use, or routine maintenance, such
as a blocked filter, the dealer can help you
resolve the problem over the phone. That
way, you can provide operator training or
perform the service yourself.
Untreated, these issues may have caused
premature wear and expensive downtime.
Instead, you have fast resolution without
a costly technician visit, reducing downtime
and service charges.
Right part the first time
You know the scenario. A machine goes
down. A technician makes two separate
trips to the jobsite to diagnose the problem
and return with the correct part. That
means increased downtime and service
charges. But with remote diagnostics, the
technician can often show up with the right
part the first time.
It starts when you contact the dealer
to report a malfunction, or when your
dealer receives an alert about your machine
from JDLink. A dealer technician then
connects to your machine through JDLink
to remotely analyze the problem. With the
proper diagnosis, the first trip the technician
makes can be with the right part in hand.
The problem is resolved quickly, and an initial
diagnostic trip to the jobsite and a return
trip with the part may be avoided.
Remote software updates
Some machine issues such as engine
derate can be addressed with a software
update. Using remote programming, your
machine can receive wireless software
updates, so a technician doesn’t have to
come to the jobsite with a laptop in hand.
After your dealer receives an alert, remote
programming allows them to update the
software to resolve the problem.
Dealer contacts the
customer and establishes
remote diagnostics connection.
Dealer confirms overall
machine health is fine,
but advises the customer
on how to resolve improper
machine operation or routine
maintenance issue.
Dealer determines that a part
needs to be replaced and
the technician arrives with
the correct part the first time,
avoiding a time-consuming
and costly diagnostic trip.
HOW REMOTE
PROGRAMMING WORKS
Dealer receives an alert
from the jobsite.
Dealer determines that the
machine issue can be resolved
using a software update.
Dealer uses remote
programming to update
software and resolve
the problem.
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SUCCEEDING IN THE REMOTE AND
UNFORGIVING CANADIAN ROCKIES
DEMANDS THE LATEST EQUIPMENT
AND PLENTY OF DATA
Loggers work in punishing environments. The foothills of the Canadian Rockies in northern
Alberta are about as remote and unforgiving as it gets. Based out of Grande Prairie, which
is about a five-hour drive north of Edmonton, D&J Isley and Sons Contracting Ltd. prides
itself on going after tracks nobody else will. “We deal with some wicked, wicked terrain,” says
owner Roy Isley. “I want to be the only guy who will log that stuff. I really push the envelope.”
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HARDCORE DEERE
Incorporated in 1978, D&J Isley and Sons has grown into
one of the largest harvesting companies in Western Canada,
logging and hauling for three major mills. Its four harvesting
operations run over 80 pieces of equipment. About 75
percent of the harvesting is cut-to-length.
For the last 10 years, the company has harvested an average
of one million cubic meters annually. “Adapting the right
equipment to the conditions,” says Isley. “That’s the secret.”
For D&J Isley and Sons, the right equipment is John Deere.
The company bought its first Deere skidder in 1966 and its
100th in 2004. “We’re very, very hardcore John Deere.”
“We run a pretty modern fleet of mostly John Deere equipment,
including harvesters, forwarders, feller bunchers, and skidders,”
adds Roy’s son, Cory Isley, manager of harvesting operations.
“We work in all four seasons, sometimes all in the same month
(laughs). Our operations run 24/7, so we need to maximize
the uptime and utilization of our machines. Good equipment
in our business is key, and Deere builds the best product in
the forestry industry.”
Last year the company purchased a John Deere 859MH
Tracked Harvester and an 853M Tracked Feller Buncher.
“These machines are completely new products, designed
for the future,” Roy reports. “The harvester is an absolutely
awesome machine. The steeper the terrain, the better it runs.
The balance and reach are really impressive. The machine
just wants to be there.”
He marvels at the level of operator comfort. “You ever hear the
old expression, ‘If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy’?
Well, if the operators aren’t happy, nobody is happy because
they won’t be as productive. Our operators love the new
M-Series machines. A ton of comfort is built into them. Lots
of visibility. You want a machine you don’t have to fight, that
just flows. That’s the new M-Series.”
DATA DIEHARDS
In addition to running the latest forestry equipment, using
data has been key to the company’s success. “It’s critical
to understand that in this business, we do not bill by the hour,”
says Roy. “We have a rate we are paid per cubic meter, so
I have to know what it costs me to produce a cubic meter.
Without that information I don’t know if I’m profitable or not.”
Truly understanding the data requires analysis. “Analyze,
analyze, analyze — that’s one thing I really try to encourage
with my sons. There’s a lot of data on these machines we can
access and use, but you need to train your mind to look for
things. If you don’t turn that data into useful information, it
serves no purpose. If you don’t grab hold of it and try to run
your business with it, it does no good.”
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Each day Roy receives several reports. “I get an estimate of
block volume per hectare for a general idea of how much wood
we can harvest. That way, we can look at a cut unit any time
to see what we’ve done and have an idea of what we’ve got left
to do. But more importantly, we can also see how many cubic
meters are being produced by each machine, broken down by
operator and shift. That data is coming off the units so it’s real
and unbiased. There’s no guesswork.”
Isley also tracks costs using the John Deere JDLink™ machinemonitoring system — including fuel, filters, and undercarriage
maintenance — so he’s able to break down what it costs to
produce each cubic meter. “I get a report no later than eight
o’clock every morning, so I know exactly what every operation
did the day before. Our reports not only help me manage our
costs and production, but help me work with the mill — I can
tell the mill exactly the volume of small, medium, and large
trees we are producing each week for each block.”
REAL-TIME FLEET MANAGEMENT
Cory uses JDLink to keep tabs on the company’s Deere machines.
The local Deere dealership, Brandt Tractor, set up JDLink and
trained him so he gets exactly the information he needs. “The
Isleys have always been on the cutting edge, willing to try new
things that will help them track and improve productivity more
effectively,” says Tom Airth, Territory Sales Manager, Brandt
Tractor, Grande Prairie. “The new technology has been a real
benefit for them, which is why we do our best to support them
in any way we can.”
Cory gets a daily email report that gives him the hours and
liters of fuel burned for each machine. “That’s extremely useful
information — it’s nice to have it sent straight to my email each
morning and not have to wonder about it. I also have the JDLink
app on my phone, so I can get live data about machine location
and health. Using live data I can make decisions based on
what’s happening right now, not days or weeks ago. If we have
a machine issue, Brandt can remotely diagnose the problem
and help us resolve it over the phone or send a technician
with the right part the first time.”
“Analyze,
analyze,
analyze.”
–Roy Isley, owner,
D&J Isley and Sons
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In addition to receiving real-time data, Cory has also used
JDLink to track data over time. “We collected data on the
temperatures of feller bunchers running at different times of
the year. This has helped us address issues with a few machines
that were running hot.”
Access to data has been a useful tool in developing rate
models for negotiating with mills. “Operating cost is a constant
challenge,” says Cory. “Having that data shows us exactly how
many hours a machine is working and how many liters of fuel
it is burning, so we can prove to our customers what it really
costs to run a machine.”
Cory has also been working with the easy-to-use, fully integrated
John Deere mapping solution, TimberNavi™. “Our operators
love it. It’s got a clear display, so they know where they are on
the cut block at any time — they don’t have to keep getting out
of the machine to find boundaries. TimberNavi is a big step in the
right direction for our industry. I’m looking at how I can improve
productivity at all times, and this technology is another good tool.”
According to Cory, productivity is ultimately about keeping the
machines running and the operator comfortable: “John Deere technology solutions and their new M-Series machines help us do that.”
“I’m looking at how I can
improve productivity at all times,
and this technology
is another good tool.” –Cory Isley, manager
of harvesting operations,
D&J Isley and Sons
PRODUCT SUPPORT IN REMOTE LOCATIONS
JDLink is an important tool for improving uptime, but the support that D&J Isley
and Sons gets from Brandt Tractor is essential. “Machine availability is a must in our
business,” says Roy. “And the support we get from our dealer is critical because we
are so remote. Brandt’s biggest advantage is they started out in Western Canada,
so they really know forestry. They are very in tune with what the problems might be.
They keep us well stocked with parts and provide a spare machine when we need it.
They know we are a large producer that can’t afford to be down.”
“We’ve had an excellent long-term relationship with D&J Isley and Sons,” adds Airth.
“We understand that support from their dealer and manufacturer is very, very important
to them. We’re always looking for new and better ways to improve the systems we
have in place. And we work closely with Deere to keep the equipment up and running
to maximize uptime. The end result is a more productive and profitable customer.”
John Deere is at the forefront in Roy’s book: “From their innovative new machines,
to their technology solutions, to their world-class dealer network, they lead the way.
They’re always thinking not just about how they can help loggers now, but into the
future. It’s about tomorrow, not just today.”
D&J Isley and Sons Contracting Ltd. is serviced by Brandt Tractor, Ltd., Grande Prairie, Alberta.
To see more of the story, visit
JohnDeere.com/GoingToExtremes
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E-SERIES KNUCKLEBOOM LOADERS
Power. Speed. Efficiency.
To stay ahead of the competition, you need to keep up at the
landing. Our enhanced John Deere 437E and 337E Knuckleboom
Loaders set the pace, with new features that further improve
productivity and durability. Both models deliver five percent
more swing torque and lift force than previous Deere models,
for more productive delimbing and truck loading. Plus its EPA
Final Tier 4 (FT4) diesel engine employs technologies that are
fluid-efficient and simple to use, with minimal impact on your
operation. Other features that boost uptime while lowering daily
operating costs include ground-level oil drain and filter change,
a smaller hydraulic oil reservoir that cuts fluid costs, a more
durable electrical system, and an optional electric refill pump.
G-SERIES SWING MACHINES
Put productivity into full swing
When handling big wood, whether loading, shoveling,
or processing, 3154G and 3754G Swing Machines can help
you get more done, more efficiently. Both models feature
a major cab update that sets a new standard for comfort
and safety, with significantly more room and superb views
all around. Cab-riser configurations allow safer rear access
and feature a cab-forward design for better visibility. On
processor machines, fully integrated, straight-front Waratah
heads with through-nose routing come factory installed.
Other improvements include better stability, more robust
cooling, a simplified electrical system, enhanced LED worklight options, service-compartment lighting, and larger
service bays. The new 3154G and 3754G will change your
expectations about what a swing machine can accomplish.
To learn more, visit
JohnDeere.com/Forestry
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CUSTOMERS DISCUSS THE
GAME-CHANGING L-SERIES
SKIDDERS AND WHEELED
FELLER BUNCHERS
Our new L-Series Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers
were designed to truly change the game, helping you get
more done with more uptime. Did we accomplish this
goal? To find out, we recently visited some new owners
of the L-Series and got their impressions. Here’s what
they had to say.
“TRULY A GAME-CHANGER”
“They’ve really changed the game for us. I can see a big
difference in production. And they’re really solid, well-built
machines. We’re getting good uptime.”
Buddy Lominick
“ Both machines have been game changers for us. There is so much
space in the cab. Visibility is excellent. The stability in rough terrain
is great. On the feller buncher, we never seem to lose any power at all —
multifunctional performance is excellent. And the machines are so
user friendly — we’ve had young operators run them, and they were
able to get up to speed very quickly.”
Mitch McGill,
McGill Timber Company, Louisville, Georgia,
748L Skidder and 643L Feller Buncher owner
“The rear window on the skidder is
much larger. When you spin the seat
around, visibility is just wide open.”
Dustin Clauson
“VISIBILITY HAS TO BE
SEEN TO BE BELIEVED”
“ The front window on the feller buncher is much bigger.
I can see almost anywhere. And that’s important when
thinning because you don’t want to scar up a tree you
don’t intend to cut.”
Austin Collins,
McGill Timber Company,
Louisville, Georgia,
643L Feller Buncher operator
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“ The power and stability of the L-Series Skidders
are great. The axles and grapples are bigger and
more robust. Deere really improved cab comfort.
The visibility is outstanding. Everything about it.
It’s like a glove — it just fits.”
“THESE SKIDDERS WON’T BACK
DOWN. OR LET YOU DOWN.”
Frank Krammes
“The L-Series Skidders are more stable on a hill. The weight
distribution really keeps the machine balanced when climbing
and hauling big loads. And the grapple improvements are unreal.
They’re bigger, tougher, and stronger.”
Peter Schmidt,
Forest Trotter Contracting,
Grande Prairie, Alberta,
748L and 848L Skidders owner
“ Everything is bigger and stronger on the L-Series
Skidders — bigger cab, bigger grapples, bigger
axles, bigger articulation joint. Everything is
designed to deliver more productivity and uptime.”
“The power of the 748L is excellent. The amount of wood it
can pull really surprised me. Buying the skidder is probably
the best decision I’ve made in terms of getting more wood to
the landing more quickly. I just can’t say enough about how
it’s turned our operation around.”
Mitch McGill
Dustin Clauson
“NEW CVT TRANSMISSION
PROVIDES STEADY PULL”
“ The Continuously Variable Transmission is
really smooth. There are no ‘shift shocks’ or
jerking. You have a constant, steady pull so
you don’t lose anything.”
Buddy Lominick
“ The CVT efficiently combines power, traction,
and fuel consumption. You have constant engine
speed, so there’s no messing around with shifting.
At the end of the week you’ve saved money
because of this amazing technology.”
Frank Krammes,
“FATIGUE-BEATING
COMFORT & CONTROL”
“The cabs are bigger and very
comfortable. My operators can’t
believe how quiet they are. And
they can configure controls the
way they like them, to help them
be more productive.”
Frank Krammes Timber Harvesting and Excavating,
Sacramento, Pennsylvania, 948L Skidder owner
“Our 948L Skidder blew us out of the water.
The cab is huge. Controls are effortless and
joystick steering really helps reduce fatigue
over a long shift.”
Dustin Clauson,
Clauson Logging, Prince George, British Columbia,
948L Skidder owner
Buddy Lominick
“The rotating seat provides a more comfortable rear view to the grapple.
Operators can spin right around, so it takes them less time to get back
into the woods and grab wood. Plus there is less neck strain, so the operator
is more comfortable and productive.”
Frank Krammes
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“WE LIKE THESE FELLERS A BUNCH”
“ So many things impress us about the 643L Feller Buncher —
the strength, speed, agility, and structural integrity. I keep going
back to the speed. The faster and more efficiently an operator
runs the machine, the more we produce. And the machine is
very capable in that respect.”
Kip Smith
“ When you’re running the volume of wood that I run, you’ve got to put
a lot of wood on the ground, and the 643L is just a very competitive
machine. The power is there — the saw recovers really fast so you’re
not waiting around. Visibility is great, especially when you’re doing
thinnings. The boom is stronger and the machine is stable enough to
handle bigger timber. It’s a great all-around machine.”
Butch Lewis,
Lewis Logging, Chester, South Carolina,
648L Skidder and 643L Feller Buncher owner
“ I really like the differential-lock feature. You can lock all
four axles, or just the front or back two. You don’t lose traction,
which helps a lot on hills.”
Chris Oates
Mike Allen,
“We work in a lot of hills, and the 643L really
holds its ground. It’s got really good power,
and it’s so easy to run, with configurable
controls and the Quick Dump feature. The cab
has so much room — you can really stretch
out and adjust the seat exactly how you want.
And when you are working 10 to 12 hours,
you have to be comfortable. It’s great. I love it!”
Austin Collins
“Right now John Deere feller bunchers are really on
top of their game. You can see out of them better.
The controls are configurable and easy to use. It’s just
a very powerful machine for its size. And that makes
a lot of difference in the hilly terrain we work in.”
Kip Smith Forest Services,
Haddock, Georgia,
643L Feller Buncher operator
“ You can tilt the head back further, which really helps
distribute the weight better and improves balance
coming up the hill with a full bundle of wood.”
Buddy Lominick
“Auto Accumulation and one-button Quick Dump make
training a new operator pretty easy. A green operator
can focus on the fundamentals like selecting the correct
trees and laying down a logging deck, while the machine
automates felling-head and boom-control functions.”
Kip Smith,
“PUSH-BUTTON EASY”
Kip Smith Forest Services, Haddock, Georgia,
643L Feller Buncher owner
“Quick Dump is a great feature. Simply hit the
button, and the head will tilt and the arms will
release automatically in one smooth motion.
It really saves time and effort.”
“SIMPLE TO SERVICE”
Chris Oates
“ You don’t have to climb on the machine to service it.
Fueling and greasing can be done from ground level.
That’s a great safety feature, and it saves time.”
“ Serviceability is one of a kind.
Everything is right at your
fingertips, making the machines
so easy to service and maintain.”
Buddy Lominick,
Chris Oates,
Lewis Logging, Chester, South Carolina,
643L Feller Buncher operator
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Buddy Lominick, Big Pine Logging,
Newberry, South Carolina, 648L Skidder
and 643L Feller Buncher owner
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“Opportunity is missed by most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison
Frank Krammes is a living embodiment
of that American icon, the self-made
man. If you roll up your sleeves and
work hard enough, you can achieve
almost anything. “You are always
going to run up against obstacles,
but you have to look beyond that,”
he says. “Just keep your nose to
the grindstone.”
Krammes has kept his nose to the
grindstone all his life. The small
excavating business he started 30
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Coal-mining heritage
years ago has grown into a company
that today employs over 60 people.
The son of a bricklayer, Krammes
Frank Krammes Timber Harvesting
and Excavating is located in the small started his excavating business
unincorporated town of Sacramento, upon graduating from high school.
“I started out with nothing. It was just
Pennsylvania, where he was born
me and another guy with a backhoe
and raised. Sacramento is nestled
and
a dump truck.”
among beautiful rolling farmlands in a
predominantly Amish community that
also happens to be in the heart of the Over the years the company steadily
Pennsylvania coal region. So perhaps grew. “Amish farmers are always
expanding and updating, so they
it’s not a big surprise that Krammes
always gave us a lot of excavating
also farms and owns a coal mine.
work,” says Krammes. The fledgling
excavating company added timber
harvesting to its résumé when it
began clearing trees for residential
and mining customers who were
building in wooded areas.
Today the logging operation does
mostly whole-tree chipping of hardwood. The chips are sent to local
mills to produce the underlayment
of countertops, door interiors, and
sound-masking materials. In addition to logging and excavating, the
company also farms over 700 acres
and runs two anthracite coal mines.
“I got into mining because of our local
heritage. And my grandfather was
a miner. It’s something I’ve always
wanted to do.”
The logging, farming, and mining
operations are all interconnected,
according to Krammes: “The mining
operation started because land that
I had bought to harvest timber on also
had coal reserves. We’re farming on
land that was previously strip-mined,
using a compost that is made using
our wood chips and a sludge material
that would otherwise have gone into
landfills. We farm mostly corn, which
benefits from the nitrogen-heavy
compost.”
Lean and mean
Krammes’ whole-tree chipping
operation produces 60 to 70 tractortrailer loads a week. “We used to produce as many as 120 loads a week,
but the market is always changing.
Mills have come and gone. An energy
plant we delivered chips to was
recently mothballed. We need to
be diversified in everything we do.
And we need to run lean and mean,
and do more with less, which is why
we are focusing on bigger, more
efficient equipment. And John Deere
is a big part of that.”
since day one because we really
believe in their product. We work
in pretty steep, rough terrain around
here, and we know we can rely on
Deere skidders to get the job done.
Our 848H has been rock solid. We
have several thousand hours on it,
and we’ve had no issues.”
The company recently acquired
John Deere’s largest skidder, a 948L.
“Our dealer, Plasterer Equipment,
invited us to an unveiling of the new
L-Series machines in Davenport,
and we were really impressed with
the improvements — the spacious
cab, the visibility, and the ease of
service, to name a few.”
Unleash the beast
The decision to add the larger 948L
came down to maximizing efficiency
and productivity. “Using the 948L,
we can load a trailer in three drags,”
explains foreman Kevin Fertig. “With
our older Deere skidders it takes
us six drags.”
“The 948L really works wonders,”
says operator Rick Deeter. “It outpulls
any other skidder we’ve owned by
miles. I don’t have to make near as
many trips to the woods.”
Deeter appreciates the cab comfort
and operator friendliness of the 948L.
“It’s a lot quieter. There’s much more
room to stretch your legs. I can spin
the rotating seat around so I don’t
have to keep straining my neck all
the time. I’ve been in the woods for
30 years, and I’ve done it the hard way
and now the easy way. It’s a whole
new world for me.”
Fertig is impressed by the build of
the machine. “Everything has really
beefed up. The axles are much bigger.
It’s really designed to withstand the
punishment of the woods. We believe
this machine will be around a long time.”
“ I started out with nothing. It was
just me and another guy with
a backhoe and a dump truck.”
Frank Krammes, owner,
The company has owned several
John Deere skidders over the years,
including 548, 648, 748, and 848
models. “We’ve used Deere skidders
Frank Krammes Timber Harvesting and Excavating
Keeping things
running smoothly
Uptime is critical and JDLink™ telematics helps keep things moving.
“I’m not really computer savvy,” says
Krammes. “But JDLink is easy to use.
It alerts my foreman and mechanics
if there’s a problem or upcoming
service. It can even tell us that an
operator might not be operating the
machine properly, which is something
we can address.”
Plasterer Equipment works hard
to ensure JDLink works seamlessly
to take the burden off Krammes,
so he can focus on bidding jobs
and managing the business, rather
than dealing with the headaches
of machine issues and maintenance.
“With JDLink and Plasterer monitoring
the machine, I don’t need to wake
up every morning and worry about
my skidder,” says Krammes. “It’s the
furthest thing from my mind because
I know it’s being taken care of. That’s
a big reason we chose John Deere.”
Plasterer Equipment also optimizes
Krammes’ uptime through the
John Deere Ultimate Uptime program
branded through the dealership as
“Plasterer Care.” The program includes
18
preventative-maintenance contracts,
extended warranties, and other
solutions all rolled into the cost of
a new machine, making his costs
fixed and predictable.
Improving the bottom line is not
just about working harder; it’s about
working smarter. “Ultimate Uptime,
combined with the data from JDLink
and weekly utilization reports, really
help us manage costs and understand
whether we’re profitable or not,”
says Krammes.
Frank Krammes Timber Harvesting and Excavating
is serviced by Plasterer Equipment Company, Inc.,
Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
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machine, I don’t need to wake up every
morning and worry about my skidder.”
Frank Krammes, owner,
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5255 N Deere Rd
Park City, KS 67219
325 S Highway 281
Great Bend, KS 67530
1621 NW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66618-2831
1410 W Oklahoma Ave
Ulysses, KS 67880
10893 112 Rd
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316-942-1457
800-262-0139
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800-264-4056
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800-279-6087
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800-472-9238
620-227-3139
800-794-0172
NEBRASKA
Gering
Omaha
Lincoln
Grand Island
North Platte
220810 Highway 92
Gering, NE 69341
308-436-2177
9751 S 148th St
Omaha, NE 68138
402-894-1899
6100 Arbor Rd
Lincoln, NE 68517
3204 S Engleman Rd
Grand Island, NE 68803
3701 S Jeffers St
North Platte, NE 69101
800-205-6784
800-416-5095
402-467-1300
800-416-5518
308-381-0741
800-868-4017
308-534-7020
800-894-7060
OHIO
Columbus
Vandalia (Dayton)
Canton
Painesville
Jackson
2121 Walcutt Rd
Columbus, OH 43228
1015 Industrial Park Dr
Vandalia, OH 45377
1509 Raff Rd SW
Canton, OH 44710
811 Callendar Blvd
Painesville, OH 44077
1 Deere Way
Jackson OH 45640
614-876-1141
800-222-2010
937-898-4198
800-233-4228
330-477-9304
866-235-0438
440-639-0700
866-800-1398
740-688-4100
Cincinnati
Lima
Brunswick
Poland (Youngstown)
Cambridge
11441 Mosteller Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241
3550 Saint Johns Rd
Lima, OH 45804
1240 Industrial Pkwy N
Brunswick, OH 44212
590 E Western Reserve Rd Bldg 3
Poland, OH 44514
60611 Hulse Rd
Cambridge, OH 43725
513-772-3232
800-844-3734
419-221-3666
800-423-7445
330-220-4999
800-716-9796
330-629-6299
866-503-7259
740-439-2747
MISSOURI
PENNSYLVANIA
Kansas City
Springfield
Harmony
Delmont
8600 NE Parvin Rd
Kansas City, MO 64161
1401 S State Highway MM
Springfield, MO 65802
179 Perry Highway
Harmony, PA 16037
1973 Route 66
Delmont, PA 15626
816-483-5000
888-306-3434
417-863-1000
888-306-2656
724-776-3636
724-837-4500
IOWA
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Sioux City
Waterloo
5087 E Broadway Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317
1303 3rd Ave NW
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
4900 Harbor Dr
Sioux City, IA 51111
3469 W Airline Hwy
Waterloo, IA 50703
515-263-0055
800-822-2212
515-576-3184
800-362-2487
712-252-2753
800-352-4693
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