Robert Easton Ltd
Written by loggers for Loggers

 Forest Machine Magazine

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Welcome to the First Edition
of our Monthly Newsletter.

Having worked in the forest for over 38 years as a second generation logger, I decided, even though I had no idea how to switch on a computer, to start a facebook page to share my passion for forestry. I really feel quite proud of myself that I can almost type now with two fingers!
I am looking to keep you up to date with the latest news from the manufacturers and from the woods, share some great pictures and give away some great prizes.

Upcoming Events

10-13th September - The 31st World Logging Championships are being held at Brienz, Switzerland. There will be 30 Countries competing over the 3 days and 4-5,000 spectators are expected. www.brienz2014/ch/en

18th-20th September - The APF Forestry Show at Ragley Estate, Warwickshire. This is the biggest forestry show in the UK and the 3rd largest in Europe, with over 250 exhibitors and 3km of working machinery demonstrations. The European Chainsaw carving competition is being held with over 25 carvers, the Husqvarna 25m pole-climbing championship and the UK forwarder driving championship. Around 20,00 visitors are expected over the 3 days . www.apfexhibition.co.uk

Ecolog unveiled their brand new 8wd purpose built Steephunter Harvester on the WFW Stand at the Interforst Show in July. The Steephunter has a host of new features, starting with a spacious and comfortable levelling and rotating cab, which can rotate to 350°, giving it excellent vision and making it much easier to drive onto a low loader. It is powered by a 6cylinder Mercedes Benz engine, offering 301hp and it has the selective catalytic reduction system with diesel exhaust fluid to fulfill future emission regulations.
One of the main features of the Steephunter is the double implement pump circuit, one for the crane and one for the head, giving a maximum hydraulic flow of up to 560 litres/min at 1600rpm. This results in increased production and a significant reduction in fuel consumption per m2 of timber harvested. The E260 crane is available in 3 different lengths 10, 11 and 11.5 meters and it has a new forester measuring system with a large 15.6" touch screen with windows 8 operating system. A lot of thought has gone into access for maintenance and servicing making it a very operator friendly machine. For a more detailed report check out our website.


Photo of the Month

Graham Miller's photo of a John Deere 1270 in Central Scotland



The Interforst show in Munich was a huge success, with over 50,000 visitors from 72 countries attending and there was 450 exhibitors spread over 40,000 m3. The weather was fantastic for the 5 days and with so much to see and do, it made it a brilliant experience, I am already planning my next visit in 2118.




Konrad Forsttechnik were displaying their new Woody Harvesting Head at Interforst, it can be used as a conventional felling head or in conjunction with the Mounty Skyline. They are hoping to be at the APF in September.




Westtech had a good range of their woodcrackers on display at Interforst. They have some very clever equipment for removing overhead branches on railway lines etc. They will also be exhibiting at the APF in September




Ponsse Deutschland - Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH had a Scorpion King, Ergo, Wisent and a Buffalo Alpine at Interforst. The new Forwarder cranes have the pipes down the inside of the dipper boom giving better protection in thinnings.


Wolfgang Lichtenschopf, myself and Henry Gunn, who won the prize of an "all Expenses paid" trip to the Interforst show. The prize was kindly donated by Neuson Ecotec Gmbh in our Christmas competition last December. After the show we all went for a great meal, washed down by a few litres of excellent Bavarian Beer. Happy days!
We recently found out that Henry, who works as a Forwarder Operator for Joe Court Forestry, actually saw the job advertised on our facebook page, forestmachineoperatorjobs, applied for it and got it. Sorry Joe!
Call in and see Neuson Ecotec at the APF.

A guy walks into a bar and sits next to a pretty lady at the counter and says to her "I'm a logger what are you?"
She replies " I'm a lesbian, from the moment I wake up until the time I go to bed all I think about are women."
She finishes her drink and leaves the bar and this other guy comes and takes her seat beside the logger and says to him " I'm an accountant what are you?"
The logger replies "I thought I was a Logger but I have just realised I am actually a lesbian".


Timber Markets


In the UK the roundwood markets are looking to stay strong in the coming months with logs still averaging around £45.45/m3 at roadside. In Europe and Scandinavia its a little slower but with China importing over 1,000,000 tonnes of sawlogs and pulp a month it should help the markets in the long term.

Eco Log Backpack up for grabs
How many units per year can Eco Log manufacture?
Send your answer to
Winner will be chosen at random on the 20th Sept.