New Zealand Forestry

As level 4 restrictions have been reduced to level 3, we have seen the return of log vessels to the port. With wood processing allowed, Nelson Pine Industries have restarted their MDF and LVL plant, though returning to full production capacity will not be immediate. With the return flow of Nelson Pine and other processed timber products, along with the ongoing fitting of wine flexitanks, we will see QuayPack return to nearly normal levels of operation.

With the return of the construction industry, this will allow a number of postponed but planned projects for the port infrastructure to continue. McConnell Dowell will continue replacement work on Main Wharf North, which is vital work necessary to improve port resilience, emergency lifeline services, and capacity to receive larger vessels.

Along with the awakening of the construction and forestry industries, hydraulic ram dealers will no doubt be called upon to either service or repair and replace worn, unused and neglected parts. One would imagine the hydraulic ram dealer will be able to keep up with supply, with two sleeping giants both rising from their slumber within a short breath of one another. Enabling the industries at large to start up again with as little delay as possible.

Forestry is a significant industry in New Zealand. With total exports of forestry products from New Zealand totaling around $6.7 billion, making it the country’s third-largest export earner behind dairy and meat. Forestry contributes $5 billion annually to the economy and employs about 35,000 people.

But as a breath of air is being given to the forestry industry, we can’t forget that the machines have been sitting idle awaiting our return. So even more so than ever before conducting proper maintenance on your machines is absolutely critical for a smooth and fast as possible reanimation of the forestry industry.

As we know forestry machines have a tough job, and they are worked in tough conditions. Extreme cold or hot, running long hours, with dusty air and debris combine to increase the likelihood of a mechanical breakdown. Whether a logger performs his own repairs or calls for service, repairing a machine costs money and time.

However proper maintenance will prolong the life of a machine, reduce the frequency and severity of repairs, and maximise production uptime. Some tips to properly maintain your machines are:

  • Perform preventative maintenance: do not extend maintenance intervals without the validation provided by regular fluid sample reports. Improperly extending maintenance may increase wear on internal components.
  • Sample oil: do this regularly to ensure it is the right concentration to keep the machines running cool and prolong engine life.
  • Clean the radiator: clean the radiator regularly to keep airflow moving freely through the core, allowing for the most heat to be removed. Working conditions; such as the amount of pollen, dust, leaves, and debris can affect the type of cleaning required and frequency. Modern engines also have air coolers that supply air to the intake manifold and coolers for fuel, and they also can negatively impact performance if not kept clean and in good working order.
  • Use a good quality filter: a cheap filter that fails will allow air, oil, or fuel to become contaminated with dirt and cause wear to internal components over time.
  • Pay attention to warning indicators: ignoring warning indicators and continuing to operate a machine under those conditions may lead to catastrophic failure.

Being able to follow these maintenance practices will help keep your equipment performing at optimum levels, reduce overall operating costs, and ensure that you get the most value you can from your machine.


Seth – AU Sales

Hartley Currie – General Manager