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Equipment Maintenance Programs

Equipment Maintenance Programs

Machine uptime is crucial, which is why loggers cannot afford to ignore having a disciplined, structured maintenance program in place for key production machines in their fleet. Minimizing all possible opportunities for machine failures through maintenance and inspection reduces the overall opportunity for unscheduled downtime, and increases the likelihood of meeting production levels and schedules.

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    Recruiting and Retaining High-Quality Employees in a Shallow Labor Pool

    Recruiting and Retaining High-Quality Employees in a Shallow Labor Pool

    One of the toughest obstacles loggers face worldwide is recruiting and retaining quality employees. Due to increases in environmental and productivity demands, it is vital to have a skilled and competent workforce.

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      The Landing

      Click here to read the current issue of The Landing
      The Landing is a dealer-personalized, corporately-produced, 16-page publication that goes out to thousands of John Deere Forestry customers quarterly. Content focuses around new product introductions, customer testimonials, real stories from the woods, and product support programs.
      Highlights of the Winter 2017 edition:

      Hiring and Retaining High-Quality Employees

      As a logger, you must content with constant challenges, including mill quotas or closures, rising fuel costs, and ever-increasing environmental demands. One of the toughest challenges, hiring and retaining quality employees, is made more difficult by an aging logging population and a shortage of young loggers to take their place. Creating a robust hiring program is crucial to attracting and keeping the right employees.

       

      Intelligent Boom Control

      Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) on John Deere Forwarders makes boom operations easier, more precise, and more productive. Joysticks are now configurable to user preference on G- and E-Series forwarders. This allows operators to run the popular IBC feature using their preferred control pattern.

       

      Follow the Leader

      Harve Dethlefs is president of Bighorn Logging Corp. of Banks and Vernonia, Oregon. With a staff of around 80 employees and a fleet full of John Deere forestry equipment, his crews harvest big timber from the steep slopes in and around the Tillamook State Forest.

       

      High Tide

      Nova Scotia is known for having the world’s highest tides and best scallops. It also boasts beautiful coastline – and some pretty daunting terrain. Nova Scotians call Newfoundland, its neighbor to the northeast, "The Rock," but the nickname would be equally fitting for their own province.

       

      Noble Cause

      On weekends, Grant Noble, operations manager with Noble Resources in Deere Lake, Newfoundland, trades his hardhat and safety vest for a motorcycle helmet and leather jacket.

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