T-MAR Industries
Log Champ 550 & 650 

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Log Champ 550 & 650

Nearly 40 years ago, T-MAR Industries got its start rebuilding equipment for British Columbia’s logging contractors. Today, the operator-owned business is building its own innovative products to move wood quickly, safely and efficiently in some of the world’s most challenging and dangerous logging conditions.  Launched in 2014, T-MAR’s Log Champ 550 and 650, powered by Cat® C9.3B and C15 engines, respectively, quickly gained a foothold with steep-slope logging customers in Canada and New Zealand.

Log Champ 550 & 650

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  • The Log Champ 550 and 650 have an all-new design that moves wood faster than other brands and a host of operator productivity, comfort and safety features — including a built-in camera system that eliminates the need for an on-the-ground spotter. Both yarders also are equipped with Cat transmissions and undercarriage.
  • Moving from rebuilding and remanufacturing equipment to designing and building its own products wasn’t a huge stretch for T-MAR — more than 30 years of working on others’ logging machines gave the company unique insight into what worked well and what could be improved.  Once customers learned that Cat products were being used, there was a high comfort level of using T-MAR products, and it was a good selling point with the new machine.
  • It wasn’t just brand reputation that sold T-MAR on Caterpillar, though. It was also the willingness from their Cat dealer to collaborate on the design, generating confidence that a Cat power train would work well in difficult logging applications.
  • Parts and service availability is key given the remoteness of most steep-slope logging sites, and also key is the longevity of the equipment.  Because of the dealer network, this gives an advantage to using Caterpillar compared to other manufacturers.
  • A third model, the Log Champ 625 with a C13B engine, is in development for operations that require a longer-reach yarder, primarily in Oregon and Washington. And T-MAR is exploring the use of drone technology to fly cables over valley floors, making steep-slope logging even safer.

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  • The Cat® C9.3B industrial diesel engine is offered in power ratings up to 456 hp (340 kW) and peak torque 1810 Nm (1335 lb-ft) allowing for platform downsizing while maintaining Caterpillar reliability and durability.
  • Engine is over 12% lighter while offering 18% more power and 21% more torque than previous engine models.
  • The engine combines a new high pressure common rail fuel system and advanced aftertreatment technology to produce exceptional power density.
  • The C9.3B provides the exceptional power Pronar equipment requires in the toughest job site applications and most rugged environments.
  • Cat engines also maximize performance with simpler engine systems and reduced installation complexity through modular, flexible designs fit for your equipment application.
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  • The Cat C15 industrial diesel engine is offered in power ratings up to 580 hp (433 kW) and peak torque 2655 Nm (1959 lb-ft) with transparent regeneration technology built into every Cat C15, operators can continue to be productive without ever having to wait. 
  • The C15 features a 5,000-hour DPF service interval and DEF capacity of 93.7 liters, giving machine operators the opportunity to spend more time on the job site and less time in the shop.
  • The Cat C15 offers a fully-configurable engine across a wide range of power nodes, flexible aftertreatment mounting options and the ability to install the engine's IPU straight from the factory, so OEMs can keep installation time and costs to a minimum.
  • Aftertreatment can either be shipped loose and installed remotely for maximum flexibility or factory installed and engine mounted for easier installation.  The engine was developed to optimize fluid consumption based on a wide range of operating cycles and applications. 
  • Global engine is dual certified U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V and has similar ratings for markets where Tier 4 Final or Stage V certification are not required.  And with 500-hour maintenance intervals, owners can keep parts and service costs low.

 

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CUSTOMER:

T-MAR Industries

PRODUCT:

Log Champ 550 & 650

LOCATION:

Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

SCOPE OF ENGINE USE:

Cat® C9.3B U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V Industrial Engine

Cat C15 U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V Industrial Engine

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Taking A Swing At A New Business

Nearly 40 years ago, T-MAR Industries got its start rebuilding equipment for British Columbia’s logging contractors. Today, the operator-owned business is building its own innovative products to move wood quickly, safely and efficiently in some of the world’s most challenging and dangerous logging conditions.

T-MAR’s Log Champ brand of swing yarders is popular in steep-slope logging, where mountainous, often rocky terrain makes it impossible to move felled trees to the roadside using traditional equipment. Swing yarders feature a winch and a series of cables attached to a grapple, which picks up the logs and “yards” them more than a thousand feet to a safe location where they can be loaded onto trucks for transport.

Launched in 2014, T-MAR’s Log Champ 550 and 650, powered by Cat® C9.3B and C15 engines, respectively, quickly gained a foothold with steep-slope logging customers in Canada and New Zealand. That’s due to an all-new design that moves wood faster than other brands and a host of operator productivity, comfort and safety features — including a built-in camera system that eliminates the need for an on-the-ground spotter. Both yarders also are equipped with Cat transmissions and undercarriage.

A third model, the Log Champ 625 with a C13B engine, is in development for operations that require a longer-reach yarder, primarily in Oregon and Washington. And T-MAR is exploring the use of drone technology to fly cables over valley floors, making steep-slope logging even safer.

Performance Measured By The Yard

Moving from rebuilding and remanufacturing equipment to designing and building its own products wasn’t a huge stretch for T-MAR — more than 30 years of working on others’ logging machines gave the company unique insight into what worked well and what could be improved. Logging customers, on the other hand, needed reassurance. “They had all sorts of questions about the machines, but when they learned we had selected Cat products for the power train, there was a high degree of comfort with that decision,” says Tyson Lambert, T-MAR’s vice president. “It was a good selling point for our new machine.”

Special product, special relationship. It wasn’t just brand reputation that sold T-MAR on Caterpillar, though. It was also the willingness from their Cat dealer, Finning Cat, to collaborate on the design, generating confidence that a Cat power train would work well in difficult logging applications. That process continues as T-MAR builds new yarders. An in-house engineering team handles the design but looks to Finning for expertise on engine options, accessories and emissions configurations along with a final 3D model. “T-MAR has to be very adaptable, because half its business is in Tier 3 emissions regions and the rest is in Tier 4 Final/Stage V,” says Kevin Reimer, power systems account manager at Finning.

No time for failure. Six years into the relationship, Cat engines are performing as promised for T-MAR’s customers. Swing yarders are a logging operation’s prime movers. Most sites rely on a single yarder, and those sites often are located in isolated areas accessible only by boat or airplane. That means machine — and engine — reliability is crucial. “Not all engines are created equal. Cat engines are built for tough applications, and we’ve never had one fail,” Lambert says.

Support for the duration. Parts and service availability is key given the remoteness of most steep-slope logging sites, and also key is the longevity of the equipment. Many operations will run a swing yarder for 30 years or more, which means replacement parts need to be stocked decades after the engine was first manufactured. “Caterpillar has an advantage because of its dealer network, and they also have a tradition of supporting their products for a very long time compared to just about any other manufacturer,” Lambert says.

“NOT ALL ENGINES ARE CREATED EQUAL IN TERMS OF RELIABILITY. CAT ENGINES ARE BUILT FOR TOUGH APPLICATIONS.”

 

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