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S. Madill, Blacksmith, Founded in 1911 in Nanaimo BC

Discussion in 'Forestry Equipment' started by Contract Logger, Jan 24, 2010.

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    I know where the third picture was taken . The loader is the 16-23 a Northwest Log Loader ( a newer version of a Model 6 ) on a Madill rubber tire carrier. New at BCFP Renfrew Div. in the mid 1970's Jake Kruger is the operator . The Loader had air over mechanical linkage on the Mainline & Haulback drums . It was a very rough loader to load under , affectionately referred to as"The Pile Driver" .
     
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    Love hearing real life info on these pics,there just a picture,but when you guys recall the events and such it becomes a story and alive! thanks for the background!!!!!
     
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    It's so great that you and few others can relate to these and know what the backstory is, or was about,thanks for the insights,make the pictures come alive! Still a bunch to upload,will even post few that have people in them,they may be important people at the time with Madill.
     
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    Thanks , I wasn't working at BCFP Renfrew Div. at the time of that log loader's arrival . BCFP purchased one of the first Northwest Log Loaders put together by Madill . It was on a rubber tire carrier , I'm not sure what kind of carrier it was mounted on but its my understanding it had issues . For some reason there were problems getting the right adjustments on the mechanical brakes linkage so air foot pedals & boosters were installed . The first Log Loader was returned to Madill and the one in the picture was built to replace it , with the air over mechanical brakes on the line drums .
    The first Northwest log loader was sold to Pacific Logging Sooke Div. after some updates were done on it . It was there in the summer of 1978 when I was hired on to run a 599 American log loader . By that time Tim Goudy was running the Northwest and it was performing well .
     
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    Part of the Madill photo collection,don't know if it's someone well known or not.Shop behind says 'Island Welding Supplies' on it IMG_9416.JPG
     
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    The somewhat famous Yarder/Loader Swiss army knife Madill combo unit IMG_9417.JPG IMG_9418.JPG
     
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    No clue who the guy is but pic was taken in front of Nanaimo plant. We got our oxy piped over to the plant from Island welding. d.d.
     
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    Never got to see this machine. It was before my time. I certainly heard about it tho. It was known as the Skadill. I have no idea where that came from but somebody named it that and it stuck. d.d.
     
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    Does anyone know what tractor was used for the above Yarder?
    I'm guessing a TD 24 by the 2 stacks and grill. Also it doesn't look like it has a Pup motor.
    The square air filter has me confused though. Good looking machine, i wonder how tall the tower was.
     
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    Sitting currently at the sorting yard/Mill 5 out Shelton-Matlock Road. 20200214_131138.jpg
     
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    They will not sell it either. They will probably put it back to work in the spring
     
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    Brightwater Engineers who built the NZ 'Madill 124s' swing yarders are looking to build a hauler again. (probably something along the design type of their BE 70, track base/ 70 foot telescoping tower).
    The NZ dollar to US dollar exchange rate $1.58:$1.00 probably making for tough equipment/ business decisions (along with all the other nz/ global forest industry issues)
    From Brightwater's FB 1/24/20
    "Following an increasing amount of inquiry regarding log hauler builds, Brightwater Engineers have opened the door to exploring the log hauler market in New Zealand.
    The foundations of Brightwater Engineers were built on manufacturing logging equipment, and we are quietly excited by the prospect of producing new BE70 Hauler builds.
    Through speaking with a number of passionate logging associates, and researching the current market, we have received helpful input and very positive feedback.
    We would like to thank you all for your positive contributions, and we look forward to keeping you updated on the new BE70 project."
     
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