Barko Hydraulics Announces Larsen as Company President

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Joel Larsen has been named the new president of Barko Hydraulics, LLC, a leading manufacturer of forestry and material handling equipment. In his new position, Larsen will oversee all company activities, from operations to strategic planning to commercial sales.

Prior to joining Barko, Larsen held various senior leadership roles in the industrial and manufacturing sector with Ford Motor Company, BP and most recently with Navistar International. Larsen holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

“It’s a very exciting time in the forestry market, and I’m proud to be joining Barko, a proven industry innovator,” said Larsen. “Our team is committed to producing the highest performing and most durable machines for loggers and land clearing professionals. I look forward to leading the charge as we work to deliver solutions for improving operator comfort and increasing uptime and efficiency.”

New Rough Terrain Carrier Brings More Power and Maneuverability to Barko Loader Lineup

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The new Rough Terrain Carrier (RTC) loader package is the most maneuverable and powerful log loading machine in the Barko product lineup. Providing increased productivity through a sharp turning radius and impressive pulling capacity, the RTC is ideal for safely and efficiently navigating around log yards, sawmills and other tight jobsites.

The 4-wheel-drive RTC loader package features an exceptionally stable rigid frame that provides 2-wheel, 4-wheel and crab steering capabilities. When 4-wheel steer is engaged, the RTC offers an 18-foot turning radius that is sharper than many half-ton pickup trucks. All four wheels constantly maintain ground contact to provide proper support, allowing the machine to easily traverse rough terrain as it moves from one wood pile to the next. The RTC also includes front and rear planetary drive axles.

The unit can travel up to 12 miles per hour and is equipped with a power shift transmission that allows operators to shift on the fly. Additionally, the RTC delivers approximately 21,000 pounds of drawbar pull. This raw power is enough to pull a small log trailer, move easily through muddy conditions, and climb steep grades of up to 45-percent.

Engineered for maximum dependability and productivity, Barko’s 595B, 495B and 295B RTC loader packages offer boom length options of 30, 32, 36 and 40 feet depending on model. Tried- and-true Barko loader technology makes fast work of unloading tasks. All three models are powered by a 173-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine. Maximum lift capacities range from 38,820 pounds for the 595B to 22,820 pounds with the 295B.

In addition to the carrier’s overall stability when loading or traveling, the RTC loaders offer many safety features that many mill machines do not. Walk-up steps and a solid platform minimize the potential for slip-and-falls when entering the forward sloping pressurized cab with sound suppression insulation. The RTC features a hydrostatic dynamic braking mechanism and hydraulic disc brakes on all four wheels.

Other standard features of the RTC include steel lines along the inside of the frame, a 3/4-inch hitch plate for pintle hitch mount, and a travel alarm. Loader options include various boom lengths and capacities, boom lights, cab risers and more.

Barko Hydraulics, LLC is part of the Pettibone, LLC Heavy Equipment Group. Founded in 1963, Barko has consistently led the industry with innovative solutions to the forestry, scrap and construction markets, including industrial tractors, crawlers, handlers, loaders, forwarders, chippers and harvesters. For more information, call 715-395-6700 or visit

Barko 495B RTC

Barko Welcomes Pioneer Equipment to Dealer Network

Barko Hydraulics, LLC announces the addition of Pioneer Equipment Company to its dealer network for all forestry equipment product lines. Located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Pioneer will carry Barko equipment for Wisconsin and Michigan.

“Pioneer Equipment is a terrific addition to the Barko team,” said Alecia McKay-Jones, Dealer Development Manager for Barko. “Pioneer has an outstanding reputation for delivering quality products and providing timely service, and we expect these assets will serve our partnership well as they work to expand Barko’s presence in the Great Lakes region.”

Pioneer Equipment Company was founded in 2008 by co-owners Dan Linsmeyer and Steve Ory. Drawing on their vast industry experience, the owners built a new sales and full-service maintenance facility in 2009 and have gradually expanded their product offering, increased support staff, and added service trucks. Pioneer will carry the full line of Barko forestry products, including harvesters and feller bunchers, loaders, industrial wheeled tractors, and biomass chippers.

Barko Welcomes Pioneer Equipment

Harvesters Continue to Gain Traction in Great Lakes Region

Harvesters Gain Traction

An article in the Great Lakes Timber Professional Association magazine discusses upgrades to the Barko “B” Series harvesters and feller bunchers, as well as comments from a customer who runs two harvesters equipped with Barko fixed harvesting heads. Read the article HERE.


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