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Barko Strong-Arm Grapples Optimize Barko Loader Performance

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Barko’s new Strong-Arm Grapples provide a highly productive solution for log handling and delimbing applications. Designed to optimize the performance of Barko B- Series loaders – including all trailer/truck mount, tracked, rough terrain carrier and stationary loader models – the grapples deliver superior rotator torque, clamping force and arm speed.

The Strong-Arm Grapple lineup consists of three models. The 4250, 4850 and 5250 grapples have maximum openings of 42.0, 48.1 and 52.1 inches, respectively, with each rated for up to 50,000 pounds of lift capacity.

Engineered for seamless integration with Barko loaders, the grapples offer powerful rotation torque and clamping force. A compact rotator allows for hoses to be contained in a single bundle between the boom and grapple, providing better hose protection. Other features include 360- degree continuous rotation and a fully supported rotator drive pinion gear.

The hydraulic motor is designed to maximize hydraulic flow, making each grapple exceptionally fast and productive. By minimizing flow restriction, horsepower efficiency is enhanced, allowing operators to accomplish more while maintaining excellent fuel economy. The robust motor design features internal components that were tested and sized specifically to tolerate tougher conditions. An internal relief cartridge is completely integrated with the motor to avoid damage and oil leaks.

The grapples are constructed of high tensile, wear-resistant steel and include hard face welding on the arm tips to extend working life. Oversized, induction-hardened pins help reduce wear to pins and bushings. Cushioned cylinders help eliminate jarring effects at maximum open and close, while thick cylinder walls provide further durability. Additionally, load holding valves in the cylinders are guarded to prevent damage and enhance safety.

A service friendly design includes four convenient inspection plates for the grapple collector and hoses, along with 12 easily accessible grease points. Thoroughly tested for quality, the grapples offer an industry-leading 18-month warranty with unlimited hours.

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 www.barko.com.

Barko announces Crosby Equipment Company as new dealer

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Barko Hydraulics, LLC is proud to announce Crosby Equipment Company as its new dealer for logging and land clearing equipment in Georgia.

“Crosby Equipment Company is a great addition to our dealer network,” said Alecia McKay- Jones, dealer development manager for Barko. “They have strong knowledge of the forest products industry and are well positioned to serve loggers in Georgia.”

With locations in Douglas, Ga., Swainsboro, Ga., and Macon, Ga., Crosby Equipment Company will handle sales and service of Barko loaders, industrial wheeled tractors, harvesters and feller bunchers. The dealership was established in 2012 with a compact equipment focus and then expanded into construction and forestry.

“We’re happy to have an opportunity to bring Barko equipment to the forestry community in Georgia,” said Jerome Crosby, owner of Crosby Equipment Company. “Barko has a name with history and a good product. Our sales team also has many years of experience in the industry and plans to bring the best support to the product line.”

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 www.barko.com.

Barko announces TraxPlus as new dealer

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Barko Hydraulics, LLC is proud to announce TraxPlus as its new dealer for logging and land clearing equipment in Mississippi. “TraxPlus is a wonderful addition to our dealer network,” said Alecia McKay-Jones, dealer development manager for Barko. “They have a strong background in forestry equipment and a reputation of striving for excellent customer service.”

Based in Hickory, Mississippi, TraxPlus will handle sales and service of Barko loaders, industrial wheeled tractors, harvesters and feller bunchers. The dealership was established in 2013 after several years of part-time equipment sales and a family history of logging came together.

“We’re excited to represent the Barko brand,” said Micah Harmon, vice president of TraxPlus. “Anyone that knows forestry knows Barko. It’s a name we’re proud to put our name behind with the company’s history, reputation, and tradition.”

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 www.barko.com.

ARDCO Equipment is New Dealer for Barko Forestry Products

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Barko Hydraulics, LLC is proud to announce ARDCO Equipment as its new dealer for logging and land clearing equipment in Louisiana.

“ARDCO Equipment is a great addition to our dealer network,” said Alecia McKay-Jones, dealer development manager for Barko. “We look forward to them representing Barko and serving our valued forestry customers in the Gulf Coast region.”

Based in New Iberia, Louisiana, ARDCO Equipment will handle sales and service of Barko loaders, industrial wheeled tractors, harvesters and feller bunchers. The dealership was recently established after several years of operating a rental fleet in the area alongside ARDCO’s manufacturing operation.

“We’re thrilled to be the official dealer in the region for Barko,” said David Langley, director of business development and operations for ARDCO Equipment. “Their rugged lineup of forestry and logging machines is a perfect complement to ARDCO’s long-standing reputation as The Off-Road Standard.”

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 www.barko.com.

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 www.barko.com.

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.