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The Canadian Biomass Market

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The Canadian Biomass market is forecasted for huge growth potential based on the existence of its biomass feedstock resources and the push to grow the Biomass Industry.  With that in mind Gyro-Trac with its Bio-Energy Baling System has been working closely with the Canadian Department of Natural Resources and the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, along with Private Contractors in providing a cost effective way of harvesting mulch for the Biomass Industry.

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Also within the next 12-18 months Gyro-Trac anticipates opening a Parts & Service Center in Edmonton for increased support and service for our loyal customers in Western Canada.

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Follow Up News to Live Demo of the BioEnergy Bailing System

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After a 3-week tour of Canada, Gyro-Trac is proud to say that the Bio-Energy Baling System (BBS) was huge success!

The BBS was shown at locations in Canada including Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Drayton Valley, and throughout Alberta. The response was overwhelmingly a success, as the attendees were impressed, shocked and stunned that a machine existed that was able to mulch, convey, chip to resize and bale in a 1-ton bale (AWESOME). With a 1-ton bale, a trucking company can now max out on weight, not volume.

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Thank you to all who attended the BioEnergy Baling Demo and a special thank you to all that helped put this demo together such as; Oliver’s Brush Hogging out of Beaufort, SC, Hedgeco Mulching of Drayton Valley, Alberta, Tim Keddy of the Department of Natural Resources of Canada, Tom Helgesen and the staff at Gyro-Trac.

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New Cutter-head Safer, More Efficient…

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(Article published in SCDOT News Letter Spring 2015)
District 7 News
Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Hampton and Orangeburg Counties

New Cutter-head Safer, More Efficient…

District 7 has been using Boom/Slope mowers for a long time.  Recently, however, a newer type of Cutter-head from Gyro-Trac was installed that not only cuts brush and tree limbs but grinds them into mulch without throwing the debris into the road.

Credit must be given to District 6 who was instrumental in getting these new Cutter-heads since they performed all of the original testing.  The result however is that SCDOT employees can now do their job in a safer, more efficient way. See more


These Cutter-heads have shown to be cost effective and safer since less debris flies away from the Cutter-head. The crew shown in the picture could not wait to brag on how good this machine worked.

With the acquisition of new Cutter-heads, we have been able to make a great deal of progress over the older Flail Head Cutters that were constantly breaking down and would not cut larger diameter material.  A similar type Cutter-head can also be used on the front of a Skid Steer Loader to cut brush where the Slope Mower Tractor cannot go.

Overall, the employees like the machine so they do their job better, and this means better results for the public.

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BioEnergy Baling System Used for Harvesting Mountain Beetle Infected Site

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Innovative Harvest and Regeneration Design for Beetle Site Rehabilitation
By Tony Kryzanowski
Logging & Sawmilling Journal – February 2015

Results from test sites in Alberta show that implementing a rehabilitation design developed by the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) for mountain pine beetle infected stands with over 50 per cent mortality could deliver multiple benefits.

“We have been able to capture some value from these sites, tentatively reduce the pest and fire risk, and enhance stands to put them back on a productive trajectory to meet future objectives of the forest industry,” says Derek Sidders, CWFC Prairie Regional Co-ordinator and Program Manager.

With support from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Program, CWFC has partnered with Canfor, Spectrum Resources and University of Alberta researchers on an operational trial aimed at investigating the most effective way to recover value and rehabilitate beetle-affected small stem lodgepole pine mixed stands with over 50 per cent mortality. Forest companies avoid harvesting these sites because they have minimal conventional commercial value. However, left unchecked, they could have a significant impact on the future health and production of the commercial forest. Therefore, there is a need to develop an effective way to rehabilitate these sites. See how we are helping

This development project is taking place on forest blocks totaling approximately 450 hectares north of Grande Prairie. A CWFC-designed rehabilitation system, involving innovative harvesting and regeneration methods, is being deployed.

Sidders describes the harvest prescription as a full tree systematic harvesting pattern, using five metre wide parallel machine corridors centered at 20 metre intervals with landings servicing two to three machine corridors. Between each machine corridor is a 15 metre selection strip, which in total occupy about 75 per cent of the treatment area. Selection from within this area removes active attack trees, trees with commercial product potential and other stems impacting stand health and vigor.

He adds that green active-attacked, red-impacted, and green lodgepole pine trees greater than 20 centimetres in diameter or in dense patches are being recovered from the retention strips. White spruce and aspen are only being harvested from within the machine corridors and will be sorted for sawlog, OSB or biomass production.

If there are stands of dense, green, non-attacked lodgepole pine within the retention strips, the trees are spaced to about three metres between boles.

The completed area, consisting of multiple development and research test sites, will be harvested by the end of March, with site prep and planting taking place this spring and summer.

“We’ve found so far that the harvesting prescription is effective in meeting the objectives of the project and program and is reasonably easy to deploy operationally,” says Sidders.

Once operator training on the unique pattern was completed, the feller bunchers harvested down the machine corridor and back out to the landing, creating bunches from the machine corridor and selected wood from the retention strips. All bunches face the landing and are accessible from the machine corridor. Skidders backed down the machine corridors and grabbed bunches of green, red, and grey lodgepole pine, white spruce and aspen, sorting them into various decks at the landing. The material is then processed, based on the demand for the various products.

The biomass gathered from these sites is being mulched, chipped and compress-baled using a Gyro-Trac Biomass Baling System (BBS) unit, creating 700 to 1,000 kilogram bales for sale to the bioenergy or oil and gas sectors.   The BBS unit is owned and operated by Hedgeco Environmental Management LTD, of Drayton Valley (see pic above).

“Throughout all these operations, time and motion studies are being completed by the CWFC, as well as very detailed time and motions studies on the biomass baler by FPInnovations,” says Sidders.

The treated sites and landing areas are being site prepped for replanting using an excavator mounted mixing or mounding attachment to create suitable micro-sites. Sites will be replanted with white spruce and lodgepole pine. CWFC and University of Alberta researchers will monitor the research sites on an ongoing basis.

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Gyro-Trac Corporation proudly Introduces the Biomass Bailing System to Canada

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Hello to all of our Customers and Friends;

Gyro-Trac is proud to announce that Biomass Baling System (“BBS”) has arrived in Western Canada and is operating in Alberta.

The BBS arrived in mid-January and is presently working on a jobsite north of Grande Prairie.  Daniel Gaudreault, Gyro-Trac’s owner and founder, is currently in Alberta overseeing the introduction of the new BBS, and Gyro-Trac will continue to be available to support this unit through hands-on training and service. 

Regarding the Biomass Market, Gyro-Trac is working closely with Tim Keddy of the Department on Natural Resources of Canada as well as the Environmental and Sustainable Resources, private contractors and other parties.  The Canadian Biomass Market has huge potential for growth based on existence of biomass feedstock resources and the push to grow the Biomass Industry.

Gyro-Trac is also excited to announce that it has opened a sales office in Edmonton.
You can contact us locally by calling (780) 719- 9743.
Please reach out to us to learn about the BBS and exciting new developments to other Gyro-Trac’s products. 

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We look forward to speaking with you and gladly answering any questions you may have about Gyro-Trac.  We are also available to schedule demonstrations of the new BBS.

Daniel Gaudreault, Francois Gaudreault and I will be available in Alberta at various times over the next year or so.

Gyro-Trac anticipates opening a retail store with service, part and sales within approximately the next 12-18 months so that we can offer increased support and service our loyal customers in Western Canada.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the numbers and email listed below.

Tim Bush, National Sales Manager
780-719-9743- CA.
843-297-9088-USA
tim.bush@gyrotrac.com

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