BETHEL MAINE HISTORY—ON THE JOB IN BETHEL—BENNETTS LUMBERING

 

During September 2010, Bennetts Lumbering Company was logging Gloria Wilson’s wood lots in Mayville. 

  The job was one of  timber stand improvement, weeding, park scenery enhancement and bettering Gloria’s view of her back yard.

 What attracted the attention of passersby when work first began was the cluster of very bright lights moving back and forth through the trees. It looked like five tiny flying saucers flitting around hunting for pine cones.

In economic terms the results of this job would be: logs to Hancock Lumber’s South Bethel mill and a mountain of cleared brush and weeded out trees (biological material not suitable for manufacturing) would enter the biomass stream. Most likely it would end up at the Livermore biomass facility.

Bennetts Lumbering Company is a partnership of Donald and Michael “Mike” Bennett.  Mike said that his father started the business about 1972 and Mike signed on in 1987.

Their wood harvesting expertise and trustworthiness is well known.  They are also not afraid to invest in new, environmentally friendly logging equipment – thus, enter the TimberPro.  The TimberPro was the source of bright lights moving through the woods. Jason Berry piloted the TimberPro; he had been with Bennett Lumbering for 12 years as of the time of this story

TimberPro is the innovative creation of Mr. Pat Crawford whose home base is Shawano, Wisconsin. Mr. Crawford was raised in Winter, Wisconsin, and has experienced a long life of logging and inventing something better to log with.

Mike told me about visiting the TimberPro plant about four years ago and meeting Mr. Crawford who now is about 90; he keeps an apartment above the plant where he holes up when brainstorming better ways to log. On his visit Mike also found out that about a quarter of the company’s sales go to Russia. Their machines are used in Siberian virgin forests where loggers always carry rifles for protection against Siberian Tiger attacks.

In January 2010,  Mike bought the company’s TimberPro through The Oliver Stores— local dealers of these machines.

Mike says that working the TimberPro is not labor intensive – sitting in the operator’s seat one runs his machine with two joysticks. Moving over the forest floor with the machine’s large rubber tired wheels instead of tracks creates less terrain damage and seems to provide greater mobility.

On this job, the TimberPro was using a feller-buncher that works with a high tech blade having a 22 inch cut.

When the job was finished, Gloria Wilson’s wood lot showed off the beauty of a national park.

Bennett’s Lumbering Company’s TimberPro Harvester

Michael Bennett partner and supervisor for his company’s logging and thinning operation in Mayville explained how the TimberPro worked and why he decided to invest in one. 

Jason Berry puts the TimberPro through its paces.

BENNETTS LUMBERING—40 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL LOGGING

Timber Pro’s in Operation

September 14, 2010

In the driver’s seat.

PO Box 763

Bethel, Maine 04217

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The Finished Job