Also helping keep the mill fed is Rogers’ latest addition to the team — a John Deere 524L Loader, complete with tool carrier configuration that allows increased visibility to the boom and forks. “A sawmill can’t function without a loader. If your loader’s down, you can’t get logs off the trucks, you can’t get them on the deck for cutting, and you can’t get the lumber loaded. We’ve run other brands and even other models of John Deere loaders, and this 524L is the ticket.”
Perhaps more than most applications, the need for visibility from the cab is crucial in a log yard, especially toward the front tires and forks. “This is the first loader I’ve run where you can actually see what you’re doing when picking up a load of logs. The way they set up the boom on this tool carrier model makes life a lot easier — it takes the guesswork out so you’re not jabbing into the logs anymore.” Fewer damaged logs means crews have more usable material, helping minimize waste and improve efficiency.