Demands of Tough Terrain No Match For Pitka Logging Ltd.
With six Western Star trucks, Pitka hauls logs through mountainous British Columbia
FORT MILL, S.C. – Surrounded by fertile farmlands and miles of forests lies the town of Vanderhoof, British Columbia. Considered a popular retreat location, Vanderhoof relies on local logging companies such as Pitka Logging Ltd., to clear the surrounding wilderness for tourism and outdoor recreation.
A complete “stump to dump” contractor, Pitka Logging has been hauling logs in Northwest Canada for more than 20 years. And according to owner Dave Phillips, the job is all the more possible with the help of his Western Star trucks.
“Anyone familiar with British Columbia knows that it’s a region covered in forests, mountains and tough terrain,” Phillips said. “It takes a reliable vehicle like our Western Star trucks to get in and out of those difficult locations to harvest and tow the logs.”
Because of the need for dependable vehicles to meet the demands of grueling conditions, Pitka Logging operates a fleet of six Western Star® 4900 SA trucks. Rated highly among loggers, the 4900 SA trucks are credited for their extreme durability, high-strength steel cabs, and unmatched suspension options that allow for articulation and maximum traction across the roughest terrain.
And to guarantee that the trucks have enough power to handle the job, Phillips has equipped vehicles with a Detroit Diesel DD15® engine. Featuring industry-leading power and performance, the DD15 engine offers outstanding torque response, which makes it ideal for loggers who must be ready to tackle the complexity of mountainous terrain.
Additional features of Pitka Logging’s Western Star trucks include a severe-duty cab, a super-visibility fiberglass hood and custom tow hitches.
“When you’re in an industry like logging, where you need to take your vehicle off-road, handle heavy loads and travel through rocky highways, you better have a truck that’s rugged, and one you can count on,” Phillips noted. “For me, that’s Western Star.”
Often pushing its trucks to carry close to 100,000 pounds of lumber on the road, the company’s eight drivers are mastered in both skill and safety.
Jordon Munger, a driver for Pitka Logging for five years, credits the roomy and quiet insulated cab of Western Star trucks for creating a positive driver experience and improved concentration on the job.
“I’ve always said it takes a combination of skill and confidence to be a successful logging truck driver,” Munger noted. “And I think that confidence comes from being comfortable in your vehicle, feeling safe, and knowing it’s not going to let you down when the job gets tough. Western Star trucks give our drivers the confidence that allows us to succeed in this business.”
Munger believes that Pitka Logging will continue to successfully pave the way for recreation and development by hauling logs throughout British Columbia with the help of their Western Star trucks.
“We can have rain, snow, sleet or sludge – you name it – and it still won’t hold our Western Star trucks back from getting where we have to go to get the job done,” he said.
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America. Daimler Trucks North America LLC produces and markets Class 4-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.