Equipment and Materials We Dig

Northwest Trails

Here are some of the equipment and material providers that our members really dig.  (If you know of an Equipment or Material provider that is not included in this list, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.)

Bonding (for contractors)

American Contractors Indemnity Co.
Excellent rates and service for trail contractors.
Contact: Erik Johansson, 9841 Airport Blvd., 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Ph: 800-316-5695, Fax: (310) 649-0416, erikj@acicbond.com

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Bridges

PTBA Members:
Wheeler Bridge, LLC
Wheeler is uniquely qualified in the design and fabrication of pedestrian and vehicular bridges for parks, trails, golf courses and roadways. Offering structures of either steel or timber construction, Wheeler manufactures bridges of enduring beauty, strength and durability. For knowledgeable project advice, quality products and attention to customer service since 1892, for bridges its Wheeler. A combination of inside and outside sales people offer guidance in selecting the proper bridge for any application. Owning an established consulting firm, Erickson Engineering, provides an experienced staff of registered Professional Engineers. Certified fabrication facilities are staffed with craftsmen and managed for quality and customer service. Please contact us by phone at 800-328-3986, email , or visit www.wheeler-con.com.

 

American Pole and Timber
Poles and timbers for bridges, etc.—See listing below.

Anderson Bridges, LLC
Anderson Bridges has been manufacturing recreation trail bridges since 1989. Applications include hiking, bicycle, golf course, ATV, and snowmobile trails. Our bridges are constructed from self-weathering steel and offer timber decks and concrete-ready decking options. In 2005, Anderson Bridges was certified by the AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction), which is considered the standard for quality in steel fabrication. With clearspan lengths up to 240 feet, we can design and build a bridge to suit most any need. All bridges are designed by licensed professional engineers and fabricated by certified welders. Contact Kory S. Weathers, Anderson Bridges, 111 Willow St., Colfax, WI 54730, 715-962-2800, email , andersonbridges.com

Bayou City Lumber
Bridge timbers—See listing below.

ComposiCon — Composite Bridge Systems & Structures
Manufacturers of engineered prefabricated fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) pedestrian, equestrian, and light vehicular bridges. These bridges are commonly used on trail projects as they are very lightweight and require little or no maintenance. Bridge components can be carried by hand to the installation site, assembled and then cabled into position, or bridges can be assembled in place. Bridge decks can be a variety of materials such as FRP, wood, plastic lumber, etc. Hardware is hot dipped galvanized or stainless steel. Please feel free to contact Loren Long by phone at (510) 538-8556, by fax at (510) 538-0327 or email at composicon@comcast.net with any questions or quote requests. ComposiCon, 2067 Quail Canyon Court, Hayward, CA 94542.

Echo Bridge Inc.
Designer and installer of a wide variety of vehicular and pedestrian bridge types including low-profile timber bridges, steel through-trusses, continous span girder bridges, steel Pratt trusses, glulam arched suspension bridges, stone-faced bridges, and simple spans. Echo Bridge not only supplies the bridge superstructure, but can also design it, construct the substructure and set the superstructure in place.

Moosman Bridge — Specializing in Douglas Fir Timber Bridges
Designer and builder of prefabricated engineered timber bridges. Natural Douglas Fir does not present health or environmental problems now associated with treated lumber. Clear span pedestrian and light vehicular traffic bridges in a range of distinctive designs. Moosman Bridge works directly with the client to provide original design solutions for specific site conditions and budget requirements. Please contact Moosman Bridge, PO Box 803, Valentine, NE 69201; Tel (402) 376-2544, Fax (402) 376-1737, email or visit our web site www.moosmanbridge.com.

Pacific Timber Products
We provide and custom fabricate timbers and logs for trail and vehicular bridges, barrier posts, retaining walls, benches and more. Incising, treating, drafting and trucking services are also available. Contact Peggy Sigler, Pacific Timber Products, LLC, 503-266-3029, PO Box 91, Canby, OR 97013, pactimber.com,

Paragon Railcar Salvage
Bridges made from flatbed railroad cars, plus scratch-built bridges. Also culverts and cisterns from railroad tank cars. Delivery throughout US. P.O. Box 753 Evans, CO 80620; 970-356-2356; after hours 970-371-1043; earl@prsx.com, www.prsx.com, www.railcarbridge.com

Permapost Products Co.
Pressure treating and standard/custom fabricated wood products with a variety of preservative methods. Also custom design and fabrication of a wide variety of timber bridges for trails and roads. Contact: Bill Friedlander, P.O. Box 100, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Ph: (541) 318-5533, Fax: (541) 318-5520, Friedlander@bendcable.com

REDD Team Manufacturing, Inc.
Aluminum bridges, docks, and piers can’t rust and require no finishing, making them ideal for marine or damp locations.
Contact: Raymond G. Moseley, P.O. Box 658, Keystone Heights, FL 32656, Ph: (800) 648-3696, Fax: (352) 473-0219, rmoseley@reddteam.com

An interesting “green” truss technology: Bambutek is a German building system that produces high-tech, strong trusses entirely from wood or bamboo (no steel parts). Bridges and structures of almost any type or complexity can be formed with CAD/CAM software and special machines. Materials can be obtained and milled locally. Joints are formed from laminated plywood blocks into which rods are epoxied for bolt-free construction. We’ve never seen any installations of this technology, but it does make sense, especially in Third World-type situations or where there’s a desire to be environmentally “green”. Bambutek claims the following advantages:

- Low Raw Material Cost
– Fast, Systematic Way of Building
– Precisely Planable and Calculable
– Flexible in Design and Appearance
– Very Light and Rigid Solution for Trusses
– Economic and Ecologic
Bambutek doesn’t sell finished structures. Rather, it’s a non-profit that licenses its patented technology to partner companies that can design and build with it, and makes its special milling and gluing tools and expertise available to those partners. They are actively seeking new partners. See the Bambutek website for more info. Take a look—it’s interesting. This may be the future in some parts of the world.

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Graders and Rippers (not self-propelled)

CMTB
McREDYE Co. Skid Steer Extender is a quick-attach frame with caster wheels and 70% of articulation. Any 3-point, class 0, 1, or 2 attachment can be mounted on it. With hydraulic lift, tilt, pitch and angle control. Can be used to mount graders, scrapers, and other attachments on skid steers.

Sutter Equipment Company
Rock Rake (ATV-pulled grader). Also SWECO dozers and Sutter Retaining Wall system.
Contact: John Mueller, 80 Chamberlin Ave., Novato, CA 94947, Phone and fax (415) 898-5955

Trail Ace Construction
Horse- or mule-drawn Trail Ace ground ripper and Trail Scoop designed for backcountry and wilderness work.

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GPS and Mapping

PTBA Members:
Donald Hays, Trail Contractor

With over 30 years of trailbuilding behind me, I use my experience and equipment to perform condition surveys for you. I identify objects that have failed, that are needed, or that are a future problem. Services include digital photos of the objects and identification of their locations.

Applied Trails Research LLC
Applied Trails Research, LLC serves trail professionals and government leaders with GIS & GPS consulting services.  Licensed and insured in Pennsylvania, we offer a variety of services to those in the trail industry.

TopoFusion
TopoFusion is a Windows application that maps GPS data on Topo and Aerial maps for the United States. It was designed from the ground up to display Terraserver image data as quickly as possible. Other features include placement of digital photos using EXIF headers and advanced GPS track processing (trail networks, averaging, splining). TopoFusion supports all Garmin and Magellan GPS units.

TopoGrafix
Windows PC products for integrating GPS data with both maps and aerial photos. ExpertGPS lets you see GPS data plotted on topo maps and aerial photos side-by-side in Windows, or connect your GPS to your laptop to see where you are on the topo or photo. PanTerra is a database of 1.6 million US waypoints and waypoint data for all other countries, along with software tools to quickly find the waypoints you need. Low price, high capability.

TopoZone.com and TopoFactory
TopoFactory is the Web’s first subscription service that lets you create custom topographic maps and download them right to your desktop. You can make maps to your specifications any time and any place you need them. TopoFactory can make maps with full georeferencing information (world files) for use in mapping, CAD, and GIS software from ESRI, MapInfo, and others. TopoZone.com worked with the USGS to create the Web’s first interactive topo map of the entire United States and has every USGS 1:100,000, 1:63,360, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale topographic map for the entire US.

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Hand Tools & Equipment

PTBA Members:
Trail Insight
The Trail Boss packable trail work tool allows you to satisfy your need to ride, hike or run on trails, and your desire to work on the trails you use, all on the same outing. Its light weight, strength and versatility means you can bring it along on your regular ride or hike, and still stop to fix a bad switchback or bench that trail section you’ve been meaning to get to.

Trail Services
Stoneworking tools, low-cost griphoists.
Contact: Lester C. Kenway, 15 Westwood Rd., Bangor, ME 04401, Ph: (207) 947-2723, Fax: (207) 945-6050

Air Free Tires
No more flat tires–Lifetime guaranteed, space age tires for almost any type of bicycle or equipment, 800-771-9513.

Bailey’s Woodsman Supply Company
Forestry supplies—hand tools, chainsaws, etc, 707-984-6133 or 901-422-1300.

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
Wide variety of forestry, engineering, and environmental equipment, including many basic trailbuilding and surveying tools. Jackson, MS, 601-354-3565

Forrest Tool Co.
The MAX Multi-Purpose Tool is 7 tools in 1 — an ax plus attachments to turn it into a shovel, McLeod, pulaski, and pick mattox. Well designed and very durable with high quality materials. Stores in its own nylon carrying case, backpackable. Suitable for one-person light trail maintenance, plus great for behind the seat in the pickup. Contact: Bruce Moore, P.O. Box 768, Mendocino, CA 95460, Ph: (707) 937-2141, Fax: (707) 937-1817.

Lamberton Rake
Similar to a McLeod, the Lamberton Rake is a new combination rake & hoe which comes in 3 different widths both narrower and wider. May be less expensive than McLeods. Available with wood and fiberglass handles. See website for photos.

Naturtec: Trail and Bridge Technologies
ZaC hand tools. Also fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) bridges custom-built by Excel, dealer for soil stabilization products by SSPCO, Takeuchi excavators, Geoweb®, and Rock Art signs. Redlands, CA, 909-793-4501.

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Writing Paper
Rite in the Rain paper is specifically designed to shed water, even in a downpour. Use Rite in the Rain Field Books, Notebooks, Loose Leaf, and Copier Paper to protect your valuable field work. Works great with a standard pencil or an all-weather pen. Visit our website or call (253) 922-5000 for more info.

Terra Tech International 
Reforestation Suppliers, 800-321-1037.

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Helicopter Services

Armstrong Air Services, LLC
Helicopter Services for backcountry delivery of equipment, bridges, and supplies that cannot be hauled by human, mule or horse. Also offer Concrete & Aggregate delivery and placement. USDA/OAS certified helicopter and pilots.
Contact: Debra Armstrong, owner/operator; 548 Hohenstein Lane; Stevensville, MT 59870; Ph (406) 777-1188, Fax (406) 777-0491,

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Haulers, Dumpers, and Trailers for Trails (not self-propelled)

CMTB
McREDYE Co. Hump & Dump is a quick attach frame with caster wheels and 70% articulation. The dump box is a 4′ x 6′ x 18″ deep or 3′ x 5′ x 18″ deep. The caster wheels are 38″ outside-to-outside. With a 39″ skid steer it will travel on a 4′ trail. The skid steer Hump & Dump will go around a 6′ radius curve. McREDYE Co. Skid Steer Extender is a quick-attach frame with caster wheels and 70% of articulation. Any 3-point, class 0, 1, or 2 attachment can be mounted on it. With hydraulic lift, tilt, pitch and angle control.

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 Materials for Trail Construction & Restoration

American Pole and Timber
National suppler of treated poles and timbers, pilings, posts, bridge components, golf course materials, and retaining wall systems to marine and shoreline and commercial/industrial clients. Our first response system will get your quote to you quickly and materials will be delivered on time. We can even assist with design and link you with an engineer if you need one. Visit us online at www.PoleAndTimber.com or call (866) 397-3038. Chris Denny, Manager.

Bayou City Lumber
Specializing in supplying timbers, posts, poles and pilings nationwide. For over 10 years we’ve supplied bridge builders, contractors, and golf courses their timber needs. Located in Houston, Texas we deliver to any of the contiguous 48 states. For beautiful, quality products and dependable service call Bayou City Lumber at 800-510-8315, email , or visit www.bayoucitylumber.com. 11106 Telephone Rd., Houston, TX 77075, Ph 800-510-8315.

DeepRoot Partners, LP
Root barriers. DeepRoot is known for making the highest quality, academically proven root & rhizome barriers. Our barriers have been specified and installed around the world as an effective means to manage the interaction between pavements and roots. Design professionals and trail contractors use DeepRoot products to create a lower maintenance asset, thereby reducing long term costs. Our products are suited to many applications such as bike trails, walking paths, and interpretive sites—anywhere roots encroach on pavements. www.DeepRoot.com or call us at 800-458-7668.

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
Wide variety of forestry, engineering, and environmental equipment, including many basic trailbuilding and surveying tools. Jackson, MS, 601-354-3565.

Geo Products, LLC
EnviroGrid cellular confinement system (CCS) is ultrasonically welded high density polyethylene (HDPE) strips that form a lightweight, expandable honeycomb structure. EnviroGrid is designed for use in soil stabilization, erosion protection, retaining walls and channel protection. Soil Stabilization: Use over weak soils and fill with soil and vegetate, or fill with sand or angular rock. Erosion Protection: Place on slopes as steep as 1:1 and vegetate. Retaining Walls: Stack layers to desired height, fill each layer with available on site materials. Channel Protection: Depending on flow velocities, fill with top soil and vegetate, or with angular rock or concrete. It can also be used for low water crossings. Contact: Al Florez, Geo Products, LLC, 281-820-5493, .

Pacific Timber Products
We provide and custom fabricate timbers and logs for trail and vehicular bridges, barrier posts, retaining walls, benches and more. Incising, treating, drafting and trucking services are also available. Contact Peggy Sigler, Pacific Timber Products, LLC, 503-266-3029, PO Box 91, Canby, OR 97013, pactimber.com,

Polydura Outdoor Custom Signs
Polydura is a tough outdoor sign material perfect for trail marking. Call for a custom quote: (253) 922-5000.

Permapost Products Co.
Pressure treating and standard/custom fabricated wood products with a variety of preservative methods. Also custom design and fabrication of a wide variety of timber bridges for trails and roads. Contact: Bill Friedlander, P.O. Box 100, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Ph: (541) 318-5533, Fax: (541) 318-5520, Friedlander@bendcable.com

Presto Products Company
Manufacturers of rigid porous plastic pavement panels useful for forming trail treads (including motorized and light/intermittent heavy vehicle use) over unstable soils, fragile areas, or wet areas. Contact: Geosystem Products, PO Box 2399, Appleton, WI 54913-2399. Ph 800-548-3424. info@prestogeo.com.

Recreation Dynamics
Sole U.S. Distrbutor of Mobi-Mat, a lightweight removable access pathway made of flexible polyester with an open, woven structure. Mobi-Mat RecPath is ADA compliant, making beaches, nature trails, waterfronts, parks, etc. accessible to all users, including those with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.

R.N.F. Associates
Manta Ray earth anchor systems can be used to anchor retaining walls into slopes. No excavation needed, easy installation, time and cost saving, and environmentaly sensitive. Available in a variety of sizes and strengths for different applications. See product website at www.earthanchor.com. Contact: Robert N. Frati, 132-B Wikiup Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403, Ph: (707) 544-3488, Fax: (707) 544-3492, rfrati132@aol.com

Schrader Co.
Schrader Co. specializes in Structural 100% Recycled Plastic Lumber for use in construction and maintenance of boardwalks, foot bridges, retaining walls, steps, etc. Our experience and engineering assistance will match the right product for your application. Non-reinforced plastic, fiberglass filament reinforcement and/or rebar reinforcement available on sizes 2X2 to 12X12. Variety of colors available. Visit www.schraderco.com or call Bob Lewis at 425-377-1550.

Sol Plastics, LP
Manufacturers of semi-flexible porous plastic pavement panels that can form a flexible yet durable surface over unstable or fragile soils, especially useful for irregular terrain and slopes. Sol Plastics, LP, 1501 des Futailles Str., Montreal, PQ, Canada H1N 3P1. Fax 514-254-6325.

Sutter Equipment Company
Sutter Retaining Wall system with steel, corten, aluminum, or stainless steel H-beam posts and standard 2″ timber walls. Also Sutter dozers and Rock Rake (ATV-pulled grader).
Contact: John Mueller, 80 Chamberlin Ave., Novato, CA 94947, Phone and fax (415) 898-5955

T & R Pipeline Services
We purchase and sell new, used, and surplus pipe from oil and gas companies, pipeline contractors, and mill overruns. We recondition used pipe for secondary markets such as culverts, fences, pipe piling, sign poles, and such. Contract: Austin Terry, Sales Manager, (713) 413-9120, fax (713) 413-9112, cell (713) 545-7124, aterry@trpipe.com.

Terra Aqua Gabions
Quality gabions and rockfall netting.
Contact: Noel C. Cline, P.O. Box 7546, Reno, NV 89510, Ph: (800) 736-9089, Fax: (775) 828-1394, gabions@terraaqua.com

Terra Tech International 
Reforestation Suppliers, 800-321-1037.

Wheeler Lumber, LLC
Bridge timbers and other lumber. Go to listing under Bridges, above.

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Power Tools and Tracked Equipment

PTBA Members:

Ditchwitch
Specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of premium underground construction equipment, the Ditch Witch organization is a one-stop source for trenchers, vibratory plows, backhoes, utility locating tools, chain, teeth and sprockets, and mini skid steers. For more information, please visit www.ditchwitch.com, send us an email at info@ditchwitch.com, or call our toll free at 800-654-6481.

May’s Trail Equipment & Leasing, LLC
Power Tools, Tracked Equipment, and more, especially for trail builders
435 May Road, Sagle, ID 83860
(W) 208-263-4212, (H) 208-263-3538, Fax 208-263-2067.

Vermeer Corporation
Vermeer Corporation / Vermeer is one of the most recognized brands in underground construction, landscaping, tree care, wood waste and organic recycling, surface mining, and agricultural equipment. Based in Pella, Iowa USA and supported by regional offices throughout the world, Vermeer equipment is exclusively sold and supported through a global network of independently-owned dealership organizations. Sam Van Maanen, Strategic Accounts Manager – Vermeer Corporation, email: svanmaanen@vermeer.com, cell: 641-780-1544.

Bailey’s Woodsman Supply Company
Forestry supplies—hand tools, chainsaws, etc, 707-984-6133 or 901-422-1300.

Canycom Sales North America
Power carriers relatively similar to Honda power carriers Walk-behind and ride-on models, four models with payloads of 551, 992, 1764, and 2645 lbs. Contact Clayton Larkin, (360) 676-4106, clarkin@canycomsales.com

Coeur d’Alene Tractor Co.
Kubota mini-excavators, New Holland skid steers
Contact: Bruce Schuh, West 1112 Appleway, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Ph: (208) 765-2315, Fax: (208) 667-1919, tractor@nidlink.com

DR® Power Equipment from Country Home Products
DR® Equipment is often used for trail construction and maintenance. Professional-quaility power products include POWERWAGONS, FIELD and BRUSH MOWERS, TRIMMER/MOWERS, CHIPPERS, STUMP GRINDERS, Chainsaws, Earth Augers, and Powered Pole Pruners.

Peco, Inc.
PECO Tracked Brush Blazer cuts a 48″ swath, powerful enough to cut a 2″ caliper tree.
P.O. Box 1197, Arden, NC 28704, Ph: (800) 438-5823, Fax: (828) 684-0858, peco@ioa.com

Pinpoint Products
Pinpoint Products provides sales and service for Stanley Hydraulic Tools. Other supporting products include Fiberglass Handle Hand Tools, Safety Products such as Fall Protection and Rescue Devices as well as other various construction-related products. Be sure to see our “STANLEY TRACHORSE” on page 4 of Pinpoint’s website. Contact: Pasqual Hernandez, P.O. Box 1459, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, Ph: (707) 584-1234, Fax: (707) 585-1238, ppinc1999@aol.com

Rapco Industries, Inc.
We manufacture carbide-tipped saw chains for most saws.Ron Blehm, President. 6000 NE 88th Street; Vancouver, WA 98665; 800-959-6130; Fax 360-573-0046; ron@rapcoindustries.com.

Singletrack Tools
The Single Track 240 trail machine was designed specifically for the creation and maintenance of single track trails.  The machine is narrow and can be adjusted to either 24″ or 36″ wide.

Sutter Equipment Company
Sutter 500 dozers. Also Rock Rake (ATV-pulled grader) and Sutter Retaining Wall system.
Contact: John Mueller, 80 Chamberlin Ave., Novato, CA 94947, Phone and fax (415) 898-5955

SWECO Company
SWECO 480 trail dozers and a variety of other trail products.
Contact: Travis Boyan, 8949 Colusa Hwy.Sutter, CA 95982, Phone (530) 870-1905, Fax (530) 671-0110

Takeuchi Manufacturing
Takeuchi mini excavators.
Contact: Robert Van Dittie, 2602 Back Creek Chase, Dacula, GA 30019-6849

Toro Company
Toro Dingo TX Compact Utility Track Loader—Compact power and versatility great for any job, with over 35 possible attachments.

Two R.M.’s Sales and Service
Pionjär rock drill/breaker. Also The MAX Multi-Purpose Tool.
Contact: Russell L. Morrison, 4394 Cambria St., Fremont, CA 94538-1204, Ph: (510) 796-1815, Fax: (510) 796-1808

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Signs

EagleSong Alaska
Professional carver specializing in custom wood trail signage, wildlife carvings large and small, fireplace mantles and antler carving. If your company has custom carving requirements; whether on-site or carved and shipped to your project site I can fill your carving requirements. Contact: Michael Williams, EagleSong Alaska, 7362 W. Parks Hwy. #501, Wasilla, Alaska 99654 (907) 733-5239 or eaglesongalaska@gci.net

Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
Manufacturer of Rhino TriView™ post- the highly visible triangular design ensures your message can be seen from any direction. Durable and flexible, it withstands vehicle impacts and still returns to its original upright position. UV-light stabilizers protect the bright color of the post from fading. Convert trail use quickly and simply by using our TriView Toppers™ designed to be used over existing TriView or fiberglass posts.
Our rugged fiber-reinforced marker posts protect your posts from fading with our exclusive PolyTech™ Coating that totally blocks ultraviolet light from reaching the fiberglass core of the post for at least 20 years.  Along with ensuring the color of the post does not fade it prevents the fiberglass from being exposed and causing slivers.
Many other marking options are available. Contact John Hohol, National Market Manager, Rhino Marking & Protection Systems, 1204 West 96th Street, Bloomington, MN  55431, Tel: 866-732-0321, jhohol@RhinoMarkers.com

 

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