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Vermeer Introduces New Dolly for HG6000TX Grinder
Vermeer enhanced its popular HG6000TX track undercarriage horizontal grinder with a new dolly transport system, longer load-out conveyor and Tier 4i/Stage IIIB engine to help improve jobsite efficiency.
The dolly transport system, or DT6, replaces the need for a drop-deck trailer to transport the machine from jobsite to jobsite, helping to reduce operating costs by saving time.
To transport the machine, the operator tracks the grinder onto the dolly using the radio remote control. By activating two toggle switches, four hydraulically driven pins secure the machine to the dolly. The DT6 features an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and air ride suspension. The suspension provides seven inches of ground clearance under the track undercarriage, allowing for transport over uneven ground.
The HG6000TX is powered by a 755-horsepower Caterpillar C18 Tier 4i/Stage IIIB engine, providing a 20 percent increase in horsepower. www.vermeer.com
John Deere Adds Heavy-Duty Undercarriage Option to 753JH Tracked Harvester
John Deere now offers loggers a new way to boost productivity with the introduction of the optional U7 heavy-duty undercarriage for its 753JH Tracked Harvester. It provides increased tractive effort and stability in rugged terrain.
The U7 heavy-duty undercarriage is 11 inches longer and 5,000 pounds heavier than the 753JH’s standard undercarriage, which creates a larger footprint that further enhances stability for climbing or cutting in rugged terrain. In addition, the U7 undercarriage delivers 13 percent more tractive effort than the standard U6 undercarriage. The harvester can work more quickly because it can reach farther without repositioning. www.JohnDeere.com
Pierce Grapple Processor Roadshow
A roadshow running November 5 through December 31 will give dealers an up close view of the ground-breaking Pierce Grapple Processor.
The new Pierce GP combines the functions of a grapple and the utility of a processor into a single machine. Loggers can increase productivity with a machine that sorts, loads and shovels like a grapple — and delimbs, measures and cuts like a processor.
The unique arm contour features patent-pending technology that makes it easy to handle timber up to 52” and efficiently feed logs without releasing or rehandling. The innovative arm design also includes integral feed wheels that allow you to shovel logs farther in fewer turns. Other state-of-the-art advances include a full scale measuring system for calculating log length and diameter, allowing the processing function to easily merchandise logs.
“The Pierce GP makes it possible for one machine to accomplish tasks that normally tie up two,” says Greg Hildebrandt, Pierce Pacific General Sales Manager. “This adds up to major savings in time, fuel, labor and maintenance costs while boosting machine utilization — at a price that’s significantly less than a conventional processing head.” www.piercepacific.com
Case Launches H Series Rough Terrain Forklifts
Case Construction Equipment introduced two new H Series rough terrain forklifts, offering enhanced fuel economy and productivity along with industry-leading lift speed and dependable, high-performance lift capacities.
The Case 586H and 588H forklifts achieve Tier 4 Interim certification through the use of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) technology and a diesel particulate filter. Both models feature Case turbocharged engines rated at 78 net hp that deliver a minimum five-percent increase in fuel efficiency and faster response times than previous models, while meeting current emission standards.
Case H Series forklifts are designed to operate in a variety of terrains, with optional four-wheel drive, standard differential lock, 60 degrees of mast tilt, and optional load control to safeguard loads at travels speeds up to 24 mph. For operations in confined areas, both models feature a narrow, zero-tail swing design. www.casece.com
Tigercat Debuts 615C Skidder
Tigercat was in full force at Demo International 2012, northwest of Quebec City. Not only did the company bring a full complement of machines, it also debuted an all-new machine — the prototype 615C six-wheel drive skidder.
For contractors with lower volumes or extremely tight and challenging partial cuts, a 635D is just not the right machine for the job. With the 615C, contractors can now have all the advantages of a six-wheel drive skidder — excellent traction, high performance in steep and soft terrain, and a smoother ride — in a compact package with a lower purchase price. What will be most shocking to contractors is the drive speed. Tigercat will be reporting more on the speed and performance of the 615C after it hits the field. www.tigercat.com
Bandit Offers Knife Sharpening Services
Bandit Industries announced a new premium knife sharpening service for hand-fed and whole tree chipper knives.
The process begins with a thorough cleaning and inspection to check for any damage that could render the knife unsuitable for sharpening, including a spray process to help detect cracks. Rockwell hardness testing is done to ensure knife edges aren’t being machined into softer steel. A precision wet grinding system is then used to machine the knives, maintaining the proper temper and cutting angle with edges receiving an 80 percent grind unless otherwise specified. Finally knives are re-inspected and gauged to estimate their remaining lifespan. This information is notated and packaged with the knives and sent to the customer. Pricing for this service is a flat-rate 90 cents per inch. www.banditchippers.com
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