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Tech Update - Brushcutters & Mulchers

Advanced Forest Equipment

Advanced Forest Equipment's (AFE) high performance mulching attachment for excavators delivers superior mulching capabilities without expensive, heavy power boosters. Developed and marketed by AFE, the attachment is available for excavators from 7 to 20+ metric tons.


The secret is Rotary Disc Mulching (RDM) technology. This proprietary technology transfers maximum power to the attachment using only the existing hydraulics of the carrier, resulting in a mulcher that easily handles thick undergrowth and trees up to 20" in diameter.

No auxiliary power unit is required. Your RDM attachment will spend its energy tearing up vegetation, not tearing up your base machine. "Our customers are experiencing significant increases in productivity, without increasing costs," says Jonathan Moffet, company president. "Because no power boosters are needed, machines can be lighter, use less fuel, and are more economical to transport -- without sacrificing performance." www.advancedforest.com

BRON

Celebrating 35 years in business, BRON offers a full range of mulching tractors, from 275 to 700 HP, designed for strength with a light footprint and is used in forestry, firefighting and site-prep.

BRON recently introduced their smallest model, the 275. Built on a D3 undercarriage, the 275's low ground pressure rating is 3.5 psi. (The D4 undercarriage is also available.) The 275 includes BRON's oscillating tracks, improving stability and maintaining constant ground pressure.

Safety is a top priority with all models ROPS, FOPS and OPS certified. The cab is engineered to protect the operator from rollovers and falling material. It also offers a comfortable operator environment, reducing fatigue with climate controls.

BRON mulchers are powered by Cat® diesel engines. The engine and hydraulics are strategically positioned for balanced weighting and are easily serviced through vented panels along the sides and rear of the mulcher. www.rwfbron.com.

Crawler Mulching Industries Inc.

CMI offers a wide range of tracked mulching machines that are specifically designed to meet the most rigorous standards and give optimum mulching productivity using FAE mulching attachments. CMI's machines are currently used for power line maintenance, land clearing, municipal maintenance contracts, and BC pine beetle maintenance and annihilation, among others.

CMI offers a full product line ranging from125 to 600 HP. The 125 HP and 175 HP models are powered exclusively by John Deere engines. The 275, 450 and 600s are offered with either a John Deere and Caterpillar, Tier III engine. The rubber-mounted cab (certified ROPS & FOPS) gives the operator comfort and visibility. With its steel track undercarriage, it offers durability, reliability and low ground pressure. And the unique frame design results in great ground clearance.

CMI crawlers also offer easy access to engine and cooling components through large engine compartment doors and innovative tilting cab. www.cmimulching.com

D&M

D&M manufactures Slash-buster® offers extreme service forestry mulchers. Utilizing low-RPM mulching disks for safer operation, their excavator-mounted attachments can easily shred 18" diameter trees -- and without an auxiliary engine. Operators can also vary the chip size, and an available third boom doubles the area you can treat from a stationary position.

For maximum productivity, the teeth are designed to be field sharpened with an angle grinder and are economical, with a total cost of less than one dollar per hour of operation. The extreme service attachments are capable of higher production rates than a comparable drum shredder, says the company, and can withstand the daily abuse of mulching trees with some units operating in excess of 10,000 hours.
www.slashbuster.com

Barda

Barda Equipment introduces the latest vegetation eater by Davco®, the PACU® brush mulcher. The 2,100-lbs. mulcher features

  • Universal quick attach with Davco® Saftey Lock
  • Built-in anti-cavitation protection
  • Side plate horns for positioning deadfall, moving objects out of the way, as well as aiding in containing the mulch for a finer finish.
  • A curved brush guide to pull the lighter brush in toward the center of the head letting the rotating patented drum grab the brush for easier and finer finish without having to make multiple passes.

The mulcher can be direct driven on both ends for better loader balance. Also with the hose mounted on the left -- closer to the quick couplers -- excessive hose lengths have been eliminated between the head and the carrier.

The drum can be easily turned around, saving time on reversing the individual teeth. And the individual teeth are mounted on a single bolt and hardened sleeve for easy changing. www.bardaequipment.com

DENIS CIMAF

The DAH mulchers from DENIS CIMAF are an industrial, hydraulic attachment designed for excavators. Now available in 6 different sizes, they transform any 8- to 35 metric ton excavator into the ideal mulching platform. They:

  • go into areas where a dedicated tracked machine can't.
  • provide low ground impact.
  • provide better control and better visibility.

You can switch back to other attachments, leaving the excavator available for a wide range of tasks.

All DAH models use DENIS CIMAF's patented rotor technology. This technology has numerous advantages:

  • high efficiency without an additional power pack.
  •  two, chevron-like rows of knives that direct the brushes towards the center of the rotor.
  • blades that can be sharpened on the unit.
  • thermally treated forged steel blades that deliver maximum resistance to impact and abrasion.
  •  protective discs that prevent breakage of blade holders.

www.deniscimaf.com

FAE USA, INC.

FAE manufactures a wide range of heads for any surface and in-ground mulching requirements. The latest mulching head developed by FAE is the super duty multi-purpose soil tiller for prime movers 350 HP and above. This new head tills the soil to a depth of 20" and easily grinds stumps, roots, trees, logs and any type of branches in its path. All that is left after only one pass is nice and smooth soil ready to be replanted. The 300/S is backed by a two-year warranty and is available in two different actual working widths; 90" and 98". It mounts on any prime mover with a hydraulic flow of 130 – 170 GPM. www.faeusa.com

Fecon

Fecon® Bull Hog's® are now available with the new HDT rotor system. The efficient shape of the new tool bodies, stronger tool holder design, and a staggered tool pattern all add to excellent mulching performance.

The improved efficiency of the rotor enables more production for the same horsepower while maintaining maximum durability to improve production levels.

Fecon's HDT rotor system can also be equipped with four different tool options including three unique carbide options and a knife tool that allows contractors to quickly configure their mulcher to diverse conditions. Standard dual-carbide tools provide great all-around reliability and performance for most contractors. Narrow single carbides deliver a faster cut with carbide durability and coarser finish. The stone tools provide durability and wear characteristics against rock and abrasion. www.fecon.com

Hakmet

Hakmet USA, Inc., has introduced the Meri Crusher. From Finland, it's fit for versatile ground preparation such as clearing old trees and stumps, reclaiming old pasture land, maintaining utility lines and firebreaks, and reconditioning old roads.

The product line includes several models with a working widths from 3'3" to 9'2". Meri features a built-in safety clutch to protect transmission components. Mechanical and hydraulic mounting with a variety of base machines is available both rear and front. Meri will also grind whether you drive forward or backward. Horesepower requirement is dependent on the application and range from 100 to 300 HP. 

Meri units grind up to desired depth of 12". Free rotating, carbide tipped cutters set into holders on the cutting drum deliver amazing results. In addition to a standard cutting drum, a multi-purpose drum is also available for many models.
www.hakmet.com

Jarraff

The new, Geo-Boy brush cutter from Jarraff Industries can operate in all types of conditions, including remote access sites and challenging terrain. With the ability to lift the cutter head approximately 11', the Geo-Boy can quickly and effectively clear brush and trees up to 12" in diameter.

With two tier III engine options, 220 HP and 260 HP, the Geo-Boy powerful, maneuverable and fuel efficient. The low center of gravity provides a smoother ride and keeps the cutter head properly positioned in uneven territory. It also offers a number of safety features including, full Lexan, No Mar windows and a rearview camera.

The ergonomically designed cab is pressurized to keep dust and debris from entering and heating and air conditioning are standard. The Geo-Boy also includes onboard compressed air for removing dirt and debris as well as powering pneumatic tools. www.geo-boy.com

KMC

Kootenay Manufacturing Co. (KMC) and Kootenay Tractor (KOOTRAC), manufacture and market the KMC High Speed Steel Track (HSST) vehicles.

The KMC's individual torsion bar suspension, "live" rubber bushed steel track and balanced weight distribution enables the machine to traverse steep slopes, wet boggy ground or environmentally sensitive soils while creating minimum environmental damage.

KMC-KOOTRAC custom build this unique prime mover to carry varied attachments for many different applications.

The KMC 1000 and 2000 Series Hydrostatic Drive Tracked vehicle has recently been designed to carry a front or rear mounted mulcher/grinder attachment. www.kmc-kootrac.com.

Lamtrac

Lamtrac International Inc., (LTR) manufacturers of heavy duty mulcher carriers available in either a twin track or articulated "Quad Track" design.

Models range from 125 to 400 HP. Lamtrac's hydrostatic design and exceptional low ground pressure provide exceptional maneuverability in challenging terrain with ease with minimal ground disturbance. Top quality parts such as Cummins Diesel engines, Bosch Rexroth hydraulics, Berco undercarriage, Cleanfix automatic reversing fans, and a long list of others top-quality components are standard equipment.

The ergonomically designed cabs are certified ROPS/FOPS/OPS to ensure the utmost safety and comfort with an exceptional all around view. www.lamtrac.com

Nokamic

Nokamic's wheeled design offers greater speeds and lower down times than that of the competition's true tracked vehicle mulchers, says the company.

The versatile mulchers feature:

  • An articulated frame and 8-drive wheels mounted on two sets of bogie axles, allowing you to climb and navigate steep slopes. When equipped with steel tracks over the tandem wheels, floatation increases and you can travel on deep snow.
  • Power ranging from 350 to 700 HP, and mulcher width ranging from 6'3'' to 10'10''.
  • A hydrostatic-mechanical transmission, up to 10 mph.
  •  Large mulching head that derives its power from a unique hybrid rotor (steel teeth or carbide hammers or a mix).
  • 2.7 to 3.8 psi.

www.nokamic.com

Prentice

Prentice's center-articulating tractor has a tight turning radius and is easy to maneuver around buildings and trees. Agility and stability in mud and on hills, combined with the power to handle mulchers, stump grinders and rotary mowers, provide the versatility and performance needed for any land clearing projects.

The line includes the 260 HP Prentice 2864, 220 HP Prentice 2764 and the 190 HP Prentice 2664, all equipped with a Cummins QSB 6.7L Tier III engine. The engine maximizes machine performance through a "power bulge" that boosts the available torque when the engine is loaded.

The load-sensing hydraulic system is engineered to provide power while consuming less fuel. Flow is sent to steering on demand for smooth maneuverability, while providing consistent flow to the attachment.

The front and rear frames and lift arms are built with heavy plate. The center joint, with 3" diameter pins and large double-tapered roller bearings, is field-proven and carries a three-year warranty. www.forestpro.com

PrimeTech

The PT-200 and the new PT-300 are powered by a 6.8 L John Deere 6068HF485 turbocharged and after cooled Euro3/Tier3 engine producing 180HP@2000rpm (PT-200) and 275HP@2400 rpm (PT-300) respectively. Sauer Danfoss transmission pumps and motors deliver high tractive force for ease of maneuverability and produce high torque for the range of attachments available -- mulching head, subsoiler head, and rock crusher head.

Both the PT-200 and the PT-300, with a specifically designed oscillating undercarriage, are ideal when working on uneven, steep slopes. The tracks are available in 2 widths and offer exceptionally low ground pressure (3.10 psi with 32 in pads).

The PT-400 provides a highly efficient combination of high power and performance with benefits of reduced fuel consumption and low emissions. It features a 12.5 L CAT C13 engine producing 415HP@2100 rpm coupled together with Sauer Danfoss hydraulics and an oscillating undercarriage.

Operators will experience a spacious, ergonomically designed cab offering excellent visibility and features such as a heated pneumatic suspension seat, air conditioning, back-up camera, and radio/CD/MP3 player. www.prime-tech.com

Pro Mac

Pro Mac Manufacturing offers a full line of rotary and horizontal brushcutters in a variety of sizes for land clearing such as forestry thinning and powerline right of ways, roadside and railway brush clearing, as well as site preparation. Now they have added a new mulching disc for its rotary cutters to make your job easier. 

Pro Mac Manufacturing's new Super Mulching Disc BT with bolt-type teeth is adaptable to its previous rotary disc brushcutter models. The improved disc:

  • produces finer mulch
  • is operator friendly: no welding equipment necessary to replace the teeth
  •  is adaptable to our previous mulching disc models, and
  • has reversable upper and lower teeth.

www.promac.bc.ca

Quadco Equipment, Inc.

Quadco has combined its efficient saw tooth technology with its 56" drum mower to create an extremely productive attachment. The drum mower is designed to fit a wide range of applications -- from light brushing to heavy full tree mulching. The robust mower mulches vegetation into fine material, discharging directly to the ground. Operating costs are minimal with the low-maintenance, belt-driven, 26 staggered-tooth drum, which comes with a choice of rotatable teeth to fit the application -- reversible, beaver, concave, or carbide.

An anvil system is designed to hold the material for high productivity. A high strength ½-inch plate used on the main frame makes it one of the strongest mower attachments on the market today. The head is 71" long, 34" wide, 49" tall, and weighs 3,630 lbs., with an optional 90-degree rotate (330 lbs.). The Rexroth variable-displacement 160cc motor provides superior performance.  www.quadco.com

Rayco

Rayco's new line of compact horizontal grinders creates an affordable solution for your waste-wood needs.

Now available as either towable or self propelled on a steel tracked undercarriage, Rayco's RH1754 is a truly mobile, compact machine designed to grind pallets, brush, green-waste, lumber scraps, and construction debris while minimizing the expense and hassle of larger units.

The towable RH1754 can easily be moved behind a 1-ton truck, while the self propelled RH1754 is capable of getting into remote jobsites and saves time associated with re-positioning the machine. Both models operate well on small jobsites, unaccessible to larger machines. Their low fuel consumption keeps operating costs at a minimum, yet their high productivity rates will match that of machines costing nearly twice as much says the company. www.raycomfg.com

Risley

Risley Equipment Inc. offers the E-Clips® EX300 multi-purpose brushcutter, mulcher and stump grinder.

The E-clips offers high speed mobility with integrated "DTS"™ suspension and a revolutionary full motion "Flex-Trac®" pad, which the company says eclipses traditional rail based track undercarriages.

It features superior performance, serviceability and versatility with its ability to transform effective hydraulic horsepower to Risley's own line of "CutLine™" cutter, mulcher and grinder attachments.

The E-clips can be configured as a loader or tractor configuration. Its unique design offers the flexibility to change its configuration to meet your industry resource needs without losing your valuable investment. www.RisleyEquipment.com.

SUPERTRAK

SUPERTRAK has introduced its new line of custom built mulching and high performance tool carriers in the 140 HP range.

The SK140TR-C, SK140CTL-C, SK140STR-C, SK140CTLS-C, and SK140RTL offer a variety of undercarriage arrangements to suit any mulching application on any terrain or topography. These units are built to durable specifications for the mulching and forestry industries and boast 140 HP with 40gpm@5500-psi hydraulic flow. All units in the 140 series are equipped standard with LEXAN windshields, all auto-reversing fan systems, superior noise abatement, superior debris control, increased fuel tank capacity, and electronic monitoring systems for all machine functions. They are also capable of utilizing numerous other attachments. Service and part support are handled through local Cat® dealers. www.SUPERTRAK.com

Tigercat

Tigercat has just shipped its prototype 480 track mulcher. Other models include the M726E and M760 wheel mulchers and the M822C, based on the 822C track feller buncher. 

The 480 is a 500 HP class track driven mulcher carrier suitable for tough terrain, sensitive site applications and large scale land clearing and right of way (ROW) projects.

Field proven design elements of the new 480 are taken from Tigercat's successful 700 series wheel feller bunchers and 800 series track carriers.

High production and extremely low ground pressure combine to offer exceptional performance in the most demanding mulching jobs. With a Cummins QSX15 Tier III, the 480 is a powerful machine with 440 HP available to the mulching attachment. The machine is compact and maneuverable with a narrow overall width and a light footprint for soft soil conditions.

The 480 uses heavy duty track frames and a robust mounting system for the oscillating tracks. The efficient, high capacity cooling system uses a variable pitch fan with an automatic reversing cycle. The machine also incorporates high-lift boom geometry. The counter-rotate function or CRF allows the 480 to pivot about its center axis at the touch of a button for quick, "on a dime" turns. www.tigercat.com

 

 

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November/December TimberWest

Cover
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Forward Thinking
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Woody Biomass Column
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Making It Work
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TECH UPDATE
Brushcutters & Mulchers

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