As part of Terex Corporation’s CONEXPO exhibit, Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) will be exhibiting at booth 3382 in the Gold Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visitors will have the chance to get a close look at anumber of new introductions including the 6800BT Horizontal Grinder, SSQC30 Stump Shear, and the XLP Log & Stump Screw.
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Now available on select Bandit disc and drum style hand-fed chippers, the clutchless drive option replaces a traditional friction plate clutch with a mechanical engagement of the drive belts. The clutchless drive reduces maintenance (including greasing and adjustment) and downtime associated with maintaining friction plate clutches. This design significantly reduces chipper maintenance and downtime by eliminating drive belt adjustments, engine position adjustments, and grease points associated with the clutch. Only the drive belt requires replacement when needed as per standard operation, the clutchless drive will not decrease belt life under normal use.
Loraas Disposal is Saskatchewan’s largest privately-owned waste transfer and recycling company. The company established itself in 1965 when founder and owner, Bruce Loraas, would come home from his day job, hop in a garbage truck, and trek around the city cleaning out bins. What started as one man’s entrepreneurial grit grew into Saskatchewan’s leading waste management company with over 200 employees.
Ron Rinell is the owner of Bunyon Bros. Tree Service, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, serving the entire San Luis Obispo County. Tucked neatly between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's picturesque Central Coast, San Luis Obispo (or SLO to the locals) has something of a reputation for being the happiest town in America. Back in 1990 this was the first city in the world to ban smoking in public buildings. The downtown area is structured to promote pedestrian and bicycle traffic; a nod to the numerous biking and hiking trails in the area. All drive-thru restaurants are banned in the city, and in 2010 the smoking ban was extended to all public outdoor areas as well. Outside the city limits, there’s the Pacific Ocean to the west, mountains to the east, and vineyards all around. The local population of 44,000 love it, and the floods of tourists who visit each year seem to love it as well.
The Canadian Wood Waste Recycling, Business Group (CWWR) is in operation as of the beginning of December, following the dissolution of the Alberta Wood Waste Recycling Association (AWWRA). The new company will operate as a national business group that will provide sustainable closed loop Wood waste recycling leadership, knowledge, business and industry guidance in the creation of the Canadian wood waste recycling industry and bioeconomy. According to the new company’s CEO, Jim Donaldson, all former professional practices, AWWRA membership involvement and promotional strategies are being carried forward on a national basis by the new company.
Waste Wood Recyclers LLC took an indirect route to the recycling and forestry industry. The Duluth, Minnesota-based company has its roots in the trucking industry as well as auto repair. Garrett Campbell ran an auto shop, and that led to owning several tow trucks. His wife, Ashley, started a trucking business. She then bought several tractor-trailers and eventually started hauling material for area lumber mills.
Bandit Industries has reintroduced its extremely popular hand-fed drum chipper line with a new look, minor enhancements, and new model names that reflect the chipper’s rated chipping capacity. Now called Intimidator XP, the recast line of chippers are still the familiar machines that tens of thousands of professionals around the world work with every day. The equipment enhancements stem from cumulative updates that have taken place over the last 12 months. New graphics for Bandit hand-fed chippers debuted in the summer of 2016. To help culminate this evolution, Bandit initiated the model name change for all new chippers ordered after October 1, 2016.
Rayco has announced the availability of a new planar tooth for its Predator mulcher heads that utilize a 2-bolt tooth holder. Rayco’s 2-bolt mulcher teeth are 2-sided, to provide twice the useful life of competitive teeth. The new planar teeth can be used on the entire rotor, or mixed in with Rayco’s popular, carbide-tipped, Beaver tooth. These Planar teeth are now the same weight as the popular carbide-tipped Beaver teeth, allowing operators to run with a combination of planar and Beaver teeth on the rotor simultaneously.
Morbark, a leading manufacturer of equipment used in forestry, recycling, tree care, landscaping, sawmill and biomass markets, has announced the appointment of David Herr as Chief Executive Officer. In addition to being an active member of the current Morbark Board, he brings extensive knowledge from experience with both products and services companies. He replaces Dan Ruskin, who resigned due to health issues.
Rotochopper and Key Knife have announced a new Key Knife chipper package that lets Rotochopper grinder owners diversify into chip markets without the hassle of a typical chipper conversion package, and allows for chipping and grinding with a single machine. The chipper knife package is a bolt-in option that works with the same patented replaceable mount rotor for the Rotochopper B-66 and B-66 E. This chipper knife system makes it simple to diversify into chipping applications without a complex conversion kit or a second machine.
The all-new 5710D horizontal grinder is latest design of high production grinders by Peterson. Powered by a Tier IVi Caterpillar C27 engine making 1050hp (783 kW), the 5710D has the power to handle the toughest jobs.
Komatsu America Corp. announces the introduction of the PC228USLC-10 hydraulic excavator. Komatsu’s latest tight-tail excavator builds on Komatsu’s proven technology of the previous model and includes hydraulic system enhancements, improved operator control and comfort, excellent lift capacity and stability, and lower fuel consumption.
Bandit Industries now offers a chipping drum option that replaces the traditional Beast cuttermill. Designed for companies that want to exclusively chip with their Beast, the new drum essentially converts the Beast into a whole tree chipper. A variety of screens can be paired with the drum, creating a screened end product that can be tailored to meet various specifications for nearly any biomass energy application.
Bandit Industries has added a Productivity Package, powered by MasterTrak, to their product offering. This asset management tool communicates directly with the engine and monitors engine and equipment problems, reducing costly, unexpected failures that impact your bottom line. The Productivity Package is standard on all new whole-tree chippers and horizontal grinders, and is available as an option for the stump grinder and hand-fed chipper line. The MasterTrak Productivity Package can also be added to existing units out in the field.
Diagnostics provided by the Productivity Package have shown savings in:
• Reduced breakdowns
• Improved preventative maintenance scheduling based on use
• Improved vehicle use rates
• Reduced repair costs
• Improved technician productivity
Well-timed maintenance and parts replacement not only prevent job site machine failures, but also ensure a better price tag at the time of resale. Beyond this, owners can retain control over every machine, every day, at every location.
The Productivity Package allows for run-time reports, which summarizes run hours and alarm counts, so users can quickly identify problems. An online display of equipment condition and alarm history helps reduce unnecessary trips to the site. Alerts help prevent equipment abuse by sending out email notifications for alarms and fault codes. The GPS mapping feature, known as ‘bread crumbs’, allows users to track their machine from job to job, aides in theft recovery, and provides maps and driving directions for efficient logistics.
“This new option will be especially helpful where there are strict air-quality control and emission standards,” said Ray Eluskie, marketing manager for Bandit Industries. “The Productivity Package records run-time, travel logs and other information required by air-quality agencies, saving time and providing accurate logs.”
In addition to accurate tracking, the package also allows for remote monitoring of equipment maintenance. “Keeping tabs on the machine is as easy as looking at the screen and monitoring, say, the radiator temperature,” Eluskie explained. “You see the engine is getting too hot, so you call your guy in the field and tell him, ‘Hey, check that radiator screen.’ You’re preventing a trip out to fix the machine, and preventing damage to the unit.”
Rental companies will also see the benefits, as they can keep an eye on their equipment’s position and key components from a distance. “Rental customers can be rough on the equipment,” says Eluskie. “Adding the Productivity Package allows rental managers to keep a close eye on scheduled maintenance and the number of hours on the chipper.”
Vermeer’s HG8000TX horizontal grinder has a track undercarriage that allows the operator to efficiently move the machine around jobsites. The tracks provide increased traction in unstable ground conditions, providing access to remote areas, or transport across obstacles such as shallow creeks or ditches, soft sandy or wet soil conditions, and moderate inclines.
Powered by a 1,050 hp (783 kW) engine, the HG8000TX horizontal grinder features a millbox opening measuring 50 inches (127 cm) high by 71.5 inches (182 cm) wide, the largest infeed opening of any horizontal grinder on the market. The infeed opening on the HG8000TX allows operators to process a higher volume of raw materials and grind materials usually reserved for a tub grinder.
The HG8000TX features the Vermeer-exclusive AutoFeed system, which stops and reverses material from feeding into the patented duplex drum when engine rpm drops below an efficient operating range. Reversible hammers and cutter blocks on the Series II duplex drum offer nearly double the life of single-sided designs. Three preset automatic feed settings can be used in 90 percent of grinding situations saving operator time. A fourth customizable setting is available for specialized situations.
The HG8000TX is controlled by a multi-function, wireless remote control that allows the operator to control most operating functions from a maximum operating distance of 300 feet (91 m).
Nortrax Inc., a John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer operating throughout North America, has announced the addition of Bandit chippers and grinders to their line-up of equipment. With 21 locations throughout Canada, Nortrax offers new and used equipment for purchase as well as a large rental fleet. Nortrax will carry Bandit’s line of hand-fed brush chippers and stump grinders in Ontario and Newfoundland and will serve as the exclusive Beast horizontal grinder distributor in Quebec.