CFI 2012 Mulcher Guide
In this issue of Canadian Forest Industries, we take a look at the range of options available in the Canadian mulcher market. With information on mulching solutions from 17 different companies, this guide will give you a comprehensive look at what companies are offering. All of the information provided either has come directly from the companies themselves, or has been obtained from their websites.
By Trina Dillon
Advanced Forest Equipment (AFE) has introduced a new high performance mulcher called the Eco Mulcher. The mulching attachments from this Eco Line have universal mounting plates to attach the components to either a skid steer or an excavator, and allow for easy switches between brands (such as CAT or John Deere) with the same mounting system. This plug-and-play technology is built to work under a variety of demanding conditions.
AFE prides itself on providing the best technology, highest quality parts and master craftsmen knowledge with every purchase. The Eco Mulcher is manufactured in the U.S.A.
Barko Hydraulics offers three models in its industrial tractor lineup. The 920, 930 and 937 models all offer a diverse range of options specifically suited for mulching applications. With models delivering up to 375 horsepower, Barko tractors have nearly 50 years combined manufacturing and design experience. The company creates mulchers that are designed to handle the most demanding environments. Barko features include operational designs that provide increased fuel efficiency, combined with ergonomically designed operator cabs and dual joystick controls.
With low ground pressure and easy transportable features, the new BRON 275 gives contractors all the strength of a BRON mulcher in a compact size. Built on a D3 undercarriage, the 275 has a low 3.5 psi ground pressure rating. Fully hydrostatic, BRON’s 275 mulcher is powered by a Cat C7 engine, producing 275 horsepower for grinding trees and undergrowth into fine mulch. The operating weight and size also make it possible to haul two power units together on one flatbed for more economical travel. With enhanced operator safety features, the climate-controlled cab provides ROPS, FOPS and OPS certification.
CMI offers a wide range of Tracked Mulching Machines that are specifically designed to meet the most rigorous standards of the industry and give optimum mulching productivity using FAE mulching attachments. CMI offers a full product line ranging from 125 hp to 600 hp. Both the 125 hp and 175 hp models are powered exclusively by John Deere engines, and the 250, 450 and 600 hp models are offered with a choice of either a John Deere or a Caterpillar, Tier III engine. The rubber-mounted cab (certified ROPS, FOPS and OPS) gives the operator comfort and increased visibility. With a steel track undercarriage, CMI offers durability, reliability and low ground pressure. CMI crawlers also offer easy access to engine and cooling components through large engine compartment doors and an innovative tilting cab, which is paramount to the uptime of the machinery and the ease of maintenance to all components.
Davco’s newest offering is the Pacu 5 Mulcher, which features universal quick attach with Davco Saftey Locks and Anti-Cavitation Protection. The Pacu 5 is direct driven on both ends for a better loader balance, with no pulleys, no belts and no planetary drive. The side plate horns for positioning deadfall, moving objects out of the way, as well as aiding in containing the mulch for a safer operation and a finer finish. By mounting the hose plumbing on the left, closer to the quick couplers, excessive hose lengths have been reduced between the head and the carrier and this makes getting into and out of the cab easier. The curved brush guide pulls the lighter brush in toward the centre of the head, letting the rotating patented drum grab the brush for easier and finer finish without having to make multiple passes.
The DAH brushcutter-mulchers are land clearing and vegetation control tools mounted on excavators and backhoes, ideal for intensive brushcutting.
These industrial, hydraulic attachments offer on site development, transmission line and pipeline right-of-way development and maintenance, and roadside maintenance work. DAH brushcutters use Denis Cimaf’s patented horizontal-shaft rotor technology with fixed knives and bolt-on cutting blades, a design that has numerous advantages. DAH models offer variable displacement, axial-piston motors that minimize overheating problems, improved re-acceleration, and a timing-belt drive to eliminate slippage. Denis Cimaf currently offers DAH models adaptable for excavators between 7 and 35 metric tonnes.
The FTX600 is the new flagship of the Fecon mulching tractor fleet. With an advanced blend of innovation, technology, power and performance, the FTX600 is the tractor for high demand, high production work. Power comes from a 600 hp Cummins QSX15 Tier III engine, combined with Sauer hydraulic pumps controlled by Fecon’s Power Management System and an IQAN machine operating system. Performance gained with an oscillating all steel undercarriage and selectable float control, along with the Fecon BH300 hydraulic Bull Hog mulching head, sets a new standard in production. Features of the FTX600 service oriented design include easy-to-reach service points (all from ground level), large compartment doors and field service designed component positioning.
According to Gyro-Trac, the GT-25XP with its 260-horsepower Tier III Turbo Diesel, powerful hydraulic pumps and the latest cutter-head technology outperforms any comparable 40,000 lb.+, 400 to 600 hp mulcher with steel tracks and carbide tipped hammer teeth. The GT-25XP chips away at hardwoods and softwoods of almost any size, including difficult ironwood, hickory, Australian hardwood, petrified oak and more.
These machines are powered by 250HP to 400HP Diesel Engines and are driven by Poclain Hydrostatic Track Drive Motors and Sauer Danfoss Hydraulics. The unique KMC Torsion Bar Suspension and “live” Steel Track System is designed to work on steep slopes, wet/boggy ground and environmentally sensitive soils. The KMC 1000H/2000H –
Hydrostatic Drive Steel Tracked Vehicles can be adapted to carry many different attachments either front mounted or rear mounted. The independent Torsion Bar Suspension System makes for a smoother ride while allowing the track to conform to the terrain – more track on the surface creates less soil compaction and more tractive effort.
The Seismic Series features such benefits as a dedicated carrier, designed with 8WD drive bogie axles, on an articulated/oscillating high strength frame, giving the operator excellent mobility through marginal to severe terrain conditions. In cases where more traction and/or higher flotation is required, forestry tracks can be added, without any modifications to the vehicle, offering the customer the best of both worlds. Specs include a choice of 275, 350, 440 and 700 HP engines; a 6’3″(1.9m) to 10’10″(3.3m) wide frame; and a hydrostatic-mechanical transmission capable of up to 15 mph.
Nokamic’s mulching head offers extreme mulching power from Nokamic’s unique hybrid rotor (steel teeth or carbide hammers). Cutting tools, rotor rpm and torque can be selected for specific applications.
The PrimeTech product range consists of 4 models: the PT-200 with 180 hp, the PT-300 with 275 hp, the PT-400 with 415 hp and the PT-600 with 600 hp. All of them are designed for high productivity, very low ground pressure and excellent operator comfort. The PT-600 is PrimeTech’s new top-of-the-range model. With its Cummins QSX15 engine producing a maximum of 605 hp, it guarantees excellent productivity even for severe-duty applications. Like the other models, two attachments are available for the PT-600: the 500U mulching head and the 500S subsoiler head
Both attachments are available in two working widths and with various types of teeth.
RAYCO’s C185LGP is a mid-sized mulcher that delivers 185 hp in a compact, low ground pressure package. At around 10,909 kg, this mulcher is sized to transport easily, provide nimble handling, and operator comfort in the field. The C185LGP is powered by a six-cylinder Cummins QSB6.7 turbo diesel engine. Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design is operator friendly and helps to extend service intervals even when operating in hot, debris-filled environments. The Predator mulching head has a cutting width of 195 cm and its low-profile design allows excellent visibility from the operator’s seat. The hydraulic rear winch and back-up camera are both standard equipment.
The Multiforst is a multi-purpose machine that works above and below ground, as a soil tiller, stone crusher and wood mulcher. It easily crushes stones to 6-in. diameter, tills soil to a 10-in. depth, and mulches stumps and wood to 10-in. diameter.
Equipped with a category 2, 3-point linkage to fit tractors to 200 hp, this machine can work with either 540 or 1000 rpm pto speeds. This innovation allows for the most efficient use of tractor power when working soil and crushing stones, or mulching wood. Complete with a replaceable anti-wear chassis, tungsten carbide tipped hammers, and wear resistant tool holders designed for economy and efficiency. Its narrow skids allow for soil penetration without sacrificing power.
Available working widths: 79 in., 89 in. or 98 in. and weights from 5,500 to 6,400 lb.
The SK140CTL-C, SK140CTLS-C, and SK140RTL offer a variety of undercarriage arrangements to suit mulching applications on any terrain or topography. These units are built to durable specifications for the mulching and forestry industries and boast 140 hp with 40 gpm @ 5500-psi hydraulic flow. All units 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. Service and parts support through your local Cat Dealer.
The new Terex G-Series mulcher attachment is ideal for right-of-way work and vegetation management applications, such as clearing brush, mowing grass and weeds, as well as cutting down and mulching trees up to 8 in. in diameter. Operators will experience performance thanks to design innovations incorporated into the Terex G-Series mulcher attachment, including the latest power drive systems and cutting tooth technologies. The G-Series is designed with performance-enhancing features like the drum-style mulcher that utilizes 36 double twin carbide teeth, allowing operators to clear and mulch a 61-in wide path. The drum-style mulcher also gives operators the ability to plane stumps up to a 12-in. diameter to ground level.
The Tigercat 480 is a 370-kW (500-hp) class track driven mulcher carrier suitable for tough terrain, sensitive site applications and large-scale land clearing projects. The primary aspects of the 480 that set it apart from competing machines are durability, mechanical reliability and maximum hydraulic efficiency. With a Cummins QSX15 Tier III, engine, the 480 is a powerful machine with 328 kW (440 hp) available to the mulching attachment. The machine is compact and manoeuvrable 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 counter-rotate function or CRF, allows the 480 to pivot about its centre axis at the touch of a button for quick, effortless turns at the end of a row.
The EX54HDD is the newest mulching solution offered by Torrent. The 2800-lb. mulcher features a 54-in. cutting width with a 300 hp of power. The high strength steel frame of the EX54HDD can withstand impact and down pressure. It offers lightweight stability through shaft versus stub shafts for a more durable and dependable cutting drum assembly. The heavy-duty double row spherical bearings provide high sideload ratings and a superior sealing system. The high performance patent pending cutter technology consumes less horsepower than competing technologies. The mulcher teeth are heat-treated and 360-degree rotatable for increase longevity. The company says Torrent teeth outperform carbide for half the price.