Chipping Las Vegas: the latest in biomass harvesting tech from CONEXPO
June 12, 2017 By Canadian Biomass Staff Report
Canadian Biomass was at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in Las Vegas in March, where several chipping and grinding companies showed off their newest models.
Morbark, LLC debuted the 3400XT Wood Hog horizontal grinder at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG show. The new design is based on customer feedback and features a standard width of 8’4″ (2.53 m), making it within the legal transport width in any country, no matter what engine is used. Like all of Morbark Wood Hog models, the 3400XT also is available with electric power. Other features include an infeed bed that is an additional 24 inches (60.96 cm) longer with sloped sides, standard a removable infeed chain return floor, and Morbark Integrated Control System – or MICS – the ultimate diagnostics tool and control system.
Peterson showed off the 200th build of its 4710 model track-mounted horizontal grinder designed for high-volume producers. The show was also the debut of the mid-sized 4710D, completing Peterson’s range of four D model horizontal grinders with Tier 4 engines options. The 4710D features Peterson’s Adaptive Control System, which controls all components of the feed system to optimize output. This system monitors the grinding load and automatically accelerates the feed system when the engine load is light, slows when the load is high, and reverses if the engine speed drops. Equipped with Peterson+, owners can access real-time and historical data of their machine’s performance and location.
Vermeer introduced its new HG6800TX horizontal grinder at the show. The new model is designed for large-scale land-clearing contractors, featuring 950 hp (708 kW) in a 92,000 lb (41,730.5 kg) class. The new infeed on the HG6800TX was designed with low sidewalls to help the operator more easily load material into the machine. This feature allows larger loads to be dropped on the infeed with less interaction and manipulation of the material, so the operator can drop the load and focus on the next one. The HG6800TX includes Vermeer’s Series III duplex hard-faced drum with the ability to remove and flip or replace single hammers, as well as Vermeer’s SmartFeed and the Thrown Object Deflector (TOD).
Rotochopper introduced a new 1,000 hp dual motor drive option for the B-66 E electric powered horizontal grinder at CONEXPO-CON/AGG. The dual motor drive is designed to reduce operating and maintenance costs compared to a single motor drive. Benefits of a dual motor drive over a single motor drive include lower start-up amperage surges and total cost of ownership.
Bandit featured two models at the show, the Beast Model 3680XP and model 2460XP. The 3680XPwaste reduction machine is powerful enough and sized for most applications. Like any of The Beast horizontal grinders, the 3680XP cuts more than it grinds using the standard 30-tooth cuttermill, producing more material using less energy and fuel, thus delivering material at a lower cost per ton or yard. A wide array of tooth options are available that cut, split or grind. The Model 2460XP is a compact, economical horizontal grinder for those looking to convert green waste, urban wood waste, saw mill residues, pallet waste, shingle waste, and more into valuable products. This compact machine has all the advantages of its larger brothers, but with slightly less capacity. The 2460XP is easy to tow without any permits.
Diamond Z brought its DZH 6000TKT track mounted horizontal grinder to the show, highlighting its high-capacity, low-maintenance features essential for any grinding application. The DZH 6000 series features a quick screen change of 20 minutes or less, horsepower options up to 1050 hp, and outstanding production capabilities ideal for difficult grinding jobs. The DZH 6000TKT has all the features and capabilities of the DZH 6000 with the added portability that comes with a track mounted machine, allowing operation just about anywhere. The DZH 6000TKT comes with complete transport system that easily and safely secures to the grinder so it is ready to be transported, avoiding expensive permitting fees.
Standard features include fluid coupling mill drive, reversing fan, radio remote control, tool box, engine cover, and super-screw belt lacing.
The CONEXPO-CON/AGG show allowed EDGE Innovate to feature its newest addition to its material classifier series, the MC1400. The new EDGE MC1400 provides operators the ability to extract impurities from highly contaminated material in just one pass. Utilizing controlled air as a separation medium, the MC1400 is the ideal solution for the cleaning of compost and biomass fractions with its ability to separate heavy and mid-weight fractions from lights. The MC1400 allows operators to separate commodities into four different fractions as standard; lights (plastic, paper, film) mid-weight (wood) and heavy fractions (aggregate, glass, etc.). Ferrous metal is extracted via the overband magnet found on the heavy fraction discharge conveyor with the option of attaching an additional magnet to the mid-weight conveyor.
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