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Morbark launches sawdust quick switch

 Morbark Sawdust  
Apr. 22, 2010, Winn, MI – Morbark Inc. now offers a second Quick Switch conversion kit, allowing grinder owners to further diversify their product offerings by modifying the hammermill of their Morbark horizontal grinder.


April 22, 2010
By Canadian Biomass
Morbark Sawdust  

Apr.
22, 2010, Winn, MI – Morbark Inc. now offers a second Quick Switch conversion
kit, allowing grinder owners to further diversify their product offerings by
modifying the hammermill of their Morbark horizontal grinder. The original
conversion kit, introduced in 2009, gave Morbark grinder owners the ability to
make high-quality standard size wood chips. Now, the new Sawdust Quick Switch
conversion kit allows grinder owners to supply the large-volume sawdust market.
This gives Morbark grinder owners the capability to produce mulch, high-quality
chips, or sawdust with just one machine.

Markets
for sawdust include animal bedding, wood pellet production, cellulosic ethanol,
and co-firing with coal. Sawdust is the preferred material for wood fuel pellet
production and co-firing with coal. The basic difference between the two Quick
Switch conversion kits is the number of knives and their configuration. The
Sawdust kit uses up to 16 knives, whereas the original kit has up to 12 knives.

Ed
Dodak, assistant sales manager for the Morbark Great Lakes Region, says, “In a
recent demo, our Morbark 4600XL horizontal grinder equipped with a 16-knife
Quick Switch conversion kit and a 1050 horsepower CAT diesel engine produced
approximately 40 tons/hour of fine hardwood sawdust from fresh cut whole trees.
The resulting material was completely suitable as direct input for pellet mills
or for co-firing with coal and was analyzed at a local university to be 95%
below one-quarter inch.”

The
Morbark Quick Switch conversion kit does not require removing the hammermill
from the unit or replacing the hammers with small knife bits. The Quick Switch converts
the hammermill into a drum with full-sized knives so it acts just like a
chipper. Conversion is possible in the field, without a crane, and can be done quickly.

The
Quick Switch conversion kit is available on Morbark horizontal grinder models
3800, 4600, 4600XL, and 6600 from any model year, wheeled or track versions.
For more detailed specs or to watch a video, go to www.morbark.com/quickswitch.

www.morbark.com


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