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Product Profiles - March 2006

New products/services and supplier announcements from Precision Husky, John Deere, Shelby''s, West Salem, Hydro-Ax and Morbark.

By Staff
Date Posted: 3/1/2006

Precision Husky Unveils New Horizontal Grinder

        Precision Husky Corp. has introduced a new horizontal grinder to its ProGrind™ line of machines, the model H-4060.

        The company demonstrated the new machine at its facilities in Alabama, and it drew visitors from many states and Europe.

        The Precision Husky ProGrind horizontal grinders are powered by a Caterpillar 3412 diesel engine ranging from 760-860 hp. Features include such innovations as a large diameter feed roll that is sensitive enough to allow grass clippings, brush, limbs, pallets, slabs, logs and stumps to be fed at variable speeds for continuous feeding rather than batch feeding.

        The new machine is engineered with several cutting surfaces at varying depths, which virtually eliminates jamming, according to the company. Rotating downward, the double-cut 40-inch by 60-inch long hammermill momentarily wedges the incoming heads and the cutter bar, limiting the depth of cut. This procedure prevents wide items from lodging between the screen and the hammermill. It also provides a more efficient cut with a self-adjusting hydraulic clutch.

        The large diameter feed wheel allows easy access to the hammermill and the changeable screens. The wheel has free-fall restrictors. When raised, the wheel is parked against dual safety stops with a hydraulically operated safety pin.

        The Precision Husky H-4060 is available on track or trailer mounts.

                For more information, contact Precision Husky at (205) 640-5181, e-mail or visit the Web site at

John Deere Expands C-T-L Machines for North America

        John Deere has expanded its line of cut-to-length logging equipment for the North American market. The machines have proven their productivity, reliability and low operating costs in Europe.

        The new line of John Deere equipment includes the 770D and 1470D harvesters (the latter with the new CH8 boom), the 810D forwarder, and the H480 harvesting head.

        The John Deere 770D harvester is designed for first thinnings and processing small diameter trees. The four-wheeled machine can function in a variety of terrain thanks to its  structure and powerful John Deere diesel engine.

        For production in extreme conditions, John Deere offers the 1470D harvester. Its patented balanced bogie gets it over demanding terrain without compromise. It features a powerful John Deere high-torque engine and an efficient hydraulic system.

        The new John Deere CH8 Parallel-Motion Boom on the 1470D harvester is available in three different reaches with redesigned lift boom construction and cylinder placement for optimum lifting torque and force. The 1470D harvester’s hydraulic pump has been increased to enable the boom to perform better at lower rpms for better fuel economy, reduced noise and lower daily operating costs.

        The H480 harvesting head, available on the 1470D and 1270D, is built for productivity with longer upper moving delimbing knives, making it easier to pick up stems off the ground. Based on the industry-leading 758HD and HTH470 harvesting heads, the H480 retains the same winning dimensions, while strengthening the delimbing knives, cylinders and feed-roller motors.

        The highly maneuverable 810D is the smallest John Deere forwarder in the line-up and is  designed for thinning applications.

                For more information, call or visit a John Deere dealer or see the Web site at

Quality Machine Now Shelby’s

        Shelby’s Machinery, formerly known as Quality Machine Co., manufactures machinery and equipment for processing wood and manufacturing lumber. The company supplies component machines as well as complete systems.

        Shelby’s QMC 2800 cut-off saw comes standard with 20-foot infeed and 8-foot outfeed rollers, 20 hp motor, 20-inch carbide tipped saw blade, four stops and waste conveyor. It is available with such options as a cant turner, cant kick-off, and different saw blades.

        Shelby’s Machinery also manufactures scragg mills, gang rip saws, bandsaws, multiple saw trimmers, notching machines, live decks, unscramblers, and other wood and lumber handling equipment.

                For more information, call Shelby’s Machinery at (270) 476-3049, fax (270) 476-0430 or e-mail

WSM Introduces Stationary Horizontal Grinding System

        West Salem Machinery’s new 4064 horizontal grinder is a high volume stationary grinding system available with chain, vibratory or belt infeed conveyor.

        The West Salem 4064 features a massive overhead power feed mechanism to provide a controlled, metered feed to the grinder. The upstroke grinder design provides a large feed opening.

        The mill duty, disc-type rotor allows multiple hammer configurations for superior performance in a wide variety of applications. The West Salem 4064 can provide high volume processing of wood waste into board furnish, mulch and fuel, re-grinding to produce bedding or playground chips, or primary size reduction of green waste for compost or mulch.

        The new West Salem horizontal grinding system is available with single or dual electric drive motors for reliable, low cost operation.

        Available options include pre-screening, metal discharge conveyor and magnetic separation to provide a complete wood waste recycling system.

                For more information, contact West Salem Machinery at (800) 722-3530, e-mail or visit the Web site at

Hydro-Ax Site Prep Tractors Are Flexible

        The 220HP Hydro-Ax 764 and 260HP Hydro-Ax 864 are the latest heavy-duty, site prep tractors from the Forestry and Industrial Equipment Division of Blount Inc.

        They feature 90-degree articulation and power to run mulchers, stump grinders and rotary mowers.

        The Hydro-Ax tractors are flexible, multi-purpose power tool carriers for many applications, said Blount product manager Chris Williams. Applications include land clearing for fire breaks and flood control, roadside and pipeline vegetation management and commercial development.

        “You can do more jobs quickly and efficiently with one piece of equipment, which lowers ownership and production costs,” he said.

        The new Cummins QSB 6.7L engine powers the tractors. Backed by the Cummins Uptime Guarantee, these engines meet the Tier 3 emissions requirements and provide more power and higher torque with less noise. The engine is designed to maximize machine performance through a ‘power bulge’ that boosts horsepower when the engine is loaded.

        The load-sensing hydraulic system is engineered to provide smooth hydraulic power while consuming less fuel. A variable displacement pump and pressure compensating system monitor hydraulic power requirements. Flow is sent to steering on demand for smooth, efficient maneuverability while providing consistent flow to the working end of the tractor.

        A new feature, the Hydro-Ax Quik-Flow selection system, allows the operator to quickly and easily install and operate a variety of attachments. The harness connection to the attachment automatically identifies the tool and dictates the flow from a dedicated variable displacement hydraulic pump. Electronic controls on the dashboard are pre-programmed to provide the precise flow required to operate several of the most typical attachments and can be customized for additional attachments.

                For more information, call (919) 269-7421, e-mail or visit

Morbark Redesigns Model 4600XL Track Wood Hog

        Morbark has redesigned the model 4600XL track wood hog. The redesigned model is built with the same high quality components as the Morbark 6600 track hog and with many important design improvements over the previous 4600.

        The new Morbark 4600XL track wood hog weighs 82,000 pounds. It combines the rugged durability and high horsepower options of the model 6600 with the transportability of smaller machines and meets road weight requirements. The machine is suitable for applications for mulch producers, land clearing, storm recovery and right-of-way and utility maintenance contractors.

        The Morbark 4600XL track wood hog features a hammermill that is 14% larger,  increasing tip swing to 36 inches. With power options up to 860 hp and an increased tip swing speed, the model 4600XL track hog will process tough debris from land clearing and storm clean-up jobs. A new infeed extension folds flat to assist with the processing of longer tree length material and folds up for better containment in regrind applications.

        A Caterpillar 325L undercarriage is standard, providing for optimal low ground pressures, reduced ground disturbance, and increased stability with less damage to property. The undercarriage has 20 inches of ground clearance. Parts for the Cat 325L are available worldwide,  greatly minimizing downtime.

        The Iqan Feed System, which is standard on the 4600XL track hog, boosts production levels by providing a consistent feed and substantially minimizing downtime.  This feature is an easy to operate programming tool; it allows the operator to quickly adjust feed systems from the control panel to obtain maximum production rates while keeping the engine load constant.

        An optional satellite modem allows a factory service technician at Morbark’s facilities in Winn, Mich. to access machine functions and diagnose problems.

                For more information, call (800) 831-0042 or visit the Web site at


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