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Product Profiles - April 2006

New products/services and supplier announcements from Bandit, Fecon and Morbark.

By IRI Staff
Date Posted: 4/1/2006

Bandit Adds Trailers for Stump Grinders

        Bandit Industries has introduced custom trailers for its line of stump grinding equipment.

        The company is offering two models. One is designed for transporting the model 2100 self-propelled stump grinder, and the other, larger trailer, is for the models 2800SP and 2900 track self-propelled stump grinders.

        Both trailers feature heavy-duty torsion axles to provide a smooth ride for the machines. The heavy-duty torsion axles reduce wear and tear on the machines from bumps in the road, increasing machine life and profitability.

        The model 2100 trailer comes with a 3,500 pound torsion axle, and the other trailer comes with a 5,200 pound axle, electric brakes and break-away actuator.

        For more information, call Bandit Industries at (800) 952-0178 or visit the Web site at


FECON Introduces New FTX440 Crawler Mulcher

        FECON has introduced the FTX440 Crawler Mulcher to its line of FTX track carriers.

        The FECON FTX440 Crawler Mulcher is powered by a Caterpillar 440 hp engine and equipped with the FECON Bull Hog® BH350 mulcher.

        Applications for this machine include land-clearing, right-of-way maintenance, pasture restoration, firebreaks and vegetation management.

        The FECON FTX440 Crawler Mulcher delivers maximum power to the mulcher through a PTO driveline protected with a fluid coupler.

        The FECON FTX440 Crawler Mulcher features a patented synchronized interface between the mulcher and the crawler that allows a full range of motion for working in standing, fallen or piled vegetation. Other features include a comfortable cab with ½-inch thick Lexan® Marguard windows, a tilt-out rear window, dual joystick controls, analog and IQAN digital displays and exterior lights.

        Four track pad options are offered for varying customer requirements.

        For more information, call FECON at (800) 528-3113 or visit the Web site at


Model 1600 Tub Grinder Is the Largest, Says Morbark

        Morbark has introduced what it describes as the largest, most productive tub grinder in the forest products industry, the model 1600. The machine is capable of grinding 10-foot stumps at unprecedented production rates, the company said in a statement. The production capabilities of the new grinder are limited only by the equipment needed to feed the tub, according to Morbark.

        The Morbark model 1600 tub grinder features a hammermill that is nearly 6 feet long. It can grind the largest diameter material because it has the largest base in the industry. The base diameter measures 11 feet, 2 inches with a tub capacity of 20 cubic yards.

        With a standard 22-hammer pattern, offering more space between hammers, the Morbark model 1600 quickly grinds landfill material, mixed debris and large, chunky wood.  It can easily be fed using a 13-yard bucket.

        Because of the high production rate, the discharge system has been beefed up to match, including a belt that measures 60 inches wide. For re-grind applications, change-over to a 30-hammer pattern takes only an hour.

        The Morbark model 1600 standard three-auger system eliminates damage from steel contamination and provides for a pressure sensor, which will stop the tub if the augers become overloaded.

        The Iqan system, standard on the 1600, boosts production by substantially minimizing downtime.  The Iqan system, unique to Morbark machines, 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 engine load constant and fuel consumption to a minimum.

        By utilizing the optional satellite modem — a wireless link between the factory and the machine — a factory service technician can dial up the modem and access functions on the grinder, diagnosing problems by computer.

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


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