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Blockbuster’s New Processor
Blockbuster Inc. has just released the Model 14-12 PTO firewood processor. This machine cuts logs up to 14” in diameter and in excess of 14’ lengths. It’s capable of producing approximately 1 cord per hour (128 cubic foot cord) with a splitter cycle time of 9 seconds. It’s available with an adjustable splitting head your choice of either a 4 or 6-way. Options include, a 2-strand hydraulic powered log deck and hydraulic powered log lift/skidway for back saving speed. The machine has a minimum of 25 HP PTO output and 540 PTO RPM. www.blockbuster-inc.com
Cat Introduces Three Multi-Terrain Loaders
Three new Caterpillar® CSeries Multi-Terrain Loaders, the 227C, 287C, and 297C, deliver industry-leading performance, operator comfort in their size classes, and feature a new undercarriage designed for maximum durability, easy maintenance, and superior ride. A choice of single or duel level undercarriage suspension is available on all three models, and a two-speed option is available for fast movement around large sites. Other features include electro-hydraulic joystick control of the hydrostatic drive system and electronic torque management for smooth operation and high productivity. Additional options such as High Flow XPS hydraulics expand versatility and enable customers to equip C-Series machines specifically for the types of work they do. www.cat.com
John Deere Harvesters & Skid Steers
With 15 percent more cutting swath and a load-sensing, multi-functioning hydraulic system, the John Deere 700JH Series Tracked Harvesters including the 703JH, 753JH and 759JH models deliver more productivity. The new hydraulic prioritization delivers power and oil immediately. The hydraulics run cooler and more efficiently, making pumps last longer. Improved grabbing pressure and speed are delivered by 17 percent higher flow to the head and 23 percent higher flow to the main circuits.
Swing torque has increased by nearly 20 percent, while the 15 percent larger cutting swath allows operators to make a wide range of strategic cuts with less tracking and traveling. John Deere has also added to its skid steer family the 313 and 315. Features like 10x16.5 inch tires for traction and flotation, heavy-duty drive chains that never need adjusting, and best-in-class visibility provide outstanding safety while operating in tight spaces. They have standard machine widths of 59 inches, but can be reduced to just 56 inches with available 7x15 inch tires. These machines are equipped with a John Deere PowerTech 4024T four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine rated at 2,400 rpm. www.johndeere.com
Kobelco SK260LC Acera Mark 8 Excavator
The new SK260LC Acera Mark 8 hydraulic excavator from Kobelco Construction Machinery America Co. Ltd. features intelligent technology that provides precision control for fine grading and leveling applications. The SK260LC also delivers more horsepower, improved hydraulic flow, and an impressive combination of bucket force, swing torque, and drawbar pull forces. Powered by a 181 hp turbocharged, fuel-injected engine that is Tier III certi- fied, the SK260LC has an operating weight of 57,300 lbs, digs to 23 feet and provides a maximum reach of 33 feet 3 inches at ground line.
The SK260LC features an industry-exclusive Intelligent Total Control System (ITCS) that recognizes the operator’s moves and provides incredibly smooth hydraulic response. The auto-acceleration system increases engine rpms and hydraulic flow in proportion to the operator’s movement of the control levers, resulting in even acceleration for precise operations. www.kobelcoamerica.com
CMI added the Twister C125 to its full line of mulching machines. It’s equipped with a John Deere 4045T 125 hp engine, and weighs 14,650 pounds, with a lower ground pressure of 4.3 psi.
The crawler offers easy access to the engine and cooling components without the use of tools. The innovative tilting cab design allows easier maintenance and service. The mulcher is driven by a 2500 series PTO shaft and CV joint for the most ef- ficient power transfer between the engine and the mulcher. The cab is enclosed and is equipped with a heater, air conditioner, deluxe seat, half-inch lexan glass, and a front windshield grid. www.cmimulching.com
Hultdins is now introducing a complete new generation of SuperGrip short wood grapples, including additional new model sizes.
The SuperGrip Series II grapples are much stronger than the previous standard models, and the new “S” models are lighter, but handle the same work loads as the current heavy duty models. The new 300S fills the gap between the current 260S and 360S models, and the new 420S provides increased capacity over the 360S without the added weight. The Series II uses similar geometry as the current models to give that same proven performance and “Hultdins feel.” www.hultdins.com