John Deere has updated its G-Series Swing Machines to improve operator experience. From changes to machine design to new features to improve serviceability, the updated Swing Machines, including eight powerful models (2154G, 2156G, 2654G, 2656G, 3154G, 3156G, 3754G, and 3756G), offer increased productivity and uptime, providing a reliable solution for the toughest of jobs.
The 2019 machines feature several improvements — a larger travel device improves tractive effort on the 2654G and 2656G machines, as well as select 2154G and 2156G models. The new LH side door features an easy-to-remove screen, allowing for the removal of collected debris. A shovel and axe mounting provision on all machines provides a secure and easily accessible storage location.
The cabs have been changed, adding a USB port for device charging and relocating the auxiliary and USB ports to behind the seat. The side-entry cab features a larger gas strut for the door and new handrail, improving entry and exit.
Diamond Mowers LLC has introduced the addition of a 72-inch Skid-Steer Drum Mulcher. A new addition to Diamond’s attachment product line, the Skid-Steer Drum Mulcher is designed for heavy mulching and brush clearing applications. It uses a two-speed variable displacement piston motor, has 41 hardened steel teeth and has a total attachment depth comparable to a loader bucket for easy operation and better visibility.
In April 2018, Diamond acquired the rights to utilize patents held by Denis Cimaf Inc. for a depth control ring and a replaceable liner. The depth control ring allows the operator to better control depth of cut, and the replaceable liner increases the shell lifespan.
Diamond Mowers’ Skid-Steer Drum Mulcher will be distributed through a contracted dealer network, comprised of more than 350 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Australia.
Wood-Mizer introduced the compact and versatile HR150 and HR250 super horizontal band resaws designed to easily integrate into pallet and lumber operations without taking up valuable production space. The HR150 and HR250 join the Wood-Mizer range of single and multi-head band resaws that capitalize on thin-kerf blade technology to produce accurate lumber while reducing material, labor, energy, and maintenance costs.
The HR150 is primarily designed to resaw cants and boards into two pieces with each pass. It can also be used as a recovery saw for slabs, flitches, and jacket boards. The HR250 is a twin blade version of the HR150. By placing one blade directly over the other blade within one compact head, the HR250 can make one or two horizontal cuts to resaw cants and boards into two or three pieces with each pass. It also works well with resawing stressed material.
Features of the HR150 and HR250 include 11 ½” wide x 10” high capacity, 0–90 ft/min variable feed, set works with digital blade position controls, air-over-oil hydraulic blade tension, pneumatic hold-down top rollers, and variable blade speed.
Fecon announces the Tier-4 compliant BHP270 Power Pack for larger excavators (20+ ton). This independent power source provides additional hydraulic horsepower to operate attachments like the Bull Hog mulching head without hydraulic flow from the host machine.
While excavators of this size typically provide 45-60 gpm, the BHP270 delivers up to 109 gpm of hydraulic flow for maximum power on the jobsite. This new fuel-efficient upgrade delivers a flatter torque curve for constant 270 HP output from 2000-2400 rpm, yet it uses just 7.7 gph at Duty Cycle.
The Power Management microcontroller channels all power to the brush cutter, which means there is no power loss due to accessories. A larger fuel tank (91.5 gallons) is sufficient for a full day of work. Other new design elements include a new firewall inside the engine compartment to keep airflow from the engine side separate from hydraulic side.
Peterson Pacific Corp. announced the introduction of the new Peterson 1700D Horizontal Grinder. Heavy duty and mobile, the 1700D can readily reduce a wide range of materials with a large feed opening measuring 54” x 27”. When boosted by Peterson’s high-lift feed roll, the feed opening’s maximum lift of 41.5 inches can tackle the largest of feedstock and allows excellent accessibility to the rotor for maintenance.
The 1700D is equipped with a Caterpillar Tier IV C9.3 455 hp engine or an optional, export-only C9 Tier III, 350 hp engine. At 41,000 pounds, it is the lightest of Peterson’s grinder series and is easily transportable.
Peterson’s Adaptive Control System, featuring a fully adjustable feed system, is optimized for a wide range of materials. The 1700D control panel features a large display that provides the operator with complete engine and system parameters to simplify set up and efficiently operate the unit. The 1700D also features Peterson’s patented Impact Release System, to protect the machine against ungrindable materials.
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