Virginia Contractor Uses Fecon Bull Hog Mulcher to Vanquish Invasive Species

JR Landworks uses a Fecon Bull Hog mated to a Terex PT 100 forestry track loader to annihilate Autumn Olive in Virginia. With a Fecon Bull Hog mulcher head mounted to a Terex PT 100 forestry track loader, JR Landworks is ready to eradicate invasive species.

“It is our primary machine that is used on most of the work we perform,” said Jonathan Baigis, owner of JR Landworks. He operates the mulching tractor 15-20 hours a week.  

The tracked carriage allows Baigis to navigate treacherous terrain and dense forests – while the stout mulcher head eradicates whatever Baigis finds when he gets there.  Because of the low ground pressure, he does all of this without additional disturbance to the sensitive environment.

After three years of operation, the Fecon Bull Hog has been very inexpensive for JR Landworks to operate. Fuel consumption is around 4-5 gallons per hour because a 100 horse power engine is running all day at full throttle. This adds up to around $150 per day, he noted.

The Northern Virginia-based land clearing company focuses on environmental land management services and recently used this setup to vanquish the Terraset Elementary School property in Reston, Va. of approximately 300 Autumn Olive trees.

Making this project particularly difficult is the fact that the school is situated below ground and the invasive trees and weeds had taken over areas of the roof and the perimeter causing safety and access issues.

The Fecon Bull Hog mulcher eliminates the chipping, hauling, and dumping of debris, since the biomass is finely mulched on site. The roof of the school sloped up around the perimeter, roughly a 35 degree grade for 40 feet. That terrain was where most of the clearing was done because that area had been left uncut for five to ten years.

It was too steep for the lawn mowing crew.

Due to the density of the trees, hand cutting was out of the question, and because access was tight around the school, it would have been very challenging to get a chipper and truck close to the clearing sites.

Without the use of a forestry mulcher, the only other option would be hand cutting and chipping which would have been extremely labor intensive and very expensive.

If conventional methods were used, Baigis estimated that it would have taken nearly a week and three times the cost of forestry mulching. In the end, the Terex with the Fecon unit had no problem clearing that terrain in just two days.

As an arborist, Baigis knows firsthand the impact that compacted soil and damaged root zones around trees has on the health and vigor of the tree. The weight of bulldozers and hand crews on the soil can cause irreversible damage because bulldozers have to pull up roots and stumps that must be burned or hauled off. They leave large craters where stumps were and they scrape off the top soil and compact the ground.

Additionally, bulldozers typically engage in the first soil layer, where the majority of tree roots are found. Thanks to the extremely light foot print of the Terex machine combined with the Bull Hog—the total ground pressure of which is less than a human walking at exactly 3.8 psi— he can get right up to mature trees with little impact on the soil below with no root damage to remaining trees and no soil rutting, erosion, or run-off problems associated with conventional land clearing methods

Using the Bull Hog eliminates the chipping, hauling, and dumping of debris, since the biomass is finely mulched on site.

For residential customers, this mulch is an ideal seed bed for future growth. No large piles have to be burned or hauled away, no resulting gullies fill with sediment, no craters from stumps must be filled, and no additional cost is required to amend soil nutrients lost in bulldozing.

 

Hyundai Unveils R35Z-9 Tier 4 Final Compact Excavator

The R35Z-9 is Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc's Tier 4 final earth mover designed for tight, confined job sites such as urban and residential settings as well as sensitive landscapes. For many CONEXPO-CON/AGG attendees the show provided their first glimpse of the Hyundai R35Z-9 compact excavator.

The R35Z-9 is Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc's Tier 4 final earth mover designed for tight, confined job sites such as urban and residential settings as well as sensitive landscapes.
 
The R35Z-9 has an operating weight of 8,050 lbs (3,650 kg) and is powered by a reliable, fuel efficient 26.5 hp (19.8 kW) Tier 4 Certified Yanmar 3TNV88 engine.

The R35Z-9 boasts a dig depth of 10’4” (3,150 mm) a bucket digging force of 7,050 lbf (31.4 kN) and bucket capacity of 3.78 cubic feet (.107 cubic meters). The R35Z-9 offers a tail-swing radius of 2’10” (870 mm), allowing for efficient operation on sites where space is limited.
 
Hyundai designed the R35Z-9’s hydraulic system to give the user super-fine touch and top-level controllability, allowing the excavator to be agile and accurate while operating in congested areas. 

Optimized matching between the joystick and main control valve improves control and smoothness of operation.  An arm flow summation system provides energy savings, reduced cavitation and increased speed. To improve safety and avoid boom drift the R35Z-9 is equipped with an integrated boom holding system.
 
The R35Z-9 features a fully customizable operator’s station allowing the end-user to set their operating preferences to meet their individual needs. The monitoring system of the R35Z-9 provides the operator with machine status information including engine oil pressure, battery charge, engine coolant temperature and a fuel gauge.
 
Reliability is improved and maintenance costs are reduced on the R35Z-9 compact excavator. The addition of lubricated bushings has extended lube intervals throughout the attachment to 250 hours and polymer shims resist wear and reduce noise.  Extended-life hydraulic filters (1,000 hours) and long-life hydraulic oil (5,000 hours) are also provided to maximize service life and reduce downtime.
 
Regular service and maintenance is easy on the R35Z-9 with doors, covers and hoods built for complete open access. A centralized lubrication bank and easy change air cleaner are also available for faster and easier servicing.

Ditch Witch Dealers Receive Crescent Club Top 10 Membership

Ditch Witch recently announced its 2013 Crescent Club Top 10 dealerships. Ditch Witch recently announced the 10 recipients of the company's top dealrship honor, the Crescent Club Top 10 membership.

Recipients of the 2013 Crescent Club Top 10 memberships are:

  • Ditch Witch of Oklahoma & Arkansas (Edmond and Tulsa, Okla., Benton and Springdale, Ark.)

  • Ditch Witch of Minnesota, Inc. (Shakopee and Fergus Falls, Minn.)

  • Witch Equipment Company, Inc. (Fort Worth, Hewitt, Texas)

  • Ditch Witch Central California (Fowler, Newark, Corona and El Cajon, Calif.)

  • Ditch Witch Southwest (Lubbock and Odessa, Texas)

  • Ditch Witch of South Louisiana (Geismar, La.)

  • Ditch Witch of Virginia (Glen Allen and Chesapeake, Va.)

  • Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan (Howell and Grandville, Mich.)

  • Brandt Tractor Ltd. (Headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and numerous other locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario provinces)

  • Ditch Witch of North Dakota (Mandan and West Fargo, N.D.)

“This award recognizes the top Ditch Witch dealerships’ teams dedicated to providing customers the application expertise, service, and products needed to help them be more productive with their time,” said Tiffany Sewell-Howard, CEO, The Charles Machine Works, Inc. manufacturer of Ditch Witch products. “We’re in this together with our customers and our Crescent Club Top 10 dealership members exemplify that commitment.”

Cool Tool of the Day: Bradco Quik Pik Multi-Purpose Grapple

Paladin Attachments has partnered with Star Hill Solutions Inc. to introduce the new Bradco Quik Pik Multi-Purpose Grapple for skid steers. This unique multi-purpose grapple tool is versatile enough to manage brush, logs, hay bales, rocks and pipe or culverts, as well as standard pallet jobs. The Bradco Quik Pik base unit has a patented dual hydraulic boom and curved tines allowing for safe handling of materials which wrap around and against irregular-shaped objects and loads for additional stabilization.

The base unit is equipped with a removable Landscape Shoe that provides a platform to stabilize loads against the face-plate. Combine the base unit with the optional fork tines and/or brush rake and the Bradco Quik Pik easily becomes an all-in-one multi-purpose attachment with the material handling capabilities of multiple attachments, such as pallet forks, brush grapples, bale spikes, manure forks and log grapples.

The Bradco Quik Pik base unit includes a dual-hydraulic boom with removable landscape shoe and five curved tines which are 2.6 in. wide spaced 3.75 in. apart. The grapple has a reach of 50.55 in. with a 62.38-in. opening dimension, and the base unit weighs about 700 lbs. The Bradco Quik Pik is an innovative multi-tasking tool that provides the most efficient, cost-effective and productive solution for anyone with material handling challenges. Farmers, ranchers, construction contractors, landscapers and land managers can now replace the many separate handling attachments in their fleet like pallet forks, brush grapples, log grapples, pipe handlers, bale spears, hay grapples, rock grapples and manure forks with the new Quick Pik Multi-Purpose Grapple system.  
    
Paladin Attachments is a leading manufacturer of couplers and attachments throughout North America and parts of the world for the construction, aggregate, agriculture, landscaping, land clearing, recycle, mining, demolition, utility and municipal market segments.
The grapple has a reach of 50.55 in. with a 62.38-in. opening dimension, and the base unit weighs about 700 lbs.

 

KIOTI Tractor Raises More than $25,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

KIOTI Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA Inc., kicked off its fourth annual breast cancer awareness campaign last month with a special raffle during key industry tradeshows. The winners, Jenny Black of Vonore, Tenn., and Charles Greer of Chugiak, Alaska, each won a Limited Edition Pink MECHRON 2200 utility vehicle during the National Farm Machinery Show and the World Ag Expo in February.
 
“My wife and I attend the World Ag Expo in Tulare every year and are very pleased to have won the Pink UTV. It has proven itself to be quite handy in transporting my wife and grandchildren around the farm,” said Greer, customer of S and W Feed and Supply Inc., in Carson City, Nev. “We are happy to have had the opportunity to participate in this very worthwhile and charitable effort supporting breast cancer research. My youngest sister is a recent breast cancer survivor, so winning the unique Pink UTV to use in our farming operation is a special bonus.”

A Limited Edition Pink MECHRON 2200 utility vehicle.
 
The raffle at the two tradeshows combined raised more than $25,000. All of the proceeds will be given to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, a leading national cancer center located in Chapel Hill, N.C. The donations are a continuation of a long-term relationship between the national tractor brand and the UNC Lineberger Center.
 
“I was in the process of buying a John Deere Gator, until my brother and his wife attended the Louisville farm show and saw the KIOTI Breast Cancer Awareness display,” said Jenny Black, who is a customer of Homestead Lawn and Tractor Co. in Cleveland, Tenn. “Once they sent me a picture, I knew I couldn’t go back to green.”
 
The raffles at the February tradeshows mark the start of KIOTI’s yearlong breast cancer awareness campaign. Starting in May, KIOTI will travel throughout Canada with a third Limited Edition Pink MECHRON 2200 Utility Vehicle. With stops at dealerships and tradeshows, the tour will conclude on Oct. 5 during the 2014 CIBC Run for the Cure. KIOTI also will use the tour to recruit members for Team KIOTI, KIOTI’s fundraising team for the Run for the Cure. A random participant from the Team KIOTI fundraiser will win the third Limited Edition Pink MECHRON 2200 Utility Vehicle. For more details on KIOTI Tractor and its efforts to support breast cancer research and awareness visit www.kioti.com.
 

Lincoln Electric Launches Weld Parameter Guide App

Lincoln Electric unveiled a new Weld Parameter Guide app for iOS and Android devices.The newly released Lincoln Electric Weld Parameter Guide app for Apple iOS and Android devices provides welders provides convenient access to information that will help them set up their weld operations on the go.

With no Internet or Wi-Fi connection required, the app is perfect for those in shop or in the field.

It provides common weld settings for SMAW, GMAW/FCAW and GTAW processes. Welders can use the app to find the correct welding parameters for their projects, welding process, material and thickness.

Key features of the app include:

  • Easy-to-use graphical interface, featuring icon-based menus.
  • Dynamic, “smart” look-up tables – As the user enters data, each additional parameter range is narrowed based on the valid options remaining.
  • U.S. and metric settings option.
  • Typical machine settings for SMAW, GMAW/FCAW and GTAW welding processes.
  • Steel and stainless steel material machines settings for SMAW.
  • Aluminum, steel and stainless steel material machine settings for GMAW/FCAW and GTAW.
  • Integrated Data – No need for Wi-Fi/Internet access. Great for remote locations where cell phone/Internet service is limited.
  • Notes section that allows the user to add additional weld set-up information.
 
"We have been working hard to launch products and support materials targeted toward a more technology-enabled customer base,” said Tom Matthews, senior vice president, technology and R&D. “Mobile-ready tools like this Weld Parameter Guide are designed to make our customers more productive – when and where they need it most.”
 
The Weld Parameter Guide is available at no cost to smartphone and tablet users through the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. The app is compatible with Apple iOS devices (Version 6 and newer) and Android-enabled devices (Version 2.2 and newer).

For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit lincolnelectric.com.

2014 NUCA Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Let’s face it, education can get expensive. To help ease some of the financial burden a degree can create, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) recently announced it is accepting applications for its 2014 Scholarship Program. Funded by the NUCA Foundation for Education and Research, four scholarships are available ranging from $1,000 to $8,000.

Any high school senior whose parent or guardian is employed by a NUCA member company in good standing may apply. Student employees, including students who work part-time are eligible, as are dependents of NUCA Chapter Executive Directors. 

Click here and here for the scholarship application and flyer with additional program details.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! While the economy is still recovering and college tuition rates are ever growing, every dollar counts. The application deadline is Friday, May 24, 2014. Please contact Jessica Bull at NUCA if you have any questions or concerns. She can be reached at 703.358.9300 or jessica@nuca.com.

Professional Grounds Management Unveils Streamlined System to Submit Green Star Applications

Sweet logo. The Professional Grounds Management Society has unveiled a brand new online system for submitting Green Star Award applications. In an effort to be more green and sustainable, the online system is completely paperless and easy to use. Applicants can now submit their entire application and PowerPoint with one click of the mouse and be on their way to be the next Green Star winner.

\With the new system in place, PGMS is now accepting entries for its acclaimed Green Star Awards Program. This exclusive program brings national recognition to grounds management programs, managers and crews responsible for landscapes that exhibit a high degree of excellence in certain areas including sustainability practices and policies, turf management, landscape design and more. This awards program honors “the best of the best” in landscapes and winners boast about the recognition they receive.

An official online entry form for this year’s contest and other details can be found at pgms.org/pgms-green-star-awards. The cost is only $150 for PGMS members and $225 for others. All entries must be submitted online. Grand, Honor and Merit Awards are offered in 15 categories, covering all types of private, public commercial and industrial landscapes. Each winning entry will be recognized at the 2014 Awards Banquet taking place Oct. 24, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the annual School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO set to take place Oct. 22-25, 2014. Details on the event can be found at pgms.org/2014schoolofgroundsmanagement.

Bauma China 2014 Expected to be Larger Than 2012 Event

A variety of construction equipment towers over the outdoor exhibit space at the 2012 bauma China show. Expect more exhibitors for the 2014 event.Despite slower growth in the Chinese market than in previous years, all of the available exhibitioner space at the Shanghai New International Centre (SNIEC) is packed for bauma China.

On the basis of the applications received by the official deadline of the end of February, the seventh edition of the international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, construction vehicles and equipment will take up 200,000 square meters of indoor and 100,000 square meters of outdoor exhibition space.

Almost 2,200 exhibitors, 200 more than at the same point in preparations ahead of the last event, have signed up to take part in the Nov. 25-28, 2014 event.

"We have had a very good response from the companies," said Collin Davis, exhibition group director at Messe München. "The high number of exhibitors registered at this early stage is clear indication of how important bauma China is for the Asian construction machinery market."  

Also very satisfying, alongside the high level of applications, is the continuing strong interest from countries around the world. In total there will be nine country pavilions at bauma China 2014: from Austria, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey and the US.

A provisional list of all the exhibitors registered so far is available for download at bauma-china.com/en/database.
 
The last event, in 2012, broke all records with 2,718 exhibitors from 38 countries fillings 300,000 square meters of exhibit space. The show attracted 177,080 visitors from 141 countries solidifying the show's status as the biggest and most important sector event in Asia. 

Kubota Tractor Corp. Named ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for Second Consecutive Year

Kubota management group. Kubota Tractor Corp. has received the No. 1 rating and “Dealer’s Choice Award” among Tractor Manufacturers, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) 2014 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey.

“This award is positive reinforcement that we are delivering on the Kubota promise to provide a rewarding experience, not only for our customers, but also for our 1,100 dealerships across America,” said Greg Embury, senior vice president of marketing and dealer development for Kubota Tractor Corp. “We know that we’re only as successful as our dealers, so we make it a top priority to support our dealers in running a successful business.”

Nearly 1,400 equipment dealers participated in this year’s survey, rating the tractor lines they carry in 12 categories. Kubota ranked number one among tractor manufacturers in overall satisfaction, product availability, product quality, parts availability, parts quality, return privileges, communications with management, warranty procedures, warranty payments, marketing and advertising support, and manufacturer response to dealer needs or concerns. A third-party research firm not affiliated with NAEDA collected and tabulated the results.

The NAEDA Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey was conducted via an email survey of NAEDA-member dealers in the United States and Canada. The tractor manufacturer category included Kubota, AGCO, Case IH, John Deere, Kioti, Mahindra, McCormick and New Holland. Kubota received the highest aggregate ratings among tractor manufacturers in this category.

“NAEDA congratulates Kubota on its second consecutive attainment of this award, and compliments the company for making the dealer-manufacturer relationship a top priority,” said Joe Dykes, director of member services for NAEDA, and coordinator of this year’s survey. “Kubota has scored consistently well from dealer ratings in past NAEDA Dealer-Manufacturer Relations surveys, even prior to the establishment of the ‘Dealer’s Choice’ award in 2013.”

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