Compact Equipment

SEP 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Page 22 of 55 23 ◄ The rotor is a drum which holds the cutting tools. Several rotor styles are available to suit cus- tomer preferences, depending upon what kind of conditions will be encountered and what type of cutting tools will be used. and you have proper hydraulic flow and pressure, but the housing appears flimsy, then you might be setting yourself up for problems. Rotor bearings are also worth considering — as are the internal coun- ter cutters for material sizing. When you are working in a remote jobsite, the last thing you want to do is break down. Maintaining Your Investment The best kind of maintenance is no maintenance, but that rarely exists in forestry equipment. At a minimum, you should plan on looking over your mulcher attachment every day to check for broken cutting tools. Most knives can be sharpened, extending their life and reducing horsepower requirements. Ensure that the rotor rotates freely (with no material wound around or jammed into the bearing housing). Hit the ap- plicable zerk fittings with grease, and you should be good for another day. On a weekly basis you'll want to check for any hydraulic leaks and closely inspect the bearings. Once a month or so, look for any sign of metal fatigue. Annual maintenance required includes balanc- ing the rotor. Options and Accessories In addition to the basic components listed, virtually all manufacturers offer options to simplify the operation and maintenance of your mulcher. A push bar can help to fell standing trees, while an optional trap door contains materi- als within the rotor area to achieve finer sizing. Some manufacturers are now of- fering a rotor-balancing kit to allow this important maintenance function to be performed at the owner's maintenance facilities. Whether you are looking for a mulcher attachment with all of the ac- cessories or a bare-bones version to get started, there is plenty to consider. Dave Maddock is a product manager at Fecon.

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