Compact Equipment

NOV-DEC 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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20 Compact Equipment NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 Loftness recently introduced new models of its Bat- tle Ax horizontal drum mulcher designed specifically for skid steers. Featuring a new rotor, tooth design and exclusive two-stage cutting chamber, the heavy-duty Battle Ax is designed for highly efficient vegetation management, including right-of-way maintenance, land clearing, forestry applications and more. The Battle Ax is available with 61- and 71-in. cut- ting widths for skid steers with 50 to 120 hydraulic hp. Its 17-in.-diameter rotor features built-in depth gauges, which function similarly to raker teeth on chainsaws to prevent the attachment from engaging too much material at one time. This unique design is more ideal for managing the amount of material being fed into the attachment than competitive ring- style rotors, which many operators find to be overly limiting. The Battle Ax rotor is optimized for use with all cut- ting tooth styles. For more info, visit LOFTNESS INTRODUCES BATTLE AX MULCHING ATTACHMENT FOR SKID STEERS COOL TOOL MONTH OF THE AT T A C H M E N T C E N T R A L In addition to drum rotation, material movement var- ies by the type of material, as well as the blade configu- ration. The attachment is a two-way hydraulic auxiliary circuit, and it requires both rotation directions for best performance. The attachment couples to the carrier ma- chine using a quick-attach mount plate and quick-attach hydraulic lines. Once mounted, it is ready to run. The op- erator runs the attachment from inside the skid steer or compact base machine. In fact, contractors often refer to these attachments as "plug-and-play" portable screeners and/or crushers because they simply attach to the bucket and start processing. Increase Efficiency The screener crusher bucket is ideal for increasing effi- ciency in landscaping, agricultural and construction ap- plications. From composting to aerating, to top soil and peat screening, to waste and debris processing, all work can be handled onsite because the attachment processes and loads the material in one stage. Certain units for com- pact machines are also ideal for padding and backfilling on smaller cable and pipeline jobsites, because they allow material to be screened onsite and then backfilled directly into the trench, eliminating the need for dedicated sta- tionary screening or the purchase of fine soil. The basis of the ALLU's DL is a unique top screen, where the screening blades spin between the top screen combs. The end material size is defined by the space between the combs. These screening combs carry most of the material weight to ensure the attachment's drums and bearings ex- perience less impact and load. The construction is clog- free and maintains good capacity, even with wet materials. A single attachment allows the contractor to change screen sizes, ranging from 5/8 to 1-1/4 to 2 in., just by changing out the screen and hammers. The screening blades and top screen comb are changeable when worn or when changing size adjustments, which also helps to keep operating costs low. Easy Maintenance The attachment's maintenance program primarily con- sists of daily and weekly inspections and weekly and an- nual servicing. As part of the daily and weekly inspection procedures, the operator should check the condition of the frame, wear parts and power transmission and remove any stones or other hard fragments caught in the blades. During weekly servicing, the power transmission's lubrica- tion should be changed or the lubricants topped up. These attachments have no-grease bearings, which contribute to their easy maintenance schedules. Because the wear to the blades, drums and bearings de- pends on the operating conditions and the material pro- cessed, wear part replacement does not follow a set sched- ule. The components that are most likely to experience

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