The new Bradco Series II mulchers by Paladin Attachments attach to excavators, skid steers and forestry tractors to shred hardwood trees, brush and ground vegetation up to 8 in. (20 cm) in diameter. Available in cutting widths of 36, 60 and 72 in. (91, 152 and 183 cm) — depending on the machine and application — they feature a heavy-duty bent-axis variable displacement piston motor that offers better performance on demand, prevents stalling under heavy loads and provides a quicker recovery time, according to the manufacturer.
To increase versatility, return on investment and productivity, they can be switched between prime movers without changing hydraulic motors, belts or belt drive sprockets/pulleys. The drive train’s synchronous belt drive system eliminates belt and belt drive sprocket/pulley slippage to lower operating cost and maintenance needs. An interchangeable tooth design keeps each tooth seated in its holder with a cross bar that runs the full width of each tooth. Standard reversible carbide teeth double operation life and can be easily interchanged without needing to rebalance the rotor. The spiral cut pattern reduces the amount of cut per tooth for less drag, finer chip size and increased performance.
The heavy-duty rotor construction of the Bradco Series II Mulchers features a balanced 0.75-in. (1.9 cm) wall drum that rotates at speeds up to 2,000 rpm with a 2.44-in. (6.2 cm) high-strength alloy steel shaft that passes through the entire length. Internal reinforcement rings minimize rotor flex for longer bearing life.