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As Global Pellet Market Heats Up, Micro Chip Producers Turn to Bandit

As global pellet markets continue to heat up, the market for raw material also is increasing.

Thu January 14, 2016 - National Edition
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The global market for wood pellets is expected to grow from $4 billion in
      2013 to $9 billion in 2020.
The global market for wood pellets is expected to grow from $4 billion in 2013 to $9 billion in 2020.

As global pellet markets continue to heat up, the market for raw material also is increasing, making the woods an even more interesting place to be in business.

The global market for wood pellets is expected to grow from $4 billion in 2013 to $9 billion in 2020, according to Michele Rebiere of Viridis Energy Inc., who spoke at the Pellet Supply Chain Summit, March 24, 2014. That's a lot of wood pellets, and most are coming from the United States to feed the worldwide demand.

That's why producers who look to enter or increase production in the exploding U.S. pellet export market are turning to Bandit Industries' whole tree chippers and The Beast reduction machines to meet that demand. In fact, more micro chips and Bio Sawdust are produced from Bandit machines than any other processing machines.

Bandit developed the micro chipper drum for the Model 2590, 3090 and 3590 whole tree chippers allowing you to invest in the chipper that best meets your production needs. Nearly all chips produced by a Bandit micro chipper measure at 3/8 in.-minus and most are 1/4 in.-minus.

“As demand for pellets surges and competition in the pellet market increases, chip producers are focusing on chip quality to ensure a market for their chips, and improving their production costs and efficiency,” said Bandit President Jerry Morey. That is why Bandit continually focuses on product design to improve the quality of the product its machines produce, while improving their operating efficiencies and reliability.

“We are particularly proud of our latest micro chippers with a head designed to make a ¼ inch cut, a throwing system centered around our patented power slot, and our unique discharge system that will allow the chippers to fully load the largest chip trailers without the need of an auxiliary blower or chip accelerator. Eliminating the need for a discharge assist adds 100 horsepower to the chipper drum, but more importantly, the additional chipping power coupled with our synchronized feed system will improve fuel economy by about 30 percent,” Morey said.

Bandit's clean feed systems do not allow chips to fall under the feed system or to carry back around the infeed chain. All that falls through the cracks are dirt and leaves, according to the manufacturer.

“The new feed system will increase yields by 5 percent compared to our older machines and those of our competitors,” Morey said.

“Our new electronic feed system controls are amazing,” Morey added. “They allow you to dial the unit in to where the feed system rarely stops. The feed rate adjusts to load and engine horsepower. This system is particularly advantageous when producing microchips in that it increases the fineness of the chips.”

Bandit chippers also have the ability to convert a micro chipper to produce a conventional chip without changing the drum. The change is quite simple, so if markets change, operators have the ability to quickly change the chipper to supply the new market.

“The Beast horizontal grinder can be equipped with cutter bodies with a chipper knife attachment to produce what we call Biosawdust, which is a microchip, but a bit finer,” Morey said. “Again, if markets change, you can quickly change the unit back to process all types of material to supply a multitude of markets. So if you have a need to produce material for the burgeoning pellet market Bandit has solutions.”

A worldwide dealer network backs all Bandit whole tree chippers and The Beast recyclers, so every machine is never far from the experts. Dealer locations are spread throughout North America and around the world, each stocking parts, expert technicians and sales staff ready to back Bandit's customers.

“Bandit's unique and patented technologies make our equipment better for every producer,” said Morey. “That's why more industry professionals trust Bandit to help them build their businesses. We welcome the opportunity to prove what we claim. We would love to demo The Beast horizontal grinder or a whole tree chipper for you.”

For more information, call 800/952-0178 or visit

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