Bandit Industries Model 3090 Track is a self-propelled version of the Model 3090 drum-style whole tree chipper.
“The 3090 is already an extremely capable machine,” said Bandit Industries Marketing Manager Jason Morey. “Adding a self-propelled option extends this capability to remote, difficult-to-reach terrain where towable chippers can’t go.”
To make the 3090 a mobile chipper, Bandit Industries utilizes a Caterpillar 325EL undercarriage outfitted with either 700 or 800-mm wide pads. Fully optioned with a cab and loader, the footprint for the Model 3090 Track is just over 11 pounds per square inch.
“Everyone knows how well track chippers perform in soft ground or steep terrain,” said Morey. “In cases like these, a track chipper is usually the only viable option, and having something with the proven reliability and production power of the 3090 can pay dividends when the going gets tough.”
The Model 3090 Track shares the same heavy-duty construction of Bandit’s larger 3590 chipper. It utilizes a 37-in. (94 cm) diameter drum with a 30 by 36-in. (76 by 91 cm) opening, and features a unique four-wheel, diagonal feed system consisting of two 36-in. top-feed wheels set on an angle. These wheels are mounted in a slide box and move up or down with the flow and diameter of material passing through the feed system. Two vertical side-feed wheels surround the standard 30-in. infeed, contributing to the 3090 Track’s pulling and compressing capability, according to the manufacturer.
Power options include Caterpillar, Cummins or John Deere diesel engines, ranging from 535 to 630 hp (399 to 470 kW). The 3090 Track can accept material up to 24 in. (61 cm) in diameter, and combined with a stationary high-flow discharge system, it can produce as much as 80 tons (72.5 t) of chips per hour.
“Companies working utility or pipeline clearing will especially benefit from using a 3090 Track,” said Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey. “These projects can run straight through swamps or literally right over mountains, and the 3090 Track is maneuverable and powerful enough to handle just about any situation.”
Bandit offers the Model 3090 Track with an optional built-in loader and cab, featuring hydraulic or electronic joystick controls. The back-style loader has a reach of 232 in. (589 cm) without conveyor (191 in. (485 cm) with conveyor), a curbside swing of 50 degrees and a roadside swing of 85 degrees. It’s equipped with a 45/35 Rotobec continuous rotation grapple, and is capable of lifting up to 7,200 lbs. (3,766 kg)
A wireless remote control option also is available, allowing a single operator to remotely manage the 3090’s functions and movement.
“Those opting for the loader will likely be companies operating in isolated areas where there just isn’t room for a bunch of equipment,” said Jerry Morey. “For more friendly surroundings, the remote function is a great way to utilize the 3090 Track with existing equipment—without the need for additional operators.”
Bandit Industries Inc. is a manufacturer of equipment for the logging, tree service, biomass and wood waste recycling industries. Bandit offers a complete line of hand-fed chippers, stump grinders, whole tree chippers, and horizontal grinders, all manufactured in a 240,000 sq. ft. facility located at the company headquarters in Remus, Mich.