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Bandit Model 2550XP Beltless Hydrostatic Stump Grinder Now Available

Thu October 25, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Bandit Industries’ Model 2550XP self-propelled stump grinder is available with up to 44 hp (32.8 kW) and features beltless hydrostatic direct-drive.

“The Model 2550XP is a high production stump grinder that has the power to go after large-scale projects or big stumps,” said Jason Morey, Bandit small equipment sales manager. “Companies that spend a lot of time grinding stumps will really enjoy this machine, as it can get just about anywhere, tackle just about any sized stump, and it powers through them in no time. It also operates just as smooth as our smaller 2250XP, and of course with no belts there is far less downtime for maintenance.”

The reduced maintenance comes from the high-power hydrostatic motor used to directly power the cutter wheel with virtually no parasitic power loss. This eliminates the need for a clutch, jackshaft, drive belt, belt tensioning system, and the many sheaves and bearings associated with those components. This also allows the engine to be mounted lower and at the rear of the machine for better balance. An optional four-wheel drive system is available for all-terrain traction, and with standard flotation tires the Model 2550XP can traverse delicate landscaping. Engine options range from 35 or 38-hp (26 or 28.3 kW) gasoline engines, or a pair of Kubota diesels with either 35 or 44 hp.

Once at the job site, the 2550XP brings a 50-in. (127 cm) swing arc to cover a broad area, reducing the need to reposition the machine at the stump. It cuts to a maximum depth of 13.5 in. (34 cm), and it features rubber chip curtains on both the operator’s console and the machine itself to aid in chip containment. A standard swing-out operator’s station provides the controls for the drive system, cutter wheel swing, and up/down movements of the cutter head, while also positioning the operator at a clear viewing angle to the grinding action. An optional wireless remote control with a tether backup is available for operators who prefer to be away from the machine. A hydraulic grading blade also is available and recommended for assisting with cleanup after the stump is removed, according to the manufacturer.

“We’ve spent a lot of time talking with people in the industry, grinding stumps every day,” said Morey. “Having a machine with the power to get through stumps quickly is important, but so is reliability. Regular stump grinders have come a long way in the last 10 years, and if you keep an eye on the belts they perform well. With the 2250 and now the 2550, we’ve taken a new step towards creating the ideal stump grinder — one that has the power people need but doesn’t need quite so much attention to maintenance. Changing or adjusting belts isn’t really hard, but after using a beltless 2250 or 2550, you’ll wonder how you ever put up with belts in the first place.”

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

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