(L-R): David Aguilar of Tractor City, describes the grinding shaft teeth of an FAE mulcher connected to a Mustang 2109 skid steer to Eddie Liebold of L Cinco Ranch in Pipe Creek, Texas, Ben and Don Fitch of Horizontal Liner Service, Luling, Texas.
In an effort to show the consumers the innovations and quality of their product line in action, FAE and Tractor City got together Aug. 3 in San Antonio, Texas, to host a product demonstration featuring select models of FAE, Prime Tech Prime Movers, Mustang and John Deere equipment.
The Mustang 2109 skid steer was the carrier unit for the FAE STC/SSL 150 rock crusher and the FAE UML SSL/150 mulcher/grinder. Using the Mustang for both attachments served two purposes.
One was that the 2109 was more than capable of handling both attachments and the second purpose was to demonstrate the ease of interchanging the FAE attachments.
For travel convenience of its guests, Tractor City procured the property to hold the demonstration within the city limits of San Antonio and approximately one mile from its facility located at 2800 SE Loop 410 in San Antonio.
Since the site was within the city limits, the City of San Antonio provided an inspector to examine the location in order to mark protected trees from being used during the demonstration. The site was chosen specifically due to the variety of trees and vegetation that is representative of that part of Texas.
Even in triple digit temperatures, more than 40 guests attended throughout the day to watch demonstrations ranging from tree and brush clearing to rock crushing.
“Our part of Texas is prolific with vegetation such as the invasive mesquite that is actually a bush, but can grow extremely large and create a tap root that has been recorded as deep as 190 feet,” said David Aguilar, sales manager of Tractor City. “Even though the wood of a mesquite is extremely dense and often referred to as Texas Ironwood, the UML SSL/150 mulcher/grinder demonstrated that it had the power to go right through it with no problem.”
“One of the larger problems in the San Antonio area is the expanse of cedars,” said Tony Waits, customer relations representative of Tractor City. “Cedars are a heavy competitor for water needed by more docile vegetation in our area.
“Tree and brush mulching is gaining popularity over track-type dozers and backhoes since that equipment basically push the trees up and over exposing their roots and leaving gaping holes in the ground and disturbing the rock. Once the trees are out of the ground, the roots have to dry and eventually are burned or hauled away,” Waits continued.
“In many cases this debris is simply left as well as the holes in the ground. Tree mulching/grinding with products such as the FAE attachments, improved the land without all the destruction. The results are less of a fire hazard and possible soil erosion. Mulching and grinding takes the vegetation right to the ground surface and allows the organic materials to stay in place and enhance the soil.”
FAE was represented by its CEO, Giorgio Carera, and Service Specialist, Jayson Garland, from Georgia and Territory Manager Ryan Smith from the Fort Worth, Texas, area.
Tractor City employees attending the demo were Aguilar, Waits, and Coleman Weathersby, parts representative.
Both FAE and Tractor City representatives fielded questions and provided instructions on how to operate the equipment.
There were $1,500 coupons offered on all the FAE attachments and a full set of teeth with the purchase of any Prime Tech Prime Mover. All were treated to a delicious fried catfish lunch that was prepared on-site.
The equipment demonstrated included the UML/SSL 150 mulcher/grinder, a UML ST 175 PTO powered mulcher, PT200 self-propelled crawler mulcher, STC/SSL 150 rock crusher and the PMM/SSL standard flow flail mulcher. A Mustang 2109 skid steer adapted with steel track and a John Deere 6430 were used to host the attachments.
“The demonstration turned out very well for all involved. Our customers were able to see the equipment in action and a few actually tried out their operating skills with the machines. Pending finance approval, one attendee will take delivery next week of a Mustang 2109 with a FAE UML SSL/150 tree mulcher,” said Aguilar.