FAE?USA?Hosts Open House in Ga.

Thu November 14, 2013 - Southeast Edition
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Allen Tennis (L), territory manager of FAE USA Midwest, and Wes Oller of The Victor L. Phillips Co., Brookline Station, Mo., talk about the UML SSL 150VT .
Allen Tennis (L), territory manager of FAE USA Midwest, and Wes Oller of The Victor L. Phillips Co., Brookline Station, Mo., talk about the UML SSL 150VT .
Allen Tennis (L), territory manager of FAE USA Midwest, and Wes Oller of The Victor L. Phillips Co., Brookline Station, Mo., talk about the UML SSL 150VT . (L-R): Michael Tipton and Tim Keller of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Giorgio Carera, president of FAE USA; and Andy Jones of ACT Construction Equipment, Charlotte, N.C., look over the PrimeTech PT-300 prime mover. The low flow DML/SSL mulching head, one of the newest product introductions for this year, attached to a Cat 277B CTL, attracted attention from the dealers and customers in attendance. Duane McGann of Specialized Forestry Solutions in Toccoa, Ga., demonstrates the newly released PrimeTech PT-175. (L-R): Kenneth Clark of Snead Ag in Georgia and Alabama; Jack H. Moore and J.R. Moore, territory managers of FAE USA in Georgia and Florida; and Rick Lehner of American Material Handling in Watkinsville, Ga., watch both the PrimeTech PT-175 and Cat machin (L-R): John Hoffmann of AGCO in Duluth, Ga.; Jeff Satterwhite of Atlantic & Southern Equipment in Lake City, Ga.; Steve Gorsuch of AGCO in Duluth, Ga.; and Lee Smith of FAE USA discuss the features of the new PrimeTech PT-175 prime mover. Earle Alsobrook (L), territory manager in Alabama of FAE USA, explains some of the features of the FAE MTH soil stabilizer-stone crusher-asphalt crusher attachment to Ricky Niblett of APAC-Mid South, Birmingham, Ala. Jeff Washington (L) and Hugh Swicord of AGF Machinery in Dothan, Ala., are welcomed to the event by hostesses Jayme and Liz.

FAE USA Inc. held an open house and demo event at its North American headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., on Oct. 24. Dealers, regional representatives and customers came to see demonstrations of the newest products, including the new low flow forestry mulcher attachment and the PrimeTech PT-175 prime mover, which had just been introduced several weeks ago at ICUEE in Louisville, Ky. After the demo, attendees enjoyed dinner and beverages in the warehouse at the FAE USA facility.

A few attendees took advantage of the opportunity to operate the new PrimeTech PT-175 prime mover including Timothy Keller of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Marion, N.C. Keller said he was quite impressed with the machine.

“It had a fast recovery on the head,” Keller said “When you get into heavy brush it would recover quickly and pick up speed very fast once you bogged it down. It regulated itself and it was almost instant to get back to full speed when challenged. It’s faster than other similar products we’ve demoed and more maneuverable, with greater overall grinding ability and has a mulching head that quickly picks up speed.”

Keller said he feels the PrimeTech machine is superior to others he’s tried.

“We’re new to this, so this is a market that we’re just now starting to look at. We’ve been testing other brands — from mulcher attachments to self-contained prime movers. So far, this is the best machine we’ve tried.”

When asked what tasks the PT-175 model would be used for Keller said, “the terrain we work in requires a machine with maximum maneuverability and a smaller size so we can get to the job site more easily with the existing trailers and equipment that we have.”

Serviceability and cost also factor into Keller’s thoughts of the machine.

“Most of what we do is clear cuts of 3 to 4 inch. 10 to 15 year old stands that we want to knock back down and create early successional habitat for song birds and turkey brood habitat. We’re looking at wildlife management benefits from the machine instead of general land clearing for agricultural use or development.”