A Cat 320E excavator equipped with Morbark's Mor-Bite grapple had its work cut out keeping up with Morbark 50/48 drum chipper.
Morbark Inc. hosted its second Demo Days event of the year on Oct. 10 and 11 at its world headquarters in Winn, Mich. The event drew more than 150 existing and potential customers along with representatives from Morbark’s dealer network from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
The two-day event kicked off with breakfast and welcoming comments from Morbark CEO Lon Morey, President Jim Shoemaker and Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Foote. A guided tour of the factory and vendor pavilion featuring Morbark suppliers followed. Another highlight of the first day’s events was a panel discussion on Tier IV emission standards and compliance issues conducted by Shane Patzer of Michigan CAT, Aaron Cozart of Cummins Bridgeway and Steve Kimball of Superior Diesel Inc.
Day two of the event focused on a demonstration of seven Morbark machines geared for the forestry and recycling markets, including the new 3200 wood hog and 40/36 NCL micro chipper. The 3200 wood hog, powered by a 500 hp John Deere engine featured an 18/18 hammer pattern, 5 in. (12.7 cm) hex grates, magnet and an externally adjustable torque limiter. The 40/36 NCL micro chipper is a whole tree drum chipper which produces microchips used in pellet mills and as supplemental fuel in coal facilities.
Other models in operation were the 50/48 NCL, the M20R forestry chipper, the 6600 tracked wood hog, the 2755 flail chiparvestor and the 1600 tub grinder.
Michigan CAT provided support equipment including a Cat 320E excavator, which was equipped with Morbark’s Mor-Bite grapple, which was kept busy feeding the hungry Morbark machines.
While the lineup of forestry, recycling, sawmill, bio-energy and tree care equipment took center stage, the company’s new Boxer line of mini-skid steers were on the job cleaning up after the Morbark machines.