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Ransome Attachments Inks Deal to Distribute Grab-N-Drive in United States

Tue April 02, 2019 - National Edition

Ransome Attachments has finalized a deal with Cernos Oy to add the Cobra screening bucket to its lineup of multi-functional attachments. The move is intended to complement another recent addition — the Gyru-Star compact screening bucket — and to bring the Cobra's added crushing functionality to its customers on the heavier side of the market.

Cernos has been manufacturing this bucket in Finland for the past 26 years and has been primarily distributing it in Scandinavia. Under new management, the company is now expanding into new markets worldwide. Ransome recognized the Cobra's potential and set out to bring it to the United States.

Owner Eric Ransome considers the Cobra screening bucket a perfect complement to the Gyru-Star line of compact screening buckets Ransome Attachments began distributing in early 2019.

"The Gyru-Star is for topsoil screening with no crushing action, and it's designed for compact machinery," he said. "The Cobra fits both compact and heavy equipment and can screen and crush construction debris and ‘soft rock' materials including brick, sheet rock, and asphalt for heavy industrial applications."

Ransome will offer the full line of Cobra models to fit various applications within the composting, topsoil, recycling, demolition, landscaping, pipeline and general construction markets. Its high screening capacity and adjustable grain size are designed to allow waste soil and other materials to be turned into usable products, which supports the Cobra tagline "Ecological Recycling."

The Cobra can be adjusted for pure screening, which is ideal for topsoil, compost, mulch, peat and sand. The end product is often used for stockpiling and pipeline backfilling and padding. The Cobra also can be configured for screening and crushing materials including concrete, rubble, glass, drywall, asphalt millings, rock salt and coal. The screener-crusher setting also is good for handling wet, sticky and other difficult soils.

While designed for heavy-duty operations, the Cobra fits the gamut of equipment classes from mini to full-sized excavators, wheel loaders, backhoes and telehandlers. The Cobra is lightweight and easy to transport, yet sturdy.

"From an engineering point of view, it's well-made, robust, and will stand equally toe to toe with any other product on the market," said David MacLynn of Cobra.

All Cobra models feature either a single or twin hydraulic drive with chain transmission. A double-acting hydraulic circuit allows the operator to screen and crush in forward or reverse, eliminating the potential for clogging. The drum configuration can either be vertical (K Series) or horizontal (XS, S, and L Series) to fit almost any need.

Attaching and operating the Cobra is as a simple as the design of the bucket itself. It requires attaching the bucket and two hoses, and adjusting flow and pressure. Most modern machines will allow the operator to save those settings as a preset, which eliminates the need for re-entry when switching between attachments.

"The Cobra complements the existing product line of Gyru-Star beautifully," said MacLynn, who has been instrumental in bringing both products to Ransome. "The addition of this lineup means that regardless of the size of the customer's machine, application or budget, Ransome now has the solution."

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