Morbark debuted its all-new line of Eeger Beever brush chippers, as well as the Rayco C120R Forestry Mulcher and AT75 Aerial Trimmer, at the TCI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. The new equipment was designed with customers’ feedback in mind and is “Made for More” to keep pace with tree care crews’ needs.
“At Morbark, we are focused on the customers’ needs and feedback and working that feedback into continuous improvement of our equipment,” says Casey Gross, Morbark Director of Tree Care Products. “Therefore, we’re always looking at ease of operation, increasing productivity and reducing downtime.”
A Whole New Line of Brush Chippers
The new model line consists of the Eeger Beever 812, 1215, 1415, 1418, 1621, 1821, 1922, 2131 and 2230, which range in horsepower from 35 HP (26 kW) to 400 HP (298 kW).
All models feature large infeed and throat openings for less hand trimming as well as large diameter chipping drums to handle wood more efficiently. Like previous Morbark Beever™ brush chippers, the new Eeger Beever line has a staggered-knife drum design with an internal baffle assembly for smooth cutting action and high chip quality. The patented, chambered air impeller system increases chip velocity and reduces dust and material blowback out the infeed, creating a cleaner operator environment. The heavy-duty drum housing stands up to the toughest jobs.
Most of the chippers in the line utilize the most powerful feed system on the market the TorqMax, which can generate from 2,000 to 10,000 lb/ft (2,711 to 13,558 N•m) of material pulling force (TorqMax is available on all models except the 812 and 1415).
The new infeed design allows inventory units to change from a rigid tray to a folding tray and have an ergonomic design based on the average operator height of 5’9″ (1.75 m). The design ensures that the operator is never over center while feeding the machine. Consistent perimeter placement of the feed control bar allows for consistent feed control. Mounted on the infeed are heavy-duty, low-profile LED tail lights, which provide excellent visibility of equipment.
A redesigned streamlined, low-profile winch assembly increases ease of operation and allows the material to be brought to the chipper infeed table. The heavy-duty 5,000 lb (2,268 kg) winch package is optional on models 1415 and larger and includes a 10′ (3.05 m) chafe guard to protect operators’ hands and extend the life of the rope.
Many other options are now bolted on so units can be easily customized for customers’ specific needs.
New Eeger Beever models with the exception of the 2230 can be made with gasoline/petrol engines, taking advantage of lower initial costs. Units with 3.0L gas engines have the iQ-View Smart Controller, a smart display and controller that presents engine and machine parameters to the operator as well as controls the chipper’s auto-feed function. With this, the feed mode can be quickly changed from brush to wood with a touch of a button.
C120R Forestry Mulcher
Rayco’s new C120R Forestry Mulcher has the power and in-woods characteristics of a dedicated forestry machine with the versatility of rubber tracks for crossing roadways and sensitive turf. It rides on a 17.7″ (450 mm) wide steel-embedded rubber track. It boasts a reliable and powerful 120-HP (89.4 kW) CAT diesel engine, while Rayco’s exclusive Super Flow, closed-loop hydrostatic system delivers mulching power not found in ordinary equipment.
Purpose-built for mulching, the C120R features a 12,000-lb (5,443-kg) capacity hydraulic rear winch and Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design, which places engine radiators in both the rear of the engine compartment and in the limbriser for maximum cooling performance in the harshest climates. The large, comfortable cab is certified ROPS/OPS/FOPS with escape hatches in the roof and rear window. The hydraulic cab tilt allows for easy access to critical components for maintenance.
The C120 can be outfitted with either the Predator Mulcher Head (standard, model FM120-6R) with a 71.5″ (182 cm) cutting width and 36 carbide-tipped, reversible cutter teeth or the Denis CIMAF Mulcher head (optional, model FM120-6C) with a 74″ (189 cm) cutting width and 27 planar cutter teeth.
AT75 Aerial Trimmer
The compact and nimble AT75 has a shorter carrier length, tight turning radius and three steering modes — front axle, four-wheel, and crab steer — for maneuverability on narrow right of ways. Machine leveling allows the whole machine to tilt up to 15 degrees while maintaining a low center of gravity for work on sloped surfaces. The AT75 has a trim height of 75′ (22.9 m) with its 24″ (61 cm) saw blade. The boom also can rotate up to 42 degrees clockwise and 47 degrees counterclockwise so the operator can make angled cuts quickly and safely, without tilting the cab.
The operator cabin is designed for comfort and ease of operation with a high-backed seat that is heated and features air suspension. The non-articulated carrier design utilizes a steering wheel and foot controls, making it easier and safer when driving on roadways. Rear and side-view cameras provide the operator with full visibility.
“We improved upon Rayco’s previous models of the aerial trimmer and smaller forestry mulcher, which are greatly beneficial to our customers in utility line and right-of-way clearing,” said Gross. “Morbark and Rayco both have long histories of innovation as well as excellent customer service. These and future improvements are geared towards helping to make our customers successful. We look forward to continuing to revolutionize the tree care equipment industry together.”
Morbark also recently introduced two new gasoline/petrol-powered Rayco stump cutters: the RG55 and RG80. Those were the first new product introductions for Rayco since the company was acquired by Morbark, LLC, in November 2017.