Product roundup: John Deere introduces scrap, rock grapple buckets

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Updated Dec 6, 2018
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John Deere recently introduced the new GS66B, GS72B, GS78B and GS84B scrap grapple buckets and the GR72B and GR66B rock grapple buckets into its ever-expanding line of Worksite Pro attachments.

The company says the scrap grapple buckets are ideal for scrap handling, recycling center use, disaster cleanup and jobsite cleanup applications where grappling power is needed to handle material. John Deere adds that the rock grapple buckets are perfect for land clearing, jobsite cleanup and brush removal applications, and they add that the rock grapples allow for grading the site after debris removal.

“During critical times, like disaster cleanup, operators need powerful and reliable attachments that won’t let them down,” says Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “We are delivering industry-leading reliability with these new buckets and feel confident that customers will find that they can move the most difficult, irregularly shaped materials with ease and speed.”

The company says each unit includes two independent-action grapples that allow different-sized objects to be picked up in each grapple. John Deere says a 620-mm wide grapple arm and grapple stance width of 60.6 inches on the GS66 and GS72/GR72 and 65.3 inches on the GS78 and GS84/GR84 units allow for easier grappling of wide, difficult material.

For scrap applications where containing the material is necessary, John Deere says bolt-on side plates are available, and the scrap grapple models also feature predrilled cutting edges for optional bolt-on, replaceable edges.

The company says the greaseable and hardened 1.25-inch pins, along with increased cylinder specifications, result in improved durability. John Deere says ninety-degree hydraulic quick couplers offer improved hose routing over the previous series. The company adds that the cylinder guards come standard on each scrap and rock grapple and have been simplified to a low-profile, effective solution for hydraulic cylinder hose connections.

The company says cylinder size, including the bore and rod, has been increased to a 2.5-inch bore and a 1.4-inch rod, providing high grapple clamping forces.

John Deere says grapple arms have integrated mechanical stop to reduce the load on cylinders when grapple arms are open. The company says increased side cutter, side sheet and backsheet plate thickness combined with a larger torque tube result in heavy-duty bucket construction.

Additionally, the company says the rock grapple buckets have 3-inch tine spacing and are fully supported on each side for high bending resistance. The company says the tine spacing allows smaller particles to sift through the tines when used in the forward direction, and each rock grapple uses a weld-in serrated cutting edge.

ECHO reintroduces hardscape cut-off saw to lineup

ECHO recently introduced the CSG-7410 cut-off saw that the company says offers the highest cutting torque in its class and one of the best air cleaning systems on the market.

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Powered by a 73.5 cc two-stroke commercial grade engine, the company says the CSG-7410’s high cutting torque is attributable to a 2.6:1 drive ratio of the wheel pulley to the drive pulley. ECHO says high torque translates into a greater ability to cut through thick masonry blocks or dense concrete without bogging down in the cut.

The company says the 4-stage air cleaner system protects the engine for longer life, and ECHO says it is easy to start due to the spring-assist starter, decompression valve, choke with automatic fast idle and purge bulb. The company adds that the starter system is completely sealed.

ECHO says the saw also has a reversible cutting arm with a standard position for normal cutting and a reversed (outside mount) position.

The company says other features include a stainless-steel shield for high strength and corrosion resistance; aluminum handle with rubber grip for comfort and vibration reduction; translucent fuel tank; a momentary stop switch automatically returns to “on” position; and standard water kit with brass valve and quick release adaptor.

The company says the CSG-7410 will be available this fall at an $899.99 MSRP and will come with a one-year warranty.

ECHO also introduced the PB-8010 and PB-2620 blowers.

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The company says the PB-8010 backpack blower features a 79.9cc engine which delivers the highest blowing performance of any backpack blower on the market – 1071 cfm and 211 mph, with 44 Newtons according to the ANSI B175.2 standard.

ECHO says it also features an industry-first carbon fiber plastic frame and fan case, which they say cuts 1.9 pounds of weight compared to standard plastic material and allows the PB-8010T to tip the scales at just 24.5 lbs.

The company adds that an oversized filter and foam prefilter can be used in high-dust environments, along with tool-less latches for easy in-field maintenance.

ECHO says an extra-large 83.8 oz fuel tank delivers long run times, and padded backpack straps and a padded backrest keep things comfortable for all-day use.The PB-8010 is available with either a tube-mounted throttle (PB-8010T) or a hip-mounted throttle (PB-8010H) for an MSRP of $599.99.

ECHO says the PB-2620 handheld blower features 456 cfm and 172 mph performance. The company says it has the following features: chrome cylinder plating; a pleated paper main filter and foam prefilter with tool-less access allowing for use in high-dust environments; best-in-class hot restartability; and an oversized 20.3 oz. fuel tank.

The PB-2620 features a rubber handle, a secondary handle and variable locking cruise control that the company says helps keep user’s hands comfortable during long usage periods.

ECHO adds that the blower comes with both a round-end pipe and flared-end pipe, and it is available at an MSRP of $199.99.

Morbark debuts new chippers, mulchers and trimmers 

Morbark recently debuted its new line of Eeger Beever brush chippers, as well as the Rayco C120R forestry mulcher and AT75 aerial trimmer. The company says 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.”

The company says this new line consists of the Eeger Beever 812, 1215, 1415, 1418, 1621, 1821, 1922, 2131 and 2230, which range in horsepower from 35 HP to 400 HP.morbark and rayco logo

Morbark adds that 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 Eeger Beever brush clippers, the company says this line has a staggered-knife drum design with an internal baffle assembly for smooth cutting action and high chip quality.

The company says the patented, chambered air impeller system increases chip velocity and reduces dust and material blowback out the infeed, creating a cleaner operator environment.

Morbark says 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”. This design, the company says, ensures that the operator is never over center while feeding the machine, and they add that 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, and the company says a redesigned, streamlined, low-profile winch assembly increases ease of operation and allows the material to be brought to the chipper infeed table.

The company says the heavy-duty 5,000 lb. winch package is optional on models 1415 and larger and includes a 10’ chafe guard to protect operator’s hands and extend the life of the rope.

With the exception of the 2230, these models can be made with gasoline/petrol engines, and units with 3.0L has engines have the iQ-view smart controller, which the company says is a smart display and controller that presents engine and machine parameters to the operator as well as controls the chipper’s auto-feed function.

Morbark says Rayco’s 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.

The company says it rides on a 17.7” wide steel-embedded rubber track and boasts a 120-HP CAT diesel engine, while Rayco’s Super Flow, closed-loop hydrostatic system delivers mulching power not found in ordinary equipment.

The company says the C120R features a 12,000 lb. capacity hydraulic rear winch and Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design, which Morbark says places engine radiators in both the rear of the engine compartment and in the limbriser for maximum cooling performance in the harshest climates. The C120 can be outfitted with either the predator mulcher head with a 71.5″ cutting width and 36 carbide-tipped, reversible cutter teeth or the Denis CIMAF mulcher head with a 74″ cutting width and 27 planar cutter teeth.

The company also showcased its AT75 aerial trimmer, which they say has a shorter carrier length, tight turning radius and three steering modes—front axle, four-wheel and crab steer.

The whole machine is able to tilt up to 15 degrees due to its machine leveling, and the company says it can still maintain a low center of gravity for work on sloped surfaces.

The AT75 has a trim height of 75’ with its 24” saw blade, and the company says the boom can also rotate up to 42 degrees clockwise and 47 degrees counterclockwise.

“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,” says 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.”

The company says the operator cabin is designed for comfort and ease of operation with a high-backed seat that is heated and features air suspension. Morbark adds that the non-articulated carrier design utilizes a steering wheel and foot controls and rear and side-view cameras.

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