Prepared to do a regular hours-based replacement of an existing chipper, Halley Timber took delivery of a newly redesigned Morbark 40/36 chipper and quickly became proponents of that unit’s capabilities. More importantly, however, they were able to confirm what the company had touted during the sale: the new unit’s drum—called the Advantage 3 high-performance chipping drum—yielded a dramatic reduction in maintenance-related downtime and wear part costs.
Boralex LP operates a half dozen biomass plants in the northeast, which, at peak performance, can generate an impressive 240 megawatts per hour of electricity. It ensures a steady stream of feedstock by drawing upon creative business practices and solid performance from a fleet of Morbark Chippers to recycle better than two million tons of wood residue each year.
At the Umatilla, Ore., whole log chipping facility run by paper giant Boise, Inc., suggestions for improving the site’s chippers do not fall on deaf ears, thanks to a close relationship between the maintenance crew at the facility and equipment manufacturer Morbark, Inc. As a result, Boise, Inc.’s chipping operation is the most productive it has ever been.
After only a year in operation, Asphalt Recovery Specialists, Inc. has taken in better than 15,000 tons of shingles from area roofing contractors and, using a Morbark 3800 horizontal grinder, processed them for subsequent use in hot mix applications.
Not only is the new Morbark 3800 Wood Hog horizontal grinder bringing the city of Lompoc, Calif., into compliance with Tier-4 standards, but also it has proven more productive, more efficient and lower in maintenance costs than the unit it replaced. Not a bad trade-off at all.