Pipeline Product Expo: Right of Way Clearing

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Clear Choices for Clearing the Right of Way

With oil and gas pipeline jobsites that span hundreds of miles, contractors need rugged machinery to clear the right of way. The mulchers, brush cutters and mowers appearing below are prime examples of the dedicated iron used to level the path in preparation for the arrival of the big equipment used for installing oil and gas pipelines. Along miles of approved right of way, this specialized machinery devours the vegetation found along a pipeline route. Tree trunks become sawdust. Underbrush turns to mulch. Tall grass is cut down to size.

These specialized brutes must be tough enough to chew through miles of growth one day, then turn around and do it again the next. A farm tractor isn’t going to cut the mustard on these jobsites. The manufactures featured here set the standard for right-of-way clearing equipment.

FAE Prime-Tech PT-300 Industrial Track MulcherFAE Prime-Tech PT-300 Industrial Track Mulcher

The PT-300 delivers higher power to the mulcher head than many other same category products on the market. From day one, the PrimeTech was built to operate in the most demanding right-of-way land clearing and site
prep conditions.

With a highly maneuverable carrier built to withstand extreme stress and tough terrain, the PT-300 is a top mulcher for large commercial applications. It also provides among the best fuel efficiency, increased work productivity and one of the lowest total cost of operation than any other equivalent product on the market. The PT-300 can be equipped with different head options, including mulcher, stump cutter, subsoiler or rock crusher/asphalt grinder.

The PT-300 is equipped with:
• 275-hp, 6-cylinder in-line John Deere engine
• Berco undercarriege D4 oscillating
• LPG 32-in. shoe
• Hydraulic system Sauer Danfoss
• Powerful cooling system (for hydraulic system)
• Rear view camera
• One of the best comfort cabs in the industry with great visibility

For more information, visit faeusa.com.

Jarraff Geo-Boy Brush CutterJarraff Geo-Boy Brush Cutter

The Geo-Boy Brush Cutter from Jarraff Industries, based in St. Peter, Minn., is designed for land clearing and vegetation management. Available in both wheeled and track configurations, the Geo-Boy has the ability to lift the cutter head approximately 11 ft high and can quickly and effectively clear brush and trees up to 12 in. in diameter.

With two Tier III engine options, 220 hp and 260 hp, the Geo-Boy is more powerful, maneuverable and fuel efficient than other brush cutters in its class. Both Geo-Boy models are ROPS and FOPS certified. The Geo-Boy also offers a number of additional safety features including full Lexan, No Mar windows and a rear view.

For more information, visit geo-boy.com.

John Deere Worksite Pro Extreme Duty Brush Cutter Attachments John Deere Worksite Pro Extreme Duty Brush Cutter Attachments

Site preparation, clearing and maintenance tasks are now easier, safer and more productive for operators with the new John Deere Extreme Duty Brush Cutter attachment. Among the newest products in this showcase (released March 15), the Extreme Duty Brush Cutter (RS72) is the latest addition to the ever-expanding lineup of Worksite Pro attachments and is optimized to work with select John Deere E- and D-Series skid steers, compact track loaders (CTLs) and most competitive models.

The Extreme Duty Brush Cutter boasts many key features that help drive additional productivity from a skid steer or CTL Most notable is an exclusive, patent-pending retractable forward shield. When using the Extreme Duty Brush Cutter on larger trees and brush (bigger than 4 in. in diameter), the shield will move up and away from the tree to expose the entire cutting edge, protecting the operator from flying debris.

With the universal, self-cleaning Quik-Tatch easy attachment system found on all John Deere skid steers and CTLs, the machine can easily add and remove the Extreme Duty Brush Cutter in no time. The new attachment is also backed by John Deere parts, service and warranty coverage.

For more information, visit johndeere.com.

Loftness Light-Duty Flail Mowers Loftness Light-Duty Flail Mowers

Loftness offers light-duty flail mowers for skid steers and tractors as part of its VMLogix line of products. Featuring heavy-duty construction, the mowers cut grass, weeds and brush up to ¾-in. in diameter and leave an even mat of mulch for fast decomposition.

Skid steer models are available in 60-, 72- and 90-in. widths. They come with universal mounts and can be used with flow rates as low as 10 gpm. Tractor models are available in 72- and 90-in. widths for 540-rpm tractors with 14 to 70 PTO horsepower. Tractor models offer a three-point offset-able hitch mount. All models come with adjustable skid shoes and offer a variable cutting height of zero to 4.5 in. The heat-treated, side-slice knives are reversible and will work in grass, weeds or brush. Additionally, the curved hood design maximizes suction for optimum cutting performance.

The flail motors are constructed of thick steel and come with heavy-duty vented belt shields. The drive systems feature taper-lock sheaves, three-groove banded belts and spring-loaded belt tensioners. Oversized bearings with deflector guards are used throughout the design for smooth, reliable performance. Other standard features include a full-width adjustable gage roller, roller scraper, and
steel deflectors.

For more information, visit loftness.com.

Rayco Mfg. C200 Forestry MulcherRayco Mfg. C200 Forestry Mulcher

Loftness offers light-duty flail mowers for skid steers and tractors as part of its VMLogix line of products. Featuring heavy-duty construction, the mowers cut grass, weeds and brush up to ¾-in. in diameter and leave an even mat of mulch for fast decomposition.

Skid steer models are available in 60-, 72- and 90-in. widths. They come with universal mounts and can be used with flow rates as low as 10 gpm. Tractor models are available in 72- and 90-in. widths for 540-rpm tractors with 14 to 70 PTO horsepower. Tractor models offer a three-point offset-able hitch mount. All models come with adjustable skid shoes and offer a variable cutting height of zero to 4.5 in. The heat-treated, side-slice knives are reversible and will work in grass, weeds or brush. Additionally, the curved hood design maximizes suction for optimum cutting performance.

The flail motors are constructed of thick steel and come with heavy-duty vented belt shields. The drive systems feature taper-lock sheaves, three-groove banded belts and spring-loaded belt tensioners. Oversized bearings with deflector guards are used throughout the design for smooth, reliable performance. Other standard features include a full-width adjustable gage roller, roller scraper, and steel deflectors.

For more information, visit raycomfg.com.

Vermeer FT300 Forestry TractorVermeer FT300 Forestry Tractor

The Vermeer FT300 forestry tractor with mulcher head gives contractors a powerful machine to complete tough land-clearing jobs. A ringed rotor design helps guide material to the 23 cutting tips for a cleaner cutting path. To customize cutting performance based on jobsite needs, contractors can choose from sharp planar, clad-faced planar or impact-resistant interchangeable tip options. Also, a patent-pending self-positioning deflector helps direct thrown material at a consistent angle regardless of head position, helping enhance jobsite safety.

The FT300 features a 300-hp Cummins QSL9 diesel engine. It includes a horsepower “bulge” that allows an increase to 320 hp when the engine drops from 2,200 to 2,000 rpm under load, helping to increase performance and productivity. With a 137-gallon fuel tank, the machine has ample fuel capacity to allow the operator to work longer without interruption.

The FT300 offers two track options. The 30-in. wide single-grouser steel tracks provide superior tractive effort, while 33-inch (83.8 cm) low ground pressure (LGP) tracks are ideal when working in soft ground conditions.
For operator comfort, the FT300 is equipped with air-ride seating, ergonomic controls, optimal sightlines and a rearview camera.

For more information, visit vermeer.com.

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