Bobcat has launched the new 8B Woodchipper attachment for the company’s skid-steer, compact tracked and all-wheel steer loader ranges. The new 8B Woodchipper provides a simple method for reducing wood waste and grinds branches and other tree components, reducing their volume by a factor of 10 to 1.
Aimed at the horticulture and landscaping market, particularly local authorities and their contractors and arborists, the new Woodchipper attachment is also an ideal extension to plant and tool hire fleets.
The width of the opening on the feeder on the 8B Woodchipper is 230 mm and the unit is able to continuously chip branch sizes of up to 130 mm using four reversible and replaceable cutters. The 8B Woodchipper comes standard with an automatic hydraulic feed system, which includes speed control and a load sensing system. The feed system also has a large diameter high torque feed roller and a variable speed feeder drive for adjusting the feed rate.
The 8B Woodchipper is designed for use with high hydraulic flow Bobcat compact loaders, namely the S160H to S300H, T190H to T300H and A300H models. Unlike towable woodchippers, the new 8B Woodchipper can be easily placed in backyards and other confined or remote areas by utilising the compact size and manoeuvrability of the Bobcat compact loaders, reaching places where other chippers cannot go. With a width of 1549 mm and length of 2591 mm, the new 8B Woodchipper attachment weighs 753 kg.
The Bobcat Remote Attachment Control (RAC) system allows the operator to start or stop the loader’s engine and the chipper rotation when standing beside the attachment. The 8B Woodchipper has dual mounting locations, which allows material to be fed from the front or right side of the loader and there is a 360-degree discharge chute with deflector.
The variable flow setting on the 8B Woodchipper allows it to operate within two different flow ranges, 98-118 and 120-151 l/min, improving chipping efficiency based on the Bobcat loader’s hydraulic flow capacity. The loader flow range can be selected via a 2 position switch on the Woodchipper dashboard.
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