The big news at 404-CUT-TREE this week is the arrival of our new grinder. After seven years of processing tree trimming, we have received delivery of our third processing machine. The latest grinder is a Rotochopper EC-256 horizontal electric grinder. This machine is a substantial improvement over our present system. We’ve been producing around 25,000 cubic yards per year of dyed, re-sized wood chips, at a rate of 30 cubic yards per hour. The new grinder does the same job at a rate of 150 yds per hour. It also cuts the manufacturing steps in half, resulting in not just a capacity improvement, but a process improvement as well. And if that weren’t enough, we believe there will be a big quality improvement as well. So with all that, what took us so long to do it? Well, time and money.
This grinder requires 600 amps of 3 – phase electrical power, vs. the 100 amps we now consume. And because the new grinder weighs 33,000 lbs, we had to beef up our processing area. In fact, it’s taken 4 weeks of steady work to prepare the site.
And it’s a lot more expensive. This week a 70 ton crane lifted the new grinder off the tractor-trailer which brought our new machine in from Minnesota. We have about four more week of work before we’re ready to start-up the plant early in December.