Morbark, LLC, a US-based manufacturer of forestry, biomass, tree care, sawmill, and wood recycling equipment, debuted its “revolutionary” 3400XT Wood Hog horizontal grinder at this year’s CONEXPO show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
– Morbark listened closely to customer feedback while developing the design for the 3400XT. The result is that we were able to provide the features our customers want and the versatility they need while staying true to our proven technology, said Michael Stanton, Morbark Director of Industrial Sales, during the launch.
Global road legal with standard width
One of the most important features of the 3400XT is its standard width of 8’4″ (2.53 m), making it within the legal transport width in any country, no matter what engine is used. The model accommodates engines from 540 to 800 horsepower (402 to 596 kW) as well as electric, enabling a broad range of applications in a wide variety of markets worldwide.
– The size of the 3400XT allows the same model, using a broad range of engines, to be configured for multiple applications and global markets without additional design considerations, said Stanton.
Redesigned infeed and maintenance platform
The infeed bed is an additional 24 inches (60.96 cm) longer with sloped sides. This configuration improves operator sight lines for more efficient loading of material. Standard on the 3400XT is a removable infeed chain return floor, which allows excess material to fall away to minimize the wear on the floor, bed chain, and inserts, particularly useful in land-clearing or other applications with “dirty” materials.
The variable-speed infeed system consists of one 34-inch (86.36 cm) diameter top compression feed roll; a direct-driven internal planetary drive with no chains and sprockets for lower maintenance, more torque, and better durability; and four strands of WDH-120 chain in a staggered configuration.
Also, the maintenance platform has been extended by reconfiguring the area between the hood and the engine to provide an additional 12 inches (30.48 cm) of working space, for better access to components for general maintenance or to change screens.