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New Beginning's - ARPI photo tour

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ARP, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. ssprtman12

    ssprtman12 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 55

    Andrew,
    What are u doing up in Hingham, u were right behind me for a couple miles i was wondering where you were heading. . .
     
  2. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Haha- were you in the Barcellos truck? I was heading to a Cohasset to see someone.
     
  3. ssprtman12

    ssprtman12 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 55

    i was in the utility body aj Tomasi Truck, where in cohasset you working?
     
  4. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    My bad- I was thinking of Barcellos from another conversation. I'm not actually working out there- we might have someone interested in buying a good amount of mulch from us though out there. Since we've started to triple grind, we're getting some more interest in our mulch for preseason buys.
     
  5. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 374

    Why do you triple grind? With our machine I can make it almost sawdust depending on how fast we feed the hammermill and the screens in it. Because our machine is a tub grinder I'm trying to come up with ways to make our primary grind a bit more course. I picked up a new progressive screen a few weeks ago with large 8"x12" openings in the bottom row. Makes a nicer larger, chunkier primary than just using 6" hex openings. Need to pick up a second one to put on the back side of the mill.
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  6. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Kepple- my grinder doesn't have the ability to really regulate the infeed speed as much as I would like so that I can really "plug" up the screens by forcing the material that is being ground to stay in the grinding chamber for a longer period of time. I'm already grinding through a 1 1/2" screen, and I don't really want to go any smaller for a variety of reasons.

    Also, not all wood mixes require me to do a double grind. We technically buy in primary ground wood to grind again and color-I'm not grinding straight from logs, so my "primary grind" is technically a second grind already. The new, cleaner, round wood, all-wood mix we are working with goes through the grinder almost twice as fast as wood mixes we have used in the past. So we tried "triple grinding" our wood this time around and found that with the type of wood we are using, I can get a better product, with less wear on the grinder, and for less money by sticking with the wood mix we are using.

    How's the recycling business going? Haven't heard from you in awhile- I assume things are keeping you busy down your way.
     
  7. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 374

    Yes we have been very busy.

    That may be some of the difference. We start our grind from wood that is brought into our yard by either us or customers, or from the land clearing jobs we do. We do a primay grind for size reduction, then regrind it to final product on a second pass through 2 screens, a 2" in the front and a 3" on the back side. We get a nice size final product with that. We also grind 2 different primary materials, depending on where the final product is going. We do general land clearing debris, with everything in it tree wise from the root balls to the tops and that product goes to some customers as just a primary grind and they do the finish grinding on it. The other feed material we use is just clean wood, no root balls or leafy material. That product we send to a local customer as a finished product. They have purchased about 150 loads so far this year(15,000 yards) and we are starting to get into busy season now. Just today we got a call from a customer in south Florida who said they would take 200 loads right now. Im thinking its about time to start looking for some more equipment.
     
  8. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    That's great to hear Chris! What's the next piece of equipment you guys need?
     
  9. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 374

    Another grinder! We run ours average 6 hours a day every day! Should we get another one it will more than likely be a horizontal, like a 6600 or 7600 Morbark. We also need another grapple truck, as the trucking side of the buisness has never slowed, and it getting to the point that many days we cant get everything done. And thats the short list. I could also add a service truck, mechanic, another excavator, etc etc...
     
  10. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    I didn't want to say anything, but that was going to be my guess LOL! How's your existing tub holding up?
     

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