New stump cutters and chippers from Vermeer
By Murray Pollok07 April 2010
US utility equipment machinery manufacturer Vermeer adds several new products at Bauma, including a new stump cutter, brush chipper, drill and compact tractor.
The SC372 stump cutter, which replaces and upgrades the SC352 model, is a compact model - only 0.89 m wide - and is powered by either a 28.2 kW Yanmar diesel or 26.1 kW Briggs & Stratton Vanguard petrol engine. The unit has new operator controls that incorporate additional safety features.
The new BC1200XL brush chipper - also available with two engine options, either a 63.4 kW or 82 kW Cummins diesel engine - fills a gap in the company's range and will also replace the existing BC1000. It will process material up to 30.5 cm in diameter. Vermeer says the use of dual-horizontal offset feed rollers "improve chipping performance by aggressively grabbing and feeding material to the chipper drum."
The company is also well known for its directional drilling machines, and new here will be the D20x22FX developed specially for geothermal field loop installations. Vermeer says it will be the first flex-angle drill capable of drilling at any angle between 18 and 90 degrees.
Finally, on show is a new mid-compact utility tractor, the RTX550. This "fills an important niche for contractors who complete secondary, short-run installations." Powered by a 48.4 kW engine, the tractor can be fitted with rubber tires or the rubber quad-track system.