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SPARKFLIGHTFROMTHEASHES1715AshewasworkingontherelocationhemetJesseGarbersalesrepforColumbusEquipmentCompanysEnvironmentalDivision.GarbersuggestedanelectricMorbarkgrindermightsolvealotofMartinsproblems.IwasntfamiliarwiththeelectricmachinesMartinadmitted.Morbarkisanindustryleaderinelectricchip-persandgrinders.ColumbusEquipmentCompanyisthenationsleadingdistributorofelectricequipmenthavingsoldover20percentoftheMorbarkelectricgrindersplacedinserviceintheUnitedStatesoverthepastseveralyears.The1200-hpMorbark1600TubGrinderpoweredwitha200-hpandtwo500-hpmotorswasdeliveredinMarch2014andhasbeenfiringonallcylinderseversince.ThebenefitMartinismostexcitedaboutisfuelsavings.Heestimatesthecostofelectricitytorunthemachineisjust43percentofwhatitcosttobuydieselforhisoldVermeer.ThepaymentonthenewmachineandthecostofelectricitytogethercostnomorethanIwaspayingfordieselaloneMartinsaid.Pluswiththedieselyouhadtopayforoilfiltersoilchangesandothermaintenanceyoudonthaveonanelectricmachine.High-ratehigh-qualityproductionaveraging360yardsperhourisarealadvantagetoMartinbecauseheisabletoprocessallthewoodinone-passonthedayitarrives.Insodoinghedoesntneedcoveredstoragespaceandreducesthedangeroffire.ThelargetuboftheMorbark1600isagooddealbiggerthanthetubonMartinsVermeergrindersoitseasytofeedandisbigenoughformostofthewoodthecompanyhandles.Thewoodisprocessedinonepassthrougha78-inchscreentomakethebeddingmaterialseeabove.Theendproductisextremelyconsistentandmakesverynicecattlebeddinghesaid.Martinishappytonolongerbedealingwithhotdieselexhaustfumesandodors.Theenvironmentalagenciesreallyliketheelectricmachinesandthelackofdieselfumeshenoted.Theelectricmachineisquieterthanadieseltoo.JesseandColumbusEquipmenthavebeenveryhelpfulMartinsaidaddingthatservicewasonereasonheselectedaMorbark.MartinwasfamiliarwiththebrandfromthedayshisfatherownedMorbarkequipment.ThebottomlineKevinMartinfeelsheisdoingtherightthingbyhimselfbyhisemployeesbyhiscom-munityandbyhiscustomers.Thecompetitivething.Theneighborlything.Thesafething.Thatcomeswithacertainpeaceofmind.TheareaslivestockarenttheonlyonessleepingwellatnightreflectedMartin.ThepaymentonthenewmachineandthecostofelectricitytogethercostnomorethanIwaspayingfordieselalone.KevinMartinOwnerMartinAnimalBeddingColumbusEquipmentCompanyisthenationsleadingdistributorofelectricequipment.