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12 I In the steep hills around Louisville the land clearing division of the Bob Ray Company services small-scale land-clearing projects to major right-of-way mainte- nance and widening projects that can stretch for tens of miles and take years to complete. Getting equipment that can handle the work and the terrain is always a major concern for project manager Jamie Draper but Columbus Equipment Companys Environmental Division is able to provide customized packages of forestry equipment that are up to the challenge. Every machine and every package exceeds expectations Draper said. The terrain in the Louisville area is always a sig- nificant challenge Draper explained. Theres a good deal of steep hilly terrain in this region. When operat- ing on steep hills losing traction or getting into an area you cant get out of is always a concern. Bob Rays fleet includes a Morbark 4600XL Tracked Wood Hog a Morbark 5048 Drum Chipper and a Komatsu XT445L-3 feller buncher. Bob Ray Company also rents equipment as needed. A recent project saw the company add a Morbark 4036 NCL Tracked Drum Chipper a Valmet 430 FXL feller buncher a Komatsu PC290LC-10 excavator equipped with a Rotobec fixed grapplesaw package and two CMI mulchers a C400L and a C450C. Before delivery Columbus Equipment makes any necessary modifications to the equipment for the steep slopes to ensure they main- tain oil pressure wont run out of fuel and will other- wise perform well said Ron Duperow Environmental Division sales representative. When Draper prices out these larger projects he sends a list of required equipment to several suppli- ers. Columbus Equipment is typically the only one that gives us a customized turnkey package for all the equipment needed. A lot of other places are only able to provide one piece. Draper understands the hills slow production but has been impressed at how well the equipment works in tough conditions. The CMI 400 and 450 handle the slopes extremely well. They stay on the kind of produc- Columbus Equipment is typically the only one that gives us a customized turnkey package for all the equipment needed. Jamie Draper Project Manager Bob Ray Company Bob Ray Company PIONEERING ON THE LAND-CLEA ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION Every machine and every package exceeds expectations. Jamie Draper Project Manager Bob Ray Company