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13 tion we anticipate and in some areas even exceed it he said. Looking at how well the CMI mulchers have performed on the most difficult areas I am certain these machines will greatly exceed expectations for produc- tion on flatter terrain or rolling hills. The Komatsu PC290 constantly amazes our opera- tors with its stability on the slopes Draper said. The Rotobec grapplesaw is perfectly matched with the excavator is well-balanced and does a tremendous job in supporting the track chipper. The Morbark chipper is like a mountain goat it just keeps climbing. On steep slopes we slow the Morbarks feed system to prevent clogging the chute when it has to blow the chips up the hill. When we dont have to fight gravity the production on that machine goes up as well Draper said. Even in difficult terrain the Bob Ray crews clear six to ten acres a week. The Valmet feller buncher has a terrain-leveling undercarriage and it too exceeds expectations. It has a 22-inch hot saw and some of our operators are amazed at what it can do to safely cut trees and get them to the ground he said. As part of the rental package Columbus Equipment also sends field technician Aaron Dunham out to ser- vice the equipment regularly. Aaron really knows the equipment we have out here. When he sees a problem he knows how to diagnose it and get it up and run- ning as quickly as we can hope for. I have been extremely pleased by his work ethic and his knowledge Draper said. Louisville-based Bob Ray Company began as a tree service company and has expanded to include a com- pany that recycles tree products into mulch and topsoil as well as the land-clearing division. Land clearing proj- ects range from small residential lots to major pipeline and utility work. Outfitted with specialized state-of-the-art equipment the Bob Ray Company is able to safely and efficiently maintain and improve infrastructure sometimes com- pleted half a century ago. EARING FRONTIER The Komatsu PC290 con- stantly amazes our operators with its stability on the slopes and does a tremendous job in supporting the track chipper. Jamie Draper Project Manager Bob Ray Company The Komatsu XT445L-3 feller buncher with Quadco 360 rotating intermittent saw is a versatile precise and safe land-clearing package. Bob Ray Company Operator Jeremy Mills has seen great production with the Komatsu XT445L-3 as well as Columbus Equipment Companys Komatsu PC290LC with Rotobec rotating grapple combination and CMI mulchers.