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GROWING AT A FURIOUS RATE with the one CMI as we did with two backhoes and a horizontal grinder. The savings are substantial he explained. A hori- zontal grinder costs two times as much and burns 40 gallons of fuel an hour instead of seven gallons for the CMI. Plus with the grinder we needed two excavators and double the labor so we had three engines running instead of one. It is definitely more efficient to stump with the small stumper. The CMI 250 with stumper head is also small enough to fit into tight spaces and it does not require an oversize permit. Another game changer for HSM has been a Komatsu PC290 excavator equipped with a Rotobec 360 rotating grapple and saw package. This setup has a bucksaw that eliminates the need for a timberhand to cut the branches off felled trees and cut trees into 10-foot lengths. All our grapples were fixed and we had to spin everything on the ground relaying the brush to another machine to get the piles stacked neatly. With the Rotobec grapple we have 360-degree rotation Monza said. The operator can maneuver logs into the grinder easily even if they are not stacked in perfect alignment. That has increased efficiency by about 30 percent he noted. And because the operator has better control of what hes putting in the chipper damage to machinery has been reduced. HSM also depends on Morbark chippers and grinders from Columbus Equipment. The company owns a 4036 Track Drum Chipper that is so efficient it chips faster than we can clear Monza said. Before purchasing this chipper we had to have an operator on a chipper all day every day to keep up. The company has a Morbark 3800XL Wood Hog that is extremely reliable very efficient and produces a good product. HSM also rents equipment from Columbus Equipment. Land clearing jobs often come up at the last minute Monza said but Columbus Equipment has always come through. We can call the Environmental Division at 8 p.m. on a Friday and they have the equipment for us the next day. The service department is fast and efficient he added. Downtime is a major killer for us but if we go down Columbus Equipment gets us up right away. Columbus Equipment has been a great fit for us. Everyone is very professional. Its been a very good partner organization Moorhead said. Monza agreed. Columbus Equipment is extremely helpful. They have really helped us build our company into what it is today. The purpose-built CMI mulchers were game changers for us. Matt Monza General Superintendent HSM Services Inc. HSM General Superintendent Matt Monza pictured with the companys Morbark 4036 Track Drum Chipper and CMI C450 mulcher. Right CMI Hurricane C250 mulcher with stump grinding head. 17