W When mulch company owner Eric Kuhlman and Environmental Division sales representative Jesse Garber approached Morbark, LLC last winter about making some changes to the 3800 Wood Hog, they found out that great minds really do think alike. Morbark was ready to introduce an upgraded version— the 3400XT—that was the more powerful, yet more mobile, just as Kuhlman had envisioned. He purchased the machine without even demoing it. Kuhlman owns Tawa Mulch and Landscape Supply in Findlay. Since 2011, he’d been using a Morbark 3800, and before that he had hired a company that used a Vermeer 6000 to do his grinding. His business provides grinding services for municipalities, and the 3800 was “too big for mobilization,” he said. He wanted a grinder on tracks, and he wanted more horse- power and a bigger mill. The 3400 matched all those specifications. It is on tracks. It has a 765-hp engine, versus a 700-hp engine in his 3800. It has a bigger mill and bigger feed rollers for increased production. It also has more room between the mill and the engine, making it easier to change screens. (The 3400 can also be a stationary or trailer model, with engine sizes from 540 to 800 hp.) Despite delivering on all those power and performance fronts, the 3400 is only 8-feet-4-inches wide, making it legal for transport at any time, unlike the 3800 that can only be transported during daylight hours. “It’s a big risk to buy a piece of equipment without seeing it run or having any history behind it at all,” Tawa Mulch and Landscape Supply: MORBARK 3400XT REVOLUTIO ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION 16 “We’ve had as high as 550 yards an hour regrind with 2" screens with the 3400XT, which is unheard of for a 765 horse. The production numbers are mind-boggling.” Eric Kuhlman; Owner, Tawa Mulch and Landscape Supply Eric Kuhlman of Tawa Mulch and Landscape Supply is a happy man. Not just because the company will process around 125,000 yards of material this year, but because he has the support of great employees and a loving wife and family. Eric and his employees are also no longer away from their families grinding until 2 o’clock in the morning, thanks to engineering improvements built into Morbark’s new 3400XT. tawamulch.com