Kuhlman said. “I’m glad I took the risk. The machine has exceeded expectations all around.” Production has been higher than he expected. Depending upon the product and screen size, production can double what the comparable size Vermeer 6000 can do. He had expected to regrind 250 to 300 yards an hour, but “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.” In fact, production is so high that on most jobs he brings two pieces of equipment to feed the grinder, a Komatsu PC200 excavator and a loader. With previous grinders, he only used one feeder. The faster production also helps fuel efficiency. While the 3400 consumes about the same amount of fuel per hour as other grinders, the higher production results in lower fuel costs per yard. Having the machine on tracks has increased mobility and agility both off-site and at his own yard. He also likes the new larger, sloped infeed that improves visibility for operators, and the Morbark Integrated Control System, which tracks data such as grind time versus idle time. Kuhlman estimates Tawa Mulch will grind about 125,000 yards of material this year, resulting in 80,000 yards of regrind—his main business. Tawa provides municipalities with grinding services and sells mulch in qualities from 1/2 yard to a 72-yard semi load. Customers range from large landscaping supply yards to individual homeowners. With the new Morbark and the McCloskey stackers he bought previously, “we can take on new, bigger customers,” Kuhlman noted. Kuhlman purchased the machine without even trying it because he has had good experience with Morbark and Columbus Equipment Company. “I’ve run Vermeer, Bandit, and the Morbark 3800. Morbark has always surpassed the production of other manufacturers,” he said. “I also took a lot of comfort in knowing I was dealing with Jesse Garber, who understands the mulch business, We’d definitely recommend Columbus Equipment Company to anybody.” IONIZES THE PLAYING FIELD 17 “I took a lot of comfort in knowing I was dealing with Jesse Garber, who understands the mulch business, We’d definitely recommend Columbus Equipment Company to anybody.” Eric Kuhlman; Owner, Tawa Mulch and Landscape Supply As material flies off the conveyor (second right), Kuhlman observes “our production is a lot higher, and our bottom line has improved. When we go on our municipality brush grinding, we’re getting in and getting out. We’re able to keep jobs moving, and keep cash flow rotating.” Visit columbusequipment.com/videos.php for more.