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www.columbusequipment.comMartinadmitted.Morbarkisanindustryleaderinelectricchippersandgrinders.ColumbusEquipmentCompanyisthenationsleadingdistributorofelectricequipmenthavingsoldover20percentoftheMorbarkelectricgrindersplacedinserviceintheUnitedStatesoverthepastseveralyears.The1200-hpMorbark1600TubGrinderpoweredwitha200-hpandtwo500-hpmotorswasdeliveredinMarch2014andithasbeenringonallcylinderseversince.ThesuccessMartinismostexcitedaboutisfuelsavings.Heestimatesthecostofelectricitytorunthemachineisjust43percentofwhatitcosttobuydieselforhisoldVermeer.ThepaymentonthenewmachineandthecostofelectricitytogethercostnomorethanIwaspayingfordieselaloneMartinsaid.Pluswiththedieselyouhadtopayforoilltersoilchangesandothermaintenanceyoudonthaveonanelectricmachine.GarberhasestimatedtheMorbarksaverageoutputtobe360yardsperhour.High-ratehigh-qualityproduc-tionisarealadvantagetoMartinbecausehelikestoprocessallthewoodinone-passonthedayitarrives.Insodoinghedoesnthavetondcoveredstoragespaceforthematerial.Hetypicallytakesinbetween40and50roll-upboxesaday.Processingthewoodimmediatelyhasanotherbenetitfurtherreducesthedangerofre.SawdustdoesntburnwellitjustsmolderswhileapileofwoodhaslotsofairandwillburnwellMartinsaid.Whilewellalwayscontinuetobevigilantwiththeelectricmachinewearehopingreissuesareathingofthepast.Martinstartedhisbusinessin2007buthewasnostrangertotheindustry.Hisfatherhadrunasimilarbusinessfordecades.ColumbusEquipmentCompanyisthenationsleadingdistributorofelectricequipmenthavingsoldover20percentoftheMorbarkelectricgrindersplacedinserviceintheUnitedStatesoverthepastseveralyears.