CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which ran from March 7 to 11 in Las Vegas, was certainly a launch pad for equipment manufacturers, Morbark included.

The Morbark 3400XT Woodhog.

The company unveiled its 3400XT Wood Hog horizontal grinder at the show, which Morbark said factored customer feedback in its design.

One of the most important features, Morbark said, is the 3400XT's standard width of 2.53 metres, making it within the legal transport width in any country, regardless of the engine used. And this model accommodates engines from 540 to 800 horsepower (402-596kW), meaning it is ideal for a broad range of applications. The machine is also available with electric power.

Customer feedback also steered Morbark towards creating more operator-friendly features. Key among these is the design of the infeed bed and the maintenance platform.

The infeed bed is an additional 60.96cm longer with sloped sides. This configuration improves operator sight lines for more efficient loading of material. Standard on the 3400XT is a removable infeed chain return floor, which allows excess material to fall away to minimise the wear on the floor, bed chain and inserts, particularly useful in land-clearing or other applications with dirty material.

The variable-speed infeed system consists of one 86.36cm diameter top compression feed roll; a direct-driven internal planetary drive with no chains and sprockets for lower maintenance, more torque and better durability; and four strands of WDH-120 chain in a staggered configuration.

When maintenance is required, it'll be quicker and easier to perform on the extended platform. The area between the hood and the engine has been reconfigured to provide an additional 30.48cm of working space for better access to components for general maintenance or to change screens.

Other features

Morbark's driveline protection system is standard on all Wood Hog models. The externally adjustable, break-away torque limiter helps to protect the driveline and hammer mill from catastrophic damage caused by contaminants.

The 3400XT is available with either Strickland or CAT undercarriage options. While the first unit built is a tracked unit, this model can be manufactured in a trailer or stationary unit as well (3400X).

Additionally, the remote-mounted radiator and oil cooler have independent reversing fans and the 3400XT is equipped with the Morbark Integrated Control System (MICS). The diagnostics tool and control system allows the operator to automatically adjust feed rates and monitor pressures and feed wheel position to maximise production and engine efficiency. New smart device apps allow operators to connect to their machine using their phones or tablets' Bluetooth or directly to Morbark, so Morbark personnel will be able to view and edit the machine's settings and program or send operators updated programming.

Other standard features include an 11-horsepower (8.2 kW) air compressor for general maintenance and changing inserts; the self-contained rod puller for changing rods in the hammer mill; and a magnetised end pulley with collecting slide tray for removal of ferrous metals.

The Morbark 3400XT Woodhog will be available exclusively in Australia through Lincom Group.