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Vermeer offers new 1050-hp (783 kW) horizontal grinder

HG8000 features largest infeed opening in its class


Vermeer Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wood waste processing equipment, has introduced the 1050 hp (783 kW) HG8000 horizontal grinder featuring the largest infeed opening of any horizontal grinder on the market.

With a millbox opening of 50 inches (127 cm) high by 71.5 inches (182 cm) wide, the infeed opening on the HG8000 allows operators to process a higher volume of raw materials and grind materials usually reserved for a tub grinder. A reinforced heavy-duty infeed conveyor chain is powered by a low-speed, high-torque motor, resulting in more pulling power.

“The HG8000 was designed for increased efficiency while reducing the number of electronic parts,” says Chris Nichols, environmental sales manager for Vermeer. “Customers asked for performance but with fewer worries about how to maintain or replace sophisticated technology.  The HG8000 delivers on both counts, giving operators a productive machine with fewer components to maintain.”

The Vermeer-exclusive SmartGrind system stops and reverses material from feeding into the patented Duplex Drum when engine rpm drops below an efficient operating range. This helps increase machine and jobsite productivity by reducing operator effort. The feature reduces wear to vital engine and machine components by constantly monitoring rpm levels. Three preset automatic feed settings can be used in 90 percent of grinding situations saving operator time. A fourth customizable setting is available for specialized situations.

A patented Duplex Drum Series II cutting system offers optimum cutting performance and simplified maintenance. Reversible hammers and cutter blocks offer nearly double the life of single-sided designs. Vermeer designed the HG8000 so the anvil is accessible from the ground level, making it easy to maintain or replace. All hardware used to secure the anvil is located on the outside of the machine, away from the wear path of material. In addition, the anvil can be hard-surfaced for longer life and further protected from wear with an easily replaced attachable surface.