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BTB 30: Tigercat and CBI Collaborate

New CBI Flail is equipped with new Tigercat 215 loader.

For the past couple of years, Tigercat has been collaborating with Continental Biomass Industries. CBI is marketing a new high-capacity chipping and flailing system designed to maximize throughput, minimize downtime, increase production and reduce operating costs. Tigercat developed the 215 loader, specially designed to be mounted on the CBI Magnum Force Flail 604. In addition, the chassis of the flail itself is being fabricated by Tigercat for CBI.

Tigercat 215 loader, mounted on the CBI Magnum Force Flail 604 along a dirt road. A T250B loader is seen to the right of the chipper, tall eucalyptus trees line the Brazilian horizon.

This flail system is operating in Brazil in conjunction with a Tigercat T250B loader.

The compact 215 loader is powered by a Caterpiller C4.4 Tier III 96 kW (129 hp) engine. The unit weighs 7 650 kg (16,860 lb) and has a maximum reach of 8,25 m (27 ft).

An efficient load sensing hydraulic system provides quick boom cycles, while swing priority speeds up swing cycles. In addition, it achieves high volume per grapple load. This results in higher operating performance in high production eucalyptus debarking and chipping applications. The upper frame design is compact without sacrificing service access and the operator’s station is large and well finished.

Currently, there is one Magnum Flail operating in Brazil and an integrated flail-chipper system working in Western Australia. Two more units have been completed and shipped.

CBI flail-chipper system on a sunny day in a vacant Brazilian landscape.

CBI flail-chipper system.

The Magnum Force 604 is a four-roll flail engineered for the highest volume debarking while reducing fibre loss, chain wear and fuel consumption. Full width, large diameter feed rolls ensure continuous positive feed and provide the highest throughput available at over 140 tonnes per hour. The Magnum Force DC 754 is equipped with a fourknife, 1 905 mm (75 in) chipper disc and boasts a large 660 mm (26 in) feed opening. To reduce landing costs, the trash separator and bark pusher both discharge on the opposite side of the chip discharge, allowing a trailer to park parallel with the chip system while being loaded.