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Tigercat 480B mulcher

480B Mulcher

The 480B mulcher is a 407 kW (546 hp) class carrier best suited to tough terrain and large scale land clearing and right-of-way (ROW) projects. It is well matched to the Tigercat 4061 mulching head for a full Tigercat package.

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Tigercat mulcher carriers offer superior build quality, greater hydraulic efficiency, better operator ergonomics and easier access to components and daily service points than competing mulcher carriers. The result is greater uptime and higher productivity — essential in time-sensitive ROW clearing projects.

The 480B mulcher is built for the toughest terrain, soft soil conditions and the most demanding duty cycles. It is the ideal carrier for large scale clearing and right-of-way projects.

Key Benefits

  • Powerful and efficient Tigercat FPT C13 engine
  • Efficient, high capacity cooling system with variable pitch fan and automatic reversing cycle
  • Large, dedicated attachment pump
  • Highly refined closed loop track drive system
  • Oscillating track system with heavy duty track frames and mounting system
  • Counter-rotate function (CRF) for ‘on a dime’ at the touch of a button
  • High-lift boom geometry for improved performance on sloped terrain
  • Standard equipped with boom float system – mulching head automatically follows terrain contours
  • Ergonomic electronic joystick steering
  • Heavy duty steel engine enclosure, exhaust and precleaner guard; no need for a visibility impairing canopy


Video: 480B mulcher with prototype 4061 mulching head
The Tigercat 480B mulcher equipped with the prototype 4061 mulching head operating in Pennsylvania. Download in HD
480B Mulcher Silviculture and Site Prep Trial
In October 2019, Tigercat and Australian dealer, Onetrak, were actively involved in a series of mulching trials at the Sugar Pine Walk in the Bago State Forest, NSW. There were two main objectives: a site preparation initiative in a recently harvested area that is marked for the Sugar Pine succession plan and wildling pine and invasive species clearing under an adjacent pine stand. This silviculture and site preparation trial turned out to be significant in the wake of the devastating bushfires that followed a few months later. Watch the video to find out more. Download in HD


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Show measurements as:
LENGTH less attachment5 817 mm
WIDTH less attachment2 590 mm
HEIGHT transport3 330 mm
GROUND PRESSURE less attachment36.5 kPA
WEIGHT less attachment22 345 kg
ENGINE Tier 4fTigercat FPT C13 Tier 4f
411 kW (550 hp) @ 1,800 rpm (rated)
411 kW (550 hp) @ 1,800 rpm (peak)
AIR FILTRATIONPrecleaner and 2-stage air cleaner
COOLINGAluminum side-by-side radiator, oil cooler,
charge air cooler and A/C condenser
Swing-out intake debris screen
FANHydraulic automatic variable speed, reversible
PUMP, TRACK(2) Piston, closed loop
FILTRATION(9) Spin-on, 7 micron full flow
CYLINDERS, BOOM(4) 115 mm (4.5 in) bore
TRACK FRAMESD6 heavy-duty forestry
Integral track guides, ramp angles, oscillation
TRACK CHAIND6 203 mm (8 in) pitch sealed and greased
FINAL DRIVE(2) Axial piston motors; Infinitely variable speed
GEARBOXTriple reduction planetary with brake
FRONT IDLERHydraulic track adjuster
Spring shock absorber
ROLLERS, UPPER(3) D6 single flange excavator type
ROLLERS, LOWER(3) D6 single flange tractor type
(5) D6 double flanged tractor type
TRACK SHOE800 mm (32 in) single grouser
Optional800 mm (32 in) double grouser
TRACKFriction disc
Automatic spring applied, hydraulic release
BATTERY(2) 12 v
ALTERNATOR110 amp, 24 v
CABFully enclosed, insulated and isolation mounted
(2) doors and roof exit
Air conditioner heater and pressurizer
Polycarbonate front and rear glazing
Forward sloping windshield
Sliding tempered glass side windows with guards
AM/FM CD stereo with Bluetooth® Audio and
hands free calling
SEATExtreme duty air ride, fully adjustable, heated and
Armrest mounted joysticks
OPERATOR CONTROLSElectronic for travel/steering/boom, joystick control
Electronic travel speed control limiter
Cruise control
Electronic control system with colour LCD display screen
for machine monitoring and function adjustment
STANDARDBack-up alarm
Rear camera
Hydraulic reservoir hand fill pump
Fire extinguisher
Air compressor
LED service lights
LED working lights
Fire detection
OPTIONALRecovery winch
Ground level fueling system
CB radio
Fire suppression
Cold weather aids (110 VAC or diesel powered)
RemoteLog™ telematics system
STANDARDTigercat 4061 mulching head
Flexible hydraulic system
Choice of horizontal drum type mulching attachments requiring up to 358 kW (480 hp)