Peterson packs a punch

Peterson packs a punch

Peterson has released a new horizontal grinder to meet waste industry demands for a smaller high-performance machine.

Imagine the possibilities if all the organic waste we threw out was put to good use. 

Whether it’s compost and mulch returned to agricultural land to improve soil quality, opening up the end markets is one way to support the transformation of low-grade organics into high-value products. 

Sourcing and utilising high quality equipment is another – as every hour lost with a slow or cumbersome machine is a potential product loss. 

Chipping its way ferociously through small mulch and compost is the new Peterson 1700D Grinder available through Australian supplier Komatsu Forest. 

International original equipment manufacturer Peterson Pacific in April released the new model to meet the demand for high-value organics from predominate export markets in Europe and Asia. It comes off the back of customer feedback which indicated the need for a smaller machine with ease of transport while incorporating Peterson’s unique features. 

The machine had its first public display on the world stage at the Mid Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo in North Carolina, US in late April to great fanfare. 

Jody Volner, President of Peterson Pacific Corp, says the new 1700D is smaller and lighter than its other grinders, but still packs an impressive performance.

“We are excited about the capabilities of this remarkable grinder, and have it loaded with the features that Peterson customers have come to expect from our products,” Jody says.

Peterson has already conducted production trials with the 1700D, which has delivered an impressive result by producing more than 100 cubic metres per hour in green waste and 140 cubic metres an hour in scrap wood. 

Jody says that it is a great result from a grinder which is 10,000 kilograms lighter than the previous smallest Peterson 2710D and 30 per cent cheaper.

Heavy duty and mobile, the 1700D can readily reduce a wide range of materials. The 1700D’s large feed opening measures in at 54 by 27 inches (137 by 69 centimetres). 

When boosted by Peterson’s high-lift feed roll, the feed opening’s maximum lift of 41.5 inches (105 centimetres) can tackle the largest of feedstock and simplifies accessibility to the rotor for easy maintenance. 

The 1700D Horizontal Grinder is equipped with a Caterpillar Tier IV C9.3 455 horsepower (433 kilowatt) engine, or an optional, export-only C9 Tier III, 350 horsepower (261 kilowatt) engine. At 18,597 kilograms, it is the lightest of Peterson’s grinder series, and is easily transportable.

To streamline grate configurations, the 1700D Horizontal Grinder features a quick-change multiple grate system. Grates are removed through an easy-access door on the side wall. With Peterson’s patented up-turn rotor, and heavy-duty bits, and robust anvil, the 1700D has an exceptional wear life and accurate product sizing. 

Peterson’s Adaptive Control System features a fully adjustable feed system and is optimised for a wide range of materials. The 1700D control panel includes a large display that provides the operator with complete engine and system parameters to simplify set up and efficiently operate the unit. 

The 1700D also features Peterson’s patented Impact Release System to protect the machine against ungrindable materials, a feature unique to Peterson horizontal grinders. 

The Peterson 1700D Horizontal Grinder is also Peterson+ enabled –  a new remote monitoring solution providing machine owners access to real-time and historical data of machine performance and location.                                            

Michael Spreadbury, Marketing Manager at Peterson, says that the company will release a more mobile track version of the 1710D at a later date.