Mor Biomass Machines
Themed “Equipment Productivity,” biomass equipment specialist Morbark Inc.’s fourth annual Demo Days in Winn., Mich., drew more than 300 people from 15 counties.
Ed Dodak, assistant sales manager for Morbark, says the event had a great turn out, with lots of interaction between vendors, dealers and customers. Those attending were able to tour the Morbark factory, attend training seminars and see live demonstrations of forestry equipment.
Dodak says 13 different machines were demonstrated, one of which was Morbark’s new 3800 XL Horizontal Grinder. “What’s unique about it is we can convert it from a grinder into a chipper, so it can produce chips in addition to mulch,” he says. The conversion takes only a few hours. In addition, Morbark has made feeding technology improvements to the grinder to increase production capacity and operating efficiency.
Regarding sales for biomass equipment, Dodak says 2011 started out with an increase in sales from the previous year, but have been on a roller coaster since then. “They’ve been up and down the past two years,” he says. While part of it may be because of uncertainty surrounding biomass energy policy, a big part of it is obtaining funds. “A lot of guys are having a hard time getting money,” Dodak says.
Morbark has a financing department to try to help customers find an affordable way to buy used and new equipment.