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JCB diesel engine powers big capacity mobile tree chipper

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article image The Chipstar wood chipper powered by a JCB DieselMax diesel engine
A JCB DieselMax 444 diesel engine from Power Equipment – Yanmar has been selected to power the new Chipstar 355 MX wood chipper.
The Maroondah City Council is responsible for keeping trees and bushland in check in its parks and suburban streets. Having operated a variety of mobile chipping units over the years, the crew working to maintain trees in the municipality were dissatisfied with their chipping equipment with problems including overheating and inability to handle the workload.
The Council turned to Australian specialist Chipstar for a new chipper. Chipstar chose JCB diesel engines to deliver the raw, reliable diesel power needed to drive their top-of-the-line Chipstar wood chippers.
The new Chipstar 355 MX model features a giant 355mm cutting disc with hardened steel cutting teeth. A complex system of hydraulically driven feed rollers and crush rollers is also built into the chipper with the JCB diesel engine tasked with driving not only the chipping disc, but also the hydraulics needed for other operational functions.
Key features of the JCB DieselMax 444 diesel engines: 
  • Housed in an enclosed engine compartment with excellent access on both sides for servicing
  • 4-cylinder, 4.4 litre powerhouse boasting 4 valves per cylinder with high torque at low speeds
  • Rated at 89kW at 2200 rpm
  • Carries a market leading warranty policy
  • Quiet operation increases suitability for operation in residential and public park areas
Ian Reidy of the Maroondah City Council says that they haven’t had any problems with the JCB powered Chipstar chipper in terms of the overheating and load problems of the past with the JCB powered unit able to power through some of the biggest tree limbs fed into the feed chute.
Power Equipment is the exclusive and authorised Australian, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South Pacific distributor of Yanmar marine and industrial diesel engines, JCB DieselMax, MASE diesel marine generators and Gori high quality folding sailboat propellers.

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