first-hand observers agree:
what had before required a 20-person
crew, chipper and a feller-buncher,
was accomplished by one man and one
an equal or greater production rate.
roads were used as a fireline
where applicable, with
a vegetation treatment applied
to one side of the road. In
some areas this was accomplished
by the conventional method of
a 20-person team feeding small
vegetation into a chipper, and
a feller-buncher moving large
diameter timber to the other
side of the road.
In other areas
the same result was accomplished
with "SLASHBUSTER"® treatment, which shredded vegetation
as it stood, creating a mulch
that has low flame length characteristics.
Larger trees were cut off at
the base with the "SLASHBUSTER"® , then picked up with its material
handler and placed on the
opposite side of the road.