SCDOT District 7 News – New Cutter-head Safer, More Efficient…

(Article published in SCDOT News Letter Spring 2015)

For SCDOT District 7: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Hampton and Orangeburg Counties

New Cutter-head Safer, More Efficient…

district-7-photos-2_largeDistrict 7 has been using Boom/Slope mowers for a long time.

Recently, however, a newer type of Cutter-head from Gyro-Trac was installed that not only cuts brush and tree limbs, but grinds them into mulch without throwing the debris into the road.

Credit must be given to District 6 who was instrumental in getting these new Cutter-heads since they performed all of the original testing.

district-7-employees_largeThe result however is that SCDOT employees can now do their job in a safer, more efficient way.

These Cutter-heads have shown to be cost effective and safer since less debris flies away from the Cutter-head.

The crew shown in the picture could not wait to brag on how good this machine worked.

With the acquisition of new Cutter-heads, we have been able to make a great deal of progress over the older Flail Head Cutters that were constantly breaking down and would not cut larger diameter material.

A similar type Cutter-head can also be used on the front of a Skid Steer Loader to cut brush where the Slope Mower Tractor cannot go.

Overall, the employees like the machine so they do their job better, and this means better results for the public.

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