Rayco Manufacturing. Wooster, Ohio, has debuted two stump cutter models, the RG55 and RG80, and the TRG stump cutter trailer. These are the first new product introductions for Rayco since the company was acquired by Morbark LLC, Winn, Michigan, in November 2017.

An update to the popular RG45 stump cutter, Rayco says the RG55 features a 53.4-horsepower (40 kilowatt) Kubota Gasoline engine, for an increase of 9 horsepower with a power curve on par or higher than diesel models. The RG55 also provides increased travel speeds and complies with California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations in all 50 states, according to the company.

“The RG55 stump cutter puts together all the same great features customers loved about the RG45 in a compact, lightweight stump cutter,” Casey Gross, Morbark director of tree care products, says.

Rayco says the RG55 also features large cutting dimensions and visibility and protection of the swing-out

control station. For travel through gates, the control station swings in line. Wide floatation tires and 4-wheel drive is designed to allow the RG55 to maintain traction in challenging conditions. A wide hydraulic backfill blade saves time during clean up.

The RG80 stump cutter features an 85-horsepower (63 kilowatt) Ford engine and a hydrostatic cutter wheel drive to let the operator vary cutter wheel revolutions per minute (rpm) independent of engine speed. Built to replace the RG70, the RG80 is designed with a high power to weight ratio, low ground pressure and a low center of gravity for increased stability. True 4-wheel drive means no independent wheel slip. The propel system features high and low travel speeds plus an integrated “creep mode” for precise handling while cutting. Another key feature is the Magnetek wireless remote control that is sealed against dust, water and other elements and made to withstand shock.

“The RG80 packs a lot of power and pairs it with precision controls for the operator,” Gross says.

Both models are available with the custom Rayco TRG trailer. The TRG replaces the TRSJRW/TRSJRWB and TR100 trailers. The new model holds all Rayco stump cutters up to the RG80 and features a heavier axle and wider platform, as well as a TorFlex suspension and electric brakes. The stump cutter is held to the trailer with simple and secure pins.

“All of these new products highlight Morbark’s and Rayco’s commitment to our customers,” Gross says. “We’re continuously innovating and focused on providing the best performance and production for our customers.”

Registration is now open for the 45th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. The event, organized by the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), Cleveland, will be held Jan. 27-30, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

As many as 1,600 blasters, manufacturers, government officials and suppliers will gather from all over the world to gain new insights and form new business alliances, ISEE says. 

The 2019 program includes an education program featuring technical sessions, poster sessions and workshops combined with more than 130 exhibits on the latest technology. In addition to the full conference, the Blasters Weekend Package, starting Jan. 26, will include the popular Blasters Training Seminar, the Blasters R Us Video Roundup, a regulatory panel discussion and more.

In addition, educational programs, books, DVDs and ISEE apparel will be sold at the ISEE bookstore, including the 18th Edition ISEE Blasters’ Handbook (print and digital) and the 45th Annual Conference Proceedings, featuring all the technical papers from industry experts.

Approximately 2,700 all-position, wide-base radial tires in sizes 425/65R22.5 have been recalled by the company.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Nashville, Tennessee, and Bridgestone Canada, Mississauga, Ontario, have issued a voluntary noncompliance recall of approximately 2,700 certain all position, wide-base radial commercial truck tires in size 425/65R22.5. The recall includes the following tires:

All tires covered under this recall were manufactured on specific dates between June 10 and June 30 and sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Firestone FS818, Bridgestone M854, Bridgestone M860A and Bridgestone M864 commercial truck tires manufactured outside the affected production range meet regulatory requirements and are not part of the recall.

The affected tires may not comply with a specific endurance test requirement as prescribed under the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and similar applicable laws and regulations in Canada and Mexico. In affected tires, there may be a risk of exposure of steel body cords in the sidewall to the environment, which could lead to deterioration of the cords in that area. If a rapid air loss occurs because of that condition while the vehicle is operating, there may be an increased risk of a crash. This is a voluntary noncompliance recall and there are no known accidents or injuries.

Bridgestone is notifying regulatory agencies in affected regions in accordance with local laws. Bridgestone also is notifying potentially affected commercial original equipment manufacturers, national account fleets, authorized dealers, company-owned stores and end-user customers to recover and replace any tires that are included in the recall. Bridgestone will replace all eligible recalled tires with a comparable Bridgestone or Firestone all position, wide-base radial commercial truck tire in size 425/65R22.5 manufactured outside the affected production range or with a suitable replacement tire. These tires will be replaced at no charge to customers.

Owners of tires subject to this recall are urged to contact their authorized Bridgestone tire dealer or company-owned service center to arrange verification and replacement.

Greater Greenville Sanitation also reported increased participation in its roll cart recycling program.

The South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 requires state agencies to report annual recycling and buying recycled activities to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC’s) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling.

For fiscal year 2017/2018, Greater Greenville Sanitation (GGS) in South Carolina reported a recycling increase of nearly 800 tons versus the previous fiscal year, bringing the overall total to material recycled to 3,700 tons.

In addition, GGS reported that customer participation in its roll cart recycling program, launched in 2016, now exceeds that of the previous curbside bin program with continued, strong demand.

Additional recycling of organics and construction and demolition (C&D) debris pushed GGS’s total recovery efforts to slightly more than 8,000 tons for the fiscal year.

“We are very encouraged with these numbers,” Chuck Lagrange, GGS public information officer, says. “We are finally seeing the investments made in education and improved collection methods pay off.  Helping to keep materials out of the landfill is a win-win for everyone. Now our focus will be to reduce the number of contaminants in the recycling stream to meet the new material quality standards imposed by China.”

Established as a Special Purpose District in 1968, GGS provides full-service, nonhazardous, waste and recovery solutions to nearly 60,000 residential and commercial customers in Greenville County.

Crushing and screening equipment manufacturer McCloskey International, Keene, Ontario, has acquired Lippmann-Milwaukee Inc., a manufacturer of aggregate crushing equipment for processing applications in Cudahy, Wisconsin.

Lippmann was established in 1923 and produces high-quality crushing equipment, McCloskey says. Since its inception, Lippmann has become synonymous with highly productive and reliable heavy-duty jaw crushers. McCloskey’s complementary product offerings, including portable and mobile crushers, will allow market expansion for both companies, serving a broader base of customers worldwide.

McCloskey has a dealer global network that will add Lippmann products to its line. Both companies will be positioned for growth across customer bases, markets and geographies with the new entity, McCloskey says.

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“Lippmann’s reputation for quality is legendary,” Paschal McCloskey, president and CEO of McCloskey, says. “We are excited at the opportunity to leverage the best practices of both companies while aligning the organization and operation for a customer driven model.  Our success in the market has been built on quality products, along with dedicated employees. Looking at the similar values and culture between McCloskey and Lippmann, it’s an excellent fit.”

Headquarters for Lippmann will remain in Cudahy, Wisconsin, and McCloskey International will continue to be headquartered in Keene, Ontario.

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