Bandit Industries partnered with Illinois-based Zenith Cutter Co. to be the exclusive distributor for Zenith Cutter hand-fed and whole tree chipper knives. Zenith Cutter’s full line of competitively priced chipper knives for Bandit, Morbark, Vermeer and Altec chippers will be available for purchase exclusively through Bandit’s global dealer network of over 170 locations, parts and service outlets, or directly from Bandit. A leading manufacturer of high quality industrial blades and knives for nearly 90 years, Zenith Cutter is the largest manufacturer of chipper knives in the United States with over 250,000 units produced annually, serving 10,000 customers and several OEMs.
“We’ve spent considerable time looking at the Zenith brand, from the manufacturing process to materials testing and real world applications, and these knives are better than any other knife on the market,” said Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey. “For nearly 30 years, Bandit has built a reputation for quality by not settling for anything but the best in materials and construction. Zenith Cutter meets these standards and we’re proud to be the exclusive distributor for their knives.”
To commemorate the partnership, Zenith Cutter will join Bandit in the NASCAR ranks for the Nationwide Series debut of Jake Crum, driving the all-new Bandit Chippers.com/Zenith Cutter no. 72 Toyota in the Ford 300 on November 19. Bandit has previously sponsored the 20-year old NASCAR driver in the Camping World Truck Series and is excited to join with Zenith Cutter in supporting Crum’s first ever Nationwide effort. The race is also the final event for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide season, and will be televised live on ESPN 2 at 4:30pm Eastern time.
“The last race of the year is always special and we wanted to be there for our customers and fans who’ve given us so much support,” said Bandit Large Equipment Sales Manager Travis Lint. “Jake has been a great driver and spokesperson for us in the Truck Series, and to share his Nationwide debut with our new partners at Zenith Cutter is a great way to celebrate. This Saturday will truly be a special day for Jake, for Zenith Cutter, and for Bandit.”
Zenith Cutter products are manufactured in two state-of-the-art, 100,000 square-foot facilities in the United States and Vietnam, using high-grade, modified A-8 chipper steel sourced from U.S. and European suppliers. Zenith Cutter knives undergo a proprietary heat treatment developed to reduce brittleness in the center while maximizing the durability of the edge, reducing the possibility of knife breakage that can inflict catastrophic damage to a chipper.
Bandit dealerships will stock a wide assortment of Zenith Cutter knives in conjunction with online 24/7 ordering and available same-day shipping, ensuring the quick service and minimal downtime Bandit and Zenith Cutter customers are accustomed to. Customers will also be able to order knives directly from Bandit, and all Zenith Cutter knives will continue to enjoy competitive pricing.
“No matter where you are in the world you’ll be able to get the Zenith knives you need, when you need them,” said Morey.