When Bandit Industries unveiled the enhanced line of XP-series hand-fed chippers in the early 1990s, they completely reset the bar for efficiency, production and longevity in the hand-fed chipper industry. Now, the legendary line of Beast recyclers will carry the XP badge to reflect over 35 specific enhancements and add-ons in eight different categories, making the world’s best line of horizontal grinders even better.
“Our customers are facing new challenges every day, so we are constantly working to develop and implement the changes they need to stay competitive and profitable,” said Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey. “This has been the case since the first Beast recycler in 1995, and with so many enhancements added in just the past year, we knew it was time to christen a new line of Beasts. XP stands for extra power, extra performance, extra production and extra profit, and that’s exactly what our customers can expect with the new XP-series Beast.”
Model 2680XP, 3680XP and 4680XP Beast recyclers now feature angled front infeeds with larger infeed drive chains. Track Beasts feature height-adjustable pans for adjusting feed angle. A new rail system on the return side of the infeed replaces the roller system, significantly reducing load on the tail shaft. These machines also offer a new “Big Mouth” option that increases the height of the opening into the mill. An extra-large 32-inch diameter feed wheel is optional and includes a brush deflector to better direct material into the machine.
Changes continue inside the mill housing. Base door openings are now larger for easier removal of the cuttermill. Replaceable wear plates are now standard on the left side (radiator side) of the mill base, and optional on both sides. A convenient trap door allows for cleaning in the auger area, while the auger itself is redesigned and easier to change.
Several new teeth styles are available, and they are subjected to a new proprietary strengthening process delivering longer tooth life. Two-inch wide sizes are available for most teeth, allowing operators to run a 30-tooth setup. New teeth mounts are now compatible with knife cutterbodies, eliminating the need to change cutterbodies when switching between chipping and grinding. Freeze-hardened teeth, screens and wear items are also optional. For customers exclusively chipping with the Beast, a new chipping drum is available.
For engines, adjustable pitch fans are now standard, enhancing engine cooling and fuel efficiency. Mill shafts are larger on the Model 1680XP and 2680XP to accommodate higher horsepower engines, which are now available for these machines.
Numerous convenience options and enhancements include redesigned fuel tanks on track machines for better steep-terrain performance, with increased fuel capacity on the Model 1680XP. Warning lights for clutch and engine operation are relocated for easier monitoring. On-board air compressors are repositioned for more convenient operation, and upgraded impact wrenches are standard. An over-band magnet is optional and recommended for both shingle and pallet grinding.
These are just some of the enhancements found in the new XP-Series Beast recyclers.
“We have customers all around the world using Beast recyclers, and there isn’t an application where the new XP-Series won’t make a big difference in performance and production,” said Morey. “Beasts will easily handle everything from waste wood to shingles and plastic, and there isn’t a better machine on the market for turning bulky chunk wood into a quality, saleable product. Whether you are grinding or chipping, the new Beast XP-Series can make a big difference in your operation.”