By Tony Kryzanowski

Rather than spewing mulch on the ground, the Gyro-Trac BBS system gathers it and compresses it into a round bale ready for shipment.

Mulching and vegetation control contractors, equipment dealers, forestry representatives, government representatives, and scientists were recently treated to the first of a series of biomass harvesting and collection system demonstrations hosted by the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC).

The first demonstration was the patent-pending, Gyro-Trac Bio-Energy Biomass System (BBS) all-in-one wood fibre mulching and baling system.

Tim Keddy, CWFC Wood Fibre Development Specialist, says the demonstrations of the Gyro-Trac BBS system—conducted at various locations from Ontario to Alberta—were meant to introduce individuals to the type of biomass harvesting and collection systems that are available.

Three other systems, the Fecon Bio-Harvester, the AAFC biomass harvester prototype and the Anderson Bio-Baler, will also be demonstrated at various locations throughout Canada this summer. These demonstrations are part of CWFC’s program to develop and evaluate different mid-supply chain options for harvesting and delivery of woody biomass in Canada.

“We’re showing what different options are available at demonstrations throughout Canada and hoping that industry will find a system that works for them and begin to apply it commercially,” Keddy said to the group gathered at a demonstration held at the University of Alberta Ellerslie Research Station in Edmonton.

Wayne Gradwell, Brushing Supervisor with ACE Vegetative Service, says they already use a Gyro-Trac mulcher in their business. The company’s interest in attending the demonstration of the Gyro-Trac BBS system was to investigate how the unit collected, processed and packaged the material once it was mulched.

“A lot of our clients are requesting that we remove the mulch from control sites and so what we are doing right now is burning it on the right-of-way or taking it to a different facility or location,” says Gradwell. “So this way if it is baled, there is less volume to transport and it doesn’t require the use of other equipment for the baling.”

He adds that the equipment did work as advertised, with the only caveat being that he would like to see a bit more speed in the production of each round bale. However, he says if ACE Vegetation Service is able to earn $50 from the sale of each 800 – 1000 kilogram bale, then it would make the effort financially worthwhile. While the technology works, he says it still remains to be seen where markets can be developed for the bales once they are produced.

The Gyro-Trac head office is located in Summerville, South Carolina, although the technology was developed in Quebec. The company has five units that have been working in Florida for about a year. It was the crew from the company operating the equipment in Florida, Oliver’s Bush Hogging, who toured with the Gyro-Trac 270 HP BBS unit across Canada; they had experience working with the equipment in a commercial application and could answer questions from demonstration attendees. Gyro-Trac also produces a 350 HP BBS system. The prime mover and baling unit can be purchased as a package or separately.

The unit was put to work in a variety of environments during its tour, processing both hardwood and softwood as well as wood infected with the mountain pine beetle.

What’s different about the Gyro-Trac BBS system vs. its standard mulcher is that the cutting head shoots the mulch to a conveyor, instead of on to the ground. The conveyed mulch is processed through a chipper that further reduces the material to between 3” and 4” in diameter before it collects in the BBS tensioning and compacting round baling unit.

The system can process any size diameter wood and in fact works most productively on larger logs and trees because it can process more wood fibre and create more bales without moving. Each unit requires about one hour of maintenance per shift, and in Florida they were able to produce one bale every six minutes on average. Because the mulch is compacted into 800 – 1000 kilogram bales, it adds about 30 per cent more capacity per load when transported vs. non-baled mulch.

Rather than spewing mulch on the ground, the Gyro-Trac BBS system gathers it and compresses it into a round bale ready for shipment.

For more information about upcoming biomass harvesting and collection demonstration events, contact CWFC Wood Fibre Development Specialist Tim Keddy at (780) 435-7212 or tkeddy@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca or Derek Sidders at (780) 435-7355 orDerek.Sidders@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca

For more information about the Gyro-Trac BBS, check out www.gyrotrac.com.

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BioEnergy Baling System flippedBe one of the first to see Gyro-Trac’s
Bio-Energy Baling
System in operation
in a live demo!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that our new patent pending Bio-Energy Baling System (BBS) is ready for your inspection!

We believe you will be impressed by some of our latest innovations in design and invite you to our live demo!

With this BBS, Gyro-Trac has taken the next step in revolutionizing the mulching industry. With just one machine and one operator you can now cut, resize, collect, and bale mulch for Woody Biomass.
In cooperation with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, there are four (4) site locations throughout Canada to view our BBS in action:
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Site #1: Pickering, Ontario
Date: May 21 (Wednesday)
Time: 11AM
5167–5199, 22nd Sideline
Pickering, Ontario
N43° 58′ 25.08″
W79° 9′ 15.50″
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Site #2: Hadashville Area, Manitoba
Date: May 23 (Friday)
Time: 1PM
N49° 32′ 17.42″
W96° 5′ 26.32″
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Site #3: Edmonton, Alberta
Date: May 26 (Monday)
Time: 11AM
1200–127 St. SW
N53° 24′ 44.16″
W13° 32′ 37.81″
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Site #4: Spirit River Area, Alberta
Date: May 28 (Wednesday)
Time: 11AM
N56° 9′ 38.70″
W119° 3′ 22.88″
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Contact Tim Bush @ (843)-297-9088 or call Tim Keddy from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre @ (780)-722-4167 and they will be happy to answer all questions about these demos.

We will look forward to seeing you soon!

Gyro-Trac Corporation
10 Flying Cloud Drive
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone 866-800-3900
Email: tim.bush@gyrotrac.com

ahsa Newsletter Issue 6 September 2013 (2)-1

Gyro-Trac would like to re-introduce and welcome Tim Bush back to the Gyro-Trac Team! Tim

Tim re-joined Gyro-Trac in August 2013 as Sales Manager for Outside Sales (Wholegoods/Domestic and International). Tim originally worked with Gyro-Trac between 2002 and 2005, as an Outside Sales Rep for Equipment and, later, Parts and also as the Sales Manager.

Tim tells a little story about the first time he saw a Gyro-Trac Brushcutter in action. In the early 2000’s, Tim visited Gyro-Trac and was treated to a brief demonstration of the GT-18.  The Brushcutter demo made a lasting impression on Tim, and to this day, he swears that he did not sleep for two nights because he couldn’t stop thinking about selling Gyro-Trac mulchers and becoming a part of the Gyro-Trac Team. Tim insists this is a TRUE STORY, and will be happy to recount it for you anytime!

While Tim is the current “new guy” at Gyro-Trac, he is not in unknown territory. Tim has been an owner and operator of Gyro-Trac Brushcutters and a successful business man in his own right.  In 2005, Tim purchased a GT-10 and struck out in the Land Clearing and Mulching business with his own company Bush Bros. Mulching and Clearing which successfully operated in Georgia and northern Florida from 2005 until 2008.  The economy took its toll on the land clearing industry and Bush Bros. closed in 2008.  From there, Tim went to work as an outside sales rep covering two territories for a National MRO Supplier and created growth of 52% in the first 9 months. Quickly promoted to an Area Manager covering a portion of three states, he continued to consistently grow that business year after year.  Tim brings this wealth of experience with him as he returns to Gyro-Trac.

Tim knows Gyro-Trac, but because he was a Gyro-Trac customer, he also knows that side of the story.  He has turned the wrench, changed the filters, and sharpened the teeth at the end of a long day in the field.

Gyro-Trac Brushcutters have evolved between the mulcher Tim first saw to the GT-25XP mulcher and cutterhead attachments available now.  But the awe-inspiring performance of Gyro-Trac mulching equipment has not changed.  If anything, it is even more impressive as it continues to excel in right of way maintenance, seismic exploration, oil and gas line maintenance and other general land clearing and mulching.  Gyro-Trac’s and the industry’s future is bright and strong.  This bright future combined with Gyro-Trac’s introduction of biomass collection innovations like the Biomass Baling System make Tim’s enthusiasm today even greater than it was a decade ago.

Gyro-Trac is excited to have Tim back on board bringing with him ideas and experiences that he has acquired through a lifetime of Sales and being a Business Owner of Gyro-Trac mulching equipment, as well as his entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and energy.

Welcome to the Gyro-Trac Team!

The park is a passive, low impact park with 2.4 miles of walking trails. The trails skirt the abundant wetlands acreage on the site and run along both sides of a tidal canal within the park boundary. There is a parking area at the intersection of Bacon’s Bridge Road and Ashley River Road with parking for over 50 vehicles. The parking area is a pervious surface to minimize stormwater quality impacts.

There are 2 covered picnic shelters as well as a covered and screened outdoor classroom with tables and seating for 24 persons in each. Phase II of the park with include an additional parking area along Bacon’s Bridge road near the Ashley River as well as a launch ramp for small watercraft and fishing piers/walkways along the riverfront.

A portion of the trails and a walkway bridge were constructed by students from the National Honor Society at Ashley Ridge High School. Some of the materials for this work were donated by SCANA Corporation. GyroTrac contributed a major amount of the work to clear approximately 1.8 miles of the trail system. Phase I of the park should be complete by mid-September 2011

Gyro-Trac CorporationWe are proud to announce the launch of our new website. Not only does this new site have a great new look but we hope to bring more informative content and the latest in Biomass Technology.