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For over 20 years, Fecon has been a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge equipment for the vegetation management industry.  We continuously work to improve our product offering, and our customers keep finding impressive ways to put our products to use.  Here are some of the latest stories about Fecon products, innovation, and application in the news. 

Press Releases

Fecon Introduces Mid-Sized Mulching Tractor with New Rotor Technology

August 2014 - Fecon advances the forestry mulching industry with the addition of the FTX290 mulching tractor. The FTX290 is a low ground pressure (3.4 psi) tractor with an oscillating steel track undercarriage, providing balanced traction for rough or soft conditions. Like other Fecon tractors, the FTX290 features a spacious cab, operator comfort and ergonomic control layout as well as maintenance friendly service access. Powered by a Cummins QSC8.3 290 hp diesel, the hydraulic flow to the mulching head peaks at 100 gpm. The FTX290 features the Fecon BH120 Forestry Mulcher with variable speed motors and three optional rotor systems including Fecon’s new Depth Controls Rotor (DCR) technology. Fecon DCR rotors feature the reversible Samurai Knife. The Samurai is incorporated into a depth control design that provides fast cutting in all materials and the most efficient use of horsepower. The cutting, slicing and splitting action of the Samurai Knife as it chips is far more productive than straight edge tools or saw teeth. This productivity is further enhanced by the Fecon DCR, depth control rings providing fast cutting durability unlike other knife based rotors. The new FTX290 mid-sized crawler with the BH120 DCR forestry mulcher is the right combination of power, durability size and production capability for the larger jobs in R.O.W., urban interface and land improvement or development. 

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Fecon®, Inc. Introduces FTX128L Mulching Tractor

February 2014 - Fecon is proud to introduce the FTX128L Mulching tractor as the newest member of the Fecon FTX Tracked carrier line. Built in their Lebanon, OH facility this new tractor is strong on cutting power with 60 GPM to the Bull Hog Forestry Mulcher. The compact FTX128L features 20 inch tracks that work effortlessly while cutting up hill.  The low ground pressure at 3.8 psi is ideal for soft conditions resulting in minimal ground disturbance. Serviceability is made easy with full access side doors and engine compartment roof. The Cummins QSB4.5 diesel engine running at 128 hp coupled with Fecon’s latest hydraulic technology allows the FTX128L to outperform machines with higher horsepower. Fuel consumption remains under 4.5 gallon per hour.  High Performance on the jobsite, at maintenance time and on the bottom line makes the FTX128L the machine of choice for ROW Mulching, Clearing and related Forestry and Urban Interface work. 

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Fecon®, Inc. Introduces New Depth Control Rotor

Fecon®, Inc. introduces the Depth Control Rotor system (DCR) brings a new level of performance and value to mulching, controlling the depth of bite and efficiently directing material flow so that energy is reserved for production.  DCR cuts faster, delivering better fuel economy and more uniform particle size.  The DCR system is an evolution that builds on Fecon’s reversible Samurai Knife Tool. 

Depth control rings of the DCR system work in harmony with the Samurai Knife to enable more cutting with less HP.  The shape of the Samurai knife edge efficiently slices as it chips, providing greater forgiveness on rock than straight-edged tools or saw teeth. Depth control rings lend further impact protection to the tool body, and reduces shock loading to the mechanical or hydraulic drive line.   DCR will be available in skid steer model mulching attachments and most PTO and hydraulic prime mover models in 2014.

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Fecon®, Inc. Hosts Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor

Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor stopped by Fecon, Inc., a Lebanon, Ohio based manufacture of equipment as part of Agriculture Day to discuss agriculture in Ohio as well as manufacturing jobs in Southwest Ohio. The Governor and Lt. Governor toured the factory during their visit. Gov. Kasich spoke of his work with Jobs Ohio, a non-profit, business focused group that is working to open international markets. One of their goals is to not only have free trade but fair trade. He also spoke about how products made in the U. S., as Fecon products are, have a bright future in international markets. To the farming community in attendance, he spoke about their concern about water quality in Ohio and how he is working with farmers to insure a clean environment. 

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Fecon’s LOG JAW™ Wood Splitter Gets New Excavator Capabilities
May 6, 2014

Fecon, Inc. introduces the excavator mounted Log Jaw™ Wood Splitter to their forestry attachment product line. The Log Jaw is a hydraulic-powered wood splitting attachment that is also made for skid steers and loaders.

The Log Jaw will rip apart long, large diameter logs and stumps into manageable pieces for chippers, wood grinders, or for firewood processing. The Log Jaw is Fecon’s low cost, high return solution for handling oversized and difficult to process logs and stumps that would otherwise require expensive disposal fees.

Splitting logs into optimally-sized pieces improves the efficiency and production of chippers and grinders, while putting less stress on and requiring less horsepower from the processing equipment. Introducing the Log Jaw is another innovative way Fecon is catering to their customers in the composting, recycling, wood/firewood processing, and land clearing markets.

The Log Jaw attachment-- weighing approximately 995lbs mounted on an excavator has a 40” jaw opening (tip to tip) and 360° of rotation, allowing the operator to attack oversized wood from any angle. Made for 8 to 16 ton excavators, a mount will be built to your excavator’s specifications for easy installation.

Fecon is an industry leader in the manufacturing of land clearing and forestry equipment, aiming to deliver durable, creative and productive products to industry professionals.

About Fecon:

Fecon, Inc. was established in 1992 near Cincinnati, Ohio. Fecon’s Bull Hog is currently the #1 selling forestry mulcher. Fecon also provides track carriers and other equipment for vegetation management, geothermal, seismic, and wood to energy biomass industries.

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Fecon Announces the RTF230 Rubber Tire Mulching Tractor

November 2014 - Fecon, Inc announced the release of the RTF230 Rubber Tire Mulching Tractor, a 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steer machine that lends itself to incredible tractive and handling capabilities. A center mounted engine and hydraulic drive train give the RT230 a very low center of gravity and even balance. Climbing slopes is no chore for the 230 hp engine and 75 gpm/6000 psi hi flow to the Bull Hog mulcher head or other hydraulic or PTO attachments. Unlike other wheeled tractors in the same horsepower class, the RTF230 is also capable of 24 mph road speeds. A large cab with excellent visibility in all directions provides the operator that extra measure of accuracy and safety on the job or on the road. RTF230 tractors can be configured for many types of work land clearing, municipal maintenance, snow removal and roadside clearing as well as construction, industrial and agricultural applications. The RTF230 is capable of boom and/or crane mounting, mechanical or hydraulic PTO’s (and 3 point hitches) both front and back. With the BH120 variable speed Bull Hog Forestry Mulcher the RTF230 is very agile, productive and easy to drive or haul to the jobsite.

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Fecon Introduces Multi-Purpose EX60 Utility Track Vehicle

March 2014

Fecon®, Inc. introduced the versatile EX60 Utility Track Vehicle at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas.  A 6,000-lb payload capacity and all-terrain rubber tracks makes the EX60 a versatile, heavy duty, compact UTV.  Mobilize solutions such as fleet service, fire-fighting, material handling, or spraying vegetation and insects where trucks or larger vehicles can’t go.  Two standard auxiliary hydraulic circuits can power optional equipment.  A load sense pump is offered as an option for more demanding applications.  The EX60 features a universal mounting plate in the payload area to easily switch between solutions, whether skid mounted equipment or material handling apparatus.  A reversible operator station and operator controls add to the flexibility of the EX60.  The 46HP diesel engine enables transport of the impressive payload and 7-MPH travel speed.

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Fecon®, Inc. Introduces New Innovative Mulching Tool

February 2013 - Fecon®, Inc. introduces the Samurai Knife mulching tool, a reversible double edged tool with an innovative shape resulting in faster smoother cutting, finer chip size, and greater production.   Unlike many planer-type tools that just chip with a straight edge, the Fecon Samurai has a tapered edge that slices as it chips.  It also has a unique splitting element on the body that helps material flow past as it is cut. Together with other geometric advantages the Samurai delivers as much as 50% faster production compared to carbide tools, and offers approximately 80-100 hours life per edge.  Actual results can vary based on specific operating conditions.  The metallurgical make-up of the Samurai provides durability while allowing the edges to be sharpened to maintain peak performance and life.  The Samurai knife tool is also interchangeable with carbide tools for Fecon FGT rotors, giving great flexibility for varying jobsite conditions.

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Fecon, Inc. Supports Community Vegetation Management Seminar

March 2013 - A Honeysuckle Removal Demonstration Project was offered on March 23, 2013, at the Countryside YMCA in featuring the Bull Hog mulcher, manufactured by Fecon, Inc. 

 “Fecon is proud to support the community and environment by participating in projects like this”, said Dennis Goldbach of Fecon.  “It was a great opportunity to partner with the local YMCA, and the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District, who’s Bull Hog was used to for the demonstration.” 

The free seminar was hosted in Lebanon, OH, by Reuben Smith of Countryside YMCA.  Over 30 attendees were shown effective methods for removing non-native and invasive Honeysuckle that thrives in OH.  Attendees were also educated on how Honeysuckle can choke out native vegetation, and have a potentially huge impact on migrating bird populations due to the reduction in availability of native food sources, according to the Ohio DNR.  Honeysuckle can grow up to 20’ tall with multiple 3-5” diameter stems.  Goldbach explained how the Bull Hog mulcher effectively removes the Honeysuckle by safely cutting it into a carpet of mulch.  Residents were also informed that Warren County SWCD rents their Bull Hog out at a rate of $40/HR, to enable land owners to cost-effectively improve the environmental health of their properties.

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Fecon, Inc. Bull Hog Forestry Mulchers to Include a QR Code

April 2013 - Starting in April, Fecon is rolling out a new look to its serial number plates.  Customers can scan the QR Code on the plate and immediately be linked to a list of commonly used parts specific to their machine, as well as contact information for Fecon.  The new plates are mounted on the outside of the mulcher body for easier access and will now feature a QR Code unique to each mulcher. “A QR Code is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.” These plates will come standard on most Bull Hog models.  Customers will benefit in having this information available so easily, including reduced downtime and increased productivity.  This will also enable second and third owners of our machines to access the same information as the original owner, when often time’s manuals are not passed along.  Fecon is committed to improving our customer’s experience. We believe customers will find this a useful tool as we strive to keep our customers informed and educated on their Bull Hogs and give them the information they need right at their fingertips. 

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Berry Intermediate Students Enjoy Day at Fecon

May 2013 - Fecon recently hosted a group of 440 students from Berry Intermediate School, giving them a firsthand look at highly lucrative engineering careers available within the manufacturing arena.  The sixth grade students watched engineers perform computer aided design and analysis and then witnessed automated welding machinery and learned about the math required to program it.  All of this underscored the importance of math and science, even at the junior high school level.

  “We appreciate the opportunity to host school groups like this,” said Fecon President John Heekin. “Manufacturing offers great career opportunities but the work is getting more technically demanding – so more math and science is required. Showcasing the computer design and analysis involved helps students – especially at the junior high school level – realize that math and science careers can be rewarding, and cool.”

According to Principal Mark Graler, the trip’s goal was to make the students realize the abundance of good jobs right at home in Lebanon, in fields such as engineering and math.

 “To help students get an idea of the kind of job they could have someday, if they pursued a track of higher level math or science skills, and allow them to see those skills in action,” he said. Before going out onto the production floor, the students got a first-hand look of the engineering wing of the facility.  “Seeing the semi-like size of the machines and laser-cutting tools used on a daily basis, gave the students a good idea of what they could be doing, if they take care of their school work,” Graler said.

The “ah-ha” moment for many of the sixth graders was seeing all of the equipment the engineers deal with.

 “They are standing at these big machines operating three keyboards and seven monitors making sure all these things work like they are supposed to work, so that the product turns out the right way,” Graler said.

Students learned that even a tiny screw in a machine is designed by someone before it is placed into it, which helped them think more critically. Moreover, many of the students realized even if they did not want to get into the production side of the facility, it had other departments as well, including marketing, accounting, and customer service.

“There are all these other components of manufacturing that you can be a part of, even if you aren’t doing the actual manufacturing”, commented Graler.

Naturally, students enjoy being away from the classroom every-once-in-a-while, but they benefitted by seeing firsthand what post-education careers might look like. 

“Something we struggle to do in the classroom every day is to make things real for the students,” Graler said, adding that portraying career opportunities is hard to replicate in a classroom setting. “We can Skype with people in remote places, or we can be online looking at things, and the kids certainly explored the Fecon website…but none of that really compares to being here, seeing the functioning workplace.”

Graler also pointed out that this hands-on experience made the students  aware of the importance of  “soft skills,” like being on time to work every morning, getting along with others, and getting the job done right the first time -  traits that every employer looks for, regardless of field. It was a win-win situation for both students and teachers at Berry.

“It was a really great day,” Graler concluded.  

Those sentiments are echoed by Heekin and other manufacturers who struggle trying to fill manufacturing positions.  Hopefully field trips like this one will open students’ eyes to the possibilities of manufacturing careers…and that might make their math and science courses a little more bearable,,,if not fun.  

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Fecon®, Inc. Offers Thumb Receiver for Excavator Mulchers

June 2013 - Fecon®now offers an optional thumb receiver for severe-duty excavator mounted Bull Hog Forestry Mulchers.  The Bull Hog can now be used to move and position logs, slash, stumps or rock by using the receiver in conjunction with the thumb of an excavator.  Aggressive serrated bars mounted on the end of the Bull Hog provide enhanced grip for the thumb, making the operator more versatile and productive.  This newly expanded capability in excavator mulching is well suited for land clearing, forestry thinning, fuel load reduction in the wildfire urban interface, or on wetland construction projects.  The thumb receiver option is available for Fecon’s BH40EXC, BH80EXC, and BH200EXC Bull Hog models.

 

 

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Fecon Introduces EX55 Support Crawler

July 2013 - Fecon would like to introduce the EX55 Support Crawler, a rubber track compact crawler designed as a support unit to the EX300S Drill Rig. The EX55 is built with the same quality components and maneuverability as the EX300S and is equipped with a drill rod holder, steel/plywood lined locking boxes and fold down bed rails all mounted on a robust 1/2” steel platform. The EX55 carries all the necessary drilling essentials, thus eliminating the need for heavy support equipment to haul supplies into drill sites. It has the capability to haul supplies and sensitive materials needed in seismic drilling work and outfitted especially for that application. Size and ground speed are matched to the drills and make an efficient Seismic Drilling operation.  The EX300S and EX55 is a matched pair providing unmatched ease of operation, maneuverability and minimal disturbance to drill sites. The EX55’s base carrier can also be used as a universal platform for many configurations including a dump body, flatbed, spraying equipment or firefighting carrier.

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Fecon®, Inc. Announces Komatsu Equipment Company as a Dealer

August 2013 - Fecon® proudly announces Komatsu Equipment Company as their dealer and service, parts provider in Utah, Wyoming and part of Nevada. Komatsu Equipment Co. will stock BH80EXC Mulchers mounted on Komatsu PC200 excavators, FTX100LGPs, BH74SSV Skid Steer Mulchers , FBS 1500 bunching tree shears and a rotating front grapple for skid steers as well as teeth and parts to support the attachments and machines. They will also add machines and attachments to their rental fleet.

“I’m very excited that Komatsu Equipment Company has partnered with Fecon. It is an excellent match of complimentary products and company philosophies regarding quality and service.” Regional Manager Mark Ferguson

Fecon® and Komatsu Equipment Co. will be a great team, together fulfilling the Land Clearing, Vegetation Management, Right-of-Way Clearing, and Site Prep equipment needs of the Southwest. Komatsu Equipment will also provide many local service facilities for all Fecon products and customers.

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Fecon Introduces Self-Contained Drilling Support Trailer

September 2013 - Fecon introduces the GL14 Support Trailer, a self-contained Grouting and/or Mud Drilling support system for your drilling applications. The Fecon GL14 is an efficient work station for grout, mud mixing and pumping operations. Hydraulic lift assist ramps allow easy access to features like the 200 gallon water supply tank for back flushing & cleaning, 58 gallon hopper for grout mixing and 500 feet of grout line hose reel capacity.  The GL14 Support Trailer also has lockable storage for tools and drill rods.

With everything fitting on a 6’ x 14’ flatbed trailer, the GL14 can be towed by truck or by the Fecon GL300 Drill Rig, it also has 4 wheel brakes which allows for safe highway towing.  The Fecon GL300 Drill and GL14 Support Trailer together provide “The Hole Solution” for geothermal ground loop installation.

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Introducing the FMA8039 Milling Attachment

October 2013 - Fecon Inc. introduces the new FMA8039 Hydraulic Powered Milling Attachment rated at 260-550 HP, to process soil, stumps, and roots up to 20” below grade.  A massive weight of approximately 11,000 pounds (depending on options) keeps the attachment engaged as carbide tools cut through an 80” wide path of material.  The 8039 is ideally suited for treating land already cleared of standing vegetation, often through logging, mulching, or traditional land clearing methods.  Applications include pipeline construction, commercial tree farm construction and preparation planting, converting land into tillable acreage, or land clearing for new construction. 

A 39” x 80” large diameter rotor has an innovative structural design and abrasion resistant steel for durability and performance across a wide range of soil conditions.  64 carbide cutting tools provide a balance of performance, wear life, and impact strength in sub-soil applications.  Dual hydraulic motors deliver power to the belt-over-gear box driveline to slow the rotor speed, reduce abrasion, and multiply torque to power through material.  The standard trap door can be used to help contain and direct material downward, or an optional compacting roller can smooth out and compact the finely milled material.

The FMA8039 milling attachment can be configured with custom mounts, hydraulic motors, and belt ratios to fit many brands of track or wheeled carriers including Fecon’s FTX400 and FTX600 track carriers.  

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Fecon’s LOG JAW™ Wood Splitter takes a Big Bite out of Big Wood

November 2013 - Fecon, Inc. introduces the Log Jaw™ Wood Splitter to their forestry attachment product line. The Log Jaw is a hydraulic-powered wood splitting attachment for skid steers, excavators and loaders.

The Log Jaw wood splitter attachment will rip apart long, large diameter logs and stumps into manageable pieces for chippers, wood grinders, or for firewood processing. The Log Jaw is Fecon’s low cost, high return solution for handling oversized and difficult to process logs and stumps that would otherwise require expensive disposal fees.

Splitting logs into optimally-sized pieces improves the efficiency and production of chippers and grinders, while putting less stress on and requiring less horsepower from the processing equipment. Introducing the Log Jaw is another innovative way Fecon is catering to their customers in the composting, recycling, wood/firewood processing, and land clearing markets.

According to Grant Mosher, Fecon’s product manager for the Log Jaw, “When our customers come across stumps and logs that are naturally too big for their machines to handle, there has been no economical solution for processing or disposal. The Log Jaw wood splitter is going to help our customers maximize their throughput and profitability.”

The Log Jaw attachment-- weighing approximately 1750 lbs. mounted to a skid steer-- has a 40” jaw opening (tip to tip) and 90° of rotation, allowing the operator to attack oversized wood from multiple angles. The universal quick attach mount makes for an easy install on 75+ horsepower skid steers. For 8 to 16 ton excavators, a mount will be built to your excavator’s specifications.

Fecon is an industry leader in the manufacturing of land clearing and forestry equipment, aiming to deliver durable, creative and productive products to industry professionals. 

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Fecon Introduces New Excavator Powered Stump Grinder

December 2013 - Fecon Inc is pleased to announce the SH360 Excavator Stumper, the newest addition to their Stump Grinder Product Line. The SH360 mounts to any 20+Ton excavator via a bolt-on mount custom fit to the particular excavator. Hydraulics and drive train can be set up for the power provided by the excavator in the 45-65gpm range and up to 5500psi. For ultimate performance the SH360 can be set up for the Fecon BHP170 and BHP250 self-contained Powerpacks with Fecon Power Management that deliver 65-105gpm.

The SH360 is designed for those hard to reach stumps that cannot be safely accessed with normal stumper carriers. It is a compliment to the Fecon line of Stumpers for skid steers and small to large prime movers. 

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