In the photo: The Morbark 223 Stand-alone Flail
“We saw the need for a smaller, more affordable option that gives contractors the versatility of being able to produce clean chips or transition back to producing a fuel chip with relative ease, which is key in an ever-changing chip market,” says Michael Stanton, Morbark Industrial Products Business Unit Director. “The Morbark 223 Flail gives contractors the power of our larger equipment with the portability of a smaller unit to serve diverse markets.”
The 223 Flail is designed to work in conjunction with chippers like the Morbark 23 Chiparvestor, the 40/36 Whole Tree Drum Chipper or similar machines. With a large 56- by 23-inch infeed opening, the 223 Flail accepts logs up to 23 inches in diameter at a feed rate from 70-150 feet per minute. The company’s Integrated Control System allows for fine adjustment of feed rate and flail drum speed so that bark removal is maximized and removal of “good” fiber is minimized for superior end products.
With its wide flailing chamber, the 223 reduces hassle while feeding and allows for additional stems to be fed during operation. The model has the most ground clearance in the industry, according to the company. The unit’s substantial debris plow pushing power eliminates the potential of plugging. Four independent stabilizers level the machine on nearly any type of jobsite.
Other key features of the 223 flail include the dual horizontal segmented flail drums — each equipped with eight flail chain rods — that are more durable and provide longer wear life than traditional tubular-style drums. The machine has a large work/inspection area for easy access to engine and hydraulic components; this helps ensure easy maintenance and reduced costs.
The company has produced productive stand-alone flails and combination flail Chiparvestors since 1990. Morbark Flails are designed to provide flexibility in controlling individual variable flail drum speeds, feed rate and other parameters while meeting the challenges of varying timber, climate, species and conditions.