Forestry Journal takes a closer look at the undoubted showstoppers in the Bandit chipper range.

IN 1983, the very first Bandit chipper was built in a 6,000-square-foot converted repair shop, with the assistance of just six employees. Fast-forward to the present day and Bandit’s complete product line offers more than 50 different machines to choose from, each packing the reliability, durability, efficiency and production that have made Bandit hand-fed chippers world famous.

The Beast horizontal grinder range consists of six models and represents the largest of the Bandit line. The Beast 2680 has a strong presence in the UK and it’s not hard to see why this machine is called ‘the showstopper’.

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The Beast has gained a worldwide fanbase, being in demand in 56 countries. Serving mulch and biomass needs by processing everything from switch grass to brush, trees and wood chips, the Beast is also used to recycle a number of difficult-to-process materials like chunk wood, plastic pipe, roofing shingles, storm damage debris, and construction residue. The unique set-up and design have secured this machine’s place in the recycling world by ensuring every run produces top-of the-range, high-quality product.

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The Beast horizontal grinders are able to process an amazing array of materials, turning them into valuable products. They process stumps, logs, brush, wet leaves, whole trees, landscape waste, pallets, railroad ties, telephone poles, sawmill waste, stubborn chunk wood, chip mill and paper mill waste, agricultural waste such as hay and straw, shingles, plastics, and more.

With the growth in the biomass sector over recent years, producers have been searching for a machine that can offer not only reliability in running but also reliability in product production and control. The Beast has been the machine of choice for many as it produces a wide range of high-quality, screened ground material and woodchips for virtually any fuelwood market. This includes direct-fire boilers, co-fire boilers with coal, and microchips for wood-pellet production.

As well as successfully clearing forest residue, the Beast is known for turning green waste, sawmill, pallet and logging residues into mulch, with users asserting that it absolutely dominates all other machines in these markets. The patented cuttermill cuts, splits and chips material apart, creating a more uniform, higher-value mulch product. A range of tooth and screen options allow companies to make different types of mulch for different markets, whether performing multiple grinds or producing a top-quality mulch in a single pass.

The tailoring of tooth and screen options for each individual customer offers a bespoke service where the machine can be set up as if it had been custom made for the desired end product.

The key to the Beast’s success is its unique cuttermill. Using a spiral pattern with a series of teeth, cutterbodies and rakers, the cuttermill processes material using a cutting/splitting action versus other recyclers that attempt to bash material through hammering and grinding. The difference is best explained like this: it’s far easier to cut down a tree with an axe than a sledgehammer.

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The mill in most rival horizontal grinders turns in an upward direction. The cuttermill in the Beast turns in a downward direction to work with the flow of material and gravity.

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The downward cutting action is more aggressive and much less likely to discharge material back through the infeed. 

If you would like to witness the incredible power of the Beast range for yourself, Global Recycling Solutions has a Beast 2680T available for demo, with Kesla loading crane. This exclusive crane version is the only one in the UK and has been a media sensation.

For further information, contact the Global Recycling sales office  on 01476 568384, option 1, or visit