FOR build quality in stump grinding, the FSI D30 is hard to beat, with the Danish-designed machine both reliable and easy to handle.
The tracked version is equipped with a 30 HP Kubota water-cooled diesel engine and a cutting disc that is 470 mm in diameter. The grinder’s vertical and horizonal movement is provided by hydraulic cylinders, with machine size ranging from 775 mm in width with the tracks in, and with the belts in the outer position it rises to 1050 mm, boasting a total weight of 950 kg.
Despite its near one tonne mass, the vehicle is easy to handle, with the additional benefit being the panel is manoeuvrable to a 90-degree angle, enabling the operator an overview of the cutting area. The track base increases the terrain capability and brings a high stability during grinding because of the high deadweight. All machine operations, including mowing the stump cutter and grinding down stumps is executed via the handlebar, so the operator can walk behind the machine during use towards the work site.
Other attributes include an electric start box and hours metre on the engine, double hydraulic cylinder for the sweep function which has speed control, special designed cutting disc for optimal capacity and durability with a 3-x turntable tooth system, and a dead man’s handle so if the operator leaves the control panel the cutting wheel will automatically stop.
Big fans of the FSI’s are arb machine specialists, Kipper Hire, based in central Scotland.
“The main thing with FSI is the build quality,” said Craig Smith, director at Kipper Hire. “For the last five years we’ve had four or five of these machines; we’re currently running two tracked machines with over 600 hours on them and I’ve never had a serious fault of any of them.
“The resale value is very good and the serviceability is well thought out – they have good access in terms of greasing points and when it comes to servicing and changing oil. Overall, it’s a well-designed machine.
“Even when it comes to the start or end of the say, when you’re putting the machine on the trailer, it has really handy tie down points so you don’t even have to think about where you’re going to strap it down – it’s all done for you. Even the teeth on the grinder are easy to remove for sharpening or changing – it’s just one nut off.
“On the safety front it has a dead man’s handle so if you’re working on it your wrists are always resting on the lever; if you raise your hands, it will brake and cutter head will stop. You can’t go walking round to the front of the machine while you’re operating it and still have the head running.”
Prices start at £20,475 plus VAT for the two-wheel drive version rising to £26,170 for tracked, and £31,875 for the tracked remote model.