North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

JUN 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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30 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | JUNE 2 018 napipelines.com New Mulching Head Designs to Sink Your Teeth Into By Bill Schafer T he vegetation management industry has seen some recent changes when it comes to the use of mulching heads on skid steers, excava- tors and other power units. And the design of mulching heads has also changed to better accommodate operators, helping them be- come more productive and create a better finish. Here's what you should know about the latest trends in mulching head design, and what it means to you: Cutting Tooth Trends For many years, carbide cutting teeth were the most popular tooth option for mulching heads. That's because they're highly durable, cost effective and virtu- ally maintenance free. As a result, many mulching heads were once optimized for the use of carbide teeth. Lately, however, the industry has seen a shift, and many more vegetation management professionals want to use knives on their mulching heads. Al- though they need to be sharpened regularly and have a heightened risk of dam- age when striking rocks and other foreign objects, the knives offer unmatched A CUT AWAY A CUT

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