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The Mobile Bark Blower: An Evaluation of Performance and CostsAuthor(s): Raymond L. Sarles; David M. Emanuel
Source: Res. Pap. NE-368. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionA custom-built bark blower truck (MOBLOW) developed in Oregon was tested for its effectiveness in applying bark mulches, sawdust, and shavings in the eastern United States. Tests determined the bark blower's performance and cost in mulching grass-legume seedings and shrub beds with 10 bark products or wood residues. Bark blower trucks built to MOBLOW specifications can effectively apply pine and hardwood bark products, sawdust, and wood shavings, but cannot handle unprocessed bask residues. Blower trucks can be used to blow shredded bark, sawdust, and shavings into barns, cattle sheds, poultry houses, show rings, and corrals, and to deliver hogged fuel.
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CitationSarles, Raymond L.; Emanuel, David M. 1977. The Mobile Bark Blower: An Evaluation of Performance and Costs. Res. Pap. NE-368. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
KeywordsWood residue utilization, bark products, mulching equipment, erosion control, revegetation, animal bedding, hogged fuel
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