February 5, 2008
Ashland, Wis. Ideal for small site preparation, the new Ground Hog 2500 scraper attachment moves three to four times the payload of traditional buckets, while tackling the extra weight with ease. When combined with compact power units, the 2.5 cubic-yard-heaped-capacity Ground Hog 2500 delivers the rugged reliability of a small self-propelled tracked earthmover and the maneuverability of a skid steer all with reduced mobilization costs. Designed for use with 70+ HP compact track loaders or skid steers with steel tracks, the Ground Hog 2500 is mounted to the universal quick attach plate of its power unit. Importantly, the Ground Hog is engineered to utilize its power unit for traction and hydraulics only, as its oscillating front beam and large caster shoulders the larger portion of the weight, while minimizing any stress to the loader arms. Highly suited to applications such as finish grading, backfilling curbs and retaining walls, spreading topsoil, stripping sod, fine grading building pads, and much more the Ground Hog™s front oscillating beam allows 38 degrees of rotation, for uniform cuts even when operating on uneven ground.
The larger volume payload and operational ease of the Ground Hog 2500 is ensured via several key engineering and design features: 1) The Ground Hog is rolling the weight, not carrying it like a bucket, with the front caster wheels tackling the largest portion of weight; 2) A safety chain prevents the operator from accidentally lifting the loader arms off the stops of the bulkhead, preventing any unwanted stress; 3) All scraper functions are controlled by the low-flow auxiliary hydraulics, with no boom controls needed; 4) The universal mounting plate is secured to a heavy-duty rear pivoting axle assembly that allows the scraper to float independent of the power unit. All these features add up to faster, easier production at lower costs per yard.
Ashland Industries will feature the new Ground Hog 2500 at ConExpo/ConAgg in Las Vegas from March 11-15, 2008, at Booth N 2269. For more information, visit http://www.ashlandind.com/or call toll-free at 877-634-4622.
Marking 55 years of manufacturing excellence, Ashland Industries serves the construction, industrial, and landscaping industries with the highest-quality earthmoving solutions for contractors large and small. In addition to offering the only track loader scraper available on the market, the Ashland Industries product line includes a complete selection of pull-type earthmovers with dirt pans to fit any horsepower range all backed by superior parts and customer service support.