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Unleashing the Power of the Twin Disc HP1200 PTO: Keeping the Morbark Wood Hog Hungry for Work

This article was originally published by Twin Disc as a case study. Palmer Johnson Power Systems is an authorized Twin Disc distributor and service center.

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The Twin Disc HP1200 Hydraulic PTO keeps Morbark Wood Hog hungry for work. Even the heaviest industrial applications get a boost from Twin Disc products.


Jason Wilcox, heavy equipment operator for Nebraska-based Hughes Mulch Product, should know. He spends his days running a Morbark 6600 Wood Hog, a monster of a machine. The 6600 Wood Hog is a beast — a powerful, aggressive grinder that can quickly turn fallen trees, yard waste, and debris into mulch. With up to 1,200 HP available, it can process even the largest materials.

The model that Wilcox prefers to run uses a Twin Disc HP1200 wet clutch to handle all the power. “This is the smoothest clutch I have ever run in my life,” he said. “I’m not even kidding. We have four Wood Hogs, and I wish they all had this clutch to be honest. It handles all the horsepower. We’ve put 2,564 hours on it. It takes it in stride and does not skip a beat.”

With the extreme weather that the Great Plains and Midwest have been experiencing, Wilcox has kept busy clearing out storm damage. The HP1200 has held up no matter the job. “(In 2017), we had tornadoes come through our area,” he said. “We were in the middle of Springfield, Nebraska, with that grinder, grinding away with it, and it whipped the work. I can shred 60-foot-tall trees with the Morbark, and it doesn’t miss a thing.”

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The HP1200 keeps the Wood Hog working under even the most challenging circumstances, Wilcox said. “I was on a 7-acre clearing job, and, unfortunately, I had to run a lot of dirt and foreign material through it. It helps this clutch is able to withstand the stress of operating the Morbark under those conditions.” The clutch requires minimal maintenance. “In our industry, it seems like you’re always working on something,” Wilcox said. “With this clutch, it’s been one less thing to worry about. Twin Disc is a very, very great company to work with. Those guys are awesome.”

“With this clutch, it’s been one less thing to worry about. Twin Disc is a very, very great company to work with. Those guys are awesome.” Jason Wilcox, Heavy Equipment Operator, Hughes Mulch Product

For more information on the Twin Disc HP1200 Hydraulic PTO or to begin the exploration of utilizing a Twin Disc HP1200 for your next application, contact our experts today!

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Twin Disc HP1200 PTO Case Study

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