The new Vermeer SC1052 stump cutter is a solution for tree-care professionals looking to take on challenging jobs. It can remove and grind stumps with minimal repositioning. Featuring a 115-hp (85.7-kW) Origin 4.3-L gas engine with an 18-gal (68.1-l) fuel tank, the Vermeer cutting system (VCS) and SmartSweep control system, the SC1052 is the largest cutter in the Vermeer product line.
With the ability to cut up to 31 in. (78.4 cm) high and 25 in. (63.5 cm) below the surface and with a straight-line cutting width of 72 in. (182.9 cm), it can remove a 6-ft. (1.8-m) stump without repositioning.
“The Vermeer SC1052 stump cutter is the next generation of large stump cutters,” said Josh Vrieze, senior product manager for Vermeer Environmental Equipment. “Diesel emission regulations impacted the production of 100+ hp (75+ kW) stump cutters, including our popular Vermeer SC1152 stump cutter unit. To fill this void in the market, our team designed a new economic gas engine model that will meet the performance levels tree care professionals expect. The SC1052 complements many of our customers' gas engine fleets, as they have started operating more gas-powered chippers and trucks in recent years.”
The Vermeer SC1052 is outfitted with the new VCS that solves challenges associated with traditional cutting systems. Rather than using a bolt to secure teeth to the cutter wheel, the VCS has a mounting and retention structure that helps keep teeth from shifting in the pocket and absorbs the shearing force while operating. In addition, two-sided carbide V-profile cutter teeth help with cutting performance of the stump cutter and can be flipped to the other side of the cutter wheel.
The Vermeer team designed the SC1052 to fit where large stump cutters typically cannot go. The SC1052 is 35 in. (88.9 cm) wide without its dual wheels. That means it can fit through a standard residential 36-in. (91.4-cm) gate. The SC1052 can also traverse difficult and uneven ground conditions thanks to its full-time, four-wheel drive system and differential lock.
Once in place, the cylinder and linkage bar design of the SC1052 helps to position the cutter wheel out and away from the machine as the boom drops. This gives operators a wide cutting range and minimizes the need to reposition. While cutting, the Vermeer SmartSweep control system monitors engine load to provide a consistent cutter wheel sweep rate and helps minimize wear and tear on the machine. Once cutting is done, a 34-in. (86.4-cm) hydraulic chip blade helps pile or spread chips for cleanup.
Vermeer designed the SC1052 to be serviceable. It has access panels that can be removed with no tools required. Like other Vermeer stump cutters, the SC1052 is beltless. Designed with operator safety in mind, the SC1052 control handles have operator-sensing capabilities that will disengage the cutter wheel if a user steps away from the controls during operations.
Optional accessories include a remote for propel, boom and steering function control and telematics to help with fleet maintenance. Plus, the Vermeer Confidence Plus asset protection program can be added.