May 10, 2009
U.S Built Pellet Mills “Built To Last”
“I enjoyed reading your article about cutting edge pellet-making machines (Vol. 33, No. 1) and agree with you about the future of pellet mills. But why would you feature Chinese-made pellet mills when you can get a better built, more reliable product that’s made in the U.S,” says John Buskirk, President of Buskirk Engineering, Ossian, Indiana.
The company recently introduced two farm-sized pellet mills. The Model 800 operates on single phase or 3-phase power or comes in a pto-driven version with capacities to 400 lbs. per hour. The Model 1200 comes with a 3 phase 20hp or 30hp motor or can be pto-driven and has a capacity of up to 1,000 lbs. The pto-driven models come with a 3-pt mounting frame and require a tractor with at least 20 hp for the Model 800, and a 30hp tractor for the Model 1200.
According to Buskirk, both models have some features not found on other pellet mills on the market.
Buskirk says customers who’ve field tested units used many different kinds of materials, including animal bedding, horse and poultry manure, and all sorts of wood products including waste wood and sawdust.
Whatever material is used, it should contain 10 to 20 percent moisture, he says. Depending on the kind of material, there can be a big difference in the amount of natural lignin contained. Lignin is the material that holds the pellets together. Pelleting as a whole is an art rather than a science, says Buskirk. Since wood is a fibrous product, a die lubricant is needed to aide in getting the material through the die. Common die lubricants include vegetable oil, soybean oil, distiller’s grain, and glycerin, or you can use commercially available binders and lubricants.
The Model 800 sells for $7,990 with the multidirectional VFD and keypad. A 3-phase only version of this model is available without the keypad but with a forward and reversing switch. It sells for $6,750. The Model 1200 sells for $7,500.
Those interested in capitalizing on this unique opportunity may gather more information on the company’s website at www.buskirkeng.com, or may email for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or by dialing (260) 622-5550.
7224 East 900 North
Ossian, IN 46777
(260) 622-5550 ext 1
John Buskirk, Partner
(260) 622-5550 ext 2
James Wheeler, Partner
(260) 622-5550 ext 3