Let's Talk Trash

It's a slump-resistant trade and has cool toys to boot

Dramatically spotlighted and showroom shiny, the CBI Magnum Force 4000 attracts a crowd at the Las Vegas Convention Center. CALIFORNIA ROAD LEGAL, a placard practically snarls, and men who were once machine-crazy boys gape at the 4000's sleek profile and jazzy racing-yellow paint job, and also at its 60-in. discharge conveyor, hydraulically powered swing-away anvil and bolt-on wear liner. Did somebody say "features"? This 51-ft.-long, 74,000-lb. $489,000 monster lives to "process large volumes of wood waste to a fine uniform mulch," according to a sign at its 10-ft.-wide front bumper. And, baby, that includes every kind of wood waste up to...

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