Increase in Burn Bans Help KPX Tractors Sell A Record Number of Wood Chippers

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KPX Tractors, a manufacturer of implements for agricultural tractors, continues to set sales records for their PTO-driven wood chipper as states, counties, and municipalities nationwide enact burn bans.

KPX Tractors' consumer-direct website, http://www.kpxtractors.com, was introduced in 2003 and is 'exceeding all projections' says Ben Brosseau, the company's spokesman. For various reasons, local governments are increasingly banning outdoor burning of any kind. Ranchers, farmers, and homeowners -- people who rely on controlled outdoor fires to dispose of wooden debris -- find themselves with mounds of material and few options for its removal. Rather than facing the fines and penalties associated with burning, many are turning to KPX Tractors' best-selling 6 inch wood chipper. At $1899, which includes free nationwide delivery, KPX Tractors touts its chipper as the best value in the industry.

On January 17, 2008, officials in Cooke County Texas enacted a 90 day countywide burn ban. A day later, our company sold 3 wood chippers to frustrated residents of Cooke County, said Mr. Brosseau. The new ban eliminates all outdoor burning for the next 90 days in the unincorporated areas of the county, and if residents break the law, county officials say they will suffer the consequences. Officials say if residents are caught burning, they could face up to a $500 fine.

David Petersen, General Manager of KPX Tractors, expects the spike in chipper sales to continue. Burn bans are here to stay. In the past, most bans were temporary and related to dry weather seasons. Now we're seeing permanent legislative action at the state level, says Petersen. In Washington, state law requires that outdoor burning be phased out when reasonable alternatives to outdoor burning become available. The legislature there believes burning is a health and safety issue; fires can burn out of control and the carbon emissions are unhealthy. Wood chippers are a logical option when burning is disallowed. KPX Tractors' wood chippers are powered by the PTO (Power Take Off) shaft native to most agricultural tractors. The company also offers a standalone chipper that is self-powered for consumers without tractors.

About KPX Chippers and Backhoes: Based in Phoenix, AZ, KPX Tractors manufactures and distributes tractor wood chippers, robust backhoe attachments, PTO pumps, forklift attachments, lawn mowers, and other tractor implements. You can view pictures, videos, and technical specifications of their products at http://www.kpxtractors.com.

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