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New York Mulch Manufacturer Isn’t Horsing Around

Sweet Peet’s older model D61PX.
Not far from the crowded city streets in New York, in the suburbs surrounding the metropolitan area, horsepower doesn’t refer to engine power, but actual horses. And unlike the buses and cabs that fill the city streets, the waste left behind doesn’t come in the form of gas and fumes, but solid droppings that need to be properly disposed of.

Strict zoning regulations and limited acreage makes disposal of the manure a burden on the animal owners. In many cases, the owners have to pay to get rid of it.

Enter Sweet Peet of New York, manufacturers of 100 percent organic mulch that is made from horse manure and the bedding from horse stalls. Sweet Peet sends out trucks all across the region to collect horse manure, which is brought to its facility in Pawling, N.Y., where it is stockpiled, turned and aged until it turns into high-quality mulch material.

Michael Divitto and Joseph Yankowich own Sweet Peet of New York, which gives them the manufacturing rights and distribution rights for Sweet Peet in New York State and the New York Metropolitan area. Sweet Peet mulch is sold nationwide.

Piled High

On the Pawling, N.Y., site, several 50-ft. (15 m) tall or larger stacks of material represent piles of Sweet Peet mulch in various stages of aging and composting.

When materials first arrive at the facility, the horse manure and related straw or sawdust is put into the first stack and is occasionally bulldozed or turned to enhance the aging process. Much like fine wine, the older the product gets, the better it gets, the darker it gets and the less offensive it smells, according to Divitto and Yankowich.

When the product reaches a given level of aging it is moved to a new pile where fluids that drained off the pile during the aging process are collected and reapplied to the pile. This gives the future mulch its own natural coloring, which is very resistant to fading, unlike wood chip mulches that are artificially dyed and fade over time.

Moving the Mulch

Because the manufacturing of Sweet Peet mulch is very equipment and labor intensive, Divitto and Yankowich own a large fleet of equipment, including several stacking/conveying systems, screening plants, soil shredders and quite a number of pieces of Komatsu equipment that they have purchased from Pine Bush Equipment.

Over the years Divitto and Yankowich have developed a strong working relationship with Pine Bush Equipment.

“We really appreciate the entire package of support that we receive from Pine Bush Equipment,” said Divitto. “Their pricing is fair, their service is excellent and the support that we receive from our Pine Bush Equipment representatives is unequalled.

“Believe it or not, the job that we ask from our equipment at times is under extreme conditions. The entire process that we do generates a tremendous amount of heat. In the summer time these machines are working in the hot summer sun and moving a material whose temperatures can exceed 200 degrees. On top of that, in the early phases of production, before the product has started to age, it is a very dusty, dirty atmosphere with fine particles that get inhaled into all parts of the equipment.

“The operations are particularly severe for the dozers. The entire unit is running across the surface of these extreme temperatures. The product is light in its early phases and when being pushed oftentimes the pile exceeds the height of the blade. As the material tumbles back over the top of the blade, the material falls towards the engine compartment on the dozer. The radiator in particular very quickly gets loaded up with dusty, dirty material that clogs everything, which will over time affect the operation of the dozer and create all kinds of difficulties. The combination of dirt and heat is very rough on our machines.

“Our equipment is moving every day and we cannot afford downtime. One extreme example of Pine Bush’s service is that we had one particular circumstance where two dozers failed simultaneously. Pine Bush was able to get both machines up and running for us on the same day.”

Upgrading Equipment

Two years ago Pine Bush Equipment approached Sweet Peet about a new dozer design being released by Komatsu, the model D61PX-23. The machine was being marketed as having many new and exciting features, the core of which was the new Tier IV engines.

The feature that really had Divitto and Yankowich excited was that the cooling system, including the radiator and fans, was being moved from the front of the engine compartment to behind the cab of the tractor. This meant that the problem of dirt being pushed up over the blade of the tractor and being sucked up into the cooling system on the previous model was now largely eliminated.

Additionally, sensors had been put into the fans and radiator area, which detect when dirt and dust accumulations have become heavy and the cooling system is not operating properly. When this occurs the fans reverse themselves, effectively blowing out and cleaning the entire radiator area.

This feature alone was so exciting for Sweet Peet that the decision was made that they needed to own one. Little did they know that they would end up waiting two years to receive the machine.

What no one at Pine Bush Equipment or Komatsu could control was that at about the time they made their decision to buy, the entire construction equipment industry was in the throws of a tremendous slow down. Sales of construction equipment in North America and worldwide had softened so dramatically that all of the major equipment manufacturers had halted or severely slowed down production levels; and the introduction of the Komatsu D61PX-23 was delayed. However, the new cooling system was exciting enough to Divitto and Yankowich, and based on a host of other new features that the new machine was going to include, they made the decision to wait out buying a new dozer until the new Komatsu was available.

Komatsu D61PX-23

Some new features include:

• A new, efficient HST transmission, which features larger displacement pumps that gives the D61PX-23 an improvement of up to 20 percent fuel mileage

• A dramatically redesigned body, which slants the nose of the engine compartment and moves the positioning of the exhaust stack. The end result is improved visibility

• Improvements in the ROPS cab design, which include a quieter cab, a higher capacity seat, a standard rearview camera monitoring system with a 7 in. panel, and standard rear hydraulics

• Undercarriage improvements, which include a longer track frame, longer wear life and a significant decrease in maintenance cost

• Improved operator blade control, which places control for the power angle tilt to a button that is mounted to the joystick that is thumb operated

“Many of these additional improvements to the dozer were very important to us,” Divitto said. “Our operators spend 1,500 hours a year in these machines and many of the improvements made relate to operator comfort and visibility. Improved heating and cooling systems are greatly appreciated by our operators. The dramatically improved visibility makes their day far less stressful. The repositioning of the power angle tilt controls improves the ease of operation. Certainly, cutting our fuel costs by 20 percent per year is nothing to sneeze at, but primarily the improvements in the cooling system assure us a longer life expectancy from the machine we are purchasing.”

On Aug. 21, 2012, the wait was over and the very first Komatsu D61PX-23 delivered in the United States was delivered to Sweet Peet of New York. Jim Boniface with Pine Bush Equipment and Greg Fiori, factory representative of Komatsu, were on hand to review all of the features and benefits of the machine with Divitto and Yankowich. After a lengthy walk around Divitto put the machine through its paces and came back all smiles, convinced that the decision to wait had been the right one.

About Sweet Peet Mulch

According to the manufacturer’s Web site, Sweet Peet contains virgin wood shavings and a blend of composted agricultural manure. Sweet Peet buffers both acid and alkaline (low and high pH, and trace minerals) soils by helping to maintain the desired gardening sweet spot. When tilled in at the end of each season, Sweet Peet enriches the soil, releases nutrients into the root system, aids in the restoration of all plantings, improves tilth, encourages beneficial earthworms, loosens hardpan and clay soils and replenishes microbes that are often destroyed by harsh chemicals and acid rain.

The all-natural, organic ingredients of Sweet Peet allows air and water movement through the soil. It aids in releasing plant nutrients and increases humus, natures natural plant food. Sweet Peet absorbs and retains water and slowly releases water to the root zone during dry weather conditions and gives structural support for plants, while providing a medium for root growth and soil organisms.

Sweet Peet is 100 percent “organic green.” It has no artificial ingredients and contains no chemicals or dyes. Sweet Peet does not need to be removed at year’s end season like other mulches, it transforms itself into humus.

About Pine Bush Equipment

Pine Bush Equipment is a Komatsu distributor with locations in Hartford, Conn.; Holmes, N.Y.; and Pine Bush, N.Y.

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2014 Pine Bush Equipment Golf Tournament to benefit The American Cancer Society

(L-R): Karie Boniface, Holly Bodnar and Mary DuBois welcome golfers and give out cart assignments.
 Pine Bush Equipment held its 8th annual golf tournament May 15 at the Town of Wallkill Golf Club. This charity golf event donates all proceeds to the American Cancer Society; this year’s event raised $28,000.
In addition to all of the participants, Pine Bush Equipment gives a special thanks to the events sponsors, including Kubota, Komatsu, Wells Fargo, TAG Manufacturing, Gorilla Hammers and many other vendors, manufacturers and private individuals who made donations.

East Pine Bush Equipment Finds Success With Gorilla Hammers

Kevin Keroack, general manager of East Pine Bush Equipment couldn’t be happier with his company’s relationship with Gorilla Hammers.”Hammer sales and hammer rentals are a big part of our business at East PBE, ” Keroack began. “Over the years we have represented a number of different manufacturers. For rental purposes we typically rent hammers with an excavator carrier.

“I originally got wind of the Gorilla hammers from our parent company, Pine Bush Equipment, in Pine Bush, New York and their CEO, Steve Boniface. Steve was blown away by an experience that he had with the service side of Gorilla where they tackled a significant sized install in less than 24 hours’ notice and got it done. Our New York office has been doing business with Gorilla ever since and recommended highly that we do the same.”

Another big appeal to the Gorilla hammers is tied to its design.

“Because of its unique design we are typically able to put one size higher foot pound hammer on an excavator carrier than what would be allowed by other hammer manufacturers. In other words, on an 80,000 pound excavator other hammer manufacturer specs would allow us to install an 8,000 foot pound hammer; with a Gorilla we can install a 12,000 foot pound hammer,” Keroack said.

Gorilla’s hammers are designed with open side plates, which make for a lighter overall design. The design also gives easier access to the inner workings of the hammer, reducing maintenance and repair costs, according to Keroack.

“We are three years into our relationship with Gorilla Hammers and I would have to say we have been treated very well.


Gorilla has a tremendous inventory of hammers and parts, and gives us fast and reliable deliveries. Bob and Joe Tedesco, the owners of Gorilla Hammers, have a great depth of knowledge about hammer design and application and have been a tremendous asset to our company.”For more information on East PBE, visit

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Pine Bush Equipment Opens Second NAPA Parts Store

Alyssa Howard is the PBE auto parts consultant at the Pine Bush, N.Y., location.
In December 2010, Pine Bush Equipment opened a NAPA store inside its Holmes, N.Y., location. Now, just over three years later, Pine Bush has opened another NAPA store, this time at its main office in Pine Bush, N.Y.The original concept at the Holmes store was to bring a stream of customers into the Pine Bush Equipment store who would be purchasing their automobile and truck parts and get exposure to various brands of equipment sold by Pine Bush Equipment. While contractors already know that Pine Bush is their source for Komatsu equipment, other brands that Pine Bush represents, such as Kubota, would commonly be used by the hobby farmer, homeowner and emerging contractor. These people would get exposure to product like Kubota when they visit the NAPA center inside of the store.

“When we put the NAPA store in our Holmes branch we felt strongly that our customers all own trucks and would tend to do their own maintenance and repairs on their vehicles,” said Holly Bodnar, president of Pine Bush Equipment.

“We felt that it would be a convenience to our customers to be able to go to one source to pick up their heavy equipment parts and their vehicle parts. We were very pleased with the results and when a NAPA franchise became available in Pine Bush, New York, we knew that it was a natural fit for us. We are confident that we will see the same increase in foot traffic to our Pine Bush store that we experienced in our Holmes store.

“An added benefit to our affiliation with NAPA was experienced during the recession. Customers were more prone to do their own vehicle maintenance and repairs during a downturn in the economy. The NAPA segment of our business remained steady while other aspects of our sales were slowing down.”

NAPA, which stands for National Auto Parts Association, is a nationwide chain of auto parts stores that sells every imaginable part for automobiles and pickup trucks.

Atlas Copco announces Pine Bush Equipment to carry Dynapac equipment line

Atlas Copco has announced that Pine Bush Equipment Co. will carry Dynapac rollers, planers and pavers at all three of their locations – Pine Bush and Holmes, New York, and Newington, Connecticut.
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Established in 1956, Pine Bush Equipment (PBE) offers sales, rentals, parts, service and training for an extensive range of equipment for the construction industry. From their three locations, PBE serves 10 counties in southern New York; the state of Connecticut; Pike County, Pennsylvania; and Sussex County, New Jersey.

“PBE has been proud to represent products within the Atlas Copco family for years, so it was only natural we would look to Dynapac for a reliable innovative roller line. We are currently setting up training for our sales representatives to learn the many features and benefits and plan to host demo days this spring to introduce the rollers and crushers to our prospective customers,” says Holly Bodnar, president, PBE Group.

“We are very excited about the agreement between Atlas Copco and Pine Bush Equipment. With almost 60 years in business, PBE brings experience, longevity and a great commitment to their customers. Their reputation and way of doing business keeps customers coming back to them across their areas covering New York and Connecticut,” says Bill Nittinger, Dynapac regional manager — Northeast. “We have a great deal of confidence that PBE will do a great job with our products and look forward to a long, successful partnership.”

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For further information please contact:

Bill Nittinger, Dynapac Regional Manager — Northeast
Atlas Copco Construction Equipment
Telephone: 210-861-0499

Sofie Gielen, Marketing Communications Director
Mining, Rock Excavation and Construction LLC
Telephone: 720-235-2325; Fax: 303-288-8828

Dynapac – New expanded PaveManager 2.0 system improves paving performance


The PaveManager 2.0 is a control system for optimizing and controlling the paving process. It combines easy handling through a new ergonomic dashboard with advanced paving functions. It is available for the recently introduced SD range of pavers and is suited for controlling most paving applications, from city paving to large highway projects. The new system is available in three different configurations, from a basic set-up to a complete version incorporating all features.Main new features of the system are VarioSpeed, a load sensing system for improved fuel efficiency, an Automatic Measurement System for continuous monitoring of the material laid, an Automatic Programming function for optimum end result and a new operator interface.


With VarioSpeed Atlas Copco introduces a state of the art load sensing system. It works continuously and seamlessly with other functions of the machine. VarioSpeed measures via sensors the load on hydraulic motors and adjusts the hydraulic flow. The PaveManager computer then adjusts the engine to give the optimum rpm for the load at hand.This gives a significant cut in fuel consumption, as the engine is always working at optimum load. Compared to the traditional way of working on a constantly high rpm, this also reduces the noise level and CO2 emissions as well as increases the engine life. All parameters are also displayed on the operator dashboard.”With the VarioSpeed, we deliver full performance at much lower engine load lowering the fuel consumption, says Abhijit Som, Product Marketing Manager Large Paver at Atlas Copco and continues; as an example a paving application involving wear coarse with a 5 m working width could go from a constantly 1800 rpm to around 1400 rpm offering 20% fuel saving for the user.”

The new “Save & Load” feature incorporates a memory function of the currently used paving parameters. Conveyor, auger, tamper, vibration and screed temperature settings can all be saved. This avoids costly paving mistakes and saves time every morning when setting up the paver. In total five different setting can be stored for future use.

The PaveManager 2.0 features a new automatic measurement function. The user should enter the paving width and thickness of the asphalt mat and can calculate the volume of asphalt laid. Furthermore, it shows in real time if a parameter differs from the material planned, avoiding extra cost. With the new built in Paving Calculator the operator can calculate the amount of material needed from the plant to finish the job at the jobsite. By controlling the number of truckloads, no excess material needs to be transported to complete the job. This saves material otherwise wasted.The system also allows for two video input sources, making it available to place two cameras, for instance, in front of the paver or over the hopper.

On the full colour display the operator can choose to view or adjust all parameters of the paving operation controlled by the system, such as the step less speed adjustment and the display of important engine characteristics, the filling grade for auger and conveyor or the screed temperature. ling the number of truckloads, no excess material needs to be transported to complete the job. This saves material otherwise wasted.

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The PaveManager 2.0 features new automated paving functions where it is possible to program functions to automatically adjust slope of the road or crowning of the road with respect to paved distance. For crowning there are three modes available for the operator to choose between, Manual settings, Automatic control or Way dependent control. The system can handle crowning from minus 2,5% to plus 4,5%.

The slope control can be programmed to automatically control from the start point the slope adjustments with the paved distance, and the target slope can be reached with a smooth and correct transition. This enhances the quality of the end result.

Dynapac PaveManager 2.0 Screens

The PaveManager 2.0 is controlled through the dashboard and the new remote control. The ergonomically designed easy-to-use dashboard features self-explanatory symbols, alignment of symbols due to function groups, a stable and shock proof housing and a large 6,5” full colour display. The layout of the interface is based on operator usage frequency. The most common switches and buttons have been placed closest to the operator body for easy and smooth handling.

The remote unit is built in a sturdy box for rough daily use under all conditions. Designed to be used under heat, moist or wet conditions and on all kinds of paver platforms, both open and with closed weather protection house. The remote control recognizes all levelling sensors from Moba. They are self-configuring and either control can be used on either side of the paver.

To handle operations under all kind of light conditions, it is possible to adjust the contrast of the screen as well as engage the backlit system for working at night. The system also allows for two video input sources, making it available to place two cameras, for instance, in front of the paver or over the hopper.

On the full colour display the operator can choose to view or adjust all parameters of the paving operation controlled by the system, such as the step less speed adjustment and the display of important engine characteristics, the filling grade for auger and conveyor or the screed temperature.


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For further details please contact:

Abhijit Som, Product Marketing Manager Large Paver

+49 172 4367965

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at

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