March 21, 2018

GreenMech to showcase their later range of 200mm capacity chippers at this year’s Arb Show


At this years Arb Show, Europe’s largest chipper manufacturer GreenMech will be showcasing their latest range of 200mm capacity chippers, which complement their popular 150mm offering.  Visitors to stand C18/19 will be able to see a selection of both tracked and towed machines and discuss the special show deals and flexible finance options available. The road tow Arborist 200 and the tracked ArbTrak 200 variant lead GreenMech’s 200mm (8”) capacity models. Both machines are capable of increasing productivity through their generous 1200mm x 840mm in-feed hoppers, making light work of heavily forked branches. They pick up where GreenMech’s popular 5”…

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Makita’s new twin 18V (36v) cordless chainsaw matches petrol performance


The new Makita DUC353Z Twin 18v Brushless motor chainsaw sets new standards for cordless chainsaws and matches the logging performance of similar size petrol powered saws.  At the same time this new saw offers the many values of cordless machines which have become recognised throughout the industry:  zero emissions; super-quiet operation; total control and high levels of efficiency and safety as standard. The Makita 36v direct-drive Brushless motor has a rated output of 1,100 watt, similar to a 32cc petrol machine, and comes fitted with identical 35cm length bar and a chain speed of 20 metres per second.  The hard…

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New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work


Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of 4 – towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area.  “Our work is very diverse – a pretty…

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Michael Gove visits UK’s largest new forest


Michael Gove has seen more than 1.3 million trees growing at the UK’s largest modern forest in the Ochil Hills in central Scotland. Confor arranged the visit to Jerah to demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of modern productive forestry to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr Gove was accompanied by Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling. Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, the trade body for the UK’s £2 billion forestry and wood-using industry, briefed Mr Gove about the scheme’s benefits for the environment, economy and local community – along with Tim Liddon, of Tilhill Forestry,…

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Keith Sacre to speak at The Urban Forest of Tomorrow Conference


Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre is to be the sole speaker from a tree nursery at The Urban Forest of Tomorrow Conference to be held at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus on 14 and 15 June 2018. This educational event is open to all, including arborists, landscape architects, urban foresters and planners, ecologists, green industry professionals, students, and anyone with a desire to hear about the latest research and advancements for the future of trees in urban landscapes. Sacre is one of nine presenters from three continents; seven are international and two are from the Toronto area. His presentation: ‘Are…

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Makita launches twin 18v (36v) split-shaft LXT multi-tool


Makita has launched a 36v cordless multi-tool system for landscape maintenance operations together with a range of quick-fit attachments including the newly introduced Brush Cutter and Linetrimmer in addition to the Cultivator, Pole Saw, Hedge Trimmer and lawn Edging Tool. The pole extension allows even greater reach for the Pole Saw and Hedge Trimmer. With the move to battery powered grounds maintenance machines becoming ever more popular, particularly at the demand of municipal authorities and public bodies, Makita offers a range of 18v tools and, more recently, an expanding inventory of twin 18v machines to give 36v power. The power…

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Först expands petrol woodchipper range


Först, a leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, has expanded its petrol woodchipper offering with the launch of the TR6P, the first and famous Först 6” tracked woodchipper, now with a fuel efficient 37hp petrol engine. Following the recent introduction of the hugely popular ST6P, the new TR6P utilises the same 37hp V twin petrol engine, meaning that not only is the woodchipper compliant with the new Stage V emissions regulations coming into play in 2019, but it also matches the strength and performance users have come to expect from Först’s diesel powered machines. An additional benefit of…

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New research conducted by King’s College London suggests trees, the sky and birdsong in cities are beneficial for mental wellbeing


A study conducted by King’s College London, landscape architects J & L Gibbons and art foundation Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between nature in cities and momentary mental wellbeing in real time. They found that (i) being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing, and that (ii) the beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in those individuals with greater levels of impulsivity who are at greater risk of mental health issues. Their paper, ‘Urban Mind: Using Smartphone Technologies to…

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Landmark Trading offer a chance to win a Stihl MS150 / MS150T chainsaw


One lucky winner will be drawn at random on Monday 4th December. The winner will be able to choose either an MS150 C-E or MS150TC-E** with 10” bar & chain. To enter, simply place an order for £100* or more between 10.11.17 and 30.11.17 and quote promotion code ‘NOVPD’ (enter code in the ‘Discount Code’ box in the basket, or quote when placing orders by phone) at Landmark Trading.   *Excluding VAT **NB – an MS150TC-E is designed for use by trained arborists only   Terms & Conditions: To qualify you must place an order between 10th November 2017 and 30th November…

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Cumbria-based Luscombe Plant Hire add woodchipper to keep up with demand


Luscombe Plant Hire, based in Ulverston, Cumbria, stock a wide range of site machinery and tools available for daily, weekly, or long-term hire. After noticing that their GreenMech Arborist 130 woodchipper was hardly ever in the yard, owner Simon Luscombe decided to add a second one to his hire fleet to meet the consistent demand. Simon and wife Beverly, along with their son Dan, started Luscombe Plant Hire in 2001 and this year they were proudly awarded the “Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company” at the EHN Passionate Hirer Awards. “We have a full range of tools and machinery from a…

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