River Clyde Homes is an Inverclyde-based housing association that manages 5600 homes and factors 2500 properties for home owners. In 2017 River Clyde Property Management was created as an ‘in-house’ specialist team to maintain the grounds, landscaping and the local environment. Grounds Supervisor, Derek Robertson, quickly specified a GreenMech Arborist 150 woodchipper to join his fleet as it was, “versatile enough to cope with the variety of arboricultural work we were going to face”.
“I first used a GreenMech chipper when I worked as an Arborist for the council – we had a tracked one in our machinery fleet, so when it came to specifying one in my new position I straight away looked at what they had to offer. Above all else, it’s the range of safety options you get with the GreenMech machines that made me go for one once again.” The popular Arborist 150 is a simple to use, road-tow chipper particularly designed for the disposal of waste brash. Amongst other features it has a bottom-bar safety mechanism, no-stress feed system and a steel engine bonnet providing robustness whilst lowering noise emissions. A generous 970mm x 790mm infeed hopper is coupled with a 150mm x 230mm letterbox-style infeed throat opening enabling heavily forked branches to be fed in easily.
“Being a road-tow unit, and under 750kg in weight, is important as we can move it easily to various locations – no two days are the same. We go from industrial to domestic jobs, all the way through to clearance projects, dealing with shrubs that are over 10 foot high. It’s a compact machine but delivers high power and throughput.”
Having had experience with other makes of wood chipper in the past, Derek considers the GreenMech machines to offer better performance at a better price: “The Arborist 150 is competitively priced and is a cracking machine backed up by fantastic support from both our local dealer Hamilton Brothers at Bishopton and GreenMech. We have a team of young lads who are all trained up to use it – with all the safety features and how easy it is to use we’re all comfortable with the machine. We know we can trust it.”