Arboriculture equipment

World of Arb at IoG Saltex 2010 will feature gear for working on the ground and at height.

At IoG Saltex, the World of Arb site promises to bring tree surgery best practice alive with an informative and comprehensive series of demonstrations, workshops and seminars.

Working closely with arb specialist BTS Group, the organisers have scheduled a daily programme of climbing/access and rescue demonstrations, walk-in ask-the-expert workshops and a display of products needed for safe and effective tree surgery.

There will be a focus on equipment for working at height, with a demonstration on access looking at climbing versus platforms to highlight health and safety issues as well as the efficacy of alternative methods. The aerial rescue sessions will consider accident and emergency routines when close to electricity power lines. Free seminars will take place in the Grandstand and arborists can view a wide range of equipment and machinery elsewhere on the showground.

Among the new woodchippers set to launch at the show is the Arborist 13/23 from Greenmech (DAB13). Powered by 22hp petrol or 20hp diesel engines, this professional woodchipper weighs less than 750kg but has a 130mm capacity. It features the 130x230mm letter box style that allows forked branches to be processed with ease. The machine can be supplied with either twinor single-roller feed.

A second development from Greenmech will see the CS100 launched as a tractor-powered machine aimed at landscapers and grounds maintenance professionals who need to deal with large volumes of woody waste and have access to a compact tractor.

Delivering all the benefits of the popular CS100 woodchipper, the new TMP version can be mounted on the tractor's three-point linkage (CAT 1) or, for the trailed version, towed directly to the work site. It can chip material up to 100mm in diameter and has a throughput of up to 6m3/hour.

The wide in-feed chute (315x162mm) can handle armfuls of hedge or shrub prunings and the resulting chippings are ejected up to 10m depending on the material. The blades are housed in an accessible chamber for easy changing and maintenance.

Landforce chippers and shredders, now part of the Hardmet Group, will be represented by the Chip and Duo models along with a new range of small chippers and other tree surgery equipment on stand DAB37. Four machines in the Duo range - the 135mm, 165mm, 200mm and 235mm units - each have an integral shredder. There are four Deutz-powered chipper models ranging from 27hp to 54hp.

Capable of tackling wood contaminated with metal, stones, soil and other nasties, the Bugnot range of green waste and contaminated-wood shredders will make their debut on Ryetec's stand (W32). Bugnot machines feature sharpened hammer flails and a heavy-duty shredding drum. The range includes engine-driven and tractor-powered models to handle material up to 200mm in diameter.

All Bugnot units have a powered feed system, with optional full hopper-floor conveyor and an upper "caterpillar" toothed intake conveyor for difficult-to-feed material. Other options include self-loading cranes for larger material and rubber-tracked smaller machines for use on sites with access problems. The Bugnot tractor-mounted forestry mulcher will also be on display.

Climbing arborists can inspect Imori rope from Yale Cordage on the FR Jones stand (S13). This all-new 12mm 24-strand climbing line is based on the same manufacturing process and construction as the 11.7mm Blue Moon rope and gives climbers all the advantages and characteristics of a lightweight 11.7mm rope but the feel of a 13mm rope in the hand.

Imori incorporates a new type of textured fibre in the structure to provide bulk and enhanced grip. It is blended with 100 per cent solution-dyed filament polyester and allows the fibres to be exposed both on the outer sheath and also on the inside of the sheath. This is said to provide more friction to the inner core, thus helping to minimise elongation. Imori can be spliced and is fully CE certified to EN1891 Type A.

Arborists and foresters wishing to make money from their wood should visit stand U27, where the Just Saws division of Charterhouse will showcase the Hud-Son range of sawmills along with the new Badger Firewood Processor.

TREE HEALTH Q&A

On Wednesday you can find Dr David Rose, the Forestry Commission's head of tree health, diagnostics and advisory services, on the Terrain Aeration stand (DAB40). He will answer questions on combating infestations and disease threats such as phytophera and bleeding canker.

Dr Rose is a renowned expert in all matters concerning tree health and well-being. The Tree Disorders and Diseases Clinic will run from 11am to 3pm.


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