Over the past two years Etesia UK, the sole UK distributor of Pellenc, has reported a dramatic increase in Pellenc sales with more than 50 dealers now stocking the battery-powered tools.
Through the island's Pellenc dealer, C&O Tractors, McGeoch purchased a range of tools including a telescopic Selion polesaw, Selion M12 chainsaw, Helion hedge cutter, Excelion 2000 brushcutter and Airion blower, all of which are powered by one 1100 Ultra Lithium battery.
The battery makes equipment lighter and is carried in a harness to distribute weight across the body, which McGeoch said has made a significant difference to his work.
"I was getting repetitive strains in my right elbow and all the heavy work over the years had taken its toll – I needed to do something about this to prolong my ability to work. The Pellenc equipment is great for this because it is considerably lighter and you don't have to worry about starting engines all of the time.
"Pull-starting engines can be very temperamental and it is this pulling motion which has affected my arm over the years.
"Another benefit is that I can operate the equipment in a quiet area without making any noise which is something that my customers have noticed - I can now start work nice and early without waking anybody up. It's also so much easier when a customer may come and speak to me. I can leave the harness on and simply take my finger off the trigger. There's no stopping and starting engines and when I have finished the conversation, I pull the trigger and off I go again. No fumes is a bonus too."
McGeoch added that the battery's lifespan is equivalent to using around 4,500L of petrol, which makes it cheaper in the long run despite a high upfront cost. He has found the tools to be at least as powerful as petrol-run machines, if not more so.
"I think that green technology is the future and the idea is to stop using our hand-held petrol equipment completely."