IoG Saltex Preview - Arboriculture

Arboriculture exhibitors at IoG Saltex which opens on Tuesday 3rd September include a winner of two Queen's Awards.

Tony (left) and Jonathan Turner of GreenMech - image: HW
Tony (left) and Jonathan Turner of GreenMech - image: HW

Queen's Award-winning manufacturer of woodchippers and green-waste shredders, GreenMech, celebrates 20 years in business, while chairman Tony Turner commemorates an impressive 50 years in engineering, design and manufacturing.

Tony Turner formed GreenMech in 1993 to design, manufacture and market a British range of woodchippers and shredders to professional arborists, landscapers, contractors and local authorities. He was joined in 2002 by his son Jonathan, in the role of managing director.

Over the past 20 years, GreenMech has developed a range of machines, which are now exported to 28 countries. It has also received the prestigious Queen's Award for international trade and for innovation. The company has recently invested almost £1.5m in manufacturing technology, including a laser cutter.

As well as chipping equipment, there are plenty of other products for the arborist visiting IoG Saltex. STIHL introduced its advanced, self-tuning M-Tronic engine to a selection of tools in 2010, and has now added the technology to more professional chainsaws, including the popular mid-range MS261 and more powerful MS 362. Further extending the M-Tronic range, the new MS 661 C-M is a heavy-duty chainsaw for forestry use.

Makita will introduce three 35cc models featuring 35cm or 40cm bars, and boasting rapid starting achieved by a single, one-touch, on-off choke combination.

Turning its attention to battery power, Husqvarna is showcasing the T536LiXP and 536LiXP lightweight chainsaws - the T version being a top-handled unit for professional use only. The rear-handled 536LiXP is suited to commercial use, agriculture and utility applications.

Schiller will launch two cordless chainsaws suited to general limbing and logging work.


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