IoG Saltex Preview: Arboriculture

On show at IoG Saltex this year will be plenty of new arb kit as well as seminars and live demos.

A packed programme of World of Arb live demonstrations and "meet the expert" sessions awaits arborists visiting IoG Saltex this September. Access – climbing versus platforms – plus aerial rescue techniques and chainsaw maintenance are only some of the topics covered.

Take a gaze into the sky. See them? By necessity, the aerial work platform is now a standard piece of kit for most arborists. And at IoG Saltex you can view the latest truck- and track-mounted models from CTE. There are units from 13m to 62m, with one of the most highly utilised being the 3,500kg truck-mounted Z20 with a working height of 20m, an outreach of 9.5m and a basket capacity of 200kg.

If you are looking for towable woodchippers of good capacity be sure to visit GreenMech's stand, where the Alcester-based company is introducing Quad-Chip. We are told this 15cm chipper is a completely new design and features a full 150mm-diameter in-feed coupled with a 360° turntable as standard. "What makes this machine revolutionary is that it weighs less than 750kg, complying with the relevant towing regulations," says GreenMech chairman Tony Turner. "A woodchipper of this size, with the turntable feature, has been on the wish list of many arborists. Until now it has seemed unachievable."

Also being introduced by GreenMech – and aimed squarely at the landscape contractor, professional gardener and homeowner – the CS100 is an evolution of the GM100 model. Compact and manoeuvrable, the CS100 can be loaded onto trailers and into vans but offers performance on mixed materials up to 100mm in diameter.

If you are Cougar-hunting on Eric Hunter's stand, you'll find this machine is now offered with tracks. The Saelen-brand best-selling 17DR H20 combines 4.25" (11cm) chipping and shredding capacity with "go-anywhere" mobility. Wireless remote control operation offers independent control of each track, as well as widening the stance of the machine for stability. Power comes from a 17hp Lombardini engine.

There's also an opportunity for a first viewing of the Woodsman chippers as Biomass Equipment of Neath, West Glamorgan, starts importing the machines from the US. On show is the 730 model – a tree surgeon/municipal machine – to show how the range uses fewer moving parts than competitor models. Features include Auto-Feed Speed Governor and radio remote control. Model 730 can handle timber of up to 330mm in diameter. Woodsman also builds a biomass chipper equipped with a 1,200hp engine and capable of handling timber of up to 100cm in diameter.

The popularity of the open log fire has made log splitters a valued piece of kit for those tackling tree removal and clearance. A log-splitting machine debuting at IoG Saltex is the Smart Splitter from Formula 1 North East. This machine places the cutting blade in exactly the same position every time and is said to cut through knots. For longer timbers, the company offers the Smart Holder to support the wood at waist height and in a cantilever fashion so the chainsaw operator is free to concentrate on cutting logs.

British-made tractor-mounted hydraulic and 240V electric splitters can be seen alongside road-towable engine-powered log splitters on Oxdale Products' stand.

LOOKING FOR ADVICE

Arboricultural advisory service consultant Derek Patch will be on Terrain Aeration's stand on 9 September to answer questions about tree care and maintenance.

For advice on BS5837:2005 (trees in relation to construction) surveys, as well as woodland management plans, visit Aspect Arboriculture. The firm has also started offering arborists training in Auto CAD for the production of professional and accurate site maps.

A trio of experts from the Arboricultural Association's Education & Training Committee will present sessions covering tree inspections (8 September at 10.45am), tree protection (9 September at 1.30pm) and tree pruning (10 September at 2.15pm).

LOW EMISSONS

Spaldings UK has overhauled its petrol chainsaw offering with the introduction of Husqvarna products to its portfolio. The 34.4cc, 40cc and 45.7cc saws all benefit from the new X-Torq engines.

Spaldings marketing manager Alastair Ramsay says: "Today's economic conditions have resulted in a range of new challenges for our customers, with the most prominent being how to keep their costs to a minimum. The introduction of the Husqvarna chainsaw range to our portfolio means they can benefit from fuel consumption being reduced by as much as 20 per cent. As a result, the emissions are cut by as much as 60 per cent, meaning that each saw complies with the most stringent of environmental policies."


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