Rochfords team leader Darren Barling said clipping stock on a long bed used to take a group of agency staff around a day to finish but with only two people pushing the Hortec Quickcut trimmer it would take just a few hours.
The four wheeled machine is living up to its name as the Technical Product of the Year at the Grower of the Year Awards 2008.
It has a lightweight frame which bears a petrol driven trimmer and collection box. Stems of up to 7mm can be pruned by it but is more commonly used to trim soft or rangy small scale, herbaceous stock.
Barling said “It collects so quickly that we’ve found its better to do four passes on a block of plants, cutting a few inches at a time. Though it’s time consuming to change the box, in the end it has really saved on labour time.”
He added: “The problem with getting it trimmed by hand is that plants are cut to different heights and plants get trodden on and handled. With this machine there’s no mess at all.”