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It is a cliché but sadly true! The 2018/19 Summer break is really all over!

Looking back over the summer of 2019 A typical Queensland summer will include at least one cyclone; in fact Qld relies on these heavy rain events to top up parched soils and groundwater tables! This year though, we experienced extraordinary Bush Fires, more typically experienced in Australia’s southern regions, a monsoon of epic proportions in north and north-western Qld and the driest ever summer in south-east Qld as well as continuing drought in the mid and lower western regions of Qld. Our thoughts are with all our colleagues and those affected regions.

In such trying conditions it is no wonder that Arborists are increasingly fielding so many queries from worried tree owners, tree custodians and gardeners more generally. Weather patterns seem to be increasingly erratic and we are now heading into late autumn with little to no rain in sight.

This, of course, is not news to that offering advice or tree services however a sound understanding of how trees are or are likely to react is not only helpful but is important to our role in caring for trees and assisting to ensure they can survive these trying times. Also invaluable in explaining to our clients how resilient trees can be, what to expect of trees in questions and how to best manage their (Arboricultural) needs.

QAA’s 2019 Workshop Programme

QAA’s 2019 Workshop programme is full to the brim and those who have already participated in recent Workshops continue to update their skills and share knowledge with fellow colleagues. Improved understanding of tree biology, risk assessment and pest and disease identification can make the difference between early detection and successful management of tree health issues or tree health and structural failure. Attendees at our February course included employees from Swann’s Arboricultural Services and City Tree Services who enjoyed their course provided by Cliff from Trained Up.

Our grateful thanks to Tom Vassallo (VIC), Mark Roberts (NZ), Mike Ellison and his team and Janet McDonald (DAF) who have presented recent and upcoming Skills Impact, TRAQ and QTRA courses. Looking to make it easier for Arborists located outside of the immediate Brisbane area, QAA strives to provide courses in regional centres. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there is an opportunity to bring a training course to your workplace or regional area! If you let us know QAA will be only too happy to arrange it for you!

QTCC 2019

If you are reading this and thinking; I’d like to compete in the Queensland Tree Climbing Championship, please mark your calendars for the weekend of 26th and 27th July! With a fantastic selection of Fig Tree Pocket’s famous Eucalypts, QAA’s popular feature event will be held in Fig Tree Pocket Riverside Reserves. Watch our website and social media pages for more information and to lodge your entry. Ps. Early entries will go into a special raffle to be announced closer to the date.

ArborcampTM 2019

Yes that’s right! Thanks to a hard-working team led by Ben Inman, Arborcamp™ is returning to QAA’s Event Calendar this year. Rocky Creek Scout Camp is the venue and the date is the weekend of 20th and 22nd September, 2019. Once again, keep a watch on our website and social media pages for more information and to lodge your entry.

Wondering what it takes to offer your services as an approved Arborist or to see your company listed on QAA’s Register of Approved Tree Contractors or Consultants?

Here’s a quick checklist! You should be able to provide:

Proof of experience and qualifications including AQF Level III for Registered Tree Contractors or AQF Level V for Registered Arboricultural Consultants

Proof of Insurances

  • Proof of experience and qualifications including AQF Level III for Registered Tree Contractors or AQF Level V for Registered Arboricultural Consultants
  • Proof of Insurances
  • Assurance and proof that you know how to prune correctly and have a thorough working knowledge of Australian Standards 4373:2007-Pruning of amenity trees and 4970:2009 – Protection of trees on development sites
  • Assurance and proof of work practice. That you, as a qualified Arborist know when to use climbing spikes – definitely not on your client’s prized feature garden tree!
  • Assurance and proof that as a qualified Arborist your kit contains PPE (personal safety gear including steel capped boots) and that
  • Assurance and proof that your machinery in good repair – your career and life depends on nothing less!

How to Start

If you are wondering where to find insurance cover for your gear and the work you will be undertaking look no further than your local association QAA. QAA and its valued Sponsors can help you attain your AQF qualifications and purchase all the

arboricultural gear you will need! It’s easy and it all begins with a call to the Office on (07) 3821 1488, an email to http://[email protected] or enquiry through either our Webpage or message through Facebook Messenger.

In short, if you display the QAA’s Logo you are driving the significant benefit of its advertisement. Members of the public expect that your Membership and insurances are up-to-date, your crews are skilled and experienced and that you are able to give the assurance (to your clients) that you are able to carry out the work that you have promised. Using this logo is a privilege not a right and it has a proven track record of qualifying your services or that of your company when competing for work.

Your questions are always welcome. Safety through education and training is central to everything QAA does for its Members! As always, stay safe, stay trained and stay up-to-date!

The QAA Executive 2019

April 22, 2019 / by / in
Self-Managed Super Fund

Are you and your Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) protected from the latest changes?

Running your business and setting up a Self-Managed Super Fund can be a great way to plan ahead for your retirement or to protect your current assets from any penalties.

Recently, the Government introduced Section 166 into the SIS Act 1993 (rules of SMSF). This was to give the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) more IMMEDIATE power to penalise trustees of SMSF’s if their fund was found to have breached under this Section of the (SIS Act 1993).

Currently the ATO have recognised17 common breaches that have a penalty attached.

As you may be aware, SMSF regulations are very complex and change all the time and if the ATO find you (trustee of the fund) have breached these regulations, they can now simply impose a penalty of up to $12,600 per breach (called a Trustee Administrative Penalty) per trustee paid DIRECTLY out of your pocket! (It CANNOT be paid out or your SMSF).

In a recent presentation from Dana Fleming, Assistant Commissioner ATO, Ms Fleming stated: “…. trustees are ultimately responsible and liable for the maintenance of their SMSF and cannot shift the blame to their professional advisers for contraventions.” “…. trustees may face significant penalties if they don’t comply with the regulatory obligations and requirements that come with running an SMSF. If you don’t run your SMSF properly, we may impose a penalty.”

The ATO wants SMSF Trustees to be more compliance conscious, and to enforce this, it is expected that the ATO will further significantly increase its audit activity on SMSFs over the coming years.

The ATO has issued over $3.3 million in trustee penalties already! Don’t let it be you! We have a solution that can assist in this area! Every day matters. Contact our office today.

Fitzpatrick & Co has specialised in the horticulture and arboriculture industry for more than 30 years providing assistance and financial support to companies, associations and events. We are there when your industry needs you.

For questions about your current policies, or how we can tailor an insurance package for you please contact Mick Le Grand at Fitzpatrick & Co. on (03) 8544 1600 or email http://[email protected]

April 19, 2019 / by / in
Bandit Industries Has Sold!

When we found out that Bandit Industries had been sold – well that got our attention.

Everyone in the tree game knows Bandit Industries from mid- Michigan USA, and at a guess most of you would have used one of their machines at some point over the years.

Bandit’s equipment has been in Australia for more than 30 years, and today and every day there are over 2,000 Bandit chippers and grinders in the hands of hard working tree crews around our wide brown land. Recently we found out that Bandit Industries had been sold – here is the whole story.

The big news is that the Bandit owners did not sell the business to one of the large multi-national companies that were keen to buy. In mid-2018, now former owners, Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey announced their intention to sell the company to their employees. On November 1, 2018, Bandit Industries finalised its transition to become a 100 percent ESOP company (employee stock ownership plan). This is a very positive move that is being celebrated by Bandit employees, dealers and customers all around the world. It ensures the corporate culture that has made Bandit a great success for more than 35 years will remain intact.

The ownership transition won’t impact the day-to-day management of the company as the management team that has been guiding Bandit for the last several years will remain in place under the ESOP. For us folks, on the other side of the pond, this is a great outcome. Bandit’s Australian dealers have been established here for decades and have excellent, long-term relationships with local Bandit owners and operators. This will stay the same; Bandit will still be Bandit.

“We’re all excited to begin this new era in Bandit’s history,” said Felipe Tamayo, Bandit’s General Manager and International Sales Manager. “We will continue to hire additional staff, grow and expand, and gain market share. We’re currently putting the finishing touches on two large building expansions that will increase the capacity and efficiency of our parts departments and our final assembly teams.”

Jamie Morey, Bandit Parts and Service Manager, and granddaughter of Mike and Dianne, says the future is bright for Bandit. “As Bandit moves into the future as an ESOP company, myself and the rest of the management team are excited to keep pioneering and moving forward with the legacy that was left to us all,” she said. “As both a granddaughter and management board member, I couldn’t be more proud of what Mike, Di and Jerry have chosen to do. It’s been a real honor to watch Bandit transform into the amazing company that it is today.”

Former owner, Jerry Morey, said the future of Bandit now belongs to its employees “This is a great opportunity for all of our employees. They’ll all have a share in the business, with a lot of incentive to continue to add to what we’ve already built,” he said. “Bandit’s employees will continue to make this company even stronger, of that I have no doubt.”


For more information on Bandit in Australia, please visit

April 17, 2019 / by / in
Adding Movement

Inspired by the best athletic wear, protective clothing by Husqvarna comes with built-in agility and a host of features to enhance comfort and performance – all without ever compromising safety.

To get to your workplace, you often have to tackle any number of obstacles where you may climb, jump, stretch and twist – that’s where your protective wear needs to provide you with more than just safety. It needs to follow your every move and be as light as possible, adjust to the cold, the heat and your own body temperature. And it needs to be comfortable, whatever you’re doing – and wherever you’re going.

The materials used in Husqvarna protective clothes have either been developed by them, or handpicked and put through numerous tests in their lab and in the forest to make sure they make the cut.

Husqvarna Technical Extreme is their ultimate range of protective clothing where style, fit and performance is taken to the extreme. It’s built for people who need lightweight comfort, breathability and protection in extreme conditions. With pre-bent knees and sleeves, slim fit, durable stretch fabrics, protection and smart, task-specific design, it’s designed to enable total performance all day. Every day. The range includes jacket and trousers.

Technical Extreme Jacket

Modern design with slim fit and advanced stretch material for excellent comfort. Strong reinforcement material is used on critical areas, including the unique pre-bent arms, to provide added protection. Two-way ventilation zippers under the arms. Reflective fabric on the arms, reflective band.

Technical Extreme Trousers

Trousers with the same slim fit, stretch, and reinforced material as the jacket, plus chainsaw protection. Unique pre-bent knees and ventilation zippers at the backs of the legs. Velcro adjustments around the waist ensures a perfect fit for both men and women.

Key Features for Technical Extreme Adjust for perfect fit.

The clothes come with hook and loop wrist and ankle strap as well as elastic drawstrings at the waist and at the lower bottom of the jacket, allowing you to adjust your gear for perfect fit.

Keep Your Trousers in Place.

Attach the boot hook on the inside of the cuff to your laces, to keep them tightly secured.

Braces Included.

The trousers come with quality braces, so they stay safely and comfortably in place all day.

Well Ventilated.

Openings at the yoke and the lower back make for good ventilation. Zippers in the armpits and at the back of the legs let you adjust the airflow to your liking.

Easy-Access Pockets.

The jacket has two pockets on the chest, one on the sleeve, and a dedicated first-aid pocket. The trousers feature two front pockets, two back pockets, a leg pocket and a double ruler pocket.

Pockets for Your Mobile Phone.

The chest pockets have a padded lining for your mobile phone, keeping it well protected and within easy reach at all times.

For more information, go online to instore at your local authorised Husqvarna Dealer.

April 15, 2019 / by / in
DMM Bat Plates

Developed with input from professionals in the rescue industry DMM’S range of Bat Rigging Plates raise the bar in design, performance and strength.

Precision machining and heat treatment make them super-strong, light and incredibly versatile. The ‘Bat’ shape minimises height loss in complex rigging scenarios and generous radii allow direct attachment of textiles and rope as well as connectors.

  • Four sizes for all rigging configurations
  • Anodised to BS EN 7599:2010 AA10 Sealed for corrosion protection
  • Conforms to NFPA 1983 (2012 Ed) Class G

For more information, please visit specialist-rigging/bat-plates

April 12, 2019 / by / in
Expanding Horizons

Today technology and mechanisation play a key role in extending the operational capabilities of small and large businesses while keeping skilled employees safer than ever.

In any industry it can be difficult to find enough reliable, skilled workers. This is especially challenging for tree care companies due to the highly specialised nature, and also perceived risks, of their typical working tasks.

In recent years increased mechanised assistance is becoming apparent in tree take-downs and trimming across Europe and North America, as well as projects including vegetation control along waterways and roads, to help offset this workforce shortage and ease pressures on business owners.

This shift in equipment utilisation may eventually be likened to that seen in large scale timber harvesting operations here in Australia, which until not so long ago were dominated by hand-falling crews working on the ground with chainsaws. During these times near-miss incidents, injuries and deaths were unfortunately frequent.

Over the last few decades Australian attachment supplier Forest Centre has seen this advance of mechanisation in forestry – a change which has taken skilled operators off the ground and into the safety of a machine cabin where they are able to control felling, cross-cutting and processing functions at the touch of a joystick button – and are these days receiving increasing enquiries for this level of technology for use outside of the forest.

“Our attachment range has expanded to cover 5 ton compact machines right up to 30+ ton excavators, as well as other carriers including truck mounted cranes and telehandlers” explains Forest Centre Sales manager Rey Kell, referring to a product stable of all-European brands in hydraulic grapples, rotators, tree shears and grapple saws.

“Rather than replacing skilled hand-fallers or climbers, mechanised processes using purpose-built grapple saws and tree shears can serve as a means to extend the operational capabilities of a tree care business” Rey adds “this can allow more work to be performed safely, with smaller crews, reduced operator fatigue and in less time.”

Challenging projects involving the removal of diseased or poisoned trees and storm blow-down timber for example can be approached with significantly less risk exposure for the operator.

GMT Equipment

Manufactured in the Netherlands by Gierkink Machine Techniek, GMT compact felling grapples are available in two different sizes with 35cm and 50cm cut capacity, presenting capabilities for loading, cross-cutting and falling on any machine from 5 ton class upwards that can run a regular rotating hydraulic log grapple.

Designed with a tilting upper frame and hydraulic chainsaw, the GMT grapples are essentially a scaled-down forestry directional felling head. A dangle mount rotator and swing yoke allow directional control when bringing down the cut piece whilst also reducing any torsional forces on the boom of a truck crane or smaller excavator.

A patented hydraulic valve block built into the grapple allows all controls; jaws open/close, rotate, tilt up and saw cut to be controlled by only four buttons; two valve functions and either 40 litres or 60 litres per minute minimum hydraulic flow. Unlike other compact grapple saws no electrical control modifications, wiring, remote controls or batteries are required. The hydraulic sequence valve also has a unique safety aspect in that the saw will not operate until there is a firm grip on the limb or trunk section you’re wanting to cut. The saw function can also be turned off for extended use as a loading grapple.

Larger Carriers

For more demanding tasks in cross-cutting and tree removal Forest Centre also offers both dangle and fixed mount grapple saw combinations manufactured by Vosch Equipment and Hultdins Sweden to suit larger machines.

Carriers from 10ton class excavators and upwards offer greater stability and hydraulic horsepower, opening up the possibilities for driving larger displacement saw motors with larger pitch saw chains, single cut capacities beyond 500mm and the ability to have a higher degree of directional control when withdrawing large and heavy cut pieces from the working area using positioned type rotators.

TMK Tree Shears

In some working environments such as cutting close to ground level, tree shears may be preferred due to their simple yet very durable cutting systems.

Introduced to the Australian market in April 2018 by Forest Centre, Finnish-built TMK Tree Shears are designed with a single powerful moving jaw that draws the tree across a fixed cutting blade integrated into the lower frame of the shear.

Three different models are available, with softwood cut capacities of 200mm, 300mm and 400mm (slightly less for

hardwoods on the two larger models), which can be fitted on machines from 2 ton up to 20+ ton.

Optional equipment includes a two-stage ‘Turbo’ cylinder allowing fast cycle times without sacrificing power on machines with lower hydraulic pressures, as well as a collector arm for multi-stem accumulating.

For more information on the range of tree handling and cutting attachments options contact Forest Centre on (02) 6947 2833 or online at

April 10, 2019 / by / in
New Hansa Headquarters

Hansa – enabling sustainable business for generations to come.

Hansa, specialists in the design and manufacture of high-quality wood and brush chippers, announces the completion of their new headquarters, built to enable sustainable growth and fulfil growing demand in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Opened by three generations of the Vogel family, the new 3000m² headquarters in Hamilton, New Zealand, stands for one of Hansa’s biggest beliefs – providing a sustainable business for generations to come.

Founded by Manfred Vogel, the next generation running the show is now led by son Martin, who inherited his father’s ingenuity and has expanded the company to how it stands today, providing machines that help you work more efficiently and safely than ever before.

Martin Vogel commented, “Our team really pulled together to shift our production across to the new building, and we managed to celebrate the first machine coming off the line – a C21 chipper – just in time before our Christmas close for 2018. Coincidently the last machine produced in the previous production was also a C21, so it’s been very inspiring to see it come around in a full circle. We will be moving our offices across in early 2019 and holding an official opening shortly after.”

As well as a new sustainable headquarters, Hansa’s chippers are built to be as efficient as possible by using less fuel with top quality motors finished with a non-toxic powder-coated surface. Hansa and their customers are also big believers of giving back to the land.

“Most of our customers are people who put great care into their landscapes and often re-use their woodchip to enrich the environment. We want to continue to produce the best chippers to support their work, and that’s why we must also be sustainable in the way we grow as a business,” says Martin.

“We have great lifetime relationships with our customers and suppliers, some have been supporting us for more than 25 years, and we in turn work closely with them to ensure our products get better and better.”

Based in Brisbane, Hansa has been in operation from March 2018, supplying Hansa’s commercial chippers and is the sole supplier of Predator stump grinders to leading arborists and landscapers around the country.

Australia’s National Operations Manager, John Lyon, is impressed with the support and feedback from the professionals in the business.

“The past nine months have been a great success entering Hansa’s commercial range into Australia and arborists have been impressed with the accessibility and efficiency of the machines we have to offer as well as customer service being the forefront of the company.”

Learning from its strengths, the Hansa team know customers enjoy being able to deal with manufacturers directly. Listening to its customers is a core part to how its in-house engineering team innovates.

John continues, “The Hansa C27HS chipper and ST-661 stump grinders have been real winners in the market with arborists and hire centers in Australia realising the potential of the machine, I look forward to what 2019 brings for the company.”

The Hansa C27HS is a highly accessible sub 750kg 6” chipper with a compact design. Featuring a Honda GX690 motor, this is one roller-fed chipper that is both versatile and easy to control, while its powerful performance appeals to both serious orchardists and arboriculture contractors alike.

The predator ST-661 is a versatile handheld stump grinder attachment for the Stihl ST-661 chainsaw. With the base unit at under 25kg dry weight, is one all-access grinder that will fit any vehicle and go anywhere.

With a strong reputation built over the last 35 years, Hansa’s goal is to continue building upon their quality products and service that their current customers love and rely on.

Call John Lyon on 1800 426 722

Contact at [email protected]

For more information visit

April 8, 2019 / by / in
Don’t Put Your Life On The Line

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is reminding all arborists of the need to take extra care when working in the vicinity of powerlines.

ESV’s Line Clearance Assurance Manager, Gary Wright, said trees and branches can conduct electricity and cause electric shock or death if they contact powerlines. This can happen whether you are working from a bucket of an elevated work platform, from the ground or in a tree.

“It is crucial for all arborists and vegetation workers to always maintain control of vegetation when cutting near powerlines and to know where the arc of a branch will fall,” he said. “You need to take special care when working near overhead powerlines because a simple mistake or a shortcut can be fatal.”

ESV has been running a safety campaign for arborists since 2014 when a young vegetation worker died when a branch he was cutting fell into high-voltage powerlines.

The Don’t Put Your Life On The Line campaign is designed to raise awareness about the additional dangers faced by arborists and vegetation workers when working close to powerlines.

“In addition to knowing the No Go Zone guidelines and other worker clearance requirements, this incident highlighted the need for vegetation workers to take extra precautions and carefully assess each situation to anticipate all possible safety risks,” Mr Wright said.

There are a few simple steps you can take to help keep you safe.

  1. Know the No Go Zone

If you are using large vehicles, plant or equipment to clear trees the first step is to know the No Go Zone framework. The minimum clearance guidelines are shown on these pages.

In addition to this there are three different requirements that vegetation workers may need to comply with. These depend on whether you are working for or contracted to a private company or person, a council, or a Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI) company.

It is important to know what skills and training you require to perform certain tasks. This will vary depending on who you are working for and the type of electric lines you are working near.

  1. Before You Start Work

In addition to the No Go Zone and other clearance and training requirements, it’s important to anticipate all risks and think outside the square. If you’re working in a tree near powerlines and particularly if you’re holding a long branch you are potentially in a very dangerous situation.

ESV recommends those working for a private company or person should always maintain the 3m No Go Zone clearance from powerlines when climbing trees to remain safe. At a minimum, private contractors must comply with the requirements contained in Regulation 318 of Victoria’s Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009.

Other things to consider when working on trees near powerlines include:

Always check that the foliage is far enough away from powerlines for safe work to commence

Always maintain control of vegetation when cutting near powerlines, know where the arc of a branch will fall or cut in small sections to maintain a safe clearance Ensure that all workers are properly trained and qualified for the job you are doing

Only cut branches or sections of branches that are of a size that can be safely managed

  1. Only Proceed If It’s Safe

If there is any concern regarding safety when clearing trees in the vicinity of powerlines, don’t proceed. Discuss job safety with the local electricity distributor before starting work. You are required to notify them when working near their powerlines. Always remember that you have the right to refuse work if the job is unsafe.

  1. Do the job properly

All workers on a site should constantly monitor the location of machinery and equipment that could come into contact with powerlines, including EWPs, ladders, ropes, polesaws and power pruners. They should also continuously watch movements of climbers aloft in trees to warn them if they are getting too close to powerlines.

Every worker should know the No Go Zone guidelines for working near powerlines and also:

  • Shall be suitably trained, qualified, authorised and experienced
  • Always complete a hazard analysis before starting work
  • Discuss identified hazards within your workgroup so everyone is aware
  • Never cut corners or start a job unless it is safe to proceed
  • Repeatedly check the location of powerlines while work is underway as their position can change significantly due to wind and temperature.

Warn Other Workers

Tradespeople, vegetation workers and arborists who are working near powerlines and electrical infrastructure need to be extremely careful that they or the equipment they are using doesn’t touch live wires. Anyone entering the work site needs to be aware of these risks. Actions should be taken to ensure that people who don’t understand these hazards, or are not appropriately trained and authorised, are kept well away.

Guidelines For Minimum Clearances For Vegetation Workers

These guidelines provide vegetation workers with guidance on the safe working distance from overhead electrical assets. There are three different requirements that vegetation workers may need to comply with depending upon who they are working for, or engaged by, and their qualifications and training.

Private Work

ESV recommends private tree contractors maintain the No Go Zone 3m exclusion zone. However, at a minimum, private contractors must comply with the requirements contained in Regulation 318 of Victoria’s Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009. The latest version of the No Go Zone rules can be found online at

Council Work

Vegetation management work in the vicinity of, or near live overhead powerlines performed by persons on behalf of a council that has electric line clearance responsibilities defined by the Electricity Safety Act 1998 is to be undertaken in compliance with:

  • the Code of Practice on electrical safety for work on or near high voltage electrical apparatus; the Blue Book, and
  • ESV Electrical Safety Rules for Vegetation Management Work Near Overhead Powerlines by Non-Electrical Workers.

Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI) Work

Vegetation management work in the vicinity of or near live overhead powerlines by persons working for an electricity asset owner is to be undertaken in compliance with the VESI Vegetation Management Guideline. Information on the training requirements for persons working for, or under the control of an electricity asset owner is also contained within the guideline that can be found online at

If you are ever unsure about what the requirements are remembered you can always call and ask the relevant distribution business for advice.

The contact details for the Victoria electricity distribution businesses are:

  • AusNet Services 1300 360 795
  • CitiPower 13 12 80
  • Jemena 13 16 26
  • Powercor 13 12 80
  • United Energy 13 20 99

If the tree you plan to do work on services a train or tram network you will need to contact Metro Trains on (03) 9610 3392 or Yarra Trams on (03) 9610 2400.

You can download a copy of ESV’s Don’t put your life on the line brochure on the website

April 5, 2019 / by / in
Gomtaro Root Cutting Saw

Want to be amazed? Try Silky’s Root Cutting Saw.

What Is It Designed To Do?

The name itself says it all – root cutting saw. But that’s not all. This particular saw is toughened to cut tree roots and resist blunting from dirt and debris.

If you are planting, installing a Root Barrier, or just pruning dirting timber, this is the saw for you. It’s so unique and has so many uses:

  • Landscaping
  • Lawn service
  • Handyman
  • Arborist
  • Tree lopper
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Builders
  • Olive Groves
  • Construction
  • Fencing Contractors

Commercial Growers

Commercial Growers will find this saw effective when cutting at the base of the tree to clear suckers or new growth away. Inevitably, the saw goes into the soil with each stroke. If you’re using a standard saw you’re going to blunt it really quickly.

Fencing Contractors

Fencing Contractors find this tool extremely useful for removing old fence posts. Normally you’ve got to dig them out or use chainsaws, but we all no that there’s going to be a lot of filing to do if you use that. The Gomtaro Root Cutter can solve all these problems. It’s brilliant and fast.

Gomtaro Root Cutter

Gomtaro Root Cutter has been designed to be an exceptionally easy saw to use. With the unique Mirai-Me style tooth, this saw gives a very clean and smooth cut. The tooth style doesn’t leave aggressive marks on the tree or its roots.

If you are cutting roots to transplant a tree this is your must have tool. Why? Not only it is not going to go blunt quickly, but it’s also going to give a nice finished surface, so that the roots have the very best chance of healing quickly. As usual, Silky is a worthy addition to your kit.

Call ATC Products on (07) 3823 1599

Mail: [email protected]

For more information visit

April 3, 2019 / by / in
Get The Edge

A local business on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has been busily tackling jobs from Frankston to Portsea, offering a range of services that has given it a competitive edge.

Choosing machines that have the potential to multiply revenue streams, get into tight, low access areas, and increase capabilities are essential for a business with only a small fleet. With the combination of a Vermeer mini skid steer loader and a wood chipper, Clear Line Tree Solutions is taking full advantage of everything these machines have to offer.

For seven and a half years, Graham Stewart, Owner of Clear Line Tree Solutions, has been providing tree trimming and removal services in the Morning Peninsula area. Graham’s first experience with a Vermeer mini skid steer loader was when he purchased a second-hand S800TX for his own jobs around the house.

“I first bought the second-hand S800TX mini loader predominantly for around home. I never intended to take it to work because I had a winch on the work machine that did most of the heavy lifting. But then on a couple of occasions, I took it to work and found out how wrong I was,” Graham said.

“The productivity I achieved was fantastic. Especially at the end of the day when you’re moving firewood to the back of the truck or clearing the site for the customer. It does all the heavy lifting for you.”

Investing in Productivity

With the success of the S800TX, and after witnessing the increase in productivity the compact mini loader brought to his business, Graham made the choice to upgrade and invest in a new S925TX for more lifting capacity.

“It gives me the capability to do jobs on a larger scale than I’ve previously been capable of. My business is just me and another worker, so having the mini skid steer loader is like employing another two men to do the heavy lifting for you. It turns up every day and never has a sore back.”

The S925TX is a compact machine that has a tipping capacity of 1198.8kg and rated operating capacity of 419.6kg while reaching a maximum hinge pin height of 214.6cm. This makes it a force to be reckoned with for any size job.

The standard dual hydraulic auxiliary system with the high flow can power the most demanding attachments, from the trencher to the grapple or cement mixer.

The portability, affordability, and diverse range of available accessories and attachments are one of the keys benefits of the Vermeer mini loaders.

Expanding To Multiple Revenue Streams

The various attachments that can be used with Vermeer’s mini skid steer loader range have given Graham the opportunity to expand his business services from existing avenues and opened up new revenue streams.

“I’ve started using the mini loader for contracted work and building up business with different mini loader services. You can get a range of different attachments, which is allowing me to work with electricians and builders doing things like trenching and moving soil,”

Graham said. Graham uses his mini skid steer loader in conjunction with his Vermeer wood chipper, allowing him to take on jobs with limited access.

“The mini steer loader fits on the back of the truck, with the chipper towed behind; I can take it to jobs and unload it down the ramp. There’s plenty of spots down in the peninsula that you can’t get the truck and chipper down to. I can take the mini skid steer out and collect the materials, and bring them back to the chipper.  That’s a massive bonus down here,” Graham said.

“It’s given me an edge on how I can run my business and the services I can provide. There’s no doubt I will continue to work with Vermeer in the future.”

Call 1300 VERMEER

For more information visit 

April 1, 2019 / by / in