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Oregon® In Australia

Earlier last year, Briggs & Stratton Australia announced they would be the exclusive distributor for Oregon® branded products in Australia.

Briggs & Stratton has a comprehensive network of well over 500 dealers servicing all areas of Australia.

Oregon products are available for order by dealers from Briggs & Stratton Australia.

End users can continue to purchase products without interruption.

“We are very excited about our new relationship and believe the Oregon brand complements our current portfolio perfectly – as we continue to deliver a complete commercial and professional range,” says Dean Harriott, Managing Director, Briggs & Stratton Australia.

Based in Portland, USA, the Oregon brand makes professional-grade replacement parts and whole goods for the forestry and lawn and garden industries.

The new PowerCutTM 70-Series EXL The new PowerCutTM 70-Series EXL is designed to power through timber with speed, efficiency and precision. Patented cutter technology maximises every cut, giving experienced chainsaw users a sharper, more durable cutting edge.

The low-vibration, full chisel cutter chain is engineered to utilise the power of today’s professional saws, ultimately reducing the force applied by the operator.

The PowerCutTM 70-Series EXL features LubriTecTM technology to keep saw chains and guide bars oiled, for less friction and longer life, whilst the Gold Loop Start Indicator makes sharpening easier with start-stop identification.

“We are excited about expanding our relationship with Briggs & Stratton Australia,” said David Gillrie, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing, and engineering for Blount International. “We are confident that Briggs & Stratton’s experience, brand portfolio, and progressive go-to-market strategies, combined with its vast dealer network will enable dealers, and ultimately end users, greater access to our world class forestry and lawn & garden products.”

Call Briggs & Stratton on 1800 356 632 or visit an authorised Briggs & Stratton dealer for more information.

August 19, 2019 / by / in ,
Don’t Get Caught

When was the last time you caught your hand or finger on a Silky Saw blade while cutting a branch?

Trust me, I’ve seen a few gnarly photos, it happens too often. Why does this happen?

Many people think bigger is better and for somethings that is true! But when you are talking saw teeth, this is not the case. If you are cutting a small or thin branch and try to use a saw that has big teeth you may end up with an injury.

Poor Adam found out the hard way that using a large tooth saw for small branches can result in the saw catching on the branch… and eventually your thumb.

When was the last time this happened to you? Do you want to know how to stop your saw from slicing through skin? A fine tooth saw can be the helping hand you need. Why? Fine tooth saws are designed for small branches and cutting dry / hard branches, bamboo, carpentry / woodworking, bonsai… even bone! Fine tooth saws are available in different blade lengths, and come in both a folding saw and hand saw.

If you’re an arborist or an avid gardener and spend all day pruning, or if you have small branches at home, it is necessary to have the right tools for that particular job.

So having a fine tooth saw attached to your belt or harness or in close proximity to slice through thin or dead branches will make the task seem effortless.

Call Arborlab Tree Care and chat with Jannita on (07) 3823 1599

For more information http://www.arborlab.com.au

August 16, 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.

For more information contact ATC Products on (07) 3823 1599 or [email protected] or check out their website at www.arborlab.com.au

August 14, 2019 / by / in , ,
WHS Laws

Independent review finds model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws are operating as intended.

Safe Work Australia has announced that the review of the model WHS laws is complete and the report is currently available on the Safe Work Australia website.

“I commend the review report to WHS ministers for their consideration. On behalf of Safe Work Australia, I extend my thanks to Marie Boland for undertaking this important work and engaging widely with the community to understand how the model WHS laws are working in practice,” said Safe Work Australia Chair Ms Diane Smith-Gander.

“Safe Work Australia is committed to ensuring the model WHS laws are as effective as possible to keep Australian workers healthy and safe and will continue to conduct regular reviews,” said Ms Smith-Gander.

The report includes 34 recommendations to enhance the WHS framework. Key recommendations relate to the model WHS Regulations and Codes of Practice, including making regulations on psychological health, higher penalties and other measures to strengthen the compliance and enforcement framework and enhance deterrence, and clarifying requirements for meaningful WHS consultation, representation and participation to improve safety outcomes.

The review report is with WHS ministers for consideration at http://www. safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/review-model-whs-laws-final-report

More information can be found at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/law-and-regulation/model-whs-laws/review-model-whs-laws

August 12, 2019 / by / in , ,
Bobcat® T870 Big Jobs

For those always out for the biggest and the best, the massive Bobcat® T870 track loader has been given an overhaul to make it even smoother, more powerful and more comfortable.

As the highest-lifting loader on the market, the T870 can handle heavier loads than ever before, giving you access to bigger jobs and increased productivity with every lift cycle.

The Bobcat T870 offers unmatched power to help push through the toughest jobs. Industry-leading breakout force, rated operating capacity, faster cycle times and quicker turns make it a powerful and productive machine to be reckoned with.

Torsion suspension undercarriage Experience elevated levels of comfort with the new, industry-leading, five-link torsion suspension undercarriage. As the industry’s most advanced system, it reduces noise and vibration for a difference that can be felt throughout the entire machine. That means staying in the cab longer and getting more work done. And with unprecedented levels of durability, reduced maintenance requirements, and faster track-clean out, operators will wonder how they ever got along without it.

Cab Design Enhances Comfort

When stepping inside the cab of a Bobcat loader, the attention given to operator comfort is visible. Premium features are included everywhere including cab pressurisation, sound dampening, ample headroom and legroom, and an adjustable suspension seat.

Time-tested, operator-friendly controls on the Bobcat loaders make it easier to work longer and perform precise work.

The engine speed control is conveniently located in front of the operator. Fingertip controls simplify the operation of soil conditioners, sweepers, tillers, buckets, grapples and other attachments.

Automatic ride control option Automatic ride control reduces material spillage, allowing travel at faster speeds across rough terrain. Thanks to its dampening effect, the option also increases operator comfort by offering a smoother ride.

Bobcat compact loader operators can turn the automatic ride control option on or off from inside the cab. The ride control function is automatically activated by detecting increased hydraulic lift arm pressure when the loader is carrying material. It will deactivate when hydraulic lift arm pressure is reduced – such as when there is no load in a bucket. In addition, operators have the ability to turn it off for tasks such as back dragging.

For more information on the Bobcat® T870 compact track loader or other Bobcat equipment contact Clark Equipment on 1300 736 848 or visit www.clarkequipment.com

August 9, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Arbor Camp 2019

The Victorian Tree Industry Organisation’s (VTIO) Arbor Camp 2019 returned to Pax Hill, Scout Camp, Ballarat where once again we were well hosted by Greg Weiner and the local scout groups.

Students from Melbourne Polytechnic, Holmesglen TAFE and Wadonga TAFE made use of the site for their practical classes on the Thursday prior to the start of Arbor Camp. We are really pleased tree schools from around Victoria are engaging with us and look forward to working closer with them to ensure we deliver a product that provides students not only a great educational experience, but does so in manner that introduces them to networking opportunities throughout the industry.

Friday morning started off with a presentation from WorkSafe Victoria. A recent fatality in the vegetation management sector has, unfortunately, once again brought into focus inherent dangers in our industry and Claire Franklin and Brendan Baker came along to talk through some safety issues our industry faces. We were also reminded of the Occupational Health and Safety Essentials Program, a free service where WorkSafe Victoria funds an independent consultant to assist with improving your safety processes.

Next up we were extremely lucky to host Mike Ellison, who had a small window between running Quantified Tree Risk Assessment workshops in Melbourne and Sydney. Mike led a walk through the lower sections of the camp, speaking to the many aspects of tree features that we should consider when assessing trees. The holistic nature of Mike’s approach asks us to consider the many benefits of the tree, rather than focusing on the unlikely worst case scenario. It isheartening to see that, as an industry, we are moving away from the hazard-led approach to tree assessment and moving into an assessment process that includes looking at the benefits of the tree when informing management practices.

Everybody’s favourite physiotherapist, David Hall, got us up and moving with a series of thought provoking statements that asked us to assess our mental health and ways we can improve our mental wellbeing. We heard from the group that, especially when working in a team environment, constantly touching base with each other and maintaining a dialogue does much to lift the spirits of the individual worker. Many said that when they worked with an engaged crew they believed they worked in a more productive and safer work place.

Grant Harris from Ironbark Environmental Arboriculture talked through the science that supports the creation of urban habitat hollows. Grant showed us the standard nest box and a reclaimed hollow and discussed the differences between the two. As our industry increases the use of habitat hollows, so too does our understanding of the effectiveness of the different methods. Urban habitat creation is a really exciting development in our industry and, I can assure you, VTIO will be looking at providing professional development on this in an ongoing capacity.

Maja Blasch made a much appreciated journey down from Canberra to experience the comradery of Arbor Camp and demonstrate some of the latest tree work devices and then supervised a few climbers interested in trying them out. Maja detailed the benefits and negatives of each piece of equipment in a really engaging manner that was well appreciated by the audience. A special thanks to Cannings/ATRAES for the loan of the equipment and Alana Murray for the on-ground assistance.

Saturday morning started off with Bambra Park ‘Agroforester’ Rowan Reid talking through the experience of growing timber products in Victoria’s South-West. Rowan has been growing trees for around 40 years and has developed a market for his wood products from ice-cream stick to guitar fretboards, he even grows shitake mushrooms of off-cuts from Oak trees. The breath of his operation is as remarkable as his knowledge of tree establishment. Anyone interested in learning more about Rowan’s projects should consider attending a tour of his farm or reading his recently released book ‘Heartwood’, both can be found at www.agroforestry.net.au

Anne Gleeson is VTIO’s go-to person when it is grammar with which it is an issue we are having. Anne runs GAPS Professional Writing Group and talked us through the basics of setting out a coherent argument when drafting our reports. Anne’s thoughtful approach to clear and precise language, and a ‘less is more’ approach, is well appreciated. We’ll be seeing more of Anne over the next few years.

The Speciality Trees’ Formative Pruning Challenge, as always, proved to be popular with the crowd, with more participants than secateurs. Hamish Mitchell once again put in a huge effort to travel the trees used to and from his farm in Narre Warren. Hamish scoped the project by demonstrating the end result he was after; which was heavily influenced by Ed Gillman’s teachings. Rowan Reid helped judge and talked about how the process for formative pruning trees for agroforestry was completely different to that used for amenity tees. This was a really enjoyable competition for all involved and selecting the winners is always difficult.

Paul Ryle finished of the official program with a demonstration of old fashioned woodworking techniques. Paul transported us back to the days of bodgers, benchman and framers. Paul made some spoons for the presenters last year and this year he showed us the process for making wooden spoons. I’m amazed he has all his fingers, but as he explained, if you follow the right process, then the work is really safe. Which takes us back to the theme from WorkSafe, following safe work practices is the best thing we can do to make sure we get home each night.

Hope to see you at next year’s Arbor Camp – more details soon.

For more info visit http://vtio.org.au

August 7, 2019 / by / in , ,
New 550XP® MARK II

Husqvarna unveils the company’s next generation of 50cc chainsaws for professional arborists with the Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II.

The chainsaw has been redesigned from scratch, resulting in a new level of cutting capacity, manoeuvrability and endurance, making it ideal for felling, limbing, removals or cross cutting of small and mid-sized trees.

A new way to the perfect cut, for a new chainsaw generation.

Coming 60 years after the launch of their very first saw, the new Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II is a chainsaw improved in every way. It has been developed to deliver outstanding cutting capacity for handling small and mid-sized trees.

The Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II will provide you with new, unparalleled levels of cutting capacity, the very best in this size. The optimised combination of high-power output and high chain speed is further enhanced by the use of the SP33G X-CUT™ chain and the durable X-FORCETM bar. Put simply, it allows you to cut more in less time.

The 550XP® Mark II has been engineered for maximised durability and reliability, no matter the conditions. Extra attention has been given to the cooling of the engine through optimised airflow. The carburettor is protected by an extra-strong heat shield, helping the overall cooling capacity as well as enabling easier starts during hot conditions or intense operation.

True to Husqvarna chainsaw heritage, the new Husqvarna 550XP® Mark II has a user-centric design, the well-balanced saw body with low gyroscopic forces provides excellent manoeuvrability and handling that enables a user to work longer without tiring. Different tasks require different tools; and different cutting jobs require different amounts of power, acceleration and flexibility. The 550 XP® Mark II, will provide ample power and a cutting capacity that will satisfy demanding forestry workers and arborists alike.

550XP® Mark II features:

  • Low Vib®
  • Air Injection®
  • X-Torq®
  • AutoTuneTM
  • Cylinder displacement 50.1cm³
  • Power output 3.0kW
  • 16” Bar
  • Chain speed at 133 per cent of maximum engine power speed 26,1m/s
  • Weight 5.3kg (excluding cutting equipment)

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com

August 5, 2019 / by / in , ,
New Avant 800 Series

Avant debuts new compact 800 series loader.

The completely new Avant 800 series is the largest and most powerful loader series to date from Finnish manufacturer Avant Tecno. It pushes the limits of compact loader’s performance with a huge 1,900 kg lift capacity and 3.5 m lift height. Its dimensions – 1.5 m wide, 3.4 m long, 2.2 m high and weight starting from 2,500 kg – and articulated design make the Avant 800 series a very versatile and powerful compact loader.

A hydrostatic transmission with a hydraulic drive motor on each wheel, combined with two drive speed areas is a familiar feature of Avant compact loaders. The maximum drive speed of the Avant 800 series is 30 km/h and auxiliary hydraulics oil flow for attachments is as high as 80 l/min.

The telescopic loader boom is standard feature on the Avant 800 series. The boom extends and retracts 825 mm hydraulically with a maximum lift height of 3.5 m to the hinge pin. This enables loading on trucks with high sides and unloading from high levels. The hydraulic self levelling system automatically keeps the load level when lifting and lowering the boom.

The Avant 800 series is equipped with a quick attach system – other systems like Euro 3 will be available as an option. The hydraulic attachment hoses are coupled with a multi connector, that allows easy connection, in all conditions, with a single hand movement.

The Avant 800 series has a certified ROPS/FOPS open cab as standard; an enclosed DLX heated cab is available as an option. This DLX cab mounts on the chassis of the compact loader with anti-vibration mounts, which guarantees excellent noise and vibration isolation. Efficient heating, ventilation and large windows further improve user comfort. The DLX cab can also be air conditioned.

The comprehensive Avant attachment range – over 200 attachments – is also available for Avant 800 series. This makes the Avant 800 series a very versatile and useful compact loader that is ideal for arboriculture, landscaping, construction, property maintenance, agriculture and materials handling.

It is anticipated that the Avant 800 series will be introduced into Australia in late 2019.

For information about the Avant range of compact loaders and attachments visit www.avantequipment.com or call 1800 686 411.

August 3, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Safety Culture

Safety is not just about following regulations and check lists. On-point culture is key to a team fine-tuned and focused on what it wants to achieve. Nick Peardon of Treeincarnation tells us more.

More often that not, attempts to improve safety commonly consist of ‘safety’ meetings (largely their fundamental purpose isn’t to improve safety), gear checks, arial rescues and ensuring sufficient time is allocated towards jobs.

However, what has the biggest impact, and what also largely goes overlooked, is ensuring an on-point culture.

Culture, especially in larger organisations, is typically put aside or dumped in the ‘too hard’ basket due to the fact it’s difficult to report on, and because there is a general lack of awareness on how to effectively develop and nurture it.

Bottling culture and putting metrics on it so it can be reported on can be difficult, sure, instilling procedures to ensure the longevity of a culture can also be deterring as well.

However, choosing to remain ignorant to it because of its perceived complexity is a poor excuse in allowing it to fall by the wayside.

I’m a big advocate for having alignment within an organisation. Alignment in the sense of being on the same page, sharing similar values and uniting to work towards what the business intends to achieve.

This not only provokes a camaraderie within a team, but most importantly serves to ensure each team player has everyone else’s back.

Being the third most dangerous job in the country, in a lot of scenarios the nature of the work means a worker’s life is commonly in the hands of one of their colleagues.

All the safety meetings in the world wouldn’t prevent an accident from happening nearly as well as compared to an aligned team in an on-point culture.

A Word On Culture

Culture is not wishy-washy. Leaders who neglect it find a whole amass of greater problems they have to deal with and it is this misconception that is largely is foundational to the inefficiencies many businesses face today.

To avoid it would be to largely do the biggest disservice to all in the business and to all who come into contact with the business.

For a lot of organisations, the problem stems not from a lack of structures in place to best help promote great culture, but from their recruitment process.

It was the masterful Jim Collins who stated, in his proclaimed book Good To Great “get the right people on the bus, and the right people in the right seats”.

Our staff on boarding process at Treeincarnation ensures that only the right people get in. What determines a candidate to be ‘right’ largely comes down to identifying alignment in values.

For instance, if a candidate applies for a position and doesn’t recognise benefits in having an informal, fun, spontaneous and high-energy approach to how we go about doing business, then likely they aren’t going to resonate with our practice of having ‘prank days’ every week. Prank days stems from recognising the importance of having fun at work and everyone’s need to want to enjoy coming to work as well. It is one of the ways in which we maintain and amplify the camaraderie in the team.

While no one really lasts in the industry unless they enjoy it, no one is going to last in an organisation unless they get along with the people in it. Alignment is where it starts.

Understanding that culture is a constantly moving target. These weekly rituals that boost culture are key to ensuring each team member remains aligned for the purpose of high performance, staff fulfilment and safe work practices.

What similar procedure could you implement within the organisation in which you work?

For some it might be an in-house climbing competition, for others it would be singing kumbaya.

What ever it is for you, the point of it all is not to simply have an exercise that you do each week. That is against the point. It’s about alignment and it’s about congruence with what ritual fundamentally encompasses the culture at its’ core.

It may be difficult for you initially to think of something. If this is you, good. This means you’re on the right track. Wrestle with it and continue to unpack it until you think you are close to the answer. What this might also uncover is a lack of parameters in the recruitment process around determining who gets into your organisation in the first place.

If this is also you, have a think about the values your people on your bus most commonly share and recruit based on them.

When you have a culture of what I call ‘3am guys’ (a team who would remove a dead body for each other at 3 o’clock in the morning), the chances of having accidents or even close calls are significantly reduced.

Nick Peardon is a Business Growth Partner and is the Founder and Owner of Treeincarnation – Australia’s No. 1 Tree Removal Company that makes furniture out of the trees being cut down.

August 1, 2019 / by / in , ,
Teeth Types

What is the difference between these saws?

When it comes to finding the perfect Silky Saw it may feel overwhelming! But don’t worry there is a Silky Saw designed just for you and what you want to cut.

There is very little these boys can’t handle! Extra Large Teeth: these are to be used as an alternative to a small chainsaw. Sounds crazy, but trust me, you can cut a 30cm log with these babies.

Large Teeth: large branches and green sappy wood.

Medium Teeth: great general purpose, can cope with smaller branches and ok with larger ones too.

Fine: smaller pruning, carpentry, rope, plastic, PVC and DIY/hobby.

Confused, call Arborlab Tree Care Products, they love to help!

“Why can’t you use a fine tooth saw for medium to large general pruning?” You will feel the difference if you cut a live branch with a fine tooth saw. The sap will get stuck in the teeth. Result… time and frustration. The right tooth size gives:

speed and enjoyment.

“What about a large tooth saw for every pruning job?”

If only it was that easy but unfortunately not. Using a large tooth saw on a small branch will cause the saw to jump around on the branch and ultimately land on your hand. And trust me, they cut skin even better than wood. If you try to cut a small branch or fibrous material with a large tooth, they will feel like they are fighting with the material, not cutting it enjoyably.

Call Arborlab Tree Care and chat with Jannita on (07) 3823 1599.

For more information http://www.arborlab. com.au

July 31, 2019 / by / in , ,