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A new CTE Traccess 170 was taken through its paces this month and left our test driver as impressed as he was in his previous run on the 230 model.

A few months ago, I tested the CTE 230, the big brother of the CTE Traccess 170 with all the bells and whistles, and I was super impressed. These machines are operating within multiple businesses in the arbor and construction industries across Australia, and although I have not personally spoken with any of the individuals who own one of these machines, it is good to see they are getting more exposure as these units get the heightened awareness they deserve. I have tested or used a few different brands of these spider lifts and, if I was looking to buy one, these would be one of the first machines I’d look at. For the record, after working in this industry for the past 20 years, I try to keep my reviews as honest as possible. Someone I know might buy something I’ve talked about. My reviews are all based purely on my own opinion, which is formed from my own experience cutting trees, others I’ve worked with cutting trees and what I like. Some people are Ford and some are Holden, others are neither.

The CTE Traccess machines are big performers compared to some of the others brands I’ve used. I can confidently say that I am no stranger to cutting out of a bucket either and I would love to see how these machines stand up to a few months or even a year of constant use. Hire giant Skyreach have acquired four machines, one of the T170s and one of the T230s in both their Sydney and Brisbane locations; these machines are available for hire. They will be adding to their fleet in the coming months with another order currently underway for the Lithium versions of these machines.

Aside from the tiny footprint, short length and quick set up speed, the thing I love about this machine is the Z style lower boom. When you knock the head out of a tree and it’s time to block down, it is one movement each time to reposition for the next cut. If you are not getting that, you don’t need to play with two or three different controls to reposition the bucket in the right spot for the next cut.

In most machines an up or down movement on the lower boom will pull you away or push you closer to the barrel, requiring an adjustment on the opposite boom as well, and possibly even the tele in or out to get in the right position.

With these CTEs you can just come right down parallel to the barrel, almost to the ground cutting barrel all the way, without letting go of the saw, if you don’t want to. Big time saver in my book.

Another thing I think is better than some of the similar style machines on the market is the bucket stability. None of them are as stable as a bucket truck, obviously. Some are terrible though, giving the soles of your feet and ankles an unbelievable work out just standing in them in the air. The CTE is a fairly stable bucket, not giving the same style of work out that leaves you begging for a break.

While we are talking about the bucket, the one thing I didn’t like was the second rail around the top of the bucket. It’s too tall. Again, that’s my opinion, but I found it to be a little awkward. Something else good in the 170 model is a safety system that will stop you from slewing into the control panel that’s right by the bucket, when the boom is down. It stops an accidental knock and possible downtime. The control panel is actually really handy right next to the bucket when is stowed. The main reason is the stabilisers all have load sensors and if you haven’t set up properly, you don’t need to climb back out of the bucket to sort it out. Awesome idea!

There are no cables, hydraulic lines or anything attached to the outside of the boom to snag or get covered in debris, as everything is tucked inside the boom. If you want to go through all the stats/ working envelope you will see that these machines are better than most or if not all in their class.

All in all, the CTE Traccess 170 Spider Lift is a top machine that is well suited to the arboriculture industry. I hope to see more hire companies get on board with these machines in the near future.

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Outstanding and awesome are the two words that summarise our test driver experience with the Vermeer BC2100XL brush chipper. Shane Duck tells us all about it.

This month we have been test driving the Vermeer BC2100XL brush chipper. Brush? This thing is a barrel destroyer. It’s a 275hp Cummins, which is a fair bit of grunt and, wholly molly, can it process trees at a fast pace! When you first see it in action it’s impressive, but it’s not until you feed it and it’s sitting there, taking it as quick as you are picking it up and almost saying “Is that all you got?”… That’s when you get an understanding of how efficient it is! This is one timber hungry machine! The BC2100XL brush chipper comes with airbag suspension and hydraulic stabilisers to prolong the life of the suspension. The stabilisers also help when winching sideways. The winch system on this chipper is excellent. It has a swivel head to winch in any direction without excess tension or abrasion on the winching cable. It can take approximately 50m of rope and pull two tonne approximately.

The other cool feature is the winches hydraulic up and down. The winch is on a ram, so you can lift the housing straight out of the way to machine feed the chipper. The mulch! The mulch quality was awesome. I understand there are a lot of variables that can affect mulch quality and this machine is brand new, however the chips were so uniform in size it was outstanding. It’s easy to see this machine is really designed for land clearing and machine feeding. It’s set up so you can hand feed it, but the features it comes with really take away the need for someone constantly standing by the machine. For example, let’s talk about the SmartCrush. The BC2100XL has a bottom roller offset from the top roller and sits forward by 11 inches. These rollers are equipped with sensors, so when the first roller senses a load from the weight of a barrel or limb, the top roller will open and climb up onto the woody section without applying any force into the top roller. This takes away the need for an operator to stand there on a lift and crush.

After four seconds the top roller will automatically increase the downward pressure, as if someone is standing there on the lift and crush. This gives maximum pulling force even if you are feeding branches or a barrel. You don’t even need to touch the remote. The SmartFeed feature monitors engine revs and works like an autofeed, but is accurate, and the machine never seems to bog down – which is probably why it is productive. Another thing you won’t find on the brochure of this beast is the lack of a clutch. That’s what I said! It has a spring tensioning system on the belts. I haven’t come across this before to be honest, but I am guessing it’s something that would be less maintenance than a clutch and that’s the way it was explained. You have a lever, the same as a clutch and just have to engage it in the same way.

It’s got all the cool hydraulics on the chute for maximum control of where you put the mulch and the machine weighs about eight tonnes. The BC2100XL has a remote that enables you to check all gauges and engine diagnostics from the cab of your machine. You can operate everything, except the winch for safety reasons, and you can’t engage the drum obviously. You can move the chute and even program revs at which the roller backs off. Awesome. I wish I had at least 20 trees to knock over and feed them through with an excavator on the day and see how fast we could process them. The BC2100XL is purpose built for this kind of work and absolutely up to the task. It would be ideal on any crane job too. I imagine any big company would gain a competitive advantage with a machine like this BC2100XL Brush chipper.

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When it comes to doing tree work, the Avant 745 Articulated Loader, with all its attachments, is one of the heavy weights in our industry.

Everyone knows by now how awesome an articulated loader can be for tree work. It almost goes without saying: boosting crew morale, saving your back, speeding up the jobs, not tearing up the grass like a skid steer or excavator might and, I am sure, there are more positives, but that’s just a few. The benefit of having a machine that can glide in and out of tight residential properties or quickly track across manicured acreage doing all the lifting with minimal or no damage to the property is enormous. It gives you the ability of turning a traditional two or three day job into a one day event.

Due to their articulation, these mini loaders can take a bit to get used to, when it comes to manoeuvring, but once you get the hang of it, they become a very valuable part of the crew.

The Avant 745 was one of the first articulated mini loaders I started to see around about 10 years ago and they are becoming more and more popular.

While there are a few different brands on the market, there is a very good reason for the popularity of Avant. The quality of this machine is second to none. It’s very fast with speeds of up to 30km per hour, has easy to understand controls and a reliable 49hp Kubota engine. There is also over 150 attachments for Avant mini loaders.

This 745 model in particular can lift approximately 1.5 tonnes up to 3m in the air (that I personally can vouch for), which makes it good for loading logs or mulch into the back of most tree trucks.

The attachments on these loaders are so quick and easy to change. My favourite attachment was the rotator grab. This would make feeding the chipper very easy, while you’re getting used to the articulation. Being in the wrong position wouldn’t be a problem as you can swing the load any direction as you advance.

I’ve used rotator grabs a fair bit on excavators and they can be unreal when access isn’t great, as you can feed the chipper from most positions. The rotator grab would also be handy for sneaking up the sides of houses, as you can turn the load as you’re moving and not having to put it down.

The grinder attachment was a little hard to get used to and could bog the machine down. However, it’s a handy option given the fact it is not too expensive to own and gives an option for a few extra dollars on a site you are already on.

This machine has a heap of power and traction for its size. The amount of attachments available can make an Avant turn into many other useful machines, but when it comes to doing tree work… pound for pound, this machine is one of the heavy weights in our industry.

Avant is family run in Sydney and boasts great customer service, from what I’ve heard from those I know who own one.

Owning a machine like this is certainly on my to-do list and is the sort of tool on the crew that can help you make more on the job! A must have if you can afford it. That said, guys I’m not sure what else to say other than I wish I owned one myself.

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May 2, 2018 / by / in
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April 1, 2018 / by / in ,
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 About Husqvarna

Husqvarna is the world’s largest producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and portable petrol-powered garden equipment such as trimmers and blowers. The Group is also a world leader in diamond tools and cutting equipment for the construction and stone industries.

For more information, please contact:

Husqvarna Australia Pty ltd – Marketing Communications

Postal Address: Locked Bag 5, Central Coast BC, NSW 2252        Office Address: 4 Pioneer Avenue, Tuggerah, NSW 2259

Ph: 02 4352 7400    Fax: 02 4352 7499    Email: [email protected]

April 1, 2018 / by / in ,

Trees can tell us so much about life, yet many species are  gradually disappearing from our landscapes before we even know their full story. Take for example the humble Scribbly Gum.




Iconic Australian gums like Scribbly Gums, unfortunately labelled ‘widow makers’ for their propensity to drop large limbs, are often the first to be removed from development sites. With their smooth white/cream trunks and distinctive markings, Scribblies form a defining part of our Australian identity with the bush. Those strange zigzagging patterns often noticed on them were first illustrated in 1918 by author May Gibbs in her much loved classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Great Australian poet Judith Wright wrote about the mysterious

“Scribbly Gums naturally grow in an open forest with an understorey of native grasses and wildflowers.”

scribbles underneath the splitting bark in her 1955 poem“Scribbly-Gum”. But it was only in recent years that the biology behind the tree’s complex scribbles was further unravelled. A group of retired scientists contributed to an in-depth CSIRO study of Scribbly Gum Moths (Ogmograptis species) (Horan et al. 2012). It was determined that Ogmograptis is linked to the Australian Tritymba genus belonging to the Bucculatricidae family, and eleven new species of the moth were found and described. The study demonstrates some of the difficulties involved in classifying insects with shared Gondwanan ancestry.

“I would like to see more arborists encouraging tree owners to manage trees long term instead of removing them at will.”

Only a small group of smooth-barked eucalypts (mostly in Queensland and New South Wales) attracts Scribbly Gum Moths including E. haemastoma, E. racemosa, E. rossii or/and E. sclerophylla. Several other eucalypt species not considered to be “Scribbly Gums” can also have scribbles on their upper branches eg Blackbutt (E. pilularis), Sydney Blue Gum (E. salignus) and Snow Gum (E. pauciflora).

orest with an understorey of native grasses and wildflowers. These forests would have been traditionally burnt every decade but modern fire management practices require more frequent burning of remnant bushland. Such controls threaten the longterm survival of the habitat and the species that have come to rely on them. More pressing than fire management is the ongoing removal of large and veteran trees from the ever increasing urban landscape. The few that do survive the onslaught of development or infilling will suffer from accumulated effects as many local government arborists can attest. Redland City Council arborist, Ken Folkes, believes the trend to fill blocks with the house envelope, leaving little room for yard and garden, has contributed to the loss of natural environments. He said people are adapting to living indoors for the most part and many now rely on public parks for their weekend “green fix”.

“My experience is that people have basically turned from being risk tolerant to risk averse. This perception and fear of big trees only exacerbates the demise of large trees surviving in urban areas. It is not uncommon for the new owner to deem a remaining tree to be dangerous and request its removal. These trees can be pruned and I would like to see more arborists encouraging tree owners to manage trees long term instead of removing them at will.

“It is the loss and fragmentation of veteran eucalypts like Scribblies that worries me the most. I would like to be able to save as many as possible on development sites and larger properties. Some of these trees can be well over 200 years old and extremely valuable in terms of habitat and species preservation.

“We have to remember, these trees have been here before the white man and have adapted to climatic changes and the microchanges to their environment caused by extensive logging in the past and alteration of natural overland water flow. The value of seed from veteran trees is priceless – once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Ken is particularly passionate about protecting Scribbly Gums due to the presence of crucial hollow bearing limbs, which many arboreal creatures are so desperately in need of. “These trees are being trashed at a phenomenal rate and cannot be replaced simply by hanging wooden boxes. I am a strong advocate for education by way of assisting the public to better understand the importance of preserving giant remnant eucalypts.

One of the veteran trees Ken’s team managed to have retained is a 200 yearold eucalypt with extensive large diameter hollows – homes to cockatoo, galah, parakeet, goanna, possum, and many other arboreal critters that all rely on the shelter and subsequent food chain this tree provides. A sign at its base enlightens the public as to why the now dead tree is being preserved.


Horak, M., Day, M.F., Barlow, C., B, Edwards, E.D., Su, Y.N., and Cameron S.L. (2012). Systematics and biology of the iconic Australian scribbly gum moths Ogmograptis Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae) and their unique insect–plant interaction Invertebrate Systematics Vol:26, 357-398. Horak, M. (2012) Unravelling the mystery of eucalypt scribbles https://, retrieved 12 November 2017.

Biology Behind The Scribbles

According to Dr Marianne Horak (2012), this is how it all happens: in late autumn, the tiny grey Scribbly Gum Moth lays its eggs on the surface of the eucalypt bark. Once hatched, the larvae bore through the undersurface of the egg into the bark and then make elaborate trails, first burrowing in long irregular loops and later in a more regular zigzag, which is doubled up after a narrow turning loop. When the cork cambium starts to produce cork to shed the outer bark, it produces scar tissue in response to the feeding of the caterpillar, filling the double part of the larval tunnel with highly nutritious, thin-walled cells. These replacement cells are ideal food for the caterpillar, which moults into the final larval stage with legs, turns around and eats its way back along the way it has come. It then grows rapidly to maturity, bores its way out of the trunk, drops to the ground and spins a flat, ribbed silken cocoon on a hidden spot attached to a stone or fallen bark. By late summer or autumn, pupation has taken place and the moth leaves to begin another life cycle. Not long after, the bark cracks off, exposing the iconic scribbles beneath. Adult moths are rarely seen, despite the evidence left behind.  AA


February 12, 2018 / by / in ,

Arborists are faced with many challenges in their everyday work. Wild storms are a part of it. This month Guy Meilleur takes us to Puerto Rico to have a look into tropical tree care and landscape restoration in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.




September 5, 2017: Hurricane Irma, packing winds of 185 miles an hour, blasted the peaceful island of Puerto Rico. The stunned staff at the Dona Ines Arboretum at the Luis Munoz Marin Foundation in San Juan pulled the fallen trees back up and staked them. With their garden stabilised, the arborists boarded a boat and delivered 2,000kg of supplies to colleagues 75 miles away in the Virgin Islands. Then they heard the weather forecast, and steamed back home in a hurry. September 20, 2017: Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of 155 miles an hour, hit the southeastern tip of Puerto Rico. Over the next day and a half, it crawled across the island. This slow storm tore up the repairs from Irma’s damage, and destroyed a whole lot more. These tag-teaming sisters devastated the green infrastructure in Puerto Rico as well as the gray. This article will describe some of the challenges and opportunities faced by Tropical Tree Experts LLC during three weeks of restoration work at the prime collection of native and regionally adapted trees in Puerto Rico. The governing board at the Arboretum did not want a total clean-up of all damaged material. Instead we were asked to retain as much of the natural ecology as possible, and restore as much tree value as we could. To meet this objective, we had to get beyond the shock and awe of the devastation. Based on our experience after other storms, we followed an asset-based systematic process for triage, salvage, repair, and restoration of the landscape. From roots to trunks to branches and back to roots, this process involved arboriculture not often practiced in formal gardens.

Salvaging Wood 

Salvaging some of the beautiful wood in the totally uprooted trees for timber came first. Some of the upturned stumps were integrated into the landscape, and used for supporting newly planted trees. Partially uprooted trees were pruned and propped, where practical. If there was still life in the roots and trunk, the tree was reduced back to healthy tissue. Reducing back to ground level and managing the sprouts (coppicing) was a last resort.

In all cases, we tried to remove competing growth out to the dripline, and apply up to 6” of the coarse woody debris that covered this once-pristine public garden. Sections of fallen trunks and branches were used to control erosion and rebuild the soil resource. They were placed in contact with the ground where possible, to speed nutrient recycling in the humid tropical climate.

“From roots to trunks to branches and back to roots, this process involved arboriculture not often practiced in formal gardens.

The branches of some partially uprooted trees were also pressed to the earth, but with a very different objective. One large tree near a sidewalk was blown over, but most of its roots remained intact. It had branches laying on the other side, so we tried “layering” – forcing the branches to grow new roots. Typically, the bark is scraped off first, so the pluripotent “stem cells” in the cambium are provided with the right conditions to sprout roots. Then the areas were covered with more of the copious coarse woody debris as mulch. This root growth will sustain an archway that provides visitors welcome shade, and a compelling feature to enjoy in the years to come.

Bending Branches

Bending branches is more successful with Ficus sp. than other species. Too much torque constricts circulation. Some bending can be tolerated, and branches can be pinned to the ground. Landscape staples work for smaller branches, while rocks were used to stabilise bigger limbs. Extended branches were pruned to allow pedestrian clearance and lessen sway, and further stabilised with props cut from fallen branches. Creating archways out of fallen trees was one way to add valuable features to the landscape, but other strategies were employed to conserve tree value.

After the timber salvage, 1”-2” diameter branches with suitable forks were cut into lengths for props. Branches that size with special character were fashioned into walking sticks. Other ideas for salvaging assets from debris are still being developed. 4”-6” diameter limbs with attractive colour and grain patterns were sliced 1” thick, for sale as coasters to hold drinks like “mojito”, the popular rum-limemint concoction. Conservation activities in Puerto Rico are funded by a tax on rum, another worthy reason to imbibe!


Props “are rigid structures installed between the ground and a branch or trunk to provide support from below.” We used props to maintain clearance for pedestrians, and reduce the potential for further tree failure. Propping is much more common in Asia than in “western” cultures – which includes Australia! It may be an aesthetic mindset, to want to see a tree stand on its own. When propping is not considered, it’s a missed opportunity to create something special. As AS4373 is revised (it has been over ten years after all), a section on support and propping should be included.

Standing Trees

Standing trees sustained branch losses ranging from major to extreme. Triage on the tree crowns was possible by focusing not on what remained, but on what was gone. Artificial (and unsupported) guidelines like “Consider removal if 50 per cent or more of the branches are broken”, or “Avoid heading cuts” would have made our work impossible. Instead, we applied lessons learned after ice storms, and from Dr. Alex Shigo: “…proper crown reduction is done at nodes… a node (has) buds”.

Avoiding Decay

Avoiding decay is another good reason for nodal pruning. Large wounds on trunks are motorways for decay-causing fungi and bacteria racing into the heart of the tree. Many nodes contain dormant buds that have waited in the cambium as the tree grew. Endocormic growth from these buds is well nourished, and unlike epicormic growth, well anchored. Nodes are indicated by wrinkles and bulges. Wrinkles on some branches resemble collars, indicating branch protection zones. Cuts just beyond bulges left smaller wounds, and retained more symmetry and structure. We lightly reduced some of the load from the undamaged limbs, so they experienced less stress and strain.


Sprouting is a natural response when storms upset the balance between roots and canopy. The more the tree loses, the greater the imbalance and the greater the sprouting. No follow up pruning is needed until the sprouting slows. Over time, the dominant sprouts can be trained to become permanent branches, by removing branch sections that have failed to sprout well, or with rapidly advancing decay, codominants with included bark, and sprouts that are not forming a buttress, or are declining or dead. Branches reduced to buds after Hurricane Fran in 1996 were loudly criticised as “stubs”, but they now have  not one, but two or three strongly attached branch ends to carry on. What  at first looked ugly grew into attractive, safe, and symmetrical portions of valuable tree canopy. It’s high time for  the anti-topping passion to chill, so  we can Give Trees a Chance.

Interpreting Strategies

Interpreting these strategies with  signage, video, and other media is underway, so visitors can appreciate  not only the devastation from nature,  but the renewal that happens when  people work with nature. We are still learning about  arboricultural treatments that repair landscapes, and prepare them for the next, inevitable storm.



Please write to The Australian Arbor Age and/or contact the Tropical Tree Experts Facebook page with feedbacks and any suggestions that you might have.


February 12, 2018 / by / in ,

Bandit’s ZT1844 stump grinder has been selling up a storm in recent months, and one Arborist who chose Bandit’s green machine is Travis Garden from the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.


Trav’s Trees has over a decade of experience in the tree game and has owned a few different grinders over the years. We wanted to know why he chose the Bandit machine – what’s good about it and what he would like to see improved?

Tell us about your  Bandit ZT1844 grinder.

It’s really narrow at only 29” (73cm) wide and gets through a standard doorway. It’s fitted with the 38hp Kohler fuel injected engine and is mounted on wide tracks for great traction.

How has the Bandit improved your business? 

It’s allowed us to get larger stumps done without having to get in a contractor. This has saved us serious money and we finish the trees and stumps all at once, so we get paid much faster.

What is the best features of the ZT1844?

The boys can get it in just about anywhere. We also love the Greenteeth on the cutter wheel. We can spin them around three times before they need sharpening and with only eight teeth they are quick and easy to change.

How do you find the machine’s usability and maneuverability?

Awesome. It has a single joystick control which took us about ten minutes to master and now we love it. The track drive is great. Lots of power. Can’t fault it.

And on the stump; does it cut OK?

Better than OK. It destroys stumps much better than a compact machine ever should. Pine, palm, dead hardwoods, all no worries.

What about maintenance?

I really like the belt drive set up. All the tensioning is done with two big idler pulleys; no moving engines and jack shafts like on other machines. The cutter wheel bearings are massive and should last ages.

What made you pick  Bandit Tree Equipment?

I run Bandit chippers and know that they look after their customers really well. Once I had a demo of the grinder I knew it was for me. Great machine with top after sales support.




Anything you would like  to see changed?         

Yes! Can I have another one? 🙂


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February 7, 2018 / by / in ,

After-sales support the key to business success. We spoke to Cameron Thompson from Stump Pro Stump Grinding about his experience as a customer.

Stump Pro Stump Grinding in Brisbane is able to handle jobs others can’t, mainly because of the equipment they own. Here, we spoke to owner, Cameron Thompson, about what it was like starting his own business, the importance of purchasing premium equipment, and the impact after-sales support has on his own business.

Starting and running your own business is stressful and difficult at the best of times. Founder of Stump Pro, Cameron Thompson, took the leap into small business in 2007 when he ventured into the stump grinding market. With limited startup capital and being the single father of three, Mr Thompson was taking a risk to start a business. The risk was a calculated one, said Mr Thompson, who already had experience in the industry, and had identified a need in the market.

“I was working as a sales rep for a Woodchippers company at the time and had a lot of contacts in the industry. I saw a gap in the market for people to do large stump grinding, so I purchased my first stump grinder ten years ago and began building the business,” said Mr Thompson.

“I could tell right away that Vermeer were genuine and actually cared about my business needs.”

Having the right equipment and support In 2016 Mr Thompson purchased his first Vermeer product – the SC552 stump grinder. He was so impressed he purchased a SC40TX stump grinder a month later and has since bought three more Vermeer products. Mr Thompson said he has known Craig Baillie from Vermeer for more than fifteen years and appreciates the way he, his team, and the rest of the company, does business.

“I could tell right away that Vermeer were genuine and actually cared about my business needs. They were there to help, and showed an interest in what we could do and where I wanted to take Stump Pro.

The service he received after his first purchase from Vermeer made it easy for Mr Thompson to continue buying equipment from them. He said knowing the level of after-sales support available makes a big difference for small businesses. “If I had a problem or question, I could contact the local rep, Daniel Krafft, or the Vermeer workshop, and someone came straight out to fix it. Nothing was ever  a hassle. “Daniel did training with us on our first day with the product, but his customer service went beyond that. We weren’t forgotten. He called to follow up and made sure everything was okay. “That’s why I bought more of their equipment; purely because I feel confident that the backup is there,” said Mr Thompson.

Taking on bigger projects Stump Pro has made a name for itself in the industry for its ability to handle big jobs in a short amount of time. They regularly act as backup for other tree contractors when their equipment breaks, or to assist when they don’t have the right equipment for stump grinding at their job. Mr Thompson said it’s the big equipment, particularly the Vermeer SC552 stump grinder, that has made a difference to his business.

“We grind a huge amount of big stumps that other machines can’t handle, in a really short amount of time. Our Vermeer products mean we can attend a job with a few pieces of equipment and a few workers, and grind stumps that may otherwise need to be removed with a crane. That saves both time and money for our clients,” said Mr Thompson.


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Good protective equipment must withstand demanding conditions and provide the required protection. That’s why we use nothing but high-quality materials. Each job comes with different requirements. Our range of protective clothing takes into consideration every type of work. In fact our extensive range of safety clothing, offering the latest innovations in design and materials, will provide you with the level of protection and comfort you need to get the job done.


Our advanced protective material comprises fewer layers. This makes it lighter, without compromising protection levels. The material and layering design consists of long fibres that can become tangled in the chain.


The complete knee, including the saw protection fabric, has been pre-bent to ensure a perfect fit in all working positions.


The knee has a water-resistant inner lining and an outer layer made of water-repellent fabric, keeping water and moisture from penetrating the saw protection layers. This means you can work comfortably in wet conditions for or a longer time.

For more information, and to view the complete range visit us online @  or instore at your local authorised Husqvarna Servicing Dealer.

For more information, please contact:
Husqvarna Marketing Department (02) 4352 7400
[email protected]


Husqvarna Group

The Husqvarna Group is the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in consumer watering products and one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The product offering includes products for both consumers and professional users. The Group’s products are sold via dealers and retailers in more than 100 countries.

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