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Work Athletes

At Citywide, we take a holistic approach to arboriculture that ensures all our staff take care of themselves and their teammates.

Whether it involves climbing and rigging, using one of our specialised elevated work platforms (EWPs) or constantly feeding wood chippers with heavy, cumbersome logs, the importance of maintaining good health and fitness through proper nutrition and staying well hydrated is paramount.

Observe a climber who is hungry or thirsty and wants to get out of the tree. The timber he or she cuts grows bigger and more unwieldly. They won’t climb as high and they refuse to limb walk. Decision-making gets worse, frustration builds and an incident occurs.

As Arborists and Ground Crew, we work long hours often in extreme temperatures, doing heavy manual labour and often in awkward positions. We climb out on long branches and contort ourselves into weird positions, wielding heavy chainsaws at weird angles, always striving to get a perfect cut.

We spur-climb with a heavy chainsaw hanging from our harness. We flex every abdominal muscle while holding the tools of our trade to ‘block down’ large timbers. And we drag heavy branches through narrow areas, to a chipper truck that always seems to move further away each time.

Indeed, the life and work of an arboristis akin to being a high performance athlete. A ‘work athlete’.

So, just as hydration and nutrition are key elements to an athlete’s wellbeing and ultimately helping keep them on track, so too do we ensure our people are in the best possible physical and mental shape.

It’s a duty of care that’s in our DNA and central to our mission and purpose of safely shaping liveable cities.

For more information about our company and values visit http://citywide.com.au or send an email to [email protected]

July 5, 2019 / by / in ,
Hansa Grand Opening

In the world of chippers and shredders, Hansa is a family business that sets a great example of using specialist design and manufacturing, to not only compete against larger machinery brands around the world but giving them a good run for their money.

Hansa was originally formed when founder Manfred Vogel saw the opportunity to make chippers for domestic use. No one else was interested, so in the 1980s he left his job as a mechanical engineer to build his first chipper. Now under the leadership of husband and wife team, Martin and Kate Vogel, Hansa continues to excel in producing top quality chipping and shredding equipment with a range that now includes domestic chippers suitable for gardens and acreages, all the way up to compact-but-powerful commercial chippers designed for arborists in urban spaces.

To supplement their chipper line, Hansa are also the local distributor for Predator Stump Grinders – a brand well known for grinders that can fit through tight gateways. In recent years Hansa have also released a unusual product – a Chaff Cutter – based on a remodelled Streamline product when friend and founder of Streamline discontinued the business.

If this dynamic duo didn’t already have enough on their plate, Hansa have just completed undertaking a massive task of building a new 3000m² dedicated production facility. This build started in March 2018 and saw the production facility become operational late last year in December. Offices and administration followed in early 2019. Rather than simply adding new equipment, the facilities were built with a clear focus on streamlining their processes to produce more efficiently and sustainable growth. However, several key areas of production have expanded – such as incorporating an additional coating booth, assembly bay and service bay.

This is a huge leap from Hansa’s origins, where the first chippers were originally built in a relative’s honey shed. Hansa have since moved several times over the years – promptly outgrowing the honey shed, moving into a small workshop, undertaking several expansions to the workshop, before leasing a bigger production space in 2012. By 2016 it was already evident that Hansa was fast outgrowing this production space also, as a multi-generational business

Hansa’s leadership knew that they wanted to invest in the future for a truly sustainable long-term home, so in 2018 they launched this project to give Hansa a more permanent home with plenty of room to grow.

The newly completed headquarters at Te Kowahi Road East, Hamilton are only three minutes away from Hansa’s last home but shows a much larger site of more than 8300 m². The building design was by Stiles and Hooker, while the build was completed by Livingstone Builders.

Formsteel rafters were used for the structure to provide a pillar-free clear-span across the production areas and allows for better utilisation of the floor space.

Hansa pride themselves on being an innovative family business. Listening to the feedback of their customer base has been a core value since the beginning of Hansa. Product developments and advancements usually come from the first-hand experience from the field by actual users in their working environments, and are tested in the field.

Another key consideration for the move was to take the opportunity to maximise efficiency – optimised for leaner production systems. Hansa has often looked to utilise the best avaliable technologies in their design and production, including: solid works design, CNC machining, metal folding, laser cutting and robot welding, and the new headquarters is no exception. There is no doubt that Hansa has come a long way from their humble beginnings and are ready to tackle the next decade of production and growth in their stride.

Give a freecall to Hansa 1800 426 722.

For more information visit http://www.hansachippers.com.au

June 24, 2019 / by / in ,
Tree Care Machinery Brand New Website

The wait is finally over! Shop online with Tree Care Machinery in 2019.

Tree Care Machinery (TCM) has launched its brand new e-commerce website that allows customers to purchase or enquire about machinery, arborist equipment, accessories, services and more.

2019 has seen TCM begin to build a strong online presence by increasing efforts on social media and launching their new online store. For too long customers have had to find their way to TCM’s premises in Melrose Park, South Australia, in order to collect any products they desire. This year, TCM customers are able to order at the touch of a button. Whether you’re at home, on the job or doing some weekend shopping from the couch, TCM products will always be available online.

What Will You Find On The New Website?

TCM stocks reputable brands such as Bandit, Husqvarna, Silky, Hydralada, Hansa, Monitor, Petzl, DMM, Samson, Teufelberger, Reecoil, Safe Eyes, Sawpod and more. You will also find an extensive range of new arborist equipment that TCM has imported from around the world.

The website allows you to easily browse the TCM product range, find useful information on machinery and equipment maintenance, access their video library or just find out more about a particular product or service. TCM aims to provide value for money, so their prices are very competitive. Should you spend $400 or more, TCM will cover the cost of delivery (excluding bulky items). One product you will find on their new website is the all new wood chipper knife box. After years of research, development and testing, the knife box is finally ready to be released to the industry and at a similar price to any knife boxes currently available.

The new knife box offers safe storage of sharp blade, is easy to carry, stands up for better storage and uses a high grade PPUV stable plastic that increases longevity and combats the effects of time in the sun. Not only can the new knife box fit more knives but the handle allows you to carry two boxes at once.

The small knife box is $35 and the large is $45, but when paired with multiple sets of knives, the box comes free.

TCM is continuing to grow both online and off as a part of their commitment to helping make their customers lives easier, more convenient and more enjoyable.

For more information visit www.treecaremach.com.au

June 19, 2019 / by / in ,
The Annual 2019 Arboriculture Conference In Australia’s Red Centre

Arboriculture Australia’s Annual Conference is the singular opportunity for our industry to get together, network and learn from industry experts. It is a must-attend event for industry leaders and practitioners.

The 2019 Arboriculture Australia Annual Conference will attract more than 250 delegates from all facets of the industry. Local, national and international arborists from public, private and government sectors, encompassing Urban Forestry, Utilities above and below ground, researchers, consultants, contractors, nurserymen, and landscape architects.

Situated in the Red Centre of Australia, at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges, the Alice Springs Convention Centre is the perfect location for our conference.

Our programme runs over two days, May 20 – 21, and includes speakers from the Urban Forestry and Utility Arborist streams. And because we’re in Alice this year, we’re tapping into the region’s talent. Our Conference Tour of the Todd River and Olive Pink Botanic

Gardens is hosted by gardens curator Ian Coleman with the Northern Territory’s senior botanist, Peter Jobson, providing insight into arid species and the effect of introduced species in the local ecology.

2019 Conference Speakers Include:

  • Daniel Heyburn, Eastern Tree Services, QLD
  • Denise Johnstone, University of Melbourne, VIC
  • Greg Moore, University of Melbourne, VIC
  • Heath Frewin, Essential Energy, NSW
  • Janet McDonald, Department of Agriculture, QLD
  • Kelly Hertzog, City of Melbourne, VIC
  • Lyndal Plant, Urban Forester, QLD
  • Mark Hartley, The Arborist Network, NSW
  • Melissa McManus, North Sydney Council, NSW
  • Mike Daleo, San Diego Gas and Electric, USA
  • Nigel Tapper, Monash University, VIC
  • Peter Jobson, Northern Territory Herbarium, NT
  • Randy Miller, CN Utility Consulting, USA
  • Shane Brunker, Sophie Davison, Network Mapping, NSW and Scott McKenzie, Endeavour Energy, NSW
  • Stacie Grassano and Jeff Filip, Intelfuse, VIC
  • Stephen Martin, Powerlink, QLD

The conference programme will also include panel sessions devoted to the utility stream with more presenters confirming their involvement over the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

Our wonderful association sponsors will be well represented in our trade exhibition space which will provide excellent networking opportunities before the conference, during breaks and during our Annual Gala Dinner which will also make use of the exhibition space.

Our entertainment programme ensures that even if you’re only in Alice for a short time you won’t miss out on cultural experiences. Our Welcome Reception and Annual Gala Dinner feature local performers and artists including youth drumming group Drum Atweme and indigenous artist Tommy Crow.

With the permission of traditional owners, the 2019 Australian Tree Climbing Championships will be held in the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station on Friday 18 May. In a unique Northern Territory twist, we’ll use a crane anchor point for the first time in ATCC history. This year the whole event will take place over one day only and the Alice Springs locals are looking forward to seeing what our climbers can do.

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Conference registration is now open at http://bit.ly/ArbAus2019

Further information and regular updates are available on the Arboriculture Australia website http://arboriculture.org.au/

May 31, 2019 / by / in
Training At Its Best

Bushwood Training Academy’s first ‘Operate a Mobile Chipper/Mulcher’ training course was held at Kuitpo Forest, SA, with the collaboration of the Department of Environment.

Bushwood Training Academy (BTA) delivered their first official ‘Operate a Mobile Chipper/Mulcher’ course for 2019 last month.

The training took place onsite in Kuitpo Forest with staff from the Department of Environment. BTA were fortunate enough to secure such a prime training location thanks to their growing relationship with ForestrySA. The onsite delivery is part of BTA’s commitment to be a mobile training provider, so you can go to them or they can come to you.

“Fantastic trainers, exceptional industry experience and clear instructions given.” “ – Corry Rounsevell

Enrolment forms and pre-reading were distributed and filled in the week prior to the training day. BTA did this in order to maximise the amount of time participants were able to spend learning and engaging with both trainers and equipment.

Elite Training And Elite Staff Driving Elite Standards

The course was delivered by three trainers from industry, Tom Fleming (Arborist), Tom Stevens (Arborist) and Garth Jones (Workshop Manager at Tree Care Machinery). BTA trainers offer a wide range of experience and extensive knowledge of climbing, lowering and rigging, felling, ground-based work, arborist equipment and machinery. Three Bandit wood chippers were used on the day, one provided by Tree Care Machinery and two provided by the participants (Department of Environment).

BTA supplied coffee, tea, juice and fruit on arrival as well as morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the course. This is offered during all BTA courses in order to give students the maximum amount of time with trainers, equipment and assessment material.

The day was completed with a winch demonstration at the request of the Department of Environment management. BTA acknowledged this and ensured they allowed enough time at the end of the day to go over the essentials of winch operation.

BTA would like to congratulate all participants who completed the ‘Operate a Mobile Chipper/Mulcher’ course and welcome them as the first members of the BTA Alumni. BTA is committed to providing after sales support so they encourage participants to reach out and contact any of their trainers if they are ever unsure about how to execute work safely.

Bushwood Training Academy would like to extend their thanks to Dean and the team at ForestrySA for helping make the day possible

To book a course with Bushwood Training Academy or make an enquiry, contact them on (08) 8374 0586 or email [email protected]

May 20, 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 www.banditchippers.com.au

April 17, 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 www.hansachippers.com.au

April 8, 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 something 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 the 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 visit http://www.arborlab.com.au

March 29, 2019 / by / in
Red Bull Branched Out!

One hundred of the world’s best climbers and arborists – tree specialists – went head-to-head in a huge Red Bull-sponsored contest to decide a world champion recently. Not many know it, but the event was held in Australia. And guess what? It was won by an Aussie.

Red Bull Branched Out, in partnership with Arboriculture Australia, has just completed its second running. On a scale only a company like Red Bull can manage, the venue at Wellington, near Dubbo in NSW, was a high-adrenaline destination for three full days.

The idea is to be the fastest down from a 40-metre tree, planning your own route, but ringing bells in set positions on the way. The quickest time wins.

Dangling from a rope, 40m above the ground, trying to get to the deck as fast as possible… what could go wrong?

Local Boy

An international field, male and female, including Aussies, Kiwis, French, Irish and Italians all rocked up, roped up, and rappelled their way to international tree-climbing stardom. But the fastest man over the three days was Ryan ‘Tarzan’ Roberts, 30, from the NSW central coast.

Ryan’s an arborist by trade, and he was pumped to take the win.

“It was a massive shock,” he barked. “There I was in the grand final with all the best climbers in the world, and I was thinking, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ I never thought I’d go so well.” The way the draw was structured meant.

Ryan had to go first in the grand final. That meant all the other competitors could watch his form and see which part of his route worked well. As it turned out, being first on the rope worked in Ryan’s favour… sort of.

“I had a really good run,” grinned Roberts. “Everything went pretty smooth until I burnt my hands and leg on the last metre of rope before I hit the ground.”

When he said ‘burnt’, he meant it. Ryan sustained third-degree burns on both hands. But what’s that matter when you’ve just grabbed a share of a $20,000 cash prize pool and a slice of $50,000 in equipment?

And You’re The Champ?

Not only the The Champ, but the defending champ. That’s right. Branched Out is set to run again in 2019, bigger and better, at a venue yet to be announced.

Will Ryan Be There?

“Hundred per cent!” said the champ. “I’m definitely in training for next year!”

For more information on the next 2019 event, visit http://www.redbull.com/au-en/events/ red-bull-branched-outor go to the event Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ events/2112912995594851

March 18, 2019 / by / in
New Year, New System

We at Tree HQ recently attended the NZ Arboricultural Conference and Trade Show in Dunedin.

What an amazing town, full of wonderful friendly people. The surrounding green rolling hills, the lovely old buildings and open parks make Dunedin a truly delightful place.

Combined with awesome hospitality and food to die for, Dunedin turned out to be the perfect place for Tree HQ’s introduction to New Zealand’s arboriculture industry.

The NZ Arboricultural Association and the organisers, On Cue Conferences, showed us their class and skills with the way everything was run – allowing us the opportunity to meet our potential clients and enjoy a one-on-one approach to introducing our new niche software designed to help with running their business, saving time, money and effort.

It was great to see the overall support from a close-knit community of Arborists and tree industry workers. Thank you to all involved for making our experience an enjoyable one.

For those of you who didn’t get the chance to meet us in Dunedin, we want to take the opportunity to tell you how Tree HQ can benefit you and your business.

Tree HQ is a system available on desktop, Android and iOS devices that could cover all areas of your business. Tree HQ gives you the ability to reduce time spent on your business. It allows you to have better communication with staff and clients. It allows for creation of enquiries and appointments, keeps all your contacts on one database and has the ability to insert new quotes or inquiries on the spot.

You can also add attachments like pictures, videos and documents. It has an in-built risk assessment, is able to send invoices on the spot and tracks workflow. Tree HQ has Xero, MYOB essentials and Google map integrations.

Do you want to improve your business? Are you open to change? Do you want to reduce double handling, paperwork and confusion and misinterpretation?

If you answered yes then Tree HQ could be for you!

With the start of the new year, it is a perfect time to implement a new system. Our office is committed to helping you with your transition to using Tree HQ.

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We currently have a free 30-day trial and can help set up an account for you. If you want more details, please see our website www.treehq.co or email [email protected]

March 6, 2019 / by / in