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The Model 16-24 Wood Processor: it’s time to cut and split.

It’s shaping up as a busy second half of the year for Vicon International, which is set to introduce a number of new products to its range of attachments, screeners, hogs, crushers and grapple saws, including the Brute Force Model 16-24 Wood Processor and a number of Remet CNC Technology wood chippers.

Commercial Quality Firewood Processor – Great Production In A Small Package

The Brute Force 16-24 is a great value in a small firewood processor. With its standard 32hp Kohler big block petrol engine, it’s one of the most powerful processors in its class. The 16-24 is capable of producing from 1 to 2.5 cords per hour and will process up to 450mm diameter logs.

This machine comes standard with a 2 strand live deck that converts into a log lift and is easily lowered and raised with the electric powered winch. The integrated, 3600mm, hydraulically operated chain conveyor, allows for easy loading of firewood into a trailer or truck tray.

Joystick controls operate the hydraulic saw, clamp, live deck, and log infeed conveyor. It comes standard with a hydraulically operated 4 way wedge, electric bar oiler and hydraulic oil cooler. Other standard features include last log measuring grid, integrated tail lights and round log trough for better handling of crooked logs.

All Brute Force firewood processors are built to withstand the rigors of daily firewood production.

Standard features of the Brute Force 16-24 Include:

  • 400mm (460mm max) diameter cut
  • Round log trough
  • 32hp Kohler industrial petrol engine
  • 2 strand hydraulic live deck
  • 4 way hydraulically adjustable splitting head
  • Piston saw motor
  • Automatic chain oiler
  • Fenders and tail lights
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 3600mm hydraulic conveyor

For more information visit

September 12, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Push, Lift And Load

Himac manufactures and supplies forward-thinking skid steer attachments to increase your work efficiency and produce optimum results with every use.

Never heard of Himac?

You may be thinking “who is this new kid on the block?” – well, Himac has been in the attachments game for more than 17 years. During this time, they have expanded their workforce and manufacturing prowess tenfold to bring Australia the very best machinery attachments.

Himac offers an impressive product range designed to suit skid steers/track loaders, ag loaders, and telehandlers as well as a streamlined selection of mini loader and excavator attachments.

At Himac you will find: rake buckets, stick rakes, post hole diggers, grapples, hay forks, pallet forks, slashers, mixer buckets, brooms and much more. Whether you’re clearing land, creating fence lines, tackling vegetation… almost anything can be achieved using a Himac attachment!

Himac manufactures more than 80 percent of the products they sell, all with local Australian labour. They hold generous stock levels in warehouses across Australia (including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and other capital cities) for fast delivery and minimal freight costs.

Skid Steer Lift Rake

All the pushing power of their famous push rake but with lifting functionality for post-job clean-up and log handling – Himac calls it the Skid Steer Lift Rake. An innovative design that’s as easy as push, lift and load!

Himac builds this unique skid steer attachment right here in Australia for tough Australian conditions. The Lift Rake delivers efficient clearing of fence lines, scrub, small trees and more. Plus you have the ability to transport larger objects along the way.

Constructed with custom-designed ‘L’ shape tynes, the Lift Rake features a sieve-style action to leave behind unwanted material and dirt when lifting.

Features Include:

  • Heavy-duty construction – unique ‘L-shape’ tyne design
  • Push away vegetation, clear fence lines, remove debris and more
  • Lift logs, clean-up after the job, and transport small/medium vegetation
  • High grade steel tynes – 125 x 20mm
  • Tyne spacings – 163mm
  • Height – 900mm
  • Widths available: 2050mm / 81”, 2400 mm / 94”

Skid Steer Tree Puller

New from Himac, the Skid Steer Tree Puller will grab hold of small trees then pull up and out completely – roots and all! Simply grip and rip in a fast and effective clamping motion. Right from within the skid steer cab, you can clear large areas efficiently, or sneak in for more selective removal of saplings and other vegetation.

With a highly durable steel frame construction and 29 angled teeth, the Tree Puller is ready to pull trees up to 4 inches in diameter (maximum limb size 12” diameter). Within a minute, this attachment easily locks onto your skid steer with no worries.

Other applications include shearing tree limbs, pulling out vines, removing box thorns, taking outposts, handling scrap wood and demolishing unwanted wooden structures.

Features Include:

  • High-grade steel frame construction with powder-coated finish
  • Cross over relief to protect over-pressurizing
  • Fast and powerful hydraulic clamping
  • Pull out trees up to 4” diameter – Max limb size 12” diameter
  • Flexible hose support – protection within the frame
  • Spring mounted strain relief hose holder – keeps hoses away from pinch points while allowing necessary full forward tilt
  • Non-slip strips for safe enter/exit of skid steer
  • Includes hoses and couplings

Skid Steer Stump Bucket

The Himac Stump Removal Bucket is an innovative multi-use skid steer attachment. Simply insert and lift stumps and small trees out of the ground in a matter of minutes.

This attachment’s strong curved base and serrated edge allow you to work away effectively while cutting tree roots. The unique design of the skid steer stump bucket means you can also dig trenches and footings as well as pull up asphalt, demolition and more!

The skid steer stump bucket is also ideal for tree services contractors where customers would rather a stump be completely removed rather than grinded after having the tree lopped.

Features Include:

  • 300mm wide tip with replaceable cast teeth
  • 13mm high tensile curved base
  • Removes stumps, small trees and cuts roots in a matter of minutes
  • Dig footings and trenches up to 36”
  • Also for demolition, pull up asphalt/concrete

For quality made machinery attachments that are built to perform, contact the experts at Himac on 1800 888 114 or browse their product range online at

September 6, 2019 / by / in , ,
New Arbor Gear

Check out the range of new and updated arbor products that hit Vermeer Parts Counters in May 2019.

Chicane Auxiliary Brake by PETZL The Chicane auxiliary braking device by PETZL allows the ZIGZAG and ZIGZAG PLUS Mechanical Prusiks to be used on single ropes by providing continuous additional friction on descents. When using the Chicane Auxiliary Brake, you will be impressed with its excellent compatibility with the mechanical Prusik and just how smoothly the rope glides through the brake during ascents. The ergonomic handle design provides an outstanding grip and helps facilitate movement while limb walking and the openable side plate makes installation quick and easy.

ZIGZAG Plus Mechanical Prusik by PETZL

The updated ZIGZAG Mechanical Prusik, the ZIGZAG PLUS, has been released. The ZIGZAG PLUS allows the user to move around efficiently in a tree using classic Prusik pulley system techniques on either doubled ropes or a single rope. The friction chain provides precision and fluidity when moving around and the pulley is mounted on sealed ball bearings to allow the slack to be taken up easily. The lower attachment hole with high-efficiency swivel ensures stable and correct positioning of the mechanical Prusik as well as optimal rope glide through the device. PETZL has also released a new ZIGZAG 2019 edition which does not feature the swivel attachment, meaning arborists now have even more choice.

The Akimbo SRS Mechanical Device by Rock Exotica

The Akimbo SRS Mechanical Device is a unique arborist climbing tool that enables the climber to ascend, descend and position on both stationary and moving rope systems. The Akimbo features rope contact surfaces (Upper and Lower Bollards) that adjust to accommodate a wide range of rope sizes to suit the climber’s needs or preferences – all without having to use tools or disassembling components. The Bollards can also be adjusted to increase or decrease friction to accommodate changes in climber weight, changes in the environment, or adjust for natural wear of the Akimbo’s contact surfaces. The Akimbo opens easily to remove or install a rope midline in seconds and compresses back down into a compact form, both on and off the rope.

Only approved ropes should be used with the Akimbo, so please contact your local parts team for more information.

The Rope Cannon

We understand that no one enjoys having to collect and fill your rope bag continuously, but the new Rope Cannon allows you to relocate long lines in just seconds. This time-saving device, also known as The Rope Shooting Wheel, handles everything from throwlines to 20mm diameter ropes in either wet, dry or dirty conditions. You can load up the Rope Cannon midline or from either end for easy rope collection. Another added benefit, which is great for measuring, is that one crank of the wheel equals three feet of rope.

These items are available to order now from Vermeer by calling 1300 VERMEER.

August 29, 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

August 14, 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

August 9, 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 or call 1800 686 411.

August 3, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Real Winner Monitor 2714 Spider Lift

An unbeatable machine for confined area access to taller heights.

The Monitor 2714 Spider Lift has been a real winner since its Australian launch in October 2017. This unit is available in two configurations:

  1. Diesel / Lithium battery hybrid version
  2. Diesel engine only

Both variants come standard with the following features:

  • 27m working height
  • 15m horizontal working outreach
  • 10m of up-and-over reach
  • 230kg SWL, with two man capacity
  • Stows to an incredible 890mm wide for narrow access
  • Removable platform (reduces length and width for extremely tight access)
  • Only 1.99m tall for driving through low areas
  • Fully radio controlled for all functions
  • Fast and smooth proportional controls, with ability to operate several functions simultaneously
  • High speed Auto level, with long outrigger travel
  • Variable position outriggers for versatile setup options
  • Still achieve full 360° rotation when legs are in narrow position
  • speed drive for faster and accurate positioning
  • Expanding tracks for increased stability
  • Platform rotation
  • Electric emergency lowering system
  • Powerful Kubota diesel engine

The optional on-board Lithium battery pack provides almost silent, emission free use. Majority of machines sold to date in Australia have this feature and can be a real game changer when positioning the machine in and around buildings where noise is to be kept to a minimum.

The beauty of Lithium is how fast it charges, how long a full charge lasts, and also the fact it is maintenance free, unlike standard batteries. Monitor Lifts have sold many Spider Lifts over the last six years with Lithium batteries, and are well experienced in this field.

The radio control unit is very ergonomic and simple to use. All functions are fully proportional and several aerial functions can be performed simultaneously.

The functions speeds are nice and fast if desired, making for quick set up times and productive work times.

The variable position outrigger system is brilliant. Even with all outriggers in the narrow position, the 2714 Spider Lift will provide full working height with full SWL and 360 degrees of slew! If you are setting up in tight areas, or in and around obstacles, this feature will be a great advantage.

Monitor Lifts have superb after sales and parts / technical support throughout Australia and New Zealand. With brand new premises in both Sydney and Melbourne, the friendly Monitor team are there to support you in any way possible – do not hesitate to call them now on freecall 1800 025 024, visit or email [email protected]

July 22, 2019 / by / in , ,
RG-800 Mini Tracked Dumper

Successful tradies and contractors need to get their jobs completed successfully within the allocated time and on budget.

Preferably, without smashing their workers and employees so hard they risk injuries or mistakes. I’ll be honest, I’m all for rolling up the sleeves and getting the job done, but in the long run it’s about working smarter not harder. Therefore, introducing smart machinery that can fast-track your work load and reduce any potential risk or injury is always going to be a sensible way to go, especially when the cost of said machinery is more than made up by the reduction of man hours on your weekly jobs. After all time is money.

The RG-800 Mini Tracked Dumper from Rhino Grande is one such piece of kit that can be a real game changer for contractors and business owners out there. The clever track-mounted, self-loading load dumper has a capacity of 800kg with a hydraulically operated scissor lift, which easily lifts the bucket to a height of 1450mm at the bucket pivot. This enables material to be dumped straight into a truck or 6m skip bin. They had me at scissor lift!

When I think back to the earlier days of my career and try to count the loads of buckets and wheelbarrows full of concrete, blue metal, road base and numerous other materials I’ve manually handled my back hurts just thinking about it. So it’s safe to say this machine is going to make life a lot easier and a hell of a lot more productive for many businesses where productivity and efficiency are important. I can see landscapers, plumbers, builders and other trades and professions that have requirements to move earth or a long list of other materials embracing the RG-800.

Great Access

The elements that make me think this machine is going to perform so well is that at 850mm wide its access is perfect for narrow passageways and other hard-to-get-to areas. It could even go through the front door if you needed it to. The 800kg load capacity can be filled with its self-loading bucket in three good scoops. The fact that this machine can not only lift and dump its load, but also dig and scoop to fill its own bucket is very clever. This machine will be the perfect addition for businesses with small teams who still need to power through labour-intensive tasks.

The 13hp 4-stroke petrol Briggs & Stratton engine with auto start is reliable and powerful. The entire machine offers great value overall. Easy servicing and maintenance is also a key factor to the features of this machine.

Testing Time

We tested the machine starting on relatively easy mulch and wood chips to get a feel for the loading and dumping process and the controls. It only took 20 minutes or so to get a good feel for the mini loader, so after half a dozen loads of the lighter material we made our way to a much harder and heavier pile of dirt and rock that had been drenched and dried out at least five times over the last week. A good crust had formed on the top layer that needed to be broken up by the scoop first. Make no mistake this machine is not an excavator, but I was still impressed with its ability to break up the pile and substantial chunks of sandstone and rock.

Rhino Grande have really shown off their talent for creating quality machinery designed and engineered to save owners time and money through innovation. As a structural landscaper and co-owner of Impact Pools – specialising in landscaping, paving and decking in and around various sized pools in backyards on the east coast around the Sydney and Central Coast areas – we often experience access problems, which a machine like the RG-800 would solve. It also has lifting points to be craned into position if needed.

For the price I can’t see any business with high labour costs going wrong by purchasing the Rhino Grande RG-800.

June 25, 2019 / by / in , ,
Vegetation Control

Did you know Himac manufacture more than 80 per cent of their machinery attachments in Australia? Experience quality made products that are built to last time and time again.

About Himac Attachments

Himac design, manufacture and supply attachments specifically for tree work and agricultural machinery operating in harsh Australian conditions. Their impressive product range is designed to suit skid steers track loaders, ag loaders and telehandlers as well as a streamlined selection of mini loader and excavator attachments.

At Himac you will find rake buckets, stick rakes, post hole diggers, grapples, hay forks, pallet forks, slashers, mixer buckets, brooms and much more. Whether you’re clearing land, creating fence lines, tackling vegetation… almost anything can be achieved using a Himac attachment.

Himac’s brand and reputation is built on more than 17 years of consistent supply of quality attachments throughout Australia. Each product is field tested and proven to last while remaining incredibly price-competitive.

Himac manufacture more than 80 per cent of the products they sell, all with local Australian labour. They hold generous stock levels in warehouses across Australia (including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and other capital cities) for fast delivery and minimal freight costs.

Skid Steer Claw Grapple

For the toughest Skid Steer Grapple around, look no further than the new and highly versatile Himac Claw Grapple. With Push Rake-style capability and fitted Cat J-Series teeth, this grapple is built to handle almost anything in its path. Whether you’re moving logs / branches, tackling large volumes of unwanted vegetation or doing scrap clean-up.

Features include:

  • Grapple features high grade 16mm thick arms with 65NB horizontal bars
  • Fitted Cat J-Series teeth for cutting through ground and roots
  • Perform raking and back dragging
  • Impressive 1270mm max opening allows large volume
  • Handle all types of vegetation and scrap
  • Serrated edges provide serious grip, greasable pivot points
  • Unique curved shape to hold wide range of loads sizes

Skid Steer Stump Bucket Grapple

Featuring the same multi-use innovation and high-tensile base as its standard counterpart, the Stump Grapple executes stump removal with your skid steer faster than ever. The serrated edges and front 300mm toothed tip cuts through roots, while at the same time the powerful single arm grapple can take hold and pull to accelerate the root-busting process.

Features include:

  • Extreme duty hydraulic grapple arm
  • Replaceable excavator style teeth – 300mm wide tip
  • Curved design base with 13mm high tensile construction
  • Accelerated removal of tree stumps, small trees and other vegetation
  • 1200mm max grapple opening to steady tall and large loads
  • Useful for digging footings and trenches (up to 920mm)
  • Perform demolition and pull up concrete / asphalt

Mini Loader Slasher

The Mini Loader Slasher from Himac allows you to harness serious grass slashing power. This vegetation control attachment is more than just a mini loader mower, going above and beyond expectations in speed, power and its ability to handle low level shrubbery with ease.

Features include:

  • Heavy duty twin blade carrier
  • 3″ diameter cutting capacity
  • 1280mm cutting width (1360mm overall)
  • High torque hydraulic motor
  • Safety chains fitted, worksafe approved
  • Run down clutch protection
  • 6mm thick Slasher deck
  • Fork pockets fitted for easy loading / unloading

Skid Steer Tree Puller

The Skid Steer Tree Puller will grab hold of small trees then pull up and out completely – roots and all. Simply grip and rip in a fast and effective clamping motion. Right from within the skid steer cab, you can clear large areas efficiently, or sneak in for more selective removal of saplings and other vegetation.

With a highly durable steel frame construction and 29 angled teeth, the tree puller is ready to pull trees up to 4 inches in diameter (max limb size 12” diameter).

Features include:

  • High grade steel frame construction with powder coated finish
  • Cross over relief to protect over-pressurising
  • Fast and powerful hydraulic clamping
  • Pull out trees up to 4” diameter – Max limb size 12” diameter
  • Flexible hose support – protection within frame
  • Spring mounted strain relief hose holder
  • Non-slip strips for safe enter / exit of skid steer

For the very best in machinery attachments for vegetation control, contact the friendly team at Himac on 1800 888 114

Browse their product range online at

June 21, 2019 / by / in ,
Boxer 700 HDX

If you’re looking to reduce labour costs and maximise efficiencies when handling materials on site, along with a long list of other tasks that previously chewed up your time and money, Morbark has an affordable and impressive solution. The Boxer 700HDX Skid Steer is a compact utility loader set to change the way you go about your labour-intensive tasks.

If you are a professional in the tree industry or any trade that involves labour-intensive material handling and loading of materials, who wants to get the job done as efficiently as possible, the 700HDX provides all the power you need for extremely demanding jobs.

When access onsite is tricky, the unique expandable undercarriage retracts to 88cm and then opens up again to 111cm for stability when in operation, making that backyard side passageway easy to access where other, larger machines simply wouldn’t fit through. So put that dodgy old wheelbarrow away and get the job done right with speed and efficiency.

Power and Performance

This machine is surprisingly nimble on the ground and the 24.8hp Kubota diesel engine supplies more than enough power. There is ample hydraulic flow with 43/33 L/ min combining to give you all the muscle you need when it counts.

The 700HDX has great new features, including a platform that soaks up a lot of bounce and movement when operating, which removes stress from the knees and calves, as well as making you feel more secure when operating. There are several padded areas that have been placed in just the right spots to ensure added user comfort. The hydrostatic drive, piloted joystick controls, rubber-isolated engine, hydraulic components and tightened boom tolerances all add up to a significantly improved experience.

I visited my good mates down at Active Tree Services where I knew I would be able to see what the Boxer 700HDX Skid Steer could do. Onsite there was a pile of mulch, branches and solid sections of chopped up tree trunks that had been dropped off throughout the morning.

Everything I needed to test the power and performance of the Boxer was there.

Impressive Ground Speed with Great Access

Within minutes I was manoeuvring at pace around the site (max speed 7.2km p/h) and using the brush grapple to move solid sections of cut tree trunks on site. The operating capacity of the 700HDX is 320kg, which is an impressive amount given the size of the machine. Even when using the attachment to push significantly heavier sections of tree trunks, it pushed and pulled surprisingly well. I dialled into the machine within 5 to 10 minutes and made short work of a pile of tree sections within 15 minutes. The brush grapple had plenty of bite and gripped the heavier sections extremely well. The thick boom arms are built tough, and the universal attachment plate made it very quick and easy to swap over attachments.

The next attachment in line for me to test was the 4-n-1 multi-purpose bucket.

I was backfilling, levelling and moving good amounts of material effortlessly in great time. The Boxer 700HDX Skid Steer is a true workhorse.

Other standout features are the cooling system and fan, which are located in front of the operator’s position at the back of the machine and because it’s a suck (not blow) system it won’t blow hot air on the operator’s legs. The location stops dust from being sucked into the engine. There are also two front and two rear tie-down points, which are a handy addition.

The rubber undercarriage track width is 230mm, which provides suitable grip and traction even in sloppy, muddy conditions. Weighing in at 1295kg (no attachment) this machine is a perfect option for those trying to get through more challenging tasks significantly quicker than manual labour.

With more than 50 attachments available, from buckets to augers and forks, you will find the right attachment to suit practically any task for on-the-job flexibility and bottom line performance. As with all skid steers you do have to be a little careful not to overload and forward tip the machine, but with experience and common sense you will find this machine outperforms similar more expensive machines.

My overall opinion of the Boxer 700HDX Skid Steer is that its handling and performance are superior to other skid steers I have used in the past. The controls and power are both smooth and powerful, without being overly sensitive with the movement that comes from operating the machine.

Its dual hydrostatic hydraulic system’s overall power and lifting capabilities are impressive, and for the price, the Boxer 700HDX Skid Steer is a cost-effective addition to any business looking to enhance their productivity.

Words | Heath Thompson

Call 1300 072 926 for more product range.

For more information visit

June 17, 2019 / by / in ,