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Don’t Get Caught

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 16, 2019 / by / in , ,
Gomtaro Root Cutting Saw

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

What is it designed to do?

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

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

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

Commercial Growers

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

Fencing Contractors

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

Gomtaro Root Cutter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 12, 2019 / by / in , ,
New 550XP® MARK II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

550XP® Mark II features:

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

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com

August 5, 2019 / by / in , ,
Safety Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Word On Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 1, 2019 / by / in , ,
Hansa Meeting Expectations

Hansa and Treescape are two companies that share similar humble beginnings. First crossing paths in 1987, and now again in 2019, today one of the Treescape team talks about their latest chipper purchase and shares their experience.

As a new generation of Green Asset Management specialists, Treescape is a company that now prides itself as one of Australasia’s largest arboriculture service providers. Recognised in the industry as a diverse and fast-growing business, they currently operate in multiple locations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Started in 1981 by founders Ed Chignell and Brandon Whiddett, Treescape originally started their operations with little more than a VW Beetle, a couple of chainsaws and a solid work ethic. Today, their range of services has grown significantly, expanded and diversified. With Australian operations started in 2006, Treescape now employs over 600 staff across Australasia.

Aside from a large and diverse fleet of chippers, Treescape’s fleet also features: tub grinders, MEWP units, tip trucks, stump grinders, treespades, excavators, spider aerial work platforms and tractor mulchers. With a chipper collection ranging from mobile 35hp 6″ units through to a 750hp tracked 23″ whole tree chipper. Treescape knows the importance of using the right tool for the job. The smaller towable chippers are ideal for use by residential crews, while the largest capacity machines are reserved for forestry sites and larger projects where access is not an issue.

Speaking of their latest purchase – a Hansa 10” tracked chipper – Nelson based Business Manager Lian Polack shares his experience.

“We chose the Hansa C60RX tracked chipper for the flexibility on our work sites. Being able to track into difficult access sites but also being able to chip whilst still on the trailer into our tip truck makes it very versatile. One of the main differences between the C60RX and other tracked chippers is the ability to use the chipper on or off the bespoke trailer.”

The chipper that Lian’s team purchased is the C60RX model with optional winch and lift-and crush. As a fully proportional remote-controlled chipper, the operator can maintain a safe distance during operation. Whilst it is rated as a 10” chipper, the C60RX features a wide infeed opening of 254 x 457mm (10”x18”), excellent for processing foliage, brushy and forked branches. Treescape also purchased the T20 trailer to go with their Hansa – a bespoke trailer designed not only for maintaining the C60RX chipper at an ergonomic working height while mounted, but also for quick loading and unloading via the built-in ramps and strapping system.

Technical and service support were also mentioned as one of Lian’s considerations – with Hansa’s Headquarters in Hamilton, New Zealand (and their Australian facilities in Brisbane) the Hansa team are better equipped to respond promptly. Spare and replacement parts can be shipped quickly unlike machines from off-shore.

“Our local contact at Hansa was Steve Childs who has been very easy to deal with. The Hansa team were open to our conversations around modifications, and most of what we wanted Hansa were developing or already had available. Steve worked with me to bring the C60 to an awkward worksite, and after induction and demonstration, we let the crew use the chipper for a morning.”

“Our crews’ feedback was that the chipper was easy to use. They enjoyed the versatility of being able to reduce winching/dragging time on site and the feed tray was a good height/width. Most importantly, they felt that the C60 was a lot gruntier than they expected,” added Lian.

Speaking with Hansa, the team are happy to see their chipper working for Treescape. Managing Director, Martin Vogel says: “Our first sale to Treescape was actually three decades ago back in 1987. They were one of our first customers for the commercial CII chippers, and they purchased two from my father at the time. It’s really fantastic to see how their company and team has grown since then.”

The CII chippers were a towable 27HP diesel drum chipper with 4”-5” maximum capacity – and one of the very few chippers available at the time.

“It’s a real testament to my father’s work, as we have come across other customers who have been using the original CI and CII series chippers for almost three decades. However, our chippers have really come a long way.”

Speaking about Hansa’s changes over the years, Martin adds, “Expectations change. What were once bells-and-whistles are now expected as a standard. We specialise in chippers, so listening to our customers and working closely with arborists to innovate is core to what we do. The advancements we developed over the years such as capacity, safety, efficiency, modularity and features really make our modern chippers an entirely different beast.”

For more information on the Hansa range visit www.hansachippers.com.au

July 29, 2019 / by / in , ,
Mobile Hazards

The distractions of mobile phones and social media are turning out to be a significant cost to modern businesses.

As we become more connected via social media, and more entertained by the readily accessible sea of apps, games and the accompanying notifications, we are losing some vital skills as well as the reliance on our basic awareness of our surroundings. It would seem that the more we connect via our devices, the less connected we become in reality.

As we lose the ability to communicate one to one, we not only lose the ability to construct a compelling conversation, but also the ability to listen and understand instruction. This is a real problem in our industry as we have a lot of young people entering our workforce who have no idea what life was like without mobile phones, iPods, and the ability to send or receive an SMS or email. They want instant gratification, they have more rights than previous generations and therefore generally are more inclined to do what they want without fear of retribution. It is difficult to measure the exact impact this has had on workplace health and safety. However, I suspect it has played more of a part than we know.

The most obvious distraction is the use of a mobile phone while either operating or in the immediate vicinity of heavy machinery. Not only for phone calls but to access social media, sending SMS messages and even listening to music. All of these distract the employee from the task at hand. You’ve probably seen it done on your site. Everybody knows it’s dumb, so what I’ve noticed is that often those wearing the ear buds, talking to their girlfriend or listening to their music, will wear a hoodie to make it less obvious. What does that do? Just make everyone around you assume that you heard them coming, or you heard the reverse alarm or the horn. You might as well paint a target on your back.

Some worksites are treating this potentially deadly, hazardous practise as exactly that by introducing strict rules about the use of mobile phones and the authority to even carry one. Designated areas are being established where a phone call may be made and the caller must remain inside the designated zone for the duration of the call. Walking and talking is not allowed as this gives rise to slips, trips, falls and/or the potential to walk into the path of mobile equipment. This may seem extreme, but if so, that’s just a result of your conditioning due to what you’ve been exposed to. If you think about it, taking into account the motivation for such a policy, it actually makes perfect sense.

The Hidden Toll

How’s this for putting it in perspective for you? An online source reports that by the end of 2016, as many as 12 people had died as a direct result of being distracted by the Pokemon Go App. The reported number of hospitalisations was much higher. Bear in mind what it was that the deceased were doing at the time. Chasing fictitious characters on a game they’d downloaded onto their so called “smart” phone. The costs to productivity initially being absorbed by businesses, are then being passed on to the consumer in order to maintain their profit margin.

Do the math in your head, if for example a large multinational essential service provider employs 5000 staff, each of whom spend on average 15 minutes per day checking their social media feed, that equates to 1250 wasted hours per day. Divide that into standard 7.6-hour shifts and they’re essentially employing an additional 164.4 people each day that they could do without if everyone stayed on task. These costs creep into the product or service you consume.

So, even if you’re not on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Snapchat, Viber or even LinkedIn, guess what? Not only are you paying for it anyway, you may also be injured at work by someone who is. The smart move is to leave the smart phone off while you’re at work.

July 26, 2019 / by / in , ,
Conservation Arboriculture In Action – Part 1

Though it’s been over three years since I have written for Australian Arbor Age magazine, this article comes straight on the back of my last three-part article that served as an introduction to Conservation Arboriculture.

My whole career has been a steady progression down this path, where I see all trees and their byproducts(when processed correctly) as benefits for the living biological computer that is planet earth. This work is my view on trees through cultural practise as a professional contractual and consulting conservation arborist. This two-part article is a reflection on recent arboricultural projects of mine, carried out with my current professional circle – Treepeeps (run by Mandy Blyss and Tony Aitkenhead) working the Scenic Rim to Greater Brisbane in S.E. Queensland. This article starts with a recent Arb report on the retention of a veteran tree with RNE and flows into a 5 per cent crown reduction as a means to reduce load on a mechanically constrained gum over a Mount Tamborine cabin.

Flooded Gum Assessment

Following a request from the VACC Parks, Gardens and Cemeteries Coordinator to assess a Flooded Gum tree in the centre of Oswald Park, on behalf of Treepeeps Pty Ltd, I carried out a site/tree assessment on March 14, 2019.

The Rathdowney Flooded Gum tree is a local wet sclerophyll woodland species, located close to the centre of Oswald Park beside a footbridge on the edge of a gully.

The Flooded Gum stands at approximately 20m tall with an approximate crown spread of 8m. The stem diameter (at chest height) is 1m and the trunk flare diameter (at ground level) is around 1.2m. This tree is made up of a single main stem, has an asymmetric crown (trunk, branches and canopy) and is approximately aged 30-40 years.

A question has been raised in relation to the trees condition with the long term in mind, the symptoms that bought this tree into consideration involves an extensive lesion on its main stem extending into a lateral branch, exposed desiccated sapwood, early signs of hollowing and effected wound margins.

Evidence of genus, species and health The Flooded Gum – Eucalyptus grandis has fair vitality (historically good), this is evidenced by foliage, leaf size, leaf colour, bark colour and past wound wood generation.

Evidence of Crown Structure (relating to biomechanical assessment) The body language of the Flooded gum indicates stress levels impacting on vitality, this is visible in recent wound wood production surrounding pruning cuts, is also evidenced by a history of past and recent (still green) limb failure. Study of a failed limb (present at the time of assessment) revealed wood embrittlement indicative of dehydration/drought stress.

Observations / Discussion

In a past local consulting role for Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) in 2015/16, I was involved with the risk management of Gum trees with exactly the same symptoms. Over the period of  several months I gathered extensive data on Gum trees with similar failures and identical lesion symptoms.

In my experience these kinds of wounds/lesions are caused by local Parrots (Galah’s and Rainbow Lorikeets) seeking to create habitation. The birds scribe the outer bark of branch forks into the sapwood with their beaks and return to the same forks to scribe the generating wound wood. This has the effect of perpetuating the injury enabling sustained wood exposure akin to a perennial canker. In fact my research (I assessed over 100 mature Gum trees in association with the TRC project), revealed that the Birds and Canker decay organisms are working together to propagate these injuries.

I first became aware of this issue whilst assessing trees for Arborist Bernard Keays of pre-amalgamation Moreton Bay Shire Council and for Energex in 2007. Prior to this time I did not see these symptoms (as an active tree climbing arborist in S.E. Queensland 1991-2004 I was in a position to) and believe that the issue of wound scribing of branch fork unions has occurred since then because of habitat loss caused by decades of development and loss of habitat trees for the birds.

Coming back to the Rathdowney Flooded Gum – Parrot/canker damage is well recognised with study of the recent limb failure captured for this report. Study of page 8 of the linked report (refer to: https://bit.ly/2YcJIX2) reveals very similar symptoms to the symptoms posed by the Flooded Gum limb failure (Fig. 8-10).

Those symptoms being a lesion from parrot wound scribing, the failure leaving a branch stub (also noted on our Flooded gum), wood embrittlement from dehydration/oxidised tissues and part cross grain shearing and delamination – creating a tear. Though based on study of the failure and consideration of the site/ recent climate I also maintain the tree was drought stressed at the time of failure (another failure criterion).

There is also the site/site history to consider, the tree is located on the top of an embankment with a footpath running through its root zone, the construction of the bridge and footpath may well have originally occurred before the tree was established, though high density human traffic around the trees root zone coupled with lawn maintenance machinery is a sustained load on any top soil (Fig. 3-4). Also with the sustained removal of leaf litter and the inability of the soil profile to cycle humus this is an added ‘nail in the coffin’ that is the trees longevity.

Considering the large trunk injuries (and the energy it’s taken for the tree to occlude them) from major limb removal coupled (Fig. 12) with the health issues discussed I see this tree as being quite reasonably stressed (though not so historically as indicated by lower pruning cuts that are completely occluded).

It is possible that with proactive arboricultural management that the Flooded Gum could well make a recovery. In light of the considerable loss of habitat trees throughout Queensland it falls on us to keep and risk manage every tree we can, especially those that the wild-life is attempting to occupy, as each bird damaged tree we remove puts stress on the birds as well as other non-bird injured gum trees.

Discussion/Recommendations

My advice is to retain and risk managed this Gum tree in the short term, if in the long the tree improves then all well and good. However I do recommend integrating a new tree into the airspace of the Gum, to achieve this I recommend making the Flooded gum a host tree for a strangler Fig (F. obliqua, F. virens, F. watkinsiana etc). In the big picture such a move now will stabalise the Gum in the long term (20 years plus), whilst helping to sustain future habitat within the Gum, as well as allow for continued amenity (note – Treepeeps carries out Ficus establishment as a specialised service). I recommend establishing the Fig on the sloping side of the tree to encourage roots to go downhill into the lawn gully (away from the footpath).

I also recommend improving on the Gum trees growing environment by establishing a Nutrient Bed (comprised of cold processed composted mulch) surrounding the tree from the footpathdown the bank the Gum is growing on. To help keep people off the Nutrient Bed and accelerate the assimilation of nutrients (activate the soil root-interface) I also recommend the establishment of a Plant System (plant component of an ecosystem), to help proof the nutrient bed and keep the public out (exclusion zone). In the course of establishing a plant system I also recommend vertical inoculation of the trees root zone with Soil Food Web grade cold processed compost – humus (this can be done at the time of planting).

With regard the crown/canopy of the Flooded Gum I recommend carrying out a 3-5 per cent canopy reduction. This acts as a 25-30 per cent volume reduction which significantly reduces wind-load/ major limb failure whilst maintaining energy (photosynthesis) production. A good volume reduction only targets outer canopy, inner canopy is retained to help sustain crown harmonics as well as enable retention of future reduction points should the tree need to be reduced lower. This style of crown management is aimed to mirror a trees natural retrenchment process (trees generally shed the outer to sustain the inner). Based on the removal of auxin via the removal of the outer shoots this operation actually helps to facilitate internal canopy growth response, the same can be achieved by removing buds (or nudge pruning to quote UK Arb pioneer – Arborist David Lloyd-Jones), though I often find on my subject trees – that an internal canopy is already being generated. The drawing around the Gum tree (Fig. 13) is an indicator of the line of reduction I suggest. Such an operation is to be done with hand tools, with cuts being small (on average 2.5cm), the aim is to keep cuts out of the heartwood to reduce oxidation of internal tissues and to best work with a trees rapid compartmentalisation of wounding. Such an operation to be repeated five yearly

Conclusion

In conclusion the Flooded gum (a future habitat) tree located at the heart of Jubilee Park (adjacent to the foot bridge) is a veteran tree in need of management to reduce risk, as well as to facilitate a healthier tree in its location for the long term.

The management recommended (cyclical volume reduction and soil restoration/revegetation/public exclusion or RNE – Reduction, Nutrition and Exclusion) requires short term outlay to achieve long term amenity improvement with minimal long-term investment.

Back to main body of the article – since my 2015, three-part piece (Veteran Tree Management via Reduction, Nutrition and Exclusion) I have been consistently engaging with Conservation Arb projects, with a view to build up a body of work worthy of follow up publication. My greatest project is due to commence in Vanuatu this year and has been a rigorous uphill slog to pull off (four years). For me this has been all about holding space in support of a Social Justice mover and maker, I like to think that my articles have always been on topics that are out of the box, Project Vanuatu will certainly be worth writing and reading about.

The Mount Tamborine Tallowood Volume Reduction

Some accuse me of over using the strategy of pruning trees to risk manage them (better that than removal), though the truth is I get more pleasure out of creating nutrient beds and plant systems– the ultimate tree/people driven means to mitigate risk and boost tree health. The public are more used to paying arborists rates for arborists to climb trees that to doctor them on the ground. Though not so with Treepeeps as our legend marketing manager Mandy attracts the perfect clients.

Though in fairness to my artistry I do not recommend pruning non veteranised trees. As with the Mount Tamborine Tallowood Gum – Eucalyptus microcorys I elected to carry out a 30 per cent volume reduction (5 per cent height/spread reduction) because of parrot damage (lesions from beak scribing).

In Part 2, the article will follow through into a study of a Treepeeps restoration project, the soil and trees, the whole package.

July 19, 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 , ,
Fueling Your Body

Are you sick and tired of being tired and sick?

Energy. Why does it seem like some people have so much of it and others can barely get out of bed in the morning?

We need to start treating our bodies like the amazing things they are, rather than just taking them for granted and only thinking about them when something starts to ‘break down’. If you take your car to be serviced, get the oil changed, have the wheels aligned and you proactively keep it tuned-up you know it’s going to last longer, have fewer problems and perform to the best of its ability! Don’t you think you should start looking at your body the same way? So how do we change the oil and align the tires in our bodies?

Below are some tips to start implementing today.

  1. Drink More Water! So many of us are walking around like shrivelled-up, old prunes because we’re NOT hydrated. Next time your energy is feeling low, grab a litre of water and drink up. It’s also a great idea to start your day with a litre of water before you have anything else – make a commitment to drink more water.
  2. Get Moving. If your energy is low it can sometimes deter you from moving but trust me, even the biggest sleepy heads have found mega energy by moving their bodies. Even just 15 minutes will give you a brilliant energy boost.
  3. Be Happy. No-one likes a ‘Sad Harry’ so when someone asks you how you are, tell enormous. Next time you find your internal dialogue saying, “I feel tired” or “I don’t have any energy” try replacing it with, “I feel fantastic and I have loads of energy” – watch the power these simple phrases can have on your life.
  4. Despite what we’re told by the media the sun is NOT out to get us. It’s the greatest source of energy and I encourage you to get outside in it! Don’t be stupid and fry yourself to a crisp though – try putting some cold-pressed coconut oil on your skin and get out for mins or so, instant energy!
  5. Have you ever eaten a meal and then slipped into a ‘food coma’?
    You know the one where you’re laying on the couch and don’t want to move? It feels gross doesn’t it? When you eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds this doesn’t happen. Wholefoods give you masses of energy and the fuel your body needs to be at full potential!
  1. Find out your spinal age. You are only as old as your spine and this is why you can see two 60-year olds walking down the street who may have completely different postures, activity levels, levels of happiness and levels of arthritis and decay. One has a much older spinal age than the other. Have your spine checked by a wellness chiropractor to be getting the most performance and energy out of your body.

For more information contact the Chiropractic Central in Lane Cove via email at [email protected] or call (02) 9418 9031.

June 10, 2019 / by / in , ,