March 21, 2022
STIHL recently announced their cutting edge, Hexa Chain System. This new innovative cutting system revolutionises both the cutting & sharpening experience.
Designed with the professional user in mind, the Hexa chain is made for those with high output needs, it's the ideal chain for forestry and harvesting wood. The shape of the chain & its file makes it easier to sharpen in the field, where traditionally precise sharpening has been difficult. When sharpening traditional chain 2 elements need to be separated. The top plate and the side plate. The top plate is always visible from above when sharpening, but the side plate cutting angle can be hidden. This can cause a reduction in sharpening quality of the side plate even from experienced users.
The unique shape of the file sits neatly in the cutter, this improves the edge quality of the side plate and allows it to stay sharper for longer.
The benefits don't just stop at the ease & speed of sharpening, the Hexa system performs better too. Traditional STIHL chains are manufactured with a 30-degree angle. Rapid Hexa is designed with a 25-degree optimum sharpening angle, which is ideal for high output felling and crosscutting applications. This combined with the narrower kerf results in a performance increase of over 10% according to STIHLs testing.
In summary, the benefits of the Hexa Chain System are;
- Over 10% better cutting performance - Thanks to a narrower cutting width (kerf), Rapid Hexa allows a 10%+ improvement in cutting performance over tradional Rapid Super saw chain.
- Easier & quicker sharpening - Optimised shaping
January 04, 2022
STIHL's new ADVANCE PROCOM system marks a huge step forward in the arborist communication space. This innovative mesh intercom system allows up to 16 headsets to communicate comfortably & efficiently while working, even in noisy, wet, dirty conditions. While ear defender intercoms have existed for years now, no headset has had such a rich feature set at a competitive price.
January 29, 2021
Better for You, your machine, & the environment - Aspen's Alkylate Petrols are 99% cleaner than standard pump petrol.
Made in a special process, done only in a few refineries across the world, Aspen fuel is a clean burning fuel similar in combustion properties to petrol, but lacks it's harmful components such as Benzene & aromatic hydrocarbons.
Petrol's harmful substances cause serious health problems. A chainsaw running on standard petrol emits as much benzene emissions as 57 cars . Benzene is a carcinogenic, when using these sorts of tools it's vital to your health to avoid exposure as much as you can. Aspen is practically free of benzene, so by switching fuel, you can cut benzene emissions by up to 108 times . You're breathing much cleaner air whilst running Aspen. It's not just you that can benefit from the switch to Aspen, your machine's engine will benefits from lower carbon deposits, resulting in a very clean upper cylinder, spark plug, & exhaust. Aspen keeps your engine cleaner and enables a longer service life. It achieves this by being a cleaner fuel, it's more complete burn though the lack of non-essential components, means it leaves very little carbon deposit.
October 15, 2020
Marlow Ropes first introduced their Eco-Conscious 100% Recycled Blue Ocean rope as a Dockline back in November 2018 at the METS Trade Exhibition in 2018.
As world leaders in the Leisure Marine industry Marlow were the first to produce a ‘technically better’ environmentally conscious innovation which is the BLUE OCEAN DOCKLINE made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles.
Every day more than 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfills in the UK alone, and this latest innovation from Marlow uses their engineering expertise to make an environmental difference; through the development of a high-quality premium rope.
Reusing, repurposing and recycling are key areas of Marlow’s environmental policy, and this latest product development aims to highlight the importance of these actions to help reduce marine plastic pollution. As a manufacturing company within the marine industry, Marlow knows only too well about the impact that plastic materials can have on the environment and ensures that their impact is kept to a minimum, as managing director Jon Mitchell explains: “Like many progressive organisations, we are extremely conscious of our environmental impact and ensure that both our manufacturing and waste management systems are in line with our environmental policy which reinforces our recycle, reuse and repurpose education mission.
Marlow ropes are made to the highest of standards using quality materials such as Dyneema® which is well known for its green strength, and whilst they are made from plastic polymers, they are not single use items and they equip their customers and end-users with technical knowledge to help maximise the rope’s performance and extend their life so that as little of them as possible end up in landfill or as marine litter. When the ropes do eventually need replacing, there are
July 17, 2020
The highly anticipated Arborflex trousers are out now and available to buy. They were first introduced in 2018 at the APF Show.
Arborflex has been designed to give you a multitude of trouser options to suit a variety of applications. Combine your choice of skin with the base to suit the required level of protection and performance.
What is the problem with current trousers on the market?
Some segments of the market work in different working conditions (weather variations, or safety requirements) which require them to have multiple pairs of trousers, leading to unnecessary expenses.
The objective of this product launch is to be a solution to the market that will allow every chainsaw user to have the correct trousers for any job.
Advantages of Arborflex system:
> Allows the user to have a number of different skins to suit different working conditions. (weather variations or safety requirements)
> If needed the skins can be changed within minutes on the job site, without having to take off the base layer.
> Drying time after wash will be greatly reduced.
> The base layer class protection tag on the back of the trousers will allow users, and health & safety officer to identify the level of protection at a glance.
> If the protection is ever cut into, the user will be able to tell instantly, as the coloured material will be pulled out.
3 Levels of Protection
Type A – Front leg protection only. Most suitable for groundwork.
Type B – Front leg and lower back leg protection. More lightweight tro
February 07, 2020
The event, supported by the Arbor Day Foundation (US) and the Mersey Forest, was a huge celebration of trees, those that work with trees (arborists), and recognition of a hugely important global industry. Although there is a UK National Tree Week, focusing specifically on planting initiatives, no official day celebrates all things arboriculture.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The day featured a number of VIP guests from as far afield as Gibraltar and Italy, major industry guest speakers, a tree climbing demonstration, as well as an official tree planting event at the centre of the College campus to mark the occasion. Work is already well underway on a new woodland area which is being created on campus, called ‘Arbor Day Wood’.
It’s hoped that the day will now become an annual event.
The day began at Myerscough College with a VIP reception, before an invited audience heard from special guest industry speakers including The Mersey Forest’s Paul Nolan OBE, Suzanne Simmons, Trees for Cities, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Jon Hammerton, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, Ann Selby, Wildlife Trust, and Tiziano Nesi, Matteini Tranquillo Piante.
After lunch and a networking opportunity, there were further guest presentations from Observatree, Luke Fay, Tree Environmental Practice, Duncan Smith, Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, John Parker, Arboricultural Association, Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants, Alan Thompson, Arbtech Consulting Ltd, Christopher Wright, Tim Moya Associates, Richard Trippett, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Nick Bolton, Lockhart Garratt Ltd.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="1288" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Duncan Slater,