To meet their arboricultural requirements, Mid Suffolk District Council recently purchased a GreenMech CS100, adding to a QuadChip 160 already in their portfolio.
Mid Suffolk is a local government district with the most parishes in Suffolk. In charge of the grounds maintenance and street council teams is Operations Officer John Buckingham, who in his 24 years has built some fruitful relationships, one of which is with Martin Lucas of GreenMech.
Purchased 2 years ago, the QuadChip 160 is used for all tree maintenance works, pruning, felling etc. "It's a great tool because it means we don't have to take a lot of waste away" explains John. "We can even sell some of the firewood which brings a small amount of income back into the department. The CS100, which we bought last year, is used predominately for shrub-beds and was purchased for similar cost-saving reasons as the chip we produce can be put back onto beds. By doing that we're saving roughly £60 a day on waste disposal so it's really delivering the savings we purchased it for."
All ten members of John's grounds maintenance team are trained up and using the GreenMech chippers, along with another countryside team who have been trained by Martin to use the CS100. "They're easy machines to maintain and both perform exactly as they say they will. We did look at other manufacturers when making the purchasing decision but found the output of the GreenMech's was far superior and obviously output is key. As long as they're maintained properly and used correctly we have no issues at all."
The QuadChip160 is a 160mm chipper that features a full 360o turntable allowing definitive infeed chute positioning for convenient and safe loading at the kerb-side or in restricted spaces.
Powered by a 34hp Kubota turbo-charged diesel engine, it offers exceptional crushing of difficult branches and woody brash, provided by twin vertical feed rollers and a large 160mm x 230mm letterbox opening.
The CS100 is a powerful yet compact workhorse - at just 760mm wide, it is ideal for "˜on the spot' chipping in restricted or tight spaces. The wide, open in-feed chute can process solid timber of up to 100mm or large volumes of bushy material.