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Kwik-Trim | Arbor Age: Vegetative Clearing Gets Versatile

August 14, 2015

We live in an age where bigger is better — bigger burgers, bigger flat-screen TVs and, in the world of clearing vegetation, bigger equipment. A large-scale mechanical tree trimmer with a 75-foot boom can tear into towering pines, and a dedicated mulching machine will make mincemeat of the thickest buck brush.

But aside from rural areas offering ample space to maneuver, these behemoths can be a headache to handle and transport. Good luck maintaining right-of-ways near urban sprawl. In such cases, bigger is definitely not better; and instead can be a hindrance to operators, residents, motorists and utility company vegetation management professionals.

Increasingly, the argument with clearing equipment is to go small or compact. And through technological advancements, increased power and affordability, such compact equipment options can expand anyone’s versatility.

Money in the bank

More and more, professionals are discovering that, compared with larger dedicated machines, horizontal drum mulcher attachments and compact mechanical trimmers increase efficiency and achieve a faster return on investment. When the economy faltered several years ago, it forced professional arborists to increase output while minimizing cost. Although the economic environment today has improved, many companies haven’t lost that conservative mindset; the need to do more work with fewer resources...

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