In this series of articles, we will be sharing exclusive coverage from all aspects of APF 2022. 

As you might expect, across the APF an abundance of mechanical arb tools were on display, from the latest tree shears and grapple saws from the likes of Field and Forest to cranes from Palfinger UK and specialised Unimogs from Atkinson Vos.

Beyond the excitement of new exhibitors and product launches, it was interesting to witness the forestry and arb crowds co-mingling, and also to see established names venturing into different realms.

One such example is Euroforest, which, as the industry becomes more mechanised, is increasingly pitching its services to the arb market.

While it may be best known for its harvesting business, the firm was promoting its mechanised arb solutions – that have included tree shears and grapple saws – during APF 2022. 

“Euroforest is leading the way in mechanisation, using modern technology and machines with long reach, grapple saws, and removing the trees without the need for traditional arboriculture,” said Mark Williams, director of operations. “That’s something we are very passionate about. We are working very closely with local authorities and the Forestry Commission. 

“It’s grown massively since ash dieback became a problem in this country. We can’t ask traditional arborists to climb ash trees. The technology is now here, and mechanisation is here. There are a lot of contractors who have invested in it. 

“There are a lot of dangerous ash trees in this country and they will all need to be dealt with.”

The shape of things to come?

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