In this series of articles, we will be sharing exclusive coverage from all aspects of the ARB Show 2023. 

WHILE Vermeer might be best known for its rich, near 80-year history, it was the manufacturer’s eye on the future that stood out. 

On its demonstration area - understood to have been the ARB Show’s only one to allow attendees to get behind the controls - the firm showed off its S925T skid steer and BC200 woodchipper, both of which are powered by Kubota’s WG1605 petrol engine. 

A conscious choice, not only does it deliver the performance arborists would expect, but it is futureproofed for a greener, more eco-friendly working environment. 

“There are a lot of changes in the arb industry, with white and red diesel and u-turns on red diesel,” said sales manager Paul Doyle. “We have had a lot of conversations with local authorities that the migration to petrol  - and then, ultimately, battery - is in motion. 

“Vermeer has decided to go with the Kubota WG1605 57 hp petrol engine, naturally aspirated and a simple four-stroke engine to power its 8” chippers. We feel that is the way forward. 

“It is cleaner. We know soon in many cities that diesel chippers will go out of fashion, and local authorities will insist on petrol engines.” 

Established by Gary Vermeer in 1948, Vermeer invented the stump grinder. From there, it now boasts a wide range of chippers and skid-steer loaders, and, in a competitive field, Paul is sure one thing sets it apart. 

Forestry Journal: Paul Doyle shows off one of Vermeer's skid steers Paul Doyle shows off one of Vermeer's skid steers (Image: EA)

“Build quality and pedigree,” he said. “Bearing in mind 1948 is a long time ago. Vermeer is a family-owned firm, and its eye is on durability. When you buy a Vermeer, you are buying a 10- to 20-year investment.” 

Asked about how the ARB Show had gone, Paul said: “It has gone beyond expectations.”

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