Almost a year on from taking delivery, Peter Greathead of PWG Tree Surgery is still being surprised by the seemingly 'unstoppable' performance of his GreenMech EVO 165D woodchipper. From the very first demonstration, Peter was impressed by the design and build quality of the EVO 165D - which has proven to be a solid investment for the family-run business.
Peter along with his two brothers mainly undertake domestic tree works, along with assisting in larger-scale, commercial sub-contracting projects. "Over the years we hired various makes and models of chipper, before we decided to purchase our first machine - a second hand GreenMech Arborist 15-23. When the time came to replace our 15-23, we'd been so impressed with the support we had received from the GreenMech dealer network, particularly from Ashley Stevens at GA Groundcare Ltd, that we went straight to them to compare the options available."
"We had a demonstration of the petrol EVO 165 initially, and as soon as it turned up, my brothers and I were dumbfounded by the build quality of it! Everything from the steel bonnet to the paintwork was much heavier-duty than we'd seen on competitor machines, which gave us the peace of mind we needed to invest." The option for a foldable discharge chute meant that Peter ended up going for the EVO 165 diesel model - combining a 165mm chipping capacity with a 25hp Kubota diesel engine.
Having been used on projects both large and small over the last 12 months, one of the features that has really impressed Peter is the adjustable roller speed. "If we're dealing with bigger timber, we slow the rollers down and the machine works with us to process the timber without stressing the engine. Conversely, if we're dealing with bramble or ivy, we can up the roller speed and it'll almost 'suck' the material in. This powerful pull through also means we're not having to sned material prior to processing, dramatically reducing our chainsaw usage and improving our efficiency."
Peter concludes, "The thought that GreenMech have put into the EVO series is clear to see, pulling together some of the features and benefits of their other machines all into one design. Our EVO 165D is constantly surprising us with the types and volumes of material it can process. As yet, we've yet to find anything that it can't handle!"