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Först diesel chippers approved

Först diesel chippers approved: For those customers looking to enhance their environmental credentials, Först’s diesel woodchippers fitted with Doosan engines are now approved for use with HVO fuel. HVO (or hydrotreated vegetable oil) is a paraffinic diesel fuel which offers a significant reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions.

Following a period of substantial testing and consulting with Doosan, Först are pleased to confirm that their Doosan engine machines are all now certified for use with HVO fuel. Available from most fuel wholesalers, HVO eliminates up to 90% of net CO2 as well as significantly reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions.

Först diesel chippers approved

Först diesel chippers approved

With such a strong focus on climate change in all industries globally, the opportunity to switch to greener fuels is an attractive one, especially when coupled with the power and performance of Först’s diesel wheeled and tracked woodchippers.

Först’s Senior Engineer, Gary Wheelband, says of the new fuel option:

“We’re extremely pleased to enable Först customers to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel option without the need for any additional investment in fuel storage or infrastructure, and with no compromise on the performance our woodchippers are known for. The benefits of HVO aren’t just related to sustainability – it can be bulk stored, is cheaper than pump fuel and has a much longer shelf life than diesel or petrol.”

The Först machines approved for use with HVO fuel are the ST6D42 and ST8D55 in the wheeled woodchipper range and the TR6D42, TR8D55 and the XR8D in the tracked woodchipper line up. Först offer a comprehensive 3 year warranty and sell direct in England and Wales, and through an approved dealer network in 20 other countries.

For more information visit www.forstglobal.com or call +44 1264 721790

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Först at SALTEX

Först at SALTEX: The Först line-up at Saltex displays a range of formidable woodchippers. There are wheeled and tracked machines to meet the needs of arborists, landscapers, groundcare professionals, and local authorities around the world.

In just nine years since building their first chipper, Först has become Europe’s leading woodchipper manufacturer and a global brand. In the UK, Först’s special emphasis at Saltex is on their entire towable range now being available to all customers, given the upcoming changes to towing regulations. Först boasts the world’s most powerful 6” wheeled chipper, the ST6D 42. Fast and hungry, the ST6D has a wide hopper, robust all-steel construction and derives its power from a 42hp Doosan DPF engine. There is also a 24hp Kubota, naturally aspirated diesel.

Först at SALTEX

Först at SALTEX

The Först ST8D is an 8” capacity wheeled 55hp chipper with a huge amount of torque and phenomenal power to make light work of any type of timber and brash up to 8” in diameter. The Doosan engine is Stage 5 compliant and coupled with the large Först ‘open top’ flywheel and FörstGrip feed roller system, it has all the performance and power while still weighing in at 1375kg. It will now be towable by anyone with a standard driving licence thanks to the upcoming change in regulations. For the fastest, most aggressive sub 750kg chipper look no further than the Först ST6P. It is the best-selling 6” capacity petrol woodchipper in the UK and Europe with masses of power from the fuel efficient and emission compliant Vanguard 37hp V-Twin engine. At its heart, the ST6P uses the same chipping chamber, flywheel, feed roller system and hopper as its big brother, the ST6D, yet it remains sub 750kg.

Anybody looking for a turntable chipper that is fast, aggressive, robust yet incredibly compact and user friendly will find it in the Först TT6. It is a true 6” x 8” capacity machine that handles all types of material, from the dense and wet to awkward forks and limbs. It weighs in at less than 750kg and is a perfect match for the contractor and arborist working in an urban area. The Först TR8D is the ultimate for anyone who needs a tracked chipper, with its 55hp diesel engine delivering aggressive performance. High-speed tracking and remote control come as an option. Saltex stand C050. For more information, visit www.forstglobal.com or call +44 1264 721790.

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Först starts a revolution

Först starts a revolution: Först has done it again. They have taken the world’s most popular sub 750kg petrol wood chipper and turned it into something of a revolution for arboriculture.

The new Först TT6 has arrived in style, weighing in at just 745kg, boasting a 270-degree turntable and delivering a fully emission compliant 37 horsepower. It’s perfect for city contractors and any arborists looking for outstanding performance, unrivalled manoeuvrability and convenience.

Först starts a revolution

Först starts a revolution

Take a look at the TT6 and you’ll immediately see true innovation in this showstopper. It’s built even tougher and stronger than its predecessors. Incorporating the chipping chamber and engine from the perennial favourite Först ST6P it is designed sleek and sharp to look good behind any vehicle. It’s amazingly compact measuring just 2800mm in transport position and 2250mm when turned 90 degrees, adding another dimension to what the Först line up brings. There’s a wide hopper right down to the FörstGrip feed which in turn gives an exceptional grip on timber. The Först flywheel system is outstanding at clearing chip and green material and what’s more the chipper is quick and easy to service and maintain.   The TT6 is clearly the product of intelligent, cutting edge engineering from Först’s in-house engineering team and its introduction follows months of rigorous testing to guarantee a strong, robust product. So needed with such a weight-sensitive product. On that score, it’s also backed by an uncompromising 3-year warranty. The TT6 is sold directly to you from Först, the manufacturer, serving customers from UK locations: the factory in Andover, Hampshire, Doncaster, South Yorkshire and through Först partners in Glasgow. Först provides a service network of its own people and approved service partners across the UK, which means service support for your Först chipper is never far away.

For more information visit www.forst-woodchippers.com or call +44 1264 721790

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Först for hire places

Först for hire places: Först exhibited again at this year’s Executive Hire Show with real presence in the shape of their ST6P woodchipper.

The ideal hire machine for arborists and contractors, The ST6P was well received at the show which overall was very good for Först, generating an excellent turnout. When introduced, the ST6P signalled a new era with a tough and hardy woodchipper that is below the 750kg weight boundary.

Först for hire places

Först for hire places

The first Först to host a petrol engine, the ST6P rivals any diesel competitor for chipping ability and fuel consumption. What’s more, the machine complies with emission regulations, being Stage 5 ready thanks to its petrol engine, so there’s no worry about the law which will affect all diesel machines over 24 horsepower.

It was nice to catch up with existing customers at the Executive Hire Show, says the company, and the exhibition brought many new prospects to their stand. In all, there was a good, positive atmosphere with genuine interest amongst visitors in what Först woodchippers can bring to their hire businesses.

For more information visit www.forst-woodchippers.com or call +44 1264 721790

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Först in the North

Först in the North: Först, one of the UK’s leading and largest woodchipper manufacturers, has established a real presence in the North of England with their depot in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The Shaw Lane Industrial Estate base provides a much-needed facility, selling and hiring directly to the end-user. First launched in 2013, Först has become a favourite with arborists across the UK, with several thousand machines out there working. Först woodchippers are made here in the UK at their manufacturing plant in Andover, Hampshire.

Forst machines outside of the factory

Först, one of the UK’s leading and largest woodchipper manufacturers, has established a real presence in the North of England with their depot in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

“We put a depot in Doncaster in order to get closer to our customers in the North.” Says Douglas Ghinn, Först Sales and Marketing Director. “From this depot we now sell new and used woodchippers, hire chippers and carry out servicing on all makes and models. It’s our aim to provide customer service and care that is second to none.”

This is supported with a mobile workshop based at the depot to carry out onsite repairs and servicing in a fully-fledged workshop at the location. Först North has 10,000 sq ft of workshop and storage space and up to 40 machines in stock. There is a dedicated team of specialists, supported by years of experience in selling and working with woodchippers and a company with deep roots in the arb industry. The depot is designed to meet the needs of arborists, utilities companies, local authorities and hire companies in the area.   Whatever the budget, say Först, they will have a chipper to suit from new machines or fully refurbished and part exchange machines, which are ideal for those starting out in the industry with a smaller budget. Being close to customers in the North means they have immediate access to all the facilities including the bespoke hire service and Europe’s largest selection of used woodchippers.

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Murray Hire Expands Först Fleet

Murray Hire Expands Först Fleet: Bristol-based equipment and tool hire business Murray Hire Centres is expanding its long-standing fleet of Först woodchipper machines, after consistently being impressed by the superiority and reliability of the machinery.

Established since 1982, Murray Hire Centres is a close-knit family run business, now employing a total of 15 staff. With 600 account customers, the business has built itself a reputation as the best one-stop shop for equipment and tool hire in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

Murray Hire Expands Först Fleet

Mandy Taylor, Managing Director of Murray Hire Centres, explains why the business has worked closely with Först since its inception and has chosen to maintain the relationship ever since.

“There are numerous factors that make the Först machinery stand out to other machines available on the market”, said Mandy. “We’ve always felt that, paired with the consistent reliability and efficiency of the machines, their smart appearance also makes them far superior against other competitors.”

At present, Murray Hire Centres has two TR6’s, one ST6 and one TR8 machine, with another TR8 currently on order. Ideal for remote locations, the TR6 is a compact and manoeuvrable chipper which comes complete with Först’s unique ForstGrip feed-roller system, allowing for even the toughest forks and limbs to be broken.

Mandy continued: “We have reaped nothing but benefits from having Först machines on our fleet. For the business as a whole, it’s allowed us to offer a full circle of products to our customers. The robust machines have been utilised in a variety of scenarios over time, from general arboriculture work through to site clearances for large company extensions, as well as housing estates.

“Despite it being a rarity to face an issue with the machines, the warranty and after-sales support offered by Först is superb, which really gives us faith in the products and provides us with the assurance we need as a business.”

Going forward, Mandy is confident that the relationship with Först will continue to strengthen.

“Since day one, we have always had a fantastic relationship with Först, and we firmly believe that the machines are the best chippers available on the market.”

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N & J Tree Services Choose Först

N & J Tree Services Choose Först: N & J Tree Services has expanded its fleet of Först woodchippers with the purchase of two XR8’s, after noticing the high-quality standards offered by the manufacturers’ range of robust machinery.

Recognised as a leading specialist arboricultural company, N & J Tree Services provides professional tree care services for motorways, councils and general arboriculture. The business, which now employs 30 staff, has grown year on year since being established in 2000 due to its role as an efficient solutions provider for a vast number of clients across the UK.

N & J Tree Services Choose Först

Nigel Owen, Managing Director at N & J Tree Services, said: “We have been working with Först since they first entered the market. Having seen the performance of many woodchippers over the years, it soon became apparent that the performance and robust nature of Först machines really made them stand out against other competitors.”

N & J Tree Services currently has seven machines on its fleet, comprising of two ST6P’s, three ST8’s and two newly added XR8 Traxion machines. The XR8 8” x 10” capacity woodchipper is designed with a tough and robust scissor-action parallel leg system, allowing for exceptional versatility to overcome difficult obstacles with strength, speed and stability.

Nigel continued: “Having Först machines on our fleet has been hugely beneficial to the business. Along with high-quality machinery, Först has supplied us with exceptional support to ensure that our woodchippers are kept safe and utilised to maximum capacity. If an issue appears, Först are able to fix the problem quickly, effectively and efficiently. Doing so has minimised our down time, meaning less time and money is spent fixing and purchasing machinery and more time is spent being out onsite getting the job done.

“The machines have kept us going for many years and pose remarkable capability in supporting us in our day-to-day work. We feel extremely confident every time we purchase a new Först machine because of the 3-year standard warranty each wood chipper comes with, providing us with the support and reassurance we need when making such investments into the business.

“It’s inevitable that Först will continue to offer nothing but high standards in both its products and services, and it is for this reason that we are more than likely to continue our strong working relationship purchasing from Först in the future as we go on to expand our business.”

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Increased Efficiency With Först XR8

Increased Efficiency With Först XR8: Total Tree Solutions UK Ltd is reaping the benefits of enhanced efficiencies through its use of a fleet of Först XR8 woodchipper’s, where the machines innovative Traxion Embankment System allows the arboriculture specialists to complete rail trackside and highway vegetation management with increased efficiency.

Total Tree Solutions UK started out as a one-man operation in 2005 and the business has since continued to grow year-on-year. Now employing 15 staff, Total Tree Solutions UK has positioned itself as one of the leading arboriculture contractors, specialising in rail, highways, utilites, construction, commercial, industrial and forestry sectors.

Increased Efficiency With Först XR8

Richard Sanders, Managing Director and founder of Total Tree Solutions UK Ltd, said: “Over the years, we have become very effective at providing trackside tree and vegetation clearance services, so much so that we carry out work on the UK Rail Infrastructure for an extensive range of clients. In addition, a lot of our work consists of vegetation clearances for Highways England and Leicester County Council.

“Due to this nature of work, my experienced team of arborists spend a significant proportion of their working day operating adjacent to railway lines and motorways, so it’s vitally important that we utilise equipment that not only allows us to complete jobs to the high standards our customers expect, but also allows my team to work safely and effectively in high risk environments.

“This is where the Först XR8 woodchipper comes into its own. The XR8 has been designed specifically with rail contractors and arborists in mind that need to tackle embankments and difficult terrains. The machine can travel along steep slopes with ease, which allows my operators to overcome the daily challenges of accessing hard to reach areas of railway or motorway sites.

“In addition to the Traxion Embankment System, the Först XR8 is an extremely powerful and robust woodchipper that chips volumes of wood fast and hardly gives us any maintenance issues, allowing my team to just concentrate on the job at hand and saving the business valuable time and money.”

The XR8 Traxion is a fast, powerful and exceptionally versatile 8” x 10” capacity woodchipper that has been designed to traverse banks and slopes up to 35 degrees with ease.  It features a parallel linkage leg system that allows users to expand and retract legs independently for safe and stable tracking on the bankside, as well as class leading ground clearance (height of 695mm when fully expanded) to negotiate difficult obstacles.

Richard concluded: “We have utilised Först’s XR8’s since 2015 and I can see us expanding this fleet as our business continues to grow. The versatile XR8 is a pivotal part of our business operations and allows us to complete railway and motorway jobs to the highest level.”

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Först Arb Show Preview

Först Arb Show Preview: Först, a leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, will be at this year’s Arb Show at Westonbirt National Arboretum, where it will be showcasing its latest fuel efficient, petrol powered machines.

At the heart of the stand will be Först’s ST6 P woodchipper, a six-inch capacity machine that is powered by a 37hp V twin petrol engine, meaning the woodchipper not only weighs under 750kg, but also meets Stage V emissions regulations coming into force in 2019.

Först Arb Show Preview

Powered by the same engine, the TR6 P will also be showcased on stand, highlighting the efficiency benefits of the new petrol driven fleet and how the woodchippers can match the strength and performance users have some to expect from Först’s diesel powered machines.

Doug Ghinn, Director at Först, said: “We are very excited to be exhibiting our new petrol woodchippers in support of our established ranges as this allows tree surgeons and contractors to see up close the exceptional performance, reliability and true value our machines can deliver.

“The Arb Show is a highlight on our event calendar and offers everyone from trade professionals through to those simply just starting their arboriculture career a fantastic opportunity to lean more about all aspects of the industry.”

Visitors to the stand will also be able to get a close look at Först’s extensive range of established wheeled, tracked and PTO woodchippers. These include the XR8 Traxion, a powerful and exceptionally versatile woodchipper specifically designed to traverse banks and slopes up to 35 degrees with ease, and the PT6, which has its own hydraulic system and reservoir, meaning the machine doesn’t need to be connected to a power unit’s hydraulic system.

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Expanded Först Range

Expanded Först Range: Först, a leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, has recently expanded its petrol woodchipper range having launched the TR6P, the first and famous Först 6” tracked woodchipper, now with a fuel efficient 37hp petrol engine. 

Following the recent introduction of the hugely popular ST6P, the new TR6P utilises the same 37hp V twin petrol engine, meaning that not only is the woodchipper compliant with the new Stage V emissions regulations coming into play in 2019, but it also matches the strength and performance users have come to expect from Först’s diesel powered machines.

Expanded Först Range

An additional benefit of the TR6P that will be hugely appealing to contractors, arborists, landscapers and farmers alike is the use of a petrol engine ensures the machine is much quieter during operation and is a far more cost effective option when compared to diesel alternatives, without compromising on performance or quality.

With a lighter weight of only 1200kg, the TR6P woodchipper can track faster and utilises the same chipping chamber, flywheel, hopper, and feed roller system as users have come to expect on all Först models, building on its reputation of bringing fast, aggressive and robust woodchippers to market.

Doug Ghinn, Director at Först, said: “We are very excited to bring another petrol powered machine to market that provides operators with the power and robustness required to carry out their day-to-day jobs, with the added benefit of being far more cost effective and quieter during operation.

“The success of the ST6P is proof that, although diesel engines will continue to be popular in the arboriculture industry, more and more operators are becoming aware of the benefits petrol engines can provide, without having to compromise on performance. The introduction of the TR6P is yet another example of our continued investment in the future of the industry and how Först fully understands the needs of its customers.”

The TR6P woodchipper boasts the features and benefits contractors and tree surgeons have come to expect with Först, including the manufacturer’s unique feedroller system (FörstGrip), which ensures exceptional crushing power. The FörstGrip top feed roller climbs on an arc toward the timber, pulling material down toward the flywheel and naturally climbing butt ends to make the infeed grip exceptional to break the toughest of forks and limbs.

The machine also features an open top flywheel system ensuring chip is thrown, not blown, minimising blockages on wet material and helping to maintain increased velocity when chipping.

As with the whole range of Först woodchippers, the TR6P comes with a three-year warranty as standard for complete peace of mind and is backed up by Först first class service offering.

For more information on Först’s high performance range of woodchippers, or to book a demonstration, visit www.forst-woodchippers.com or call 01264 721790.

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