Takeuchi Compact Excavator TB230 – 3 Tonne

The new digger has been busy this week, fitted with a rotating grab making moving of brash in a tight woodland a smooth operation, stacking ready for chipping.

Benefits for you: 

  • Compact machine
  • Powerful with High Hydraulic oil flow
  • Easily moved between sites by 4×4
  • Rotating Handling grab for a wide range of tasks incl:
    • handling of cut brash & timber
    • removal of fences
    • excavation works in small spaces
    • tree removal when fitted with tree shear

The Takeuchi TB230 Compact Excavator offers operators a powerful operating performance. Offering the largest cab on a 3-tonne weight class excavator, equivalent to a 6-tonne cab size.

Designed for Success
The TB230 design features a rounded body for improved visibility and functionality. The conventional tail swing with reduced overhang provides outstanding stability.

Stage V Ready <19kW
Meeting all low emission regulations, with maximum efficiency and power the TB230  does not require any exhaust after-treatment systems.

3-Tonne Cab or Canopy
We have opted for a cab. A proven high-performance machine with excellent power, greater torque and first-class hydraulic system for faster cycle times and productivity on site.

Pick Your Mode
Economy and High Altitude Mode
s, allow the operator to choose the operating mode best suited to the application.

Power to Perform
Powerful arm and bucket breakout forces provide an outstanding blend of speed, power, and versatility.

Switch Activated Blade Float
is now fitted as standard to maximize ground finishing on site.

For full details please check out the Takeuchi website here: 


Our Arb Assessment – Ofsted for Arborists!

We thought we’d give you a flavour of what’s involved – and perhaps liken it in a way to an “Ofsted for Arborists”!

There are pages of reading if you are interested,  but the essence of the inspection is as follows.

The ArbAC (Approved Contractor) Scheme sets a standard that is achievable by all good tree work contractors and is broken down into four modules as follows:

  • Worksite Audit
  • Work Quality Inspections and Arboricultural Knowledge
  • Customer Care and Office Procedures etc.
  • Health & Safety Management and Workplace Inspection etc

So typically, the inspection could follow this pattern:

Before the inspection takes place, we must submit all the paperwork, all our policies, eg H&S, Environmental, Bio Security, and all our procedures.

On the day, which starts at 8 and lasts all day, the inspection starts in the yard, observing how we store our fuel and chemicals, how we keep our equipment and machinery, examine certificates and licences for waste disposal, our vehicle records, our vehicles, and things like our fire extinguishers and first aid boxes and whether they are in date. Also, our machinery and our own internal inspection logs for items such as the chain saw maintenance and use.

We then go out on site where the work must demonstrate a lowering operation using the rigging equipment. The inspectors quiz the team on site, observe, see how the team interacts and makes best and productive use of the space and how the site is set out, cross-referencing to the risk assessment done for the site. And if, for example, we needed to set up the portable refuelling station, the inspectors see where it has been sited, ensure the spill mat is used and then put away properly, and then that the whole site is cleared up.

The next part of the assessment is to visit a job to examine work previously undertaken, to see perhaps examples of reduction/thinning, looking at before shots and examining the cuts/ the angles of cuts, the percentages of crown reduced, why reduced etc.

Then back to the yard for further examination of paperwork/procedures and processes and a debrief.   We have of course to show all the training undertaken for all staff for example first aid/chain saw use and maintenance/felling small trees/climbing using rope and harness, large tree rigging, and dealing with multiple windblown sites.

See too our Accreditation page on our website for details of our ISO and other accreditations.

ARB certification

Eight of the world’s most amazing trees – from the Major Oak to the Lone Cypress

Eight of the world’s most amazing trees – from the Major Oak to the Lone Cypress

A good article for weekend relaxation (!) by last week on 6th in The Guardian, including a reference to Sycamore Gap.

Read the article here


The featured image is of the One Hundred Guinea Oak at The Vyne in Basingstoke, about which we wrote earlier in the year here.