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KCS500 proves good investment for Toller Tree Care

The Klou KCS500 cone splitter really has opened up the options for us at Toller Tree Care LTD with the services we can offer our customers and the ways we handle and process timber. We tend not to get involved with many firewood sales and focus more on the domestic and commercial tree, woodland, and countryside work. Through our day-to-day work, we inevitably have to deal with larger timber on a regular basis, so the more options we have to deal with this, the better. In an effort to avoid moving timber from sites we often offer a chargeable service for processing timber into logs for our customers on their premises, and having the cone splitter has taken a lot of the heavy chainsaw and conventional hydraulic splitter work out of this process.

Since purchasing the Vermeer CTX100 mini skid-steer the Klou cone splitter has been on our wish list of attachments. We purchased one in March 2021 – it hasn't disappointed and we are continuing to find new ways for it to fit into our operations each time it's on site. One of our most recent discoveries is the ability to switch from using the slower, high-pressure hydraulic circuit on the Vermeer to the high-flow circuit, without the need to change connectors on the splitter – it rarely bogs down and offers even faster splitting.

I have noted below some of the benefits we have noticed from owning a Klou cone splitter:

  • Faster, easier and safer firewood processing.
  • The option to split down larger sections of timber for the chipper, saving on extra vehicle trips and space in our yard for low-value timber.
  • The larger timber arisings from tree work can be an extra burden to remove. Customers are often happy to keep the smaller timber that won't go through the chipper but the oversized timber is too large for them to manage. Having the ability to offer all of the timber to be left in a manageable size saves cost for us and replaces that with a valuable chargeable service to the customer.

Ian Geddes, MD of Toller Tree Care Ltd