Gippsland-based tree removalist company, Cut360, might have only been around for a few years, but they have big plans to revolutionise the tree removal industry, and that starts with their new Vermeer BC2100XL chipper.
Cut360 was founded by mates Andrew and Konrad in 2020, after they met working for a large company offshore. Andrew says they saw a gap in the tree removal market and thought they could meet a need for local customers.
“I came from an engineering background, Konrad is from logistics, and our friend Jack, who works alongside us is from the tree industry. We saw a bit of a gap for removal of large trees, that are very challenging and costly for an arborist to do manually, so we combined our skills, secured the capital to invest in a few large machines to help us tackle this difficult work, and we’ve been going strong ever since,” Andrew says.
Along with large tree removal, Cut360 also deals with hedging, pruning, tree-topping, stump removal and clean up, but Andrew says their main focus is removing larger trees safely, efficiently and smartly with the help of their new Vermeer BC2100XL.
“The BC2100XL is one of the larger models on the market, so it can chip most trees whole, plus it’s machine fed rather than hand fed, making it safer for our operators, but also much quicker. We pair the chipper with a telehandler, which helps us to access larger trees in both metro and rural areas. It really is a gamechanger,” Andrew says.
The Vermeer BC2100XL is engineered for high volume waste timber processing, and is able to process timber up to 21 inches (53.3 cm) in diameter. It has a 275 hp (205 kW) engine which allows operators to not only meet emission requirements but also has enough horsepower to handle large tree and stump materials.
Cut360 work in the Gippsland region predominately, but also travel as far down as the Mornington Peninsula, working on both private and council clean up jobs. The productivity of the BC2100XL means they can get through more jobs in one day.
“With other chippers we’d be handfeeding them, and only looking to get through one large tree a day. With the Vermeer, we’re getting through three to four large trees per day, meaning we can reliably tee up more work and get the most out of its power and efficiency.
“The team at Vermeer Australia have been great to us from the get-go. Marcus, our local rep always keeps connected with us, and he knows our industry and the area so well, it’s always worth a catch up with him. We knew when we enquired about the Vermeer we were going to get a robust and well-proven machine with the parts and service support to match,” Andrew says.