Rent It: Tree Care Go-To Equipment from Martin Implement

Landscape Contractors! Arborists! Municipalities! Take a look at three of the go-to tree care equipment options in our rental fleet.

Click here to view it on a Kubota SVL95-2s high flow compact track loader clearing lots for new construction!

Fecon Bull Hog forestry mulchers rule their class when it comes to brush clearing. These mulchers can cut brush, stumps, and trees up to 8 inches in diameter (cutting them down to ground level) when hooked up to a high flow skid steer. Our 74-inch mulcher has a max flow of 45 gallons per minute and a mouth full of double carbide teeth that have no trouble getting through most wood material. The Bull Hog requires more hydraulic power than most attachments, so we hook it up to a compact track loader with enhanced high flow hydraulics. Continue reading

Bargain Buy Opportunity: Toro SGR-6 Stump Grinder

The Bargain Buy Opportunity is a recurring segment where we
highlight featured items from our bargain buys lineup.

Toro’s smallest stump grinder, the SGR-6, is compact and maneuverable,
allowing you to reach stumps in tight spaces and turn them into mulch.
Our new, never been used 2010 Toro SGR-6 Stump Grinder is available for sale:

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Specs on the stump grinder
Model 22601
6.5 hp Honda Engine
Cogged belt

Cutting Depth – 6″ below grade
Centrifugal Clutch
Cutting Height – 10″ above grade
Cutting Wheel – 9.5″ diameter (12-tooth)
Dimensions – 
22″ W x 50″ L x 42.3″ H
Weight – 110 lbs. Continue reading

Chain Saw Safety Tips from TCI Magazine

Echo timber wolf chain saw

Many new safety features come standard on today’s saws.

It’s time to breakout the lawn and tree equipment that’s been hibernating in your garage the past six months. All those pieces you forgot about this winter – mowers, trimmers, chain saws – need to be unthawed and prepped for the upcoming season. Now is also a great time to review safety measures for operating equipment. It’s good practice to go over these each year because no matter how much experience you have equipment features change all the time and it’s just not worth the risk of injury to you or your operators.

Tree Care Industry Magazine has an article in this month’s issue on chain saw safety, which any saw operator knows is a number one priority. Chain saws are dangerous things in the hands of an inexperienced operator so they’ve got a few tips to remember next time you fire up your saw. The article covers the essentials: kickback, proper operating and starting techniques and a review of newer safety features that come standard on saws. It’s good stuff so check it out:

Read the full article on page 14 of TCI’s digital mag here.

Stihl or Echo fan? You don’t have to choose with us because we carry both lines between our three Chicagoland stores. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to show you what each line has to offer. Continue reading

Toro LS-9 Hydraulic Log Splitter

Toro LS-9 28-ton Log Splitter

Make it easy on yourself when it comes to splitting logs

You can spend all day splitting wood by hand, but all that’s going to come out of that is a small pile of wood and a sore back.  The Toro LS-9 log splitter is designed to turn your log pile into usable firewood quickly and easily, saving you time and physical strain.  The 28-ton splitter is easy to use, with a simple operating lever that runs the 9 inch wedge, which cuts through logs no problem.  The machine is also safe and versatile – it can be operated horizontally or vertically and catch plates on either side help save your toes from falling wood.  It might seem like a luxury item, but once you’ve used a machine like this you’ll never go back to the axe. Continue reading

All You Need to Know on Replacement Chains for Chain Saws

Echo-USA CS450 chain saw

New innovations in chains are making saws more efficient than ever

There are a lot of innovations in chain saws today that aren’t being used by industry professionals – especially when it comes to chains.  That’s what we gathered from a recent article in the July 2013 issue of Tree Care Industry Magazine (a great resource for anyone in the tree biz).  The story, Today’s Saw Chains Are a Far Cry from Granddad’s, covered all the ins and outs of modern chains, and as a dealer of both Stihl and Echo brand chain saws, we thought it would be nice to share. Continue reading

The Toro STX38 Stump Grinder (VIDEO)

We’ve talked about the Toro STX38 stump grinder before, but now we’re showing it to you up close and personal in our latest YouTube installment.  So without further ado, check out Toro’s newest addition to the tree care market, the STX38:

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Just In: The Toro STX-38 Stump Grinder

The new STX-38 next to the STX-26 – notice any differences?

We just got a brand new Toro STX-38 stump grinder last week.  We first saw this machine at the Rental ARA show in 2012 and couldn’t wait to get one and take a closer look.  Now just in time for the spring and summer seasons, we get our first crack at it. Continue reading