Well Hedgecutting season has well and truly arrived here at BTAC Towers. The land is golden, the bushes are big and the flail’s are ready. We commenced Hedgecutting on the 1st September and boy were they ready. Too many customers and not enough time to fit everyone in. This year we are using our trusty old friend the Bomford Falcon hedgecutter with 6m reach, greatfor both power and speed. Ours is rear mounted with a 1.5m head which is perfectly suited for the rigours of the professional contractor. Although it is now getting on a bit (the old gent is a 2005 one) i find it is lighter to operate than its rivals and puts less stress on the tractor.
As we go into the season happily trimming and cutting our way around Leicestershire and Rutland, this year we have upgraded our tractor from the 2010 Case Puma 140, which to be fair was a good reliable one, to a MF (2012) 7620 which we love.
We will also be using our extreme sawcutter, a 2015 Protech twinblade model, which is a beast for those extremely stubborn bushes which need a little help. We find that the Protech sawblade is perfect for country stewardship work and those bushes too heavy for flailing. It leaves a very cleancut hedge and is capable of cutting up to 250mm in diameter. We mount ours on the tractor but can also be used digger mounted.
Levelling agricultural field hedges is harder than it would appear and needs great skill to navigate the machinery not only the tractor but also the cutting machine. Especially when you think that as the hedgecutter is rear mounted the operator needs to truly have eyes in the back of his or her head. One eye on the front of the machine and one eye on the back hedgecutter. Keeping it level, even whilst driving is a true time honoured skill. The aim is to leave the hedge neat and tidy in the least amount of time, after all time IS money to both Contractor and Client.
We have a short season however as hedgecutting is now illegal (in most circumstances) between 1st March and the 31st August, which only gives us a short window of opportunity to get the work done. However there are omitting circumstances that allows hedges to be cut between March and September for instance if it is posing a hazard to pedestrians or road users by over hanging a path or road, if parts of it are dead or if it has been planted within the last six months of the year.
As we go into another season of cutting, with the proper equipment and training, we stand by our hedgecutting mission ‘No bush too big’.
Bye for now – Brian