Constructed around one of the highest points in the area, Cornwall’s Looe Golf Club enjoys panoramic views across the peaks of Dartmoor and the English Channel. Because of its location, the part heathland/part parkland course often falls victim to strong winds leaving Head Greenkeeper Mat Edwards to clear up any destruction in its wake – a much easier task now thanks to his CS100 woodchipper from GreenMech.
“Because of the number of trees around our course and the vulnerability of our high position, it was becoming quite costly calling firms in to deal with storm damage” he explains. So, assisted by his team of 3 greens staff, Mat decided to invest in the necessary equipment to tackle the clear-up themselves. “Our local dealer Vincent Tractors & Plant recommended the GreenMech CS100 as its size and usability would meet our requirements, so we had a demonstration and – after ruling out any alternatives – took delivery of one roughly three years ago.”
With the CS100 at their disposal, Mat has also increased the amount of routine woodland maintenance they conduct. “Once the leaves have fallen and the birds have finished nesting, we’ll be out with the CS100 on a weekly basis, between November and February – removing any low hanging branches which helps to reduce shade problems on the greens. The chip we produce is then redistributed around the trees and shrubs which has helped to tidy the appearance of these areas.”
Offering a 100mm chipping capacity, but with a working width of just 760mm, the manoeuvrability of the CS100 has proven ideal for on-the-spot chipping. “It is really convenient for us to hitch up to our 4×4 and you can take it wherever you need to go. It’s simple to use and everything is accessible, including the blades which can be easily sharpened. Three years on, we’re still using the original set of blades and these are still going strong.”
The GreenMech CS100 is designed with the professional landscaper, arborist and green space manager in mind, offering compact dimensions without any compromise in performance. Powered by an 18hp petrol engine, it can process large volumes of brashy material with minimal shredding/reducing.