snow covered logs at at m.large christmas at m.large


Well it’s nearly that time of year again….but working with tree’s it’s important to make sure you’re considering your “elf n safety”….(sorry, couldnt’ resist)

when working with trees it's important to consider "elf n safety"

when working with trees it’s important to consider “elf n safety”










We in the forestry and firewood machinery sector have done our bit to supply woodfuel from firewood processors and kindling machines ,so that we can all enjoy  toasty open fires and wood stoves.

It’ll soon be time to take a little time off with our nearest and dearest so before we do, we reflect on the year passed.

2013 was a very busy time for M.Large.

Our highlights included:

  • Being announced as Official distributor for Greenmech for Ireland in addition to N.Ireland.
  • Launch of a completely revamped website.
  • Visiting Elmia forestry show in Sweden.
  • Signing dealer/distributor agreements for Nokka ATV trailers and cranes, Biojack energy grapples , Lipa flail mower heads…and more.
  • Winning “Best commercial Stand” at Irish Forestry Show 2013 in Stradbally.
  • First full year working in partnership with our sister company Clarke Cunningham Tree Maintenance.



We’ll soon be taking some time out and we want to make sure you know when the office will be closed and when last parts orders are being sent out etc.

Parts ordered by 3pm on Mon 23rd December will be despatched and should be delivered in advance of Christmas closure dates.

Final collection time for parts ordered before the Christmas closure will be 12pm Tuesday 24th December. Any parts ordered on 24th will be delivered to customers on Friday 27th December. (There will be no collections from M.Large on this day as the office will be closed)

The office will be closed from Tues 24th December at 5.00, re-opening on Mon 30th and Tues 31st December, and then closed for 1 day on 1st Jan 2014.

Normal trading and opening hours will apply following the office reopening on 2nd Jan 2014.

Any parts orders placed by 3pm on Tuesday 31st December will be delivered Thursday 2nd January…except Scotland, which will be delivered Friday 3rd January.


So in closing this post, we would like to wish all of our customers, friends, families and those who have supported us a most peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year.


m.large christmas greeting 2013

We look forward to assisting and serving you in 2014…Happy Christmas. Click on the reindeer for a little fun….and if it annoys you-click on Santa.




So when we said it was the most important Christmas tree in the country after posting about installing it, we weren’t too far wrong!

Twitter and Facebook had pics, posts and tweets galore when it was blown over by the unforeseen high winds that battered the UK.

So as we have been involved with the installation, the post storm clear up and now the restitution of the Stormont Christmas Tree, we thought people would like to see it back and proud again.

The gallery below consists of the photos of before, after (from Twitter) and then after again.

Good to see normality again at Stormont.


tree in storm on

When the wind blows, trees have a habit of suffering the worst of it. With their low centre of gravity and flexing structures, strong wind gusts can push a tree over with ease, and where it lands can suffer damage, disruption, chaos, and of course injury.

M.Large are able to assist in a number of ways.


Tree Survey by M.Large








Ensure your trees or those near areas of concern are stable, safe and disease free. Get specialist advice. Our resident arboricultural team can advise on the health, position and most important, risk relating to trees prior to unforeseen weather or environmental circumstances causing them to topple. If in any doubt, lift the phone, call +442890342838 and get some peace of mind.








When the unfortunate happens, it can be a very distressing time. Fallen trees can block traffic routes, access paths and driveways and even hamper access to business and domestic premises. The good news is that dealing with it usually means only a few short hours of disruption as our tree surgeons and tree works staff begin the removal process. We’ve done it many times, in fact, there’s few out there with the level of experience we have built up here at M.Large…so don’t panic, because we know well that the only words you’ll want to hear at a time like this are:

“yes, it happens, and of course it’s fixable…”










Technically a core part of our tree work involves the use of all sorts of specific and highly capable machines. It is comforting then to know that M.Large have our own in house crane hire division which includes a 27m HIAB knuckle crane capable of lifting even the biggest of trees in the event of them falling or damaging property.

The HIAB’s are unique in that  they operate like a normal fixed boom to extend up, but they can also extend out without rising to gain access over buildings, structures or obstacles but without the need to elevate high…including operating inside and even reaching into buildings or warehouses!

Crane Hire





M.Large’s crane hire comes with highly skilled operators on hand to advise and deal with fallen tree problems should they arise.

The cleaning up from the harsh weather has begun, for those who need us, we’re here, for those who remained largely unaffected, the next time the elements bite,



Hakki Pilke Expert 37 Service Kit


Keeping a firewood processor working in winter

Why is it we think immediately of the car in the driveway when we think of winter servicing?

For those us who lean on our firewood processing machinery for our livelihoods,  we need to put the same care and attention into them, especially in harsher conditions and cold weather.

To ensure smooth running of your firewood processor in the winter months, make sure you check and replace the following areas.


Chains are simply the difference between a speedy processor and a slogging machine. With renewed cutting surfaces a firewood processor can work faster, more efficiently and cleaner. A dull chain will also heat the bar and damage the temper of the material, causing it the chain to chew through the guides.

Sharpen the chain. You should be able to sharpen a chain around 10 times before needing to replace it. To do this you’ll need a chain grinder like the OREGON CHAIN GRINDER available from M.Large.

When you’ve sharpened the chain to within an inch of it’s life or you’re losing teeth from your chain, it’s time to replace it.

M.Large are stockists of Oregon chains and as we bulk purchase, we are able to offer highly competitive rates for replacement chains to get you cutting smooth and fast again.

Bars/Cutting Bars

Just as the chain does the cutting, the bar, carries the chain and keeps it oiled and lubricated. Make sure it’s doing just that.

Check the guides are not worn, and not discoloured blue, a sure sign of damaged temper from overheating.

Check oil is flowing by checking the hood of the processor. If oil is flowing, there should be some oil spatter on the surface. If not, check the oil level and also that the oil filler hole is not blocked.


V-Belts need to be tight, but not over tight. Check the tension of a belt by pressing it down. The correct tension of a belt should allow 20mm of “play”  when pressed down with moderate force.

Belts should not be slipping usually apparent by a squealing sound, much as in a car’s fan belt. If a belt is squealing it either not tensioned correctly or is showing signs of imminent failure.

Belt replacement is an inexpensive and simple way to ensure your processor is working to it’s optimum ability, thus keeping your business or your home stocked with supplies of firewood.

We highly recommend that those with the very popular Hakki Pilke Expert 37 firewood processor should consider purchasing M.Large’s Expert 37 Winter Service Kit. This specially designed kit comes with all the spares and consumable parts you’ll need to keep an Expert 37 firewood processor in top working order.

You can find more details about the kit contents and pricing in our machinery section.


computer gremlins in M.Large

Some of you may have experienced some anomalies whilst accessing our website over the past few days.

Unfortunately we have been beset with few “gremlins in our systems” and have been working to restore them.

We have moved our site and catalogue to a new and faster server and hope that this is better for our customers and viewers in the longer term.

In the meantime, if you have or indeed are experiencing any issues, just check back a little later on.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and assure you of our best efforts to catch the little blighters and get things back to normal shortly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.




We were delighted to be able to attend the annual Christmas light switch on at Ballyrobert village in our own Co.Antrim.

Ballyrobert village residents attending the Christmas Lights Switching on event 2013 with tree provided by M.Large







The event literally brought the entire village out (and it was a wee touch wet too!) to celebrate the start of the festive season for the village.

Chairperson of the Ballyrobert Village Committee, Norman Lindsay had been in touch to say that unfortunately this year they did not have funding for a village Christmas tree, (and municipal ones like this don’t come cheap!)

Having helped Ballyrobert in the past, Norman had made contact to see if we could organise something again this year. The boss said that again, we would and it was a pleasure and a privilege to see how important a contribution it made to the community spirit. In addition to formally thanking M.Large at the event and drawing attention to our attendance at the event (blush!)  he also said to me afterwards…

” we are so grateful to Michael and everyone at M.Large for their help and are hopeful that by next year we may have access to some funding for the ongoing provision of our Christmas tree.”

He went on to say, …

“this is such an important event, one of the only ones that year on year get’s everyone out….”

and I have to admit with probably 250-300 people attending, there probably weren’t many residents missing…so he’s right!

Some held candles and traditional Christingles giving a sense of warmth and cheer on a chilly night.

Christingles at Ballyrobert Christmas lights switching on ceremony 2013


Traditional Christmas message and prayers at Ballyrobert  Christmas lights switch on ceremony 2013







The event was traditional in style with members of the local clergy giving a short address and calling peoples attention to the traditional Christmas message through carols and prayers after which a short address was made by the invited dignitary, the Mayor of Newtownabbey (…. who informed attendees that apparently Santa Claus  is a Man United Supporter by the way!…that went down well with some of the children!)

Lord Mayor of Newtownabbey addresses Ballyrobert Village at their Christmas light switching on ceremony 2013







After the formal programme had finished, the lights were switched on and the tree took on a new lease of life.

Lights go on the Ballyrobert Christmas Tree at the Christmas Lights switching on ceremony 2013







We think it looks great…well done Ballyrobert, good to see community spirit alive and well in tough times.

Oh yeah…then Santa arrived in a police car with screeching tyres and sirens blaring….but that’s another story altogether.




A lovely mild winters morning was the backdrop for the installation of the most important and celebrated Christmas tree in the country, the tree at Stormont.

M.Large arrived to the site shortly before 8 am with 2 x mobile lorry mounted HIAB knuckle cranes and a crew of 2 operators and an arborist.

The 15m giant tree selected by our highly qualified arboriculturalist team dwarfed the crane truck delivering it, so it was clear from the off this would be an impressive specimen.

M.Large trucks arrive to install christmas tree at stormont

M.Large trucks arrive to install christmas tree at stormont










Stormont's 15m christmas tree dwarfs M.Large crane truck.

Stormont’s 15m Christmas tree dwarfs M.Large crane truck.


The crane’s worked on a “top n tail” basis with precision to lift the tree, bring it to a standing position and carefully drop it into the installation hole, positioned just  to the right of the famous steps.

M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree

M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree










M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree

M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree











Once into the hole, further precise corrections by the skilled crane operators were made in rotating, tilting and even taking just an inch or 2 of bark off the bottom to make it fit…amazing how just a few inches makes all the difference even working with a huge example like this, (food for thought for us all when the home trees are being put up.)


Trimming the base of Stormont Christmas tree

Trimming the base of Stormont Christmas tree











Once straight and into position the tree was supported by a series of wedges sledgehammered into place on all sides to create a solid immovable installation.



A little off the side?

A little off the side?


And that was just about it.

Send the climbing arborist up to grab the crane lifting tackle, retract the cranes….and now it’s the turn of the sparks with the lights.

One hour of work=one month of seasonal cheer at the houses of power.

one hours work  =  one month of seasonal cheer for all at Stormont

one hours work = one month of seasonal cheer for all at Stormont




M.Large are now providing Lipa TLBE excavator flail mower heads.

These excavator attachments for mini diggers are designed for cutting, shredding and crushing grass and canes up to 3cm. The TLBE 70 and 90 model heads come with either 700mm or 900mm rotors and either 7 or 8 flail heads respectively.

Use with excavator tilting functions to reach inaccessible areas such as steep banks, near waterways or ditches.

The LIPA TLBE meets the needs of grounds maintenance and agricultural contractors and also presents an excellent investment opportunity for equipment hire specialists.

For more information, videos and downloads visit the machinery section of our website or to speak to one of our sales team ring on +442890 342838.



XXL-Forestry Journal article on M.Large

We were pleased to feature in Forestry Journal following having spent a day showcasing  and giving them the grand tour of our operation.

The article covered a little about our history, the progression and development of the company and featured some of the LMS design machinery, like the LMS Scorpion 440 tree shear and the LMS Woodbuster 870  (youtube’s are here)

We’ll say no more…and let Ann Berry from Forestry Journal do the talking instead. Many thanks for your time and effort and for showcasing us in your article -XXL.

M.Large featured in Forestry Journal December 2013 edition



Click on the article to download and read it in it’s entirety.

If you have any queries or questions or just wish to get in contact, please feel free to ring the sales line on +442890342838 or use our online contact form.

M.Large new website launched

For the eagle eyed among you, you may realise that this isn’t our old website…and you’d be right!

We have for a few months now been planning, scheming, concocting and populating a brand new shiny, right out of the tissue paper website…for M.Large and really …for you.

What do we mean?

Simple really….we built the whole site with you, our customers and supporters in mind, to inform you, guide you, serve you and assure you about our range of machinery and services.

Services and Company information


We’ve included detailed information about what we do and offer, how we conduct our business and how we excel in our field.

We’ll be featuring showcases on recent projects and those of particular interest on our blog, such as those which demonstrate and cement the relationship between our services and machinery sales divisions.

Here is where you’ll find our environmental and Safety policies, our accrediations, our corporate social responsibility section, and any other company information needed for selecting a professional tree works contractor or issuing an invitation to tender for related works.



We have built this section as a pure product catalogue.  With a  structured navigation system and  all content named and titled for search engine friendliness,  we have designed this section to get you quickly to the products you are looking for.

  • Product listings have all been built with detailed and crisp product images plus a “magnifier” to get in close to details, controls, features and the like.
  • Products also include key features or descriptions and full technical specifications.
  • One click buttons will print the page, share the content, request a price, request a demo and ensure we get in touch with you.
  • We’ve included videos of the machines and products in action so you can see the benefits brought to your set of specific requirements.
  • And in the additional information sections we have downloadable datasheets and brochures to view, save and print.
  • In the coming weeks we will also be adding sections to enable you to download operator manuals to keep you running and informed about the specifics of your machinery.

We’ve put a lot of thought into how we wanted this to work. We hope it works for you, however as with anything new, we understand it can take a bit of time to get used to.

Therefore we are only too happy to point you in the right direction if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Just call on +442890 342838 or email on marketing (at)