Our arboricultural team assisted Newtownabbey Borough Council with surveying and confirming that a number of chestnut trees were dead as a result of an increasing prevalence of Bleeding Canker, a fungal related condition that our tree survey experts have identified as affecting a growing number of chestnut trees in recent months.

M.Large were asked by long time client, Newtownabbey Borough Council to survey a number of trees suspected of being at risk in terms of their position overhanging a main carriageway and their state of health.

As part of the project a further approx 20 trees, some up to 60ft were also felled to allow the council to progress plans to develop the aesthetic appearance of the site for future visitors.

Once the project was defined M.Large deployed a range of equipment to make the job more efficient and to remain acutely aware of the prevailing conditions of the site.

The tree works team made a short journey by road to the site with a rubber wheeled 16ton excavator equipped with an LMS Scorpion 440 Tree Shear attachment.

m.large tree shear at loughshore caravan park

The shear with a cutting capacity of up to 440mm (developed and marketed through M.Large’s machinery division), was able to cut through most trees without the need or labour costs of a large chainsaw squad or climbers or any associated health and safety implications. The Scorpion 440 shear’s built in grapple function proved most useful in maneuvering sheared sections and even whole trees for further processing.

Using the shear had the added advantage of reducing ground damage from felling as with shearing, the tree is cut clean, gripped and carried from site in a controlled manner without impact.

The rubber wheel excavator was used due to the need to move it across an asphalt area without damage. This care for customer property was continued further in the deployment of a number of newly acquired grass guards for the heavy plant to rest on without damaging the important concerned grass areas,as used for caravan pitches for the council’s tourism business.

The large sheared wood sections were removed from site by timber lorry and smaller sections were chipped on the site using a Greenmech 1928 chipper.

m.large use greenmech 19-28 chipper at loughshore caravan park

It is this day to day use of robust forestry and firewood machinery that places M.Large in a unique position of being able to stand testament over the durability, reliability and overall quality of the machines we recommend and market to customers from our machinery division.


Depending on your generation  that headline will bring back memories of “Rawhide” or “Limp Bizkit” …but what we’re getting at is that we think it’s a necessity for any serious firewood processing business to rapidly feed timber without manual handling.

That’s the job of a log deck …essentially it feeds logs into the processor on hydraulic rollers, ensuring there is a plentiful supply of timber being fed for cutting and splitting.

Hakkifeed log decks from Hakki Pilke offer best of breed log feeding for PTO and electric combi log splitters. With hydraulic infeed pinch rollers, adjustable legs and mechanical separators they will make an elegant solution to feeding timber to your firewood processor. It’ll be one of those purchases you wondered how you did without!

See a Hakki Feed log deck in action with an Easy 50 processor in the video below.

For more information on Hakkifeed log decks call M.Large on +442890 342838 or email the sales team on sales@mlarge.com


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Ploughing Championships Event:Show info and pictures

We’ve just returned from exhibiting at the famous “Ploughing Match” where we had a busy 3 days talking to and advising a fair share of the quarter of a million show visitors over the 3 days. As usual, we brought down plenty of machines to get up close and personal to and handed out our collective bodyweight in sales literature so it was a great success. We met friendly and interested customers, fielded many questions from the stand visitors and sold stock right off the stand.

The usual tried and tested machines received the expected level of interest by which we are referring to firewood processors and logsplitters from Hakki Pilke, Bilke, Fuelwood, and Thor however a newcomer in Regon also caused quite a stir with their new design of firewood processor shown at the front of our stand area.

So to sum up, a busy, no a very busy couple of days at Stradbally, Laois, but fruitful interesting and as always, worthwhile.

Special thanks to “Elizabeth”…(who will probably never read this) for making our team feel so welcome while staying at the show, your pies and scones are reported to be the stuff of legend.

So until next year then, Ploughing Match…done!

For more information, call M.Large on +442890 342838 or email the sales team on sales@mlarge.com