Red diesel gets the green light for arboriculture

It’s good news for arborists as HMRC change the rules to allow arboriculture businesses to once again use the more tax efficient red diesel for all tree work.

In April 2022 changes were put in place which restricted entitlement to use rebated diesel and biofuels.  The horticulture and forestry industries were allowed to continue but arboriculture was not.

As many arboriculture businesses work across the ‘allowed’ and ‘no longer allowed’ industries it was causing unnecessary challenges, which the government has finally acknowledged.

Först’s 8 D series brings Stage V compliant diesel engine technology to the arborist community.  The series offers a range of wood chippers with increased power and performance, which are pretty fuel efficient.  Combine that with being able to use red diesel, which you can store in bulk and make tax savings on, and they make an attractive proposition for any arborist.

The original Först 8 Series gained many supporters for its performance, build quality and simplicity before becoming the best selling 8” wood chipper in the UK and Europe.

The new model incorporates a 55hp Doosan diesel engine, which is 10hp up on the previous model in the 8” wood chipper category.

The 8” x 10” capacity wood chipper comes with the standard Först benefits including ‘FörstGrip’ feed rollers, offering excellent crushing power, the ‘Open Flywheel system and ‘Autointelligence’ stress control.

The engine meanwhile has a large amount of torque, delivering more chipping speed and efficiency to make light work of any type of timber and brash up to 8” in diameter.

Contractors can select from wheeled and tracked models and the road-going version is easily towed and has heavy-duty running gear, fully braked chassis and handbrake.

Först is so confident in the quality of wood chippers it produces, all new machines come with a 3 year, no quibble warranty and Först Assist, an unrivalled after sales service.  Först Assist’s trained technicians are invaluable.  They help to reduce owner downtime should any issue arise and are there for customers when they really need them.

In addition to the 8” D Series, Först have a 6” diesel wood chipper version which comes in tracked or wheeled and has two engine options, a fast and furious 42hp or a 24hp diesel.