Först is a brand driven by energy and passion for what we do and the industry we operate in.

We are a family, we are a winning team, a brand that attracts talent and like-minded individuals who want to be part of the Först journey.

That means we produce more than arborist woodchippers, we deliver customer experience and business partnerships which enable our customers to be more efficient in running their businesses.


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Först is a global brand headquartered in Andover Hampshire, UK and with locations across the UK and Germany.

We sell direct to end customers in England, Wales, and Germany and operate a dealer network in the rest of the world. Click here to find your local Först partner or to enquire about becoming a Forst dealer.

1.  Head office & Production, Andover UK

2.   Spare Parts & Service, Andover UK

3.   Först GmbH Großensee Depot

4.   Först GmbH Freudenberg Depot

5.   Först Łódź, Poland Facility


Först was born in a gloomy and drafty outbuilding in an old farm yard in 2012. It was born out of necessity to produce a premium quality yet sensibly priced woodchipper with a backup service second to none, the rest is history!

Meet the Customer Team

Kenny Brock

Group Sales Director

01264 721790

Solomon Holmes

Area Sales Manager – East/E Midlands

07387 236885

Matt Smith

Area Sales Manager - South West

07776 055565

Andy Swann

Area Sales Manager – North West/Wales

07385 404719

Jack Gonyou

Sales Representative

07385 031311

Blake Dible

Business Development Manager

01264 721790

Doug Coles

Export Sales Manager

07384 918885

Edward Gardner

Used Machine Sales Manager

07384 240561

Ketsia Gardner

Sales Administration

01264 721790

Mark Fidler

Spare Parts Manager

01264 721790

Vince Courtez-Brown

Spare Parts Advisor

01264 721790

Anton Morton

Spare Parts Advisor

01264 721790

Steve Shand

Installation & Transport Co-ordinator

01264 721790

Mark Lush

Training & Technical Manager

01264 721790

Gary Wheelband

Senior Technician

01264 721792

Michael Ray

Aftersales Operations Manager

01264 721790

James Wilford

FörstAssist Technical Advisor

01264 721792

Wayne Hoyle

FörstAssist Technical Advisor

01264 721792

Carol Brown

Office Manager

01264 721790

Annabelle Steedman

Customer Service Executive

01264 721790

our purpose

Supporting you with world-class machinery to create a better environment

our vision

We will be the global brand of choice for arboricultural machinery

Our Values

We've Got Your Back
Whether you are a customer, supplier or colleague we are in this together, and we respect and support each other.
Every Customer is a VIP
Customers are everything. We aim to deliver a first-class customer experience every single time a customer interacts with Först, wherever they are in the world.
Excellence as Standard
It’s what we strive for every day, in every area of our business. We build high-performance machines and provide an aftercare service that is second to none because our customers deserve it.
Enjoy the Ride
We love our industry, we’re on a journey to become a global brand of choice. Every person who shares this journey with us is vital to it. Enjoy it.


What our customers say

Mike Johnson
Brilliant machine especially for the size. Does everything as advertised. Great costumer service from the Först team. Would highly recommend!
Shawn Nellist
Great service from the team. Very human, helpful and informative!
Geoff Walsh
A great product! Very happy with the service.
Neil Bravery
Best 750 kg wood chipper on the market by far
Leon Moynihan
Excellent service, very proactive, friendly & professional from start to finish. Would highly recommend, it’s refreshing to deal with a company that actually cares about wanting to do business with you.
Adam Mason
The first chipper I ever purchased brand new was from Forst. It was the 11th one of their production line. I had previously, owned and ran other models. This was some years ago. The service and back up by this company has been outstanding; they have often gone above and beyond many times. Since this initial chipper I have purchased 4 other brand new models from them. The machines are first class, with a standard 3 year warranty and the back up is second to none. Highly recommended. Anthony (ArB Tree Care Ltd)
We have owned several Forst Woodchippers, over many years and always found them to be quality bits of kit. The backup & after sales service has been and continues to be fantastic. I would highly recommend their people and products.
Neil Wilson MD Beechwood Tree
Great service, great product.
Mark Gibbens
First time dealing with Matt and the team at Forst, and honestly they were brilliant from the get go. Any issues or queries I had they were quick to email back, or to chat on the phone. I was amazed at how quickly they had got the machine out to me, And look forward to working with the team in the future.