Timberwolf in Stowmarket has sold nine hydraulic wood chippers to UK Power Networks.
The energy firm has invested £1 million in setting up a new tree cutting unit to deal with faults caused by branches hitting overhead powerlines.
Martin Peters, UK Power Networks’ Eastern region tree manager, said: “This will allow us to give a much quicker response to faults as we will be dealing with them directly rather than trying to find a contractor to help.
“We’ve made a significant investment in the equipment the new teams will use and have purchased nine hydraulic wood chippers from Timberwolf in Stowmarket, which are recognised as being the industry best in class and have the added advantage of allowing us to support a local business.
“We had an excellent response to our recruitment drive and have been able to select staff of the highest quality as we launch this new service.
“I am convinced this will ensure faster response times, greater safety around overhead lines and a more secure electricity supply as incidents involving trees are reduced.”
Alex Ball, Timberwolf’s sales director, said: “We were delighted to supply nine of our 150DHB wood chippers to UK Power Networks.
“The company has chosen the most popular model in the UK for professional users with exceptional reliability and durability, which also comes with ‘Safety Plus’ features for maximum operator safety.”
The new teams will be based in various UK Power Networks depots around the East of England and between them expect to be dealing with hundreds of customer requests each month as well as emergencies.
The machines will allow them to chip all the cut wood on site and recycle it by returning it to the customer or taking it to local composting sites.