When CEO Rich Kingsborough founded Atlas Tree Surgery in 1982, they started out doing residential tree work. Now, the company has about 300 employees and several service divisions: residential and multifamily, heavy commercial and mulch and recycling facilities. Recycling has always been important to the business.
“We’ve been recycling our material for almost as long as I’ve been in business,” Kingsborough says. “I’ve always looked at what we call ‘waste’ as more of a commodity. I’ve always wanted to recycle everything that we could from our tree activities. The first step in that is to incorporate grinding.”
Other grinders couldn’t keep up
On a single job site, Atlas can grind up to 200 tons daily, six days a week. That’s why they rely on Vermeer horizontal grinders, tub grinders and whole tree chippers to help keep their operations running reliably and efficiently. Atlas has bought six grinders from Vermeer. Kingsborough and his crew especially like the Vermeer HG6800TX horizontal grinder.
“We’ve tried other grinders, and it’s just not the same,” Kingsborough says.“If I can give [my team] machines to make their jobs easier and more productive, then that’s what we’re going to stick with.”
Built with ease of maintenance
The grinder keeps up, log after log and maintenance for the equipment is easy.
“Inherently with a grinding operation, dust and powdery substance settle on every nook and cranny of the machine if it’s not maintained and cleaned off,” Kingsborough says.”They’ve designed this machine (the HG6800TX) so the engine compartment and the hydraulic lines are always covered. It’s really easy to maintain so that in itself saves hours of maintenance every day.”
More grinding and minimal maintenance mean Atlas Tree Surgery can focus on the job and recycle more trees. Atlas Tree Surgery invests in machines for long term advantages.
“We don’t mind spending a little bit more money on stuff if we know we’re going to make it back up over the life of the machine,” says Eisenhauer. He says Atlas has demoed machines from other manufacturers, and they always come back to Vermeer. They come back because of the quality of the machines, and they come back because of the service.