FAQ's

About Us

We access areas where most normal excavators and track machines are unable to access. Our services include:

  • Mulching unwanted woody weeds
  • Clearing areas for bush fire hazard and asset protection
  • Clearing power line easements
  • Digging out silted up drainage creeks, channels and canals for councils
  • Trackside vegetation mulching, plus many more environmental activities

We can also carry out excavation services in steep and difficult sites where other

machines are unable to access but cannot compete on price with regular excavators.

We supply our services to environmental companies, local councils, state government bodies, rail services, public and private entities as well as rural landholders, and to anyone looking for clean up after natural disasters like bushfire and storms.

In order to manage vegetation problems in steep, difficult and wet areas, we utilise vegetation mulching machinery, including:

  • Menzi Muck Spider All terrain excavator
  • Rayco Forestry Mulcher on steel tracks
  • Posi-Track Forest Mulcher on rubber tracks

We mainly work in and around The Hawkesbury, The Hills, The Blue Mountains, Macarthur and Lithgow areas, but we do travel all over Sydney and have been as far as Cobar, Far West of NSW, for rail work.

Yes, we carry Public Liability Insurance, Worker’s Compensation and Plant and Equipment comprehensive insurance. Our insurance companies can be contacted by prospective clients to verify our expiry dates.

Spider Excavator, Skid Steer & Forestry Mulcher Hire Costs

Our pricing is usually charged at a day rate, which makes it hard to evaluate how to price an unseen job. Our day rates vary from $2,500 to $3,500 for Sydney and surrounding rural areas.Contact us for a quote today

Our specialised machine weighs about 13 tonnes but don’t let its small stature fool you. The way it’s set up hydraulically enables us to mulch areas similar to a normal 20 tonne excavator, with the added benefit of being able to access steep, wet and rocky sites.  Apart from three different mulching attachments for our excavator, we have digging and sieve buckets, and a log grab for whole tree takedowns. Our mainstay, the Menzi Spider Excavator, was developed in Switzerland many years ago as an answer to accessing the steep mountainous areas encountered in Switzerland.

Land Clearing

Our type of land clearing consists of mulching down to ground level bushes, small trees and woody weeds up to a diameter of 20cm. This could include privet, lantana, wild olive, blackberries and many other species. Our prices may be cheaper per square meter than a small excavator attempting the same work and our day rate will most likely be more economical. Contact us for a quote today.

The amount of how much land we can clear will depend on the terrain. On average, to clear out two to three acres of land, it takes about one full day or the equivalent to eight working hours.

If you need large trees cleared, then using a dozer can be more economical. If you need lantana or other weed species such as Privet, African Olive, Boxthorn, or the like, or need under scrubbing or bushfire hazard reduction services, then mulching is a far better option. The benefits of mulching vegetation include minimal soil erosion, not having to dispose of a large pile of heaped up vegetation, and less ground disturbance. If you’re selling your property or have an overgrown area on your land that needs tidying up, then mulching will leave you satisfied and have your property looking good and ready for sale.

Before clearing any property it’s best to recognise the lay of the land, follow all the necessary clearing requirements (such as council permits) and create a suitable plan. It’s usually best to mulch small vegetation between 10cm to 20cm thick for the health of the environment and so that there is less to clear when the land is being scraped by machinery. It’s best to leave it up to the professionals to cut or knock down trees, remove tree stumps and clean and clear areas by mulching excess vegetation.

This depends on the type of land you are clearing. We use forest mulching machinery, either track mounted or spider excavator mounted. This is ideal for accessing steep, difficult and wet sites.

We recommend checking with your local council for any rules and regulations prior to any clearing and also check to see if you are eligible for the RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice rule. Below is a list of council tree management policies we normally work with. Please click on your local council to see the relevant jurisdiction in your area. Alternatively, please contact us to discuss your situation. Blacktown City Council

Blue Mountains City Council

Hawkesbury City Council

Hills Shire Council

Hornsby Council

Lithgow City Council

Parramatta City Council

Penrith City Council

Wollondilly Shire Council

To help households be better prepared for bushfires, the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice allows people in designated areas to clear trees on their property within 10 metres of their home, without seeking approval. It also allows people to clear underlying vegetation (such as shrubs, but not trees) on their property if it’s within 50 metres of their home, also without seeking approval.

To find out if your property is within a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area, use the NSW RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice Online Assessment Tool.

To help you understand further, below is the NSW RFS 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice:

10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice

How To Prepare For A Bushfire

We firmly believe in the motto “NO FUEL = NO FIRE”. The key elements for a bush fire to thrive are fuel, oxygen and heat. That’s why the best form of fire prevention is the elimination of ground fuel. Mulched under scrub is far less combustible because it doesn’t have the oxygen available to it that standing scrub has. Generally speaking, you have less of a chance to start a severe crown fire if you don’t have ground fuel. Long grass in paddocks is also a major source of rapid-fire movement. We’re able to mitigate bushfire risks by slashing long grass in areas where a regular farm tractor is unable to access.

We’ve had vast experience with bushfires during 1994, 2013 and 2019-2020 at our Bilpin depot. Our triangular-shaped property was burnt out on all three sides to varying degrees, but thankfully we were spared any damage due to the fact that we keep the ground covered in mulch on our 2 acres of standing bush, and the rest of our 12 acres clear of ground fuel wherever possible. We rake and blow under trees and along fence lines and dispose of debris continually as a means of fire prevention.

We don’t provide an official bushfire assessment. However, after surviving three bushfires we have learned that every situation is different. A general bushfire assessment will tend to look out for risks including:

  • Any flammable items on verandahs including dog bedding, pot plants in plastic pots, gas cylinders, washing on the line, and any hay and straw bales in sheds that can become a source of ignition.
  • Leaves in roof cavities and any flammable material under the ridges. Embers can enter through the ridge caps and start a fire.
  • Power is usually out during a fire, so make sure your generator is in good working order, fueled up, and kept clear of debris and moistened all around to prevent it burning. Start your generator up as the fire front approaches and make sure all tap joints and fittings are kept wet to avoid embers burning through plastic pipes and hoses.

There are a few simple steps the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) recommend when implementing a bushfire survival plan:

  1. Know your risks

It’s important to assess your property and know your risks. Do you own livestock that would need to be moved onto safer ground in the event of a fire? Do you live on a farm and store explosives such as petrol in the shed? Whatever it may be, consider any hazards on your property, list them down and plot what you would do to mitigate these risks in case of an emergency.

  1. Discuss your plans and make them clear

Discuss with your household what you would do in case a bushfire threatens your property. Would you evacuate early or would you stay and risk defending your land? If you did plan on leaving, where would you go and how would you get there? What would you take? Who would you call to let them know you’re leaving your property and that you have arrived safely? Ensure everyone is clear on the actions you would need to take in the event of a fire, have a backup plan and implement them by practising a simulated emergency drill every year before bushfire season begins.

  1. Only stay if you’re well prepared

Deciding to stay in your home during a bushfire is risky. Before making this decision ask your household if your home is well prepared enough to be the safest it can possibly be during a bushfire. Keep in mind that it will be smoky and hot, as well as physically draining, so if you’re not confident you have all the right equipment to defend your home or are unsure whether or not you’ll be able to cope in an emergency situation, it’s best to choose the safest option and leave early.

  1. Prepare and protect your home or business from bushfires

There are many ways to prepare your home or business for a bushfire to help protect it and limit any damage fires can cause. Take preventative measures and plan ahead to avoid fires from happening by doing the following:

  • Trim overhanging shrubs, trees or branches and keep a well-maintained area around your home and sheds.
  • Cut your grass and get rid of dry leaves or garden beds around your property.
  • Clear your gutters, install metal gutter guards and attach a fire sprinkler system to gutters.
  • Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps and block areas from embers entering.
  • Install metal mesh screens on windows and doors, and if possible, replace wood fences with metal or colorbond fencing.
  • Remove and store flammable items well away from your house. These include wood piles, door mats, leaves, mulch, outdoor furniture, petrol, diesel and gas.
  • Make sure if you’ve got any LPG cylinders, that the pressure relief valves on them face away from your house and away from trees or gardens.
  • Guarantee you’ve got a reliable source of water and have hoses long enough to reach around your entire house.
  • Have an electrical safety switch and only use recommended rating fuses.
  • If you live on a rural property, make sure there is an access path for a fire tank and clear fire breaks along the boundaries of your paddock.
  • If your property has a dam, install water pipes underground to pump to the house.
  • Ensure water tanks are connected to pumps and they are always full, ready to use.
  1. Know the bushfire alert levels in and around your area

Have an understanding of the bushfire alert levels and what they mean. Using the fire danger ratings can help you make the decision to stay or evacuate your home, and are as follows:

  • Advice: This means a fire has started but there’s no immediate danger. It’s always a good idea to keep informed and track whether or not the situation worsens.
  • Watch and act: It’s a heightened level of fire danger. This means conditions have changed and it’s time to start taking preventative measures to protect your family and your home.
  • Emergency warning: This is the highest level of a bushfire alert. This is an important emergency warning notifying you that you may be in grave danger and need to take action instantly. Do not delay or put lives at risk – act immediately.

 

  1. Follow your bushfire survival plan and keep important information on hand

 

It’s always wise to keep key information on hand in case of an emergency. Record and keep important information, including:

  • Emergency information: Medicare number, passport number, tax file number, Driver Licence number, vehicle registration, emergency contact numbers such as your local SES number, your local RFS contact details and the bushfire information line 1800 679 737.
  • Medical needs:If you or someone in your family requires regular medication or has a medical condition, list all the fine details down (like doctor names and contact details, medication types and dosages) and ways in which you plan to manage the condition during and after the fire.
  • Important services information: Record the company, account number and contact details of your electricity, gas, water, internet, phone and insurance providers, as well as your local radio frequency channel.
  • Follow the NSW RFS for updates: Access the NSW RFS website at rfs.nsw.gov.au for fire danger ratings and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @nswrfs.
  • Download the ‘Fires Near Me NSW’ app: Fires Near Me NSW is the official app of the NSW Rural Fire Service, providing information about bush and grass fires across NSW. The app shows incidents from all agencies including the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW, National Parks & Wildlife Service, and Forestry Corporation. It can be downloaded for IOS devices or for Android.