Power Equipment Australasia

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Published by GLENVALE PUBLICATIONS A.B.N. 31 218 591 688 11 Rushdale St, Knoxfield VIC 3180 PO Box 50, Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 9544 2233 Fax: (03) 9543 1150 Editor: Elaine Sharman Phone: 0411 550 808 Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Sub Editor: Jackie Joy Journalists: Jackie Joy John Power Gary Fooks ADVERTISING Elaine Sharman Email: elaine.sharman@glenv.com.au Mobile: 0411 550 808 ACCOUNTS Melissa Graydon Email: melissa.graydon@glenv.com.au SUBSCRIPTIONS Melissa Graydon $60.50 – 6 issues subs@glenv.com.au ART, PRODUCTION AND ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS Justin Carroll Phone: (03) 9544 2233 PRINTING Southern Impact Pty Ltd 181 Forster Road,Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: (03) 8796 7000 EDITOR’S COLUMN Welcome to the March/April issue as we embrace the changing seasons and prepare for autumn, it is fitting to delve into a crucial aspect of our industry that resonates with the seasonal shift – the use of power tools in clearing dead wood. In this edition of P.E.A, we explore the vital role of power tools in not only preparing for autumn-winter but also in fire prevention and helping minimise floating debris in flood-prone areas. One of the primary applications of power tools in the coming months lies in the meticulous clearing of dead wood ad overhanging branches and tree limbs. As the leaves fall and nature begins its slumber, it becomes imperative to manage this efficiently. Our industry's power tools - from chainsaws to chippers - play an instrumental role in this task. Properly clearing of dead wood and fallen branches not only aids in maintaining a tidy landscape but also ensures a ready supply of wood for winter, contributing to both aesthetics and practicality. In a country as prone to wildfires as Australia, the responsible management of the land and the area around your homes and businesses becomes a critical component of fire prevention strategies. Power tools empower us to create firebreaks, reduce potential fuel for fires, and safeguard our communities against the devastating impact of wildfires. Moreover, land clearing has proven to be an effective measure in minimising floating debris during the flood season. With climate patterns becoming increasingly unpredictable, the need for proactive measures to mitigate flood-related risks is more apparent than ever. Our industry's tools offer the precision and power required to clear waterways, reducing the likelihood of debris causing blockages and exacerbating flood damage. As we delve into these essential topics, it is crucial to underscore the broader benefits of a thriving timber industry in Australia, an industry that contributes significantly to the nation's economy. From employment opportunities in rural areas to sustainable practices that ensure the longevity of our natural resources, a robust timber industry is a cornerstone of Australia’s economic and environmental well-being. Go to page 14 where Gary Fooks has written an interesting article on this very subject and will help gain insights into how sustainable practices underpin a thriving timber industry. In this edition, we invite you to explore the latest advancements in power tools designed for land clearing with STIHL advising on how to maintain your chainsaw on pages 12-13 as well the technical specifications of their different chainsaws in Tech Talk on page 27. In Product Focus on pages 18-19, we highlight sustainable landscaping and tree pruning made possible by Kress battery-powered tools. And if you are looking to keep your tools razor sharp, the team at Dinasaw explain the features and benefits of grinding wheels on page 29. As we navigate the seasonal transition, Warwick Lorenz has shared his thoughts on climate change and the need to act now on pages 24-25. He rightfully urges readers to be aware of the looming crisis and for the government to prioritise action for a sustainable future. On page 10, we cover drought prevention and the assistance that is needed to help mitigate this potential disaster. Timely intervention and planning go a long way and reiterating the importance of the updates in the tech space is our Computer Guru column on page 17. For this edition’s Dealer Profile on pages 22-23 , we present Albury Engineering and Mower Service, a second-generation business that has been serving its community for six decades providing a range of OPE products as well as stellar repair service. Let us appreciate the indispensable role that power tools play in shaping our landscapes, securing our communities, and fostering a sustainable future. Wishing you a season of productivity and innovation. All the best for now. Elaine Sharman Editor