NEW: Woodcracker® CS545 compact – Another powerhouse for small excavators!

The Upper Austrian company WESTTECH Maschinenbau GmbH is well-known for its innovations in the forestry machinery sector and unveiled another machine innovation at the end of last year: a smaller version of the grapple saw for excavators – the Woodcracker® CS545 compact.

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Working smoothly || With the Woodcracker® CS510 crane grapple saw and the telescopic stage T4000

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The areas of application for Woodcracker® machines are known to be very diverse, and one of the most important is tree maintenance along traffic routes and corridors. For the preservation and ensuring safety on roads and also railways, trees along traffic routes need to be regularly maintained. This is the only way to prevent, for example, branches from falling onto the roads and causing traffic disruptions.

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A great success for WESTTECH at Agritechnica and the Woodcracker® DEMO DAY

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Under the theme “Green Productivity,” Agritechnica – the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery – took place from November 12th to 18th, 2023, in Hannover, Germany. Over 470,000 visitors flocked to the exhibition grounds during this time to see the showcased innovations and novelties.

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Woodcracker C650


Fourteen years ago, the Upper Austrian machinery company Westtech Maschinenbau GmbH introduced the first felling grapple to the market. Technical finesse and in-house know-how led to a product series that sets new standards. But that’s not all! Just in time for Agritechnica 2023, a new flagship is being introduced:

The largest felling grapple to date, the Woodcracker® C650!

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Woodcracker® gripper saw and diverse knowledge as a recipe for success: Forestry Company Hemetsberger

Mario Hemetsberger knew early on where his professional path should lead, and at the age of 18, he founded his company “Forestry Company Hemetsberger.” Today, the 25-year-old is very successful with his business, offering a wide range of services such as problematic tree felling, timber harvesting, reforestation, and more.

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Cardanic attachments from Woodcracker®: Woodcracker® CB150 cardanic cutting head and grip saw Woodcracker® CS510 crane

The service company “Baumpflege Lautenschlager” has been working with forestry machines from Westtech for almost 2 years now. “Our range of services includes everything related to trees,” says Martin Lautenschlager when asked about the main activities of his company. The Woodcracker® CB150 cardanic cutting head and the Woodcracker® CS510 crane grip saw are of great service in increasing efficiency in everyday work and providing more safety during work compared to a lift platform.

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WESTTECH‘s MULCHER – for professional landscape maintenance of overgrown greens

On the To-Do-List of every land owner or contractor is the maintenance of green areas written down from spring to autumn. Green areas must be maintained like arable land – independent of size, location, and the vegetation. Unfortunately, some green areas are not suited for grazing or for mowing because of various reasons. That is the reason, why WESTTECH, a mechanical engineering company in Upper Austria, developed the Mulcher for maintaining overgrown greens.

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For problem tree fellings, reliable partners are needed – like the company “Ihr Baumprofi”

Tree care – tree removal – garden and landscaping – storm damage cleanup – all of this is offered by the company “Ihr Baumprofi”. The company relies on Westtech and the Woodcracker® as strong and reliable partners. The company owner, Josef Höllinger, already owns several Woodcracker® machines: a Woodcracker® CL260 tree shear, a Woodcracker® L700 splitting tongs, two Woodcracker® CS750 smart grip saws, and two articulated grip saws Woodcracker® CS510 crane.

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Woodcracker® CL and the various mounting options

The Woodcracker® CL treeshears are in three sizes available. They are not only in the application versatile but also convince with different mounting options. Thanks to their versatility the treeshears are popular among gardeners, private forest owners, forestry and agricultural contractors and professional municipal landscape cultivators.

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Woodcracker® CS510 crane grapple saw in poplar short rotation on a timber trailer

The Woodcracker® CS510 crane grapple saw from the Upper Austrian forestry machine manufacturer Westtech was attached to a timber trailer belonging to the contractor “Holzschlägerungen Summereder” for this application. The task for Roman Summereder was to fell and clear 1.2ha of poplars in short rotation.