Racing Mowers, Chainsaws Massacring Trees

Racing Mowers – Chainsaws Massacring Trees

Racing Mowers, Massacring Trees with Chainsaws and Stuffing Faces at the Gamka Sales Husqvarna NJLCA Open House July 14th, 2011

Edison, NJ, July 25, 2011— A large group of landscapers, arborists, tree and snow removal service companies, nurseries, members of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, property managers and contractors involved in grounds keeping converged at Gamka Sales Company’s World Headquarters in Edison, NJ on July 14th to eat, meet and compete all evening.

The Open House was sponsored by Husqvarna. Their full line of equipment for landscapers, tree surgeons and snow removal services was on display as well as Wacker Neuson’s wheel loader, excavator and dumper machinery. It was a night to demo products and most of those who attended were seen kicking tires, revving engines, and trying out the machines on hand. Gamka’s showroom was packed with items and their 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse was wide open for the Special 5 Cent Guided Tours conducted by Gamka staff. Many visitors had not been aware that besides Husqvarna, Gamka distributes other products used by landscapers including compaction equipment, filter and stabilization fabrics, diamond saw blades, trench drain and over 40,000 other line items. Gamka has a complete service and repair department with 12,000 parts on hand for the products it sells and Gamka rents 1,700 pieces of construction equipment.

The gathering included a business meeting for the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association but the usual agenda of greeting, eating, meeting and hearing the topic of the day was scrambled when the big barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers came out and people decided that the two contests to test the skills of operators was going to be really fun and first up. The meeting part would wait. For the groundskeepers, there was the Husqvarna Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Timed Obstacle Course Challenge. The participants with the fastest course times were awarded trophies with the champion racer winning a “Green”, one person transportation unit, AKA a Trek Model 820 21 speed mountain bicycle. That lucky contestant was NJLCA member Eric Jepsen of Wayne Jepson Landscaping in Raritan, NJ. For the arborists, tree surgeons and anyone else wanting to give it a shot, there was the Husqvarna Chainsaw Tree Massacre Competition. Using a chainsaw, contestants had to take two slices off a log as quickly as possible. The one with the fastest time of all was NJLCA member Steve Smorong of Dobra Property Maintenance in Colonia. He won a brand new Husqvarna chainsaw.

The outdoor event ran late but the race track and chainsaw logging areas were lit up like daylight with light towers supplied from Gamka’s rental fleet.

When all the contestants had completed their tries for the gold, a brief NJLCA meeting was opened for New Jersey Landscaper Contractor Association business, a concise seminar on the “Evils of Ethanol”, followed by presentation of the awards and door prizes.

By the end of the night everyone admitted to being stuffed with food, all left with some kind of a souvenir or prize and attendees agreed it was a night they would remember.

Bob Hibler

About JR Weiss

I have been selling and renting to the commercial and industrial contractor since 1984. We specialize in concrete and site related sectors of the business. We have always worked with only a few reputable companies and product manufacturers. We are not the supermarket of the industry, but rather the specialty line distributor of the construction industry. Give us your toughest problems and we usually come up with excellent solutions. We are a distributor of Husqvarna equipment like chainsaws, lawn mowers, zero turn mowers, riding lawn mowers, trimmers, backpack blowers, leaf blowers and many other lawn and garden items. We also handle the complete line of construction equipment for Husqvarna. We perform all repair and warranty work as well as stock many Husqvarna parts. We are the NJ Distributor for Wacker Neuson Compact Class of machines that include Mini-Excavators, Wheeled Excavators, Compact Wheel Loaders, and Dumpers. These are incredible compact machines that are capable of doing big work. Specialties: I have broad knowledge of construction chemicals for concrete, restoration of concrete, small to medium sized construction equipment. Warehouse floor restoration is a specialty of mine, specifically failed floor joints, shifting concrete slabs and random cracks. Ground Thawing is another specialty as we were the first company in NJ to add these machines to our rental fleet before the market knew what they were used for. Please check out our website for more information.
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