Racing Mowers, Chainsaws Massacring Trees

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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