Etesia UK, the exclusive distributor of Pellenc battery-powered equipment in the UK, have recently supplied a rental giant with a multitude of 28 machines, 13 batteries and a range of cutting blades. This order is the largest single order of Pellenc equipment from one customer at one time and will be used exclusively by the Canal and River Trust for maintenance work in Newark Nottinghamshire.
After a period of testing and evaluation, the national supplier of tools, equipment and related services took delivery of over 50 pieces of kit from Pellenc dealer RT Machinery, which have been put straight to work by the trust, who care for 2,000 miles of historic waterways across the country.
The hire company was looking for environmentally-friendly equipment to add to their fleet. A team of people visited the Etesia UK head office, initially to look at some pedestrian mowers and became intrigued with a new range of battery-powered hand tools.
“We had heard about battery-powered equipment before, but never looked at it as there had always been an issue with how long you could perform with the tool and the initial purchase price,” explained Andrew Kirk, Ground Care Asset Manager.
“We had a demo of the equipment whilst we were at Etesia and were very impressed with how lightweight the equipment was, the life of the battery and how well it performed on the day. They are extremely environmentally-friendly products with low noise and the batteries pay for themselves over a period of time as you don’t have to purchase fuel. With the price of fuel rocketing over the last 12-18 months, there is now an even quicker payback time.”
The company held one of their demo days where they invite customers along to try out new equipment in their own environment. The Pellenc products were a success and the first large order was placed.
“We wanted to bring it to the contractor’s attention because as a company, we feel it’s the way forward. We had the Canal and River Trust in mind specifically because of the areas they maintain which have a lot of wildlife. The Pellenc products are environmentally-friendly and very low noise. There is no mixing of two-stroke fuel, so it was an easy decision to make.”
In the last five years, Pellenc has gained market recognition by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ battery-powered handheld tools, thanks to the development of Lithium-ion ultra-high performance batteries. This exclusive Pellenc technology allows for a drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases and noise pollution. It is also comfortable for users, meets new sustainable development demands and offers excellent economic profitability.
“All operatives received a full training session from Etesia and Pellenc. It’s been very successful so far and we are hoping that we can persuade more customers to look at this equipment. It ticks a lot of boxes with it being environmentally friendly, low noise and low vibration levels which the more conventional petrol machines are unable to compete with,” adds Andrew.