Wetland harvesting

Harvest your crops no matter what the ground conditions

We were asked by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to utilize biomass from wetlands. Our first problem was how to harvest and removed the biomass from the wetlands. After some research and our own experience we purchased and modified the machines as detailed below.

Working on nature reserves for RSPB and Natural England we found these machines make very little impact on on the substrate. 

Piston bulley

Piston Bulley harvesting reed Piston Bulley harvesting reed

We modified the 300Hp Piston Bulley to fit a Kemper 4 row maize forager. It has the capacity to harvest up to 40 acres of reed, rush or maize in a day. 

With extra wide tracks the Piston Bulley makes little impact on the ground.

Many of our trials with the RSPB were on the Somerset levels in soft peat ground and the Piston Bulley met all expectations and travelled on the wet, soft ground with no problem.


Did you know we provide...

Harvesting Contracting service


  Cost per hour Uses Capacity
Piston Bulley £140  Reed, Maize, rush 3 acres/hour
Long tracked dumper £100 Haulage N/A
Tracked dumper £100 Haulage N/A
Softrak dumper £100 Haulage N/A

Cost of transporting 2 machines (one lorry) to site is extra cost at £3 a mile from our Base in mid Devon.

For all jobs we would bring the Piston Bulley and the Softrak as things can go wrong when working in wetlands. If the Piston Bulley does get stuck (which can happen) we have a 16 tonne winch for the Softrak which can pull the Piston Bulley out. If the Softrak gets stuck the Piston Bulley can pull it out with ease.

For jobs of 20 acres and above we would recommend we use the Piston Bulley, Softrak and two tracked Dumpers for hauling.

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Interested in finding out how this could work for you?

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