We find the Merlo is a great tool for efficient hazardous tree removal. It shines in applications where we need to access trees in tight areas. It increases our production, and we like its off-road capabilities as well. Service department has been good to work with. It was a good investment for Dillon Tree Service.
It [Merlo Roto] was fun to drive and operate. The 360 view eliminates the blind spots that you usually find in a traditional all terrain fork lift. Sitting higher above the wheels, the ease of steering and driving, and more visibility made it fun to drive around the site. This is an extremely versatile machine.
We work 7 days a week, depending on weather. We clean out over 75% of the chicken houses here in Jackson County, GA. We had a Caterpillar before, but now with this Merlo, it’s like going from a Volkswagen to a Cadillac. It’s sturdier and I just felt safe and comfortable even before I turned the key for the first time. This machine [TF30.9 with 3.2 cu/yd bucket ] fits just perfect through the doorways. It’s airtight; I take my dog with me. It’s quiet compared to what I had before. I am so happy with this piece of machinery. I wish every piece we had was a Merlo.
The Merlo Roto became our flagship machine. We currently have four 40.30 MCSS models. We are the only vendor in town that offers these machines. Not only do we support it, we train and educate the end user on a Roto’s operation so they can complete their job efficiently and safely with a very unique item. Contractors are increasingly calling us for them.
Merlo units are, in my opinion, a machinery operator’s telehandler of choice. Merlo engineered their proportional valve controls to give a skilled operator a better feel for the controls of a telehandler like no other manufacturer. With even the slightest given command of the Merlo joystick, you will get movement of the machine and therefore not need to over input a command to get boom movement. Better valve control means an operator can do more safely and efficiently.