Towing Regulations In The UK To Change This Autumn

News and important tips on tree stump removal.

By now, most people in the arb industry are aware of the planned change to towing regulations in the UK. Whilst no specific date has been given at the time of writing, the Government have advised it will take place this Autumn. Car and trailer test bookings ceased from the 20th September, and the planned changes are as follows:

  •  If you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’ll be allowed to tow trailers up
    to 3,500kg MAM when the law changes.
  • The DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers.
    You’ll get category BE added to your driving licence when you get a new photocard driving
  • You do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically.

Whatever your thoughts on the Government’s decision, and there are many differing opinions, what it has done is open up the entire Först towable range of woodchippers to customers – resulting in more choice than ever before in terms of performance, power and chipping capability. Först have an
unrivalled towing range whether you are looking to increase your fleet or upgrade existing machines – Först or otherwise.



Forst ST8D

Boasting 55 horse power with a huge amount of torque and phenomenal power, the ST8D 55 makes light work of any type of timber and brash up to 8” in diameter.

This is the diesel 8” chipper for the future with its stage 5 compliant, Doosan DPF engine delivering more chipping speed and efficiency than ever before. This engine coupled with the large Först ‘open top’ flywheel and FörstGrip feed roller system make it the 8” chipper of choice for the contractor.

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6″ CAPACITY / DIESEL / 42 & 24HP


Now with 2 x diesel engine options, a fast, hungry and powerful 42hp Doosan DPF or a 24hp Kubota naturally aspirated diesel. A wide hopper, robust all steel  construction & phenomenal performance all come as standard with the 6D series.

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The Först TT6 is the most versatile product in the Först range yet. Fast, aggressive, robust and incredibly compact and user friendly thanks to its 360 turntable, the TT6 is the ultimate machine for the contractor and arborist working in urban areas and weighs in at less than 750kg.

The TT6 is a true 6” x 8” capacity machine. It hosts the exceptional FörstGrip feed roller system and the Först ‘open top’ flywheel system, well known in the industry for delivering fast and aggressive performance. The machine will handle all types of material equally well, from dense, wet material to awkward limbs and forks

Powered by the outstanding 37HP Vanguard EFI, V Twin Petrol engine, the TT6 offers fast and punchy performance. The engine complies with stage 5 emissions regulations and delivers exceptional fuel economy.

Sitting on a compact yet robust chassis, and a heavy-duty slew ring, the TT6 is the most compact machine in its class with an overall length of just 2250mm when turned at the 90° position.

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The Först ST6P is the fastest, most aggressive and most robust machine in its class making it the best-selling 6” capacity petrol woodchipper in the UK and Europe.

At the heart of the machine is the industry-renowned FörstGrip feed roller system and Först flywheel system giving this machine unmatched performance in processing all types of material. The ST6P hosts the powerful and highly efficient Vanguard 37HP V-Twin petrol engine, a perfect match for the machine capacity making it a rapid-fire yet extremely fuel-efficient machine thanks to the electronic fuel injection (EFI) technology.

With a focus on quality and longevity, the ST6P uses the same chipping chamber, flywheel, feed roller system and hopper as its big brother, the ST6D, but has robust GRP panels, a shorter chassis and the much lighter petrol engine to bring it under the 750KG weight threshold for drivers without the B+E driver’s licence.

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As you can see, Först have a towable option to suit every need. And with delivery times that outstrip competitors, and the industry’s first 3 year warranty, why not take advantage of the change in towing regulations and book a demo today to experience the true power and performance of a Först? Visit to arrange your free on-site demonstration.

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