Story: Taranaki region

Beating the boxthorn (3rd of 4)

Beating the boxthorn

In the first half of the 20th century boxthorn hedges were trimmed by hand – if they were maintained at all. In 1941, Lou Butler, a Swiss-born Inglewood engineer, mounted a large revolving blade on a Fordson tractor to create Taranaki’s first mechanical hedge-cutter. Over the following decades, Butler and his sons developed more efficient hedge-cutters. Following their example, dozens of other home-built machines were produced as ingenious modifications of trucks, tractors, army tanks and Bren-gun carriers.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Changing the environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015