Welcome to Riko UK and Alpine Tractors

Adding real value to timber.

Posted on March 13, 2018

You would probably be surprised if you heard that someone had sold something for £17 to £22 if it is worth £50-£60. You would no doubt question their sanity if it turned out to be worth £300-£375. And yet it is exactly what can happen when someone logs up a piece of timber that is of milling quality! To rub salt into the wound they may have even spent over £8,000 on a firewood processor to turn it into logs when a £3,150 Riko Timbery M100 sawmill would enable them to mill it.

To put it into perspective a piece of timber the size shown if the picture below could be worth as little as £17 as softwood logs or as much as £375 as air dried Oak boards.

A 36cm diameter X 3m felled piece of timber equates to approximately 0.31 cubic meters of timber. If its softwood then sold as logs is worth around £17-£22 (£55-£70M³), if it’s hardwood then sold as logs its worth around £25-£31 (£80-£100M³). However, the same piece of timber can be sawn into four 10cm X10cm X 3m posts & two 25mm X 100mm X 3m boards and as softwood could be worth £50-£60 (£266- £320M³) or as hardwood the value could be £100-120 (£533 -£640M³). If you are prepared to spend the extra time cutting it into Waney-Edge cladding boards, then the total value for Cedar is around £110-£130. If its Oak and you cut it into 25mm X 125mm X 3m boards and air dried, it could be worth £300-£375 (£1,600-£2,000 M³).

A PTO driven firewood processor capable of handling 36cm diameter timber will cost you around £8,000 + vat to earn £55-£100 per M³ of logs. A petrol engine Riko M100 saw mill will cost you £3,150 + vat and could potentially earn you up £2,000 M³.

(NB. All prices quoted were sourced on the internet via a UK search and are therefore not binding).

Riko UK has been trading for over 30 years and during this time we have built up a wealth of knowledge in the supply of machinery for Forestry, Firewood Processing & Production, Woodland Maintenance, Conservation, Grounds Care, Estate Maintenance, Small Holdings & Agriculture.

Our range of Alpine tractors include Antonio Carraro and AGT (Agromehanika), both of which are ideally suited to working on steep ground and difficult terrain. Some people refer to these as All Terrain Tractors, Hillside Tractors or even Quad Tractors or ATV Tractors as they often have equal size wheels like a Quad Bike or ATV. Riko UK Created the brand name,  'Alpine Tractors' to enhance people's understanding of the concept of the tractor. In fact, our brand name 'Alpine Tractors' has been so successful that it has become the generic term used by the media and even our competitor's tractors!

Our product range can be broken down into three main categories with sub categories:

Forestry Forestry Tractors, Forestry & Woodland Machinery
Firewood Log Splitters, Log Saws, Firewood Processors & Firewood Machinery
Agriculture & Grounds Care Tractors, Farm machinery, Horticultural Machinery, Vineyard Machinery & Small Holder Machinery Landscaping Machinery, Conservation Machinery, Turf Machinery & Bank Mowers


All our product range encompasses a vast range of machinery, all designed to make working on land and the maintenance of land easier.

We now have Alpine Tractors working with the National Trust, National Parks, numerous wildlife and conservation groups, golf courses, hill farms in Wales and Scotland, fruit farms, hop farms and even english vineyards.

Firewood machinery

Firewood machinery

Forestry Machinery

Forestry Machinery

Agriculture & Grounds Care

Agriculture & Grounds Care

Forestry Machinery

The range of Forestry machinery includes forestry tractors, forwarding trailers from 1,500Kg up to 16,000Kg capacity, forestry cranes from 3 meters up to 8.2 meters reach and the unique Riko UK Fast Tow Forwarding Trailer, the only 3500Kg Road Trailer on the market that is designed to take a crane and features our unique Hydraulic Sliding Load Bed. This ensures you achieve the correct axle loadings and tow hitch weight. There are also timber grabs with rotators for excavators, skid steer loaders, telescopic loaders and tractor loaders. A range of Skidding Grapples for compact tractors up to full forestry tractors. Single drum forestry winches with manual or radio remote hydraulic control; Gear driven drum winches with manual or radio remote hydraulic control. Forestry mulching flails and stump grinders. For small woodland owners and conservation work we produce a range of small scale forestry trailers and cranes for use behind quad tractors and ATV's as well as the smaller alpine tractors.

Firewood Machinery

UK timber and arboriculture or tree surgeon waste is unlike the rest of Europe, our wood is full of knots and harder to process. Our range of firewood machinery is carefully selected to be suitable for the type of timber we have in the UK. Riko Firewood Processors can be powered by electric motors, petrol engine, tractor PTO, or combination of any of these. Riko UK have one of the largest choice of log splitters with models ranging between 5 - 50 tons. Riko UK offer both vertical and horizontal electric and petrol driven log splitters suitable to bear weight between 5 - 25 tons. Riko UK also offer tractor hydraulic and tractor PTO driven log splitters ranging from 5 - 50 tons. Riko UK  produce fully road towable log splitters, processors and saw benches, all with full IVA approval. We can even build special log splitters to suit individual requirements. We have a range of cone splitters for cranes, excavators, skid steer loaders, telescopic loaders and tractor loaders; Plus a further range of saw benches, band saws and log saws with or without conveyors and stand-alone conveyors.

Agriculture & Grounds Care

Our range of alpine tractors include ANTONIO CARRARO, the world's leading manufacturer of equal wheel tractors and AGT Tractors, made by AGROMEHANIKA in Slovenia. Both the Antonio Carraro and Agromehanika tractor range includes articulated tractors, front steering tractors as well as bi-directional tractors with reversible driving position with hydrostatic transmission.

Riko UK is also the sole importer for ECOTECH bank mowers, flail mowers and strimmers, as well as MGM Lampacrescia motor mowers and two-wheel tractors,(pedestrian tractors) cultivators and rotovators.

From our unique range of bank mowers and strimmers to our expansive selectino of sickle bar mowers and two wheel tractors with more than fifty attachments you will definitely find a solution that suits you.

Our comprehensive range of equipment and implements are all carefully selected to match the application, whether it's a large garden, vegetable plot, farm, large estate or amenity area. Riko UK can provide you with the right equipment for all your tasks. The people at Riko UK are experts in the field and we take pride in finding the right solution for our clients. We are always willing to adapt and tailor our products to precisely suit your needs.

Riko UK offers versatile and affordable products to suit all agricultural work.