News & Events

February 2010

This year Cannings celebrates its 50th year of operation.  We have come a long way from our humble beginnings operating out of a single-fronted terrace unit in Fitzroy.  This year we acknowledge the business legacy left by Victor and Rob Canning and plan to acknowledge the auspicious 50 years with various events throughout the year.  Visit back again to find out about events as we roll them out.

January 2010

Cannings No 1 STIHL Dealer in Victoria in 2009.

Cannings Outdoor Power Equipment achieves status of No 1 Victorian Stihl Dealer for turnover in 2009, continuing the Cannings tradition of top-class STIHL promotion and sales performance.

December 2008

Some key product improvements are being introduced to the Granberg product range in early 2009:

Granberg 12 volt Chainsaw Sharpeners

  1. 10 degree angle guide added to the height plate (in addition to the existing 30 degree guide), specifically for sharpening ripping chain.
  2. The addition of multiple depth gauge calibrations for various chain specifications (in addition to the existing .030 setting for regular chain).

Granberg Alaskan MKIII Chainsaw Mills

  1. After 40 years we are metricating the Alaskan Mill.  To date, the Alaskan has been equipped with BSW fittings, (as per the original USA mill), which has become problematic in certain markets which are now wholly metric.  All mill production from the beginning of 2009 will feature M8 metric threaded fittings (replacing the existing 5/16″ fasteners) and will be 13mm A/F, making them compatible with most current chainsaw spanners.

October 2008

John and Stuart Canning visited Papua New Guinea and Singapore in a whirlwind double header over a period of 1 week.

The trip to  meet with Stihl – Singapore, the first of hopefully many, where Stuart and John were warmly welcomed and very grateful for the opportunity to meet and show  Cannings range of Yale Ropes and Granberg products.

As seen in the photos the milling demonstration went extremely well and the colouration in the wood milled on the day was magnificent.

The objective of the trip to Papua New Guinea was to showcase the Granberg mill at the annual Morobe Show Day in Lae. The Granberg Mill range is being used extensively in Papua New Guinea with strong sales continuing to be seen throughout the region.

The new Stihl chainsaw carry pack was introduced to the market during this trip and it is expected to be a great success in PNG.  It offers the ability for loggers to carry their saws into remote areas with ease.

Pictures for both events can be viewed here.

Both Stuart and John thank their hosts in Singapore and Papua New Guinea for the chance to meet and form new relationships and look forward to seeing everyone again on the next visit.

January 2008

The new uniquely coloured Blue Tongue® range of ropes have been released.

Blue Tongue® Climbing Line

Made out of premium grade polyester this 24 strand climbing line has been made for exceptional performance through mechanical ascent/ descent devices as well as the traditional Arborist climbing techniques. The 11.7mm diameter provides the perfect balance between the weight of 11mm line and the feel of 13mm line.

Blue Tongue® Access Line

The unique blend of Technora and Spectra provides the perfect balance of strength, weight, heat resistance and elastic elongation. The 24 strand polyester cover provides superior abrasion resistance compared to other brands of access line available today.

It has extremely low stretch properties with 0.18% at 250kg, which provides the climber with almost 100% energy efficiency.

Blue Tongue® Static Life Rescue Line     

Comprising a unique construction of a 48 strand Polyester cover and a braided Nylon core Yale Kernmaster offers handling and performance never before available in a Static Life Rescue Line.

More information on the range available here

May 2007

New General Manager joins the Cannings team

Stuart and John Canning are pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Richardson as Cannings General Manager.   In addition to managing our retail operation, Jim will be responsible for IT management and for developing new marketing plans for the business.    Jim has an extensive experience in both the IT and manufacturing industries.  We wish Jim a warm welcome.

April 2007

New brands added to Arborist Equipment range

Cannings have added two new, quality brands to the already extensive range of arborist equipment.    Gecko climbing spursby Ulrich Distel, Germany, are available now.

This premium range of climbing spurs and pads are available in either steel or ultra-light carbon-fibre.   TreeMagineers’ Tree Motion harnesses, also made in Germany, will be arriving in August.  The Tree Motion is a premium arborist harness.  The Gecko and TreeMagineers range is available exclusively through your local ATRAES agent.  Visit for further information.  Alternatively, call 1300 736 140.

TreeMagineers Tree Motion Harness

March 2007

Release of new Buckingham AussieMaster Harness

Cannings are pleased to announce the release of the latest harness in Buckingham’s Aussie range.   The new AussieMaster harness is quite possibly the most comfortable harness on the market.   It has all the features you would expect in a professional tree surgeon’s harness and is constructed to the exacting quality standards for which Buckingham are renowned.   Like all the other Buckingham Aussie-series harnesses, the AussieMaster carries Australian Standards compliance.

Competitively priced at $475.00 including GST, the new AussieMaster harness represents excellent value for money and is well worth considering for your next harness purchase.   Available exclusively through your local ATRAES agent.  For more information visit or call 1300 736 140.

Buckingham AussieMaster Harness

March 2007

Buckingham Harnesses and Australian Standards Compliance

Buckingham and Cannings are pleased to announce that after exhaustive testing the Buckingham Aussie range of harnesses now complies with Australian Standards AS/NZ1891.1:1995.

All the Aussie-series harnesses, including the popular Aussie Traverse, the Glide II, the Aussie Economy range and the new AussieMaster will all feature new tags displaying the Standard along with a date of manufacture and serial number.  The added advantage to the Buckingham harness range is that it still carries the ANSI A10.14 certification, the North American Standard for work positioning harnesses.

The Australian Standard compliant range of Buckingham harnesses will be available exclusively through the ATRAES group.  For further information visit or call 1300 736 140.

March 2007

Buckingham Spurs with Screw-In Gaffs

Buckingham and Cannings are pleased to announce the release of the ever-popular steel replaceable gaff spurs with SCREW IN GAFFS.  These new gaffs replace the traditional pin-fit gaffs.  Climbers will immediately appreciate how easy it is to replace the gaffs.  Swapping gaff lengths is now also a breeze.

These new style spurs are available now from your local ATRAES agent.  For further information visit or call 1300 736 140.

2 November 2006

Ball-tearer hand-crafted STIHL MS440 Motorbike

These impressive pics of a “prototype” Stihl motorbike were taken at the International Society of Arborists (ISA) show in Minneapolis, USA in August.   We can’t attest to the performance, but the attention to detail is staggering!

(With acknowledgement to Mark Marriott for these images.)

July 2006

Facelift for Australian range of Granberg Products

In the first update in over 20 years, Cannings are releasing dynamic new product colours, packaging and labelling for the Granberg range of 12 volt sharpeners and Alaskan MkIII mills.  The orange grinder housings of old will be replaced with fire-engine red, coupled with new, revised decals and full-colour instruction sheet insert.   The packaging of the Alaskan MkIII will also receive a face-lift with new packaging and product decals.    These changes will be rolled out from the beginning of August 2006.

March 2006

Cannings announced Australia’s Number 1 Stihl Dealer in 2005

Cannings Outdoor Power Equipment announced No 1 STIHL Dealer  for 2005.  This status is for sales turnover  and is fiercely contested by in excess of 400 Stihl dealers nationally!

March 2005

Cannings Announced STIHL Victorian Dealer of the Year

The STIHL 2005 Victorian and Tasmanian Dealer conference was held in Queenstown, New Zealand in mid-March.  Cannings was awarded STIHL Victorian Dealer of the Year for 2004 as well as receiving an Encouragement Award for exceptional sales, marketing and service performance.  Pictured below is Cannings Managing Director, Stuart Canning, receiving the awards.

From left:  Mick Elliott (Stihl Territory Manager), Walter Roso (Stihl Managing Director), Stuart Canning and Paul Harris (Stihl National Sales Manager)