When the Van Landeghems started their mowing/mulching business, SEMDEM, in France in 1973, there simply wasn’t any “off-the-shelf” mowing or mulching equipment available, so they developed it and had it built. Their designs were very successful. After Jean-Paul moved to the states, his brother renamed the business Cimaf and later sold it to a French Canadian, Denis (pronounced Denny), who manufactured and sold mowers world-wide under the name Denis Cimaf.
Jean-Paul Van Landeghem, the founder of JPV Mulching in Georgia, USA, not only maintains his contact with mulching professionals and equipment manufacturers around the world, but he also continues to innovate. When JPV Mulching purchased a 300 horsepowerd Tigercat Trackhoe in 2005, Jean-Paul took the opportunity to design a new feature that enables the mower to be angled to the side. It sounds simple enough, but watch the video of the Tigercat Trackhoe at work, and you will realize just how impressive this simple feature is. Now, instead of just cutting down a tree and mulching it on the ground, this one-of-a-kind Tigercat Trackhoe can angle its mower to cut the tree, catch it as it falls, and mulch it before it lays down on the ground! This equates to faster service, lower operating costs, and a better deal for the customer.
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