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At English Woodlands Timber, their wood is your wood. They just fell it, cut it, measure it, grade it, stick it, dry it, love it, select it and then machine it (if you want them to).


English Woodland Timber’s (EWT) heritage traces back to forestry companies that emerged in post-WWII, 1950’s Britain. Composed of sawyers, woodworkers and wood suppliers, EWT works alongside English Woodlands Forestry. Their timber supply begins in the woods with carefully selected well-managed, good quality trees or round timber. The result is a yard packed full of beautiful wood – all managed, sorted and stacked.


For the past sixteen years, Managing Director, Tom Compton, has elevated EWT’s reputation. Synonymous with its values, Tom thinks of the woodland all day long and endeavours to take trees and give them a second life as wood. Together, they convert and supply timber on behalf of woodworkers in need of superb quality and sustainability. In recent years, Tom’s partner – Ian McNally – has freed him from his desk to continue to thrive in the woodland whilst he helps EWT online. Now, EWT is the perfect choice for builders, furniture makers, joiners in need of wood further afield. Since the pandemic started, EWT pulled out all the stops to engage in a digital and e-commerce revolution. As a result of this, they’ve achieved record sales and a record number of new customers.


With the huge demand for their niche products and wide range of species – such as oak, elm, ash and sweet chestnut – EWT were busier than ever. Having experienced a 50% growth in business, they were fortunate to have reorganised their warehouse. Now, they had cantilever racking capable of storing timber loads up to eight meters long. However, they were still struggling to keep pace. It was upon visiting another timber supplier that Ian and his team saw the Combilift C-Series up close and personal. Having previously used mainstream counterbalance forklifts, they hadn’t yet experienced its multidirectional abilities. Impressed by its capabilities, Ian and Tom reached out to Locators for help.


Upon visiting EWT, our team met Ian and Tom and discussed what was needed from their new trucks. Acting as their materials handling consultants, we supplied two C4000E models to their four-acre site. Alongside this, we also supplied two Combi-WR4 multidirectional pedestrian stacker trucks. The latter features Combilift’s unique patented multi-position tiller arm. This enhances operator safety as it enables them to work at the side of the unit rather than at the rear when working in narrow confines. We also recommended a wider than standard fork carriage of 1950mm for the WR4 models. Such a carriage helps increase load stability when carrying 6m long packs or boards.


The ability to move 6m lengths sideways has done away with the need for wide aisles and access areas in the undercover warehouse. In addition to this, the widths between packs stored outdoors have been slashed to 3m. Compared to the 6-8m needed for their older counterbalance trucks, this is over half their space saved. A further advantage of Combilift is its versatility as it also doubles up as a portable workstation. Boards are logged, numbered and photographed on the trucks before being put online – streamlining the process.

Combi-WR4 Stacker

Perfect for lifting and handling goods in narrow spaces, this is ideal for palletised goods and long and awkward loads. Better still, it combines multi-directional travel, innovative features and effortless operation – inside and out.

Load Capacity

1.45 ton

Maximum Lift Height

6.0 m

“This one operator/one machine combination has been transformative and has improved productivity by 30- 40% compared to the old trucks. In spite of their (the WR4 Stacker’s) relatively small size they can easily lift packs of timber from the top bay of racking. An added bonus is that training staff to use them takes just a few hours.”

Tom Compton

Owner & Managing Director, English Woodland Timber


Due to the push for cleaner operations in many sectors, over half of Combilifts now manufactured are electric powered. Emission-free and far quieter than their previous machines, this is much appreciated by all onsite. Plus, unlike EWT’s previous diesel forklifts, these are far more in keeping with their environmental stance. In a yard lined with solar panels and charging stations for electric vehicles, it’s clear that sustainability is held dear, here. Even loose chippings are used for biomass, and other materials are recycled into bedding for horses.

“The Combilifts can handle all the varied and awkward sized boards we stock, they are nimble, manoeuvrable and allow us to work more quickly . . . The latest digital technology and the innovative engineering from Combilift has been a winning combination which has enabled our business to expand and flourish, without having to worry about building extra space too.”

Ian McNally

Director, English Woodland Timber

Combilift C4000E

This multi-directional forklift is designed for the safe, space-saving and productive handling of long and bulky loads. It combines the advantages of a counterbalanced forklift, side loader and very narrow aisle (VNA) truck in one. Suitable for handling and palletised goods, it’s also available in a range of lifting capacities and height capabilities.

Load Capacity

2.5-25.0 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height