September 2009. Dark smoke is rising from a farms nearby forest in Hankasalmi. Closer look reveals that this isn’t in fact a forest fire, but it’s boiling inside of Tenho Koponen. Tree shear, purchased earlier in the same year, is broken down again, and now Tenho is had enough. There must be a better way to take care of the forests, crawling with a chainsaw doesn’t seem like an appealing option.
June 2017. TMK Product family has just got two new members, as TMK 200 and TMK 400 have been introduced at Elmia Wood in Sweden. Based from this frustration from 2009, there has risen a company that manufactures Tree Shears and their attachments to forest clearances and thinnings. Smaller and bigger models have been made to answer the growing demand of the customers.
TMK Energiakoura Ltd products are originally designed for own use, and to avoid aforementioned situations the products need to be efficient, simple to use and the foremost strong and durable. We have noticed that these arguments are appreciated by many contractors and farmers all around the world. TMK has grown in the past few years from a one mans hobby into a internationally highly valued company, which has products already from South Korea to USA, and from Norway to New Zealand.
More efficient working – Less maintenance.
“I am an earthmoving entrepreneur from central Finland. I also have a small farm with some forest. The forests weren’t maintained often enough. When I finally had the time to go to the forest, there was always too much snow. Also my excavators were just standing idle on the yard. I started to think to a solution to this situation. Late in the fall of 2009 I started to build a guillotine shear at my work shop. It needed to be simple, strong, efficient and the structure needed to be so that the shear wouldn’t cause unnecessary damage to the trees that weren’t needed to cut down. First prototype saw the light of the day, which lasted for half an hour before breaking apart. Back to work shop and after few missteps a tree shear was created which was surprisingly efficient in the forest thinnings with an excavator.
After little while working with the shear I thought that maybe someone else needs this tool as well. I asked my father in law Reijo with me to the forest. Already retired engineer came with a pen and paper and drew the first sketches of the shear. My brother Mika is a designing engineer and he drew such drawings on a computer that the modern day factory could read. So in the Spring of 2010 I drove with my shear and drawings to Multia, Finland. Multimek Oy agreed to manufacture a test series of five shears. Homemade videos in Youtube got people interested in affordable and simple product. Few upgrades have been made during the way, but the core of the shear is still original. Now we have manufactured over 650 shears and the positive feedback from the customers courages us to continue our efforts!
In Hankasalmi, Finland 09.01.2017
Tenho Markus Koponen
The core group of TMK contains CEO Tenho Koponen, Design Engineer Mika Koponen and Export, marketing manager Tony Koponen and Export coordinator Markus Särkkä. The products are designed and manufactured in Finland out of high quality materials. TMK has solid export networks widely around Europe and North America as well. New export networks are found and opened frequently. TMK is one of the leading tree shear manufacturers in Finland, and the company’s goal is to grow into one of the best known tree shear manufacturers around the world. Already for many years TMK has put effort to product development and thanks to this TMK has been able to provide innovative solutions for the tree shear market. TMK is determined to be one of the most innovative tree shear manufacturers also in the future.