Gyro-Trac Corporation

Gyro-Trac Corporation Manufactures purpose-built mulching equipment. Originated in the Canadian wilderness in the 1980’s, Gyro-Trac’s HQ has been in Summerville, South Carolina since the mid 1990’s – over 20 years. By 2006, Gyro-Trac was the number one mulching machine manufacturer in the world with a 21% market share among 9 competitors. 1000’s of units are in service around the world w/private contractors & governments, earning as high as 60% market share in North America. During this time, Gyro-Trac has lead the way again, setting the bar even higher with new, innovative technologies like NEXUS Touch and the SABRE-TOOTH cutting system; the NEXUS Service Platform is changing the way warranty work is performed, minimizing downtime, making Gyro-Trac customers even more productive, and in control of their service needs

Company details

10 Flying Cloud Drive , Summerville , South Carolina 29483 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Energy - Bioenergy
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Gyro-Trac’s low-ground-pressure, high-speed LEAN GREEN MULCHING MACHINES will clear unwanted trees and underbrush in a safer, more environmentally friendly way. Gyro-Trac’s leave soil structures intact, eliminating erosion and runoff pollution. Gyro-Trac’s ease, and sometimes even eliminate the permitting process! Feeder roots of neighboring trees are not disturbed, saving the “keeper” trees from dying due to root damage, so the cost of replacing these trees is eliminated. Gyro-Trac equipment also eliminates burning and the added cost of hauling, dumping or chipping debris — some contractors have reported savings of over $3,000 per day! Gyro-Trac’s machines efficiently mulch trees and stumps right to the ground, creating a park-life effect leaving only a fine, highly desirable, rapidly bio-degradable, nutrient-rich mulch behind.

Gyro-Trac’s have cleared unwanted trees and brush on almost every military base and range in America. Gyro-Trac’s are owned by the Dept. of Defense, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife, NASA (Cape Canaveral/Merritt Island,) Bureau of Indian Affairs and more. Gyro-Trac’s are owned by state wildlife & forestry agencies all over the USA – early owners were the state of Florida’s Forestry – mainly for forest fire mitigation and fighting fires. The state of South Carolina is currently Gyro-Trac’s largest customer, owning the most units

Gyro-Trac’s history is an extraordinary, evolutionary tale. It’s a story of determination, innovation, and the application of brilliant engineering.

Over 20 years ago the founders of Gyro-Trac, Daniel Gaudreault and his brother Guy, were land clearing contractors in northern Canada. During remote power line development, hydroelectric companies hired these land clearing masters to cut mile after endless mile of power line corridors through some of the most unforgiving and desolate terrains on earth–literally, in the middle of nowhere. Heavy equipment, fuel, spare parts, supplies and survival gear all had to be hauled across hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles of northern wilderness. Many times, to get to those remote sites, they would have to engineer and build roads and passages on the spot, as they traveled. Amazingly some those bridges were constructed of ice–the only option available to reach some of their most isolated destinations. They had to take everything in with them and get the job done as fast and as efficiently as possible. Determination and innovation became a way of daily life.

As hearty and industrious as these young men were, they were working for private companies and budgets were tight. They had to be competitive. The bulky, fuel-guzzling bulldozers that traditionally dominated this type of work were heavy and severely damaged soil structures, causing erosion and habitat destruction problems. After pushing down and tearing up all the trees, the bulldozers left tons of mangled debris behind that had to be dealt with. Environmental regulations required them to leave the sites as clean and undisturbed as possible. So as undesirable as it may have been, they’d burn the waste–there was little else to do.

Daniel and Guy knew that there had to be a more efficient way of clearing land that was environmentally friendly as well. This is where determination and innovation met brilliant engineering–in the middle of the woods. They came up with a revolutionary idea to develop a low-ground-press, lightweight, easy-to-transport, fuel-efficient mulching machine that could handle rough terrain, reduce huge volumes of trees and vegetation to environmentally desirable bio-mass, and be dependable to operate, easy to maintain in the field and, of course, not cost too much. Obviously, this was no small undertaking In the face of overwhelming criticism and improbable odds, the Gaudreault brothers nevertheless decided that if they build an ice bridge wherever they needed it, they could build a machine like this. Thus, Gyro-Trac was born in the woods. After more years of determined innovation and even more brilliant engineering, Gyro-Trac grew up in the woods.

Today, Gyro-Trac is the undisputed, tree-munching master of the woods. From every forestry application to any land clearing need at all, Gyro-Trac simply has the best, single-purpose-built mulching machines available … end of our story … and the beginning of yours!