The family business is now run by Charles and his son Graham, along with a team of dedicated employees who are all long serving and experienced in their departments. The timber business, founded by Charles’ father Rowland in 1922 is where Charles gained his long- standing practical experience of chainsaws and the timber trade. As chainsaws were first introduced, he could see their huge potential and eventually sold his first Stihl chainsaw in 1964. Charles H Hill Ltd has grown from that day and is now a well-established and well-known firm in Lincolnshire. The timber business, R H Hill & Son continues to operate, producing quality firewood.
Fifty years of quality
It’s now fifty years since Charles Hill sold his first Stihl chainsaw to Norman Leggate of Tattershall Thorpe. The original chainsaw was purchased for just £62 12 / 6d. Fifty years later and the Leggate family still have a great working relationship with the Hills. In the 1960s, the West German company of Andreas Stihl only made two models of chainsaw. As the range of Stihl products rapidly increased over the years, the business grew, taking on all the new quality products as they were introduced and also carrying the huge stocks of spare parts required to maintain the backbone of the business, which of course, is after sales service.
Andreas Stihl Ltd now manufactures a huge range of quality forestry and garden machinery, for both domestic and Professional use, together with all the accessories and safety equipment that complements the range. The 2014 price list now consists of 250 pages, including chainsaws,
polesaws, brush cutters, strimmers, hedge trimmers (including long reach), posthole borers, garden blow vacs, pressure washers and vacuums. Virtually the entire range is carried in stock at Horsington and all sold at competitive prices. The company also stocks the Viking range which is part of the Stihl Group, which also includes the new iMow robotic mower.
The Honda franchise
When Charles H Hill Ltd decided to expand its range into lawnmowers and generators, the Honda franchise was the obvious choice as Honda’s reputation for reliability and quality was already legendary. The Honda product range has also grown rapidly over the years and Charles H Hill Ltd now sells and stocks virtually all the Honda Power Product Range, which includes ride-on mowers, lawnmowers, handy and industrial generators, water pumps, engines and rotavators. Most Honda Mowers and ride-ons now carry up to a seven-year warranty along with other selected products, again with the after sales care afforded similarly to Stihl. The ranges of Stihl and Honda have worked well, being sold alongside each other and both being market leaders in their fields. Charles H Hill Ltd also stocks a range of Husqvarna ride-on mowers including the rider range of front-mounted decks with articulated rear-wheel steering for excellent manoeuvrability. Also in stock at the Horsington premises is the Etesia range of ride-on and pedestrian mowers. This company specialises in manufacturing very strong mowers which will cut and collect grass even in wet conditions, marketed as they are as ‘anti-clog’ mowers. Future success Celebrating fifty years in style, Charles H Hill Ltd now looks forward to continued success. Priding themselves on offering the very best after-sales service to customers, the company will continue to expand the ranges stocked, ensuring customers receive high-quality products and outstanding services at all times.