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Company History

Gusthart's was established in 1985 as "Gusthart's Chainsaw Centre" by Jim and Robert Gusthart, a father and son team with over 92 years of chainsaw experience between them.

Jim Gusthart started in the timber trade in 1938. His son Robert joined him at the age of 15 when he left school and went to work at H. Irwin & Son, a local timber merchant, where they sold and repaired all makes of chainsaw.

After working together for 16 years Jim and Robert left H. Irwin & Son, taking with them the STIHL dealership and establishing themselves in business as "Gusthart's Chainsaw Centre". 

They were amongst the original tenants to arrive at Milkhope Centre, a 19th century farm based at Blagdon in Northumberland which had been converted into light industrial units.

From their new home at Milkhope Centre, Rob and Jim grew their business specialising mainly in the sales and repair of outdoor power equipment such as Chainsaws, Strimmers, Lawnmowers and Hedgecutters.

Sadly in 1996 Jim Gusthart passed away.  As a result, Robert's brother in law left his role as a car mechanic to join Robert at Gusthart's.  The family line was to continue a few years later with the addition of Michael's son Phil also joining the business straight from school.


Moving On....

Business steadily grew for Gusthart's in the years that followed Jim's sad passing.  Staff levels increased to accommodate the ever growing range of products we both sold and repaired. And in an attempt to move with the times a small website was established too.

The biggest growth seen within the business though was through the sales of climbing equipment.

A staff member at the time being a former arborist introduced it, and what started as the odd harness or rope here and there, grew and grew to the point we were carrying a full range of arborist equipment.

The consequence of this growth throughout the business meant we were steadily outgrowing our home of 27 years and had to look for pastures new.

On the 5th of November 2012 we moved into our new home. A purpose built base only 100yards from our previous residence, remaining on the Milkhope Centre at Blagdon where we remain to this day!

Gusthart's and STIHL

Since its foundation more than 90 years ago STIHL has grown from a one-man business into a global chainsaw and outdoor power equipment manufacturer. Innovative ideas, in-house know-how and meticulous craftsmanship have resulted in a broad and steadily expanding product portfolio.

STIHL has been the world's biggest selling chainsaw brand since 1971. Their outstanding innovations have set the benchmark for the industry time and time again. 

As a longstanding STIHL/VIKING "approved dealer" Gusthart's carry a full range of equipment to supplement both domestic and professional needs.  With our fully trained sales and workshop staff we are on hand to help with all enquiries.

To ensure we are able to offer our customers the best possible service we stock a large quantity of machinery, ppe, consumables and spare parts.

Our move to new premises saw us working closely alongside the STIHL Dealer Development programme, who helped design and create one of Britains first "flagship" dealerships.


Service, Repair & Spare parts

Aswell as sales, we also employ a fully trained team or workshop technicians who carry out repairs and servicing of most major manufacturers of outdoor power equipment.

We cater for all machinery we sell, if we cant offer a full back up in terms of parts and servicing then we simply do not sell it.

We carry in stock a huge amount of Stihl spare parts to allow the workshop a quicker turn around time and also to provide you, the end user with the parts you require when you need them most!

If you have a spare parts enquiry please contact us here with your requirement and we'll get back to you ASAP.


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