In the late 1970's, John M. Bowling went to purchase a stump grinder for his tree service business. At that time, his choices were limited, and the manufacturing lead-time was almost one complete calendar year. Unable to wait for delivery, John designed his own stump cutter, incorporating similar features of the most widely accepted model. His design, which became known as the RG 145, developed a following in the local market, and John moved from owning a tree service company to manufacturer/entrepreneur. Travel back in time by clicking each date to learn more about the history of Rayco Mfg, Inc.
John Bowling builds his ﬁrst stump cutter.
RAYCO, named after John’s father Ray, is born.
The first factory opens to begin work on new stump cutter models.
The RG1620 Jr. is developed, becoming the first self-propelled stump cutter. These self propelled stump grinders entered the market with the power of a tow-behind but narrow enough to pass through a garden gate. The RG1620 Jr revolutionized the stump cutter industry.
The growth potential of the compact crawler market prompted the introduction of Rayco’s first C85 Mini Crawler. This crawler line has become Rayco’s fastest growing market segment and continues to be a major growth factor
Rayco’s product offering was expanded in 2004 as it entered into the aggressive market of brush chippers. Presenting a chipper line with enhanced safety features and aggressive feed systems has demonstrated once again...the exceptional history of Rayco’s engineering success.
Rayco’s introduces dedicated forestry mulcher.
Rayco added an addition on in 2007, making its manufacturing facility 400,000 square feet.
The horizontal grinder is the latest addition to Rayco Manufacturings line of environmental equipment. It is designed to be both compact and affordable.
Rayco adds remote controls to the RG70 & RG100 Self-Propelled Stump Cutter.
Rayco’s introduces swing-out controls on a track machine. Rayco adds swing-out controls to the junior family stump cutters.