About Us

RAYCO®’s History

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.

VIDEO(S)

View

1972

View

John Bowling builds his first stump cutter.

1972

1978

View

RAYCO, named after John’s father Ray, is born.

1978 1978

1981

View

The first factory opens to begin work on new stump cutter models.

1981 1981

1986

View

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.

1986

2001

View

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

2001 2001

2004

View

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.

2004

2005

View

Rayco’s introduces dedicated forestry mulcher.

2005

2007

View

Rayco added an addition on in 2007, making its manufacturing facility 400,000 square feet.

2007 2007

2009

View

The horizontal grinder is the latest addition to Rayco Manufacturings line of environmental equipment. It is designed to be both compact and affordable.

2009

2010

View

Rayco adds remote controls to the RG70 & RG100 Self-Propelled Stump Cutter.

2010

2011

View

SWING-OUT CONTROLS
Rayco’s introduces swing-out controls on a track machine. Rayco adds swing-out controls to the junior family stump cutters.

2011