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  3. Mark J


    I hear China has offered to buy Hawaii from the USA and re-name it Huaweii just piss off Trump
  4. J, I do sympathise but are you getting work done? I imagine broadly speaking yes. I've tried to chase down ideal vehicles before and the answer is that for people like us with higher/more versatile than average demands, they don't exist or they do exist and they're mega rare/expensive/old/whatever. I'm much happier now I've got better at accepting imperfection and get 95% of stuff done fine. Drive old shitters and accept they'll get hit/scratched. Justify it to yourself however you want. Fit into with local style maybe. Think of yourself like George Orwell in Down and Out. Slum it for the experience. A Delica would probably be an excellent introduction for you to the notion of cheap vehicles being good.
  5. Who the hell wants a 6m hedge! Reduce it n retrim. K
  6. Never admit that online šŸ˜
  7. You're in the same boat as me. I'd use the Berlingo for 80% of my work usage, but a pickup is attractive for financial reasons, as well as being a backup family vehicle capable of towing heavy when I need it.
  8. I don't, as I'm semi retired from sawmilling (forestry now). When I sold the chainsaw milling gear, I bought a Trak TTS800 sawmilling with the wide head. That comes with it's own issues though as trying to keep a 60mm blade cutting straight over a 1.15m throat is tricky. All I can suggest is that someone needs to build a heavy duty slabbing mill, using a tensioning system on the bar that prevents flex. It would need to be a mill that is mounted on rails, very solidly built and designed for cutting 6ft diameter trees. As it is at the moment, it's far too easy to flex a long bar in a chainsaw mill and it's inevitable that you get some deflection.
  9. Yep like a mustangšŸ˜‚ joking, kinda. It will likely still be a pickup for the tax and vat benefits
  10. Fair enough. I suppose that if you're no longer doing tree work, there are more practical and comfortable vehicles as a daily driver.
  11. Not the other end of the scale at all, in fact Iā€™m looking for something different myself. Not because Iā€™m unhappy with them. Just that after 10 years I fancy a change
  12. Yes and no. I have the Berlingo, which is quite small, but the width of something like the Sprinter is a particular issue at this time of year when backing up as many of the lanes are narrower than the van once the hedges grow out. That's OK if you're going forwards, but then if you need your mirrors going backwards, all you see is hedge. Mostly ferns to be honest. The VW Transporters only tow 2500kg max. Haha! You would say that. If I'm a Navara hater, then you're the other end of the scale. It's a fair point though, as it is a different truck entirely.
  13. Old style pole saw and put the hedge cutter head on, works a treat
  14. Sounds like he can then. Thatā€™s a fair wage.
  15. With 3 extensions you are going to bend shaft, I run a tanaka tbc230 with 1 extension and main tube shaft gets a slight bend after a lot of use.
  16. Put your past experiences behind you and go test drive a Nissan
  17. Have a large trunk to get rid off ASAP. free if collected from pe129nl or could arrange delivery locally, can be loaded up with a digger Greg 07767385160
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  19. Narrow 4wd van. VW. No idea about towing but power is probably good. You're the problem though, J. I suspect you'll be happier and just as productive when you decide that you can't beat them and should join them. You still have to back up in a small car when you meet someone driving the other way. You might as well back up in a big vehicle.
  20. Gave the option to have gov pension or waver for Ā£2 extra per day to be included in pay.
  21. The fact is the blade tips are traveling at at least 300mph and if they come loose they fly off unrestricted by any guard therefore they do not comply with the regs with a chainsaw there is little centrifugal force to overcome. Realistically nothing will happen until somthing does then the bricks will fall, ignorance is no defence in law
  22. Forest, you haven't mentioned pension contributions?
  23. We (Europe) were once a serf/master economy. Workers were tied by birth to a landowner and we're basically slaves for life. Then during the enlightenment we moved to a trades based economy where workers committed to a trade in early life. Then the industrial revolution, unions, etc, and workers committed to being an employee for life. Now we have the gig economy culture, but at the same time we still have the old "loyal employee/employer" culture. There seems to be a friction between these two paradigms. People increasingly don't want to be bound by the duty of employment, but still want the security. Never been easier to enter or change trades, because of accelerated learning tools, access to info and mechanisation.
  24. Big diesel Amarok is a very rapid machine. Can only legally do 60 on dual carriageways but thatā€™s probably not an issue where you are!
  25. I've briefly driven a friends D-max and didn't get on with it. Very cramped for me and first gear is very high. At the time I had a Citreon Relay and first gear on idle in the D-max was the same speed as second gear on idle in the relay.
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