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StuartM

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  1. Battery landscaping tools

    I had a trip over to Honey Brothers to have a look yesterday I ended up coming home with a few bits from the Husky range. After charging up the batteries I only had time for a quick test of the brush cutter but first impressions are good, plenty of power and nice and quiet. Got to wait until the weekend to give it a proper test along with the hedge trimmer but I'm happy so far. In the end I decided that for the jobs I do I can work round the run time limitations and if I really need to I can borrow my mates KM131.
  2. Battery landscaping tools

    Interesting to hear from someone with the Husky range as most seem to go for Stihl. The Stihl v Husky argument has been well covered on the chainsaw forum with winners and losers in both ranges but with the cordless kit you have to pick one manufacturer from the start rather than being able to pick the best tool. To be fair I guess the same with the petrol multitools. I think I'll have a trip out to see both ranges and decide it if I want to give them a go or take the tried and tested safe option while I wait for the technology to mature.
  3. Battery landscaping tools

    Hi Steve, Thinking about the 2 I've got to cut next they are a standard farm rough collection of thorn, brambles and a bit of rose 130m long and the second one is a 30m hawthorn hedge about a metre high on the garden side. I'd expect the garden one to be ok but the field one might need something heavier duty?
  4. Battery landscaping tools

    I was looking at getting a new decent quality petrol multitool but out of curiosity I started adding up cost of going down the battery route. Has anyone converted over yet and if so did you go Stihl or Husky? I'd be looking at a hedge cutter, long reach cutter and brush cutter to start with. The usage is split about 50/50 between domestic and pony paddocks so the lower noise would be good. Both manufactures cost in about the same and are available from my preferred suppliers but most people seem to have gone for the Stihl kit looking at the posts on here. The run time looks like a drawback on paper but is it actually one in practice? It looks like 2 of the 5Ah should keep up with everything but the brushcutter as recharging on site isn't an issue. I'm not dead set either way so some guidance from people that have used the kit would be great even if the consensus is to buy petrol kit for now. Stuart
  5. Reducing fume inhalation and other toxics at work.

    I run Aspen in my saws because of its shelf life but really notice when I use my mates saw running 2 stroke. I'd rather pop home to pick one of mine up than breathe the fumes. One of the things I learned when talking to the Aspen guys earlier this year was that they do a version of diesel as well. It was a bit pricey but I was kicking myself for not getting some to try after spending a couple of hours on my little tractor breathing in the exhaust. I'm sure Axel can provide the details and there might be some arb applications that could stand the extra cost.
  6. 560XP 20" bar

    I run a 20" Oregon occasionally and it is ok but I'd want something with a few more cc's if I was using it all the time. I'm loving my Sugi 18" the new 95TXL chain though and it's replaced the 15" as my regular bar for firewood.
  7. Arbtalk raffle live results

    Big thanks to Gardenkit and Aspen for my fuel and of course Steve for organising. It arrived today just in time to stop me running out at home! I also learned they do a diesel version of Aspen in the process which was an added bonus. I'm sure I'll be cursing being to tight to order some next time I'm getting a face full of tractor fumes doing the field...
  8. Electric Chainsaws

    I've got one of the blue Bosch ones which does a decent enough job for the odd bit at home while keeping the neighbours happy. It's not in the same league as my 560 but it is quiet enough to use in the evening and copes ok with the size logs you are talking about.
  9. How hard is it to learn to weld?

    A couple of months ago I decided that I need a project and that it was about time I learned how to weld. At the time I couldn't find a spring tine harrow for a price I wanted to pay so out came the old arc welder that cost me £20 last year from a retiring farmer. from a complete beginners point of view the useful stuff I learned is: -I can weld but that isn't nearly the same thing as being a welder. -practice on some nice thick scrap then practice a load more. -thick is easier to weld than thin (I was using 4mm box and 10mm plate) -an hour with someone that knows what they are doing will teach you more than you will ever get from the internet. I sort of knew the theory but my mate could see what I was doing wrong and could correct it. -I could weld with my old transformer based unit but the new inverter one I bought is way nicer to use. Same with rods, new and kept indoors work best. -for me an auto dimming helmet is a must as I have to see what I'm doing. -if you don't feel happy about a joint get someone experienced to do it. I got my mate to do a couple I knew had to be right and then did the rest. Stuart
  10. Hi Rob, Parcel arrived yesterday so I fitted the new bar last night and gave it a go. I've not compared the two as I was too eager to try the new chain but with an 18" on my 560 it was going through oak like warm butter. Bit more kick to it than the BPX I've been running on a 15" bar but it felt faster cutting. I've got a days logging to do at the weekend so I'll give them all a proper test but so far I'm liking the new chain.
  11. Making a few quid

    If you've got chickens already you probably already know all this but... If you've got the space how about some ducks too? Runner ducks are easy to keep and lay pretty well although to do turn the ground to mud given half a chance. £2 a half dozen for the eggs round me and no trouble selling them as they are great for baking with. Ex commercial hens can be picked up cheap and although they look scruffy to start with they soon come good and lay well. Good return on investment and comes with the added warm fuzzy feeling that you've made something's life better. We get the ex 'barn' ones that are just entering their first moult so have plenty of good years left. You won't get rich on farm gate egg sales but even my dozen old slackers cover their feed bill and have a bit left over. best of luck, Stuart
  12. Gutless navara

    My understanding is the EGR on the Renault engine in the Nav can apparently just be blanked off without upsetting the ECU as it is a pretty basic engine. I'm still running with the one the RAC bloke fitted but at some point I'll get a slightly thicker one from ebay for around £5. (bit better then the £700 Nissan want for a replacement valve!) Loads of posts from people that know way more about it than me on the Navara forum and they might even have a how to guide. Like Stubby I'm pretty sure mine goes better with it blanked off.
  13. Gutless navara

    I had the exhaust gas re-circulator valve go on mine a few weeks back which killed almost all the power from the engine. Could be yours is stuck part way so it is just restricting it a bit? According to the RAC bloke there are no sensors on the valve so no diagnostics logs which means taking it apart to see if it is gunked up or in my case finding the bits where the weld broke. The valve is front left of the engine and a really easy to take out to check but you'll need to be sat down down when the give you the price of a new one. Most people just blank them off with a bit of stainless plate (as mine now is). Might be worth a 10 minute look anyway. Stuart
  14. Truck insurance

    My Nav is fully comp with Elephant at the moment. They cover commuting but can't do full business cover.
  15. cs31 at Roland Heming

    Sounds like we should have a course reunion then as I'm looking forward to going back for more training with them next year! Mart and Rol get plenty of praise on here but I honesty think they deserve it, great course and location and a good price too.

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