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4 hours ago, jose said:

i had a 450, moved to a 460 and then to a FSIB22

dont get the predator

Great machine but they are flimsy and just end up breaking constantly!

fsi much better build. although smaller its almost the same weight. i had mine predator rebuilt and new bits galore before selling it and it still just didnt last.

Also i had to always bring a tape measure to see if the 460 would get through gates, the fsi fits pretty much everywhere! in the last few years i think ive not got through 2 gates tops!

And trust me u dont really miss the power. my crew were really sceptical about the lack of power but once used never looked back.

all that happens i u end up pushing the predator to do more and it breaks.

And the cable system is beyond terrible! I was a through and through fan of the predator but they were not interested in updating and it shows.

to date nothing has broken ( apart from clumsy employees breaking off the choke lever but still starts first time every time). 

Makes me wonder about the bigger one! 

Oh and the centre pivot makes a massive difference. There are times u wont use it but 99% u will. and the wheel brake system helps massively to prevent falling into holes or repositioning the machine .

hire one of each if pos and you will see.

Just out of interest, if the teeth are sharp how long would it take to grind about a 2ft conifer? I've heard a couple of people say, don't worry about the lack of HP. I guess a demo is the best option

 

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1 hour ago, daveindales said:

Just out of interest, if the teeth are sharp how long would it take to grind about a 2ft conifer? I've heard a couple of people say, don't worry about the lack of HP. I guess a demo is the best option

 

I once demoed a B20 with blunt teeth on a cherry.

Based on that I'd never have bought one.

I put alot of store on hp at the time.

Then I was forced one day into renting one, brand new with fresh teeth.

Without the pressure of 2 reps breathing down my neck wanting to go to lunch I had the time to get used to the machine and with 'sharp' teeth it was an epiphany for me.

I've usually run the QRMS teeth for economy but keep a stock of wear sharp for more fibrous stumps.

I've never gone into sharpening teeth either.

I do think though, a self propelled B22 with a slightly higher hp than even it has now would be just the ticket.

Silly thing is, when people view the grinder, clients and especially commercial clients, they are not convinced it is a serious machine and refuse to be open to it's possibilities.

 

 Stuart

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16 hours ago, dig-dug-dan said:

My mates one keeps having problems with the brake, som the machine moves while grinding. He complained to predator, and they  admitted they were crap. They have no intentions of sorting the issue. I wouldn't buy one

Yep they were never interested and in fact the old boss would try and blame any issues on me.

Asked at the Arb show one year if they planned to update but simple answer then was no.

The sales man (max) was decent and the first one i bought had electrical issues from the go and they swapped the whole machine within a week so from that i cant moan.

Also remember its a rebranded machine from Europe ( i forget the name) that they respray, chuck some stickers on and up the price by a chunk!

 

Sharp teeth is paramount though, on any grinder. I demo the fsi on scotts pine which i find to be a pain to grind and was impressed from the off.

As previously mentioned you do need to regularly scrape out the grindings but thats no issue.

The other big difference is the rubber guards, we would break them monthly on the predator, in over 2 years not broken one. 

Not tried a Jo Beau one so cant say about them but i know dean is a decent guy and wouldnt hesitate to recommend him.

 

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1 minute ago, Ty Korrigan said:

Mrs Lee getting a work out.

I told her it was good for her hips...

   Stuart

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I suspect after that comment,  you won't be using your hips anywhere near Mrs Lee for the foreseeable future. 

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On 19/01/2021 at 20:44, daveindales said:

Just out of interest, if the teeth are sharp how long would it take to grind about a 2ft conifer? I've heard a couple of people say, don't worry about the lack of HP. I guess a demo is the best option

 

if the teeth are sharp it fly's through! 15-20 minutes easy, probably faster. Obviously you need to take into account all the variables, is it a fresh green stump, old, stones or clay etc. They all have a part to play. But it would not have any issues. When the teeth are sharp  ( as with all grinders) its a world of difference from blunt machine

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