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  1. No trees or bushes there because you felled them, as it says on the invoice.
  2. not quite that bad. You probably break even on depreciation and tax relief to be fair. but it means i get to drive a lovely new work van about with a heated steering wheel, arm rests and 300 odd horsepower. It probably doesn't cost me any more per year than a £5K 15 year old pickup.
  3. The VED is of no relevance really. It's capital allowance that's the big one, its 8% for a discovery car and I think 100% for the van. If you earn well a 50k van will save you probably near 10k a year in income tax.
  4. I've had really good experiences with Brian James warranty. Had a ram fail on the last tipper (might have been two back) which was sorted the same day, I assume a manufacturing issue as the other one was fine. The trailer was over two years old. Had a serious amount of tips (many overloaded) Bent and snapped various bits loading with machines, overloading and generally being a bit rough with the side panels. Always got the spares really quickly. I loaded about 6 ton of soil on the tri axle tipper once and it wouldn't tip it but that's the only time. It towed fairly well though. I'm very happy with mine, which is why i've had about 6, maybe more. Fortunately I make enough money working that I can afford to not worry about the depreciation when I swap them every couple of years, which means I get to run the trailers I want.
  5. The one you borrowed was the original tipper1. They had lips on either side and mine used to jam fairly easily. used to always make sure I had a pry bar, felling bar, sledge hammer and a saw to persuade bits out. I now have the tipper 2, this is smooth on the way out. Have yet to have it jam up. I really like the brian james trailers, got a 12ft plant trailer as well which seems really good but I've not put loads of miles on yet.
  6. The most concerning part of the post is 25 years as a climber, then going on to say he never used a top handle saw. Must have spent 25 years doing 5 years worth of climbing. I must have really friendly top handle saws, mine have never killed me. Not even once. People will learn to speed up and kill themselves with whatever tool you give them. Its human nature, we want to race, faster is better and time=money.
  7. One very important factor is tax. You can claim a lump of capital allowance with a new or expensive van which in my experience will negate any deprecation and them some. But it will depend on which tax bracket you are in. The more you earn, the more benefit from an expensive van.
  8. Hate to be 'that guy'. But it would be really simple to get a new knife tested tested, find out exactly what it is and get a load of new ones ground off a bar. I am certain there will be better products out there for chipper knives but they are probably prohibitively expensive. Metals such as inconel would be great to use in machines but the costs would start to get silly, where the costs outweigh the benefits.
  9. Last year they had 30million in the bank and 40million total assets. So id be pretty confident in dealing with them. Assuming its the same company based in Northern Ireland
  10. Good job I prefaced my post by saying my mind was fairly simple. Maybe one day i'll get something right
  11. I'm fairly simple minded but I think you have this totally wrong. When we work on rental properties 90% of the time the property owner is paying. We will not do any more or less than what is specified. The tenants often ask for bits and bobs, I tell them to ask the owner because we are not touching a thing. In a normal situation where you are dealing with the customer we will do the "can you just........". However when the tenant doesn't own the property, garden, trees, land, hedges etc we will not do anymore that agreed with the owner. The tenants opinion is of no relevance and I would not want to be in a position where we had done something the owner did not want us to do. It should have been sorted during the quote stage and by your own admittance later in the thread they did a good job of reducing the confier hedge, which is probably what was agreed with the owner.
  12. All of those are lovely ideas! Good luck persuading any of the big developers to do anything different when they are making very good money with the current plan. The government made a rod for every poor soul who brought a new build home when the 20% help to buy started. Unfortunately all it did was allowed developers to make even more money on the plot and most people aren't smart enough to work out what was happening. Really a shame for people struggling to buy a house, but often they want something new and shiny (poorly built and too expensive)
  13. The question is. Does your dislike for the person wanting to implement the trackers supersede your will to take his money? If it were me I'd be doing as little as possible for as much as possible and milking it till I got sacked off. Also, if you need an ipad to get this sofware I wouldn't be paying for it (out of principle) Sounds bad, but I also don't work for people I don't like or trust so this issue should never arise.
  14. I had one made for the skid steer. It has plastic tines and a grab bar so the grapple can pick it up to use. Works well on tarmac and will push some quite big piles about. However it doesn't work on grass at all, just mushes the material into the grass. The best one I have seen is the American Branch manager I think. Pretty sure its got longer, stiffer steel tines and seems to comb the material through the grass, I assume it basically scarifies it as well. If anyone knows where to get these from (other than America!) I would be interested? Just need the brush bit, I can get the holder made for the machine it will go on. Thanks
  15. We simple folk prefer the term "Hick from the sticks"


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