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About benedmonds

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  • Birthday 05/07/1974

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    Loughborough
  • Interests
    No time due to children and business- Hang gling and paragling when time allowed
  • Occupation
    Self employed since 2004 - Tree climbing since 1999
  • Post code
    LE12 5PE

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  1. benedmonds

    Upgrading timberwolf tw250 chipper suggestions

    We have a TW250 and the Vermeer BC230 xl We demoed the TW 350 and Bandit 90xp The vermeer has been OK, pretty comparable to the TW250 a little less grunt.. the single axle makes it better for towing and doesn't have the silly low profile tyres the TW250 does. The 350 was much more expensive than the Vermeer IIRC. The Bandit feels BIG and looks it behind a 3.5tonner.. The reputation is very good, built to last and most likely to hold its value if that is important, also think less likely to become obsolete as I don't think the design has changed much.... THat is the issue with the 250s, you will struggle for parts.. Vermeer service has not been brilliant, parts can be expensive and there can be delays.. We have also been having issues with Bandits service on our stump grinders so that has made me reconsider using their chippers.. If going for a bandit I would probably consider a bigger machine... If I was going for TW I would consider a smaller one.. The smaller TW's are way better then they were.. the 230 is was better then the 150 if the TW280 is as good in comparison to the 190 it should be a good machine and it is a big step up in cost to the TW350..
  2. benedmonds

    This guy had a lucky escape

    Not sure I would call it lucky.. But it could have been worse..
  3. benedmonds

    Saplings (??) going berserk in drought

    I have exactly the same in my garden. The interesting thing to me is the tree was only about 3m tall and in poor condition. It was felled last year, the suckers are 10-15 m from the tree and vigorous as anything..
  4. I often use street view for pics of trees which I attach to job sheets (and even quoting) and find the historic pics interesting.. These show the decline of a cedar had started at least 7 years ago..
  5. benedmonds

    Bird nests

    I bet the cost benefit of protecting nests from tree works compared to controlling squirrels, crows or cats has never been done.. I have spent a few nice afternoons on building sites being paid to bird watch.. many jobs get postponed or rushed to be done before "nesting season" and I can't imagine the netting they do on hedges to stop birds is cheap.. or works for that matter... If we used the cash spent on protecting nests of common birds for controlling grey squirrel populations I bet we would get far greater outcome. Obviously rare birds need to be protected, but do pigeons?
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    Bird nests

    As skyhuck commented re cats, it is madness.. There are around 10 million cats in the UK, nearly all of them will be, causing abandonment of nests and disturbing (eating) nesting birds. Our cat is bringing back all sorts for her kittens to play with.
  7. benedmonds

    Bird nests

    Just playing devils advocate here, but how can you be sure it is not in use..? You have just said that an active nest is defined as from the moment the first twig is laid.. Most birds don't reuse nests, but an empty nest in spring could be last years, or just waiting for eggs..?
  8. benedmonds

    How to grow my business, how did you grow yours?

    I am not saying don't do it... But.. Be aware, productivity drops when the boss is not on site, and the more teams you run the more time you have to spend off site, quoting and doing all the other stuff. Stuff also breaks more and more stuff is broken when the boss is not onsite, so you spend time off site fixing stuff and dealing with problems.. If your not careful you end up never being onsite and unable to do the work you got into the industry for... Well that's what happened to me..
  9. benedmonds

    Bandit stump grinder electrical issues?

    Really puts me off the US machines.. The cost of parts, the availability, vermeer is similar...
  10. benedmonds

    Bandit stump grinder electrical issues?

    I don't know the make of the remote. Our sparky says that water has been getting in.. This was why he silicon sealed it last time.. It looks like water may have still been getting past the switches.. We had replaced some (purchased from global) but these may not have have have been water resistant, or may not have had washers fitted...?? Our sparky can replace with "military grade" ones (£300) but we still don't know if there is a problem with the receiver as he doesn't deal with that bit?
  11. benedmonds

    Bandit stump grinder electrical issues?

    The saga with our remote continues.. Global couldn't fix it and recommended we send it to the US (quoted £300-£400). We thought this would be the end of it so reluctantly agreed.. It got to the US and their "technicians" could not open the box as it was "glued shut.." They sent it back without even looking at it.. I am so annoyed... We have now passed it back to our dog groomer/sparky and he opened the box in 20 seconds.... What are global/bandit playing at. Either they are completely incompetent, or just can't be bothered.. We have yet to be sent the bill for sending it on a holiday to the US where they did not even look at it.. I am losing faith in bandit and it certainly makes me very wary of buying any more products from them... Which is a shame as the products are great but if they can't sort a basic problem.
  12. benedmonds

    How to submit an application for a conservation area

    I don't believe there is a required method, so an email to the TO could satisfy if you are on good terms. But as treeation says you can just do it via the planning portal and that's how I do 90% of mine...
  13. benedmonds

    Bandit gallery

    Can we use one with our 2450?
  14. benedmonds

    Bandit gallery

    Just hope the radio control doesn't break.. Ours had to be shipped to the US and they didn't even manage to get past the silicon sealant..☹️.
  15. benedmonds

    How to grow my business, how did you grow yours?

    My post to Dan at gardenscape may have come across a bit harsher than intended.. I had just come in from driving 40 mins away to look at at job that would take one of my teams of 3 men a day. The client had been quoted £300. The point I was trying to make is that if you win EVERY quote you must be on the low side. IMO better to push up your rates, yes you may lose a few jobs but the ones you win are going to be worth more. There are too many people in this industry who undervalue the work.

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