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  1. Mike Hill

    Oil leak

    Have you tried storing it upside down? It might be an Australian model?
  2. Self employed groundy,no tickets,all gear supplied £40-£45 per hour here in Norway. Climbers £55 -£70 per hour. The work is not very hard,bulk of the work comes in from April to December. The money is there but your going to have to chase it.
  3. Mike Hill

    Stihl 015

    Yes mate. A bit of fuel down the plug hole,a few racist slurs and she fired up just like it was 1978.
  4. That might be Dean Lofthouse's old wagon?
  5. Some chippers can withstand the knife to anvil gap being quite roomy.This results in chunky woodchip. Farmi chippers can take a pretty big gap. Have a talk with the Farmi dealer in the UK.
  6. Mike Hill

    Stihl 015

    I swapped this for an old ms193T that was past its prime. Looks to have had little use. I havnt tried stsrting it yet.
  7. If I am looking for hydraulic motors,I use this place. https://www.hydraulik24-fluidtechnik.de/de/
  8. I think its just that the mounting flange on any smaller motor is two bolts short of being stable enough to take the constant battering. The hydraulic motors on my Farmi 12" are 3 times the size of a 6" but even then the top motor can loosen because so much weight is hanging so far out from the attachment point and the whole thing is vibrating,getting torqued to fuc and slamming up and down.Really expensive shorter motors could solve that but Forst builds them cheap. Independent hydraulic motors work well on big machines with vertical rollers .
  9. The blade angle on a Forst is steep to help the feed rollers pull stuff in. Thats fine up to a point but the angle forst chose is in my opinion to steep. This is why they have a habit of shearing the blade bolts and putting the blade through the hydraulic tank. They began by using cheaper cast bearings untill a spate of spontaneous self disassembies and they went to machined SNR bearings like Jensen uses. The chip chamber/feed aperture is a direct copy of a Jensen,just with thinner steel and generally poor weld quaility. Instead of using an expensive gearbox to drive the infeed rollers they chose two £50 hydraulic motors but didnt design the mounting method correctly.So because they are getting battered they come loose and the shafts get slogged out. Every chipper needs maintenance and every chipper I have had ( 8) needed a crack welded up now and then. But none literally fell apart from bad design/manufacture like the two forsts did that I used to work on.
  10. 200kg less of steel in a Forst than a Jensen.Redwoods copied Jensen as close as they could and found cheaper solutions to some items and still got a law suit over it. Main thing is your happy,don't get to attached to it and sell it before the warranty runs out. I have been working on chippers and using them daily for 22 years,I was genuinely going to buy a Forst untill I visited their dealership and looked at one.
  11. You would be supprised how often chipper bearings Crack the housing,I have experienced decent chunks of the radius fall from the block. Having pointless central greasing banks on a wee machine like a 6" chipper is simply a gimmick. Forsts are built to a low price point and the design shows that.Chop it in inside the 2 year warranty and its likely going to do you well.Dont expect it to hold up for 5000 hours though.
  12. And thats exactly why those pipes are hopeless.
  13. Are the grease lines pressure rated?
  14. That folding hopper is the best for flat ground. The funnel shaped one is best for undulating terrain,thats what is was designed for. Who did you use to get the parts?I need some stuff for my machine and the local guy is worse than hopeless.
  15. See There I go again.In your head well and good. Have a good trip,I expect to see you on here later on. Have a safe flight.


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