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Chris Sheppard

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  1. Chris Sheppard

    Small scale timber extraction

    Sorry for the late reply Kev, only just spotted this. Most of what we used to use it for was on sites where we'd bought standing and were selling at roadside and generally smaller sites with a few wagon loads in total rather than huge blocks. We did use it on a 1200T job once and whilst it wasn't exactly ideal, we were getting the timber out fast enough to make it work. Whilst it didn't have a huge capacity (from memory I think we used to roughly work on 3T of 12ft sofwood sawlogs per average load and 2.5T of 12ft firewood when gauging what was coming out), and it's top speed was hopeless (about 8mph) it would float in and out of places where a bigger machine might get stuck or need more room to get in and out. That crane was only 3.2m long, which was a hindrance at times, I reckon 4.5 would have been ideal and a bit more hydraulic flow would have made a big difference to production I think. Also, a newer tractor with a better road speed would probably have been a good move too as everytime it needed moving from site to site it meant loading the forwarding trailer onto a trailer with the tractor, having another machine at the other end to unload it, then go back for the tractor - On more than one occasion the time moving it to and from a site was longer than the time it wass needed on site. I would say though, that it worked much better on sites where we were moving timber that we'd felled ourselves as it was more inportant to present everthing a bit neater when cutting than you'd maybe need to with a bigger machine - the short reach and lighter build meant that playing pick-up-sticks in deep brash wasn't a fun experience.
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    New Forum feedback

    Definitely helps on desktop too. Not tried it on anything portable yet but hardly use owt like that anyway.
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    New Forum feedback

    Still feeling my way round the new site and struggling a bit but that's probably me and my non existant tech skills. the two things that spring to mind straight away are that it's very, very white, to the point it hurts my eyes. It sounds like as a user I can adjust and select things to suit me but is there the option of adding a background colour to soften it down a bit? Also, I used to browse primarily by clicking the unread post button and it used to list threads in chronological order of activity rather than actual individual posts and used to take no time to flick through every few days, just stopping to read what looked interesting, whichever topic it might fall under. Is there a way I can do this too?
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    Environmental approach

    Regarding LPG, when I bought a petrol engined processor, the dealer did mention that he'd converted some to run on bottled gas and that it was very easy to do. At the time I did look into it a bit but decided that, for me anyway, that it was just easier to stick with petrol. That was one of the 13hp honda engines so I'm sure it couldn't be that difficult to convert other industrial petrol engines, the hardest bit would probably be mounting the gas bottle without it being in the way.
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    Chainsaws.

    Pretty much this ^ Although when out on site, most of the time what dictates wheich saw is picked up is which one's sharpest at the time......
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    Sweden

    Definitely looks like aspen type fuel use is more widespread over there as it's available from pumps on the forecourt at some filling stations.
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    Sweden

    I'd agree with that (though my Wife's not swedish ). Have visited a few times now (mainly Northern areas) and always look forward to the next time.
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    Small dia. chainsaw logging frame???

    I made something similar out of scrap timber a few years ago and found it's the quickest way to deal with small stuff. Used to stack all the undersize (sub 3" diameter) poles separate in the racks and scoop them up as the last load of the day with the forwarder and then whenever I had to let a wagon in I'd cut and fill the trailer while he was loading the wagon - typically it would take about 40 min to cut and fill the widetrack sankey til it was heaped. I did have one of those portek saw hawses and didn't get on with it. Used to find the small, smooth barked poles would grab and spin. I'd rather take my chances with one of the ones the OP's looking at
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    Where are all the hand cutters?

    ^ This Forestry was where I started and what I really used to enjoy, but it was always a bit of rollercoaster. For every good job there was always more bad ones, it's hard on bodies and saws and usually just relentless. Haven't cut anything production for a couple of years or so and can't say I miss it that much.
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    Photo Competition - Win £100

    Firewood, or maybe the lounge?
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    Tp150 radiator, lombardini 1003 engine

    Is it not worth fixing? There's companies that can repair most damage on radiators (even re-coring) and it's nt usually as expensive as you'd expect.
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    2wd pick ups

    It may be different now, but usually the 2wd variants of things like the Hilux, Ranger (or Mazda), etc were hardly or no better on fuel than the 4wd versions. Quite old now, but the Caddy or skoda pickups were good little pickups and economical too.
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    JD 648G Skidder being flown out on the BU99 skyline.

    Bet the insurance guy would be pulling some faces when reading the claim forms, but at least he'd get £250 from you've been framed
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    Chain sticks when turned by hand...?

    When it gets tight, does it do it at the same point on the chain each time?
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    Any new small charcoal retorts out there?

    Stumbled across this video a few days ago and it looks interesting, and more importantly, cheap to build. Reckon there's room for improvement (there is a follow up video where he covers some people's questions) but I reckon it gives a good starting point for a back garden burner. I'd be looking to make the inner drum vent to the base rather than out the top to utilise more of the burning gas but not sure whether it would be easier to keep the inner drum fixed and try and seal the top or make the inner drum removable and put it in upside down (maybe use a hinged lid and catch). I've been playing around with an old 5ltr paint tin and a small garden incinerator the last few nights with mostly success but it's been fairly labour intensive and not very efficient as there's not much room to get a decent fire going to it needs plenty of attention until it starts running on the gases. A bigger outer drum would help with that though and that might be mark 2. When I find where I've left the camera I'll get some pics of the next burn.

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