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Tom D

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  1. There are a few points to make here: First; the ICOP is still in gestation and we have been promised a consultation on that before it gets published. Second; the accident rate probably won't change because all the guys who were having accidents due to not following the old ICOP or due to incompetence still won't follow the new rules and will still be just as incompetent. Third; the use of a second line will as many have pointed out make the job more dangerous in many situations. But for access there will be the two rope requirement. This will mean that chances are on most big tree jobs the climber will ascend on two ropes (*Clears throat*) and then unclip from one of them in order to begin reducing / dismantling. This will leave a pre-installed rescue line in the tree (so long as the climber has remembered to lower the prussic to the floor). Having a pre-installed line in the tree will not be a bad thing.
  2. I charge 1000 per day if I can, but it depends on the job. That looks a mess John. I put a scaffold pole through mine the other day, one of the worst things was a lump of lead though.
  3. Paul. Will there be any possibility for consultation on the ICOP? perhaps a draft published here? I have been pleased with the large number of sensible and well thought out replies on this thread, perhaps if we were able to give a draft the once over it wouldn't be a bad thing? Cheers
  4. I had my defender re-mapped years ago, it’s done well over 100k miles on the remap. I think the thing is with some of the cheaper systems it’s that they just turn up the pressure in the common rail. This will affect the spray pattern and burning character of the fuel and possibly cause problems. A proper re-map will open the injector for a fraction longer without altering the spray pattern. I have a similar system on my valtra too...
  5. How easily can you tune the engines back up to 35Hp?
  6. Thats really cool, I'll be looking for old bits and bobs to try now.
  7. Thing is Mick, the whole woke thing only went crazy in the last 5 years or so. bet it wouldn’t get on tv now.
  8. I have brass eye on dvd, it’s still funny 20 years on. It was so ahead of its time. Four lions was also brilliant. this one sounds good too.
  9. Totally agree, I’ve chipped a helluva lot of brash with the heizo and small diameter stuff and brash just doesn’t produce much chip. I can fill a grain trailer, maybe 14 -16 cube in 20 mins with 10-14" diameter softwood logs. But it will take me an hour with brash.
  10. Are you comparing Scottish with English wood? Or felled at different time of year?
  11. I’m going to be selling a bandit 250 pto soon. Might be a bit big for you but it’s another league from the Forst.
  12. Tom D

    Tree Blasting

    Nice Reg! Why you blowing them up? Dealing with dangerous trees? safety works?
  13. My dad had that scam before, he too became suspicious and didn't pay. His was for £90k I think!
  14. I think that the AA have championed this cause in the best way they knew how. We might have done it differently, but I dont think they didn't try or colluded in any way. I think that I will produce a document detailing all the concerns of the industry based on the discussions on here and then see if I can get some response from the HSE. Based on the responses on the consultation thread we ought to be able to come up with something pretty robust.

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