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Ty Korrigan

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  1. The drop off in demand co-incided with my choice to not work July and August. In fact I've only done a single days actual tree work since the end of June, an urgent job near Nantes for another outfit, traffic control permissions in place taking advantage of the quiet holiday period but I have been doing a few quotes in between carrying slates onto the roof and digging out 4 centuries of beaten earth floor. Normally September itself is an intense period of quoting so I limit myself to a 4 day week leaving plenty of time for site visits during daylight. After a day sweating like an indentured white colonial labouring on his mistresses manor, I've rushed home and whisked the family off to the coast, taking advantage of the quieter beaches. This Summer has also been one to remember. Not for particularly remarkable events but for all the little times I've had with family and renovation. It has been wonderfull to step back from tree work after the intense period of Covid. Stuart
  2. We need a "Roast" discussion section in the members only area. I'll do my utmost never to post in it though... Stuart
  3. Reading with interest. I rarely rent but when I do it is for dead or damaged trees with no anchor point. For those arb businesses who own their own mewp costing £70k, what turnover might we be looking at? Where is the point you break even and what are the cost implications in owning one? Running one doesn't mean you automatically dispense with an experienced climber as there are obviously plenty of jobs where a mewp is overkill or access to the whole tree is not possible. I know productivity can be greatly increased If I'd rented one for the 80 Lombardi's we stripped and topped instead of climbing I'd still needed to be able to deal with the volume of waste by employing another groundy I'm interested in the bottom line. Stuart
  4. Piggy backed trailers at times. Imported studwood, insulation when on offer at B&Q, paint even plaster to order. Brexit put a total stop to all that.
  5. @Luckyeleven ruined a perfectly good vintage flask by rinsing it out using lemon floor cleaner. At first I just thought it was the own brand coffee but as the after taste lingered, it gave my mouth a new look by removing stubborn stains, giving a fresh clean shine and zero bacteria for 48 hours. Stuart
  6. I'm practically an 'influencer' me. Visit me on Grindr for more stump removal tips. Stuart
  7. Funny that, I've had a very troublesome Vanguard and now a new Stanley chalkline that that keeps snapping. My life is one roller coaster of disappointments...
  8. Ah, I get that with my tractor running adze profile rather than Y profile flails. Even putting a fresh edge didn't change matters. My old flail mower had Y profile and was excellent. Stuart
  9. This is my friend Didier who is an engineer and Massey enthusiast who bought a wreck and restored it to concours condition. He sometimes brings it to our jobs to collect the wood but today he was loading my Iveco with oak to take to his yard. He complains bitterly about the Solis. The lack of power, the crunchy gears, inconvenient layout but is often found in the seat whenever we need a hand moving logs at the end of the day.
  10. My colleague @Luckyeleven recently bought a venerable ex-local authority GM 13-23 from a dealer. The Briggs engine has around 1000 hours and is a bit asthmatic but it runs well enough. We took a truck load of branches with us to give it a proper test. We turned the blades and got the mechanic to fiddle with the revs after calling @Jase hutch at GM in the UK. I recommend testing a used machine before buying, especially if watercooled. Once things are up to temperature you might well find a host of faults (or not) with cooling or hydraulics. . Stuart
  11. Sounds like my Dad...
  12. I've QRMS and some Wear Sharp which are a bit pants and yes are the ones breaking. I really wanted Red Teeth to use on larger stumps.
  13. 4 council pops we removed over the Winter. I ground them out this afternoon. I waited until conditions were dry as the wee grinder struggles on wet clay with wood fibres. Pretty soft wood with decent top soil but the final rootplate chase was costly in teeth. One broke head and two faces on the leads well battered. Alot of quartz below that good loam. Recently I've been pricing in a turn a set per hour when calculating stumps. In 2010 I bought a Bandit HB20 and often got 2 hours from the 4 pairs of Greenteeth but FSI runs 2 pairs as lead teeth so the comparison is subjective, never the less, I feel that Greenteeth and the QRMS copies do not seem to be as durable as once they were. Bearings changed at 130 ish hours. Still smooth, just worn and causing hand killer vibrations. The new FSI B21 promises 1000 hours from non-greasable bearings... Still on the same drive belt at 150+ hours Clutch springs replaced, 3 inc. postage €55 plus tva Low running costs, alot of effort but a very reliable and profitable machine.
  14. FSI parts are the same. I believe Spectrum recently wanted £400 for a Honda fuel tank for a GX390 Same part can be found for £40 elsewhere. I don't expect sellers of spare parts to register with the charities commision but surely a reasonable tarif would also build brand loyalty. Don't talk about Briggs and Stratton...
  15. Soon be time to bring the low ball into play and do it 'for the wood'...lol! I've had an "I'll ask my wife" response to one small quote this morning which is considerably more than the dark silence from 90% of the other quotes I've done in the last few weeks.
  16. Here is a usefull tool to help you think about calculating stump pricing. Pizza Comparison WWW.OMNICALCULATOR.COM Should you buy a larger or two smaller pizzas?
  17. Last client booked in for 3rd June. Looking forward to a break and cracking on with our renovation. Convenient timing for a down turn. Our 'treasury' is healthy enough to see us through to September when we'd normally expect the enquiries to begin in earnest. I still expect the odd quote to be accepted but am quite prepared for a dry few months ahead. Stuart
  18. They look a bit soft. Even fresh, my FSIB20 would chew through both of those in under an hour with new teeth.
  19. Any advert promoting banks as willing and helpfull towards you and your projects. Suggesting they are 'with' you, accompanying you through life. Mis-representing banks as benevolent institutions. A cocktail of bile, piss and blood boils internally when I remember asking for 'help' from our bank when going through difficulties and being refused.
  20. I believe I have worked it out. There are other oaks in the vicinity in the same soil also showing the same symptoms to a lesser degree. Drought stress By raising the crown, I greatly reduced the spread. This shaded the roots. Added to this, the owner has chickens who have exposed the bare soil as the mulch I put down has not been added too, plus horses which have overgrazed and compacted the other side of the fence.
  21. Striking Chicken of the Woods on a roadside cherry next to one of our council jobs. Not tempted to sample it being exhaust and dog height, plus a bit dry.
  22. It certainly isn't frost damage. Ruled out herbicide sprayed under canopy and vandalism (drilling holes and using herbicide, a 'thing' locally but more of that later) Client does burn waste from bee hives near the crown so some thought given to heat and a chemical release scorching the crown but this is a wild card. What I am leaning towards is drought. There are other oaks which are browning off or have already died. Our 'county' department 35 Ile et Vilaine is for the second year officially in drought. I've been grinding today in town, bone dry to 30cm. The soil is heavy yellow clay. In contrast, our new place though, 25km North has damp soil, higher watertable. Wednesday I had a survey done for our sewage system. Core samples done, deep sandy loam with light clay and sand subsoil with iron pan at 1m depth. Damp all the way down. Grass lush and green.
  23. Like a dog with a bone that Solis. Took me 4 hours to move all the wood from the work zone around to the owners property, lifting the rounds over the concrete palisade, then once the pile got too big, driving around the block to then move it all a second time. The building plot owner refused us permission to remove a section of palisade in order to drive through, plus since I did the quote, either the seller of the building plot or the new owner put up a shonky fence thus denying us access for a truck and chipper so all the branches were handballed over the palisade and the Solis did the wood. Still, as this was one of my more outrageously priced jobs a little inconvenience was easily absorbed. The farm peacock has also snapped off the amber work light so I've that to sort out. During the job we had a bitter hatchet faced Eco-Karen in an unwashed cat hair covered fleece and baggy hippy pantalons reeking of patchouli oil yelling at us several times during the course of the day. I trolled her as she filmed us on her phone, telling her not to worry as had we already removed the nests before starting whilst pointing at a pile garden waste and that had to get a shifty on before the council realised what was going on and called the police. Eco-Karen was apolyptic with righteous indignation and I half expected her to make a pitch the invasion or sit down protest. The police municipale made a slow drive by shortly afterwards. The owner had reluctant permission from the town hall as the council had hoped to award the oak a preservation order. No nests present. Stuart
  24. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nHA_K0XZ2Hc I thought the Little Britain sketch inappropriate today.

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