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  1. Cs38/39 Aerial Rescue and Use of Chainsaw from Rope & Harness. 6-day course. 28 April - 3 May, with NPTC assessment on 6 May 2014. 4 places available. Call 01732 811162 for more info or see our website: Chainsaw & Tree Surgery Courses - Kingswood Training Services
  2. CS30/31 5-day course at Kingswood Training Services Ltd in Tonbridge, Kent. 22-26 April 2014 with NPTC assessment on 28 April. For more information, or to book, please call: 01732 811162 or see our website: Chainsaw & Tree Surgery Courses - Kingswood Training Services
  3. Use of Woodchipper (1-day course) at Kingswood Training Services, Tonbridge, Kent. For more information, or to book, call 01732 811162 or see our website: Chainsaw & Tree Surgery Courses - Kingswood Training Services
  4. CS 32, Felling of Medium Trees at Kingswood Training Services, Tonbridge, Kent. For more information, or to book, please call: 01732 811162 or see our website: Chainsaw & Tree Surgery Courses - Kingswood Training Services
  5. CS41 Dismantling Course at Kingswood Training Services, Tonbridge, Kent. 3 places available. Call now to book on: 01732 811162 or see our website: Chainsaw & Tree Surgery Courses - Kingswood Training Services
  6. block and strop

    The VTIO article Ben refers to above gives some really useful, in-depth information for those who want to really understand the forces invloved in various rigging scenarios. Kingswood.
  7. block and strop

    Hi I have tried to attach the article Paul is referring to although I admit to knowing much less about computers than rigging. If it isn't attached I could email it to someone else to attach if it would help. This thread is covering a hugely complex subject, but here are some very basic rules: 1. Know the Minimum Breaking Load (MBL) of your rope, and divide it by 10 to get the Safe Working Load (SWL). 2. All other parts of the system must have a Higher SWL, in the configuration that they are used. 3. This means that top anchor points must have TWICE the SWL of the rope, even when there is no shockload. 4. Use log mass charts and species conversion factors to get an accurate weight for the log. 5. Current wisdom suggests that you should allow for 30% inaccuracy in this figure. 6. If you can't pre-tension the rope to prevent a shockload, you must let the load run on the capstan. 7. Letting the load run is essential when topping down a stem, because experiment has shown that the load imposed on the top anchor point can be 11 TIMES the weight of the log! 8. Any shockload in the system will massively reduce the weight of the log that can be safely removed. 9. More rope in the sytem is better. It is essential to understand whether the figures on your kit are kg or kn, and whether they are MBLs or SWLs. The ratios between the two (known as the safety factor) are 10:1 for ropes, 7:1 for slings and 5:1 for metal equipemnt. I don't know of any rope system in current use that could safely lower a 1 ton log, even without a shockload. This is not intended as a lesson in rigging - just a pointer to the way rigging should be approached. There is no subject in Tree Surgery where decent training is more crucial - this is not an ad - do it anywhere with a good reputation - just do it! Hope this helps. Kingswood Rigging for richard.pdf
  8. Arb and Forestry Event pics and comments

    Many thanks to our many loyal friends and visitors, a lot of whom come a very long way to meet up and shoot the breeze. Great to see you all again. Fantastic effort by Justin and his team in extremely difficult circumstances - thank you to everyone for their help in so many ways. This really is a team effort - your support is much appreciated. Richard
  9. Loler tester

    Hi Yes, we are looking at running another Loler Inspectors course in a couple of months, so call the office or email if it's of interest. Cheers Richard
  10. Assessors - please read

    I would like to let you know about a new forum that has been set up to facilitate discussions between instructors and assessors in the Land Based sector. The forum moderator is Paul Elcoat, and he will welcome applications to join from any Lantra instructor or Nptc Assessor. The forum is hosted on LinkedIn (World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn). If you are not familiar with it, LinkedIn is like a business version of Facebook. You will need to create a profile for yourself, which can be extremely basic, and then use the Group Search facility in the toolbar and search for 'Land Based Assessor'. You need to apply to Paul Elcoat to join. Please take a few minutes to do this - the more members there are in the forum, the more useful it will be to all concerned. It will, for the first time, give assessors and instructors a united voice when dealing with Nptc and Lantra. Please also pass this invitation on to all your Instructor/Assessor contacts - hopefully in this way awareness of the forum will spread rapdily and we will soon achieve a powerful lobby group. There are big changes planned in the near future, and this forum will allow our voice to be heard. Best regards Richard
  11. ps im looking for a chipper if you know anything ie Timberwolf 190 or similar mate

  12. Been to Jonsies show.....

    Many, many thanks to all involved - too many to mention individually - for their great efforts in making this show by far the best yet. Thanks also to all our visitors, especially those who travelled many hundreds of miles to join us - Justin and I really appreciate your support. It was great to meet you all and put faces to names - we know that without you, we wouldn't have a show. Thanks also to our many loyal exhibitors - you are just as important - we hope you did good business. Congratulations to all of our competition winners, except Ritchie Rule who beat my score by one point in the axe-throwing! No seriously, well done mate. We are already making plans for an even bigger and better show next year - with so much support and goodwill we are confident it will grow and grow. Rich.
  13. The Arb and Forestry Event 2011

    A quick word from your host! We have been busy preparing the site, and making all the arrangements necessary for another really successful show. Andy and I will run a Rigging talk / Demo around lunchtime on both days, carefully arranged near the bar so that you can get a pint, sit down and take it easy for half an hour. We look forward to seeing many old friends again and making a lot of new ones - all are very welcome, from newbies to old timers. We particularly enjoy meeting guys (and girls) that have trained here and have gone on to have succesful careers in this industry. Business is all about networking - what better place to do it than round a fire with a pint of beer? As far as we at Kingswood are concerned the opportunity to network and the social side of the show are at least as important as the lectures and products on sale. Most importantly, many thanks to Justin for his initiative in getting the show up and running, and getting it recognised as one of the important events in the Arb year. Justin and Eileen and the rest of the team at FR Jones work incredibly hard to make the show what it is - interesting, family friendly, successful and safe. If you value having a show in the South East, then please come and support it - the overall success of the show depends on you. We look forward to welcoming you all. Kingswood.
  14. cs41 is it worth having

    It is in any serious tree surgeons interest to get cs41, and there are several good reasons: 1. It will enable you to work faster and safer. 2. It will give you the confidence to take on jobs that others may hesitate to undertake. 3. It will help to ensure that if something goes wrong, your insurance will pay out. 4. It gives you increased credibility. Any good instructor will deliver an interesting course which goes well beyond the assessment criteria, and it does not have to involve a lot of maths. You should come away with a huge amount of practical ideas that will transform the way most people operate. In my opinion it is one of the easier nptc assessments. It requires you to remove 3 branches (1 tip tie, 1 butt tie, 1 cradled), and chog 4 pieces off a standing stem (2 by hand, 2 lowered). We usually run it as a 3 day course, and I think it probably offers the best value of any course we run. It is certainly our favourite course to teach because the feedback, even from experienced arborists, is always very positive. I am not flying the company flag here, there are several places where you will get an interesting and worthwhile course on this subject. Richard

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