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  1. Acceptable or Underhand?

    You've also got to look at it as a great way of selectively removing your less desirable customers - if they are fickle enough to go with someone approaching in this way you probably don't want/need their work anyway. Not all business is good business...

    No idea on price but I'd imagine a lot... There will be a firm local to you who can re-core it for a couple of hundred quid - be like new then.

    Have you had the rad inspected/tested by a specialist? You can get them re-cored. It could have internal blockages that restrict the water flow, even if it appears clear through the fins.
  4. Ash and sycamore firewood in Usk

    The sycamore isn't huge - it's all firewood really. Probably about 10 tonnes in total, will be ringed up unless someone wants to come with a crane.
  5. Ash and sycamore firewood in Usk

    Hi - we are felling a couple of big ash trees and a few sycamores in the middle of Usk next week and need a home for the logs and chip. If anyone is interested please give me a ring on 07970188050. Cheers, Dan
  6. budget tipper advice needed.

    Dunno really, I'm open to offers. It's got Mot etc, is the big 3l engine (amazing tow truck), huge chip box, uprated springs. Needs a couple of tyres and has an occasional intermittent starting fault but runs perfectly once started.
  7. budget tipper advice needed.

    Where are you in the country? I've got an Iveco daily double cab and Toyota dyna tipper both looking for new homes but haven't got around to advertising. They are a bit rough cosmetically and might need a bit of spannering but both have decent chip boxes and are ready to earn money. I'm in Cheshire, not far from Crewe if of interest.
  8. Best legal vehicle combination

    If the groundy kept up with the brash with that chipper on that job then you need a quicker climber!
  9. Low loader with bolsters

    I know JPM will build them in from the factory if you want.
  10. Transport a tow behind chipper on tipper trailer

    Attach a ball hitch to the headboard to help secure, and winch it in/out via a strop around the chipper's axle as it gives the ability to steer it still. It's at least a two man job loading and unloading though!
  11. Subbing for Ground Control

    This is great advice. We sub to a number of these large outfits, GC are pretty good to be honest but it would be easy to grow your business on the back of any one of them promising/requiring/demanding all of your resources right now for a really important project they are struggling to deliver. The problem is none of them (IME) offer sustained, guaranteed long term work - remember that you are simply providing them with a resource that they can pick up and put down at will - don't get too dependant on any one of them as the workload can dry up very quickly and there is no loyalty with any of them, no matter what they tell you. Also watch how much you end up bank-rolling these firms for - it is very easy to have them owing you £30k, then £40k, then £50k etc. You never get that money out of them until you stop working for them as their payment terms can be pretty poor (Ground Control tend to be 30 days which isn't too bad). If they go bump (which unfortunately appears to happen frequently in this game - look at Fountains and Man Coed as examples of firms that have gone bust and taken subbies for hundreds of thousands of pounds, sometimes more than once which seems ridiculous but is the world we live in!) then you will lose whatever money they owe you. Use them only as an additional work stream (in the same way that they will use you) but don't ever get into any of them for more money than you can afford to lose would be my advice.
  12. Palm Tree Chippers

    Get a lorry and a box of matches pal.
  13. Tree saboteur at it again in Dorset

    I largely agree, but at the same time some trees/shelterbelts hide unpleasant views also. What do the apartments look like when viewed from the sea/opposite shore etc? I'm into the Ozzy approach apparently used under such circumstances around Sydney harbour - replant and at the same time erect an enormous billboard that blocks the newly acquired view with information as to why said billboard now exists.
  14. Repair or Scrap..?

    I've got a 3l 2006 Iveco daily 3.5 tonner (same colour/shape as your 6 tonner) with a good engine that's due to find a new home. The rest of the truck is tatty but the engine is a peach. I'm not sure about the electronics on these with regards ease of swapping though.
  15. Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    What he said. If you want to make a really good job of it run some leads from your 4x4's battery to your towbar terminating in an anderson connector, and have a lead from your trailer's battery with a similar connector so you can charge the trailer whenever you tow it with your truck.


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