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  1. monkeybusiness

    When it's curtains

    I lost a close friend a week before Xmas - he had just turned 39. Only 7 weeks from diagnosis to game over. Enjoy every day, there is no way of knowing when your time is up.
  2. monkeybusiness

    Our new promo.

    That’s ace!
  3. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    I’ve got a 1928 safetrak that has done at least 3000 hours and it’s still a great chipper. The 1928 road tow is one of the most underrated chippers out there imo - I’ve had a few now (2 of which got nicked and have yet to turn up...). The top mounted stop bar and feed hopper shape are great - they are a fantastic machine that can be picked up for not-a-lot of money. Look out for water contamination in the hydraulic oil (the early ones had a design fault with the breathers, it doesn’t affect the safetrak though). Otherwise they are pretty much bombproof with regular maintenance.
  4. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    Shit the bed!!! Any pics of the old unit?
  5. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    If you ever need hydraulic motors speak to flowfit. They’ll match just about anything (motors aren’t expensive to be honest, less than £150 a lot of the time).
  6. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    Can you not get it made/copies/repaired?
  7. monkeybusiness

    Landcruiser D4D down in power

    I had a D4D Dyna that had similar symptoms - turned out to be a very dirty sensor within the air intake pipework (possibly the air mass sensor). Took it off, gave it a good clean, sorted the issue! Had to subsequently sort the air filter housing that was letting dirty air through...
  8. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    I don’t have any first hand knowledge of those old 230s, but was once told by someone well up on his Timberwolfs to avoid them as they have some sort of problematic issue with the drive belt setup.
  9. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    If you want something manoeuvrable that can get to your worksite pretty much wherever it is there is nothing that will touch a 1928 safetrak. They need maintaining (like anything really) and I wouldn’t pay any attention to the hours showing on them as the boxes have a habit of resetting... Isuzu engined ones are the earlier Mk1, but I prefer them tbh. Overheating problems will almost definitely be down to a blocked radiator - there could potentially be an issue with the engine if it has been allowed to overheat too much though. The control boxes are good at shutting them down if they overheat/have an oil pressure issue etc, but will also shutdown if a bonnet switch etc is loose which can give a false overheat alert (making you think there is an issue when there isn’t). Sharp feed rollers (dress them up in situ with a flap disk on a 4.5 inch grinder - a horrible job but makes a big difference) and sharp disks give a machine that will feed as well as any of the competition. There’s a strip of metal that partially closes off the rotor exit chute which gets broken off - they block with this missing but not many people realise this causes the problem. Small Bandits are not much good from my experience - nothing like their big brothers. Stick with something European if it is on tracks and to be towed behind a van/pickup.
  10. monkeybusiness

    What Tracked Chipper???

    Do you have any details of that 1928 that’s for sale?
  11. monkeybusiness

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Shiny shiny! Mega setup there boyo!
  12. monkeybusiness

    Homemade BigShot

    No personal experience but know of a lad who set one up on a wooden pole instead of the official version - it snapped and smashed his face/eye socket really badly.... Be careful!
  13. monkeybusiness

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Wowsers! What an amazing machine! How does the reach compare to your Liebherr? What is the quick release hose block attached to - I can’t work out how it’s supported off the telescopic dipper? Also, can you fold the arm down low enough for roading with that head on, or do you move it separately? Mega bit of kit, I bet you can’t wait to put it to work!!!
  14. monkeybusiness

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Can you remove the pins from the Botex and fabricate a flat(ish) floor to low-load a digger? Or get a low loader trailer and take the lot? Chuck the chipper and/or mulcher on an Ifor Williams (or stick it on the front linkage if not too heavy - not an option with my set up though). That’s what I do, but it costs a bit more (and isn’t as versatile if you just want to drag a little digger to the job).
  15. monkeybusiness

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    You can get the new 2.7 tonne zero Bobcat on 0% at the moment, can be spec’d with double proportional aux and a canopy if you are worried about weight... I don’t know if they are any good, but I can’t see it being too hard to get enough work to cover the payments!


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