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  1. Sounds like you’ve answered your own question! My only concern would be what you may end up disturbing in the historic seed bank if you go for the full mulch option - could your site end up covered in ragwort/thistles/nettles/brambles/birch etc subsequently competing with the new trees?
  2. Balls! I thought the Forestal rotors are designed to take a bit of that though?.
  3. Small clearfell going for whole tree chip - the weather broke just as we finished a couple of weeks ago so we’ve had to lead the chip out today in ADTs instead of the lorries that we’re planned.. The Albach fills them in 4 1/2 mins...
  4. They are building massive treehouse-style adventure play structures. It’s going to be an incredible place when finished, but all a bit secret at present.
  5. Certainly looks that way from inside my cage!!!
  6. Planting a few poles - a fun job that was a real head scratcher at times. They were 9m telegraph poles that had to be installed without damaging any trees/poles/existing structures (none of the structures are pictured as not allowed). This area was a piece of cake but you still had to plan the job to not block yourself in/block the pole’s path from horizontal to upright etc. We planted approx 60 a day - I was being fed by a mate on a 2.5 tonne Kubota. The Takeuchi was the perfect size for this job and it would have made an incredible demonstration video for Rototilt as it really showed off what these tiltys can do and how strong they are. Some poles had to be passed through/under structures and then rotated into position - I’m not sure what other setup could have got these in as quickly tbh. It is a bit niche though, can’t see many more jobs like this on the horizon!
  7. The chainsaw bit is easy if you are confident and comfortable in a tree (assuming you are competent with one on the ground and have a sensible degree of self preservation!). But definitely worth getting proper training for when you are ready. Get a basic climbing setup, learn a few knots and understand/follow the principles of anchor points then get up there - aim to push yourself to the tops of trees, and to get out as far as you feel comfortable on various limbs. You’ll soon know if it’s for you or not.
  8. Feel free to pm me details of who I need to speak to to get a job in the events industry that would see me mortgage free on a 12 acre smallholding in Kent by the age of 30!!! (Long hours and hard work aren’t a problem - it sounds almost part-time compared to running your own tree firm). In all seriousness, you sound like you’ve done your homework - get a climbing kit and a copy of the Treeclimbers Companion bought and get up some trees!
  9. There is no way, no way you could come from my loins! When I get home, first thing I’m gonna do is punch your momma in the mouth!
  10. ‘You see my mule don’t like people laughing’...
  11. Oh no!! I’ll almost definitely be in there at some point next week and will give Steven a nudge if I see him... Communication is genuinely not something I’ve ever had a problem with in there, but things that you don’t necessarily need ‘yesterday’ can sometimes take a while as they do a massive amount of repair work for farmers etc which keeps them really busy. I dropped a skidding grapple that needs strengthening but I have no jobs on the horizon for last week which will probably be with them for a couple of months, along with a pair of track tensioners off a chipper that need rebuilding and are needed ASAP - they will hopefully turn those round by the end of next week.
  12. Has it always leaned? If so I wouldn’t personally worry too much. An 18 inch diameter 40 foot prunus might knock gutters off and smash a few roof tiles but is unlikely to do any structural damage to a brick-built house, even if you felled it onto the house on purpose. Don’t lose any sleep over it - contact the owners as suggested above and don’t stand under it if it gets windy.
  13. The chequer ifor use is so thin you can see the chequer on both sides! It is very light to be fair, I reckon the solid chequer sides weigh the same or possibly less than the weldmesh alternatives.
  14. Nice concept, but it is nearly 40 years old and is not particularly cheap. Am I missing something?


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