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Stephen Blair

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About Stephen Blair

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    Site Moderator, Raffle Sponsor 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 201
  • Birthday 16/09/1975

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  • Location:
    Carrbridge, Cairngorms
  • Interests
    Mountain biking and walking the dogs
  • Occupation
    Dad, husband and worker
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  1. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Ha ha never thought of that, it’s been so long since I drove a shopping trolley thankfully.
  2. Stephen Blair

    TW 190 2008 infeed problem

    Hi, my 190 in-feed only works when I hit the green button, then stops the second I let go. Advice welcome please. thanks
  3. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    No unfortunately it's rear tip but dropping the chipper is only a few min, putting it back on is a little more tricky but once I fit the camaras this week it should be a lot easier but as long as you have a spotter it wasn't bad doing it last week. Stick some heavy duty trolley wheels on the chipper and if your on hard standing the groundies can push it on like a Tesco trolley!😀
  4. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Very cool trailer, I remember seeing 1 that A C Price made years ago behind a big mog. They were side tip, can you empty yours without removing chipper?
  5. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Very nice kit!
  6. Stephen Blair

    lowerable base ties

    I know that feeling Dan, thankfully I spend more time in a digger than I do hauling myself up trees now.
  7. Stephen Blair

    Sheilsing 500zx

    Look at what TP/Ducker chippers have, simplest I’ve seen.
  8. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Arb digger thread, not fuel duty thread.
  9. Stephen Blair

    lowerable base ties

    Think you need a bigger rope Dan😀 or what I’ve done in the past is have a change over rope, choker a strop and pulley midway, or where you need to , 15’ say before your rope runs out. An odd time I’m up 100’ plus I’ll climb on my big lowering rope on my pulley.its about 300’ long so i will run out of bravery before I do rope! It’s great because it’s about 2” thick and great to grip.
  10. Stephen Blair

    lowerable base ties

    I was told this when I did my rescue ticket by the instructor.
  11. Stephen Blair

    VALID Tree Risk Training

    Email sent.
  12. Stephen Blair

    lowerable base ties

    In theory we should all work with a qualified rescue climber and a competent ground crew. Their rescue line should be pre installed and you shouldn’t do anything that puts any of your rescue procedures at risk. If you can’t knock off a big limb without it dragging down the tree and maybe damaging your line, then don’t do it, if you can’t be trusted not to cut your main line for whatever reason this is not a problem with the rescue system, this is the climbers failing. If we work outside industry best practice for whatever reasons then we are creating a risk that’s not been factored into the safe practice, so it’s not safe practice.
  13. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    I’d say you are right about the weight, the machine moved it effortlessly , the side shift power in the back actor is a huge difference compared to wrestling with 2.7tonner.
  14. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

  15. Stephen Blair

    Contract Rates

    If you want to make good money as a climber you need to become a business owner and have staff , machinery and all the stress that goes with it, as well as more money and nicer things. It’s a natural progression imo.


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