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About Stephen Blair

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  • Birthday 16/09/1975

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  • Location:
    Carrbridge, Cairngorms
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    Mountain biking and walking the dogs
  • Occupation
    Dad, husband and worker
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    Inverness

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  1. Stephen Blair

    Trailer mounted chipper

    You could have saved me thousands over the years😀 well said!
  2. Stephen Blair

    TP chipper: anyone got any experience?

    Great chippers, buy from Wilson’s. Excellent customer service, but you won’t really need it as they don’t really break down. I’ve only ever needed to buy belts every few years. Ran them for over 15 years, never had a beak down. These were all PTO chippers. Ask for Simon Clingam at Wilson
  3. Stephen Blair

    Mulcher for 6 tonne excavator

    I use a flail on my 3 tonner, it will do 4” stems but best to leave those bits for the lads with the saw.
  4. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    Just maybe the laws are not grey, some people understand them and work within them. Others have fairy tail fears of what ifs and maybes.
  5. Stephen Blair

    Remote control for pto chipper

    If t’s Jensen then I presume it’s for the stop switches, big button things! Main reason I never bought a Jensen PTO years ago. Any other chipper it’s easy enough to set up a bungee holding the feed rollers in reverse, then tie a bit of string to the lever, put it into the cab and pull it towards you to engage the inward roller and tie a loop and put it over something in the cab, when you want to reverse just unloop, bungee reverses and then repeat. As long as there are no humans present at the hopper, no dramas imo.
  6. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    I’ve had tractors with air suspension, could do over 40 mph and had the front pto etc you talk of. Trouble was to get. 3 man team, pto chipper and chip bin on site, I’d need a 50’ tractor set up and a vehicle for the other 2 workers. And the guy driving the tractor would be fed up bouncing his way to jobs. 3 guys in a mog usually have a laugh, because driving a Tonka truck around gives a certain presence on the rd, it is comfortable and the whole single rigid unit is shorter than a transit and small tow behind, and you can overtake folk doodling along at 45mph.
  7. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    I have none but the information is there for all to read. Ag spec can only be used for agriculture and forestry, neither of which are domestic or commercial arboriculture. If you don't believe me then have a quick Google and you'll soon see. There is no grey area. Just because I can't provide proof of prosecution doesn't mean it isn't illegal I never said I don’t believe you or mentioned grey areas, I asked for evidence which you can not provide.
  8. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    Just be aware that using a mog on ag spec (no tax, mot and red diesel) for arboricultural works is illegal and although I know a lot do (in an ideal world I would) if you are stopper for whatever reason you could find your self in more trouble than it's worth Would you show evidence and cases of prosecution to back this up please.
  9. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    Sounds like it’s was a poorly put together set up. A couple of seals, valves, new air hoses and a tool box would of made life easier.
  10. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    I always bought privately and dealt with AC Price engineering. If you go looking for mogs, take a good lorry mechanic with you and don’t be dazzled by chrome exhausts and bright thick paint.
  11. Stephen Blair

    When do you really upgrade your chipper?

    Marks hit a good point about chip truck, if you have lots of chip drop off within 5 minutes of any job. It won’t matter, if you have 30/60 minute round trip drop off you will be held up. Which is ok if all the brash is done and the team are carrying out all the heavy and tidying up, going a chip run can be an advantage for a boss/climber. Then there’s terrain, my work area for 16 years was by the coast, so everything was on a hill , villages and towns with farm land in between. I fully loaded transit was struggling and burning clutches and some routes I couldn’t take and then a muddy chip tip was a nightmare for potentially getting stuck. Then you add a heavy chipper into the mix for the drive home and it’s a pita. ‘I used to keep my chipper in an old damp farmers shed with a tractor parked in front of it for security, so in the morning by myself I’d have to shift the tractor, reverse into a dark shed and hook up myself as the workers didn’t drive and lived in the town we would be working. Then reversing a heavy old arbor eater up a driveway was frustrating and also chipping into the high sided back was brutal, most of the chip would sit in the middle, or splatter over the top onto the driveway, then I got a cover made up but that just meant you hurt your neck climbing in and shovelling chip to get more in. I wanted an 8” chipper, they were around £30k and weighed over 2 ton. So no chance on both parts of that equation, I didn’t want to have to buy a 7.5 tonner, get o liscence etc and then get jammed in a cup de sac like I used to when I worked with that set up for someone else. I opted for a unimog and 8” chipper. mog was £17k, chipper £7k. Red diesel, no mot or rd tax . Chipper stayed on as it was side tip and I could now tip chip quicker, more efficiently and my tip sites became the corner of any farmers field( with permission ) I used to aim for £350 a day with 2 guys, my first morning me and 1 guy did £300 in 2 hours effortlessly. No hitching up, no dodgy reversing into a really tight drive full of gravel down a hill and the bigger chipper with 120hp behind it was amazing. Oh and it was non spill, spout right into the back and the force of a pto chipper crams the chip in so much better. My saving on fuel alone paid the finance off in 9 months. soi bought a bigger mog and bigger chipper and almost trembled my original turnover 10months after moving away from tow behind and transit. Yes mogs break down, they got fixed, did I get stopped for red diesel, nope! This is my story, not advice, take from it what you need. The machinery suited my environment. when I worked with Beechwoods for a week in Birmingham around 10 years ago, he used a full chip bodied 7.5 tonner and a tow behind. It was city work. On domestic jobs 3 guys could spend all day chipping into it and when it was full, it was home time at 3pm. Same work and workers, different environment. Worked perfectly. im a 1 man band, beechwood are huge and very successful. After typing all this I’m sceptical about my love of mogs 😀
  12. Stephen Blair

    Signs you're approaching middle age....

    Enjoy!!
  13. Stephen Blair

    Signs you're approaching middle age....

    My Isuzu has 1 and it’s the best thing for first thing in the morning. I needed a lumber support for my back and for £24.99 from Halfords a heated 1 was a bargain.
  14. Stephen Blair

    Signs you're approaching middle age....

    I bought a heated lumber support pillow for the digger this week. Never known comfort like it!
  15. Stephen Blair

    ArbDogs? Pics!

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