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  1. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Ive had diggers before but never set up right for woodland working. I want a 3 tonner, with Forestery guarding round the cab and a hydraulic winch mounted on it. I know LPG Eddie has his lovely Kibuto , but that's way out my budget. At pics or advise would be great Thanks
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    how to deal with an employee

    What you allow will continue. Inner rage, silence and wish full thinking doesn’t work.
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    Lunge thread

    dean seems to be in a bit of a state over Mikes new friends Lunge Pose, so lets all have a go tomorrow and post our pics here for him to judge, i am already looking forward to Mark Bolams as i heard he has a huge bigonia to dismantle and i know i have a laurel hedge to trim with loppers, so lets lift the spiriit of our yorkshire hinge perfectionist:thumbup: Disclaimer: please do a thorough warm up before engaging into the lunge position:biggrin:
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    I originally had a dumper on hire and shifted about 50% of it and was sick of jumping on and off and rattling to bits in the 3 tonner as I was into rocky stuff. So went and bought the 3cx. Shifted the remaining ground in half the time with the 3cx with an air seat, air con and effortless digging .
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Really enjoying the power of the new machine.&
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    Valtra tractor wanted

    Come naturally! I started buying my own clothes and shoes from the age of 10 from the cheapest shops I could find after moaning to my mum she never bought me good stuff. So she gave me the housekeeping allowance for me that she got and told me to get on with it. Then it was bikes, motorbikes, cars, saws then machinery. It’s a progression. I don’t expect anything to work 100%, even brand new, it’s a machine and humans made it and they are lazy and cut corners😀 I mentioned the panels being mismatched as an example of things don’t have to be shiny to be good. Other companies spray paint and shot blast the life out of old kit to polish a turd and then have an aggressive complaint department. I drove the tractor, had a play round the yard and it was tight. I do buy and sell a lot of stuff, I never look under the bonnet, I take it a drive and only focus on what it can do for me. It’s just my way. To the OP, Wilson’s are good to deal with.
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    Valtra tractor wanted

    I bought a Valtra with Jake crane a few years back for £15k, wasn’t a panel on it that matched and it has 13k hours, best tractor ive owned, Wilson’s are good to deal with, Simon Clingan is always at the other end of a text, last time I needed them for a fault on someone tractor I was driving, I sent Simon a text asking about a warning light, 5 mins later the mechanic that built it called me and solved the problem over the phone.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    That’s. Couple of hundred grand right there! I remember watching a demo of 1 at the APF years ago! The hiab basket was amazing, collapsible basket, fully remote controlled. The guy held a pole in place with back actor and grab, got out, remote controlled the basket out, got in and went easy 45’ straight out on the smallest hiab I’d ever seen, then put it all away and drove it about and started digging from leaning against a tree 30’ away! Amazing! I think you would need to be a bit of a Harrier Jump jet pilot to get the most out of it 😀
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    ArbDogs? Pics!

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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    The dealer did for me FOC as the company was coming in to do another 1 going out to a new customer. Great dealing with an independent dealer, makes decisions on the spot, handshake and job done. I’ve not even paid for 60% of it yet and I’ve been earning all day today!😀
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Came with 1 old digging bucket, bought a second hand set of 6 off a local contractor who was retiring. Got a 6’ ditcher which is excellent. Great day today, so much power, I keep pulling myself in being too greedy.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Good drive home, just over an hour which usually takes 40mins in the car with some big hills. Torque lock and arm suspension made it a pleasure to drive also air heated seat was great.
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    the 'todays job' thread

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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Flat ground, big tree 3cx uneven ground, scrub and smaller trees, 3 toner and a lot of attachments as you won’t have raw power to force things.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Depends on your work, their uses will overlap each other but 2 very different machines. Although my CAT was £22.5 k 5 years ago, I’ve had 2 trailers in that time to carry it and easy the same again in towing vehicles cost, wear and tear and a lot of fuel.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    That’s exactly it, my 3 tonner is usually doing work that a 5-8 tonner should be doing. I’m also fed up hitching trailers, strapping things down, lots of faffing about , it’s all time. I’ve always loved 3cx’s but hated the levers but this 1 is really nice to operate on the armrests and such better visibility out the back. My back is suffering rocking about all day in the 3 toner , hopefully this should make life better.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Yes, I hate the older levers.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    New machine .
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    Unimogs rock thread

    After 18 months away from owning a mog after years of them i had my first week of putting my new wee toy to work. Its been great. The simplicity of working on site with it and the manouverability compared to my last 2150 in excellent. And i have just realised my pics are on my phone, i shall go and get them:laugh1: Go on show me yours:biggrin:
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    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    Just get an assessor in and do your big tree and wind blown. Takes about 45 minutes if you are as up to speed as you think you are and believe it or not, you may even learn something. Pizza cut, who knew 😀
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    good Price, I’ve got it’s big brother
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    Chainsaw Use In Arboriculture

    Buy a battery saw and a new accountant Jamie! If you put through £50 a month on battery charging, if there is ever an investigation, the tax man will just want proof of how much it takes to charge a battery saw. If your math is right, all good. Whatever you are out by, he will want the different plus interest it’s that simple. In my tax investigation he allowed me 60% of my council tax, I’ve put that through ever since and that was 6 years ago.
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    Large scale illegal forest felling

    Replanting means you just put a hedge round the edges.

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