Jump to content

Stephen Blair

Super Moderator
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by Stephen Blair

  1. Stephen Blair

    Our new promo.

    Cool vid Tom
  2. 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
  3. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    I’ve just ordered a flail for my cat2.7d, any tips on how to keep the thumb rocker switch engaged formworking the flail so I don’t have to hold my thumb on it all the time. I’m not talking altering thenhydraulics and spending a small fortune, more any DIY tricks. Cheers
  4. Stephen Blair

    Greenheart pile removal

    Long reach digger with a tree shear would do it but I don’t know how many folk would be keen on working with salt water. Maybe a job for LGP Eddie!
  5. Stephen Blair

    Vid's & Pic's from the Redwoods

    Amazing work Erik, you have a frame of a super fit 25 year old man and some serious skills. In 43 and feel broken, inflammation and a bit of arthritis and now asthma is slowing me down so to see a man in his 50’s doing this level of work is inspiring! I’ll keep coming back to this thread and watch all your vids!
  6. Stephen Blair

    Petrol mix

    I always wondered how I worked with Stihl’s for 2 decades at 25:1 then after 4 years of aspen I read on the side 50:1 mix!
  7. Stephen Blair

    The beauty of the Tax System

    What if the kid stealing the working mans tools was a victim of an asian pedo gang, was now homeless and a drug addict to try and numb the irreversible pscychological and physical pain of his past so now does whatever it takes to get money to pay for his habit. Should he get 10 years hard labour? what i
  8. Stephen Blair


    Thanks Squaredy, you know your stuff. I am having a meeting with my guy in the next month I’ll pat attention this time 😀
  9. Stephen Blair


    Nothing wrong with my maths, I know when I’m being taken for a ride. My fund value will be around £130k when I’m 55, I guessed the £180k through rose tinted spectacles for when I was 65. You are too quick to blame me for the math rather than question the people I invested in.
  10. Stephen Blair


    I started mine when I was 16, I was told my pot will be over £450k, 27 years later at £150 a month my pot might make £180k. I put £1800 a year in and my annual payout will be £1500 a year in 2041! The guy who sells your pension won’t be around and it’s mostly just salesman making money. so at 55 I’m cashing it in, pay the tax and hopefully get a couple of deposits for my boys first properties if I’m lucky enough to still be here. Don’t put all your eggs in 1 basket, also don’t try planning everything to the letter, life has ways of interfering. You have to live just now, you are young, enjoy it. I always pensioned what I wouldn’t miss, and I’m a low risk investor so my return is low but steady ish. A £400 hedge cutter can make you a grand a week for 8 months of the year. That’s a better investment imo. If you are a self employed, whatever you put in, the government will add 20%, then at the end they will tax you 25% for getting some of it back. Things in life aren’t as simple as, renting good, renting bad! Difflocks post a few pages back is the best advice I’ve ever read on line. What kind of person are you? Can you handle daily phone calls from a tennant moaning about a door nob? Can you evict a family of 5 on Christmas eve for not paying their rent? i let 3 properties for 8 years and it was a ball ache. Unfortunately I had 2009 in the middle of all that so I never got bargains and when I sold I was happy to just get rid of the credit and stress. I had factors, lawyers, handymen, sparkies, plumbers all on speed dial. i had 2 tenants intentionally damage the properties just to get a newer house by the time I found out, locks were smashed , belongings left and I couldn’t legally access them for 2 months. I did have some excellent tenants, but they also never paid their rent on Christmas Eve , by the time I found out in January when the banks went back to work, I was getting letters from mortgage companies. Did I do everything perfectly, certainly not! What I’d say is take advice on the internet with a pinch of salt, whatever you are going to do, study and learn, do a course on economics, marketing, joinery, plumbing. Bankers will take your deposit and throw you a Set of keys to houses and large machinery. After that it’s up to you to work it out. Good luck!
  11. Stephen Blair


    The second I’m 55 I’m drawing the lot and paying the tax.
  12. Stephen Blair

    Tree Topping

    It’s hard to keep the flow going when you are stopping and starting, frustration can sap my energy. I’m very impatient, especially when climbing. Great work as always!
  13. Stephen Blair

    Crap in your eye ....

    Stuff in your eyes is awful! Worse I’ve had was a metal filing on a windy day go into my eye and get stuff, usuall guy thing and left it for a few days until I couldn’t open both eyes 1 morning, got it fished out and spent nearly a week on the couch in the dark feeling sorry for myself. Had a few other bits of sawdust over th eyears but lads on site have managed to wash it out. You have my sympathy J, so easily done. Grab a handful of the safety specs next time your in a tool shop, they are only a couple of pounds each.
  14. Stephen Blair

    Tree Topping

    My hips are aching just watching that Reg! 3 of those in a day is good going!
  15. Stephen Blair

    Asthma, coughing and breathing

    In the last few months I’ve been struggling with my breathing at night time, mainly coughing and phlegm. Now it’s stopping me sleep. I think it’s been brought on by a prescription of Naproxen I was put on for my back with no thought to my child good asthma that I grew out of. I’ve been of the Naproxen for months now and the symptoms are getting worse, booked in for the Doctor next week. I went back into 2 stroke earlier in the year after being on Aspen for 5 years. It was just easier 1 day as I had ran out. I have been around saws, sawdust and running engines all my life, now 43 maybe it’s just caught up with me. I own dogs, we have a working house and I’m on the tools so plenty of triggers around me. Has anyone else been through the same and could offer me some advice please, many thanks.
  16. Stephen Blair

    Asthma, coughing and breathing

    Happy new year! Turns out I have asthma and the lung capacity of a 65 year old, I’m 43! I was given a blue inhaler on the 27th, the first day I needed it 10 times, and it was the first night I’d slept right through in my bed for months. Second day used it 6 times and then the 3rd once I think and then didn’t need it again. Luckily I improved after taking an inhaler on a test and managed to squeeze 300ml more air into my lungs when I visited the respitory nurse on Friday. I now have a brown steroid inhaler morning and night and the blue if needed. Simply having a diagnosis is such a relief and I’m back on my pills for my back as I thought they were what was making my breathing worse but apparently not. I’m easily getting 8-10 hours sleep now right through. So it’s time to brush off the walking boots and get the air into my lungs. I’ve to keep a diary now and triggers is 1 of the things, if fuel, exhausts and this work in general are to blame then that will change too. Well worth a trip to the doctors guys if any of you have similar.
  17. Stephen Blair

    carabiner age

    Depends on how high I am, under 80’ anything goes, after that I get twitchy!
  18. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    I looked into the 7.5t beaver tail but the payload wasn’t enough from the standard vehicles I saw. Could always just by a horse box and track it into that, they seem to charge on regardless and a lot of them look hanging heading to the shows over the summer after being pulled out the nettles 😀
  19. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    If it fits on an Ifor Williams it will get moved on 1! Can’t see many folk paying a low loader to shift that about. Maybe do well for building sites.
  20. Stephen Blair

    Farm wood chipper

    I’ve got a road tow TW190 I’d sell as it’s geting upgraded in April.
  21. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    when I had my 8 tonner I used my mate with his Beavertail, £70 an hour and usually he could collect and drop off in an hour as he would tie it in with other stuff.
  22. Stephen Blair

    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:
  23. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    It’s moved thousands of tons of wood in the 5 years I’ve had it.
  24. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Fixed rotating sorting grab
  25. Stephen Blair

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    My cat underside is solid the most you do is just get stuck or rock on top of it, and if you get a higher stump you just lift yourself over it. I find anything I’ve been concerned about is because I’ve not got the experience, then when I am faced with the challenge it’s easily overcome or you,pop a track hard against a tree and spend an hour in a tantrum and rage trying to get it back on, luckily with utube on your phone there are plenty of ideas to use and even as a reassurance it happens to others. I crossed 300m of Sitka brash after a harvester and forwarder had finished. I’d of never of thought I’d on managed it a few years ago. It saved me easily an hour tracking around and getting the jeep and trailer so sometimes you just have to give it a bash. This is my last job before Christmas. 19 ton of timber off site for firewood and the brash burnt. Nice 2 day job for 3 of us and not much sweat, once the guys I had on site stopped using their brute strength to hit wedges or move branches they soon got in the way of calling me over to do the work and standing back. It’s always good seeing new guys just smile as the ‘ little digger ‘ comes to the rescue, everyone is always surprised at how much I can do with it. Most ask, how much does it lift doubting its ability, I just say not as much as I can wrestle and roll.


Arbtalk.co.uk is a hub for the arboriculture industry in the UK.  
If you're just starting out and you need business, equipment, tech or training support you're in the right place.  If you've done it, made it, got a van load of oily t-shirts and have decided to give something back by sharing your knowledge or wisdom,  then you're welcome too.
If you would like to contribute to making this industry more effective and safe then welcome.
Just like a living tree, it'll always be a work in progress.
Please have a look around, sign up, share and contribute the best you have.

See you inside.

The Arbtalk Team

Follow us


Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.