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JaySmith

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  • Birthday 06/01/1982

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  1. I made the move into Arb ten years ago in my late twenties, age shouldn't be an issue for you if you are used to scaffolding. This was at the end of the financial crash and many said don't do it. If you wait until the 'best time' to do something then you may never do anything. When all of this is over there will be work out there for hard working, self motivated people. I'm not saying it will be easy and fall into your lap and the experienced guys will be inline before you but there is always space for somebody with a lack of experience but a good work ethic. I appreciate this depends on regions and varies massively depending on where you are in the country, can't comment on your area as I'm from the South East where things were very buoyant pre Covid. In terms of courses having Cs30, Cs31 and woodchopper would be of benefit but experience is often favoured so trying to get experience first would be better than having every ticket under the sun. You could look at the Level 2 in Arb but IMO this would be best undertaken with some work knownledge and experience under your belt. Speak to local firms and put yourself out there. When I started out a guy on here gave me a few days at the weekend and it started from there. I've carried out work for a guy who teaches at a scaffolding centre and has been in scaffolding for twenty odd years and the wages he was talking about seem to be higher than Arb, but if you were getting into Arb just for the money another industry maybe a better fit! Good luck with it and if it isn't for you at least you can say you tried and could always go back to scaffolding?
  2. I’ve used one like the one you have in the link. It was a good piece of kit for the particular job as we couldn’t get a normal crane to the trees. Think it was about £600 per day inc delivery and collection with an operator. Link below
  3. That’s good mate glad it’s all come together. Yeah both me and Stu work for Steve now and Ash from Kev’s does a bit of freelance for SL as well
  4. Hi Rich, Yeah that’s the one, it’s the school on the main road between Bexley and Sidcup. Steve said you did one and he did the other. Yours were lighter than what me and Ash did to them! Hope Norway is going well mate
  5. Not sure on when they were originally worked. They had a light reduction about 5 or 6 years I go I believe, think Rich Rule did them. This time the client went for a spanking as they had shed limbs recently into the school field
  6. Some pop pollards from the other day
  7. If you are looking for advice on a particular job then it’s best to speak with highways or a TM firm as they will give the correct advice and make sure you arse is covered. If you are setting out TM (even just signs and cones on temporary works) you would ideally have the signing lighting and guarding ticket. Check out the link below, it’s the red book you get on TM courses and is good to keep in trick to give guidance on TM requirements https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/321056/safety-at-streetworks.pdf
  8. 4m reduction on a Syc due to large cavity at base
  9. Think the Leo 23m can go on a bespoke trailer and still be towed as a 3.5t unit from memory the leo30 is far bigger and weighs about 5t on its own
  10. That's the main downfall of a mewp in treework, you always seem to want one with a few more metres in height or outreach. I seem to remember somebody on here had a Leo 23m which seemed to be the best in terms of cost, height and outreach. The firm I work for has a small tracked machine and works for some jobs but is often too small for others.
  11. That's the main downfall of a mewp in treework, you always seem to want one with a few more metres in height or outreach. I seem to remember somebody on here had a Leo 23m which seemed to be the best in terms of cost, height and outreach. The firm I work for has a small tracked machine and works for some jobs but is often too small for others.
  12. To be honest at a previous firm it was usually if it couldn't be climbed for obvious reasons such as moving on the root plate for example. The firm I work for now has their own tracked platform so it does get taken out on occasions when you wouldn't have thought about hiring one. For example working some large London planes recently we used the mewp to get me in to the bole of the tree and back up after lunch!
  13. When we have lifted over houses before we have always done it on a contract lift basis where they supply a banksman to guide you etc. The problem often arises when they ask how big the bits are as it is a guesstimate based on experience, when they lift diggers and the like they know the weight as they are plated etc. Also when lifting over houses, they will want the houses empty in case the crane 'fails' this can be a pain if any of the residents are not willing to vacate for the day. We did the road closure through the TM company as they know how to fill in the permits correctly and get what i required, as I understand it the cost varies per LA. I can't really help with contacts as we are based in Kent, sounds like a fun job once all the planning is sorted, definitely a go pro job!
  14. St Margaret's farm in South Darenth, about 3 miles from Dartford and £35 per load
  15. +1 for pg platforms have used them many times excellent service and large selection of machines

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