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About Ben90

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  • Birthday 12/01/90

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    Southwest England
  1. Tree Ident

    Alnus subcordata, Caucasian alder? The leaves are more oblong. What do the underside of the leaves look like? Orangey tufts under the vein joints would likely mean Italian, but if they are generally hairy underneath then it may be Caucasian.
  2. Meetings with remarkable trees, the Arbtalk version

    A remarkable Yew tree in a churchyard near sevenoaks
  3. Lvl 6 Diploma w/ Tree Life - Barcham (2017)

    I'm keen to make a start on the level 6 next year. I did the Tech Cert a few years back and as such I haven't done the plant portfolio. Would it be beneficial to make a start on this and do it in my own time while waiting for the next uptake? If so what's the general layout and what sort of things do they ask for in it?
  4. Getting the correct ear defenders

    I use that rule of thumb as well. I have rubber mushroom shaped plugs on a cord tied to either side of my lid with the same SNR as the muffs (around 28) great for stop-start cutting work, especially in hot weather. I double up for things like logging. For all day chipper-thons or big saw logging I often switch to foam plugs with 38 SNR and the defenders on top. I read a few articles that said wearing both will not give you the sum of both the SNR ratings, more like 5-10 on top of the most effective one.
  5. Rip off arbor trolley?

    You may well be right, if you look on their gallery they've got photos of the 'Stein bollard'
  6. Meindl Airstream

    Perhaps this will be of use Vibram.info
  7. Has anyone heard of:

    High Hedges requires at least two evergreen or semi-evergreen trees next to eachother which are then blocking significant amounts of sunlight from key living areas, but there is no 'law' within it that requires they be taken down, just reduced and maintained to an 'action hedge height' The Prescriptions act 1832 (the closest you'll get to 'right to light') I believe was put together to stop businesses being affected by lack of sunlight in times where there was little in the way of artificial light. For example if someone had a loom by a window and a neighbour came along and built in front of said window, blocking out the light. Nonetheless I'm pretty sure it does not apply to trees, unless you put them in last week with a tree-spade Are the trees overhanging the neighbours property? Edit: didn't see 10 bears post
  8. Real life Dexter

    All round very unpleasant Here's the Arbtalk relevant part:
  9. More timber fairies

    Don't know what everyone's moaning about, we use this to our advantage! We do a fair bit of commercial work where they just want the tree gone, we can't be bothered to cart the wood around most of the time, so we log up, maybe take a few 'prime rib' bits, make a tempting stack of the rest by the roadside and by morning it's all gone - even the real knotty crap. It's brilliant!
  10. 150dbh, rollers stopping on larger material.

    We've had three TWs and they all do the same, it happens rarely at seemingly random times and usually on big lumps. When it happens the rollers continue to turn but very, very slowly. We've just put it down to an electrical issue and dealt with it, or as above when we reverse to fix the issue it usually brings up big lumps from under the lower roller - probably something to do with that. What gets me is when it's almost finished chewing a big lump and the last 'disc' shaped bit folds in at an angle the moment after the no-stress has already stopped the rollers, creating lots of noise and smoke as the engine battles to regain revs with a lump pressed against the anvil - especially annoying on a petrol TW where there's barely enough torque produced to pick the speed up to cancel the 'pause'. A simple reverse-button override during the no-stress pause would fix this.
  11. Meindl Airstream Boots-dangerous?!

    I think they're fine, it'll be down to the rubber compound in the sole and as said above Vibram aren't the grippiest out there. The hard compound is good though because they don't wear out as readily.
  12. A Useful Invention

    Oh no it works, it catches the log/s and keeps them upright for splitting down further. Can't imagine life without it now! You'll want a low profile jobby, with a width no less than half the length of the log you're using otherwise they can topple out.
  13. Westonbirt lime coppice

    I did my Tech Cert there a year or so ago, it's a great place to be and there are two distinct areas, the old arboretum near the buildings and Silk wood across the field, that's where the 2000 year old lime is and the japanese maples etc. Overall it's a pretty big site and definitely worth a visit. They light the trees up in the old arboretum around Christmas time so you could go in the day then stay until dusk to see the lights
  14. USB Chainsaw

    The pre-order banner links you to a piece of software which plays a chainsaw sound whenever you print something. Awesome! I think their poignant point is lost on guys like us
  15. Does anyone know of a holster for carrying loppers?

    What about one of those metal loops that chippies use to hold hammers on their belt. Just stick one arm of the lopper through. Just make sure it doesn't open


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