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  1. So I took the plunge and purchased the Hyundai multi tool cutter. So far I have cleared two trails and I am really impressed with the kit. I now need to start trying to secure some funding from local businesses in the hope I can purchase a BCS Tracmaster 640 with flail and a small petrol woodchipper for pruned branches. The fail mower is an awesome piece of kit and it is just what you need for running through brambles and stingers. So long as trails are given a good clear at least once a year the brambles and saplings don't have time to get established.
  2. I have been an IT desk jockey for 25 years now and at nearly 50 it's a struggle to stay motivated and abreast of the new technologies that seem to arrive every few months. It's strange to admit it, but I get much more satisfaction from clearing an overgrown trail for people's enjoyment than I do regarding writing IT software 🥱 I didn't realise I could quote for clearing trails. PS - good tip on the brush cutter though. ScrewFix just tend to hand over a replacement there and then.
  3. I’ve had a logo done and am going to stake one out when I clear a trail. Bush Wackers#5.pdf
  4. That's a very kind offer. I am based in Dorset so a bit of a trek. I think I am just going to purchase the Hyundai set for starters. I'd love the Stihl, but a rather too pricey.
  5. This is the whole joke regarding individuals volunteering their precious time at weekends. Being given hand tools is just insulting and makes a complete mockery of people volunteering. My local council did put me on a brush cutter course 5 years ago when I was able to volunteer during the week. Now it's weekends only and clearing a trail with hand tools when a hedge cutter and pole pruner will tear through it in no time is just a false economy. I am not sure how you change the system, as from my experience the council are stuck in their ways and bridleways / footpath maintenance are at the bottom of the list with an ever shrinking budget. In the US and NZ they do things differently and local businesses and individuals can sponsor a trail. This all helps to keep the network open. I have suggested many ideas to my local MP Simon Hoare (completely useless) and the local council, but you may as well talk to a brick wall as they don't do change. I'll get in touch with the relevant land owners and see if I can broker a deal whereby I keep the narrow wooded parts clear and they run a tractor and flail down the grass sections.
  6. 😂 I have never had my day in court, but I am sure it would be interesting. The council using public money to prosecute an individual for clearing bridleways that they are responsible for and don't bother doing.
  7. I am probably being a bit harsh. It does come with a 3 year warranty, so that in itself is pretty good.
  8. I have been looking at this model, but just concluded it must be cheap rubbish. It's looking like I might have to give one of these a try as the professional type offerings are very pricey and the wife will string me up if I spent serious money on equipment.
  9. I had a quick look at the echo and unfortunately, by the time you have purchased the unit, hedge trimmer and pole saw you are in the £800 sector which again is rather too much. I suspect I am on a hiding to nothing when I say my budget is £400. It seems to be either ££££ or £ when it comes to these multi tool machines.
  10. Many thanks for the recommendation. I will have a look at the echo brand you mention. The most frustrating aspect to the whole thing as you have eluded to, is that you are going out clearing the trails that the council don't have funding or cannot be bothered to cut and the vegetation that land owners are responsible for and yet you face a risk of criminal damage. One part of me is rebellious and thinks if you ended up in court for clearing trails voluntarily it would maybe bring the whole system into question. I have spoken with the council about cutting trails and they did state I need to request permission. Requesting permission to clear the very trails that they are responsible for clearing. Sounds all rather ridiculous. Rant over.
  11. I appreciate that this is more a question towards garden maintenance, but I am hoping someone maybe able to help. I am currently looking to purchase a 5 in 1 machine so that I can go out and cut the bridleways and footpaths that my local council seem to take 3 months or never doing after I report them. As someone who is very passionate about footpaths and bridleways, especially, when you consider that these rights of way have so much history I find it a real shame to see so many being slowly lost due to poor management by the land owner (side vegetation) and council (upwards vegetation). As a result I want to try and start a bit of a movement of my own getting local businesses and eventually individuals involved. I appreciate you can volunteer with the local council rangers, but they only work Mon-Fri and a lot of people cannot volunteer during the week. So my plan is to start cutting some local trails on my own in the hope I can get some exposure and then eventually try and purchase a 2 wheel tractor with flail. Apologies, but I have digressed and the question I came on here to ask is what machine do people recommend. I cannot afford a Stihl as with the brush cutter, pruner and hedge cutter I would be looking at £1200. But at the same token I appreciate a £150 ScrewFix special is a waste of money. I was hoping I might have been able to find a dealer who may either have an ex-demo or sell one at cost, given that this is about me spending my own money in an attempt to give something back to the wider community. Any pointers welcomed.
  12. I'm reading Oliver Rackham's History of the Countryside. Thousands is the most likely answer, depending on where you live a swathe of the country was replanned but even then many of the ancient paths remained. I'll look that one up ?.
  13. Such a shame. Bridleways and footpaths hold hundreds if not thousands of years of history. See an ancient oak tree on a bridleway and thinking the sights that it saw is fascinating. Well, to me anyway.


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