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  1. I'm a bit late seeing this, but wouldn't it be better to get a hicap or normal pickup, lose the bed (neither of which are ideal for logs) and build a custom dropside bed on it? Might cost a bit more, but fairly simple to do and worth it in the long run. There's a chap local to me who has a 130, with a little hiab behind the cab and then andropside bed that takes 2 builders bags.
  2. I've got a pair of Pfanner Tirol Fighters I got just before Christmas. They are without doubt the best boots I've ever worn for spiking, you barely feel the spikes under your feet!
  3. The Makita woodwizzard posted is probably a good bet, will handle most stuff but may be slightly heavy and overpowered if you're more on the small end of the scale, with the occassional bigger fell. Another good bet is the Husqvarna 545, it's practically the same saw as the 550xp but a little bit less revvy. It's £8 over budget, not quite so much power but a nice light saw to sling about all day. https://www.radmoretucker.co.uk/shop/garden-machinery/chainsaws-tree-care/petrol-chainsaws/husqvarna-545-ii-petrol-chainsaw-15/
  4. To be honest, if I was in that position I'd be sorely tempted just to tie other end of the line off to the track chipper or van, and get pulled up using the Blake's as a failsafe!
  5. The only time I can see that being of any use at all is when you've forgotten all your micro pulleys and other bits of kit, and have to do a 90' pull up a rope in mid air...
  6. Hi all I'm sure I've seen something on here but can't find it, the search brings up posts from 2013 which may be slightly out of date! What's the best system out there for taking card payments via your phone ? Cheers!
  7. Having tried most pairs on the market - Stihl are ok, probably closest thing there is to a standard. Probably last a year or so. Arbortech - very similar to HiFlex, except with an annoying back pad part and poor belt loops. Material is stretchy and light, but will rip if you even look at a thorn or barbed wire. SIPs are pretty good, I just always found them a bit heavy. Pfanner gladiators are pretty well spot on, as said the zips aren't the best and the bum part does rip. But I have a pair that's coming on 6 yes old, never had any other pair of trousers come close to this.
  8. Also, courses do provide a basic list of items but it's your responsibility as an employer to ensure the kit is fit for purpose. I have a foil blanket, glow sticks, fully charged torch & spare batteries, usb power bank & phone cable in each kit - a bit excessive for your average domestic job! But we do a lot of work in the middle of nowhere, often at night and in poor weather.
  9. In my experience, most arbs (especially those working on any form of commercial contract) have undertaken at the very least an EFAW +F course, the F is for forestry indicating an emphasis on the type of injury we're likely to come across - serious cuts, crushing, suspension trauma etc Torniquets are a bit of a grey area as far as I'm aware. You're not really meant to use them without proper training, which is a bit outside the scope of a standard course. That being said, I do carry one just in case.
  10. I've an idea Steve Bullman on here dabbles in website hosting, design and SEO Maybe worth getting in touch with him?
  11. I've just redone my first aid kits in all the trucks, ended up making my own up as I couldn't find any that ticked the boxes for me. For each truck kit, I brought a Mountain first aid kit from Go Outdoors as base, enough essentials to cover a team of 2-3. https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/lifesystems-mountain-leader-first-aid-kit-p115149 Then removed the Ibuprofen and Paracetamol as they're unlikely to be used in a emergency. The pouch in the kit is the perfect size for 5 saline eye wash pods, an essential that isn't included in this kit. Also added another triangular bandage, and a foil blanket into the bag. That went into a hi vis orange dry bag, with 4x trauma dressings. That made the primary kit that we take to site, in addition to the personal kits we all carry. Then a secondary kit mainy for minor wounds - another trauma dressing, triangular bandage, selection of dressings, plasters, more eyewash, wasp sting cream, paracetamol, ibuprofen, tick removal tool, tweezer & needle. This stays in the truck, in a seperate location from the main kit. Total cost - roughly £100 per truck I guess?
  12. Not yet to be honest, I think it's a great idea especially when working in a different area from usual though. I'm sure I will, but nearly all our work at the moment is chip to site so no need for it! Should get round to adding some of my sites at some point as well...
  13. I do it two ways - 1. Daily checklists before taking vehicles out include milage at start of day. So you can see how many miles were driven on a day by looking at the next days sheet (as long as people remembered to fill it out! ?) 2. All my vehicles are fitted with a tracker, mainly for security, not to spy on staff! But you can see in realtime where the truck is, and can replay the days journey. Speed and distance is measured in km, I'm sure if you clever you can change the setting in the app or otherwise just convert it using a calculator.
  14. I see you've brought one now, but in case it's relevant later or to others reading this... I know they don't have the reputation of Makita/Dewalt/etc, but I've got a Ryobi drill which I have abused for years and it keeps going, with two batteries and charger I think it probably cost about £100. Have also brought to go with it an impact wrench https://www.homebase.co.uk/ryobi-one-18v-3-speed-impact-wrench-r18iw3-0-tool-only-_p389743 which is absolutely brilliant around the yard, one of the best "treat" tools I've ever brought. Takes 1/2" sockets, and came with an adaptor so you can use it as an impact driver if you need to, even if slightly heavy and overpowered! If you do go Makita, be careful as they do a homeowner type drill/driver which is branded Makita but the batteries don't interchange with any other tools in the range, a friend was fooled with this.Think it might be this one? https://www.powertoolmate.co.uk/Products/004000060012/EB%2FMAKDK18015X1?gclid=CjwKCAiAt4rfBRBKEiwAC678KVOHiimeCqN1Ztd4NxMTY3nCj49MWeY-hW_rl40BePKKcx3I1a4xCRoCMGkQAvD_BwE
  15. If this really is a concern (and it seems a bit excessive, but so be it..) why not just buy some of this hi vis reflective tape in a colour of your choice, stick it all over the blower/chainsaw and make it both more visible and less pinchable in one go? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reflective-Tape-Hi-Vis-fluorescent-Tape-Vinyl-Roll-Self-Adhesive-Metre-Lengths/173274733841?hash=item2857fa9d11:m:m23y6PYXAKyaaGneDGXsO8A:rk:6:pf:0


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