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  1. Fuck that, much better off with a 5 t electric horizontal one for £220 ish even comes with two hand control...
  2. Assuming taper bearings? If so, you never torque a tape bearing hub nut up!!! Do it up until it just starts to go tight. Spin the wheel. If it slows down, back it off. When it's spinning freely, back it off a touch to get the split pin through a castellation. Don't be tempted to nip it up a touch to get the pin through a castellation. Tighter is not better when it comes to wheel hubs. It's preferably to have a slight side to side wobble in the hub than no play and it slightly too tight. Otherwise as you use it, the hub will quickly heat up and destroy the bearings if you're lucky, the hub itself if you're unlucky. Hope this helps- the principle is the same for all taper bearing wheel hubs.
  3. Easy. Tell them if they want the tree dead they will have to pay whatever it costs to dig/grind/crane/whatever it out. Or they can pay a tenner for some eco plugs. Bloody councils- they're all the same. No sense of reality. I've never met a parish council that can draft a proper spec yet either. So much for a level playing field. Quoted a local job, and the fat git showing me it said 'dig out from about here, to about in line with that tree. See where my colleague is? Take the other line to him. Put some planings down'. The difference in price could have been in the tens of thousands. I sent the prick a coloured map from Google Earth and suggested that we standardise on that between contractors, but heard nothing. Fuck em.
  4. I agree there’s good guys out there. Few around me however, and by the time I’ve explained what I need I could have done it myself. Won’t work for everyone mind,but I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. Totally self sufficient.
  5. You wanna go the other way mate. If I could turn sawdust into dust extracted shavings I’d be a rich man.
  6. Who was it who said that logs are selling the unprofitable to the ungrateful? Whoever it was, they were right.
  7. Draftsight is free and the learning curve not too bad for basic stuff like bolt circles 👍🏻
  8. Personally I buy mainly from the internet, on price. This is because I've learnt the hard way that (around me at least) most dealers, fitters, welders, mechanics etc aren't worth a wank, and I can do a better job myself. The trade off is that I have to carry a lot of steel stock, tools and fittings myself- but there's not many Sundays when I can't get myself out of the shit with what I have in stock. Approved wanted £280 for a headstock for my rotator. Having seen the 'standard' of some of their mini digger headstocks (6mm plate on the cheeks!), I think a good morning in my workshop was time well spent. A pound saved is as good as a pound earned. I also got the angle of the holes spot bollock for my particular digger's crowd angles. Here's a tip for anyone doing similar- if you have to do a complicated bolt circle, plot it out in a CAD program and print it at 1:1 with centremarks. Use spray adhesive to stick it to your plate. Centrepunch, remove template and centre drill. Stick it on the mill and bore the holes. On a ten bolt circle with M10 bolts I drilled the holes at 10.5mm for clearance, and it was spot on.
  9. 18mm is not a common size head- could be anything. You will need to corectly identify thread, both size and pitch. Furthermore, you can't just run a die through and expect all to be well with the situation above. You need to either drill out and retap to a larger bolt, or drill out and tap to fit a helicoil. I've never spent Dormer money on taps and dies.
  10. God, you're not one of those types are you? 🙄 If you really want to save the Earth, you should reproduce so that your eco friendly genes are preserved for posterity and the hopeful saving of this planet.
  11. How much will it cost just to put a mulcher through it? Only fair way for the client is to price this option up, then if you want the chip you can undertake to remove them for this price. The chip value is your profit.
  12. doobin

    Business for sale

    For once, it doesn't sound like a crazy amount for goodwill and contacts. All depending upon how receptive they are to change, of course. Were I closer and looking, I'd offer three staged payments dependant upon promised results.
  13. So glad I paid for a second proportional rocker switch aux on my machine. Can't believe the latest JCB 2.7 tonner is still pedal only, not even an option for an aux on a proportional rocker switch. Sales bloke said I was the third person that month to decline a quote based upon that.
  14. I'm pretty pleased with my workshop. Just read the whole thread, and my eBay basket is only £32.39. Phew.
  15. I'm dicking about putting a hydraulic motor on a flail deck I have from a 2-wheel tractor. It's a strong deck and the right size- question is, how fast do I want the rotor to spin? I have 50l/m available- I'll be conservative and say 40l/ min for normal use (?) and then work the motor size out from that and the desired RPM. Any ideas?
  16. Apparently the E20 is basically a ZTS E19. So that's true enough, but comes down to transportability and access in the end. 2 tone machines are very much an oddball- I'd imagine a Kubota U-20 is a lot more than their basic 1.5t? The E19/20 is a much higher spec than the E17, much the same as the E27 is much higher spec than an E26. Larger engines, more capacity. The E27 has 1km/h faster tracking than the E26. Might not sound like much but tracking requires huge hydraulic capacity. It's the premium machine in the range, they do cheaper ones but not sure if the E17 can come with cab. You can spend even more on an E19/20 if you want, and have a 'comfort pack'- air seat and the boom swing on a porportional rocker. I'd happily put down the extra 1k for that were I buying one. I think Jack might have ticked that option too 😂 I've bought on price before though- the Hyundai was shortlisted due to price (£14.5k from memory) and a decent demo won me over with it's silky smooth hydraulics. Shame the dealers gave such shit backup, and shame I needed so much backup.
  17. Let’s talk ex vat so we all know where we’re at. I had a quote for a Hyundai 2.7t at 22.5k, but by the time you add interest you’re closer to 26k from memory. My e27 was 27k and worth every bit of it. Way better spec than the Hyundai. Oodles of power and just wants to work. Loads of extras as standard too such as extra counterweight. The E19/E20 is a top end machine. An E17 is a good deal cheaper. The E27 was what I wanted, and the price was 27k before theyoffered free finance, as I called a year ago and decided it was too much. The free finance meant i could justify it easily E10s fly off the shelf for 14k as the best micro going, and you can get free finance on them too. 😉
  18. You can finance one at a later date- just make sure you buy an S30 hitch and buckets now, and spec a second aux in case you want the cheapest tilty with no control system. There's a spread on a DX19 (same machine in orance as E19) with a tilty in this months UK Plant Operators- doesn't look half bad with it.
  19. ZX19 was almost as bad- I demoed one before buying my Hyundai. I don't rate them much. Very tall to get on and off and lacking in power, particularly tracking.
  20. Don't waste your time with a TB216. Worst machine I've driven for a long while. Totally gutless and unpredicatable slewing. My Hyundai is twice the machine, and E19/20 would proabbly be even better judging by my two Bobcats. Apart from anything else, the interest you in particular (no offense) would be paying on another brand means that Bobcat at 0% five years is your only sensible option. I don't think you'll be dissapointed, and like me you've driven a size up and size down.
  21. Sounds OK to me. I was quoted just under 20K for an E20 with three buckets and hitch. You've specced a Hardford powertilt (3k? must be at least) and a few extras. Think carefully about whether you go down this route, or take an S30 hitch and buckets and finance a tilty later, as 3k is a big chunk towards a basic tilty. If you think you might want to do this, then also spec the machine with a second aux, as I have- £535 according to my E20 options list. Haggle with them to throw this in or something. Letting you pay the VAT on installments is why they appear high- guess it's lease purchase rather than hire purchase (I think that's the difference anyhow). Should be fine, but obviously check what the payment is to take ownership at the end of the term. E27 I was quoted the same money as you on (and it's worth every penny!!) so I don't think they're loading your quote. If you can get approved for the finance on that (QUICK! it ends at the end of the month!), I'd add another two years warranty, then get out there and put all your effort into getting work for it. You'll need just two days a month for the next five years at £250-£280 a day to cover the finance and running costs. Find yourself another five days with it and quit your minimum wage job, then you will have time to grow properly. Go for it mate, you won't look back. Finance on something like the above isn't bad or even particularly risky- how can you not find two days a month?? Three tops if you were a desperate fool and went out at under £200 a day. It's when people get cocky and start to take bigger risks that things can go pear shaped, but even then - better to have tried ay?
  22. doobin


    Spreads the risk. For that reason I'd consider asking for a fleet policy, any driver over 21. Make sure that you don't have haulage listed on your truck policy also- this adds a huge whack.
  23. doobin


    So was mine 14 years ago!


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