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    Trust Insurance Not Paying up!!

    Wasn’t Cameron was it?
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    Pikeys and professionals.

    What do the client say about taking photos of this secure site (for which you need security clearance) and posting them on a public forum then?
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    Trust Insurance Not Paying up!!

    If they won’t cover you for something like that then what use is the policy??
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    Road closed for a day

    Probably BBQ lighting fluid...
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    2015 Ms181 Non Start - at my wits end!

    That’ll cost you more than the saws worth.
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    2015 Ms181 Non Start - at my wits end!

    What difference could that possibly make compared with fresh regular petrol? Save your money for the coil, which is the most likely culprit. If it's not firing at all and the plug is wet, it's the ignition system. Can you borrow a coil to confirm?
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    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    I heard upon the grapevine that it was oak, and crushed by the tree rather than hit by a falling limb. Thoughts with his family too.
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    Husq 435 II or Stihl MS 181 c-be?

    A 135 has more power in the real world and is nicer to use than a 181. I was pleasantly surprised by it having always used 181s for a chipper saw. Cheaper too!!
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    Breakdown of invoice!

    All you had to do was write- 'Attend site, fix blocked pipe. X hours at £XX, XX miles each way at £X/mile. Total- £XXX If you didn't have the common courtesy to do this, then I'm not surprised he asked for a breakdown.
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    Breakdown of invoice!

    I really don't see a problem with that when you charge hourly (sounds like you did there?). You should put the hours and mileage on the invoice, it's only polite. If you put a chainsaw in for a repair and they gave it back and just said 'fixed, £230 plus VAT please', I bet you'd complain. What boils my piss is when they ask for a breakdown (of the price) of a quoted job, or a quote for a job.
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    John Deere or husqvarna ride on ?

    No, it takes ages to warm up to the point where it works, and it fades in and out a bit - sometimes top speed, sometimes not. Only 94 hours on the clock!! Pulls strong up hills once warm. I did did follow the purge procedure as it’s been stored for over a year, but come this morning after working ok and there’s nothing at the pedal again. Belts all ok.
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    What's the going rate for block paving

    My only advise to those who employ people on the dole would be to make sure that your employers liability is up to date... people like that also tend to be the sort who might suddenly get a bit of a twinge in their back when they need a few extra quid if you know what I’m saying. Steve, did you get another quote?
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    John Deere or husqvarna ride on ?

    Transaxle issues are rare? There’s a laugh. Just spent half an hour reading up upon the problems with the k46 transaxle and how Deere being cheap and specifying the wrong oil and no drain plug is behind failures at 100 hours!!
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    What's the going rate for block paving

    I try to make profit so I don't have to work 14 hour days anymore. Wish I'd realised sooner.
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    What's the going rate for block paving

    I used to think like that. Then I realised that you need to make profit to get anywhere in business. What godforsaken place are you in where a wagon driver will even turn up for £65, let alone take away 4 tons and bring the stone? 10mm recycled aggregate is for pipe bedding, not a base. A base needs the perfect amount of fines to bind properly. Recycled type 1 is about £20 a ton here in the south and to be honest virgin type one is only a few quid more and far more consistent. I own my own diggers and keep materials in bulk loose in my yard. Still wouldn’t dream of doing a job as cheap as that.
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    John Deere or husqvarna ride on ?

    Just picked up a John Deere X165 for cheap. Bag kit isn't too much money- does anyone know how well they pick up with a high lift bag? Or am I best to fit a mulch kit?
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    What's the going rate for block paving

    Plus muckaway, plus materials, plus profit (it's not a dirty word you know) Spons outdoor works 2018 says £65/m for Marshalls single size blocks 60mm thick laid upon a proper sub base 150mm thick. Includes excavations. So that's £1170 for 18m2 Kerbs are £22/m for a header course- call it 9m? £198. £1368. Plus vat. Hope that helps.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    What model bobcat is that and which grab? How do you find it?
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Bugger me, I thought crofters were poor folk? 😂
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    I wish certain people around here would get pulled for taking the piss with tractors.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Still 2500 hours and only 7-8k less than new.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    £27k with hitch and buckets. Top end of the market, but with 0% that gives me 4k to play with that would otherwise go on interest.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Fully agree re ZTS- the Bobcat E27 is the CTS version of the E27z with an extra 3KW (1.3l engine compared to 1l) and huge spec- 3 and 5.1km/hr on tracking, rollers for aux lines and boom swing, 24KN breakout, 3.2m dump height, and...currently 5 years 0%!!! Watch this space...
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Yes, all 2.5 tonners have either 15 or 18kw engines now due to Euro 4 or 5 and the need to keep them under the limits at which add blue is needed. The Volvo I like the build quality of, but it's now only 14.8 KW sadly...
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Is yours the dx27 or the dx27z? How old? Edit- just worked it out. The dx27z is the only one they do, and it’s different from any of the new bobcat ones. Looks like the e10, e17 and e19 have doosan equivalents but then the dx27z has a yanmar engine rather than kubota, and less spec than the bobcat e27z. The bobcat e27 has a bigger engine than either and much more power.

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