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  1. Cant talk about Stihl but believe it is dealers only and it is probably like the Husqvarna CST system where you can only get access being a dealer using their online access. The manufacturers shouldn't sell the interfaces if you can't get the software. TBH, much of the diagnostics can be done with normal methods. The electric stuff is where I really miss the Stihl interface/software but that's life, move on.
  2. Had the first cucumber off the plant, lots on the way. The tomatoes are forming and the spring onions are looking good. On the spring onion front, last year was a disaster so this year, I mixed a load of sharp sand in with the soil and planted in clumps, they looked a bit iffy for a couple of weeks but now, they are thickening up a treat and doing well. Onions like free draining soil, too much peat and they get mildewy and rot.
  3. Glad it ended up OK. One up to you and a loss to the neighbour that doesn't know what the regulations actually state.
  4. Try L&S, they stock Makita spares.
  5. Pretty much what I did say - let us know how it goes, should be interesting.
  6. Don't consider doing anything to the bloke who has complained. A better tack is to show the council guy that all you are doing is parking your work vehicle in your drive and trying to minimize any effects of doing this by doing your land mods etc. Prove that you have business premises elsewhere and that you do no work activities from home apart from your books etc. The council fella will be rolling over all the items I have listed and being open, friendly and positive is more likely to get the result you need than being down right aggressive. Once he has made a judgement, it is unlikely they will get involved again. If any of the things I have listed are happening then try to minimize them. In my case, a simple one was customers only parking in the drive, sending out a number of parcels via one courier pickup not many plus no noise at the weekend. It works for most but you still get the odd annoying fecker complaining.
  7. Interesting post as I had to look at this carefully when I started up my business from home. Firstly, if you ignore it, it will get worse and is likely to make you look guilty so talk to them, be polite and be open, no hiding vans round the corner on the day of the inspection. From what I learnt (you can look at your local councils web page) , councils to determine there has been a change of use to a property will be looking for: - 1) No excessive visits from your customers or deliveries or pickups. 2) No blocked roads with excessive customer parking of vehicles interrupting neighbours access. 3) No excessive noise from visitors or running the business - milling in a residential back garden for instance! 4) No excessive smells from running the business 5) No advertising boards outside the property 6) No change of structure to the house or land to accommodate the business - having a four pillar hydraulic ramp, inspection pit and cars parked up and down the street will be a red rag!! 7) The time that anything happens for - a couple of deliveries a day is pretty average for an eBay fiend or a lady that likes mail order clothes..........etc Getting on with your neighbours helps a lot but it is often not them but the neighbours neighbours or even people further away. In your case, I would say you are OK if your wagons are only parked on your drive with nothing else going on. If you are maintaining chippers, taking the vans apart, having a load of workers coming and going using up the parking spaces along the road, it may be viewed differently. Your business yard will be a big help in your defence. It would be good if both wagons were parked up the side of the house but guess that can't be done. You could phone the council, express to them your current usage and then see if they still need to come out and see you. They may just need a letter from you stating your use of the property and it may go away if you don't deviate from it.
  8. spudulike

    Stihl recall

    Well....saws deposit greasy oily chip all over your workshop and tools as few arb types clean their saws regularly. Stone cutters deposit fine gritty dust over everything which is much worse and it takes forever to clean up plus stone cutters are cleaned even less and they always have shot main bearings and bores. I have a dislike of working on them, especially the knackered ones!!
  9. spudulike

    Stihl recall

    Bloody stone cutters, detonation is the best thing for them, destroy themselves in a puff of stone dust.
  10. We used to do similar with rabbit shyte when we were much younger and had them as pets. The grass always grew mad where they "went" and the bucket of slop was like turbo charged nectar to plant life.
  11. A B52 and a direct strike with agent orange should do it!!!
  12. Toms now around 1' tall all have their first truss, Peppers are around 10" and have flowers, courgettes outside at long last. Pigeons or sparrows have decimated some purple sprouting broccoli but have since put a net over the small raised bed, mainly to stop cats crapping on the veggie patch!!!! Spring onions good this year, dug a bit of sharp sand in and it is helping them as last year was dismal. Runner beans in pots and have started to come up.....will be in over the next two weeks.
  13. I have never started a saw with the brake on but there again, I am just a scummy saw tech that fixes them Looks like it has been left on fast idle with the brake on and it has caused some damage. Fit a new brake band and see if it is OK....Probably worth getting some instruction as well!!
  14. spudulike

    Old husky

    If anyone is feeling nostalgic, I have a 280CD on the shelf that needs selling!!!! No Abba 8 tracks though.
  15. The choke "Throttle" position is what I refer to as "Fast Idle" and is to aid starting. The chain shouldn't spin with the chain brake on at any throttle speed. The brake should stop the saw dead even if the engine is revved near flat out. If the chain is still spinning or even moving with the throttle open then the brake has issues. If the brake makes no difference then the band is probably broken or the spring has failed. Unusual on a new machine - take it back to the dealer for a warranty repair.


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