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john k

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  1. john k

    Trailers help

    My understanding is that if it’s about the towing vehicle then actual weight applies. However if it’s about driver licensing then it’s the maximum allowed weight that counts.
  2. john k

    How wood is seasonned

    Seasoning = drying. All you need to do to prepare firewood is to reduce its moisture content. Left in the round this happens slowly, split into logs it happens quicker. If you’re using a kiln then the lower the moisture content when the wood goes into the kiln the less time it takes to get to your target moisture content. There’s nothing mystic about it.
  3. The fact that you’re asking this question suggests that you don’t have a lot of experience of production cutting. If this is the case then you’re likely to be much slower than the figures that Big J is quoting, and you may struggle to keep it up even at a lower speed for a long day. There’s a big difference between being able to fell trees and being a productive forestry cutter. If you are new to this type of work then you may find that it doesn’t pay very well while you get up to speed.
  4. john k

    Fixing a forestry tape

    Yes, all it needs is a small screwdriver. I’m guessing you’ve got it back together but lost the spring tension. Here’s a video that might be helpful: https://youtu.be/XZVs27hyp0s Edit: I’ve reread your post and realised you can’t get the cover back on. Better post a picture for us so we can see what’s going on.
  5. john k

    Tree jack v winch

    In my experience the jacks are quick and easy on stuff that is awkward but not too challenging. They’re particularly handy on trees that are too small to use wedges properly but too big to push over. I’d still prefer a winch on bigger or more heavily leaning trees even though it’s slower.
  6. john k

    Brewing up

    Back to the original question, I use Thermos Ultimate and Thermos Work Series flasks. They are excellent and you’ll still need to drink your third brew carefully so you don’t burn your mouth!
  7. john k

    Hardwood roundwood wanted - Devon / Cornwall / Somerset

    Are the suppliers struggling to meet their contracts then? It can’t make sense to sell processor sized timber for the price of low grade chip wood.
  8. john k

    Hardwood roundwood wanted - Devon / Cornwall / Somerset

    Surely Estover aren’t paying the same price for this as a firewood merchant would though?
  9. john k

    Tree jack?

    Now that’s a good idea!
  10. john k

    Tree jack?

    I’ve used one a fair bit and it’s a handy tool to have around. On the right trees it works really well but if you are over ambitious things can get out of hand quickly. On anything heavy or with a significant lean a winch will be a better (if slower) option. On bigger trees the ground conditions are important as the base can sink into the ground or just slide out if you’re not careful.
  11. john k

    Ash dieback problem

    No, unfortunately it’s just a fact of life now.
  12. john k

    Ash dieback problem

    They’re a bit of a red herring and often aren’t present. Your photos show classic symptoms of Chalara dieback of ash.
  13. john k

    Check a trade

    It’s not wrong. If a customer has poor service and writes a review which says they wouldn’t recommend the tradesman then Checkatrade won’t allow them to post the review on line. Instead they have to submit it in writing to Checkatrade, who then give the tradesman a few weeks to try to deal with it (ie put things right, or just buy the customer off). After that time if it’s not settled they will publish the review, but may edit it if they choose to. And then the tradesman gets the last word (ie replies that the customer is making it all up). It’s a bullshit system designed to favour the advertisers as that’s where Checkatrade’s money comes from. If it was straight then a bad review would be as easy to leave as a good one.
  14. john k

    Check a trade

    He would need to be a determined screwball though as it’s all a bit of a scam and they make it difficult to leave any reviews which are less than excellent. All in all Checkatrade is pretty meaningless, and is just about making money for Checkatrade. Some people still think it stands for something though so it might bring in work, but I wouldn’t want to get too reliant on it.

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