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Matthew Storrs

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  1. Matthew Storrs

    Looking for a decent cordless chainsaw

    Yeah- definitely improvements to be made with these battery saws. I have 2 sets of batteries for my Makita and I really only use it on on and off type work- don’t expect it to be anywhere near what a petrol might achieve before refuelling and big cuts will consume the batteries very quickly. I think for reductions and thinnings it would be fine as a climbing saw but never tried top handle version
  2. Matthew Storrs

    Looking for a decent cordless chainsaw

    I haven’t compared them all so can’t really give a definite answer- but my dad has a Stihl battery (think it’s the 120 model) and my Makita is definitely better (similar priced). However he also has a greenworks 80v battery saw (think Stiga is the same). This one is much better than my Mak. We compared them next to each other and greenworks was more powerful and quicker. As I said I got the Mak as it was a cheap option for me and I have no regrets for the money- if I wanted much better I’d look at the top end Stihl/Husky, but the money they are they’d have to be much better to be worth it.
  3. Matthew Storrs

    Looking for a decent cordless chainsaw

    It is quite slow really (although on paper chain speed is much the same as equivalent Stihl). I think you’d find it frustrating if your were attempting to say ring up a stack of timber, or felling a load of 6-8” dbh thinnings. But for £140 it’s a great tool for smaller stuff- processing brash, landscaping ‘carpentry’, I think it’d make a great chipper saw. Put it this way I have a 357 and a 550 in the shed and they rarely come out any more for the sort of work I do anymore. model is- https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=makita+duc353&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari#sbfbu=1 particularly good if you have batteries already- if not there may be better options...
  4. Matthew Storrs

    Looking for a decent cordless chainsaw

    For the money I’m well chuffed with my Makita at £140 as a bare unit (already had batteries) had it nearly a year now and I’ve had no problems with it- it auto shuts down a bit promptly for my liking and really suited to up to 8” dia cuts. I use it mainly for fencing/landscaping type work and it does that fine- also did a fair bit of hedgelaying with it- but did all the bulk cutting out prior to laying with the 550 as Makita would have struggled.
  5. Matthew Storrs

    Mulcher for 6 tonne excavator

    Which flail is that Stephen? And what does it get through ‘comfortably’?
  6. Matthew Storrs

    What to do when you want to sell kit onHP/finance

    Er- no where yet as I had a few jobs lined up for it- not being VAT registered is the main issue as will loose all the money I paid for the VAT which in this case is about 4K- plus depreciation and I’ve only put 200 hrs on it in 6 months. Expensive mistake indeed
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    3.5ton trailer wanted

    Likewise, I have a 2009 10x6 ifor flatbed. With caged sides and dropsides etc. Same as above- generally pretty straight- but 1 floor panel is starting to go and thread that holds the jockey wheel up has stripped. £1350 NO VAT. Devon
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Yeah the TB216 isn’t a patch on the TB016. Don’t know what they’ve done to it but pretty disappointed with mine really, stupidly I bought it on the back of the reputation of the TB016 thinking it’d be much the same thing. The only improvement is the in-cab fuel gauge.
  9. Matthew Storrs

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Yes- servo controls are a must. Saves a lot of neck ache leaning over sticks! That’s more or less my experience with my latest Takeuchi tb216- poor lift capacity at far reach, breakout is disappointing. Small things like expanding tracks retract by themselves if working over the side, engine takes an age to warm up before you can move without the machine stalling- wouldn’t buy again. Shame cos my older takeuchis are phenomenal in comparison. Yanmar for me next.
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    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Yessame machine- although they have different body work etc- think the guts are basically the same. I don’t spend much time on micros so not really familiar with what’s on offer at the mo. Normally I’d suggest looking at Takeuchi, but purchased a new Takeuchi tb216 last year and in somes ways I’m a bit disappointed with it. Deffo think Yanmar/kobelco would be worth hiring/demoing and see what you think.
  11. Matthew Storrs

    Show us your Arb Diggers please.

    Yanmar make Kobelco minis at the moment so corresponding models are exactly the same but different paint. So I guess go for whatever is cheapest/best back up.
  12. Matthew Storrs

    Pfanner Jackets - Waterproof?

    I use the military goretex myself- I’ve not found a tougher waterproof- I’ve had 2 sets (so I can rotate whilst one set drys) which I bought in 2012 and literally have them on everyday in the winter- just to keep my clothes clean if it’s not raining, never re-proofed them- no need as still keep me dry largely. Best big is they only cost about £60 for a full set so not the end of the world if I rip them on barb wire .
  13. Matthew Storrs

    Forestry excavator with winch

    http://www.devonplant.com/detail.asp?ID=1635 Here you go J, contractor near here has two of these and rates them very highly- one has done well over 15000 hrs and stills feels tight to operate.
  14. Matthew Storrs

    Sun rise photos

    Unfortunately the sun failed to rise on Dartmoor this morning- I think it had drowned in all the rain.
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    4x4 pick ups

    Exactly why I keep my 20 yr old defender going- can’t find anything new on the market that I can see my self with in 10 let alone 20 years. Just kinda waiting to see what happens with all this diesel stuff

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