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steve collins

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  1. steve collins

    Straight oak wanted mid Wales

    I doubt you will find any fencing grade oak in kent/ sussex area as sandwich are hoovering it up at moment as the price is strong. If you do be prepared for a high price!
  2. So that would ideally be the whole lot going then! I spoke with them today and they said it was more a discussion with input from different contractors experiences dealing with harvesting of dead ash/chalara and butt rot trees
  3. There is a euroforest meeting/discussion next month regarding dealing with ash dieback trees should be interesting!! I would commission a tree safety survey, then take out all the trees within striking distance of the footpath if that is possible?? seems crazy that you have to have a licence for alive trees with signs of chalara, what did they say about half dead?? im guessing some will have but rot too? so i would go round with a hammer tapping trees whilst wearing a hard hat and marking the hollow ones then taking them out. we had perfectly health trees on one job but lots were hollow so were taken out, public safety would be my main concern!
  4. steve collins

    572 husky or 500i stihl

    I have a 462 and its coming up to a year in June in the woods, i was asked recently by a dealer if i wanted a 500i? my response was for them to tally up how much the 462 has cost me in spares. I have had 2 chain brake handles, 3 shroud covers, rear handle cover and recently bent the front handle!! If you want a 70+cc saw that will last and is not made from cheap plastic and a front handle made from tin foil( it is ridiculously light/ thin) then try any other brand!!
  5. steve collins

    How much do the FC pay for cutting work?

    I read somewhere few years back on their own website they pay £150( not sure if vat was included on top) for a experienced hand cutter, so up to medium tree and first aid, Problem is they moan like hell if you charge this even though the website states the above!!!
  6. steve collins

    Ms362c being a right pita

    if it plays up again try the wiring harness from the coil to the carb
  7. steve collins

    extracting 150 cube plus hardwoods

    the crane has always been the limiting factor, ive seen many a purpose built skidder haul wood out they just get the cable on, winch it tight then lift the butt plate and drive out which keeps one end out of the mess the same with a grapple skidder. The plus side being there is a winch on site to manipulate trees and pull yourself out the mess when the weather turns, cheers for the input
  8. steve collins

    extracting 150 cube plus hardwoods

    so your saying a hsm 805 wouldnt have the guts to pull 150 + cube timber? however i look at it its always a 2 machine operation but many wanting the timber carried out these days rather than skidding due to the mess made
  9. steve collins

    extracting 150 cube plus hardwoods

    thanks for the response, yes basically using crane to lift butt end on to toothed butt plate and a winch cable wrapped round for safe measure then drive out, yes i mean shortwood Ive seen a cat 525 grapple skid out timber but then a forwarder go in to collect the shortwood Ive looked at the specs on the crane types and not sure if some are up to task, just seeing if there is one piece of kit to do the job really
  10. looking for opinions on machinery to extract 150 plus cube hardwoods? are the crane type skidders like hsm, noe, wf trac and kotschenruther up to task ?? reason being you can haul out the tops after with a trailer attached or is it excavator and forwarder ? any thoughts welcome
  11. steve collins

    Ms362c being a right pita

    id say its the fuel solinoid playing up from talking to others with same symptoms, not sure of cost to replace though
  12. steve collins

    Which Forestry Safety helmet ?

    Im all good mate!!
  13. steve collins

    Which Forestry Safety helmet ?

    no i didnt, but the helmet did the trick just a massive bruise on chest/shoulder as it glanced off The protos does have better adjustability than others and also replaceable top if you take a hit
  14. steve collins

    Which Forestry Safety helmet ?

    Just got a protos, have used the husky helmets for years then got twatted by some blow back felling and thought i need to invest in my head as much as i do my feet and legs for protection. Good Boots and trousers are £150 + each so why save on protecting your brain as that's the most important part, just my thoughts
  15. steve collins

    661 or 500i??

    I believe there are problems already with the 500i, i keep hearing about the oil cap protector breaking of when snedding, not seen any pictures though!!

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