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  1. Dumbarton Tree

    Forester I used to work for before he retired is looking for someone to take down a small tree for his wife's hair dresser, in or around Dumbarton. He reckons it's about an hour's work - I haven't seen it don't know if that's right or not, also no idea if it is conifer or broadleaf, big/small, good access, BT line, orphanage on one side and nunnery on the other, etc. Anyway, I'm not really interested in it as I'm too far away, flat out at the moment and don't really like domestic stuff at the best of times. Anyone here interested in it? If you let me know I can pass your number on.
  2. CS30/31

    Make sure you keep your thumb under the front handle.
  3. Will we require a felling license

    Yeah, fair comment. I think the FC will emphasise the "aim" part of their statement.
  4. Will we require a felling license

    The info from FC says they'll aim to issue within 10 weeks. There will probably be a restock condition attached to the licence, that might put another spanner in the works depending on why you want to clear the trees. As far as marketing the timber, see if you can track down a local forestry contractor, they'll probably know who might be interested. Where are you?
  5. 560 XP second hand price

    Don't know about replacement saws, but if you're going the ebay route for selling the 560 I'd chance my arm and put it on at £300. Personally I wouldn't pay more than £100 for a commercially used 560, but with ebay you often find people are prepared to pay over the odds to get a "bargain".
  6. Winch slings

    We use the endless loop type slings. Not sure whether they're described as lifting or not, but they work. Remember how you attach the sling to the anchor will affect it's strength rating, either up or down. Most slings I've ever bought have an accompanying diagram to show you the various configurations and effects on strength.
  7. Dangerous oak on verge

    I don't know if things are different with you in the far south, but the guidance I've got for roadside trees and ownership here in Stirlingshire is: Who Owns the Tree? 1. Legal responsibility for a tree rests upon its owner who is usually the personw ho owns the ground in which it grows. If the tree is outwith the road boundary then it is unlikely that the roads authority will own it, unless they have taken out a conveyance on the land. 2. If the tree is within the road boundary it will belong to the roads authority only (a) if they have taken a land conveyance or (b) they planted the tree. Otherwise it belongs to the adjacent landowner because they own the subsoil (or solum)of the verge and carriageway up to the centre line of the road. The Road Boundary 3. If the land has been bought to constructor improve the road the deeds will contain a plan of the legal 'boundary. Where no land has ever been bought the general rule is that the road stretches from fence to fence or hedge to hedge, but does not include the boundary structures themselves. I think it's the last sentence that you want if there aren't any deeds/plans/maps available.
  8. Forestry work boots again!!!

    I'm lucky as I've never had a problem with wellies being uncomfortable. If it's a really mucky site I wouldn't look passed the wellies, much easier cleaned and maintained than leather boots.
  9. Working through the holiday's

    Aye, I've never had any bother working through the holidays before. Is this WA? I've heard they can be a bit funny out there.
  10. Working through the holiday's

    Haven't heard this Johnny, but I'll ask around next week if you want.
  11. Forestry Felling

    There's a few big ones further up to sned out, but all the stuff in the video went straight through the head. You can see the machine in a couple of shots moving and processing stems. JD 1270 if you're into that sort of thing. I think I only ever saw one 575 in the flesh. Our dealer said they wouldn't sell me one! That's how much they thought of it. Be interesting to see how the 572 does when it hits the mass market, big shoes to fill trying to replace the 372. Most of them are pretty straight, there's a few of the larch were quite bendy and leany, but you don't really see it in the video. They've grown pretty well, the map shows it as being P. 54 so a lot of them are pretty skinny for 53 years old, getting heights of between 25 and 30m on average. I don't have a yield table to hand to work out the Yield Class, but can't be too bad. Pretty clean for the most part too.
  12. Forestry Felling

    Always good to give them a wee stroke to get them going!
  13. Forestry Felling

    Quite like it at the moment, but only had it a month or two and this job is its first real bit of work. It's an auto-tune so we'll see how it stands the test of time. So far its been grand, pulling a 24" bar and going through 5L or so of fuel a day without any problems. Heated handles are great in this weather. Think I'll leave the 572 a wee while before getting one, looks nice on the vids Husky have put up, but I'd rather let others do their product testing for them than get one of the first ones. As far as I can see they've tested them all over the world in all climatic conditions, except the incessant rain that we get here, so if anyone from Husky is reading this I'd be happy to give it a wet weather test!
  14. Forestry Felling

    Short video of some downhill felling to the head last month. A few sliding trees and a few bouncing butts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK-Vc4CR3lM
  15. It'll be easy, just cancel everything else and you'll have it all done by Christmas!!


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