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  1. I only ever take hot water in the flask. Drink either black coffee or cup-a-soup at work, both easily taken in the piece bag and made on site. I've washed a few cups, but never the actual flask, nice, easy low maintenance.
  2. Sounds like the old 365 compared to the 372.
  3. Thanks for all the replies. First off, I've already ruled out a 462 from Stihl, it's an OK saw, but it doesn't perform as well as the 572 in my opinion. I had an extended demo of one a while back and it's good, but it's not a 572. A bit clunky and the rear handle has a tendency to fall apart. All you hardwood guys in the south might like them but I still think the Husky is better for softwoods which is what I do most of. I'm well aware that the 500i is 10cc (or almost) bigger in engine capacity than the 572, and that we possibly shouldn't be comparing them. They do however fall into the same niche when felling, at least up here they seem to, so they're always going to get compared. Maybe the question should be why Stihl had to build a bigger saw to compete with the Husqvarna? I'm still not sure whether to just go for the 500i as it's there (but might not be for much longer), or hold out until a 572 can be got. Decisions, decisions.......
  4. Evening all, I'm looking for thoughts on 500i vs 572xp. I need to replace the 572 and not sure what to go with. 572 is a saw I like, it's cheaper and I've got plenty spares, but I can't seem to find anyone who's got one to sell. 500i is more expensive, thirsty, no spares but I can pick one up tomorrow. Each therefore has advantages and disadvantages. Looking for peoples thoughts as to each saw as I could always wait a while for a 572. Thanks in advance.
  5. They're sometimes way, way, WAY out with their estimates. I looked at one a while back which was being re-tendered as they didn't like the original bid (only one contractor submitted a bid the first time, it was about £90k). In the end I didn't go for it as the job was too much of a ball ache and we were busy enough anyway, but I reckon the £90k was about right but also I think over twice what their estimate of the value of the work was. I seem to remember it went to negotiation after the re-tender with the amount of work being reduced. Point is, you can only put a price in for what you think the work is worth, not what someone else does.
  6. Two things spring to mind with this, 1 - I never knew that, I've always just put it into reverse and driven backwards until it disengages and 2 - you managed to find a defender of a certain vintage with a working handbrake?!?!?!😲
  7. Thanks for all the replies so far, I'm leaning towards just getting the Halfords. Reviews are as good as the likes of the Sealeys cost is a good bit less, lift is more or less the same. John, I'm pretty good at making sure something is properly supported before going underneath it, but I know what you mean about always being the odd time you do. I'll try and be better all the time.
  8. I thought '87, or the aftermath, was the reason we had tickets in the first place! Nothing quite like getting pinched when the cut clearly "should" be opening! I'm not sure a pole-saw is actually all that handy compared to knowing what you're doing and how to do it! A course will only take you so far, if you do the ticket then probably best also to get someone who knows a bit about it to give you a hand when you start off. Single stems are relatively straightforward, but complex multiple blow can take a bit of working out and two heads are better than one. It's not impossible to learn as you go if you're doing relatively small simple stuff, but you still need to take care and be aware of all the tensions, side and up and down and that even small trees can have a lot of force stored in them and even small root plates are HEAVY. You can learn a lot from assessment schedules, FISA guides and YouTube, but better to do a course, get advice from someone with experience or both.
  9. I had my dad's trolley jack on long term loan while he was abroad for a few years, then when he came back I had to return it. Boo-hoo, suck to be me. I've got by for a good while using bottle jacks, but recently used a trolley jack again when there was one available which has reminded me how good, and useful a tool they are. So, I'm in the market for a trolley jack of my own without having to beg and borrow one. Needs to lift 3 ton, that should be plenty of safety margin as realistically most things I want to jack are only about a ton or two. I saw one in Halfords the other week which was fairly cheap, Machine-Mart have a few at varying price points, specifications seem similar. It's not going to get that much use - I cut trees, I'm not a mechanic - anyone on here got any recommendations? Do I just get the cheap one, or is it worth spending a bit more money?
  10. Sorry, that was meant as a joke, I didn't really mean for you to go to the trouble of creating a poll.
  11. I got service parts from gardentractorspares.co.uk. All ordered off their website, delivered straight to the door, just had to figure out which part numbers I needed.
  12. I'm another fan of the Husky pole pruner. Miles better than petrol versions that I've used, plenty power and battery lasts pretty well. Storage and transport is an issue as it's a bit unwieldy but it's no worse than a petrol version. I have managed to bend the shaft by dropping stuff onto it, but it still works which is something that the petrol pole pruners I've used don't always manage.

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