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  1. Spruce Pirate

    Rate My Hinge.

    Agreed, the fibre pull was just a thought as it does seem to increase with a low back cut and a normal thickness in the hinge. Low back cut also gives better control over direction, particularly if there's a bit of a side lean. Luftwaffe, these trees were in groups, each seemed to block the other from felling across the racks. It was easier to fell them in with the jack and with the angle of the rack there were only a few branches on the timber the harvester had felled. The forwarder knew we were coming and could have cleaned it out the day before but didn't, so.......
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    Rate My Hinge.

    Increased chance of fibre pull?
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    Rate My Hinge.

    So long as I'm getting above 5 I'm happy enough!! Yes, back leaning and back weighted. Felled straight in to aid snedding. Round about two feet diameter on the hinge (just over), don't think the back cut is that high? Not sure why some pictures are the wrong way round.
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    Rate My Hinge.

    Go on then. What do I get for this?
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    Hand Cutting

    Short (??) video of a job we were on the other month. Felling the bankings, oversize and hairy trees to the harvester. Forestry, not arb, but might be interesting/entertaining for some. [ame= ] [/ame]
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    White emulsion on choke butterfly?

    Sorry to derail the thread, and I know the price has been discussed before, but how much is Aspen coming in at? Please feel free to PM me if you don't want to say on the public forum.
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    Hand Cutting

    Good learning experience for the young one there. Is that whole trees getting pulled over to simulate windblow? Is there not enough about the place already?
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    Hand Cutting

    Thanks for the kind words guys. I've never minded the early starts - I must be a morning person! That said, last week's job was fifteen minutes from home so not so early for that as it's not light til about 8. I think the Humbolt and Swanson cuts both get the tree to jump from the stump better than a conventional cut which helps get it further down the hill to the harvester which can be the difference between winching a wee bit at the top or not. There's some debate about this, but I'm pretty sure they go further with the upside down cut. As said, the Swanson lets the butt touch down first which I think helps stop the stem from snapping which again lets the harvester get the whole stick rather than having to winch a load of butts down. Anything which saves having to drag a winch cable up the hill is a good thing.
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    Hand Cutting

    Harvesters are good, and getting better, but they've still got their limitations. Was a excavator base winch pulling the roadsiders. Don't think I've got any decent pictures, but really good tools. Forestry is hard graft, but it has a few plus points too (see view in video of the sunny day). The money might not reflect the effort, especially if you start comparing the price of a cube of timber roadside to that leaving the mill or on the shop shelf, but that's life when you're supplying a raw material. You either deal with that or go and do something else. Good cutters, that's a subject for a whole new thread.
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    Pfanner or arbortec

    Another vote for Pfanner from me, like them, but to be fair haven't tried the Arbortec. Got my Pfanners from Clarkes.
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    Hand Cutting

    It's probably about as close as you get these days, but not really proper contour felling. The line left was handy for catching a few, yes, but it was really as the trees you see standing were weighted more on the outside as they were by the side of a burn and it was more awkward to fell them out onto the rack that the rest were going onto. The standing trees were felled across the burn to another rack, but when it was filmed that rack was still full of timber waiting for the forwarder to lift it, so they lived to fight another day. Hope that makes sense?
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    Hand Cutting

    Cheers, I like a swanson for big sticks downhill. There's a mix of felling cuts really, conventional, humbolt and swanson, probably a few snap cuts on some of the dead stems too. Wasn't really contour felling in the traditional sense, more just downhill. 6am isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sadly it wasn't all on the one day, but we did get some good weather on that job.
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    Hand Cutting

    Thanks Andrew, think I even managed to get a couple of shots of the 7910 in there for you.
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    Hand Cutting

    Thanks all. Yep, up at the bottom of The Rest, and good timber. A couple of the big ones were getting two 6.2's from the butt. Up at five, left at six. I liked that one too, was better live. Red light was from the GoPro, forgot to turn it off.
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    Small firewood bags wanted

    When we last needed net bags I think we got them from Ebay or Amazon, not sure which.
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    Disturbing Badgers..?

    Have done a couple of badger sett fells. One was inactive, felled all trees away from the sett (as much as possible, bearing in mind the sett was in the middle of the wood), stumps left high so no machinery can get in and disturb the sett. Other one was an active site, license needed from SNH and paperwork had to be physically on site. Trees felled away from sett, all debris had to be cleared from entrance holes and runs on a daily basis. Couldn't fell before 8am or after 5pm, all work had to be completed within a timeframe too, but can't remember the exact details. Rules might be different for England. Neither job was difficult, just had to think a wee bit more as to where and how the trees were felled to avoid damage and minimise the clear up.
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    560xpg vs 6100

    Evening Andrew, your post above gives a very good summary of the 6100. I liked the saw when I had it and certainly gave it a good work out. I'll be in touch soon as I'm needing a couple of bits for the 7910.
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    560xpg vs 6100

    I've got to agree on this, at least as far as the 6100 is concerned. I had one on a long term demo from Shavey and I really liked it, a good all round saw and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you're looking for one saw to do all your work, likes of a farmer, fencer, cutting your own firewood etc. But it wasn't as nice to use as the 560 in flat out commercial cutting. More versatile, yes, capable of doing it, yes, but not as flat out good. I've had 2 560's and will be having a third, never had any problems with them. Will consider a 6100 if I'm replacing the 365, but not as a replacement for the 560. Would be interested in trying the 5105, heard good things about that one. As an aside, I've been running a 560 on 50:1 for two years now without issue. (Probably blow up tomorrow now )
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    I'll have a look in the spares box tomorrow, there might be one in there.... but then again, there might not be. You're welcome to it if there is.
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    I used to like the Poti-Putki for planting cell grown. Most of the limitations have already been mentioned - can't do bare root, can't do things that are too branchy, can't do plugs that are too big - the only other things I can think of is that they need cleaned out at the jaws every so often or residue from the soil and the plugs builds up and can stop the next plug dropping out. I used to wash it out in a puddle/drain whenever I passed one. They can also be pretty heavy on the thumb before you get used to them and they don't do well in stony ground. All that said, they are a good tool, efficient and pretty ergonomic in the right soils. I've a couple kicking about in the shed if anyone's interested in them drop me a PM and we could sort something out.
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    Chainsaw Boots, The Regulations?

    Is it not possible to get caulk boots from the US or Canada with chainsaw protection? I thought Husky did a set of wellies with caulks for the North American market. I'm pretty sure a Canadian forester has them over here, the only problem being they're not CE marked. They are still chainsaw protected boots though, so you'd have to be dealing with someone pretty pedantic for it to be a problem.
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    Chainsaw Boots, The Regulations?

    You have to have a good justification for using non-chainsaw gloves (poor fit, weather conditions). You can't Risk Assess gloves out completely, you still have to have some. Same with trousers, you have to be able to justify using type A over C, for example through experience and weather conditions such as heat. You can certainly apply these principals to boots, for example you can easily Risk Assess wellies out of climbing work. Possibly boots out of ground work if you're working in a really boggy area? I think you'd still have to have chainsaw boots though, much as with the trousers, you can Risk Assess the level of protection down from Type C to Type A, but you can't Risk Assess it down to a pair of shorts. Out of curiosity, why do you ask?
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    Polesaw for forestry work

    Very easy to do. Can bend a bar pretty easily too. I've an Efco and only used the tilty head once when it was fairly new. Didn't find it that much use and have only ever used it fixed since. The Efco has been great from the throttle trigger backwards, the engine always starts (I know I've just jinxed it) and never had any problems with it. From the throttle forwards though.......... couple of new shafts, new gear box, lack of oil to the chain. Don't know if it's any worse than any of the others though. Adjustment on the shaft can go very tight too, we always carry a filter wrench if using it to free it off if needs be. Always need a silky on site when using a powered model anyway as they always get stuck at some point.
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    What price do YOU pay for....

    Normally get them from the local dealer as loops. I did get a load from you when you had the buy 3 get 1 free, buy 5 get 3 free deal on a while back though. Price not normally too much of a consideration (if it was I'd buy a reel and make them up myself), but that deal was too good to miss.
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    Bars for forestry

    Still using mostly Oregon. Occasionally go wild and get a Sugi, but most of the time I find they're too heavy and a nightmare to dress when they do need it. Never really had a problem with wear on the Oregon bars. Running Husky saws and a Dolly.


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