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  1. Spruce Pirate

    Echo CS281-WES melted exhaust cover.

    I had exactly the same problem. Hot day, put the saw down, think it got knocked over onto the side so it was resting on the plastic, seemed to be enough to get the plastic to contact the exhaust and melted. I'd had the saw a fair while, just assumed it was an unfortunate incident. Plastic cover is now off, saw runs fine - just got to be careful to not touch the hot exhaust against anything. Should probably get a replacement cover really.
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    Setting out tree planting

    Much the same as above, I used to use canes and tape (easily carried on a re-stock), put several out in the row if the ground undulates and you can't see from end to end. Measure distance between the rows and in the row with the spade, two spade lengths gave about 1.8m spacing, can't remember the exact measurement now. If you need different spacings it's just a matter of adding a handle or some other mark to the length and you're good to go. Very satisfying now looking across the hill and being able to see all the nice straight rows that I planted. It was Hell at the time of course!
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    Van Racking systems

    I've had racking in the last 4 or so vans, the first two done DIY by me, the last two pre fitted. Racking is great, makes things much more secure and give you much more utilisable space. Best advice if you're getting a custom system is to think what you want to carry, what you need to be handy and what can sit at the back until it's needed. Spending a good it of time at the planning stage will save you going into the back every time and cursing yourself for not thinking it out properly in the beginning.
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    Anyone using a Dolmar 6100 for Forestry Felling?

    Wish I'd known that a week ago! How much would that be going for? Or is it for your own use?
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    Anyone using a Dolmar 6100 for Forestry Felling?

    Yeah, I think it's just horses for courses. When I started on a saw it was thinnings, normally 40cc - 50cc saws, 13" bars, 15" absolute max. Most of that work has now gone to machines, hand cutters predominantly left with the big stuff.
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    Anyone using a Dolmar 6100 for Forestry Felling?

    I used a 6100 for a wee while on demo from Shavey. Quite liked it, but it was a bit clunky for serious snedding, I didn't think it revved up as well as an equivalent Husky. OK for felling, OK for snedding, good all round farmers saw, not fully up to speed for proper forestry work, although if money is tight and you're after a single saw to use as a jack of all trades then it would be good. Might depend on what you're doing with it, I'm mostly softwood (ie Sitka spruce), if you're doing hardwood might be different. Have to disagree with that a bit Jonathon, depends too much on what you're doing. Small stuff small saw is alright, but if you're doing a lot of felling of larger trees - which is what forestry mostly consists of around here - then a big saw is, in my opinion, better.
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    how much do tree surgeons earn

    Ahhhhh. Fair play.
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    how much do tree surgeons earn

    £30 an hour not including travelling between jobs? Hardly daylight robbery!
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    Which Chainsaw for Forestry

    Each to their own, I listen to a saw practically every day, I like a bit of music every now and then. Got to love the outsiders with the big limbs! 2 - 3 fills per tree and you know you're working for your money! I've seen us two man it with one going along with a wee saw knocking the branches off the another following with a bigger saw trimming the paps back flush with the stem.
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    Which Chainsaw for Forestry

    Depends what sort of forestry you're doing. Big, oversize stuff I take two saws into the wood, big saw (24" bar at least) for felling, wee saw (18" bar) for snedding. If it's only felling stuff for a harvester I'd have one saw, 20" or 24" bar depending on tree size, generally go with the bigger bar as it's surprising how many trees are bigger than 20" on a clearfell and the time it saves working from one side of the tree to the other, I know other folk that like the smaller bar though as the reckon the chain speed is faster. Wee stuff I'd have an 18" bar for felling and snedding. Rarely do much full on snedding these days as it's mostly working to a harvester or fell to waste, if I was snedding I might think about a 15". Back in the thinnings days it always used to be 13" bars and wee saws. Currently running mostly Husky 560 and 576 or Dolmar 7910 for these bars, can use a 28" on the Dolly without too much bother or use the 395. Stihls are mostly a waste of time for softwood felling IMO as they don't rev fast enough, tried the Dolmar 6100 and wasn't overly impressed with it for a production saw - more suited to firewood. Husky 390 is a good popular saw for softwood clearfell. I like the look of both the 572 and Stihl 462 but might wait a while before trying to make sure any issues with either are ironed out. Both, so far, seem to have popular feedback. Hardwood is a different game altogether, not my forte. Video below was done with 560 on an 18" bar, perfect for that sort of size of stuff. Bigger stuff, bigger saw.
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    Powered Pruner PPE UK

    I've done similar to this, but without catching the trigger, I'll be more careful if I'm doing it again! However, as far as the H&S officer in the OP is concerned she's not going to be happy with: a) leaning a ladder against something like a mog b) working from the top of a vehicle c) leaving a pole-pruner running while climbing from a) to b) d) pulling the pole-pruner up while it is running so can't see the OP getting the chance to replicate the circumstances.
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    Powered Pruner PPE UK

    For what it's worth, when I did the certificate for the powered pole-pruner the assessor asked if we needed to wear saw trousers when using it. He was quite happy with the reply that we didn't need to, but probably would be as likely to be using it in conjunction with a saw on the ground anyway. Don't have that in writing, obviously.
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    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    Totally agree this is HSE driven. However, the current approach doesn't seem to be working - the accident and fatality rate is still too high. Refresher training simply doesn't seem to be working, it only seems to be giving work to trainers while making the work-force poorer and generating ill will. I am not against training, I'm not even against refresher training, but it seems to be a box ticking exercise at present and I'm against that. The whole system needs an overhaul if you ask me, but that's a massive subject and I'm not about to tackle it all here. Bleeding to death while trying to blag your way through ^^^ is a pretty grizzly thought and one that we should pay more heed to. Instead of assessing skills a day's refresher might be more effective if the effects of an accident are pointed out. Quite graphically. Pictures of accidents, lots of blood, broken bones, flattened body parts, families sitting on the couch missing dad (or mum) brings things home a lot quicker than just doing what you do for a living. Most of us know how to cut trees, most of us don't like to think of the effects of an accident but getting us to do so might just make a difference. My kids are 11, 8 and 4; what happens to them if I don't come home from work tomorrow? That thought is likely to keep me a lot safer than any of the current refresher courses we have on offer! The same does apply to driving, although the whole driving test vs chainsaw certification is not really relevant to anything in my opinion.
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    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    Can't speak for the arb side of things, but forestry is a 3 - 5 year refresher. 3 years if part time saw use, 5 years if it's full time saw use. Have to refresh the "highest ticket", so in my case windblow. Could be small trees or large trees depending on which tickets you hold. The refresher course is only one day, and cost should be around £125 - £150 (at least that's what I've been quoted and told others have paid). There does seem to be a bit of confusion as to whether or not refreshing a windblow ticket actually counts as refresher for tree felling, but at the moment that seems to be the case and long may it continue as otherwise we'll be doing more refreshing than we will work! And, yes, it will get a bit spendy! Is it all a scam? In my opinion yes. It is all dressed up as keeping us safe and healthy, but the reality is that it is a scheme designed to keep company directors from having to face corporate manslaughter charges if something goes tits up and trainers have seen an opportunity to expand their revenue stream (I could be a lot less polite about trainers). A safe cutter will still be safe at the end of a refresher course and a dangerous cutter will still be dangerous at the end of a refresher course, all that will have been achieved is that both will be a bit poorer. Good work slipping "amortise" into a post.
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    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    Think that's OK for a climbing refresher, but don't think it would count for ground based tickets. Not in a forestry context anyway.
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    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    What one is CS47? MEWP?
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    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    Windblow would count, don't know the new number - possibly 302. But you might actually be cheaper doing the refresher. You'd need to do the large tree refresher for it to count.
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    Makita/Dolmar EA7900 78cc ANY GOOD?

    You lose a bit of the bar length with these - but they look mean. They are pretty mean if you catch the troosers with them too!
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    Makita/Dolmar EA7900 78cc ANY GOOD?

    Feb 2015! Wow. Where does the time go? As I said before the saw has had a few bits changed, but given it's now 3 1/2 years old that shouldn't be a surprise. Used mostly for forestry work, so a pretty hard environment to work in, running mostly 24" and 28" bars, occasionally down to a 20". No complaints from me.
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    Makita/Dolmar EA7900 78cc ANY GOOD?

    I got a Dolmar 7910 from Shavey on here a couple of years back. Changed a few bits as they've broken, but no worse than any other saw that I've run. Still going strong and still really like the saw. Video of it here running a 28" bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC5gpOgCd0U
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    free fall dismantling large limbs

    What length is the limb. 12" diameter but relatively short has a very different dynamic to 12" but very long. Guessing you're talking about a fairly long limb if you're thinking of branch walking it to reduce it, but 6' long would be very different to 26' long in the way it reacts. Plus all the other caveats about species.
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    Drowned Chainsaw

    I've drowned two a 353 and a 346. 353 dried out and fine, 346 needed a new pot and piston. Both were running when they went for their swim. Have dunked a couple when they've been switched off, dried out and no problems.
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    Forwarders on the road

    It's even worse if you leave the band-tracks on!
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    Forwarders on the road

    All the old FC machines were road registered as, technically, an FC road is the Queen's Highway and therefore all vehicles need to be road legal. If you're using a vehicle in the wood (FC woods) this is still the case, needs to be taxed, insured and MOT'd. The FC machines aren't registered anymore, but they definitely used to be, not sure what's changed in this. I've escorted a forwarder up the road in the past when I worked for FC as a student - one van in front, one van behind, radio contact between the vans and the machine telling the driver to pull over if traffic was needing passed (in either direction). Not a beacon or hi-vis vest in site but that was a few years ago now. The main draw-back with a purpose built machine is the speed to move it. If you're going any distance at all it is painfully slow.
  25. Chip was what I meant by 3m.

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