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  1. Horse mann seem to sell the same model, maybe there is more information through them. I messaged them as well and have had no reply. Probably not a good idea if they don't return emails/calls even for a sale.
  2. Is there anymore info around this? Ive been looking at mini loaders but its hard to compare the models when you are reading a translation
  3. <p>Hey mate, just read your post about a different set up. I've done the set up you've and described and have run it for just over a year. Let me know if you need any advice. Cliff</p>

  4. Ive been looking at a range rover as they are a powerful and cheap 4wd compared to any of the japanese offerings. My research has generally concluded that they are not overly unreliable if you do regular servicing. Dont know what electronics this will still have but there can be issues there so it might be advisable to by a diagnostics tool so if anything electrical goes wrong you know where to start. Got any pictures, it sounds interesting!?
  5. Im in Nelson NZ. The micro chipper I have is a hansa C13. Its pretty handy to have, certainly better than paying to tip and often I can get it right up to the tree and chip on site which saves dragging, but obviously a lot more processing time. My main problem with upgrading my current setup is that it very quickly gets expensive, and I just don't have enough work at the moment. Business is super slow and I expend a huge amount of effort to get only a tiny increase in work. Word of mouth is great, and is the source of 90% of my work.
  6. Mercedes Unimog Passenger Truck | Trade Me An example of the cost of Unimogs here, the other one on trade me is $110,000. Even a 1980's japanese tipper with 400,000kms on the clock can go for $10,000
  7. Interesting ideas, there is obviously no ideal setup for everyone. I like the idea of a Unimog but they start at around £30,000 ($60,000 NZD) so thats a no go. No police here have weigh-bridges so being bang on the 3.5t limit isnt a problem as long as it is safeish! I didnt think of the weight distribution but that could be quite a challenge. As Vespasian said improving my current setup almost requires a complete change. If I switch the van to a tipper truck I lose lockage storage. If I buy a towable chipper then I need two trips to site, one for the trailer and then the chipper. At the moment I can mostly fit my chipper, woodchip and logs all in the trailer, with all my tools in the Van. The issues with the van are poor traction (rear wheel drive and no weight over the rear axles) and stinking it out with petrol fumes. Backing up driveways are not so much limited by my skill (although I could always get better) but often they are quite steep with no ability to turn around by the property so backing up them is impossible as the rear wheels just spin out.
  8. Hi All. I have recently started my own Arb business in New Zealand after working for big firms for around 10 years. I have been thinking about alternatives to the conventional tipper truck and towable chipper. This is mainly motivated by the high cost of buying a pickup or tipper truck (no such thing as a cheap LDV or Transit here) and chipper. I currently use a van (for storage of tools) and tow a trailer I built which carries my mini chipper. It works ok in the main as I often chip on site and only take away the logs, although it is a pain to shovel out mulch when I cant leave the chip. The other problem with a trailer is backing in down difficult driveways and the combined length of the vehicle and a big trailer. My idea (which is only at the concept stage at the moment) is to build a self contained box trailer which has a in-built tipper, chipper and lockers for chainsaw storage, fuel etc. In order to resolve backing down difficult driveways I have been looking at electric caravan movers so you could un hitch the trailer then use a remote to drive in into the site. It would ideally have a removable or foldable drawbar to reduce its overall length when its not being towed. Finally I would want it to be able to tip when it isnt hitched to a vehicle so I am thinking It would need four legs to wind down on all corners to keep it stable whilst tipping. The limitations as I see them are the size of the chipper (if it were 6inch that would suit my needs), the chip box capacity maybe limited because of the 3.5t overall weight limit. However it solves the issue of limited storage in a tipper pickup truck, plus the large cost of a tipper truck and chipper combination. (This is assuming building this wont get really expensive). Plus finding a vehicle that can tow 3.5t is not too pricey here when compared with a tipper. Hopefully I have explained this well enough, I know it is not the normal approach so what are your thoughts?
  9. Cool, well plenty of food for thought there! I think I will start the process of building a prototype to do some testing, see how it goes and make a decision from there. I certainly don't have deep pockets so patenting/CE etc is all going to be difficult were I to try and do it independently.
  10. So after being disappointed with the options available for top-handled saws and with seeing recent reviews of the new husqvarna electric saw I had an idea for a whole new approach to chainsaws. Im posting it here as I want to get some feedback. Essentially I want to manufacturer and source component parts for a customisable top-handled saw that can be assembled easily by the user with all parts available easily for a competitive price. The design would be based around brushless electric motors and lithium ion battery technology. Chainsaw technology is currently behind the times so fears about power to weight ratio is unfounded. Technology developed around RC helicopters shows that performance can match if not exceed that of conventional petrol 2 -stroke engines. Cordless chainsaws are relatively simple and could be assembled, maintained and customised by the vast majority, if not all arborists. The idea would be that were parts to break everything can be replaced and/or repaired in a short space of time. Handle size and position could be adjusted to suit the user and their particular likes. For example running a longer bar can upset the balance of the saw, however adjustments could be made so the saw is perfectly balanced which whatever bar you wanted to run. Similarly there will always be a compromise between battery life and weight. Options would allow you to make the choice that most suits your needs. Additionally motors would be interchangeable for a range of power options, all from the same customisable saw 'chassis'. Technology of brushless motors and battery's is always developing and I believe that in the near future all chainsaws will be heading down this route. However I doubt the big manufacturers will support 'upgrades' to your saw as technology improves. This is only at the concept stage at the moment but I am hoping that the idea of a customisable saw appeals, especially when it would allow you to upgrade as technology improves.
  11. Is this one of surveyors prototypes? Looks a little different to his but is more compact than the rope runner.
  12. Hello, Just a quick enquiry before I send you my CV. How difficult will it be to arrange a work visa? I am 26 and have all the relevant qualifications (plus a degree in Arb) but have had a 1 year working holiday visa in Australia before. My wife is from NZ so her visa is not an issue.
  13. Hello All, Just finished a FdSc (Foundation Degree) in Arboriculture at the University of Brighton and am looking for climbing work in the South-east area. I have around 5 years experience, 3 of which are climbing and have all the usual NPTC's tickets (30,31,38 and 39). I have held my driving licence for 7 years and it is clean.
  14. My friends and I do reccy climbs occasionally but im down south so a bit of a mission. Funnily enough im in T. Wells as well, I didnt know there were so many arborists around here!


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