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  1. Has anyone got pictures of this sort of setup or similar 50mm ball hitch on the clevis. I know I can turn the clevis bar upside down to adjust the height and a rough measure against my shin suggests it should be about the right ride height give or take.
  2. Right, I want to tow the alpine on my ifor flatbed trailer behind the Valtra for short journeys between sites on the road, but still want to be able to tow it behind the Hilux for longer journeys. Options are 1. Swap pick up hitch with clevis bar and replace the 50mm ball hitch on the ifor trailer with a ring hitch. What weight are drop in clevis pins rated to tow? Are there different diameter ring hitches, would it be compatible with a standard ball and pin hitch on the Hilux? 2. Fit a pin with 50mm ball to the clevis bar, but I can't find any that are rated to tow more than 2000kg 3. Get a 3pt linkage tow hitch with 50mm ball, this is arguably the best option as towing height can be adjusted, but it is not legal on the road! Any other suggestions would be welcome.
  3. I haven't really had any problems with my Tajfun processor but I can add my vote to Kilworths being a pleasure to deal with when I have technical queries or need parts for the alpine etc. Nick
  4. This is the other option. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hydraulic-Flange-Separator-Integral-Hydraulic-Spreader-Fire-Rescue-Expander-Tool/143226989346?hash=item2158fe6b22:g:BiAAAOSw7upcwCUf It has 14t spreading capacity and appears to have wider jaws but it's starting to get into more serious money and might not be the highest quality, plus there is the uncertainty of delivery timescale and import duty. Still, it is a fraction of the cost of the hydraulic felling wedge sold by Clarkes and others for effectively the same thing.
  5. The proper mechanical wedges only have a spreading width of 80mm so very similar. If backing up with conventional wedges which we would be you could open the cut, wedge, insert the jaws further, open the cut more, repeat. Can't be worse than beating high lift wedges till your eyeballs bleed!
  6. Has anyone tried using something similar to this to act as a mechanical / hydraulic felling wedge? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portable-Manual-Hydraulic-Pressure-Flange-Expand-Expander-Spreader-6T-Tool-Box/192872522144?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D57477%26meid%3Db2d89e1ec0384e508967dc377055791f%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D273395688795%26itm%3D192872522144&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 I have a load of big beech and softwood to fell on tonnage avoiding pheasant pens etc. and would like a fancy mechanical felling wedge such as the Koller or Eder but can't justify the £580 price tag. I have thought about a low profile bottle jack but there is all the extra time and waste of timber cutting the notch for it This has a 6t force and a maximum opening of 77mm. Can anyone give their thoughts or suggest any potential problems? Ta
  7. What is a fair price for oak standing. It's a small parcel and varies in size and quality (24 trees about 65m3). Cheers Nick
  8. I've been asked to quote for a large planting job this coming autumn / winter. It is to restock a number of large clear fell sites which will be raked and burnt or mulched. The unusual bit is that they are being deer fenced and the trees are being supplied cell grown with no additional stakes and guards, so the quote is just a labour costs to plant. I am used to bare root and stakes and guards and supplying all plants and materials. Does anyone have any experience of planting cell grown stock this way and can give me any idea of how many per man per day you can expect to plant?
  9. Aparently Azulox can be purchased under an emergency approval for use up to the end of October. Bracken Control Group - Asulam
  10. I guess this means the roller/weed wiper option with Asulox is not effective as it would bruise the fronds?
  11. I have been asked to spray a few areas of bracken with Asulox but don't fancy doing it with a knapsack. I have looked into hiring a quad sprayer but the problem might be that the booms are set quite low for spraying paddocks etc and might not cope in tall bracken. Has anyone out there got a good set up for this sort of work? I have suggested bruising or other mechanical methods but the estate want it sprayed. How about a quad towing a roller/weed wiper? Anyone had success with this approach. Cheers
  12. Jeremy Was that purely with the loading arms or did you give them some assistance with the telehandler? Did you do anything to stop the log slamming in to the back stops? Cheers Nick
  13. Jeremy Nice work with the oak. What is the largest piece you have lifted onto your mill with the arms? I have just taken delivery of my mill (WM LT40) and I have a job taking the sapwood off some very large oak butts but don't want to bend anything just yet. Is it better to use the mill arms or lift it on with the crane? My Botex will only just lift them so they must be 2.5 tonne or thereabouts. Cheers Nick
  14. I'm using DOT4. I'm more worried about the effect on the paintwork / metalwork at the back of the tractor than the seals, although everything is coated in a film of hydraulic oil from a leaky valve chest so that is probably quite an effective barrier.


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