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  1. Hi Steve, When I try to post the classified I get the message below. That's directly after I click "Submit Advert" and then select "Timber Sales". I don't even get the opportunity to enter any info. Quite happy to pay for the Advert, not trying to avoid it, so let me know when it's fixed and I'll do it properly Matt Sorry, there is a problem You cannot create adverts in this category: missing PACKAGE INFO, TYPE or ITEM CONDITION. If you have already created them, edit your category and choose which ones the category will use. Contact the system administrator. Error code: CL-SUBMIT/1
  2. Hi All, Sorry if this is a bit cheeky to post on here, but tried and failed to put an advert on the classifieds page as kept getting errors. We're going to be taking 200-300 tons of mixed hardwoods out of 2 sites near Havering-atte-Bower on the Essex/London border over the course of the winter. Mix of sycamore, oak, hornbeam and ash as part of a conservation thin. Mainly sub 15 inch but will be a few larger (potentially a few half decent saw logs in amongst them too). Good access for Rigid lorries with hard standing, have had 8 wheelers at each site in previous years no problem. Not sure about Artic access as may be too tight, but welcome to come and visit to see. Just on the border of the LEZ but can be accessed without going through the zone if necessary. May be able to help with organising transport if necessary. Price is £45/t+VAT at Roadside. Will be felled and extracted over the next 6 months. Please PM me or contact me on 07814 003787 if you are interested. Matt
  3. Ah yes, not sure we've met but know the name!
  4. It's a small world in the working horse business! Who was it out of interest? (DM me if you don't want to post on here!)
  5. Fair question! From a practical perspective the horses have significantly more pulling power than a quad, and cause less ground damage in the process as the wheels aren't driven so they don't dig into soft ground in the same way. Also the locking axle rather than stabilising legs means it's much quicker to stop/start around the woods to load up. Aside from all of that it's a big USP for our business and is a lot of fun to drive/use!!
  6. Yes it has a hydraulic foot brake - pretty much essential with these weights on steep sites. Also has a lock to act as a parking brake, and the front axle locks hydraulically to stabilise when using the crane.
  7. Depends on your sites I guess - we certainly won't be using it in every wood that we work, and where we do primary extraction is still often via skidding to internal rides or racks, but the forwarder then allows us to take on larger jobs and longer extractions that simply aren't possible without some level of mechanisation. We can move twice as much timber per day as a manual forwarder and stack much higher but retaining most of the benefits of being horse drawn. This Honda petrol engine runs at just above tick over and only when loading/unloading and only uses 3-4l unleaded per day, so much less disruptive and no more polluting than a saw to be honest. They hydraulics are as small as possible to reduce pollution risk. In terms of costs, it was 20% of the price of a new Alstor! It just made much more sense to our business model than going fully mechanised for secondary extraction, but certainly won't work for everyone.
  8. There is definitely work out there. We tend to specialise in SSSI's, Nature Reserves and Parks mainly. We're fully booked this season (Sept-April) and taking bookings for next season already! Summer tends to be more shows/demos/carriage rides/weddings but it's good for the horses to have a change. They keep us busy throughout the year, we'll never be rich but we love what we do!
  9. We're stacking into Roll-on-roll-off platforms that get loaded onto a skip lorry and taken away by our buyer. Works quite well as saves space and double handling too! Look like this close-up.
  10. Yes, although we ended up getting a slightly larger one after taking advice from the manufacturer - it was the right move although means it needs 2 horses if we have any significant slopes, but that's no hardship and the balance of weight/size/strength/payload is perfect for our needs!
  11. Thought I'd share some pics of our new forwarder that we recently imported from Finland. It is proving most useful!
  12. Hi All, I am considering buying a lorry to haul my own timber to local buyers. I need to get some insurance quotes, and wondered who you guys use for your Forestry/Arb trucks? Also any idea on premiums for an owner/operator would be great! Many thanks, Matt


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