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  1. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    Ah yes, not sure we've met but know the name!
  2. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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!)
  3. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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!!
  4. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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.
  5. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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.
  6. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    Yep, 500t coming out this year!
  7. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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!
  8. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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.
  9. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    He's a star in it - best of the three!
  10. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    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. New Horse-Drawn Forwarder

    Thought I'd share some pics of our new forwarder that we recently imported from Finland. It is proving most useful!
  12. Timber Lorry Insurance

    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
  13. sachs dolmar 166 on ebay

    It is indeed. Really nice saw, but hardly gets used, and keep thinking it should maybe go to a collector rather than gathering dust. Then I use it, and then change my mind and decide to keep it! Tempted to put it on eBay and see what it makes based on this thread though!!
  14. sachs dolmar 166 on ebay

    D'oh, meant 143!! Stupid fingers, not sure why I wrote 166!
  15. sachs dolmar 166 on ebay

    Blimey, that did go for a lot of money!! I've got a 166 in excellent condition, full working order, 25 inch bar with 2 good chains. It was serviced by Spud 18 months ago, only used a handful of times since and I've always run it on Aspen. What sort of money do you think it's worth??


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