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  1. Aarrow stoves are good They seem to specialise in heating water. codlasher
  2. codlasher

    361 rebuild.

    Thanks to @spudulike for all the years of advice on tuning. I bought a 361 basket case a while back & have been spending some of this winter rebuilding it. My homage to tuning the exhaust was to work out the 80% needed to improve the running & completed this recently. I used a section of old caravan awning pole which seemed about the right dimensions & brazed this on the side having stripped out the innards & made a hole to suit. Wow, now such a whizzy saw! I stripped out the limiter caps so I could richen the H. If it stops raining tomorrow I'll try it in my firewood pile. codlasher
  3. When working on the UK roads doing tree safety I had a 'peli' box of first aid goodies from this co. http://www.bluewatersupplies.com/cm_intro.htm Read the specs. Being an amateur yachtsman swung me as this is a well thought out kit. Having been on an 'epedition' first aid course I thought this would sort all first aid needs. There were six of us in the team so we were well covered. codlasher
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46380554 Perhaps this has already been posted. To me this an act of blatant vandalism & I believe that ALL those responsible should spend time behind bars......Not just a fine, although a £5 million fine would make them sit up eh! Who (contractor) in their right mind would fell such a big stick without some query? Firstly you'd need some serious machinery to fell this at 200 years old as they are really quite large, then you'd need some very heavy equipment to haul it away. Yes there is a market but the DIY portable saw folk would still need some serious milling power then hauling equipment/manpower to just take away the produce. I'm hoping the council will have the balls to see this through the legal process as to what I beliveve is a typical developer scam. £money greasing palms & all those underhand things that go on. Comments welcome.... codlasher
  5. The boating world advises you leave fresh galvanising for at least a year before painting. I have painted some of my barn sheeting with Bedec with great success. My LR rusty bits as well. http://bedec.co.uk/BARN%20PAINT%20LEAFLET.pdf codlasher
  6. I'm in total agreement with TCD here. If you can't/won't do the job correctly in the first place please walk away from it! You'll fcuk it up for everyone else in the future if you start pi**ing around in any other way. Modern forestry methods have evolved to fell, extract & leave the site in a fit state for the next time whilst breaking even, or if you do it properly make a profit for both parties. Now I'm looking at this from a land-owners side but I'm also a huge supporter of professional competent forestry operations. Good pics by the way although I hate chain saw sided up lower stems......I used to go out with my Silky for days doing this job simlpy because it was a better way to do it. codlasher
  7. The bonkers bit is everyone has been sucked in with the 'terrorist' slant by the Beeb. On another thought process this was simply a nutter with a knife. The fact that it happened in London near Westminster ratcheted the whole thing up out of all proportion. This is where IS gains the advantage. codlasher
  8. 'Codlasher'. The wedged piece of timber that is cut out during the felling process. Terminology from Scottish fellers. Much prised in Beech timber falls as it made good firewood. codlasher
  9. Me I'm an Etesia fan & a satisfied long term customer of this Co; R T Machinery - Etesia I love my Bahia for its simplicity and ease of use. I bought a battery powered walk behind Etesia last year. Great machine. I believe in dealer back up so if you use a good dealer with good machinery you'll have easy reliable service from the machine of your choice. codlasher
  10. Hello chopper brown. Look carefully at my pictures as the machine was in full working & tested condition. On the close-up of the winch you'll see a wire strop coiled & hanging from the fork. This was my strop, soft eyed and connected with a shackle to the main 100' line. If I needed more I'd add in my other 100' wire but not often as I was too far from the tree to see properly. I have tried a chain which can be seen hanging on the wire mesh but had too many breakages using chain and they were difficult to get round the tree. The cchain was mainly used as a skidding choker which was perfect. I still have s couple of keyhole plates but as I'm retired from this work they are now just a memory thing! The picture of the beech tree in the background was roughly 100' from my tractor. I usually had five or six turns on the winch drum which meant I only had five or more to rotate before the tree fell where I needed it to be. No overriding jams ever, and I was using the winch at its most powerful position. Never rushing. I kind of miss the tractor but life moves on..... codlasher
  11. Have you tried https://www.vanmonster.com/en-gb/home? codlasher
  12. Remembered the other Co; Home Page I had mine rigged up for skidding as well. I'd agree with you openspaceman. My dad had a Boughton fitted to a IH 614 tractor. I sold it for the County & Cooks as both tracor & winch were better in every way. I loved the mechanics of the Cooks. I changed the foot clutch into a hand clutch to make skidding easier and rebuilt the whole thing which was really only a few big bearings and some chain with a new cone clutch being made by a specialist. codlasher
  13. For my Cooks winch I used this Co; Bristol Rope and Twine Co. Mine was attached to a County. There is another good co but it's eight years since the machine was sold so I'm having trouble remembering. All I know is they were near Slough. I only ever had 100' max on the drum else it became jammed. I used to have another 100' spare on an old rope drum for those jobs that needed it. 7/8" (22mm) is fine. You can wind the extra on for carrying but don't try anything other than light pulls and even then you may get a jam. Looking at your tractor, please fit a roll bar as I've seen many a tip over (not mine I may add) and 'elf & safety requires that you fit a mesh in case you suffer cable/shackle breakage. I could pull a loaded timber wagon out of a hole but sometimes the towing eye came adrift from said wagon! Beware. Beware of broken strands! codlasher
  14. So true! I would let your crew grow organically. I believe this would ensure situations, as you described, to not happen. There are a lot of bullsh1tters out there who just want to play and you are their test-bed which is worse for you, not them! Perhaps keep your very specialised machine in reserve and use an established owner operator for the next one? At least he'll look after his own machine.... codlasher


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