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    Contract Rates

    I understand that quite well. But when they've got one crew, but two tracked chippers, excess of saws etc. Surely you've worked for guys who just have ALL the kit. My point is that is seems a bit weak saying you can only pay a climber 135/day when you're clearly throwing money at machines etc. A subbies job is to make the boss as much money as possible, but it has to go both ways... As for Europe, that was a while back. Rates have dropped a bit, I presume as there's more competition nowadays and people are willing to work for less. It's still better than the UK pretty much anywhere in mainland Europe but not as profitable for trips over.
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    13 stitches and out of work for a few weeks. Thanks silky!

    A pal of mine tapped his lanyard with a silky, he was just putting in his anchor point so no main line. Went straight through it, he fell ten metres and broke his pelvis and neck, among other things. Gnarly slice that one. And a ballsy request getting a lot to a&e from the customer with your quest squirting ha
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    Contract Rates

    I'm pretty cynical about what some people can pay staff. I've had to really stand my ground to get £160, when the boss told me he pays his other climber £135/day. But he was constantly buying kit, saws, vehicles, bits and pieces. It kinda got to me tbh. I know 160 is bang on market average, but after ten years in the industry and a degree in arb, the take home from 160 is hardly worth the effort. So I started my own thing and as said, I pay the guys a bit better, and I earn a bit better. When I was subbing in Europe I charged €400 flat rate and always had a full diary. Different worlds eh?
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    Inline/serial bracing opinions please

    I see your bracing. How long does it look like it's been in? If it's all tensioned up properly to provide decent static support it may be OK, like a redirect I suppose. But that's quite far up for steel bracing by the looks of it. Also the union doesn't look so bad in the pics that I'd be putting a static cable in it. But then I don't know the position, targets etc. Yes, bit if an odd one...
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    Husky saws 390XP, 395XP, 3120XP to be discontinued?

    Hmm, strange. As far as he was aware basically nothing was changing in the supply and sale of them in Germany. Presumably they're still making them in smaller batches in Germany? It wouldn't be the first time the UK has gone really strict with an EU law nobody else bothers with, and blames it on the EU...
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    Husky saws 390XP, 395XP, 3120XP to be discontinued?

    Just a wee word on this, I was talking to a Stihl dealer in Germany the other day and he said they have no issues getting 880's in stock still. Yes, they aren't compliant with the latest European emissions laws however as they sell so few of them, the German government deemed it unnecessary to ban their sale. So no panic, it might be more awkward but you can still get one shipped to the UK.
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    Contract Rates

    I pay decent climbers with saws etc £200/day up in Scotland. Though that doesn't seem to be the norm. Wish I could pay more but I'm a young business and still finding my feet. People paying £150/day or less are taking the piss quite frankly.
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    Life of a climbing rope

    I saw a point raised the other day that a plastic bottle or bag left outside will take hundreds of years to degrade, but climbing ropes are deemed unsafe after a few years. Seems a bit contradictory... Ropes last as long as they last basically. My felling rope is 6 years old and I'm happy with it. It had fairly light use for 5 years as it was 60m of velocity and I just used it for pruning. Got a nick 15m from the splice so respliced it and using it quite happily still.
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    Three limes, only on has dying......or?

    It could also be different genetics... I was at a site yesterday where one big sycamore was in full leaf. There was a smaller sycamore either side where the buds have done nothing. I'm sure they'll get there though. You may be right, but don't jump to conclusions too quickly. Trees have their ways sometime's...
  10. Aside from all of the very justified safety concerns, without any experience it's also very likely you'll do a bad job of pruning work. When it comes to older, more significant trees there's a great deal you can do wrong. And with smaller, younger trees there's the potential to wreck them before they ever reach maturity. There's a lot more to tree work than the manual side of things, there's so much to learn about tree biomechanics, growth patterns, fungal interactions... I'd invest in some books. And get climbers in while you're learning.
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    Distel spikes (DMM) with Velcro straps

    I've got the older alloy distels, not dmm ones, and my only complaint is the velcro lowers are really crap. The click ones look great though, I imagine they're decent spikes.
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    UPS missing parcel

    The DPD driver who does my village is great, leaves everything in the log shed or just in the front door if it's unlocked. UPS are awkward buggers though. Bearing in mind I live in rural Scotland, private enclosed garden not visible from the street. Crime isn't an issue. I ordered some wee traffic cones from Honeys and the driver refused to leave them in the log shed incase someone stole them. I mean, seriously. They're traffic cones. I had to drive an hour each way to pick them up from the depot. I've had chainsaws left in the log shed before. Right faff, and why I don't shop from Honeys any more, despite their good service.
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    The who can get most outraged at bad treework thread.

    I guess the danger is that even with the 'master data base of tree pruning know how' (if one ever gets created I want it to be called that btw), there are always exceptions to the rule. It varies so much, on their position, exposure, immediate environment, soil etc. At which point the operator who actually needs this guide in order to do half decent tree work will probably end up spanking some ancient perfectly retrenched Oak thinking 'well it's only 15m high eh? Can't be that old' Personally I think there ought to be a requirement for education, and if you don't have any formal education you shouldn't be doing tree work. I know there are plenty of folks who know their stuff without an HNC, and others doing crap work despite the qualifications, but it would be a good start. Anyway, no pics but I was on a job today where another firm had done a good ol' topping of a perfectly formed copper beech, leaving the one on the other side of the garden with a large compression fork be. Crying shame.
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    Which poplar species is this?

    I met a guy who built cabinets, furniture etc for yachts, he used mostly Poplar and Tulip wood. I was amazed it got used for anything, but makes sense. Light, innit... Can't help on ident though...
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    OPM Course

    Ah dear, that's a rough number like... Yeah I've had a lot of contact with them and have a pretty severe skin reaction which gets worse with each exposure. I hardly sleep for about five days and it usually lasts about seven. After years of having a terrible time I tried anti histamines and had a mild itch for a day, that was it. Highly recommend soaking to a doctor and getting done strong anti histamines.


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