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About gdh

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  • Birthday 22/01/1992

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    Mid/South Wales
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    Farmer/ Firewood and woodchip
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  1. gdh


    As said above it's hard to be in the middle, you can make money on a small scale by getting cheap/free wood from other jobs. I think more people are realising the value of wood now but that's another discussion. You can also make money on a larger scale but it's very difficult with constant price rises on inputs and sourcing timber. You can do a surprising amount with a chainsaw and splitter but to go into the hundreds of tons you need to start thinking about machinery and that's where the costs start to rocket... You start with a processor but that needs a tractor to power it, it's quicker with a loader so you get one of those, then you want a forwarding trailer to get logs in so you want a bigger tractor for the road. Then you need more storage space so you buy ibcs, they get wet so you build a shed which can't hold enough so you get a kiln which is heated by chip so you get a chipper which needs a second tractor by which point your processor needs replacing.. My vague point is there's still money to be made if you expand but not a lot and where do you stop? 😉 Firewood is our main business by the way and it's getting harder but we've no plans to stop in the immediate future.
  2. It's the winching that could be the deal breaker, that makes it a bigger job than just turning up with a forwarding trailer, felling and picking up. If you have the time/ability you would probably be better off felling and stacking it yourself then selling the stack. If you got 5 ton of straight timber you could get a couple of hundred quid if you're lucky which would also more than pay for someone else on a saw if you're not confident on felling.
  3. gdh

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    We net the tidier bits for kindling then tip the rest. That picture has a lot in because I was using the 12way splitter but there's normally less so not a big issue.
  4. gdh

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Haha, I hate the stuff with a passion. They constantly go sideways in the splitting chamber, it's a lot more cutting and it takes more to make a load.
  5. gdh

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    I've been cutting 6inch logs which I hate because it's so slow, luckily some nice ash made things better.
  6. gdh

    Euro Vision

    Every year I somehow find myself watching. That final bit of voting was cruel but also hilarious...
  7. gdh

    Show your tractors

    If anyone is bored and wants to scare themselves with some list prices the valtra builder is quite interesting. https://configurator.valtra.com/index.html?session=PPPBJ0HJPXZ0JXPRZZH&sessiontimeout=&sSendToAgco=0&hauptfenster=index.html&bAngebotLaden=0&bAngebotErstellen=0&bNewCustomer=0&StammdatenChange=0&bVertragLaden=0&bVertragErstellen=0&gruppeID=7&bCompareMenu=0&bQuoteLoad=0&iArrow=1&bBestellungLaden=0&bBestellungErstellen=0&bConfigShow=0&fDiscountMachine=0&bAngebotSpeichern=1&iBackToQuotation=0&internid=0&AccessoriesCounter=0&isContractQuote=QUOTE&DisabledCustomer=0&MultiQuoteParID=0&AllCheckedMulti=0&action=&ActTimeTo=convert(varchar%2C+getdate()%2C+112)&BasisCheck=FALSE&ConfQuotCont=Conf
  8. gdh

    Valtra tractor wanted

    It's always hard finding decent second hand kit, especially trying to find out how they've been used. There's a few more here: https://www.agriaffaires.co.uk/advertisements/results/1.html?t=1557615246
  9. gdh

    Valtra tractor wanted

    No idea what size you're looking for but this just popped up on a local (mis Wales) dealers Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/301270343415681/posts/1094023710807003/
  10. gdh

    Use for sawdust?!

    Can't get a lot for sawdust but horse,cattle or sheep bedding is where ours goes.
  11. gdh

    handling loose logs

    If you've got something to push up against and a reasonably level floor a bucket shouldn't be a problem. Just bear in mind every time you move it you'll knock more bark and rubbish off into the logs and probably best not to get one with teeth. Boxes and bags are easier but a big expense and it's surprising how how much time you'll spend loading and levelling them. If you're cutting a big heap try and divide it up and get maximum airflow. We started out like you and it's amazing how fast a small patch of white mold will spread through 50tons...
  12. gdh

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Thanks, looks tidy stuff.
  13. gdh

    Best low budget 4WD tractor

    Random thoughts: If you're looking second hand try and find one that has been well serviced. Hours should only be used as a guide - 5000 hours running a firewood processor is better than 3000 of haulage for example. My experience tends to be with larger tractors but I find that 6000 hours of average use is where you start to get major issues. The flipside of that is might have just had a new gearbox etc if you buy it at that age. Look at the tyres, if they need replacing you'll easily spend 1-2k. Aggriaffaires is worth a look but it's better to go private with a local or through a dealer for backup. If you're looking at running newer machinery check it's got enough spools. There's a ton of minor checks to do when buying but I'll leave that to someone who knows better than me.
  14. gdh

    Selling a firewood business

    Selling the equipment is no problem, although arguably you'd get a better price individually but a business has very little value unless you have contracts in place to prove it would give you income. I know a few people who have failed to sell but no one who has unfortunately.
  15. gdh

    Two 550's, neither firing

    Did you check it was 2 stroke oil you put in to the mix? When someone put straight petrol in my 357 it seized completely rather than fail, the only similar problem I've had was with a perished pipe on a brand new saw. I think the 550/60s are the best all round saw in every way.... except reliability.


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