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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. Glad you got it sorted. Yes, never push harder than its cutting, the excess force will push the chain against the rails of the bar harder. I've found nearly all bar wear comes from trying to cut with a blunt chain. It's always tempting to try and finish without changing a chain. 😉
  2. Milling wood is going to vary massively around the country. It's dropped a bit recently after a big rise but we're still being quoted £60 for chip wood and there's people paying £40+ standing.
  3. Is it definitely the right chain for the bar? I have seen the wrong one put in the box before and if it's lose in your spare bar it could be slightly too narrow. Also work double checking all the teeth are the same length if you've been struggling to sharpen. I use an old bar screwed into the side of the workbench to sharpen by the way. It saves playing around with a vice each time.
  4. Nearly all processors run standard bars but wear relatively fast because you're always cutting in the same spot. They also tend to wear more heavily on the one side because the log falls one way. Have you tried turning the bar upside down to rule out a damaged rail? Or putting an old one/spare on to rule out a bent mount. I'm assuming you've tried a different chain and the sprockets fine.
  5. gdh

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    It's going to depend on how tidy the trees are, for decent ones I would pay them £20 a ton standing. If you're selling them you could make a decent profit on 2 acres. That would be leaving the brash but you can get an awful lot done with a big chipper. It might be worth asking around local biomass companies, there's one near us who will chip large amounts of brash for free in return for the chip then your only cost would be heaping it up ready. Obviously hard to say without seeing the trees but it could well be you'll make enough without charging them.
  6. gdh

    Quoting for a job

    Are you felling everything or just tidying the site?
  7. Our woodland mills hm130 doesn't get used a lot but it's probably done 40cube and is easy enough to use and well built. It also helps that it was (relatively) cheap.
  8. Do you want to do a bit of video editing for fun or 4k semi professional stuff? That's what you'll need most power for. Whatever you're doing I would get an SSD (solid state drive), they've dropped a lot in price and they'll speed up everything from turning on to moving files. If you get one built you can pick and choose components and you'll be anywhere from £500-2000 for top of the range for the main tower. You can play around on the build your own websites if you know what you're doing. PCSPECIALIST - Top Spec Custom PCs & Laptops Built to Order WWW.PCSPECIALIST.CO.UK Manufacturer of performance custom computers and laptops. Customise your...
  9. Best thing is to go to an independent shop, you'll get less junk installed on it that way and they'll generally be able to better advise you. Apple is no better than other brands, it's just marketed differently and it doesn't run Windows. I don't know what you're using now but you'll have to upgrade to Windows 10, it can be a big change but if you get it set up for you it can basically run like older windows. Also it's worth getting one with a disk drive so you can install old software - most new stuff, including office, is subscription based so you'll have to pay as long as you use it instead of once.
  10. Quads are great and very flexible but, as said, they don't weigh enough for towing unless you're on good ground. The most I've towed with our Yamaha 550 on steeper ground is half a ton and that was on the limit. You've also got to stop. 😉 I wonder how much weight you could carry on the blade of a small digger? I've seen it done with stakes for fencing and it works well. If you could weld up a frame for it you could load yourself up and carry with one machine. Or just tow a trailer with it. Obviously for speed and carrying tools a quad is better.
  11. Fair enough, just different preferances then. If I go out to do any work it's nearly always people I know so I'm happy to take a hit if they do. I know on a good day we'll both come out well. If I wasn't sure I would bill hourly, nothing wrong with that either.
  12. I think we might be working for different types of people. 😉
  13. That's the way I like to work, bit of flexibility from both parties. Too many people try and take advantage of day rates which is why I would only do them with people I get on with.
  14. I said a couple of hours either way. Obviously if you're doing 17 hours you would want more (although if it's a one off these things happen, I've been stuck working after breakdowns). I just expect a reasonable amount of give and take, it's part of being self-employed. If in doubt I bill by the hour.
  15. If you're on a day rate and it's not regular I think it's fair to get a full day if you finish an hour or two early but equally you shouldn't then expect more pay if you have to do another couple of hours to finish the job. If you're able to get all your work done in half days consistently I would personally be asking for more work each day, hopefully it would prove your value and lead to more work/money in the future.


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