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    Mid/South Wales
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    Farmer/ Firewood and woodchip
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  1. Simplest way is roadside, chipwood is around £50 a ton now from the last quote I got and it's worth sorting the nicer logs for milling to get a bit more. Off topic: This is the last place I expected to see a kyle katarn reference.
  2. Flail does the better job and will get through smaller gorse etc if required but as said needs a bit more power. 8ft on our 120hp tractor is a reasonable match although that is front mounted so I can't remember if you lose some power anyway. Anything's possible if you go slow enough though.
  3. gdh

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Apart from the boilers that burn waste sawdust etc most need sub 20% moisture to work properly. We dry our woodchip which we use for our kiln to less than 15. You just use a small percentage of what you've dried for the next lot. Biomass boilers are also much more efficient than any log burner so emissions would be much less.
  4. gdh

    hakki pilki 50

    Nothing with the first one except a cog stripped in the pto gearbox, 1 belt and a small sensor (that didn't matter) over 1000hours. Second one we've had a few belts snap (there is only one for the saw which should last 600 hours) and can't work out why. On both machines we've fixed everything ourselves and the parts arrived in a couple of days. Only thing we ever had to call a mechanic about was all the electrics playing up and couldn't work out why - it embarrassingly turned out to be the plug loose on the tractor. If you've got a good relationship with a local dealer that could be the decider though.
  5. gdh

    hakki pilki 50

    We looked at both when we switched to Tajfun from Hakki Pilke and preferred the Tajfun 480+ for value and performance. I did like the look of auto chain tensioning on the Hakki Pilke though. Happy to answer any questions on the 480.
  6. gdh

    Looking for wholesale hardwood logs

    Plenty here in mid Wales. Delivery cost might be an issue
  7. gdh

    Advice on machinery for moving timber

    Tracked bobcats are good for woodland work but our old one (talking 15 years ago admittedly) used to destroy bearings constantly being used on concrete yards. I still miss it though for turning on the spot when loading.
  8. gdh

    Hows the log sales going now

    Anyone else slow on sales? We're not disastrous by any means but after a record year last year we seem to be half of what I expected and our wholesale customers are even worse. Hopefully we get some cold weather soon as it's been a warm winter so far. Alternatively I've got plenty of wholesale logs for sale
  9. gdh

    Green stock netting

    Thanks, I'll take a look. Can find a few 100m rolls but hoping for longer.
  10. gdh

    Green stock netting

    Llandovery, Mid Wales.
  11. gdh

    Advice on machinery for moving timber

    I'm not sure you should pay too much attention to them... Double check this as it's from memory: Max weight is approximately 28ton and the trailer can't be more than 18. Top, legal, speed is 25mph Maximum from base is 60miles. You don't need an mot but anything dangerous or overloaded and you'll still get pulled There's restrictions on using it for haulage to - you can't haul for other people etc. As said that's all from memory but there's a lot of regulations.
  12. gdh

    Green stock netting

    We're doing a job at the moment that requires green coloured netting and can't get 300m rolls of rylock anywhere. We have enough in stock at the moment but any ideas for alternatives would be appreciated for the future.
  13. gdh

    Trouble finding chain

    You can use the custom page on Northern arb. https://www.northernarbsupplies.co.uk/chainsaw-chains/2964-custom-chain-maker-select-your-options-1.html?search_query=Custom&results=8#/2164-number_of_drive_links-92/2100-gauge-1_5mm_058/2096-pitch-3_8
  14. I've tried selling some wood fresh before but apart from the odd farmer who's used to drying their own wood no one seems interested. I think regular customers don't have the space and the occasional customers don't mind paying a bit more for convenience. The other issue is that drying isn't a huge cost for us. It's easier to cut and have every size ready than cut straight before delivery so no labour saving and charging £70 a cube instead of £75 isn't enough to convince people. It would be nice not have the huge cost of wood sitting there but you get used to it. It would be nice to sell it fresh and customers dry it themselves but I think most people want to phone up and have the convenience of ready to burn unfortunately.
  15. gdh

    Advice on machinery for moving timber

    Shouldn't go wrong with a telehandler - just got to choose whether you want a traditional side boom type, front arm or skidsteer depending on terrain and where you want to go. You can use a muck grab for most stuff and they're good for brash or you can get a grab for pallet forks which is better for big stuff like this (be aware the pallet forks often aren't included). http://www.riko-uk.com/product/timber-loader-grabs/pallet-fork-grab


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