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  1. gdh

    How much for a m3 load delivered?

    More than it cost you to make ;). We're £140 for 1.8 tipped loose ranging to £280 for 4. Mid Wales. I don't sell individual bags but locally they range (ignoring the cheap fresh stuff from tree surgery) from £80-120.
  2. gdh

    Show us your fencing!!

    Yes, both of ours are protech. We put in a lot of 12inch oak posts is why we went so heavy. I'm not sure about smaller ones, it's just a trade of between performance and reach with any size though.
  3. gdh

    Show us your fencing!!

    300kg, we wanted the same as our tractor one. On levelish ground the digger can use it at full reach.
  4. gdh

    Show us your fencing!!

    We've been doing a fair bit recently, mostly at home using our own oak stakes but occasionally have to give up and buy creosote stakes.
  5. I've only got limited experience with a tree shear but I don't think you'll find anything lighter because they're so simple. If you get a tilt hitch on the digger it's relatively easy to reach up and take down branches and stems. If you're looking second hand it's much easier to get hold of a 13tonner if you have the access. Here's ours: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=405178583218215&id=260687344334007
  6. An 8tonner will usually only take a 30cm tree shear which will be down to 25cm cutting hardwood. You can get bigger ones but you would need 13ton plus to take the weight.
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    Non smart phone

    I agree, everything is quicker on a smart phone and my Sony is water and dust proof so no issues there. Only problem is I can't escape emails anymore
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    Non smart phone

    They re-released the Nokia 3310 which I think has everything you want and is cheap. For a decent camera you'll probably need a smartphone though. Or maybe a jcb phone if you want something tougher. I have no experience of either unfortunately, just ideas.
  9. gdh

    what logs have you been chopping today!

    We're a bit slow on sales but we're still cutting plenty. Was just about getting up the hill in the snow yesterday. 🙂 On a side note we just finished cutting 175 ton of smaller diameter (average 10inch) beech and ash and it made 310cube when dry if that's of interest to anyone.
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    small scale processing

    As said, if it's value for money you're better off hiring a processor. If you enjoy cutting your own wood it will make things much faster on straight logs but you're probably better off investing in a nice axe or hydraulic splitter as opposed to spending a few thousand on a processor.
  11. We often fill up 3 or four cans in our local garage for chainsaws and quadbikes. No issues with them and as we only use diesel for vehicles which we have our own tank for I don't see a way around it other picking up 5 litres every day of the week.
  12. gdh

    Favourite film of all time

    Star Wars Rumble in the Bronx Any other Jackie chan film.
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    Moisture meters

    To be honest I just use a cheap stihl, it's just a rebadged generic one though, I don't think they make their own. I prefer the older, more square one but they all measure the same way as far as know so the only truly accurate way is by weight. There are very expensive hammer in ones but you get a good enough idea from experience and the cheap ones.
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    I would cut it a bit shorter as well, 70% of our sales are 9inch compared to longer sizes.
  15. gdh

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Yes, we put a radiator on the infeed of a pressure fan.
  16. gdh

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    We've put a vented floor in an old trailer and push hot air through it. Basically a grain drying floor on a very small scale.
  17. gdh

    what is this cut?

    From that angle it looks like they were doing everything they could to line up with the house.
  18. gdh

    hot pressure washers

    We use a cleanwell diesel which performs well.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. gdh

    Looking for wholesale hardwood logs

    Plenty here in mid Wales. Delivery cost might be an issue
  25. 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.


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