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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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    Euro Vision

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

    Use for sawdust?!

    Can't get a lot for sawdust but horse,cattle or sheep bedding is where ours goes.
  9. 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...
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    what logs have you been chopping today!

    Thanks, looks tidy stuff.
  11. 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.
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    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.
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    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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    It seems balanced and handles well on a 24 but doesn't struggle if you do want to go bigger.
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    Larger processor for making smaller logs?

    The 12 and 16 way splitters are very good for big logs and make tidy stuff but they need a fair bit of power and they're only worth it for large diameters - putting logs through that are only slightly bigger than the inner ring just results in 4 nice pieces and a ring of kindling. We've got a 4, 12 and 6way currently on our 480+ and with a small amount of grading the logs to go through first and an extra sorting grate on the end of the conveyor we're making tidy stuff.
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    Netting logs

    I've also seen 2 planks of wood, the width of bags apart, with nails sticking up to hang the bags on so you can do a few at once.
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    What saws you got ?

    572, 576, 560x2 and 550 for daily use (cutting firewood and a bit of felling). A top handle oleo Mac (I'll probably be told off for having one on the ground ;)) and a load of oleo mac saws in pieces and on a drill because they uses to be our go to saws. A couple of eighties stihls somewhere as well.
  18. gdh

    Remote control for pto chipper

    Fuelwood do one for the manual heizohacks. It's got a stop/start button, one for forwards and one you hold for reverse. Costs around £1400 I think.
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    Cordwood ready for processor

    That's the maximum, I've seen it offered at that but I've never seen anyone who has paid it.. yet. In some areas you can still get it for £60. Here in mid Wales is around £68 delivered going up to £70 now. Softwood isn't much cheaper anymore either.
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    572 users - experience

    I've also just got a 572 and it's good so far, seems to cut slightly faster than my 576 and feels more like a 560 with a bigger bar (24inch) than a big saw but in a good way. On a side note the new husqvarna chain seems to perform better when cutting with the grain than other chains but that might just be me.
  21. gdh

    nice set-up

    Looks well organised and reasonably fast, so many of the big processors actually look quite slow on normal timber but that looks alright. I would hope that wood is dry going in but maybe mold isn't an issue in those heaps when it's as cold as it looks there.
  22. gdh

    4x4 pick ups

    Yes it is. Haven't driven it much yet but it's no worse than the older one, if anything slightly better for towing because first seems lower.
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    4x4 pick ups

    We've just got the same for firewood deliveries, our last Isuzu did well for us but not enough capacity so we got this one with a bigger back and air suspension.
  24. gdh

    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    That's hardwood but only measured on the outside. Softwood like Douglas and larch is similar but dries quicker. I'm guessing the bark doesn't soak as much. I just put whole logs on top, try to put bent ones to match the top of the stack if possible but in general I keep it as quick to put up and take off as possible. Keeping the rain off the top seems to be key, anything that hits the side is balanced out by the wind.
  25. gdh

    Drying Roundwood stacks before processing

    Haha. I'm busy lambing actually but at least that's indoors. In all honesty everything has been different this year and we ended up not sheeting because we had such a good summer then ran out of time (and almost wood). I'm hoping to get back on top of it this year because I doubt we'll get lucky with weather twice. Most effective way I found was making sure it's on good bearers, and stacked out in the open in as much wind as possible. Avoid under trees, they make a huge difference. For the covers we use silage sheets for the best value, something like this (only an example not the best price or anything) https://www.allplas.co.uk/acatalog/4metre-wide-125mu--Heavy-duty-500gauge--Black--784.html#SID=547 I try to use 2 or 3 of us and have a morning to cover everything - 2 people holding the plastic and one on the log trailer putting a layer of logs dotted over top. I don't bother tying the sides, just leave them flapping about 2ft so you can unroll with the log crane when it comes to getting it in a hurry. We can get stuff down to 15-20% in a good summer, the issue is it goes back up 25+ by the time we're cutting it in the winter.


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