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  1. I have a 4 foot two man saw, it is an old one but sharp. I use it on the rare occasion my chainsaw won't quite get through a very big log, just to do that bit in the middle that you can't quite get. It works but I have no intention of ditching my chainsaw. I like them and understand the attraction but for the money I think I would be getting a 240V chainsaw assuming you have power on site. You must have seen the crosscut races at shows, they are damned quick but don't do a right lot of logs.
  2. If you really want to cut it by hand I would strongly suggest a Bahco 21" bow saw. They cut pretty much as well as a Silky and cost a fraction of the price. The blades stay sharp longer than a Silky and are cheap to replace when needed. The blades do rust so it is important to store them dry, that would be true of your crosscut too.
  3. You can get an antibody test. Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK WWW.GOV.UK Choose a drive-through or walk-through test centre for a quick test, or order a home test kit.
 I thought I had had it but the test said otherwise. Be warned, if you do one of these tests you have to give up quite a bit of blood. About 5 drops, not bucket loads but you try deliberately stabbing yourself with a tiny jabber and squeezing blood out. Top tip: stab yourself twice in the same place to get a bigger hole.
  4. They respond well to pruning. You could reduce the canopy quite dramatically and it will come back (do it when not in leaf of course). Gets rid of any falling down issues and you get to keep a tree although smaller. I have just pulled the one in my garden out because I don't want a big tree near my house. It was a big old tree that an 8 ton digger struggled with.
  5. Peasgood

    Ray Mears

    Nearly half my meals are cooked in my Ronnie Sunshine Dutch oven on the gas hob indoors. I suppose it's camping because I have lived in a trailer for the last two and a half years.
  6. I'm hoping not to run the oil boiler much at all. More of a back up on very cold winter mornings before the fire is lit. A fire every 3-4 days is enough for hot water in summer, at least that is the plan. When I was on wood alone I didn't need to light it much for plenty of hot water in the summer, this is a new house and new system for me.
  7. It is exactly what I am currently fitting to my house apart from my oil boiler not being a combi. Oil boiler heats thermal store so no need to be a combi, I will still be on mains pressure hot water.
  8. Peasgood


    I'd suggest a cordless grinder.
  9. I am right handed but can do most jobs with either hand. Spend day after day doing repetitive manual tasks and you learn to change hands. I won't be holding a chainsaw like that any time soon though.
  10. It takes me 10-15 minutes to sharpen mine with a file that cost about a fiver. So in theory I could sharpen four blades in one hour which would cost £120 at least if you just bought new blades. It would probably take 20 minutes to fit four new blades anyway so you would have to be on £150 an hour before sharpening blades became a waste of time. If you are in a job where you can just pass that cost onto the customer then fair enough but if the cost just comes out of your pocket it is a different matter. In reality it is still money that could stay in your pocket. I only ever sharpen the top face of the blade, I'm not sure sharpening to side faces is physically possible. I would say sharpening at least doubles the life of the blade and more likely triples it. Not for everyone because you have to be able to use a file and some folk are cack handed at such things. Horses for courses, I can't climb a tree.
  11. You can sharpen the Gomtaro. Feather edge diamond file off Amazon costs about £7.50
  12. Police around here would turn up three days later if you were very lucky, especially if they thought it might be travellers. In fact they definitely wouldn't turn up in that case, they would just give you a crime number and say claim on your insurance. It has got to the point where if you did actually intervene it would be you getting arrested for racism or something ridiculous. It is a very sorry state of affairs.
  13. They are held on by two 12mm bolts, only takes a 19mm spanner to remove them so not much of a security feature. I think most serious trailer robbers have a way of clamping a hitch around the original hitch that defeats and hitch locks anyway. Just catch one and tear it limb from limb and scatter the bits around to scare the rest off. Works with crows.
  14. If you buy an awful lot of wood do you not already know who to get a good product off or how to tell if the wood you are buying is good quality or not? Also if you are buying an awful lot it would usually make sense to buy quite a bit in one go and store it yourself rather than by a few nets of logs each day for example. My point there is that you should be able to buy enough that you can season it yourself or at least ensure it has been dry stored for long enough. I accept that not everyone has storage space. These assured logs are going to be sold by the same people as before, I would assume from the same trees and stored/sold in the same manner as before. All that will have changed is that the seller has now forked out a not inconsiderable amount of money for a piece of paper confirming what I would expect you to already know. No doubt you have heard of someone buying a car with a full MOT only to discover the tyres are bald, the exhaust is hanging off and the horn doesn't work. But they had a certificate saying they were qualified to issue an MOT. The flipside is also true, that fantastic guy you have always bought the very best quality logs off doesn't suddenly turn up with a load of rotten Poplar just because he has a certificate. Sorry, went off on one a bit there.


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