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  1. What's the purpose of all these questions? Market research or boosting your website SEO? Not an issue as such, just curious...
  2. A few thoughts on this (not mine, but some worked examples relating to flight CO2 emissions) here: How many trees do I need to plant to offset the carbon dioxide released in a flight? - Quora WWW.QUORA.COM
  3. sandspider


    Would love to see a live hedgehog in my garden, but even living in rural Wales I have never done so. Did find a poo in my paddock full of beetle wing cases, and something had been eating windfall apples. I hope it's a hedgehog...
  4. Ahh, cheers squaredy, that's close to me. Will get in touch.
  5. You may be right. I did try a 4t splitter and generally found my x27 better. Should be a fair mound of wood though, I hope anyway.
  6. Hi all I live near Chepstow and normally process my own logs with chainsaw and Fiskars. I enjoy the exercise, but it can take a while. In a couple of months time I should have a felled ash tree or two to process - these will be cut into manageable lengths, and from 2" to ~20" diameter I think. I was wondering if anyone in this area does contract processing, and what it might cost / how long it might take to process all my wood at once? Or if I'll just keep doing it myself! Hard to say how much wood there will be in total, but the main tree is the nearly dead one in my pic below. There will be another large branch from another ash (12" diameter?) and any other bits and pieces I can gather. Access is a bit tight, but you can get a 7.5 ton van or Landrover and trailer to the house. Actual processing would need to be done in a paddock (up a fairly steep bank and under a tree through an ~8 foot gate), no hard surface. Any ideas on likely costs and times? I appreciate there isn't a huge amount of info here, but a rough idea would be helpful. Thanks.
  7. Interesting! I'd want some guns mounted somewhere. And I wonder what sort of finish those wheels would leave on my lawn...?
  8. The only ash I have (South Wales) with no (or very few) leaves at the moment have dieback. Your ash may be different, get someone who knows to check, but I'd fear the worst...
  9. Thanks, good to see. I've been planting trees out for the past two or three years now; I'm nowhere near canopy closure yet, apart from in a few stands for coppicing which I've planted quite close together.
  10. Looking good. How long ago were the trees planted?
  11. For the price, you can't really go wrong!
  12. Bit late perhaps, but I've got the SGS 52CC strimmer in your original post. (Or a very similar model anyway). For my needs (non commercial but an acre or so to keep on top of) it's been good. It's quite heavy, thirsty at full chat, and the line feed is fiddly to reload. So, I use it with the blade all the time, and it munches through anything, usually on mid revs. Starts easily, runs well, powerful, good price. Harness is a bit awkward, and it's not that comfy to use for hours at a time, but I'm not sure any hefty strimmer would be. I used to have an old Stihl of some sort, much lighter and less vibration, but much less powerful, and probably 4 times the cost. I like it.
  13. We do have the internal space to insulate I should add, but a consultant suggested the cost of this would be so much it would take a long time to pay back in reduced oil bills. Maybe one day. That would be preferable to rebuilding, but I think it would be a lot of work to make it much more efficient.


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