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  1. Couldn't get alongside this one, so had to be a bit creative off the back. Not a hope in hell of dead-lift, walked it off without the bolsters. Avoided the weighbridge on the way home.
  2. They look close grown trees, so not a lot of canopy brash in them. Ash breaks up a lot on hitting the floor, even more so if it is dead with chalara. Don't think you'll have much brash, just windrow any up out the way and smash it up. No idea what the site access is, but guess flat and dry compared to Wales, winch in on a few routes to access track and then cross-cut and lift. Looks good firewood processor stuff.
  3. Mostly used Fransgard winches, very robust, easy to work on, spares availability. Hence they've never been changed and I haven't used much else. 4.5t and 6t, only had the 6t close to the limit a handful of times in a decade, only spent a year or so with the 4.5t, but it didn't seem lacking either. All in mixed woodland settings and assisted fells. You do need someone pretty heavy/strong on the clutch rope for heavy pulls to keep the plates tight 😂
  4. Another in support of Western Red Cedar. People are looking around more at alternative fencing products as there is so much treated rubbish out there that doesn't last to the end of the agri' schemes that are paying for them. Chestnut is one popular alternative, but maybe wouldn't work long term on the site as you describe it due to coppice nature. WRC has a lot going for it as an external timber and the rotation could be reduced to get a selection of rounds, halves and quarters for fencing. If left to grow on, we've never had trouble finding a buyer and a good price for it when we have it.
  5. Chip buyers are starting at £50/ton roadside for absolutely no quality control, whole tree from base to tip, edge trees, forks, the lot. This determines the bottom of the market really.
  6. Most years for ourselves and the others in the yard. Thing is, you spot the top you want, end up dropping half a dozen trees before you get the one you want, and then realise it's rubbish when you finally get it. With careful selection you can fell one from a cluster for going flush to a wall. Lawson Cypress was quite nice for not scratching you like a bagged cat and not dropping all its needles. On the plus side, helps us squeeze in an extra artic load of logs before the end of the year.
  7. We're currently in the middle of a job with very similar mix of species in a RAWS woodland where we are tackling the thinning of 25-30 year old regen'. Before Chalara, thinning would have very much favoured keeping the ash, especially as the site is well linked historically to ash and they make up the majority of remaining maidens. However, we are now looking at them on a far more equal with the other species. Sweet chestnut isn't that common on the site, so those are left to grow on along with the elm, oak and hornbeam that's also encouraged. Sycamore we don't feel the need to penalise like some do, it will be the species that most likely fills the gap left by ash. Beech is quite a light thief and probably worse for the woodland than the remaining conifers as nothing grows underneath at all, so that is a pretty much default removal. Hazel is all coppiced first so that we can actually see the wood, working on a coup by coup basis. Overall, we're mostly selecting on canopy gaps and haloing our maiden and larger trees and the odd glade from removing big beech clusters and stuff that has been terrorised by squirrels. Not a lot of need to select for market, it's all desirable firewood and all good processor sized stuff, so had buyers lined up before we even thought about starting.
  8. Hi Gabriel, If you have your chainsaw ticket we take on a woods volunteer each year and can provide accommodation and plenty of hands on experience in felling, extraction, planting, fencing and everything that falls into woodland management on an estate. Previous volunteers have done this as part of an apprenticeship from college in Hereford when FC England were funding, not sure if that is still the case, we are Wales based. Most volunteers have gone on to paid work in a related field having picked up the skills and confidence. The ad is now live http://bit.ly/2wlx5h4 Or you can contact me through the office email, brecon@nationaltrust.org.uk Cheers, Tim
  9. Possibly too late for you. The new distributor based in N.Yorks is claiming to be a lot better than BSG, which shouldn't be hard, never had anything in stock, all has to be ordered from Italy, factory shuts down in August so no parts available then. Not great on rough ground, we consumed driveshafts, steering ram mounts, wheel swivels, mashed the diff-lock. Some eejit didn't spec PTO or arms, might have been useful otherwise. It now has an easy retirement on a Pembrokeshire farm/campsite. Definitely no Unimog, although maintenance costs probably weren't far off Thought it was pretty rubbish until we got a Grillo, that is just scrap in waiting.
  10. Are you intending the removal of a block or to further thin what you have? Not fully up with FC ruling as based in Wales, but a lot of similarities still. Anyway, just to add that a license to thin takes a lot less application and time to return. We did this fairly recently and only took a fortnight once we'd found the relevant member of staff in NRW.
  11. If you're still looking, we're not that far away on the other side of Brecon and have some softwood cord for firewood. Felled earlier this year, some of it was windblow/standing dead so too dry for sawlogs. Message me through here, or give the boss, Stuart, a call on 07771980128
  12. Chris from MWMAC had a setup running at APF this year, mostly a selection of stuff he found in his shed and from ebay. He used a separate a-frame rather than a vehicle mounted tower.
  13. Got a 16' tilt bed here that we use for shifting plant and machinery with deck hooks for tieing down. Also have a 12' with ramps, but tend not to put the digger on that due to laziness as the tilt bed is so much easier. Does have a higher payload though as shorter and no hydraulic lift. Used to put a Ford 3000 and saw bench on the 12'. Both of these are twin axle for manoeuvrability, and gains a little more payload over a tri-axle. Used to run a 16' twin axle custom build from Ifor in a previous job, again, the twin configuration was for manoeuvrability. Never had any snaking issues behind Disco 3 or the XL 5 tonne Iveco Daily, but mostly down to good loading and having the power to keep on pulling.
  14. It lasts days by hand, weeks by grinder. Never had issues hand sharpening with the chainsaws, machine seemed more fussy (or we were just putting some real crap through it).
  15. Despite both of us being pretty experienced at sharpening by hand, the processor really seems to favour being sharpened on the grinder jig, probably to do with the associated temperature hardening. 2 chains on rotation now. Sitka goes harder with seasoning, have the same issue when the odd windblow/old one goes through the mobile saw mill.


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