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  1. Our Florabest brushcutter has been worked hard on our farm and it still works great. Zero break downs. Absolute bloody bargain I reckon!! Cheers, Steve
  2. I hadn't thought of the mud & wet causing problems. Thanks I hadn't seen any 2t winches until you mentioned it.... wonder how many £'s this one would cost? https://www.igland-as.com/en/skog/igland-2001-2/
  3. I think its suited to small woodland owners with a small tractor.... if it had a hydraulic winch with Dyneema rope it would tick more boxes. I'm toying with the idea of buying a 5ft hydraulic transport box (like fleming) and bolting a hydraulic winch to that.... much more use to me than a standard forestry winch. Although whether a transport box would be strong enough to skid big lumps is a bit questionable. The edge of the box could be dug-in to help stop the tractor being pulled towards the tree.... and the hydraulic winch could be operated with a remote. cheers, steve
  4. They are looking at getting CE approval, but not for quite a while.... so if you need a winch soon best to look elsewhere (they have lots of other things currently going through the CE Approval so the Skid-Winch is not top priority right now). I watched a video showing the strength of their bandsaw milling bed.... stacked up horizontally with a huge heap of heavy logs. Tiny amount of deflection in the bed & it sprung back to square after they were removed. Norwood are obviously designing things well so on that basis i reckon the skid-winch will be very popular.... cheers, steve
  5. Yes I believe that's right. Also important to have the rope feeding onto the capstan fairly square.... so doing a high pull could have issues with the rope slipping off the capstan. It's basically used for extracting trees on the ground. The pdf says not to pull beyond 10 degrees left or right of the capstan. Cheers, Steve
  6. Been in touch with Oli and a chap from Norwood.... unfortunately they cant sell the Skid Winch in the UK yet because its not been CE certified; apparently potential for fingers to be trapped in the wire where the capstan is (but I believe no worse than any other forestry winch!). They sent me a load of info on it and it does look impressive. cheers, Steve
  7. I don't understand why it's not okay to have a Tidal Lagoon in Swansea but it is fine to dump radioactive mud in the sea that isn't tested properly???!
  8. I haven't seen any ratings for what it can pull - it's £1,150 according to the Norwood UK website. Yeah I'd like to find out alot more about it. I'll jot an email to them... cheers, steve
  9. Check out this log skidder, winch, chainsaw holder, cant hook holder, mini forklift/ log mover & tow ball receiver by Norwood.... looks like its very capable of pulling hefty lumps. Anyone used one? Cheers, Steve
  10. The end, or a new beginning?.... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45225406 Ministers bid to cut most polluting wood and coal burned at home The sale of wet wood and coal for use in home burners could be phased out in England under government proposals. Bags of logs sold in DIY stores, garden centres and petrol stations often contain wet wood - which is more polluting - and would be banned. Traditional house coal could be phased out as early as 2019 under Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) proposals.
  11. Here in Wales, Glastir (EU funded scheme via Welsh Assembly) certainly don't want wood pasture.... they insist on stock exclusion. Be it a yucky galvanised fence or electric fencing. They don't mind farmers catching grey squirrels though.... so it's not all bad; although Pine Martens are probably doing a better job at that! Cheers, steve
  12. Hi Dave, have you tried Jonathan Latham in Kent? He imports the Antonio Carraro's advertised on eBay.... worth a try. Cheers, Steve
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    eBay scam?

    Glad you got it sorted in the end. You were lucky! A few extra things; I've stopped selling stuff on ebay due to their out of control 'buyer protection' policy (not all sellers are evil!) Worth noting that vehicles bought via on ebay arent covered by PayPal protection Gumtree is owned by ebay Travis Perkins owns Wickes (Wickes is often much cheaper than Travis Perkins TRADE) Buying stuff adds even more clutter Nice sunny day today.... cheers, steve
  14. That is not a wheelbarrow... Wheelbarrow, noun; a small cart with a single wheel at the front and two supporting legs and two handles at the rear, used typically for carrying loads in building work or gardening.


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