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  1. charlieb

    Deutz-Agroplus-75

    Anything particularly wrong with these? Duetz in general, or this model. One's come up fairly local at an attractive price. Just checking there aren't horror stories out there. It's for general estate work, including timber and firewood stuff but it won't spend much time in the woods. We have a little quad tractor for most in-wood stuff. Also, any other brands I should look out for. I'd love a proper forestry Valtra but I don't think that's going to happen. Zetor?
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    Thinking of investing in ibcs

    Anyone know a supplier who would deliver SE Scotland? I'd like to try a few. It will be indoor so cage without the innard would be fine..
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    handling loose logs

    Cheers all. Frontloader tractor will have loads of other uses: we can't afford to buy any kit that's only good for logs. Noted GDH. I've been a bit worried about that, but OK so far. (we're on the East Coast, so fairly dry). Building a dutch barn soon and it will definitely be divided up. Might get some crates or IBC cages in due course - I think our valiant with rear forks would lift them when dry, but would need weight on the front.
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    handling loose logs

    Handball? I looked at one of those roller mats and decided it wouldn't save much time on balance. And we'd be too tempted to use it for wet logs so it would be bound to disintergrate.
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    handling loose logs

    Thanks both. Good to know getting them into a loader bucket is possible. (We're upgrading to a semi-decent loader tractor. knacks and tricks will be part of it. I don't like taking rickety loader on current MF565 near the landy very often - don't trust it.) Rowan we unload by hand. Tbh the time taken on this doesn't bother me. We only deliver within a 5 mile radius so it's a good time to catch up with people - they nearly always give us hand, and appreciate that we can chuck over fences, etc. It's the time loading in the shed that's dead time, though there is the advantage that we can chuck aside oversized or rotten logs for our own stove. We're currently doing about 20 loads a year but I'd like to build this up to 50 or so. Just our own logs from the estate. Never going to be a full time business.
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    handling loose logs

    Hey all. SImple question really: can a standard front-loader digging/levelling bucket be used to pick up loose dry logs reasonably easily? We're building up from a very small firewood business (where we handle the logs into back of pick up for sale) to a slightly bigger firewood business where I want to lift them in using to-be-purchased tractor with decent front loader. Just thinking ahead whether a standard bucket will do it or whether some sort of grab thing would be needed. I'm planning to build a new dutch barn for drying and can cut heavy-duty sleepers for the edge, so front loader would have a hard backstop to push against. Or does everyone dry in bags/boxes??? At the moment we cut rounds in the woods and split these in the shed into a big pile of split logs to dry. I've considered splitting straight into boxes, but that would be another thing to think about.
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    When will I be underpowered?

    Thanks all. Pretty clear that I should pay the extra money and get the bigger of the models I was looking at.
  8. I'm looking at ~35HP and ~50HP 4wd tractors for general forestry and estate work. I'd have a front loader either way, other implements would be winch, flail (heather cutting mostly) and small timber trailer with grab in due course. No ploughing. I'm leaning more towards the 35HP for maneuverability, etc, but a bit worried I'll be underpowered an annoying amount. Question: what tasks am I likely to regret going for the smaller machine for? Occasional earth moving or v heavy logs, yes. Anything else?
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    Alpine/compacts. AGT or BCS?

    Cheers Tom. I've been to see another (very) local BCS. Do you know of anyone with an AGT nearby?
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    Processor Hire east Lothian

    Thanks guys. It would be low diameter stuff (max about 20 cm, mostly less), 2-3 meters long. All been stacked by hand so far. Tom I'll be in touch at some point. Might not be till the Spring though. (It's very small and local firewood business we have.)
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    Processor Hire east Lothian

    Looking to hire in a processor for a day or two's solid work this winter. With or without operator. (We'd have someone on site to help make the most of it in any case.) If you're local (SE Scotland/borders) please get in touch with details of your rates. In any case, can people elsewhere give me an idea of what I should be paying and how much I could expect to get done in a day. It would be splitting various-sized hardwood thinnings - decent form (as anything that isn't decent gets chainsawed and taken away as rounds) and straight onto a big pile. Cheers
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    Alpine/compacts. AGT or BCS?

    Thanks Idiot. We're the right end of Scotland, but still several hundred miles. Good to have a general vote of confidence in these machines, particularly the BCS as I've heard good things about the dealer. Not that it makes decision making any easier. And I saw a local Kubota dealer this morning and it turns out they're not so expensive after all. I wish all dealers would just show a list price, publicly, for all their kit and treat us like adults who can compare like for like and make up our own minds. Thumbs up to Riko for doing that.
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    Alpine/compacts. AGT or BCS?

    Looking at getting a small all-terrain tractor for general estate work, including but not limited to forestry. Probably around 50 HP. Seems to be a toss up between Slovenia and Italy. (Japan seems to be significantly more expensive). Anyone got experience, good or bad, with either of the brands? I'm interested in things like durability, ease-of-repair, flex on implements, spares, etc. Thanks
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    Telegraph poles

    Probably too late, but Andy at Blue Bear Trading does them. Seems to be 50 minimum order though. Nice guy, based in Edinburgh.

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