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  1. Me too have two Granbergs set up for different chains with diamond stones - easy for a quick sharpen in the field or a more precise one on the bench.
  2. I am selling a 30 ton PTO powered Posch Splitmaster with 3 heads no log lifter if still looking?
  3. I must admit I cannot understand how someone of 17 (is it?) can drive a rig of this size and power on public roads without an HGV licence or any form of test other than for a car. Everybody understands the need for farmers to get grain from field to yard but if a Sainsburys artic (about the same size) decided to use a road like this there would be hell to pay - and the driver would have needed an HGV licence of whatever level. The odd thing is my site is on a road where to the right is a normal two lane road and to the left it rapidly narrows to a single track road with passing places. I occasionally collect timber from the adjacent farm with a tractor and trailer by turning right for about 600 yards and then to his yard - because we are inexperienced I always escort my driver. I would never turn left even in my 3.5 ton truck even though I could save a mile to customers in that direction. In my view at the very least on single track roads where there is no alternative they should escort ahead - otherwise they take the long road round or not make the trip. As I understand it the use of a beacon is not obligatory as is the attachment of number plates to the rear of the trailer. I was astounded at the arrogance of the other party and the fact the police were not interested. I suppose if I was travelling on that road I ought to be able to stop whatever the obstruction or circumstances is the argument. My argument is that using rigs of this size on roads like this brings obligations driven by common sense if not common law.....
  4. Same thing happened to me a couple of months back - just getting dusk very similar road with overhanging trees. Same size tractor - grain trailer two or three times the size - estimated 65 ft long with the tractor and completely blocked the road. I could not believe it and immediately put my car in the hedge - the lad put two wheels of the tractor into the hedge on the other side and with the trailer at about 20 degrees drove on - I looked out of my window at the trailer towering over my car with about 6-9 inches to spare. I turned round and followed him - there were no beacons on the cab and no number plate on the trailer. I stopped him at his farm and we exchanged views - he thought I was driving too fast and I thought it was lunacy bringing a rig that size up that road. called the next day and he refused to exchange insurance details because there had been no collision. I had a £2000 bill for repairs to my car. Made a detailed written complaint to the police and they said in a written response they would take no action. Spoke to a farmer friend of mine who said there was effectively no restrictions or obligation to provide escorts, beacons or number plates, they could go where they like because they have to be able to access any fields. Not much more to say. I am definitely fitting dashcams to all our vehicles.
  5. Some really good videos. Verypoorfarmer really interested in how you are getting on with the Trakmet. I agree on straight wood to your specification at 500mm and diameters up to 18inch (9 inch diameter logs) with someone else loading the log deck you can easily get 6 cube an hour. The log diameter will vary from 5-12 inches depending on how good you are with managing the splitter height. That's excellent for my log boiler but the 250mm demanded by my customers at 4-5 inch maximum would take 2-3 times as long. If you take into account loading the deck, resplitting, clearing the splitter head and removing the chaff, adjusting and sharpening the saw chain (a challenge on that machine), you are back to my estimate of 1-2 cube an hour loose output. You did ask the original question relating to charges - there are not that many log boilers around even now and most self supply as I do. The majority of the market is wood burners and they need the smaller specification logs. William Petts shows some excellent videos. I use the Trakmet as I did the Dalen as a splitter and in terms of straight throughput from ringed up arb waste they are both very fast You do have to ring the wood up however and that impacts on the speed - its just about a second person flat out. You would also have to resplit a fair amount and your customers are clearly quite happy with larger diameter logs. As one person operation 50% time ringing up and 50% time splitting I would agree 5 cube loose an hour could be achieved to the log size demonstrated. That's 10 cube if someone else is splitting and feeding the belt. I used to do 30 cube containers of ringed up wood to wholesale and it would take us 10-12 hours two people to ring up and load 30 cube of loose rings. Using a crane, tractor and two big chainsaws. My customers would get about 50-60 bags out of this using vertical splitters. So say 50 bags in 20-24 man hours that's 2 or 3 loose cube a person/hour ringing up. I am not challenging what you guys are are doing - in many ways I am testing my throughput as I set out in previous posts - you are either much more efficient than my operation or doing substantially differently. I am rethinking my log diameter and testing it with my customers for instance.
  6. On the contrary it was a constructive post. We have reduced the ram movement to about 32.5cm to reduce the free movement before it hits the log. Trakmet is I think fairly typical in throughput to chainsaw operated processors with a direct drop into the splitting chamber - I would expect machines with a separate splitting chamber and circular saw to be faster. I think the big difference is with these machines that have 12 way or box knives in two ways - the number of logs produced and the consistency of profile but also these splitters tend to operate in a shaft where it is not possible for small logs and debris get wedged underneath. With the Trakmet and the Dalen the 6 and 8 way star splitters cannot produce consistent logs with a variation in input material size. You have to have very consistent sized sorted straight and unbranched material if you are not to get a variation between 100 and 200mm diameter logs. This is not acceptable to our customers. I do quite a few for wholesale to burner suppliers and they check the bag for rubbish and oversize. If we were processing 4 meter perfect logs all 250mm diameter I dare say we could get up to 5 bags (say 5 loose cube) an hour but life is not like that. Remember we do process straight into bags. If we were processing to 500mm length and not worrying about oversize the limiting factors would be loading and stacking. Trakmet do not do a 12 way - we are looking at producing one with a local welding shop. There are so many inconsistencies in comparing operator and machine performance - if you look at the pile above for the burner market there would be a fair proportion of oversize. Its probably fine for the open fire market - I know a farmer who produces huge logs by comparison but does not sell very many! If you are processing into a pile its quicker but we sell in bags because that's what our customers want. How many bags an hour can be produced per man from a pile sorting for oversize and discarding rubbish. If I was looking for product consistency and performance I would choose a machine with a box splitter, and a separate system for removing the rubbish. And I would go out and buy artic loads of specified 250mm logs at 4 meters. Birch is excellent for that. Ash tends to be varied in size and not quite straight but makes fantastic firewood. Interesting stuff . It may be we are too sensitive about product consistency.
  7. I am really intrigued by this thread and others on processor throughput. I have had a Trakmet 450 for a little over a year. It has a log deck is semi automatic with a 25 ton ram. Prior to that I had use of an older Dalen. We split for retail - I have a 75 acre woodland with management plan and felling licence. Most of the wood is ash with some oak and beech. We load direct from the forest after 1 year seasoning and split directly into bags for the next year. I work on 2 bags per solid cube and three bags per tonne. We split as standard to 25cm and try to maintain plus or minus 5 cm. The wood is graded between deck loads of 10-20cm and 20-40cm. We use a 8 way splitter. We find customers have preferences on log size but are pretty adamant about log diameter at 10-12cm max for burners. This is our major market. With two people and the larger diameter logs we can produce about 2 bags an hour - I am saying that because stops to reposition logs, clear dust, clean output conveyor, adjust saw make it difficult to be exact. One guy is loading the deck, repositioning logs clearing rubbish removing oversize for resplit and stacking bags. On the larger logs about 50% is resplit - this is strangely enough the most productive with 2-3 bags an hour achievable. Having done 600 bags in the last year our experience is that to get a consistent product from natural hardwood selected for length and minimum bends from that processor two bags an hour is good. If its arb waste short lengths and twisty budget on one bag. We do not split into a heap because the machine does not remove chips and dust from the conveyor and you get left with a pile of unsaleable stuff at the bottom. I would have thought a hire service would encounter material like ours or worse unless its all larch or straight softwood where much higher rates could be achieved. Equally if you cut to 500mm and don't worry about diameter much higher rates can be achieved. Wish you luch and would be interested in the experience of others.
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    <p>Yup, that's fine. </p>

    <p>Steve</p>

     

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    <p>Will do many thanks - will probably be bought tomorrow</p>

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    <p>dave</p>

     

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    <p>Hi Dave,</p>

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    <p>You can pop it over and I will do a quick assessment on parts and get them on order ASAP. The repair will be within 1/2 day of the parts arriving so the lead time depends on their availability....best I can do!</p>

    <p>Cheers</p>

    <p>Steve</p>

     

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    <p>Hi Spud my MS461 clutch (or sprocket) has disintegrated - the chain brake arm has cracked and the unit could do with a checkover and service - any chance you could do anything this week if Michael bought it over?</p>

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    <p>Dave</p>

     

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    <p>Hi Jonny</p>

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    <p>saw your post a few weeks ago re purchasing from eastern Europe - can you give me contact details/ Dave 07769642555</p>

     

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    <p>Hi Steve</p>

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    <p>I am in herts wd4 8RS - could you give me phone no so we can discuss dave 07769642555</p>

     

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    <p>Hi my kindling is open plastic sacks approx 8kg - 9kg of wood per sack !</p>

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    <p>I normally only supply within Hertfordshire </p>

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    <p>Where are you based regards steve</p>

     

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