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  1. You can remove the chipper body leaving the tracked section. I made a log cradle for mine so now we have a tracked barrow as well.
  2. Great pics - very atmospheric with the snow! Wouldn't get a cs100 in there!
  3. I've had a close look at that thread it's a great idea and one I have considered. I think the bottom structure of the cs100 would make it too high and top heavy on a tracked Barrow arrangement. The peruzzo is a different chipper design than the cs100 although they look similar at first glance. I think it has been designed so that the centre of gravity sits very low.
  4. Can I ask any of you guys with a peruzzo - how has the engine which powers the tracks been? Any starting or reliability issues? and is there a facility to put it into neutral and move it by hand/winch as a back-up? I have a CS100 and seriously thinking of changing it. Doing much more rough ground and less domestic work now but still need something small. Cheers.
  5. Any ideas? Got me stumped, thought willow at first? Thanks.
  6. I'm resurrecting this thread to ask how everyone got on? It's nearly a year and I haven't smoked since. I didn't use any vaping or other replacement therapies. Fair to say it was hard and very unpleasant indeed for quite a long time but they are well and truly out of my system and my mind now. Can't ever see me going back. How did others do?
  7. As above. When it's been stood for a week or so on starting at low revs it hunts and surges, and is a bit smokey. This goes away once it warms up. Only got 30-40 hours under it's belt. Any ideas? Was going to ask the Greenmech guys about it at the APF. Cheers.
  8. I use the smaller PCW 3000 brilliant bit of kit, pulls just about anything and not to heavy to lug around. To stop the pull you just let go of the rope, no need to unwrap the coils from the drum. The amount of pull these generate is pretty impressive. Make sure you buy the right type of rope to go with it. Normal rigging ropes wear out quickly. I imagine the PCW5000 would be even more of a beast. I might add, you can just keep adding lengths of rope tied together using a bowline and long tail, and you can effectively have an unlimited range. My max distance between winch and log has been 120m. They're a breeze to redirect through your normal rigging pulleys as well, you can get as creative with skidding routes as you like. I think a Lewis winch doesn't allow that so easily?
  9. Hi Big J, Complicated. I spend a large part of my life in sitka stands (not far from you), doing thinning. I'd think - 1. That's a lot of cash to recoup even allowing for capital allowances/writing down allowances. ( Do you have repay grants if you sell the kit?). 2. If there's no money to be had from thinnings we'll cut and leave on site for nature to deal with or feed through a big chipper. We'll put as little money into it as possible. That is probably the key point with first thinnings. 3. Site I'm on now - you'd struggle for access even with that great looking set up! There is a presumption against access racks which makes winching the only real option (or heli-logging but that's never going to happen!) 4. I'd prefer to (and do) fell and winch out to the rack/site edge, and delimb there, chip the brash - then I might hire you in to move the cut timber from A to B. Winch costs nothing to run, flick the switch and your whole tree moves 50m. In theory we can winch to the roadside. So you'd get a few hours work maybe after we'd done all that? That might be a more typical job? 5. That's a lot for a day rate. I could hire a three ton digger + operator, and tracked chipper plus a firewood processor for less than that - and that combination might be better for us because we've found firewood is one of the few ways to make money from first sitka thinnings. 6. (Takes deep breath) I think you've over estimated the day rate a typical first thinnings customer might tolerate and underestimated the amount of product you could move. But hey! Go for it, if it doesn't work you won't lose the shirt of your back and I might even hire you a couple of time a year! All meant as advice from someone who on the face of it would look like your ideal customer and is in the thick of this type of job right now Cheers.
  10. Exact same problem with one of my subbies 200T. The handle was packed out so solid with years of neglect and crud that he hadn't realised it was broken - the rubbish was actually keeping things in place. There was more than just one thing broken in there as well. It was only because it started pouring out fuel up a tree and volunteered to strip it to do the carb seals (which were also shot) that I found the chain brake issue. It's a bugger to get back together. Major safety issue. Now the handles on all the saws are opened and cleaned every year. Perils of buying second hand saws I suppose. You're buying someone else's neglect - OTOH how many people think to dismantle handles for cleaning? I took some pics on my phone and sent them to him while I was stripping it - I'll see if I can locate them.
  11. We've got one booked for a forestry job up next to Berwick but it won't be for two weeks - happy to report back here with our findings. Interested to see how it copes with the tricky access between the trees and the gradient. 20% overdue thin and the brash and tops need dealing with - it will be chipping (and doing some unofficial pulling, no doubt) non-stop for three days. It's a clean commercial site so won't give us any insight into how it copes with domestic stuff - clotheslines buried inside conifers, and the like.
  12. We've had a few very mild winters and deer numbers are up everywhere. We've got a busy year of Roe culling planned in NE England and the Borders. That is always going to be a part of the solution at least. It's not like rabbits where you can make a huge dent in the numbers then a couple of months later they've bred back to the original numbers. Stalking can get the numbers right down. Even with tree guards, once they split off, the tree is still small enough for a deer to kill by territory marking.
  13. Which club was it if you don't mind me asking? Cheers.
  14. Good for you, sunshine - well done. Hard days but everything settles back down to a normal balance.

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