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  1. RHS says deciduous hedge mid winter so Beech needs to wait? evergreen mid spring which is now? no birds nest witnessed in the section of hedge concerned. Not being able to cut hedges between Feb and August must make life awkward for the pros 5 months of the worst weather to work outside...
  2. Got a couple of hedges that have become too thick... a beech hedge and a privet both were under managed for a time and while almost under control they are much wider than they were and need to be.... what the best/easiest way to reduce them? when is the best time of year? thinking a chainsaw with a long bar and just cut everything back 12”
  3. Well it’s done it is. Push fit and very tight.... found an American forum suggested heating it up, noticed some marks where it had previously been in a vice.... so I put it the the worlds smallest vice and warmed it up...... eventually it came off...neeeded a bit more heat to get it back on.... seems mad there isn’t something holding the other end but I guess as long as you don’t run it without and attached tool it’s fine ...... plastic end is replaced that was all that was wrong with it I ordered a valve gasket kit and feeler gauge but valves were spot on. Shame I cut the hedge I was going to use it on at the weekend and it was still in bits.....
  4. 16 is grease.... going to have a bash at it later just want to stop the drive shaft falling out.....
  5. Anyone got any insight? what holds the shaft into the motor to stop no 6 sitting on no5 and wearing it away?
  6. Or how do you get no 6 off so no 5 can fit over no 2?..
  7. Recently got a second powerhead for my kombi a 4mix km90 and the drive shaft drops out, now it’s not a new machine by any stretch but in good running order apart from the drive shaft so I ordered a new plastic bush for £3 and set about replacing it..... Stihl sell the whole driveshaft with the plastic bushing already fitted for £35 but the shaft looks fine just the plastic worn... How does no 5 fit onto no 2?
  8. Bale twin 😉 just keep it a different colour to the twine holding up your strides.
  9. If I put a lot of grease in I noticed it coming out the head and making a right mess, little and often seems to work and good spray on the outside of the blades (especially in damp foliage) there is probably a thread adapter you you can buy to from the M8? Bolt to a grease nipple.
  10. If you’re rounding them off you’re using the wrong spanner..... no rounding here and the cutter is probably 10 year old by now, the cheap torx bit I bought was rubbish and it rounded, hence using a ring spanner. i dont do a lot, heavy domestic user not pro, and I give the hedge cutter head a squidge after every use, but is probably only getting used 5-10 days a year I like the fact the stihl tube screws into the housing it’s much smaller to carry doesn’t make a mess. if using every day then the nipples can make sense but then so does paying a few £ to have them fitted....can’t help thinking there is probably a good reason stihl didn’t in the factory...could be just to sell grease tubes...
  11. I found the videos these guys do really useful I still don’t understand them fully (or much at all) but much more than I did, you can then research the specific once you know what you should be looking for.
  12. Is it that much faff to carry a spanner? Any engineering shop would drill and tap the bung (for a drink) fit a standard M6 thread nipple. but that means carryig a grease gun not just a stihl grease tube. my grease gun is a messy sticky leaky thing I avoid using as much as I can, the stihl tooth paste tube is great clean easy, just needs a spanner to open the plug.
  13. Here is a semi permant bonfire just to the left of the shot so no worries there, also I don’t have to to tractor and flat is a great idea but would take longer (even with a loader) to get a tractor at the hedge than to cut it with all. Chain saw. Both sides have grown out at yeast 2 feet so I think i’lol start taking 12” off the far side and see what happens. There is a beech hedge in a similar state when is best to cut a beech back hard? I know they are trimmed in late summer autum as a rule. looks like I might just have time..... https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=83
  14. OK great my thought was to leave the inside face as it’s better and cut the outside back hard soon so it can regrow this season. it has previously been cut back hard and this thick woody broth it the hedge trimmers limit. thinking of putting an ove size bar on chain saw just for the task. What size saw to run 24” bar and what chain or doesn’t it matter cutting lots of 1-2” branches at once instead of 20” limbs?
  15. Need some advice on some old and well established but close to causing issues hedges. Long and complicated story but I was asked by my mum to cut some hedges and have been doing so for a couple of years. They were once well tended but were allowed to get out of hand and are being kept under control just about now. problem is they are now 5’ deep and keep spreading I’m thinking he answer is to cut them back 12” -18” plus and let them regrow as now going any deeper is too thick for a hedge cutter, would a chainsaw be the answer? The far end it the worst the side you see is a veg patch beyond is a paddock and he paddock side in parts it’s so deep even a long reach hedge cutter from both sides struggles my thinking is to cut the paddock side right back? Also run a chain saw across the top to level it off and bring it down to shoulder height. Out of shot to the left is a beech hedge again now 5’ deep in parts as it was left in trimmmed for a number of years and has put on thick tough growth. This is now blocking he path and while neat it is too big.

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