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  1. Huh, so it's not just me then! Thanks.
  2. Back in the winter I was felled a number of trees one after the other, mostly hazel with some willow. This is an old paddock that was apparently abandoned 20 years or so ago, before I bought the property, and which I am trying go clear and restore to non-woodland use. Having returned to work in it over the past week, I find some of what I cut has dark reddish bark, almost like a prunus of some kind, but the shoots seem to be mostly the grey-green that I associate with hazel (and the bark of the other trees is as one would expect from a hazel). Is it hazel or something completely different?
  3. Agreed. Mass planting, even of native trees, something of a gamble due to the law of unintended consequences. The Japanese did it after the second world war, because they had been short of resources during the conflict and were determined not to have that happen again. Also they thought they might not be able to import. So they planted sugi (cedar) plantations on an unprecedented scale, in the regions around Tokyo. Of course, trade came roaring back within a decade or so, and they found that harvesting their own cedar - nice though it was - couldn't compete in economic terms with imports from developing countries. They also found that these vast cedar plantations generated clouds of pollen that basically triggered hay fever in a large percentage of the population who had hitherto been untroubled by it, because pollen levels had never been that high, historically speaking. It was explained to me once that the allergic reaction to pollen is cumulative, like filling a cup with water. The person receives the stimulus (water is poured into the cup), but they don't react until it hits a certain critical level, which varies by individual. Once it hits that level, the cup can't take any more water and it overflows - and that's when you start getting hay fever. I lived in Japan for a long time, and after about 10 years, having been unaffected previously, I too started to get hay fever in the pollen season (Feb/Mar) like many Japanese. I read an interesting academic paper on it but can't find it now. So yes, let's be careful with large-scale plantings. It's not as if the conifers here in the UK did our ecology much good after WWII...
  4. I bought a Forest Master 7 ton electric splitter with the duocut knife on it in 2016. It has worked well, though I haven't really abused it. One of the nuts sheared off shortly after I got it. I emailed them a photo and they sent me a replacement free of charge. It will take fair-sized rounds, up to 40cm as they say, but will fail on really gnarly stuff. On the whole I'm pleased with it. On the downside, it's not a light thing, and isn't super stable because the legs are so close together. Keep thinking I should make a kind of cradle for it. I generally use it with it sat on the back of the pickup. I run it off a 3.4kW Clarke/Honda generator when I'm in the woods, and that works fine, though as soon as you engage the ram the genny gives an almighty snort like a bull lining up a target. EDIT: the wheels on the one in the picture look a bit more widely set than mine, so maybe they've realised the need for greater stability.
  5. Thanks to everybody for the comments. I have: - Visited the Danarm website and found parts diagrams - Sourced some primer bulbs from eBay - Realised that what I thought was the screw attaching the head to the shaft is actually a lubrication port 🙄 so will open in and pack will high-temperature grease later Onwards and upwards!
  6. I have been running a Handy Pro THPK35CH strimmer, which uses a Kawasaki TJ35e two-stroke petrol engine, for 6-7 years. The engine's been reliable, I've never had any real problems starting it, and it's powerful enough to take a heavy cord or even a mulching head. The primer bulb has just developed a pinhole, so I'm non-urgently looking for a replacement. It's part number 49043-2067 and a few places seem to stock it in the UK. This has (rather belatedly) got me thinking about maintenance, such as lubrication. I looked at it when I first bought it and if I remember correctly there weren't any obvious grease nipples, and the strimmer head seemed to be sealed. Should I be giving it some TLC, and if so what, or will it just soldier on until it dies? Dan
  7. I would guess so, but at the cost of stability?
  8. This is what I wonder. There must be an optimal ratio of (external) surface area to volume for a pile of wood like this.
  9. That's a great price. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places...
  10. Sounds like the Tigchel one. There's a distributor not far from me.
  11. Presumably a kind of masonry heater? Was it something you made yourself, of from a commercial supplier?
  12. That's pretty good for the price, isn't it. Do you have any particular favorite vendor/brand, or do you just use anything you can get hold of?
  13. And how do you do it now? (Sorry if the answer is in the thread I referenced earlier - haven't read the whole thing.)
  14. Thanks for the comments. Bit cash-constrained at the moment, so perhaps that's something for the future. Eyeballing it, the fencing looks like standard 1m height? Do you not attach the wire to the pallet at all? I guess if you were transporting the pallet over rough ground (like my bumpy fields) you could just put a pair of ratchet straps under the pallet and over the top of the logs to form a cross, and use those to keep the netting stable and in place.
  15. That's actually a great idea, because they fold flat, unlike IBCs, so delivery isn't going to be as much of a hit. About £38 exc. VAT, says Google. Still can't afford them at the moment - derisive cries of "Pov!!" from the back rows - but something to keep in mind.


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