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Bob The Dog

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  1. I’ve been using the Stein Rhino for a few years now. It’s capable of large cuts, is well made, and I’ve used it up to 30 feet on sectional poles. Just need to extend the rope, and wrap the rope once around the pole to prevent pole flex. Generally used at much shorter lengths tho.
  2. If you’re driving a mechanically propelled vehicle vehicle on a road, then you can be stopped under s163 RTA 1988. They can then carry out whatever enq’s they have stopped you for. If you choose not to talk then that’s your call, but if you’re required to give your name / address and don’t, then you commit an offence. Section 60 isn’t just about a power for stopping vehicles. Surely it’s good that they’re out and about stopping people when crime has occurred?
  3. I use the Clarke machine to sharpen all manner of chain sizes with just the one size of disc. The description of the machine states it will do this, and I have had no issues with it.
  4. Whilst I enjoy sharpening by hand, sometimes it’s just easier to stick the chain under the electric sharpener. I bought a Clarke ECSS2 machine a couple of years ago and it’s been great. Around £40 or so and a spare disc is less that a fiver. Does all of the chains I run - 3/8 micro, .325 and 3/8 with no problems. Yes, you have to adjust between different chains, but adjustment and setting up is easy. I couldn’t justify spending a couple of hundred pounds on a posh one, but this is absolutely fine.
  5. My TU32 was running a little dry and clunky recently, so followed manufacturers instructions and swamped the internals with a thick gearbox oil (90 sae) and it’s running smooth as silk now. Just poured about half a litre in through all the orifices, making sure to coat everything well, and let it soak overnight, then tipped it up to drain out the excess. From what I’ve read, unless these things are broken, the oiling is all they need. I could well be wrong tho!
  6. Last time I saw anything like that was some years ago on a mackerel trip! I think they’re referred to as centre pin reels now? Not sure I’d fancy one when fighting a decent cod 200 feet down tbh!
  7. Not that I’ve been for a little while, but when I’m in the channel after cod and pollock, I use Berkley 30lb braid, and a 20/30lb rod. Anything heavier takes all the fun out of the fight! My favourite rod is the Daiwa Kenzaki, although I like the ugly stiks too. Usually couple up with a Shimano TR2000LD and find the whole set up about right. Snagging a wreck with 50lb gear can be a real nightmare to break out of, even with a weaker link at the business end.
  8. Indeed cat F covers tractors, but it comes with cat B without having to do a separate test (age permitting). I didn’t need to add the E!
  9. Presuming you hold a cat B+E licence then yes you can drive a tractor and tow a trailer. Only thing I’ve heard is that IW trailers have a preferred hitch height, so it may be worth looking to see how high the tractor hitch is, otherwise you’re likely to cause damage to the tyres, more so if it’s twin axle. Loads of farmers round here use nothing but their tractors to tow an IW stock trailer to the market each week. Just hook it up as you would normally to any other vehicle.
  10. Your topic has been an interesting one, and it seems that although the Nemo is well below the 2000kgs weight, because it was designed as a van first, and then developed into a car afterwards, it will not class as a car derived van, and so the 50mph ruling applies. Crazy, given many cars are far heavier:
  11. I think it needs to be more fiesta or corsa size, limited to 2000kgs mgw. You’d then have been ok up to 60, and within the realms of a driver course if they offer them up there! I’m sure you’ll just be awarded a few points and the fine as I suggested. All the best mate 👍
  12. You won’t get a ban on that speed mate. If you’re pleading guilty, probably 3 or 4 points and a reasonable fine. The previous bans you’ve had will always show up against your license due to their nature, but that far back, it shouldn’t cause you too many issues. 72mph in a 50 surely isn’t a ‘very high speed. Very high speeds are one’s that attract a ban, and to my knowledge, would normally be either double the speed limit, or in excess of 100mph. Unless you have a load of current points already, I would suggest you’ll be looking at £100 and 3 points. What type of van were you driving? You say it was a small van. Are we talking ‘car-derived’ or something a little bigger? That will make a difference to the speed you’re allowed to travel in it. Good luck!
  13. If it’s the same setup as the 550, the easiest way I found when I made that mistake was the remove the clutch assembly, then the side cover fits on and the brake can then be released. Only takes a moment to do.
  14. Had mine 3 years now, and done a fair bit of work. I love it. Only issue I find is when starting from cold, it has to be left to tick over for 30 secs or so, otherwise it just bogs down when trying to rev it. May be just because it's an early auto tune version. One broken brake band, but they have since been redesigned. I do strip, clean and grease fairly frequently, so that probably helps with longevity. I'd defo have another.

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