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  1. 4ft between each tree and if the Hayter has a 34" blade should be ok
  2. Lots of little Christmas trees sitting in a field. Field goes from flat to quite steep. Need to cut the grass in between the trees, which has now grown quite a bit. Could be done with a strimmer but thinking a self-propelled cutter might be better. Therefore, which type would be best? Something like a Hayter Condor 30" or a Scythe mower like an Al Ko? I like the look of the Condor but wondering whether the slope might be too much for it, so the scythe might be more suited to climbing being lighter & possibly more agile. Max slope could be 30-35% Recommendations welcome plus any benefits of one over the other. I may just end up using round-up but prefer not to.
  3. I've had a couple of PMs of people very local to me. I will ask them first and see what I get told. Thanks for all the replies
  4. Way out of my comfort and ability zone, I have a large Ash tree that needs coming down, as as well as the middle being hollow, there is little greenery on it either due to death or die-back. If it were to fall to windward, it takes out my woodstore and possibly garage, so needs to come down before nature takes a hand :( There's possibly a second one though it looks more alive. Anyone on here interested or provide recommendations? I'll keep the wood and happy to help where safe. Located near Llanybydder
  5. My first (proper) gate I've only done a slat before now but needed better access to this field and had a go. Still needs a bit of landscaping with the digger to ensure nothing gets under the left edge and to open it out a bit. Ground was a nightmare - its full of small to medium flat stones. Used a tractor mounted auger but it would just spin on the stones, so eventually it was crowbar, auger, hand to get the hole deep enough. What would other people have done?
  6. Erm... prevailing wind from one would take out my woodshed and stone garage and the other probably the electricity and possibly corner of my house! Perhaps a few select branches might be removed.
  7. Thanks Stubby, that is my fear too. Is it worth pollarding and hoping to see some life in the future or should they just come down?
  8. I have a couple of Ash trees on my property and whilst others, typically the ones that were pollarded a few years ago, have all sprouted bundles of leaves, these two have maybe a few dozen new spouts each. I presume that they may have reached a certain time of their life... What is the best approach to them? Pollard and hope that will encourage sprouting or just take them out altogether? Typically, both are near enough buildings and powerlines
  9. My first 200m, all done by hand with a post knocker, crowbar & a strainer - fuff my chest hurt after that...
  10. My partner's bro-in-law would probably be happy to take logs off of you. He's forever looking for wood from local tree jobs (he's SE12 to your SE13).
  11. I've just found this thread 🙄 Wannabe tree person, been cutting things down/up since I was a kid with a late 60s Oregon 20" - absolute beast and still working. More recently have bought some land, which needs recovering from nature and planted some trees, so this forum is a very useful resource. Also like kit, which it seems many of you on here do too and look on enviously at some of the stuff you guys get to play with. If I hadn't fallen into my current career path 30+ years ago, the only other thing I had been interested in was forestry and tbh, wish I'd done that instead.
  12. I've an old Peljob EB12 which I got cheap and have been fixing up where necessary. Might be a 1.5t, not sure but starts easy and works well apart from left track being a bit lazy - need to fix the valve slice for it.
  13. You mean something like https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kellfri-Micro-Digger-Excavator-Grab-Grapple-215-00-vat-NON-QUICKHITCH-/122992676000 ?? Another something I knew nothing about before this forum...
  14. 1.2 is what I've got and I cannot justify bigger but anything is an improvement on grunt work I reckon. I got the digger for drainage work originally but the land has a lot of over-grown hedge that has spread out everywhere. Max 10" diameter on the biggest trunks/branches but the rest has essentially just been spreading for the last 35 years, so grows big, falls over, sprouts/roots/shoots rinse/repeat. So I chop it down, remove/sort the smaller branches for chipping and keep/stack the bigger ones for firewood.
  15. My usual method of clearing woodland/copses before reading this forum was the ecky-thump grunt approach, where armed with a chainsaw, a hook and a can of spinach I would approach the task with gusto but as I'm sure you all know, its hard work. I now have a mini-digger and before I wade in to clear my next 1/3 acre was thinking about adding an excavator thumb to the arm. Whilst looking for suitable versions, I see they do hydraulic ones as well for not much more. Which one is best? Does the hydraulic one add much more versatility? Any recommendations for ones suitable for a 1.2t digger?


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