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  1. very new to fungi, could one of you suggest a good field guide as I'm really interested in them, loads round the woods where I live in Cumbria but I can't ID a single one !!
  2. I would agree that wood does "go off" if left out in the wet too long then dried, especially the species with a high carb content like sycamore and other maples. I've had syc that lay out for a year and then was brought in split and dried and went all powdery in the middle., it burned but wasn't up to much.
  3. Farm Segways ! Please tell me they make one with a flame thrower that you can use to burn stubble !! You gotta love the germans !
  4. If a deal looks too good to be true then it usually isn't true. I wouldn't go near that, if it isn't a scam then its all nicked and you could end up in a whole heap of poop.
  5. i'm a home owner/hobby log supplier, who is PPE and very safety concious, and agree that most don't use ppe and think that the "dinky wee saw" they got off ebay is safer than a rear handled saw, and i've seen loads of dodgy farm saw work in my time. Local farmer put his son on a pallet at the end of the telehandler up a tree that was over hanging the back of his large shed, no PPE, using a rear handle saw and the telehandler driver was on the mobile at the time !! By luck the boy(14 at the time) survived and the falling branches didn't do too much damage to the shed roof, about £50 damage ! Local tree surgeon lad, who is excellent and I've used him for a few jobs myself, had just qualified and was looking to start up his own business had quoted £75 ! guess thats more than the farmer valued his son or his shed roof at !!
  6. Yeah round my way shavings go for horse bedding and are big business, Jenkinsons have a massive plant with loads of wagons based near me.(Cumbria).
  7. I was always told that with bar problems oil holes blocked with crap and uneven rails cause over heating and that knackers them. I'm a bit obssesive with cleaning mine and keeping the rails true and straight, so never really had any probs with oregon stuff, although I don't do any fancy carving.
  8. I burn a mix of larch and scots and when available a wee bit of syc plus any other stuff I can get, usually free, at home and have never had any issues at all. I supply my neighbours with the same mix of soft with the odd bit of hard and have never had a complaint. We need to educate the modern stove owner that if its dry and untreated the soft is the way forward.
  9. Seems like another bit of shiny kit that i might use an odd time, how much is it and where can you get one ?
  10. Nice ! looks like you've put them to good use too, that looks like a load of cutting in the top pic. Good job sir !
  11. I was taught that if the cutters are "eye-ball even " then you will be fine , if they aren't then you need to take some time to even them up, but again was told that "eye-ball" even was fine and I've alway worked with this with no great issues. Was taught that getting the rakers right and the cutters properly shaped and sharp was the most important thing in the real world. But it did take me years to learn how to sharpen properly by hand !!
  12. You've got some decent kit there sir ! I would have been nibbling away at that for ages with the chainsaw !!!
  13. I've tried grinders and have gone back to the hand file, better edge every time.
  14. I do firewood for myself and a couple of neighbours for beer money, and cos i like doing it, but to be honest a couple of extra shifts at my real job would earn enough to buy the wood. However I like doing it as i have an inside job and the excercise isn't doing me any harm either, also it keeps me in touch with the neighbours and I feel that I'm doing my bit for the environment by reducing the heating oil by burning timber that would be left to rot if I didn't harvest it. As people say wood doesn't just heat you once !!
  15. I got a 365 a wee while back and use it for ringing up with a 20" bar. Great saw and goes like a train all day, no regrets getting it at all.


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