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  • Birthday 30/04/1982

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  1. If anyone was planning to visit the Great Yorkshire Show the week after next, feel free to nip down to the forestry exhibition and say hello 👍🏼
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAcMfdQBiYc/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
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  4. I was absolutely blown away the first time I worked with @Gray gitand his Merlo. It was a roadside, multi stemmed sycamore, and it was a lump and a half. Would've taken a good team of 3 men, maybe 2 days if things went swimmingly? Using the Merlo and the Westtech head, there was just the main stem left to knock over by 12pm, and thats after we started at 9am due to road closure stipulations! Plus the only sweat we broke was from the excessive heat, not from grafting. Absolutely sensational, and as has been mentioned, for compromised Ash in urban areas, it's in a league of its own entirely.
  5. Cheers for the input all. Looks like it'll do the job nicely 👍🏼
  6. Has anyone got any experience of this particular machine? It’s for me, purely to do my little lawn out the back of my house. Can get it for a reasonable price including the battery and charger from Jonsies, with maybe a little wait for delivery which I can handle.
  7. Crikey! I’ll pass it on to them mate. I picked mine up from Turners at Piercebridge about 3 years ago for a steal it seems. I paid £825 inc vat for it, with 24 inch bar and chain…. It had been used as a demo at a show or something. I’ve had it Spud ported too, wonder what it’s worth now?!
  8. I know some lads locally who could be interested fella.
  9. To give an update on the Ash tree I quoted for a while back….. A firm I know locally did the job, all done and dusted by 2pm, for £500. So, I’ll put my hand up and admit I was totally wrong on that one! Happy to hear the fella got it done, and the lad I know did the work and he was happy too. On a totally separate note; someone my mrs knows has I dare say, been absolutely shafted on price for a job. Now I don’t know specifics about site, access etc. but, they had 16 Ash trees felled, and I think ringed up on site for firewood so no real arisings to deal with. The photos I was shown depicted a portly man wielding what looks like a Stihl, but not sure what exactly. Oh and he had shorts on. And the job had to stop as someone cut their hand with a chainsaw. Oh and they were charged 7.5k. I don’t even know if the job was finished, and I have a terrible feeling they might have paid up front. When they told my mrs who had done it, I looked them up quickly. All the classics there on the advert: OAP discount, lopping topping etc. Unbelievable really, but sadly, believable somehow 🤦🏼‍♂️
  10. Been to TractorFest at Newby Hall today 😎
  11. Yesterday me and the family set off on a nice walk from our holiday cottage, over to Bibury for an afternoon tea at the Swan. It was the last day we were away, before heading home today. As we basked in the sunshine, admiring the beautiful surroundings, we heard the sound of an aircraft. Now this wasn’t something new, as all holiday we had been watching the planes flying from RAF Fairford. But imagine our surprise when we looked up and a Lancaster bomber flew right over us! Absolutely stunning 😎
  12. I had been using Super Sexy stuff, bit needed to buy some in a hurry recently and got some Morris stuff called Croma 30. Seems decent so far. Was about £55+vat for 25 litres, bit that's about the price unfortunately these days. I got 2 X 25l of Super Sexy stuff for about £70 last time so near enough same as you paid @spuddog0507
  13. I have recently gone through a real pain the neck process for what would've been my biggest job ever, and by a very large margin. I didn't even want it, but was kinda told it was happening! But once if worked out my pricing, walked the site multiple times and really tried to cover all bases, the original plan was scrapped and replaced with a different option. I was not prepared to do this option, as the methodology was ridiculous and unworkable. Someone else will likely do it, but I feel like I've dodged a bullet slightly. As much as the payday would have been lovely, the hassle and work involved would've been hellish. The most important point raised here I think, is don't buy the work. It's just a race to the bottom.
  14. My Shogun cost my £140 to fill recently 🤦🏻‍♂️ There are some very valid point raised here for sure. The cost of secondhand vehicles both commercial and non, have gone up a lot. A bargain can be had (relatively speaking) if you are lucky, but be prepared to pay for something you really want. Jimny prices have soared too! Security is a very important point. The windows in my Shogun are tinted dark but can still be sent through. I have built a Heath Robinson storage system out of ply and MDF, but it is due a replacement now as it's lasted 3 years. My plan was to fold down or even entirely remove 2 of the rear seats and extend the boot as such. I'll leave one seat free incase I need to move people. I think if you generally work in the woods, away from prying eyes, you can be reasonably safe. It's the trips into urban areas with the thieving twunts you have to be cautious of. Getting something with 4x4 capabilities will no doubt be a bonus, but a lightweight smaller van with decent tyres can often be manoeuvred well on rough terrain (driver skill level dependent).

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