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  1. Call my good friend Mike at MAC Timbers - he may be interested (tell him Tom sent you). I'm based in south lincs so not that far away and often split loads of timber with Mike - between us we might be interested - do you have the ability to load? (if not can we get a trailer next to it?) Mike Cawthorne (MAC Timbers) Tel: 01832 205 123
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    So I actually have a 181 and 281 XP on a 36" mill. I reworked both with new Meteor pot and pistons to bring them up to 88CC (a direct swap and well worth it for under £100). I use both of these saws running a 42" Sugihara solid bar on the 36" cheapo-alaskan clone as my "small" mill. I have an MS880 and 64" Panther Mill for the big stuff. The 188/288's are fine for milling up to 30" or so, however they are significantly slower than the MS880. They have lots of torque, but not particularly high chain speeds, so you need to keep the rev's up and to be honest the best way is going to be a full-skip or hyper-skip chain. I've got hyperskip on the MS880 and it's awesome, makes milling so much easier and faster, the only down side is I don't think hyperskip is currently available for 3/8" pitch which is what these saws are running. I've got Oregon rip chain on mine currently which I believe is full complement chain and to be honest it's a bit much for the old girls - it's grabby and slow, so I could really do with finding a less aggressive chain, a 3/8" hyperskip would be awesome (@RobD). To give an idea of speed, I recently milled a 28" diameter cherry tree approx 10ft long, this was taking around 4-5mins/cut through the widest parts of the tree, the saw bogged down a lot, so it was gently gently to get it through - I don't run a winch on my small mill and to be honest I think it would be "too much" for this set-up, light hand pressure to keep the forwards momentum is enough. I'd say do the 88CC conversion, give her a re-tune and maybe a port and you'll have a decent milling saw for anything up to 30" regularly, maybe 36" occasionally (but it will be painfully slow). All the best, Tom.
  3. Bought one a few months back, only used it a couple of times but seems as good as the Ts410s I've hired...possibly runs better. It is a bit lower quality plastic, but for the money I was well pleased, munched through some 100×100 reinforced concrete posts like butter.
  4. Heres a small selection of the ones I took - was another great show, I really could have spent another day there in all honesty. Tom.
  5. Had a great day out yesterday (friday), but they fubared the traffic in (2hrs queuing) and out (1hr queuing). I was really pleased to meet Rob from panther/chainsaw bars. Walked away from the FR Jones stand significantly lighter after buying a panther mill 60" kit, GB bar and MS880.
  6. I had Billy goat with this engine and had exactly the same issue, mine had a remote mounted primer (rather than on the carb). Anyway, mine turned out to be a bunged up Carb, not letting fuel through from the float chamber. A good strip, clean and carb service kit sorted it out.
  7. What he said, excellent service used a few times now.
  8. Dont suppose you could post a couple of photos of these modifications that you've made, im thinking of building a trailer for mine.
  9. Anyone got the forum back up and running with tapatalk? The new format is a bit bulky on my mobile. Cheers, Tom.
  10. "Jensen...a Forst to be reckoned with!" :-) Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  11. Nice, whats the saw powering the mill and whats the tractor? Did you use that to lift that log? Looking for something similar myself. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  12. Well said, with modern engine and aftertreatment controls the engines will self manage as far as possible, adjusting fuel/air and even exhaust back pressure to enable regen. Most will also derate/limp if they cannot regen to avoid damage, only persistent operator abuse or a serious malfunction will usually cause damage to the dpf. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  13. If size isnt your most important criteria look for seat/pod mounted joysticks, saves a lot of back ache rather than leaning forward over the levers on most micros. I know bobcat do them on their 1 ton machine and a few others have started now as well. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  14. With stage v in the EU youre right, this will push dpf technology onto the smaller sub 56kw engines, but actually most of them will have at least a 3000hr service life before they need changing or cleaning due to the accumulation of ash. The best thing you can do is run the machine long and hard, short low temp bursts are what causes the majority of dpf trouble because the temps arent hot enough for the natural regen to occur. With the introduction of stage v, becausd the engine can run dirtier due to the dpf, fuel consumption should acutally improve as some of the calibration resyrictions will be gone. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk


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