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  1. I had this same problem with my TR6, early on it its life from new. Forst changed the ignition switch under warranty and that sorted it.
  2. Agreed, Blakes better than Prussik. Both utterly evil once coated with Pine resin etc. ZigZag and other mechanical devices cope better with resin, but did a Pine the other week that still made these jam. Cleaned them with meths, ropes in washing machine.
  3. Bateson 8x5 high sided tipper, still going strong after 16 years. Holds 3.75 cubic metres. For silly large deiliveries the largest IW tipper (12 x 6ft 6) with high sides, althought never had a log delivery that big to do, just wood chip so far in that one.
  4. In principle I would agree. I was not VAT registered until my turnover meant I had to be. I dropped the contract that put me over the threshold after three years, and could deregister for VAT if I wanted. But I always have enough work coming in, despite being 90% tree surgery and tall hedges. Doing the quarterly VAT return myself is easy peasy, and I still get to reclaim VAT on most of my expenses. I would only deregister for VAT if I was losing too much work because of the the VAT. Flip side of coin is it is probably easiest to start off not VAT registered, and register later if you want or have to.
  5. I am in North Staffordshire, on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the east of Stoke on Trent. I have noticed several Sycamores recently which had normal sized leaves last year and have small leaves this year. I was looking at a couple with one of the local tree officers and we both commented on the small leaves and assumed it is related to last year's drought. Despite plenty of rain earlier this year our ground remains much drier and harder than usual. One field gateway that normally needs wellies most of the year is now hard and dry. I am planning to take water out into one of our fields to water some Weeping Willows we planted 18months ago.
  6. I use the biggest of the Ifor Williams twin axle plant trailers, with built in ramp to move my Forst TR6 chipper. Room to get the power barrow/muck truck on at same time with room for a bit of timmber/bag of sweepings if the Iveco tipper is full. Fantastic if there is good parking room at the job, very stable tow. A bit of a pain on narrow streets/lanes, a real pain if parking limited at job, then I wish for a smaller 8x4 plant trailer, but in fact take my Ifor Williams 12 x 5ft 6in flatbed. No so nice to tow as wheels under trailer and chipper sits higher off ground.
  7. Not been to Brighton, but I can put it on my travel plans!
  8. Wych Elm is far less likely to get the disease. My understanding is that it is because the beetle that carries DED does not find the Wych Elm as tasty or whatever. If you want to see some fantastic mature Elms go to Edinburgh or Glasgow, probably more and bigger in Edinburgh I would say. I often admire these when going to see our son in Edigburgh or daughter in Glasgow.
  9. I would definitely avoid front wheel drive - bad enough unloaded on loose gravel etc for uphill start, well nigh impossible if towing when unloaded. Years ago a chap with a Citroen Relay tipper worked with me. I was often having to tow him off the grass. I would imagine a rear axle copes better with transmission forces than drive shafts with CV joints, but I am not a professional mechanic. One of my beefs with so many 3.5 tonners is the inadequate clutch. I have a new shape Iveco Daily, 146 bhp, great power on the move, good c section chassis less prone to rust, but the clutch is dire on hillstarts with a load or towing. Same applied to my previous LDV Convoy I had from new. The commercial garage I used said Transit clutches were no better. One of my subbies has a 12 year old Izuzu 3.5T tipper, plenty of grunt with a clutch to match.
  10. Agreed entirely. I have an excellent relationship with our local Stihl agent. I never expect them to beat or match online prices, but they get very close. Their service is so worth supporting it would be silly to push them further for say £10 more when buying a saw costing £400+
  11. I'm no expert on fungi, but it looks quite different to a definite case of Ustulina/IKretzscmaria deusta Iam dealing with on a Lime in the local church yard.
  12. Bought a mucktruck earlier this year, with hydraulic tip and two spare spool valves. The original make, not a Chinese copy. What a gamechanger moving timber out of large back gardens, uphill. Had it climbing ally ramps recently to go from lower lawn onto higher patio to get a large Atlas Cedar out to the road in pieces.
  13. I am well aware that the series 2 gearboxes have always been regarded as stronger than series 3. In the 90's I had a SWB series 2 with the later 2.5 petrol mated to the original series 2 box. The engine was in standard tune, ie not a half shaft snapper. Imagine my shock when pulling away on the level, unloaded, not towing, and the gearbox mainshaft snapped!
  14. I had exactly the same symptoms with a stihl long reach hedgecutter. Took it to the dealer, new coil sorted it
  15. Having owned a Land Rover Series 2, 3, 110 station wagon (with Mazda 3.5 intercooled conversion back in 1991) and two Disco 2 TD5's, and never had a Hilux/L200, DMax etc I still like the stick I have seen in a HiLux, saying "one life, don't waste it mending land Rovers" The appeal to me of the series LR's is the basic simplicity I can fix. It cost me about £7k to do a thorough rebuild of the series 3, including galvanised chassis and all of drive train rebuilt, full diy rewire , doors. pto winch and shaft refurb. She will hold her value. The appeal of the TD5 Disco is it is good for heavy towing, and doesn't have the reliability issues of the Disco 3/4. If my Disco needs replacing I will just look for a low milage TD5 Disco, it is such good value compared to the crazy hysteria induced prices for late Defenders. Mind you, I still like the Hilux...


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