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About maybelateron

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  1. I understand what you are saying, but I would not want my sign written vehicle alongside that kind of job - could lead to people thinking we are cowboys I reckon.
  2. Brought back the timber yesterday from a large Beech dismantling. Got it all into manageable pieces and under cover before end of the day. Now for a day on the splitter and sawbench under cover + changing chipper blades and servicing kit. Defo not climbing today💩
  3. Looks pretty grim to me. The Churnet at Cheddleton has burst its banks, but not got any photos of that for Eggs.
  4. That must be awful, I'm really sorry to hear that. We are luckier on high ground. Constant rain last 2 days, been doing a massive conifer hedge reduction (which I underpriced), freezing fog today, but meant to be a bit if sun later. Sounds like we are the lucky ones in North Staffs.
  5. Carbon dating? I think you are being very diplomatic there. 😇
  6. There are no qualifications needed to be a basic groundie if you are only dragging brash, moving timber etc. A climber should have one groundie on the job who is qualified in carrying out aerial rescue of a casualty, so you would only be of use (to a team who go by the rule book) where the job has 3 people or more. From an insurance point of view you should have a certificate of training in use of a chipper, if you are going to use one. If you have a pre 97 driving licence, or a trailer towing licence that can be useful. The best attribute you can offer is being reliable, punctual, fun to work with even when the weather is awful etc. Using initiative stands out, like picking up a rake when there is a lull in the activity - but don't go into the climber's drop zone unannounced! What part of the country are you in.
  7. I would rate this as being of lower importance myself. Most customers will know and Oak as an Oak, not Quercus Robur etc. I am not saying there is anything wrong with knowing the Latin names, just that there are far more useful things.
  8. I have often thought of investing in a small processor, but can't convince myself it is worth it for our domestic arb waste. We use a lot of logs ourselves and sell the rest. When do you ever see a video of a processor with awkward gnarly timber going through it. We use a venom 22ton splitter (can be horizontal or vertical) and split rings and 20 inch lengths. The 20 inch lengths then get sawn using the pto sawbench. I think this is about the most efficient way we can manage to process timber of the sort we bring in from domestic work.
  9. I have been trading for 20 years, running a small tree surgery firm, doing 90 per cent domestic work. We do sell logs, but domestic arb waste is much more labour intensive to process due to the inconsiderate trees having gnarly crotches, unlike their woodland/forest cousins who just play reach for the sky. I only sell unseasoned logs, and have for years only delivered a minimum load size of 2 cubic metres, as any less is not worthwhile for me. In more recent times we just put any really awkward bits to one side, then take a load of them to a place along the road who put it through their big Heizohack chipper for biomass. I regard our firewood part of the business as something to do when the weather is too bad to be on site, rather than a profit earner in its own right. I manage to sell all of my deciduous woodchip as garden mulch/chicken run cover etc, and this is more worthwhile than the logs. I sell it at £23 per cubic metre +/- delivery depending on load size and distance.
  10. Does your derg bite? That was one of the best from Peter Sellers. Sorry to go off thread!
  11. Oh, I get it now vicar. Said Alice!
  12. I'm a bit dim here - still haven't got it. Please explain, someone.


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