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  1. Thanks for the replies, you've confirmed what I suspected. Probably a stupid question but would the holly count as green or brown material in respect of a compost heap. I do have a heap but as it's 99% lawn clippings it's not composting and is more of a slime heap. If the holly would act as 'brown' then I could consider adding it. I know dead leaves etc are considered brown but with the holly being so waxy didn't think it would act the same way Thanks
  2. Our home is surrounded by a huge (at least to me) holly hedge - it's approx 250ft long, 12ft high and 6-8ft wide Cutting it isn't so much of an issue with petrol trimmers and a scaffold tower but disposing of the clippings afterwards involves filling a builders bag with as much as possible, stuffing it into my Focus and around 30 trips to the tip. Is there any sort of shredder/chipper that would cope with the large amount of green waste that is generated? There's nothing particularly chunky and happy to deal with that separately, I'm just after something I can grab armfuls of the waste of and dump into the hopper for processing. I'd be looking at taking the shredded stuff to the tip if that makes a difference. Burning isn't really an option as the holly produces too much smoke and the neighbours would lynch me. Thanks
  3. Sorry, just to clarify, only looking for a handheld trimmer at the moment - the Screwfix pole cutter will get replaced when it eventually dies. (4 years of abuse and it's still going strong!)
  4. Hi all I'm after a hedge trimmer to help tame our 100m x 3m of holly hedge. I've currently got a cheapy Screwfix pole cutter which works surprisingly well but there are areas where it's too unwieldy so need a handheld units as well. We only cut the hedge once a year (at best) by which time some of the shoots have grown to a decent thickness so am more interested in a machine that will have the grunt to get through it in preference to quality of cut. Would like something a bit better than the Screwfix offering but ideally want to keep it under £200. Happy to go second hand but there are so many models from Stihl\Echo etc that I'm totally confused as to what one would suit best. So what would you guys recommend?? Thanks
  5. I've been given a load of lime wood that is proving a real bugger to split - apparently the twisted grain in lime is the issue?? I've tried a Fiskars x27, a maul and a log grenade but it's a real slog trying to get through it. I'm only a domestic user and just logging for my own use so can't invest in anything too industrial but have found this Forest Master manual splitter which gets reasonable reviews but is it likely to fair any better? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forest-Master-Hydraulic-Splitter-Horizontal/dp/B00EAOVJL6/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Know it's a bit of a faff having to manually reset each time but speed is not an issue, I just don't want to spend out if it's still likely to struggle. Thanks
  6. As you're in Lincolnshire I'd be happy to save you the trouble of disposing of any hardwood 'waste' you might have in the Newark area
  7. OK guys, totally ignored the advice you gave and have taken a punt on a used ebay saw It's a Husqvarna 254, know it's an old saw but got it for £62 so worth a shot, hopefully it's not too knackered. It's currently got a 14" bar, am I best sticking to this or would you run it with a longer bar? Cheers
  8. Speaking as a customer I wouldn't expect you tell me how much your cost to hire the machinery is, just a price for grinding. However I would appreciate the heads up that I could use the Glyphosate if I was in no hurry
  9. Thanks for the responses, looks like these splitters could be a useful addition to the maul/wedges etc Although as it's only going to be used as a backup I may save myself the £80 and get the manual 8ton jobbie instead of the electric one
  10. OK silly question but I could do with the exercise so is an axe going to make any more progress than a splitting maul?
  11. My local Aldi has a few log splitters in stock https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thur-3-sept/product-detail/ps/p/electric-log-splitter/ Any idea if these are any good or is it likely to self destruct within a few months. It's only needed for domestic use, I normally use a combination of maul and grenade but I've got a few bits of forked trunk etc that are resisting my efforts or would this manual type be a better bet Handy 8 Ton Manual Log Splitter – Next Day Delivery Handy 8 Ton Manual Log Splitter from WorldStores: Everything For The Home Thanks
  12. Thanks for the suggestions guys, like the look of the Husky 135 so may go with that TurtleWoods72 really didn't want to go above £200 and not in any huge hurry but would like to get something in the next month or two. As an aside if anyone is local and needs to offload some unsplit woood, please feel free to drop me a PM as sure we could work something out
  13. Hi all new guy here, non pro just a home DIYer with a couple of questions First off, what would you suggest as a sensible home use saw. Looking for something to cut trunks into lengths I can then split for the woodburner. 've been using a friends Husqvarna 266XP with a 20" bar which was great but really need to get my own saw. Won't be tackling anything bigger than 18" diameter and only have £200ish to spend so probably looking at something secondhand? Cheers


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