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Frod

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  1. Does anyone have any experience with the Henley Druid boiler stove? We are looking to install a new boiler stove for our old farmhouse and this has popped up in our searches. Previously I was angling in on fitting an Aarrow Stratford (Arada Ecoboiler 25kw) but seeing as how the Henley Druid 30kw is the best part of £800 cheaper and claims to be more efficient, I was wondering if anyone had any comments on this particular stove?
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    Mini excavator - 1.5/3t hire

    Cheers for that, they've given me some useful prices to work with.
  3. Evening all Does anyone in the Coventry/Rugby/Banbury area have a mini excavator, either 1.5t or 3t would probably do the job fine. Either with or without an operator, no more than a day or two, just looking for an idea of price for a job some time first quarter of 2018. Cheers
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    The Wee Chipper Club

    I had one of the first few M250s Dean at Global delivered and in the last 9 months or so it has served me pretty well. It only comes out 3 or 4 times a month as and when I have my own jobs on but it works well when required. It has its limitations, it'll only happily chip about 3 inches but if you're careful you can push those limits to a certain extent. You also can't just stuff the shoot full of hedge clippings and force them through, but at the same time, if you do get things blocked up it isn't hard to open the machine and get everything running again. It's light and easy to man handle, I can load it onto my trailer easily enough on my own up ramps and it will push along on rough ground without issues but I did make a tow hitch for it so it can be towed around my field when required. That saves a lot of effort but it's definitely not for the road or for any sort of speed! The engine is good, though where JB have saved money is probably the drum bearings perhaps (nothing has gone wrong but they aren't the best I've ever seen) and also you do have to keep an eye on all the bolts as they have a tendency to work loose every time the machine is used. Nothing too bad but just worth checking things are tight when you use it! If I was to be picky, the chute is a bit on the low side and it doesn't through the chip as far as some other wee chippers but chipping either onto the floor or into a bin, neither are too bad and when chipping into a trailer, you can manage ok. The other main downside is it is slow, you have to prep brash more rather than just putting gnarly stuff through expecting it to just chew it up. Overall it is a great machine for the price. Sure, I'd have liked getting an M400 or M500 but the M500 is over twice the price and I can't say it'd be twice the machine. If you want to make firewood out of 4" timber and then chip the small stuff, it's a fairly good bit of kit.
  5. Hi guys I'm looking for a reasonable supply of wood and looking to ask about the area as I've been let down by a couple of people already. I'm based on the south Leicestershire border with Warwickshire, I can collect from job sites (I'll cover an area from around Leamington/Kenilworth, Rugby, Coventry and over to Hinckley, Lutterworth or the surrounding areas) or you can tip off logs (and some chip) at my yard. I can also arrange a tractor/trailer to collect from your yard if you have a stack that needs moving on. If you can help me out, if you can PM me we can sort out payment (other than just cups of tea/cake etc) and see how we get on. Cheers Frod Sent from my iPad using Arbtalk
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    Career change

    Ian and his team are a top bunch of guys and I would totally recommend them to anyone remotely close to Staffordshire. As to approaching local arb firms, when I started out last year (at the ripe old age of 31) I just emailed a few people/companies with a brief note of who I was and what I wanted to do and went from there. You get a few mixed reactions but if you are honest and write in full sentences with proper English, you'll get a start I'm sure.
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    charging churches?

    Some churches have a lot of money, some don't. Some wealthy villages/town churches can afford tree work as much as anyone whereas some struggle to patch roofs or keep the grass cut. I do a reasonable amount of work for the poorer churches in my area (and yes I do know they are poor and have seen their accounts) and so help them out where possible for the community aspect. You tend to get reasonable contacts through the other parishioners anyway
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    Spiking choking climbing line

    Yeah the running bowline attached with a short Prussik is what we were taught in our cs38 the other week as a backup to the flip line. You could use a karabiner instead of the bowline but it isn't as ideal, it is quicker and easier though!
  9. I'm looking for work for a couple of days a week, to build my experience in a professional tree surgery environment. I will happily work as a sub contractor to help out when you need an extra pair of hands for a job, or work on a much more regular basis. I have around 15 years part time experience (it has never been a career, just doing jobs as and when required) but would like to turn this into a more regular form of work. I have my CS30/31 tickets and I'm also booked in for my CS38 training next month, but have done climbing and rigging work in the past too when there has been a need for it. I have a clean driving license and also all my own PPE. I'm not someone who is straight out of arb college wanting to take on the world, but I know what a hard days work entails, what it takes to get a job done and also the value of team spirit and working together to achieve something. I'm 31 and currently living in South Leicestershire so can travel fairly well throughout the central Midlands (Warwickshire/Leicestershire/north Northamptonshire/South Derbyshire etc) If I can be of use to you, send me a pm on here. Cheers Steve

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