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  1. U seem to have done ur homework and got a fair idea wot u want to do. I was just hoping to say do ur basic saw tickets then mibee try to get a wee bit work grounding etc to make sure u do want to climb. Expensive tickets and gear Everyone wants to get a saw ticket and then climb. There is always more forestry type work, must admit I enjoy it far more than climbing. Less hassle. But everyone's different.
  2. Seem them at forestry show and said the exact same, lifetime guarantee on the syysttem, which doesn't help u go to work if they're away getting fixed. Also my other thought was wot happens if u have a bad accident and medics need to remover ur boot?? Do them not normally cut the laces off ( well they do on TV shows) taking a bit of cutting those laces, a boots themselves will be bad cutting FF chainsaw proof. Clever idea but really solving a problem that doesn't exist
  3. But I think I might struggle to find wheels/rims in the approx size narrow enough. I'm probably going to have to cut/bodge the middle off the rims as an odd stud pattern. Just wondered if I could just stick some wide 1s on which I can source easier, but at same time don't want to waste money if they won't be right. Cheers
  4. Alright Just wondering wot everyone's opinions are on wether wide tyres are better than narrower tyres? Althou I do imagine a lot might depend on the ground conditions u normally work in. The wee skidder is only about 1 1/2 to 2T ( basically compact tractor size) and running on 20"X 6 inch wide tyres, it seems to grip the ground really well. Esp when turf/ground not ripped up, it did struggle in places where forwarder had exposed greasy clay soil But I know I'm at a job next week and think it might struggle to get throu some of the wet sphagnum mossy bits. And it might of been handy. But worried if I go for the wider wheels it might just sit and spin and lose traction a bit as not enough wieght to really grip? Have any of u had similar issues after putting wider tyres on compact tractors? Ideally I would set it up with twins but so far struggling to find suitable rims, But I old easily adapt 6T dumper wheels and I think some telehandler wheels too. But they'd be too wide for twins Bear in mind I'm in s wet Scotland and also do odd bits of peat work jobs so extra footprint is always good.
  5. I was going to say wot busy daddy said many valmet's the seat turns round some even have a pedal and steering wheel to drive it in reverse. Have a good look if anything expensive hanging down or in a place that could be speared by a branch easily. Some tractors don't put a lot of thought into it
  6. Cheers again, bloody hell I bet that does look well after being mulched. Be nice to see some finished photos too I forgot u mentioned earlier u multched the brash. Just that used to how they do it up here and the majority of restock sites on the mound. Plus with the wetter soil/climate the 360s need the brash Matt to travel on anyway That is a big stick in the photo doesnae even look like an outsider or if it is it's not very hairy. Does look some cracking timber. Has it been thinned previously? Or just the warmer weather better soil down there.
  7. Cheers j Wot size of head/bar is on that then? But ( and not having a go) but u also have the extra expense of hand cutting to pay for in that 4k, most heads would cope with a 60 butt and would romp throu that, looks cracking timber. Amazing how it mounts up thou. And it does look a tidy site. Will the site be dolped/mounded? I've never drove a 360 mounding, but would it be easier for them on a normal harvesting site where all brash is in the Matt instead off all across the site?? Possibly the 360s might have to redd all the brash up 1st before they dig the mounds. So it actually takes longer than it would on a 'bomb site' more normal harvesting site even thou it looks tidier Be interested to hear wot mounders think, like I said never done it. But could see them fouling digger bucket, I know the local welder adds 2 bars to back of mounding buckets for dragging/pushing brash on the back stroke.
  8. U've not done all that with ur wee stroke harvester have u? Or do u have a mid size 1 now? The logs don't look that big that a full size harvester couldn't fell and process them. Infact look the sort most operators dream off, meaty and straight but not too big. Not many sites now u'd fell that amount by hand nowadays, bet the cutters enjoyed it for a change. Proper old school job Is it quite a dry site? Was going to ask how u get on forwarding without the deeper brash matt.
  9. Dunno if any overhanging branches on ur side of boundary and wether taking them back to boundary would make any difference?? I take it u can still do that without consulting owner, althou I'd imagine u need LA permission.
  10. To be honest I think the opposite, for hobby/home owner stuff ur far better just with a straight corded electric power tool. Far cheaper to buy, no battery running out or losing charge throu storager. Probably far greener, only using the power u need and no environmentally harmful chemicals involved in making battery either. I think for some jobs battery stuff is up to the job nowadays, but I bet very few pro users will rely solely on a battery saw and most will have a petrol back up in van. I have been considering buying an elec pole saw but just a combination of price but mainly the worry that u'll run out of battery some day when u only need another 5 mins of power. They're always that day u need to do that bit extra, a extra can of fuel is easy carried and cheap.
  11. I think we have both been trying to develop the same thing. I gave up with the static 2 drum setup, too expensive to build from scratch ( I was thinking hydraulic double drums with donkey) but adapting a normal winch sounds good. I thought u might struggle to get a donkey engine big enough, but I suppose uonly need 50 to 60hp ISH. Just got too expensive for me when not entirely sure the work is there. A few of the local big boys have 360 skyline set ups and tend to sit on the last job sites or yard for months if not years at a time sometimes. But I do realise different niche. If I ever manage t find out how to post pictures I'll put a photo of mine up hopefully be ready to go to work next couple off weeks It pulls really well thou, althou slow. Could loler not be an expensive pita??? Esp if start condemning 2-300m lengths of rope. Plus keeping all chokers etc tagged/marked at all times. Just using it as a high lead ( possibly very high ) system should save all that hassle Wot are u using as ur tower to give u height at ur winch?? Will that cause any issues with the angle ur pulling from the winch?? Or try to lift ur trailer rather than pull it against the spades Aye ur right skyline jobs need to be well planned before u cut leaving the right trees/ stumps for anchors/guys. I mind I once got bollocked as all ( well a lot) my anchor trees I left blew down before the skyline arrived
  12. Just to add have u seen the old timber master skyline set ups?? Never seen 1 in flesh but still on A B's site. Tractor towed works of PTO, own small mast think have 4 or 5 drums as well as guys. Not sure the money involved in them thou or wot nick 2nd hand 1s are in. Look a good idea in principle, but then again many things do but don't always work in practice. But with timber prices as high as they are never a better time to try ( althou contractors and haulage rates often still cut to bone) Does loler not raise its ugly head when u start getting involved with skylines rather than straight winching/ highlead systems???
  13. Do u not need 3 drums?? Mainline and haul in and back haul?? Edit khriss ignore some of my comments I see u mentioned the points on the last page, so looks like u have it well figured out U could run a high lead set up of the 2 but not a proper skyline unless u only done downhil back husks and let gravity do the work. I've actually in process of doing something similar althou only a single 5t drum powered by an old Lister engine, just for pulling outsiders in. I'm hoping to get underside guarded this wknd and off to welders on Mon for some work outside my comfort zone ( and I don't have the materials either) I wanted a double drum but just couldn't get the set up I wanted without the money going crazy. As it turns out managed to buy a compact custom built skidder with double drum winches,a right handy wee tool, just fettling it at moment. Ps, mibbee picked u up wrong ( and probably teaching u to suck eggs, sorry) but u said 200m on drums. Do u have the same on both? U really want atleast an extra 100% on back haul drum even for a high lead system, probably even more, usually a smaller dia to allow it Even a simple straighrt line high lead system ur haul back needs to be 2x length of pull
  14. Cheers folks, I think I'm still a bit old fashioned and just so used to petrol saws it takes a while to change the mindset. I should say it's high pruning in front of fencing squads so not ur typical pruning small limbs. The other days was cutting limbs 14- 18" , the next job were going too just had a 9t digger in with tree shears. Really could do with hiring 1 first just to make sure. I see on 1 site some fairly good deals on stihls with 2 batteries and chargers, not found any deals on husky yet. Not cheap when 100 for the charger too. U could just about afford to buy a cheap mittox pole saw as back up instead of an extra back up battery but sort of defeats the whole point.
  15. Alright Just wondering if many on here have experience with battery pole saws? Must admit been years since I last done much with a pole saw, great bits of kit but I remember burning a hole in my cutting trousers ( must have been resting exhaust on them) and when ur really pushing the limits the exhaust/hot bit was just in the wrong bit for supporting the saw. In theory really like the idea of a battery saw, but just worried about it running out of battery when u just need a few more cuts. Esp if u have traveled to a job It would be so nice working in almost silence thou. I can imagine a battery pole saw should work fairly well as ur not on the 'trigger' that much just short bursts. I did search for similar threads but not been 1 for a while

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