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  1. Husky Genesis

    Over in Sweeden and took a detour to Husqvarna and the Factory. Most of the guys I work will are happy to tell me I've got it wrong with Stihl! So went to see what all the fuss was. Have to say well worth the time. Stunning museum and factory tour. I'm not most mechanically minded but very impressive. Here's a few models that most of us have never seen and perhaps bring back memories for a few. Cheers, James.
  2. 'Desk Sized' Slab Wanted

    Hi Mark, Elm 5 year air dried. I'll check exact sizes for you. Here's a pic of last one to give some idea. Cheers, James.
  3. 'Desk Sized' Slab Wanted

    Hi Mark, We have some elm and cedar slabs to give a couple of different options. 3m by 1.0-1.2m most 60mm but some 100mm deep. Pic of cedar one from last week. Cheers, James.
  4. Continuous Cover Forestry?

    CCF compromises most of our work. We are a very small company. But we have found this to our advantage in this sector. Our principle employers are trusts and other similar bodies. The main driver is concervstion and habitat emprovement. In about half the sites we do the work on day rate with the option to buy the timber to off set the employers costs. If we do not exercise this option it's put into open market. In the other half the dependant on site we will purchase the timber standing. I like the idea in principle, that the work is dependant on site and not a one size fits all policy. But I do think is requires continuity of management and I guess only time will tell. Also much of the sites upkeep after we have left is supported by volenteers due to the nature of our employers. So in the wider open market not sure how this could be commercially sustained? Cheers, James.
  5. Thinings value

    Andy, The best advise to your original question I can give is try and sell the timber standing. Then you will know what product length to go for. Our Botex likes 2.4 or 5 due to placement of bolsters. But last large pine job we did we sold to a client for chip and he needed 2.8. So that's what we cut. Be aware in forestry spec is really important and client may reject a whole load even due to a few mis cut. Best of luck. James.
  6. Forestry speak

    Mick, not certain but our volenteers who do a lot of work on the local history etc told us. Cheers, James.
  7. Forestry speak

    "Top Dog" From days gone where a pit was dug under felled stem so two guys could process using a hand saw. Guy not in pit getting covered in crud was the top dog. Cheers, James.
  8. J-Cut Technique for windblown

    Hi drinks, The name J cut is because the first step is in shape of J in a single motion. Know each of us have our own ways of doing things but you really do need to do the cut from 2 sides. You can't lean over. And in forestry offen the timber is such if you leant over it may well end in tears not to mention size offen precludes this. But agree with you vid is not the best and they didn't retain the plate so it moved. Also you are correct doing the windblown course a will give you handouts you can always refer to. Cheers, James.
  9. J-Cut Technique for windblown

    Chipper, The orientation of the J depends if the plate is excreting pressure on the stem or away. But say plate is restrained and leaning back also Really important to assure side tension is also restrained if needed. Start cut on top halfway deep down and under leaving a quater uncut. Go to other side of stem. Obviously not climbing over Then also on top of stem but a couple of inches offset towards top of stem away from plate cut down to finish quater. All been equal the stem will sever leaving one quater and three quarters on opposing faces. Know you are experienced but important to trust your cuts and not move when doing the final severing as can be quite violent. Cheers, James.
  10. Just Unlucky ?

    Perhaps the vast range in log prices is reflective of quality variances. Not saying the most expensive logs are best always, economy's of scale etc. But our logs are £150 a cube because below that we can't make a decent return after harvesting transport storage etc.
  11. Can you shed some light

    James Can see you're frustrated. But some good advise already. Let me be less subtle. If in over a decade you only have CS30 and are been paid less than minimum wage doing operations you're not qualified to do, you're working for the wrong people. Find a good company that has a clear progression path for its employees. Lots on here maybe adjust the tone of 'life's unfair' and ask for help. I'm sure the arb lads on here can give you more specific advise. Good luck. James.
  12. Do you actually like what you do?

    Mr Sword My point is about statistics. And the facts. In statistics the use of the the word sequential is different from your example. In simplest terms think of a coin being repeatedly tossed. Each action is repetitive and sequential in normal parlance. But not view statistically as sequential. Hence the odds of an outcome are not reliant on previous actions or 'sequential' MR Sword I'm tired and normally would be more polite. But statically your talking bollocks! Trust me take a moment and read about stats. Think about your assertion if you were correct the vast majority of accidents would occur after experience was gained. Cheers, James.
  13. Do you actually like what you do?

    Mr Sword, It is you that doesn't understand statistics and the 'laws'! You are assuming work on is each day is sequential and thus probabilities accumulative. It's not the case each day's work should be thought as an independent action. Cheers, James.
  14. Stephen and Luftwaffe Walk to site can be tough. The job is tough. But some of us do enjoy it! I've always said the apprenticeship can be tough...i.e chestnut copice etc. But to answer your questions directly. My furthest drive last year was 45min. But up on road at 6am helps especially in south east. Most around 30min. We specialise in SSSi sites. Day rates on our team are £150-£180 for basic felling except our apprentice who is now on £100. Significantly more for windblown and emergency work o.e on a pipeline we help manage. Also and here is the real money point. We buy timber standing. Fell, forward and sell. And this is where the real money can be. We the work approximately 50/50 day rate and standing and this helps the cash flow. It's not for all there is a degree of vocation. But I think most of us in this industry don't do it because it's the most money we could make. Cheers, James.
  15. Stephen, I guess many years ago, as per your previous posts, you decided forestry was not for you and diversified into arb and gardening. But really not sure... I think we just differ. I believe forestry hand cutting can provide a good living and you don't. Cheers, James.


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