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  1. I have the same grinder. Have you tried buying bolts from elsewhere or even had some produced. Looks like the bolts are made from the wrong steel for impact work.
  2. I’m not sure giving scotch bonnet to a pup is a great idea ... vets are bloody expensive [emoji38]
  3. Tried that tactic when my viszla was a pup. She used to do a bit of kitchen worktop surfing to hoover up any food. I spiced the crumbs up with some tobasco, only thing I discovered was that she likes a bit of spicey grub [emoji23]. Greedy bugger lapped it all up.
  4. Quite honestly as a generalisation this industry loves to moan and blow smoke up its own arse about how skilled we are. Etc etc. It’s perhaps only the physical nature of the work that sets us apart from other trades. In reality anyone who is physically fit and is a hands on practical person with some good sense will grasp the motor skills needed to do this job. Maybe it’s the dangling from a bit of rope feeling like an action hero that gives people a raised perception of what’s required. If the OP was going to learn to plaster or lay bricks at 35 people wouldn’t say much. Most of us couldn’t leave a mirror finish plaster and no doubt if I laid a big brick wall it would be as bent as 9 bob note. Climbing and cutting trees is a skill for sure but it’s not building a space ship. I recon at 35 he’s got some miles left on the clock and if it makes him happier then give it a bash. Good luck to him.
  5. For sure. When there is no way of getting any mechanical assistance on a job and it’s down to dragging branches and carrying logs ground work no doubt saps the legs more. Plenty a good enough reason for the op to learn to climb quickly [emoji23]
  6. I’ve been looking at telehandlers recently. Is that one running the hydraulics for the timber trailer. ? Does it have brakes on the trailer ? Cheers
  7. I did similar to you. I left my career 5 years ago to pursue arb full time. I used to work shifts and had blocks of days off so I worked a lot of those days for a good 10 years prior to that for a friends arb company and some private jobs. I was torn about what to do when I was younger so it was great to be able to do it part time at least. When I was your age I took a career break and never went back. Business is good and I love what I do now. I went back to college to get more tickets and worked for other companies for a while on crap money but getting experience before I ventured into my own company. I don’t regret it at all. Still love climbing etc. It’s unlikely you will be climbing monster sized trees on a daily basis so don’t worry about being knackered all the time. Quite frankly trimming huge hedges 15 ft across off the top of stepladders with the telescopic hedge trimmer held horizontally all day is more knackering than most climbs. A lot of climbs will be routine average sized stuff not 90+ft trees everyday. If you are in the south east you are welcome to come and have some experience with us to test the water and see someone who has done the same Starting a business is hard graft for sure but if you are highly motivated and have some good common sense which it seems you do then you yourself are your only limitation. What you want to achieve is entirely possible , yes it will be hard hard work but nothing’s easy is it. I’m more than happy to pass on my experiences with it if it’s of any help. All the best.
  8. I was in Honey Bros today. Was good timing , I got given 3 bits of kit to field test / review. One of which being an echo 7301sx. I was thinking of buying one so it’s nice to have a good long test of one before I do. They know I like my echo kit. Used it briefly this afternoon, initial impressions were very positive.
  9. I wouldn’t buy a 40cc ground saw. They all feel lacking in power. Most will be put on a bar about 16” When you think that most full size top handles are nearly 40cc and most of them are run on a 12” bar you can see why 241 feels sluggish. They are also barely lighter or smaller than a 50cc saw so you might as well have the more powerful 50cc. But again it’s down to personal choice. Sadly I think the build quality of newer stihl saws is going down hill. Husky still feel solid and better put together. Never had an issue with build quality on my echo kit either.
  10. I bought one from tread light this year. Epic bit of kit. I bought it for one job but have ended up using it quite a lot. It’s a good bit of kit to have in the shed.
  11. Most of this comes down to personal preference really. They are all good saws to cut timber with. I’ve not noticed the vibration on the echo being any worse than other saws. I love my husky 562 but the av springs on that need changing fairly frequently otherwise you feel too much flex in the saw when buried the length of the bar. But again personal preferences maybe. Stihl 241 I would avoid. Not that it’s a bad saw but feels gutless , again other people on here like them. You really need to try different brands these days to see what you like most and probably end up running a mixed fleet of saws, there isn’t one manufacturer making the best saw in every size category..
  12. Yes for the tier 5 machine.
  13. I paid 28.5k for mine. (Ex vat)
  14. I think it was £420 I paid on a 16” bar. ( the bars are tsumura too ! ). I love it. Echo make some great kit. Must of put 40 tanks of fuel through mine now and it’s way more pokey than when brand new. No complaints from me. Price wise you can pick up the husky 550mk 2 for £470 anyway so you need to swap dealerships.
  15. Only a grand more than the outgoing machine.


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