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  1. Tree Rex is a very nice harness. Light, comfy, good buckles (hard to open but don’t loosen up) only problem I’ve found is the lower D’s are very small. I will get used to them but it’s a challenge to get the crab in sometimes if you’re in a difficult position. I found the TM too stiff and buckles loosened often, and the sequoia was a real testicle squisher.
  2. I don’t think pesticide ticket expires. Happy to be corrected though. Sounds like plan, best of luck.
  3. Definitely worth getting spraying ticket. Pretty pointless cutting and not spraying. We never used to stump treat though as we found it’s not as affective as spraying regrowth 12-18months after cutting. Our contracts were for 5 years and we wouldn’t get the final payment if any rhodies were still alive on site. If you’ve got saws then like others have said, start up and hire in mulchers etc as required.
  4. Ha! Sounds perfect, and use a chopper to spray the regrowth right?
  5. I used to do rhodie work in snowdonia. Simply cut and stack or burn then follow up with glyphosate every other year. 5 year contracts. Bloody knackering work, in crazy locations that machines can’t get to, general winter weather and the insects and heat in summer can make for a very uncomfortable way to make a living. But there’s money to be made and you get to see great places that many others don’t. A big plus for me was generally don’t have to deal with the public! Finding good lads can be a challenge but that seems to be the case for everyone in forestry and arb. I’ll be interested to see how you get on. Best of luck.
  6. departed

    More cutting.

    Wow! Brilliant work. Thanks for sharing.
  7. 9/10 [emoji17] I’ve not seen a Plane tree in the flesh (or should that be wood?)
  8. A quick search online takes you to gedoretools.co.uk and they're selling the sledge hammer for £250, and a spare head for £26. I can only guess that the €14 on that link is the spare head price. Shame it's so expensive, looks like a handy hammer. Cheers.
  9. I take it stump treatment will be worth the extra effort after the birch is cut?? I'm not sure the effort of cutting and treating the birch will be worth it. I think you should follow what others have said about retaining at least some of the birch. Stump treatment is very time consuming. Big j's suggestion of thinning and retaining the best birch in a few years sounds like the best plan to me.
  10. Not exactly right, glyphosate works well as a stump treatment but it needs to be a 20-30% mix and it'll need applying directly to the stump, either with a small sprayer or paint brush. I've used it to effectively treat all hardwoods and rhododendrons up to 2" when painted or sprayed on, if the stump are bigger then you may need to drill a few holes to hold the chemical on the stump. The stumps will need treating within an hour or so of cutting to be effective too.
  11. I can only advise on ua1 & ua2. Do your homework for ua1 and it's pretty straight forward. Ua2 is straight forward so long as you're competent on the saw and semi decent at climbing. There's a bit more knowledge required because there's another big hazard so the assessor needs to know you're aware of that danger and how to deal with it. Ua1 is theory & classroom based so a lot of info to take in but I found that once we went into site to see the apparatus everything clicked. Ua2 is almost completely practical. Don't rush and be safe = no worries! Hope that helps.
  12. Maybe it's just the picture but is it's lower beak off to one side compared to the top bit? Looks like it's ready to fly so it should be fine if you leave it alone, but if you've moved it out of the road twice then maybe there's something wrong with it.
  13. departed

    Felling axe

    Try searching for skillcult on YouTube or his blog online. He's a bit long winded but seems to know his stuff re axes, and other things. Good advice in the posts above too.
  14. In my experience once the eggs have hatched, the parents won't abandon the nest. Or not as readily as if they were just eggs at least.
  15. I've emailed it. Might be no good, I took the pic on my phone. Cheers.


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