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  1. I'd say there is zero demand commercially for processed softwood in NI. We sell small quantities of firewood as a by product of our tree service business. For processed firewood customers only want hardwood. A few customers will take trailer loads of softwood coming direct off a job, at a very cheap rate, to process themselves. I do know guys that sell mixed loads successfully but they would be in more rural areas. In and around Belfast, it seems to be only hardwood in demand, with 'kiln dried' being the buzz word. Spoke to many customers who will only buy kiln dried hardwood and the prices they pay are staggering. Many believe you can't burn softwood in stoves. Uneducated punters unfortunately.
  2. Boardroom - milled up a couple of oak stems on site for a customer of ours. https://theboardroomni.co.uk/contact
  3. Hi We recently ground out a tree of heaven stump that sat close to the lawn. The customer has since called (voicemail) to say that 'toadstools' have been appearing everywhere in the vicinity of the grind, and he wants a solution. Other than tearing out all the roots what are the options? His garden and lawn are immaculate. Thanks
  4. I think you've answered the question in your post, and probably the hardest thing to find, get some reliable help.
  5. Bounce back loan repayments start in June also.
  6. Oak and ash removals, and the obligatory lleyandi reduction.
  7. Using rigging line to pull climber up, climber tending the zigzag. Not sure why we didn't use the skid steer to pull. 02.mp4
  8. Very busy here in NI, more so than ever. All the tree guys seem to be the same, as do most trades. Enjoying it while we can, next year may be different, when furlough stops, jobs go and people put whatever money they have to the holiday they missed this year (if there are any airlines left).
  9. Had one for two years without a problem. Run it with a 20 or 24 mostly, occasionally a 28.
  10. This job's just brilliant sometimes
  11. Bloom

    Saw upgrade

    How did you get on with it?
  12. You'll not be disappointed.
  13. No, customer was a strange one.
  14. Got you. Groundsman did it!!
  15. I was just using the straps to stop any more splitting. Do you reckon I should have used them to close the gap?
  16. Finally got back to sort this today. Customer finally agreed to a MEWP. Narrow lane only allowed us a small (ish) one that couldn't reach the tip. Braced the split, winch holding the stem, bit of polesaw action from the MEWP until I was happy to go unto the stem, then chog it down. Sever bottom and lift, then lower the stem. No damage.
  17. What a machine!! I use Freemake for cutting the video to the bits I need, then VideoPad for putting it all together.
  18. Do any of you guys use your wee chipper to chip into a mini dumper (muck truck or similar) then load into tipper? I've read most of this thread at various times, think I saw it somewhere but wondering on the practical application of it. Seems like a decent idea. Keep all the mess in the one area, removes long drags.
  19. The FSI B20 pivots also but isn't self propelled. A few grand cheaper than the B22.
  20. Not a bad idea. That tree is about 35ft tall, pretty sound. It forms part of a old hedge that has been left unmaintained that is now just a row of trees. I'd have no problem climbing the main stem of the conifer. Not sure if I'd want to be up there if I'd secured the split stem to it though. I'll call the customer tomorrow and say it must be done with machinery. She's an old doll, half deaf. The shed is filled with junk she has hoarded over the years. As is every other space around her house. Trying to explain a MEWP to her should be fun. When we were there one of the neighbours came out, surprised to see us, said 'theres no way in the world she would ever pay anyone to work on her trees'. Thanks for all the replies. It'd annoyed me not doing it but it seems that I called it right.
  21. Had a look at this last Tuesday then went back the next day to do it, but walked away cause I felt I was leaving too much to chance. no access for machinery customer won't pay for machinery shed to be saved (minor damages accepted) main anchor would be on stem behind split one. If you're out on the tip, if failure occurs, you're swinging into the shed/ground second anchor off a Sycamore. Lower and to the left/behind of the split limb Hate not doing a job but didn't feel I could control the chaos on this one. Anyone got any bright ideas?
  22. Got mine from Santander yesterday into my personal account. Took about 8 days. Had to submit Tax return and proof of business and address to them but overall a painless process. Regards paying off other finance - there is a stipulation against that and pruchasing new equipment. Something about only being allowed to replace existing equipment, like for like. So will have to be creative.
  23. Cheers. I sent them an enquiry and got enough info - €19,845, ok, I'll move on....
  24. Just came across these chippers. Anyone got any practical experience with them?


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