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Jamie Jones

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About Jamie Jones

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    Mid Wales
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    Garden Services
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    Powys

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  1. Jamie Jones

    Do i need ELP

    If in a partnership? Is it formally set up as a Partnership? If not then it won't count
  2. Jamie Jones

    Do i need ELP

    It won't be the Taxman that picks you up for not having employers liability insurance. When you come a cropper will be if anything goes wrong and H&S gets involved. Who ever is invoicing for the job needs to have the employers liability insurance to cover the other party working for them.
  3. Jamie Jones

    Replacing all my saws

    I run a mixture of Stihl, Echo and Dolmar... i am pleased with all of them. But I also hate all the electronic wizardry as well. i was looking at getting a Stihl MS462 but at that money I have managed to get a Dolmar 6100 (60cc) and a Dolmar 7910 (80cc) chainsaws. I have been really impressed with the 7910 and blown away with the power as it is an absolute beast. The 6100 only turned up yesterday and I have been impressed with its cutting power but I have not had a full chance to test it out long term. the only down side to having Dolmar is that my local Stihl dealer holds loads of parts in stock and I can run in and get it repaired immediately, they are excellent that way. With the Dolmar I would have to order parts in and I would have some down time. I would also look to do the repairs my self. But the repair manual is on line as a pdf. I am not daunted at having to do this so it does not concern me. But the beauty is that I have the 2x Dolmar for the price of one Stihl so if one saw was ever to go down on me I am covered any way. But so far I have been very impressed with the Dolmars and others I have come across who also use them also speak highly of them. At some point I will also get the Dolmar 31cc tophandle saw as well. I also run an Echo TS2511 top handle saw. It is very compact and small but it has also impressed me. I have been happy with the Stihl equipment but that does come at a premium price. Talk to Andrew (posts as Shavey) on this forum on the Dolmar thread as a sponsored forum section. He is very good and gets stuff quickly. I have had saws and parts from him and he is very efficient and helpful. hope that helps and I recommend Dolmars on performance and price.
  4. Jamie Jones

    Dolmar

    Thanks Andrew (Shavey) The Dolmar 6100 (on a 3/8" set up) has arrived.... Already fired it up and it sounds a bit of a beast..... Great Service
  5. Jamie Jones

    Chainsaw refresher, a scam?

    As stated... just do a ticket on another more interesting field so that it refreshes your other tickets. The refresher element is just to ensure you are safe with a chainsaw.
  6. One thing that you are forgetting in all this is that the rules changed a good while ago. Lets say I am self employed and I have a mixed bunch of customers then all is good. Things run smoothly. The problem comes when say all your work drifts in to, or a clear decision is taken to work for a single customer full time. The taxman can now deem it that as you are in fact working for a single customer on a full time basis you in fact staff. The taxman can now go after your main customer for tax avoidance as he is not paying employers NI taxes. I am not sure at what percentage of your work for one customer is level at which this element affects your business in the tax mans view. But a few years ago my accountant stated that I was getting close to the point where I would have to approach the customer for a full time position (Which would mean that they would drop me and use other). If I crossed the threshold your accountant is duty bound to inform the tax man of your situation. The only way that I can see you can get around this is by being a limited company. But If I am correct this can still cause problems. In the Building / Construction Industry contractors on major construction site are often taxed at source.
  7. You still have Employers NI, and Pension Contributions plus other misc exes
  8. Jamie Jones

    The Chainsaw of the Future to Arrive in May

    It is not a cheap chainsaw and many in the forestry industry will have to dig deep to have one.
  9. Jamie Jones

    GreenMech CS100 18bhp

    GreenMech CS100 18bhp V-Twin engine (2018 Model) I was looking for a good quality small chipper that would complement my Garden / Grounds Maintenance Business for dealing with hedge removals, Tree Pruning and Small Tree Removal. The main reason was so that I was not dragging trailer loads of waste from site and having to dispose of it. After spending a good amount of time reading loads of reviews and watching youtube clips of various bits of kit I settled on purchasing the GreenMech CS100 with the Briggs and Stratton 570cc 18bhp V-Twin engine. The CS100 was double the cost of most of the cheaper Chinese imports that mostly ran 13-15bhp single cylinder engines. There is also a 15bhp option from GreenMech in the CS100 range as well. But for the small difference in price it was a no brain'er to go for the bigger 18bhp, Electric Start, V-Twin version for the extra power and torque. I have had the CS100 for about 8x months now and it has been a great bit of kit. It gets into narrow access areas easily. It processes waste matter up to 4" impressively quick and anything bigger than that I can move as firewood. It has reduced my transportation and disposal of waste matter dramatically. Four guys even managed to lift it over a retaining wall in to a site. I had tormented myself as to if I should spend that sort of money at this stage of my business and I have been glad that I have. There have been jobs that I have taken on that I might otherwise might not have tackled if I had not had the CS100. Another important element for me was that the GreenMech had a good track record. It is also built in the UK and access to parts is extremely easy (Not that I have needed any yet). I have been very impressed with the GreenMech CS100 as a small chipper and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a chipper of that size. Jamie Jamie's Garden Services Powys, Mid Wales..
  10. Jamie Jones

    GreenMech CS100 18bhp

    GreenMech CS100 18bhp V-Twin engine (2018 Model) I was looking for a good quality small chipper that would complement my Garden / Grounds Maintenance Business for dealing with hedge removals, Tree Pruning and Small Tree Removal. The main reason was so that I was not dragging trailer loads of waste from site and having to dispose of it. After spending a good amount of time reading loads of reviews and watching youtube clips of various bits of kit I settled on purchasing the GreenMech CS100 with the Briggs and Stratton 570cc 18bhp V-Twin engine. The CS100 was double the cost of most of the cheaper Chinese imports that mostly ran 13-15bhp single cylinder engines. There is also a 15bhp option from GreenMech in the CS100 range as well. But for the small difference in price it was a no brain'er to go for the bigger 18bhp, Electric Start, V-Twin version for the extra power and torque. I have had the CS100 for about 8x months now and it has been a great bit of kit. It gets into narrow access areas easily. It processes waste matter up to 4" impressively quick and anything bigger than that I can move as firewood. It has reduced my transportation and disposal of waste matter dramatically. Four guys even managed to lift it over a retaining wall in to a site. I had tormented myself as to if I should spend that sort of money at this stage of my business and I have been glad that I have. There have been jobs that I have taken on that I might otherwise might not have tackled if I had not had the CS100. Another important element for me was that the GreenMech had a good track record. It is also built in the UK and access to parts is extremely easy (Not that I have needed any yet). I have been very impressed with the GreenMech CS100 as a small chipper and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a chipper of that size. Jamie Jamie's Garden Services Powys, Mid Wales.. View full review
  11. Jamie Jones

    The Burning

    I only keep minimal details that means that I can comply with UK Tax Accounting laws and information that backs up my working records.
  12. Jamie Jones

    Chainsaw Use In Arboriculture

    At some point in the future it will... But at the moment I would not use battery power for any of my petrol equipment as I don't think it is anywhere near up to it. Another reason I would be loathed to go that way is because I can quantify and claim my petrol costs in my accounts for usage for this equipment.. But I can't for charging up my Makita Battery kit. My accountant won't won't let me claim speculative amounts or un receipted amounts. So they is a serious incentive not to go battery powered even if the kit was up to it.
  13. Jamie Jones

    Dolmar

    Probably stolen good like a lot of stuff in cash converters ....
  14. Jamie Jones

    Seems That Makita UK/Dolmar Salesman are lying to us!

    I think that it is a mistake as their customer service won't entertain a 3-year warranty and State that it is only 1-year
  15. Jamie Jones

    Insurance Recommendations Help Needed

    Thank You for the replies here and via messages to my original post.... And in all fairness having researched the market and trying out various recommendations for others. I have renewed my policy with Trust Insurance who seemed to be the only company that could cover all the activities that I undertake. So at the end of the day.. Thank You to Trust Insurance for the renewal of cover even if the cost has gone up a bit....

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