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  1. Hilux extra cab. bomb proof up to mk6 then fancy emissions stuff gets added. Extra cab gives you more payload than a single or double cab in weight, bigger bed than dbl too (mines just under 6ft internal and over 5ft width) debating tipper or just a drop side conversion next. Even with greedy boards and jumping all over it to pack it in it’s less than 10 mins solo to empty so full dropside gives me more weight capacity and a bigger space to drag chip off from.
  2. Go for it, with age comes experience and hopefully common sense. Caution can help in this game over being 19 and immortal in your head. I did my climbing ticket before my saw tickets and rec climbed as often as i could. If you decide you sent keen then you have had a fun week, spent £750 or so and learnt something. The ability to self learn and be open to being taught will help you no end. Having a basic grasp of an Arbs day to day would benefit you in many of the roles you suggest. Modern climbing kit takes the brutal joint killing masochism of 3 knot systems and thrusting your way up a rope! I’ve taken friends climbing and even the unfit none sporty ones with SRT and ascenders are quickly up into the canopy. It’s a different world up there
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    A coded welder/fabricator will be able to repair that to a certifiable and inspect able standard. Sure you could x ray test the weld but i have not heard of it being requested before. I worked as a fab/welder building canal boats and worked for a well ticketed and experienced boss, we did plenty of repairs on telehandlers, skid steers even a couple of cranes etc for a couple of local plant firms. Never had a inspection request to test the weld and we used the crane firm to move the boats onto artics. We had all the loler paperwork as part of the lifting plans etc. I doubt once painted many if any loler inspectors would even realise it had been repaired. In a perfect world that part would be replaced but we don’t live in a perfect world. Someone with the correct knowledge of metallurgy and welding can sort that to a safe and inspectable level easily and at little to no risk of future failure. They will also be insured to protect themselves. Bob from down the pub won’t have these skills
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    Plant gets repaired daily all over the country. It was made originally which means you can quote easily replace said part correctly with the right skills and experience. A decent welder (coded if you are worried about traceability) correct grade of steel and heck i’d reinforce it further to avoid it happening again
  5. 35, started my own setup gig last year. Climbed a couple of weekends a month for about a year previous to that. Happily acknowledge my skill level and sub in a climber as needed if it’s beyond my abilities, fully booked to the end of Nov currently all from word of mouth. So it’s possible, it’s graft for sure, the ground work is far harder on the body than climbing is. Having your own business takes up a lot of time and initial capital to get going. Would i go back to being a sales rep like the world i left? not for a long time!
  6. Local spotted page, ask once a month and i get 15 or so from around my village and the two next to it. befriend a couple of builders, they get loads of the things and they end up in skips.
  7. i paid £2.5k for my cs100 18hp key start model, mint from a dealer (some private estate guy owned it, for 4years, used it a couple of times a year and had it serviced every year, traded it for a mini tractor) jumped on it and travelled a couple of hundred miles to collect it. Bargains to be had! fit a winch... could even mount it to the chipper...
  8. the cs100 is 180kg without fuel so add another 10kg or so. i can measure mine to see if it help?
  9. i now only run my CS100 on pump fuel, anything hand held is Aspen, found the chipper doesn’t affect me but saw usage did. Had to rebuild a 200t when moving to aspen, all my Husky stuff didn’t care
  10. Any days a work day in our house, mrs is a nurse so we plan with her shifts so we get at least one day a week together. Try and avoid working sundays unless it’s finishing a job off as too many people moan about noise! If i have anyone in to work a weekend i try and keep it a short day sat and they get some extra to cover a few beers, Sun would be double bubble.
  11. Truck cover fabric, light weight. easy to attach and you could even have it so it clips into place and can be rolled up when you are not chipping into it. less of a wind brake so better on fuel
  12. Seen a lot of this colour stone come with staining from the suppliers! A mate landscaper had to take his client to the supplier and show him all of their packs had small rust coloured marks. Last time i checked trees were not made of metal so don’t leave rust stains...
  13. isn’t this the domain of a telehandler?
  14. moved all my work to external, i run a small property and grounds maintenance setup so did do a good chunk of internal work- UFH, flooring, tiling, bathroom and kitchen refits etc plus tree and mainly wooden landscaping. The variety worked well for us. Post March we are only doing external works, apart from at the very start it’s worked well, ive been fully booked bar rare odd days since April, now booked well into Nov with a mix of tree work, fencing and garden builds, decking and pergola’s. Have a couple of home office builds starting next month too. There’s enough tree work alone to fill my week if i want it but i’ve found there is more money in the builds side, but more stress in material sourcing. So a mix of the 2 keeps things fun and fresh. Also can move bits around if the weather looks awful, would rather be on the deck building something than doing a prune job in heavy wind and rain.
  15. Shame you are too far away as i run my own small gig doing a similar mix of work by the sound of things, nice way to add variety in and move things for really bad weather, silly high winds we can go build a deck etc. Sound like a great guy to work for so i am sure someone sensible in the area will jump at it!


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