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Dan Maynard

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  1. I can sort of see where they are coming from but it's not the removal of the climbers that is the problem, is it? It's the heavy handed damage to the tree Or do they mean the ivy could be holding the tree up and if you cut it off the tree will fall down? Otherwise damage is damage is wrong, you wouldn't get permission to hack it off with a chainsaw and damage the tree so seems silly to suggest an application is required. Be interesting to see if there's precedent for a prosecution following ivy removal.
  2. Class 1 will be fine for CS39. You can do CS38 in trainers (in theory) but wouldn't, they get stuck in the tree forks.
  3. I just hire the one I use, and the place turn them over fairly often so always quite a new machine and anyway maintenance not my problem. They do have niggly things wrong though, on the other hand it's a stump grinder so always a hard life. Would I buy one... Well it grinds a lot quicker and with less effort than a Predator 360, from that point of view it's a good machine. Because I hire it I tend to rack up the jobs so I've run it all day and even then not got sore shoulders or back, no humping and lumping it around because of the self drive and that includes pulling itself on and off the trailer. It'll go through a normal gate if there's a straight run but there are gardens with corners that you can get a 360 into that you can't get a 460 into. So as an only grinder, probably not. As a second, bigger grinder I would definitely want to try out the FSI to see what you get in terms of quality for the extra money.
  4. Fuel filters only a few quid, as RoughHewn found having a blocked one can be very bad for the saw (seized) so I'd change that anyway first if it hasn't been done in 3 years. Quite an easy job with a bit of wire to make a hook.
  5. Leyland cypress Cedars deodar , blue atlantic Learn the Pyracantha hedge so you don't grab it in the middle of something else.
  6. I would say on smaller stumps the central pivot makes less difference. When you get a reasonable pile of grindings, or do something like a cherry where you had to chase out roots so you're working across a trench, then the central pivot is absolutely brilliant and massively reduces the physical effort of the job. I've used a Predator 460 which had pivot and electric self drive, also a really good back saving feature. I've not used FSI but believe build quality is better, Predator have their fans though.
  7. Thanks, yes not the ideal start to Christmas and not what my son wanted for his 16th birthday. Water with us comes up very quick and goes down very quick, which makes drying out quicker as well.
  8. Definitely. MoT in theory is the same everywhere but in practice is not, always has been and none of the new systems change that really. Worst I've had was a big dealer type garage, always seemed to find something. This was a shame as very handy to my house. On the other hand I got an MoT once in a backstreet garage on a Dolomite I bought for £70, driving away one of the indicators didn't work and the rear axle bushes were so shot you could feel the back of the car turn when you left off the accelerator. I didn't go back there either, just sorted the car out. Comes down to finding a garage you trust and stick with it. Near us a family run garage I reckon are pretty fair, and take the LR to an independent LR specialist.
  9. Yep. You can split the hair even further, do the chainsaw training first and then if you are carrying out the trade your chipper training would be ok. I think also there would be an abundance of tax deductable "training" - sailing, skiing, quad biking, racing driver, scuba diving, etc etc.
  10. I was going to point out that your £1500 training will be a new skill hence not allowable expense but with all the handbags and grenades around think safer not to so I won't.
  11. Thanks for all the tips, sounds like next step is wedge the clutch pedal down for a week or two anyway.
  12. Too much rain here too. Not as much as December 23rd though, water was completely over this bridge rail and 14" deep in our house. Bit of a saga.
  13. Camon is a bit of an unknown, Greenmech well known well supported and has good resale. The 13/75 isn't a great choice, less easy to feed and spits everything out too near the floor so you've got another job moving the chip. If you're gardening though you should keep an eye on the difference between a shredder and a chipper. These are wood chippers, which are less good on hedge cuttings/soft material and can't handle any soil at all because they have sharp knife blades. Shredders with hammers are slower on wood but better on the soft and dirty. Depends what kind of garden work you're doing really, horses for courses and all that.
  14. You get covered in sap when cutting softwood down, yes. Leave it two or three years and the stickiness disappears, bark starts falling off. Then it's fine wood to burn.

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