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Dan Maynard

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  1. Apart from "oh that's let the light in", "Well that does look a lot when you get it on the ground" is about the second most common comment - to which I say "That's ok, it will look less when we've put it in the chipper" I think the vast majority wouldn't want the piles of brash in their garden so we take it away. I don't know anywhere to lose brash for free but chip can always find a free home so it's much better to take it as chip.
  2. I would personally just stick to the .325 it comes with, I don't see a huge advantage to 3/8 lopro and it will be harder to find bars and chains. Looks like the saws are K095 mount from Oregon which is small husky, so the other possible option is narrow gauge 0.325. Do you need narrow cuts though? All the narrow chain will do is cut slightly faster, your carvings will look the same.
  3. At least you could put some lime jelly in your ears.
  4. I would certainly borrow the 461 rather than thrash the 261. 461 with 25" was my biggest saw until recently, have chunked up some sizeable lumps of willow with it - like woody said dice it from the end into blocks no bigger than 24" which you can pick up. If you can get someone with you then better though, your back will appreciate it at the end of the day.
  5. It's all muscle. That and feet.
  6. Yeah definitely, the loops near the branch tighten but if you put 4 or 5 loops then the outer ones are loose. By the time you are pulling the tight bit apart you have a good old tail to get hold of and yank.
  7. Low pro 3/8 is a much narrower cut than standard 3/8, removing less wood requires less power from the saw. Used to be anything 50cc and up would be standard 3/8, now it's more 60cc and up. Usually 0.325 chains around 50-60cc and 3/8 lopro on smaller saws, pole pruners, toppers etc.
  8. Me too, I saw Patrick on YouTube as well. I actually like it more than a steel biner because you are not having to work out which way the gate lies and arrange it to not cross load when tying, and then when it's being undone there is nothing to catch once the knot is undone. I don't think it's particularly quicker to tie than a bowline but definitely quicker and easier to find the tail and undo. I just make sure to show people the knot on the ground first, otherwise it looks really confusing when you first send it down.
  9. Dolmar/Makita use Husky small bar mount so you would swap bars with a 550.
  10. This. You might buy the "best" trousers but if they don't fit properly you'll be uncomfortable and not able to move. Lots of people will recommend Pfanners but not the right shape for me at all. Same with harness.
  11. In domestic tree surgery I've not seen anyone with anything but class 1, I guess it's on the basis we know it's not going to stop a full bore saw but will slow it down in the event of mishap. As far as I understand the more regulated tree work environments such as rail, forestry are more likely to require particular class PPE but others can advise you there.
  12. Single lever mod isn't a great idea if an employee is using it, people have been prosecuted for that after accident occurred. If it's you at home for your own use then hse law not applicable.
  13. I cut a deodar down once, when I went to look at it first I tried to find cones to identify it and the owners told me there were none. Once we'd knocked all the branches off there were cones everywhere, they didn't look like those ones.

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