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About Baldbloke

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  • Birthday March 19

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  • Location:
    Moray, Scotland
  • Interests
    Machinery, bikes, saws and when not operating those things, drink.
  • Occupation
    Retired fishing ghillie but now a driver for out of hours NHS
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    AB55 6RY
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  1. I’ve had one for a few years (decade) and the things steadily lost compression over the last couple of years. I see that the barrel and piston kits for these things are about double the cost of doing a more conventional 2 stroke repair. Over £100. I presume these engines never caught on and I should probably scrap it as an uneconomic repair?
  2. Stihl v Lidl. (Yer gets wot yer pay for)

    "Yer gets wot yer pay for" Usually true but I did once pick up some some heavy duty jump leads for £12 at Lidl that I reckon were identical to a £50.00 set I needed to buy a month earlier from an agricultural outlet. But for the writing on the bag I reckon they were made by the same company. The hardware on offer from Lidl can be absolute shite but occasionally it is worth a quick look.
  3. Possible purchase

    Not sure. All I’ve been told so far is that it has a max reach of 12m and possibly 5 out and is Battery run with hydraulic hoses all replaced.
  4. Possible purchase

    More for building/roof work rather than attempting to work a saw at height[emoji3]. See you guys use similar kit for arb work so would be interested in a heads up on what to check before handing out the cash. Cheers!
  5. Sunshine

    Moved a third of a wood lorry by hand yesterday. The lorry got stuck and had to offload in an awkward spot. Hot work even up in the North of Scotland [emoji28]
  6. 50 cc saw

    As a near sixty year old who doesn’t have to work by the ton nowadays I don’t need something that has the highest spec. However, I can certainly understand the preference for the newer saws but personally prefer the simplicity and reliability over years of use of the marginally lower performing older professional saws. A damn sight easier to rebuild too.[emoji1303]
  7. 50 cc saw

    ..... and too hot. Saws run hot enough already without recently leaning them off further for environmental reasons. I’ve recently picked up a good secondhand MS260 and will be looking for a rebuildable and fully adjustable big saw when cash allows. I’m not keen on anything modern that unnecessarily complicates an outdoor tool[emoji3]
  8. 50 cc saw

    30 years ago we used to advise not fuelling 2T race bikes with an overly heavy oil premix. Owners thought they were coddling their engines by adding a drop more oil but it actually seemed to make the top ends run too lean.
  9. Best pruning saw

    Even with some certification?
  10. Come on then own up, whats your record?

    Done that too[emoji3]
  11. Facial chainsaw injury photo NSFW

    Shaving is going to be tricky for a while.......
  12. A basic mill to make roof trusses

    Because it will be a lot easier cutting/measuring and replacing each section on site I’m still wanting to give it a go at making up sections without going to the expense of hiring in equipment. I have a part time job so don’t want hired equipment lying idle. Which mill should I buy and will my Husky 365 be up for the job?
  13. A basic mill to make roof trusses

    I believe the proposed dimensions of the Elm will be adequate. This especially when you look at the alternative option of wide spacing and the thinness of modern prefabricated softwood trusses.
  14. A basic mill to make roof trusses

    Hi Andrew, Good point about the balance between replacing all the suspect timbers with new softwood trusses against repairing the damaged sections. The steading is not listed. However, I’d still like to retain as much of its rustic look as possible and think that an over engineered look would detract from the buildings character. As a repair I am also hoping not to have to involve the Council or planning permissions. I really cannot abide these people. I was surprised by how sound the beams were where they are embedded within the granite stonework. Presumably because the lime mortar is still good and it can breathe.


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