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Conor Wright

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  1. No wonder we need things that actually improve with age!
  2. Not fussy really, if Its 18 years old and full of alcohol, what's not to like?! I'm going to hell...
  3. The only tyre burning furnaces I know of are the industrial ones used in lime kilns. (They usually burn a variety of material, tyres being one) I may be wrong but to get it hot enough to "cleanly" incenerate tyres you would need a fairly complex device. Would it not be simpler and cleaner to burn the bark, sawdust and offcuts instead. Then recycle the tyres into crumb rather than burning them? If you have a link to the furnace you're talking about I'd be interested in having a look.
  4. I agree, Suzuki never designed a decent car, should have stuck with bikes. At least that birch draws the eye away from it.
  5. I had an Active strimmer which served me well. They have daft model names though, mine was a "big 4.5" Couldn't fault it, bought it in a hurry after my stihl fs360 was stolen. That was a good machine too... Bought an echo split shaft brush cutter/edger and to be honest I'm not that impressed with it, all revs and no grunt. On balance I'd recommend stihl, closely followed by Active.
  6. The saw chip from the processor gets put into ton bags, I get between 15 and 25 euro a bag. It usually goes under chickens or sheep. Wood chip goes for cattle bedding in bulk, sometimes to smallholders too. Clean woodchip goes for flowerbeds/shrubberies. Usually 10 quid a scoop. The dust off the woodmizer goes into used meal bags and I get 3 quid each but have limited buyers, a few mechanics use it for soaking up oil. I end up mixing half or more of it into the compost pile. Virtually everything has a value, finding the buyers can be a challenge. Finding buyers that are straightforward enough to make it worthwhile is the real challenge. Given that I've occasionally scooped up hammers, files and even a timber tongs before, a 15 euro bag of chip could end up a real bargain for someone!
  7. I have an lt15 which, while it has served me well has also been frustrating. It needs regular readjusting to keep it cutting square and isnt as well built as it appears at first glance. In my experience woodmizer backup leaves a lot to be desired. I had an issue with the electric control for the height adjustment. Theres no woodmizer dealer in Ireland at the moment (that I'm aware of, maybe this has changed recently) woodmizer uk were poor to deal with, woodmizer Poland were fairly crap too, eventually got the part from an electrical goods supplier in Texas of all places. A friend has a logosol in the same price range which is a far superior machine in my honest opinion. Blade choice makes a hell of a difference. Woodmizer own blades are not as good as ripper 37s or bahco, even an unbranded pack I bought cheap online were no worse. If I was buying again I'd go for logosol or trakmet, maybe step up to one of the american brands if I wanted to cut wider, although the alaskan is there for big stuff.
  8. Had mice nest in a bale of net bags before, wrecked about 500 of them. Never had trouble with ton bags. Plenty of poison and a decent farm cat should help. Have had mice nesting in bags of logs before but with negligible damage to the bags. Rats get shot on sight or torn apart by dogs. It's the rules. They're crafty bastards, rats. A farmer friend recently showed me a video of one covering a trap in straw to set it off before taking the bait. I'd be more concerned about weils disease with the rats than the actual damage they cause.
  9. I had a couple of branch loggers, great machines but I struggled to find a market for the "loggings" Ended up putting a match to 35 cubes of the stuff when I had to move yards. It burns well... Mine were rêbak machines, a polish company that's no longer operating. Couldn't fault the machines but changing people's minds about what constitutes "good" firewood was beyond me. I think that attitudes have shifted enough in the last year or so for someone to make it work as an eco fuel zero waste help the pandas kinda business.
  10. 2511. Best thing I ever bought. Although it can be a bitch to start when its half warm. 200t just gathers dust now, usually go straight from the 2511 to an echo 501, sometimes a 261. Guess I've become a convert from stihl to echo... Mostly working from a mewp. Minimal climbing for me.
  11. I ran a 42 inch sugi hara bar on a 660 with an alaskan for a while, it could manage it, just. Had an auxiliary oiler on the alaskan but did use the same bar for cross cutting a few big butts. it oiled enough with the standard pump but was very much on its limit. It's back on a 32 bar now since I got an 880 and I doubt I'll ever use the 42 on it again. The weight of the solid sugi bar made it unbalanced too.
  12. some ash and syc milled recently, some nice pieces in it, plenty more to go too. thinking it might be worth making a solar kiln, anyone done this? I can sell dry timber all day long, less interest in green stuff. It's a long wait for a return when air drying... also a few big spruce, all for 6x3s. Made a few raised beds out of them.
  13. Nothing went wrong, it's just 35 years old and gets worked hard. Theres no denying that parts are expensive for them. As I said, it keeps going. Just time for some refurbishment if I want it to continue earning me money and hold its value
  14. Slowly getting there... I'll stick up a few pics when I've done something worthy. It does need some TLC but it keeps on going. All it really needs is a new set of tyres... And a lick of paint, a few panels, an engine overhaul, new chip body, shock absorbers, uprated springs, a better front linkage, maybe a clutch, new brakes, couple of air tanks, a few pipes and hoses, some sound proofing, better lights. Not much really... Mogs, all the comfort of an old tractor, all the running costs of an old mercedes.

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