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  1. Heard a story recently, maybe: It had been a particularly crap and long week. Monday's grinding job had gone from bad to worse, hitting unknown bits of metal which had broken teeth and the day had finished after the drive belt broke but with loads more to do. Day 2 had ended up lasting 13 hrs after further mechanical issues which had meant getting back to base after 2130hrs but at least the customer was happy. Weds was a long drive out and back and again, the job had stretched out meaning home past 1900hrs. Thursday had seen an interesting chestnut reduction but a hard day's climbing and again a late finish. Friday was a simple but long hedge reduction with a new worker, who was well known to the boss. The boss didn't like or trust this guy but he had pleaded for work on a number of occasions and our hero's landlady had asked that he be given a chance. But having agreed face-to-face to work earlier in the week, on Thursday evening at 2115hrs the new guy had rung the landlord and told him that he had had a better offer driving elsewhere and would not be coming to do the hedge work after all. He didn't speak to the boss, just left a message. Too late to get anyone else in, too late to postpone (and the customer had already been postponed once before) the job was undertaken single-handedly. The customer wanted a lot off ie this wasn't just a gentle trim. No groundie meant the chipper couldn't be brought on site and so an extra trip back to base was required to unload the morning's reductions. Hedge finally completed and everything cleared up to the customer's satisfaction at 1900hrs. Still had 2 truck loads to clear. Anyway once home and fed, our boss decided to nip out in the car to the new guy's place to ask him in person why he had let him down. "Apparently" the conversation went something like this: Boss: Hello Michael Michael: Hello mate. B: I am listening. Why did you ring the farm and leave a message, rather than speak to me directly? M: I didn't have your phone number. B: Michael, I live on the farm, you could have rung the landline anytime and I was there when you rang, just upstairs. What time did you hear about the driving job? M: About 6pm, I'm not sure B: Ok, so why did it take you 3 hrs to ring to say you weren't coming? I could maybe have found someone else or postponed the job? M: Er, well, I'm not really sure what time it was really. B: Ok, so how much did you earn driving today? M: £100 B: Well, then I think it might be reasonable to give me the difference, since you have let me down (£20). M: (Snorts and sneers) Yeah, right: you and whose army? At this point M receives a punch to the face and a scuffle occurs until his missus arrives, hearing him squealing and moaning. B leaves. Apparently there was quite a lot of blood coming from somewhere on his face, shame. Poetic justice? Maybe. Worries about an ABH charge? Not really. It turns out Michael drives a brand new Merc because he is claiming sick benefit, so he can't call the police because that would result in the fact he is working coming out in court, so he would lose his car and get into loads of crap for fiddling the system. Just another work-shy [email protected]
  2. Lots of good stuff here. Key points are: -once you have a back injury, it will never go away completely, it will always be a potential problem -lift as little as possible: get a machine to do it or lighten the load and the distance to move it as far as possible -core exercises help prevent issues ie swimming, yoga etc -if it starts to twinge: act. Your body is warning you its about to stop you from working. That pain is the bulging discs starting to press on your spinal cord. If it actually makes contact, it's game over. So don't ignore it. A
  3. Thank you. Yours is still for sale, £320 Just learning about the difference between motion and non-motion detecting,,,,, Cheers A
  4. Evening all, Had a nightmare with an ash tree recently that was full of old screws and nails. Buggered 5-6 chains during its take-down and it nearly meant we did not finish. I was whinging about this recently to a colleague who said he uses a small metal detector: One Allistec SC250, no less, which he bought about 10 years ago. Looked it up but it appears as if it is no longer for sale. It occurred to me that the milling forum might have an idea of what is good currently, maybe? Ta muchly in advance A
  5. Consider yourself lucky: my '03 transit with steel floor n sides AND a 500kg tail-lift is 3100kg empty. I regularly have a long queue of cars behind me when loaded and crawling up the hills around here in bottom gear. Thing is though, its on the way home, so my customers don't mind, and it doesn't bother me. All that matters for me it that the Transit starts in the morning and gets me to the job. Got to say, tool box is fine but don't be tempted to leave any power tools in it, no matter what it's made of,,,, A
  6. Need to do my gear as well,,, But maybe you already have a head start: won't your climbing gear have serial numbers as part of your last LOLER check? You ought to have the serial numbers of the saws on your receipts probably? That might help get you underway, maybe? Good luck with it A
  7. My thoughts: Owned a TP 155 for past 2 years, just doing 250 hr service right now which includes anvil(s) swap. Its a 24hp diesel, 70kg flywheel, hydraulic feed but bog basic chipper that I bought with 6 hrs showing as an ex demo, weighs 730 kg braked chassis. It's been pretty good. Probably had a total of 5 days downtime in 2 years, waiting for parts. Easy to use, fairly easy to handle, very good on fuel. I would recommend it or maybe the TP175 which gives you another 20mm capacity but still under 750kg but I haven't actually used the bigger machine. General thoughts on chippers, whatever you buy,,,, -you will always wish you bought the next size up. Rather than absolute capacity, what you really need to know is the size of branch/log it will chip without needing stress control, cos that is what slows the processing down -they will break down: so how good is the warranty? How near is the dealer/service back up? -they will need blades sharpening: How easy to access? How far to go to get them sharpened? How much to replace blades? -they will get blockages: How easy to access rollers and dismantle on site? Do you need special tools? Maybe consider getting a splitter as well. This means you can then chip everything, which makes disposal easier and reduces manual handling.
  8. Ta very muchly, just messaged him.
  9. Evening all, My landlord has asked for help with vibration mounts for this aged saw. Looks like all are missing. Can anyone help? Cheers in advance Andrew PS 5.5hp from a 51cc motor??? That can't be right?!
  10. I am sorry, I seem to be having trouble understanding this: that says £16k for a lawn mower and it's not even new?
  11. Right, there was a "no stress" system in place but tbh, I don't think it kicked in,,,, (!) Trying to get my head around this: My TP 155 diesel makes about 24hp and spins the disc at ~1400 or so, if I shove anything bigger than about 3-4 ins diameter into it, the "no stress" kicks in but it deals with it albeit a touch slowly. Is the 150 or whatever hp being wasted but there is no other way of doing it more economically given that is his tractor? Will powering the chipper like that damage it at all or does it just mean that the "no stress" will be needed less often since the torque of the big tractor will be able to deal with the extra work of bigger lumps of timber without the disc slowing down? Sorry if I am being dense A
  12. Bear with me: no tractor expert but the PTO lever had a 540 or 1000 option and it was set for the latter, so it seems weird that it had to work so hard to spin up the chipper?!
  13. Attended a chipper training course today, mainly to tick the H&S box. We were training on a brand new TP 200 which was attached to a Valtra forestry tractor '07 plate but I don't know what model, apologies. In the practical session, the chipper was very impressive, dealing very easily with the supplied brash and blowing it 2 or 3 times further than my TP155 could manage. But then I was asked to go into the cab and set the TPO etc. After engaging the soft start TPO, I upped the engine revs to get the TPO spinning to ~1020 rpm as instructed and saw the engine tacho get to ~2400: almost maxed out! There was a lot of engine noise and I asked about fuel consumption and was told it was very poor. The TP counter was showing 1040 rpm. I know very little about tractors but TP says the TP200 should be attached to a tractor with an output of 40-85hp. I think I was told the Valtra makes 150hp. I was thinking of maybe getting one of these chippers maybe in the future but now I am confused by what I saw ie was the impressive performance because the tractor used was massively overpowering the chipper? Can anyone enlighten me? Cheers A


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