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Kent Arboreal

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  1. 2 strokes are all much the same to start, squish the bubble ten times, put the choke on, if it has an on/off switch make sure it’s on (amazing how many people don’t!) pull the cord until it turns over, when it does take the choke off and pull it until it starts. Make sure the brake is on when you start it. Make sure the chain is sharp and tight enough. Don’t touch anything with the tip, that’s where you’ll get kickback from. Don’t take try to change the chain with the brake on you’ll turn an easy two minute job into a complicated two hour one. If you’re not sure why that is, don’t worry, you’ll find out sooner or later! Make sure there’s always oil in the hopper otherwise you’ll overheat the chain and **************** it. I find I go through one tank of oil to every two tanks of petrol with my husky 550 XP which is a similar size saw I think although I’m not familiar with mcculloch saws, but different saws are different. Obviously. Put 50:1 2 stroke mix in it, most bottles of 2 stroke oil have some way of measuring out the right amount to add. Rule of thumb better to mix it too rich than too lean up to a point, after that you’ll foul the plug, but even then better a dirty plug than a seized engine. Try not to let the fuel run dry, it’s a pig to start again if you do. If you’re going get paid to use it at least do your CS30, most of that is learning about how the saw and chain works and when you understand how it works it means you’ll be a bit more clued in what to do when something goes wrong, how to maintain it, troubleshooting etc etc
  2. Your site, your problem. Just my opinion but that’s how I do things. Usually my problem is the subs breaking my tools though. Had a claim on insurance a few years ago, I had another company that did cleaning, had a new girl start as a sub looking to get full time if it worked out, recommended by her boyfriend who was a guy we had a big contract with. First day she spilled heavy duty oven cleaner on a solid oak worktop and completely wrecked it. A couple of grand to replace. The guy offered to pay it but I took it on the chin and claimed for it as I felt it was my responsibility not his. (Or hers) she wasn’t doing anything wrong, accidents sometimes happen. Just bad luck it was day one.
  3. We get it in the ear from joe public all the time. Not so much the saws but the chipper. I used to worry, now I’m more of the opinion of wtf else do you want me to do with it? Six trailer loads instead of one? Turn up with 40 beavers and let em eat it? Piss off!
  4. This did cross my mind. On the council estate where I grew up there was a family evicted from their council house after they discovered they were keeping a horse in their living room. Guess they didn’t fancy the stable fees either. Nice area Swanley. Dunno why I moved away.
  5. It happened at Hatchet Pond which is likely the one you mean on the road between Lymington and Beaulieu. I’d wager it’s the same horse. Perhaps that one needs an indoor life now. That’s twice in a week. It was just next to the car park there where there are picnic benches. It probably hangs around there scavenging
  6. That happened to us a couple of years ago just up the road. Might just go to Marbella next year.
  7. I pick it out with a needle every once in a while. Dunno how much good that does it but it ain’t broke it so far. Always amazed how much shit comes out.
  8. If someone had stopped to film it there’d have been a murder.
  9. Last day on holiday in the New Forest yesterday. We decided to go for a walk and a picnic. My wife took my 7 month old son off to look at the wild horses while my 3 year old daughter and I finished eating. She asked if she could give the other half of her peanut butter sandwich to the ducks on the pond which I said was fine. As she was feeding them about forty yards away a horse ran over and knocked her off her feet I think trying to get the sandwich. It then began to trample her. My magnificent wife baby in one hand began trying to push it off taking several kicks in the process. I ran over as fast as I could and shoulder charged the bastard knocking it off balance and my wife dragged little one away. I picked her up and we all ran to the truck with the horse chasing. Thank god littlun got away with nothing more than several hoof shaped bruises on her right arm and a few minor cuts. Obviously she was absolutely terrified. Had her checked at the hospital and all was well thank god. My point though is that sometimes shit just happens and you’ve got to deal with it. But about ten people were around us plus two guys in a car, and as I ran towards it, everyone else was running away. RUNNING AWAY. From a three year old screaming as a horse trampled her. People are just awful. I bet they’re all telling each other to stay safe and prattling on about all being in it together and doing their bit to save the brave NHS. Well I hope they’re all proud of themselves. Needed about 20 fags and a bucket load of lager to get the adrenaline out of my system last night! But I’m still furious. Sorry rant over.
  10. I don’t lend any nice tools . They always come back broken
  11. This weathers only good for a pub garden. Been killing ourselves all week. We’re doing some fencing on Friday and a sparky dropped by to tell the customer he was sacking it off cos it was too hot to work. Pussy.
  12. Right bicep twice the side of the left one Left calf twice the size of the right one Hernia that flares up once or twice a year when I forget to protect it by lifting with the legs and engaging the core first Deaf as a post Nerve pinch in my back that makes my right hand go numb if i do too much lifting and twisting Hands so rough that I once put my hand on my wife’s knee and laddered her tights. Maybe that ones a superpower.
  13. I love the pub always have but I won’t be returning for a while. Not worried about the virus, if anything I’m a bit of a sceptic of lockdown, but it looks like it’s gonna be rubbish. Why would I spend four quid a pint to sit away from everyone, served by a fella in a SARS mask, with no live music, having rung to book for the privilege, when for a quid a pint I could get a case from the co op and drink it in my own very nice garden where none of us are wearing masks without an inch of hazard tape in sight?! I get that pubs are struggling but I need a bit more incentive to visit than just “so they can have some money”
  14. Conversation with a potential customer yesterday How much to fell and remove this tree leaving 6ft of stump so I can train clematis up it £400 That’s a lot more than I was hoping to pay, can you do any better? No sorry, that’s competitive, it’s not good for business to work for less. But you won’t have to take away 6ft of trunk, doesn’t that make a big difference? No Can you suggest anything else? You can try calling a different firm You’re the third company to quote for it, all three have said £400 Looks like that’s the going rate for this job then doesn’t it Is there anything else you could suggest? I’m chuckling now, “You could have a go yourself” I wouldn’t know how and don’t have a chainsaw or anything All that equipment and training is expensive eh? I have to go now, give me a call if you decide you’d like us to cut it down for you.


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