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  1. No it hasn't been a proper small holding for about 30 years. It became a scrap yard and garage for a while. Its the late father in-laws, who was a landscaper & unfortuantley a horder........... So I've spent a while tidying up the scrap etc. I'm trying to get it back to it's former glory & tidy it up. And the log wood was one way of getting it back to what it could be used for. We've got lots of storage, including a soft sided artic body, a 8mtr x 28mtr canopy along with a few containers. All currently full of 'crap'.
  2. lots of insight lads! It's all appreciate, I don't think any one has said any thing 'negative'. I'd rather some people on here with some experience in the industry say the truth and point out the pit falls and struggles. It's also good to see how much kit, space & resources you actually need to make the money. Perhaps my exception of earnings is too high for the in-come I'm expecting. I'm tempted to look at it from a different angle. Potentially still create our small holding as a 'tip site', split and dry the wood I can get from local firms and build it up over 24months. Marking and organising it correctly so it's seasoned for 24months and if I get enough to pay for some of the kit it's a winner then build up gradually. Doing the tree work part time to cover the basic bills. Is that a more reasonable expectation? In my last industry I was self employed for 5 years. I don't think it matters what industry your'e in if you run a business or are a sub contractor you are slightly at the mercy of your clients. But you can also turn work down, which isn't as easy to do when your'e employed.
  3. Ooooooo Doug your'e right man! There is more to this picture than just simply firewood. I think really I just want to start a company that I can do at home. As I have mentioned we live on a small holding (roughly just under 10 acres). I'm in the process of sorting it out it's been neglected for the best part of 10 years. It's one of the reasons why I got in to the Tree Care side of things to take the new things I've learnt and use them at home. I'd start my own tree surgery business, but in Kent there's already too many. So what I'm trying to establish is - Is the firewood business another over saturated industry-. I'm not looking to make lots & lots of money just something that I'm actually invested in for my self, that can pay the bills save some for pension and have a little left over for holidays. And I do really enjoy working out side, even when it's pissing it down and -1 I do still have a laugh at work!
  4. Hey Skyhuck Yeah I hear what ya saying, I've been cutting my own firewood from our woods for the last 18months. And I actually find enjoyable. I think its more to do with that I'm happy to spend my own time on my own business. But you raise a fair point and that's why I posted in a forum fist, before I start spending money on kit! Liam
  5. Hey guys & girls Is it worth starting a firewood company in Kent, is it already over saturated. I've been doing tree work for the last 4 months with a mixture of climbing & groundwork, I have enjoyed the climbing but the groundwork is very laborious. I am inexperienced and I still have lots to learn. But I like the thought of owning a small company. I'm not looking to make £100k's just between £20-30K a year. You can probably tell I have no experience of running a company and you'd be correct. I live on a small holding and we already have a lot of storage space and will look in to building more canopy storage for seasoning wood. BUT is it worth it? I see 'Logs for sale' signs everywhere and I keep thinking "is it actually worth getting in to?". I'd be happy to be more of a supplier if that were an option. I'm based in North Kent, more specifically Rainham. I've already spoken to a few tree surgery firms I've worked with (all 2/3 man teams) and they'd be happy to drop their wood where we are. But also want to drop their chip off at the same time. This is another revenue which I am looking in to but currently don't have the space for an artic lorry to turn around in but potentially reverse. We are based about 10 minutes away from the Detling Tip Site, which would be the main competitor. But I have no interest on letting lots of different tree companies drop at our site, as that would start causing security concerns. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated. Liam
  6. Hey Samatha I feel your pain, I'm lucky that I had a pot of money put by. I was a Freelance Live events sound engineer. And was thinking of the job change any way before Covid. But with Covid there's not alot of live events work now any way. So for me it didn't really matter I HAD to get a new job and work out the finances as we go along. Plus we're mortgage free because we built our own home ourselves. But again I know this is a small minority and i'm very lucky to be in the situation we're in. Not every one is as lucky as myself. Iv'e also learnt to live very basically, don't buy s**t you don't need is it what's taught me.
  7. Just noticed how old this thread is but I'll share my thoughts any way. I'm 31 and literally just passed all my basic tickets: CS30,31,38,39 and Ive got my Lantra Chipper and Stump Grinder. I turn 32 in February, I've been rec-climbing and doing some basic removals at home (we have a small holding so I can get some practice in) I realize not every one has this option and I am very lucky. I've been laboring for a few local companies and even been coppicing to get some more saw hours and felling practice in. I have done all this on my back funding it myself. If you have a young family it is really hard work. I have a 2 year old and Fiance who is on the edge of giving birth to baby no.2. It has been really hard, but with constant stretching and simple short exercises I've gotten through it. Sleep depervation is the hardest part. But being in a canopy swinging on ropes is worth it. Also when your'e learning your using energy ineffectively, so when you build experience you'll less likely to waste your energy. There was a guy on some of my courses who was 48 and loved it, but use foot and knee asscenders, reserve your energy for the cutting and moving around. He was an active person before, running, rowing, rock climbing so that's probably put him in a good place. Also don't expect yourself to climb 5 days a week maybe 1 or 2 hedge cutting days or just feeding the chipper isn't such a bad thing. I'm very inexperienced so the rest of the group can tell me to suck eggs, but this has been my experience on my journey so far. Also have fun at work ? Liam
  8. Any one who's still interested in this thread HA...... I sold the 181 with spare bars & chains for £100.00 through facebook Market Place, sold and picked up in less than 12hrs. So I'm currently going through our home/garage and literally selling any thing we don't need/use any more. Raised about £400 quid so far, it's slightly become addictive! Any way cheers for the help Lads, saving up for the MS241!
  9. Hey AHPP I'll let you know, thanks for letting me know. Take it easy
  10. Exactly, might start trying to sell 'stuff' I don't need or use any more to get a new saw lol
  11. Yeah I can see that, not everyone can afford to buy 3 different size saws. Or even multiple bar lengths etc.
  12. Yeah good point I'm doing it at Scott Frasers Tonbridge, Flexi tree surgeon course. I know they supply all of the climbing kit just not sure on saws, any way slightly off topic. I'm really debating to get a 241 just chuck it on 0% credit card a d pay it off slowly. As the other saw I own is a 400 with a 20" bar which is great but it's little heavy to use all day and on smaller limbs it just feels silly.
  13. Hey Dan The only Instruction is to NOT bring a saw that has a larger guide bar length than 15"s. But surely they're not going to chuck you off the course if your bar is 16"s. I'm looking at the 241 now..... I'm currently proper skint, but for what I need around our place it looks good.
  14. Hey Bill Yeah I've tried twice already and same issue. Could try a 3rd time!
  15. Update ladies & gents. Carb came through the post chucked it straight in. Didn't touch adjustment screws started 1st pull on choke. 2nd pull on 'on' it started. High idle turned it down perfect. Day 1 - for half a tank of fuel run fine. Day 2 - 3 tanks of fuel over 4hrs, not hard continues use. Near the end of each tank it started boggin and cutting out, moved fuel line in tank improved issue. Day 3 issues started.... Really high idle, adjustment slows it down then creeps up again. Saw just starts ragging it's arse off for no-reason. I'm now thinking fuel line & fuel filter. I'm just being a tight arse but I'm still reluctant to throw money at a low end saw. I'm not using for work purposes just looking after our woods where we live. But I've also got my CS30&31 in September and I'd like to use my own saw for that. Shall I just get a new fuel line & filter and go from there? Cheers guys [emoji38]

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