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  1. Environmentally friendly stump grinding? Could be a strong selling point. I've had my hands on one of those emergency services chainsaws with the depth stop, that was a brute. Also seen those masonry chainsaws in use, and I'd have to say that although they're both undoubtedly awesome, running costs are high. A carbide blade that sharpens itself looks attractive compared to that.
  2. That's the same with any disc on a Stihlsaw, unless you get a 14" beast. I take your point that chainsaws have greater depth of cut, but in my experience, once the chain has gone round once in soil, you might be as quick chewing the root off!
  3. It's great for cutting roots. It's great for cutting tyres, pallets, belting and all sorts of stuff that's abrasive, dirty and/or unkind to other cutting tools. It's a cutting tool, it cuts. You can't run it laterally over a dead, rotting stump to lower it. You can cut the roots, and dig the blighter out, because that's what it's designed for. I tried to grind on a stump which was very soft and weak. It's not the tool for the job. Had I intended to dig the stump out, it's perfect. There's nothing else I know of on the market like it. It's a perfect piece of kit for that Blue Moon job. Get one, you won't regret it. ( Not if you can buy one for £50 you won't, mine was over £100! )
  4. If you're going to start using axes, adzes, picks, mattocks, chisels and semtex, then the blade is not bringing that much to the party. Doobin, I completely accept what you say. I never said it was the answer to life, the universe and everything, just ( in my humble opinion ) a good alternative to wrecking saws and chains.
  5. I'd use a Stihlsaw with a Terrasaur Blade rather than a chainsaw when soil or metal is expected. Recommended for root cutting, but be warned: They are absolutely correct, you cannot use it as a stump grinder! Well, as soon as they say you can't do something, you have to try it, don't you? 😉 Mine has cut roots, pallets and other crap. It's a lot slower than a chainsaw, but versatile.
  6. Short answer, no. Long answer, I can get covered in enough green, brown and multi coloured stuff as it is with a guard on, so I don't fancy adding to the detritus on my clothes by dispensing with it. I suspect that may elicit a reply along the lines of " don't knock it till you've tried it", but so be it.
  7. Now I'm definitely not known for fitting every possible guard to every bit of every machine, but I wouldn't fancy using a strimmer without a guard. When you see our American friends on Youtube, they all seem to be unguarded as well. Give me a bump'n'Go with a guard on every time. Each to his own.
  8. My son bought the corded Makita ages ago. It has a 16" bar, and it can turn it with ease. On occasion, I have buried it in big logs, and it copes well. For what it does, I suppose a 14" bar would be better for what I do, but I've never felt the overwhelming need to change it. It hasn't half cut some timber! I would/will replace it with the same again, no doubt.
  9. I've been using a customer's Husqvarna rider with a flail on recently. Very capable piece of kit, nimble too. I'd rather spifflicate twenty acres of vegetation with that, than a strimmer!
  10. I agree entirely. Was just thinking that this afternoon, while knocking down some long stuff. Once the blade is up to speed, it takes some stopping, while the line has virtually no momentum.
  11. Many thanks for your help, Alec, much appreciated. Looks like we have a plan to take forward.
  12. Peter 1955

    Dolmar

    Absolutely. My son borrowed mine for a bit of aerial work, and was quite impressed.
  13. Pictures as requested. On closer inspection, the growth is mainly near the trunk. The dead branches are definitely dead, they just snap off. The leaves are curling up somewhat, which makes me wonder about aphids, or similar. Thanks for the advice so far.
  14. Although I'm by no means well informed ( hence asking the people on here who are ) my inclination was to prune it. I will snip a couple of dead looking ones to see what they look like when cut.
  15. I have found that my KM130 is fine with any of the blades I have fitted, but 2.7mm line can make it struggle a little, depending on what you're among. The KM100s aren't really man enough for that. I would expect anything over 40cc to cope easily, unless it's fitted with a cutting device that's seriously too big.

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