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  1. A company I deal with in my day job also supply Stens parts wholesale for lawnmowers, chainsaws, brushcutters, etc. Now they're not a dodgy company, far from it, but I'm careful what I order from them as they're well capable of selling, maybe not garbage, but stuff that I wouldn't personally be happy using myself or re-selling myself. Then again I'm a fussy bugger. Anyway, I've wondered a few times what sort of quality the Stens stuff and associated brands is as it would be a pretty handy way for me to get a lot of bits and pieces I need to keep my own stuff running. All experiences, if any, welcome.
  2. Thanks. I know they're all made in China but at least Welsh Shearing have taken the trouble to improve the design when no one else did. Looks like they're the best of the cordless bunch anyway.
  3. The clip was modified for the mk2 version, possibly yours was the previous model?
  4. Power is about 180w from memory, corded are typical 300-350. How do they cope with dirty daggy bums, given that that's what we'll be using them for mostly? I'm quizzing you because some on the farming forum say they're the best thing they've spent money on, and then some say they've bined them in less than two years as they were so hopeless. You then wonder is that variable quality as they're made in China, or just how people use/abuse them? Doesn't make it easy deciding.
  5. How long have you had them for? Long term durability would be a concern for me.
  6. I know there's a few sheep keepers on here as I've seen them mentioned occasionally on other threads as I've been trawling through. So can anyone give me any recommendations for clippers as an upgrade to my faithful Jakotis? Opinions on the cordless set-ups vary hugely on the farming forums and I'm stuck between giving them a go or just a decent quality corded pair. It'll just be for tidying up or primarily anything struck, the shearers will still be coming in for the big shear in early June so hanging motor and hand piece would be overkill. I'm struggling to come to a decision so any further feedback from anyone on here would be very welcome.
  7. Anything with Michael McIntyre. In fact, just Michael McIntyre.
  8. On a saw horse they're ok. Start de-limbing or climbing with it and you'll soon realise why people spend the money on decent hand saws.
  9. Here you go, Silky Natanoko 60 Pruning Saw - Honey Brothers HONEYBROS.COM Silky Natanoko 60 Pruning Saw from Honey Brothers. The largest equipment specialist in the tree care industry. Other Silky retailers are available. Seriously, this is all you need apart from possibly a decent brush hook as well. Oh, probably should add that as a few others have said, dealing with the sheer volume of stuff on the ground will probably be the biggest part of the job.
  10. Dare I ask, has it been choked by ivy?
  11. Good thought process and (it would appear) a good outcome. Hope it works out OK for you, and given the Echo reputation for reliability one would trust that it will.
  12. @Treemover Any chance of another update?
  13. Anyone else particularly impressed to see both fighters and their camps behaving with a degree of decorum and respect for the other side for once. Just goes to prove that (a) it can be done, and (b) it doesn't detract one iota from the anticipation of the event. More of the same in future please.
  14. Also bear in mind that although the 18in may be more useful sometimes, quite often it'll be a pain the ass compared to the 15in.* Ergo, you need another saw! * - All joking aside, there's a serious point here.
  15. You definitely need another saw, one with the 15in and one with an 18in (your existing saw could be either of these). Another saw is always the answer to any problem. Anyone here who doesn't agree with me 100% on this should be chucked off the forum forthwith.
  16. Indeed, just reading through this thread and I'm shocked by the concept of a stove "wearing out". Our Burley has been in 8 or 9 years now, and apart from the glass being a bit bloomy and a couple of cracks on the vermiculite board at the back (caused by people chucking logs in from like three feet away! 😡), it is genuinely no different from the day it went it. And, it's been our main source of heating every winter since it went in so it's not like it's some sort of evening ornament.
  17. Yes I think this might be the way to go. I'm also cutting lime and willow at the minute, both of which can clog the blade of the Natanoko a bit as they are so soft, so I going to give a Zubat Arborist a try as it's the coarsest they do. In the description it says that it's blade is interchangeable with the Zubat pole saw so I could also switch blades between pole saw and hand saw as appropriate.
  18. I've a few bigger Alders to bring down in tight spaces and while I'm pretty confident about bringing the trunks down where I want, I'm always worried about branches doing collateral damage on the way down so I strip the sides as far as I can reach and then if necessary go up a ladder for any bigger and higher. Plainly a pole saw would be potentially useful and as an avid silky user that's where I'd be looking. But the range seems unnecessarily complicated as you're just looking for a good curved blade on top of a big stick essentially. Can anyone summarise a bit for me and point me towards a particular model, or indeed should I just buy a larger curved handsaw and work on with the ladder? Thanks.
  19. Mine is o1M which I just assumed to be the manufacturing machine number or such like as it's so short. But I'll search a bit deeper based on that. Thanks.
  20. That would be my experience of it as well.
  21. Thanks for that. Mine is the RBL (older?) and I'd figured out that my carb was 541 60430 01. Carb parts appear to be available individually and while some parts are a bit serious, metering arm and spring are little more than a tenner. Yes they're a good bit of kit, mine is now well up in the teens of years and this is the first issue with it in that time.
  22. I have a Makita RBL 500 backpack blower fitted with a Zama carb which has started over-fuelling quite badly. Reading through some past threads it seems to be something which can affect some of the chainsaws as well and the fault seems to lay with the spring/metering arm. Would I just change these two components first and see how it does or would there be anything else in that area that would be suspect? Also, Oregon do plenty of kits for Zama carbs, would there be any way to identify the specific carb on the blower to determine if one of these kits would fit it? Thanks.
  23. For the past dozen or so years I've made a habit of planting a few bags of daffodil bulbs every autumn and they are indeed now mostly in bloom. However, elsewhere on the farm there are a few clumps of daffodils which have been there since I bought the place almost thirty years ago and given that the place was pretty run down when I took it over I imagine they date back much longer. They're nowhere near flowering yet so there seems to be a difference between old and new. Might have something to do with it?

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