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Billybop replied to Will's discussion Going Electric
"yes can confirm that the FSA90 if used in anger will empty a standard AP battery quickly. i have about a dozen of the ap300 or [very similar capacity] ap180 packs so it doesnt bother me as on the jobs i use it for I am in no danger of running out, i…"
46 minutes ago
Richard Gadsby replied to Fleur Voice's discussion Black Lives Matter
"Not wanting to start an argument but that report was always going to fcome out with that outcome as that is what they were looking for......
they could not say anything else in it for fear of being branded racist themselves "
1 hour ago
Vic 575 replied to Will's discussion Going Electric

The FSA 90 has the electric motor down by the strimmer head and I have heard reports from guys on the local council parks dept. that they break easily. The FSA 130 has the electric motor where the petrol engine should be with the drive down the sh…"
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David Hooper replied to Will's discussion Going Electric
"Hi Will, I've always used the km units with the hedge cutter attachment. I'm Starting to collect cordless stihl. I got the hsa86 last month. I brought the hla85 yesterday, I used it to cut a 6ft tall yew hedge and then a 8ft tall laurel hedge. I fou…"
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Tim Wallach replied to Fleur Voice's discussion Black Lives Matter
"Simon, if it helps, 'systematic racism' avoids blaming individuals.  You can have a mixture of innocent, oblivious and malign people working in an organisation and it can be 'sytematically racist'.
As an example, the Macpherson report found instit…"
2 hours ago
Will replied to Will's discussion Going Electric
"Thanks Jim and Billybop.
It sounds like I'll end up getting both the 65 and the 85 in the end.
Will go with the 85 to start and use along side my petrol HS56, with a view to getting the 65 later in the year."
3 hours ago
Billybop replied to Will's discussion Going Electric
"yes the 2 long reachers both do something different, you need both really lol. i was using the hla85 the other day purely to keep away from the choking dust which comes out of certain hedges sometimes. i could have used the smaller one but would hav…"
3 hours ago

Rhus typhinia tiger eyes

Evening one and all,Has anyone got good feedback on using The small shrub Rhus typhina tiger eyes?. I wanted to plant it by the front door of my house, with a bamboo root blocker around it.If it is likely to escape and run like Ronnie Biggs, then I will pass, but if anyone knows any better then feel free to share.  thanks Paul

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Going Electric

I've decided to take the plunge.I currently use an FS131R for strimming and long reach hedge cutting and occasionally for use with a pole pruner.It's a beast of a machine and too powerful for most of the strimming work, but although heavy, eats long grass and tough hedges.I will always want one as part of my kit.However, I've made the decision to invest in a cordless FSA90R.I would go for the FSA130R, were it not for the need to wear a backpack or battery on a belt.The run anc charge times with…

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6 Replies · Reply by Billybop 46 minutes ago

onsite shelter

hi all just wondering what you guys use for on site shelters currently have a pop up gazebo but as most of my private jobs are fairly secure i can leave some tools on site and was wondering if you guys use anything other than a tarp to keep them dry with our unpredictable British weather

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Relocating to Crewkerne and Chard Area

We are thinking of relocating from South Devon to Crewekerne/Chard in Somerset. I run a gardening business here in Devon and I am just wondering what the work like in that area and what prices are being charged. I have run my own business for the last 8 years but been in horticulture for nearly 30 years. Any advice or tips I would be grateful. Cheers.

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3 Replies · Reply by Eddie on Wednesday

Black Lives Matter

In light of recent events surrounding Black Lives Matter and issues of racism within our society, I thought it was important to have a short word on the topic.Back in February, I posted a blog post delving into the lack of diversity within the horticulture industry, and the systemic racism that contributes to that lack of diversity. I concentrated more specifically on Juliet Sargeant, who was the first black gardener to win the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016, the first black winner throughout its…

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24 Replies · Reply by Richard Gadsby 1 hour ago
"An open association like LJN is just a remarkable place. What you pay per year for what you get out of it is astonishing, and speaking personally, LJN has helped guide me from a new start up business into 5 years of profitable trading and I don't think I could have done that without access to the forum and the great contributors to it." Simon Land

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