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Working outside filling stations

Hi, I remember someone on here asking about whether any special training/ qualifications are required for working at filling station premises ie cutting grass and maybe hedges. Can't find the discussion now. I presume public liability insurers would

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7 Replies · Reply by Mjc Apr 16
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Retirement.

Well at last, I have finally done the deed, my company officially ceased trading on 31st March.  It's been a long haul (46 years) but I dont regret for one minute, packing up a cosy job in the City to help out a local landscaper during the Summer of 

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11 Replies · Reply by Jonathan Davidson Apr 16
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Echo battery tools

I see Echo have now got a (fairly small) range of 50v battery equipment out. Be very interesting to see how good they are . I've always been pleased with their petrol hedge cutters.

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Cheap new rear tine rotovator

Anyone bought any of these rear tine rotovators?

Switzer, Mattiss previously Nielsen, Jobmaster, Titan pro.

Prices from £500 to £1100.

Guess all Far East manufactured ?

Varying online reviews.

Appreciate warranty will probably be non existent and spares d

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Weibang 553ssd.

Hi, sorry another mower question. Anyone used a weibang  shaft drive lately, are they worth the extra over a belt drive? Looked at one today, seem well built, heavy but then I have a hayter 41 for the smaller fiddly jobs. Just wondered about cutting

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4 Replies · Reply by Mjc Apr 9
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Fertilizer spreaders

I'm looking for recommendations for rotary spreaders for lawn fertilizer.  We've been using the Scotts Easygreen, but I'd like to use something more robust, ie. professional grade.The problem is that most of these seem to have a spread width around 3

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4 Replies · Reply by Adam Pilgrim Apr 9
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Honda gearbox.

Hi, having dragged my old 21"  honda izy out of the shed last week I remembered why I stopped using it, it drives forwards ok, if a bit sqeaky at times. However the drive wheels don't turn backwards so trying to pull the machine back is hard work. Is

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5 Replies · Reply by Mjc Apr 6
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Selling Vans

Has anyone had experience of selling their van to one of the various vehicle buying websites ? 

If so did you get a fair deal compared to selling it privately and which company did you use ? 

I have replaced the van already so no need to part exchange

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15 Replies · Reply by John F Apr 5
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Stiga 955v.

Good morning, anyone  using (or used) one of these or similar stiga. On paper it seems to do it all, mulch, bag, side discharge, height adjustable handle, good size engine. But of course only using a mower tells you how good it really is (or not!).

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Mulching mower.

Hi, a customer of mine with a large garden has asked me to get him a new dedicated mulching mower. He currently has a stiga  multiclip. Are the stiga's as good as any other or are others better such as the Honda or Stihl? The side eject option on the

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7 Replies · Reply by Mjc Mar 31
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Masport wide cut mower

hi all just to ask does anyone have any experience in using a masport 800 widecut mower

it has a off set deck allowing to cut the edges of the lawn as a roller mower would do !!

qeustion is does it work as well as a roller mower would do ?

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1 Reply · Reply by Mark Mar 31
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On board Tachos/Hour Meters

Who else uses after-market tachos/hour meters on their mowers or large equipment ?

If so, what do you use ?

In an earlier post I mentioned these and wanted some new ones. Ours originally come from the US and cost about £25 each.

These are the small L

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9 Replies · Reply by Gary RK Mar 29
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Testament to the Honda engine.

Thought I'd drag my old honda izy 21" out of the shed this morning to give it a go. It was getting a bit rattly and rough around the edges so I've been using other machines. Anyway it's been in the shed for about 2 years , I hadn't even drained the f

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1 Reply · Reply by Peter sellers Mar 27
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Rotovator

We are currently renovating an area of half an acre which has been used as a dumping ground for many years and is to be made into a lawn. We're going to have to make a seedbed out of a compacted, rubble strewn area, we're looking at buying a rotovato

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5 Replies · Reply by Peter sellers Mar 26
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Cobra mx534sph

Hi, hope you are all enjoying the weather. My Toro 22" is playing up so I went into my dealer today, he has a cobra mx534 21" with honda 170 engine at a good price. Has anyone any experience of these? I haven't had a cobra before. He can't get a new

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3 Replies · Reply by Lawn Legends Mar 25
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Slitter or scarifier?

I'm in the market for a scarifier and have read with interest the recent posts.

Many of the machines for sale - and for hire locally - have what I am calling a slitter blade, knife type thing that will dig into the surface. Good for drainage but I'm t

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3 Replies · Reply by Tommy Mar 18
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Can't remove old turf

I've been doing a job today for a long term client today, I am re turfing the front and back lawn removing old turf and re leveling areas. I had hired a turf cutter for today and did the back lawn which went well I'll rotavate and level tomorrow . Bu

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13 Replies · Reply by Vic 575 Mar 14
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Tool insurance

I've been Doing this amazing job for 15 years and got all my insurances but never bothered with tool insurance. I'm buying a new £12k John deere x590 and I've got most Stihl kit in the kombi range and 8 or so battery tools and £1k of batteries.
My qu

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6 Replies · Reply by Anthony Toop Mar 13
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Price increase

Evening all , raring to get back at it now and I'm going to increase my charges across the board 

I'm wondering if it's best to increase by a set percentage and how everyone else goes about it ? Email?? Fuel and equipment costs are rising so I feel we

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105 Replies · Reply by John F Mar 13
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Stihl GTA 26 Oil ?

I have just joined the GTA owners club & I love it :)

The supplied oil is a "multi oil" rather than a chain oil.  It looks quite thin.  What are people using for chain lubrication ?  Is a normal "sticky" chain oil seen as too thick ?  Obviously the ch

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5 Replies · Reply by Neil Darby Mar 12
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