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Phew! UK is starting another heatwave with warm air up from Spain/North Africa.... my car still has the Sahara dust on it from the last one in June. Managed to get out between the girls gym and swim lessons so before the heat was too bad... Although it was still hot in all the gear. A tank through the ea4300. A lot was blocking up unsplitable chunks and the chain was getting dull anyway so half way through I got the file out. It went much better after. I'm not far off done. Almost 4 cord CSS still got about a m³ of the big heavy Oak crotches out the front. They will need at least a tank through the 365 cutting into small pieces that I can split and blocking up the stuff that just can't. It's a PITA to do, but a run to the dump is the other option, also a PITA and at least this way I get firewood.

After the girls swim lessons I came out the pool to see a guy working away on a little of logs.... He looked like he had a lot to learn. Don't work in the heat of the afternoon for one, how to sharpen good chain for 2, how to use his axe for 3 as he seemed to be blocking up very splittable rounds with the saw despite a husqvarna splitting axe laying on the pile, and get on with it while the wood is green for 4 (I spotted the pile of delivered logs months ago. Oh and 5, with fuel prices surging if you leave logs right by the street they grow legs (he had a sign on his pile 'please don't take my logs!')
He's still not learnt to avoid the heat of the early afternoon, and judging by the fact his wood pile doesn't seem to have shrunk any I don't think he's learnt much yet, but he has bought a 2 in1 file! Now maybe two hands and a little bit more effort than the tickling he was doing... Maybe. I see the file as a positive step and I commend his determination. He would be dangerous if he knew what he was doing.

Still I guess the sign must be working
 

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Wind blew a tree down at my in-laws this week. I'm not even sure what it is but it's a 3 trunk mess growing out of a ditch edge. One trunk still standing, one over the ditch and pagewire fence and one leaning on a spruce. I'd like to say I used a Dutchman to bring it the rest of the way down but I had to do it myself. Ahahaha, see what I did there?. Anyway the leaners are on the ground and mostly cut up. To dang hot and humid for this kind of work. Put in almost 3 hours and I'm just worthless. I'll finish it tomorrow and next week hopefully when it cools down.
I can completely understand about the weather. I dropped four standing dead maple last week, and they're still laying in the woods. Been too hot here, and a lot of rain, so I've been waiting for a decent break in the weather to drag them out and buck them. I just can't take the heat the way I used to anymore.
 

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hi chipper - car problems on the road :omg: i am always concerned about engine temps, especially traveling on hiway in these temps! 118f heat index in Dallas area yesterday! when i pop hood to ck eng oil, i feel all around the water sys hoses... looking for soft spots on or in hoses. drips or a-f leaks... so far so good! :) eng coolant loss would park me on side of road real fast! and then that no good!! and no a/c!! day or night... and i know it can all happen with the suddeness of a broken shoelace! hmm, i should up my intrumt. scan time and frequency during such flights...

glad u got it all fixed. good job! :cool:

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:heart: that barn! :numberone:
I'm not worried about them, even though the cooling fan on the van hasn't been working for yrs(I keep forgetting to fix it), but I often check gauges. Having driven truck or a long time, you get used to watching them as well as your mirrors. Guess my pre-trip inspection wasn't as good as yours, or I would have caught the soft spot in the heater hose.
Glad the guy wasn't a jerk, could have been a real bad situation if he was.
Thanks.
I'm looking forward to getting the electric in the barn soon. I just ground a stump that was near the location it will be run, can't be far off now :).
 

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I heard the federal government was going to outlaw round bales.
I saw that study done at Michigan State University Ag Dept, said the cows weren't getting a square meal:laughing:.
i never heard that... but, seems that others have:

APRIL 1, 2021 – Internal memos obtained from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) indicate that the agency is getting prepared to recommend a ban on round bales for animal feed.
Notice the date "April 1" ;).
 

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Mine flows year around also at 45 degrees. Could use it for AC
Was at a buddies on wed, he had a large horse trough with water running into it to cool the drinks
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for the party(not horses lol), overflow went into is pond.
 

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I came home from the cabin earlier today than normal. When it it 90 degrees and 98% humidity I decised the cantral air at home sounded very inviting.
All those spelling errors, I'd guess the heat really got to you 😅.
90 here now with a low humidity for us of 49%, it doesn't feel nearly as bad as 90 normally does.
 

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You liked it before I got a chance to fix it. Anybody called u a smarta$$ yet today. :laughing:
The brain swelling must be going down :laughing: .
Not yet today, but the day isn't over :p.
Besides, in comparison to what I've been called, that would be a compliment:sucks:.
 

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Still have a headache so there may still be some swelling. Nice I was able to compliment u.
Hope it goes away soon.
I had one the other day, happens when I'm out working all day and don't get into the house until 10:45 :oops:. Rented a stump grinder and I had to get the most out of it!
 

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Hope it goes away soon.
I had one the other day, happens when I'm out working all day and don't get into the house until 10:45 :oops:. Rented a stump grinder and I had to get the most out of it!
What's it cost you to rent a stump grinder? Also, is it run off of a tractor's PTO, or have it's own engine? I've been considering buying a PTO powered one for awhile, but then forgot about it, and forgot what they cost to buy. I'd love to have one, so that when I cut trail through my woods for the tractor/UTV, I could just grind the stumps down afterwards.
 

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What's it cost you to rent a stump grinder? Also, is it run off of a tractor's PTO, or have it's own engine? I've been considering buying a PTO powered one for awhile, but then forgot about it, and forgot what they cost to buy. I'd love to have one, so that when I cut trail through my woods for the tractor/UTV, I could just grind the stumps down afterwards.
$265 out the door for a day(8hrs on the machine), self powered with tracks and around 25hp. It did just fine for what I was doing, but more power and a larger wheel would have been nice for a few I did, but the job I rented it for I needed something that wouldn't track up the yard, which had a sprinkler system(read soft), a hill into the back yard that also slopped to the side.
I did a total of 18 stumps, about half just below the surface for mowing and the others much deeper, it used just over 8 gallons of gas in just under 8 hrs. I was pretty whooped the day I rented it as I drove about 120 miles and ground 17 of the stumps and hauled the grindings from the job to the trailer. The next morning I ground the last and biggest double stem cherry I dropped for a neighbor a couple yrs ago, it took me about an hr, but it had some root flares that ran out about a ft off the stump and were still exposed(it was flush cut before I started on it. I did a black locust that was cut about 8" off the ground that took 2 hrs, it was only 15" across:cry:.
Thought I had a video dropping the cherry, but that was at a different neighbors, dropping a nice sized black locust.
Here's what I have on the cherry, fun tree.
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I have the Woodland Mills pto stump grinder, it works pretty good, and I have made some money with it.

It's not ideal, on some tractors, but it works great on mine.

SR
What's the HP recommendations for it?
Stock teeth?
I wasn't too far from you grabbing the grinder and fuel up the rd in Sparta.
 
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$265 out the door for a day(8hrs on the machine), self powered with tracks and around 25hp. It did just fine for what I was doing, but more power and a larger wheel would have been nice for a few I did, but the job I rented it for I needed something that wouldn't track up the yard, which had a sprinkler system(read soft), a hill into the back yard that also slopped to the side.
I did a total of 18 stumps, about half just below the surface for mowing and the others much deeper, it used just over 8 gallons of gas in just under 8 hrs. I was pretty whooped the day I rented it as I drove about 120 miles and ground 17 of the stumps and hauled the grindings from the job to the trailer. The next morning I ground the last and biggest double stem cherry I dropped for a neighbor a couple yrs ago, it took me about an hr, but it had some root flares that ran out about a ft off the stump and were still exposed(it was flush cut before I started on it. I did a black locust that was cut about 8" off the ground that took 2 hrs, it was only 15" across:cry:.
Thought I had a video dropping the cherry, but that was at a different neighbors, dropping a nice sized black locust.
Here's what I have on the cherry, fun tree.
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