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  1. That's a fair compliment coming from u ditchy 😀😀😀 The ultimate handy man It Works well. My old fencing boss had 1 made with a jack hammer tar chisel, but quite a numb edge for cutting heavy roots. We hand balled everything with him and dug every strainer in so u dug plenty of deep holes, quite a few with roots. I adapted that idea for the brick bolster, works real well esp on a heavy bar, holds a decent edge and easy sharpened with a buff. I ended up welding a 2nd 1 on a lightweight pipe for less demanding jobs.
  2. By the time u take ur bar and chain off, get grinder off shelf and set up u could have sharpened ur chain by hand easily. I thought it would be handy for my 3ft bar but still think less hassle doing it by hand.
  3. An old axe is handy for shallow roots. For deep 1s I welded a 4" brick bolster to a pinch bar/ 1" solid bar, works a treat seen me going throu roots the size of ur leg and not taking that long either And easy to sharpen with a grinder Needs must when u need to get a post in the correct place
  4. The harvester driver I was cutting for today still sharpens all his chains by hand. Reckons grinders don't come close for sharpness or holding there edge, but not many drivers do that as they can get throu a few chains in a day and usually 60-80cm so plenty cutters to sharpen.
  5. For a hobby user those above files are the best things, keep ur rakers at correct hieght. U will hand sharpen a chain far quickier than u will with a grinder, esp by the time u take the chain off. I've got 2 chain grinders sitting in my she'd never used a cheap 1 and an Oregon 1, originally bought them for doing my 3ft milling chain. Still use normal files less hassle
  6. Must admit not really bothered by the above, I have a bigger problem with the show types actually breeding and promoting dogs with genetic defects and that will create health's problems in the future. Got it squashed nose/face breeds with breathing issues yet still want faces flatter. Droopy eyelid breeds Or others with excessively long/short legs/back or anything else causing movement issues. Is the pronounced ridge on a Ridgeback not a genetic flaw to? But modern FT are no better springers pure white and smaller to make them look flashier when working,
  7. I'd say that's a bit harsh when u see the state modern FT bred dogs are in. Atleast show folk generally think about there matings, not saying I free with some off there ideas. Labs, skinny whippet looking things, no double coat and no otter tail they wouldn't pass the the breed standard. Not unusual to she a modern bred lab sitting shivering on a peg or tip toeing round thistles as coat so thin Modern spaniels are no better springers tiny and pure white, cockers even smaller and severely inbred, apart from the many sprockers that still have KC papers as cockers
  8. Surely us still be allowed to, as ur culling to prevent future damage. If ur only shooting where there feeding to protect crops, niether roost shooting or shooting over stubbles would be legal as no crops to protect.
  9. Just as well it can continue. Most grousey areas there is very little emp!oyment or spare cash flying about. After last season next to no shooting on most moors due to poor numbers, next to no tourism this summer. Many hotels and businesses will be praying for a decent shooting season wether grouse or otherwise, just to keep there doors open Surprising the money involved even in only making the lunches every day. An estate near me is booked 6 days a week until Feb ( not grouse) and the bodies and money it brings in to an otherwise ****Ty valley is unreal.
  10. I have seen them kill far more than they can eat. Seem to scare the hell out off birds and they flap /clamp down, glossy was just walking round pen killing birds with its talons. We built a new pen and had to abandon it after 3 years just could not stand the losses due to a gossy, plenty cover, CDs, kiddy's holigraphc windmills, reduced buzzard and sparrow hawk losses to almost nil. Couldn't do anything with the glossy, to make matters worse was a big ride next to pen so poults would not even hang about the wire and would not cross the ride even when walked back in. The n
  11. Each to there own, many ways to train dogs. Not seen many dogs that will sit/stop on a whistle when running full pelt at a road that have not enough obedience training to recall. I know at the end of a long season older more experienced picking up dogs the stop whistle is the 1st to disappear yet while still recall well In my opinion recall tends to be easier to train than a stop, esp so if a dog is running full pelt at a distance. Seen a lot of decent working dogs that won't do that 100% of the time. Seen quite a few beating line dogs that work semi ok ish and ha
  12. The only thing I'd say is many dogs will recall quite well even without a stop whistle, many pet dogs can have an excellent recall but no stop whistle. Don't imagine many pet dogs are ever trained for a stop whistle Very important for a working dog to have a decent stop whistle but I would say possibly complicating the issue in this case. I know in circumstances described I would be training the recall and stop whistle separately. But no doubt stop/heel work and general obedience will also need plenty of work as someone said earlier back to basics. And do u not ne
  13. Plenty of good advice above. If he recalls well in garden he must know the command. With the long line I tend to use a chest harness thing so not dragging under dogs feet and make the line out off washing line. The plastic stuff tends to slide quite well throu stuff. If ur meaning to working it I would be very very careful about working it this season. Don't be tempted unless ur 110% certain and recall is perfect in all circumstances even around gamey scent
  14. Cheers DH Aye trained with quite a few top trainers with my last 1 and went to training wknds etc, also done quite a bit with normal gundog pro trainers/A panel judges etc. Pick up with a few on different shoots. Quite lucky in this area quite a few good 1s about and all very friendly Done some hpr club days but was never that impressed with the standard off advice. A wee bit old fashioned My old head keeper is doing very well with trialling hprs and has made a few up over last few years Always meant to go down for some training with andy cullen, was meant to go year
  15. Training a young wire the now, would love to get it up to FT standard, so will keep it purely for pointing work intially. Done a few grouse counting test with my last wire but couldn't get it up that next step to FT standard, well the standard I wanted it it. My previous wire had a hell off a drive possibly too much for my 1st hpr. When I see wot level I get it to and then decide if going to join my picking up pack and also for deer work. Also rehomed a mongral lab/wire cross a few years ago, must admit it's nothing special, does a job but never really seen a
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