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Offline Kev

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Life 2.0
« on: January 21, 2017, 04:30 AM »
We've sold our house in Sydney and we're in the middle of buying an acreage north of Noosa (Cootharaba) .. for those unfamiliar with Oz we've left the big smoke and headed ~1200km closer to the sunshine.

I'll finally have a site to build a BIG workshop and a home site that will have views to the ocean in the east and the moutain ranges to the west .. multiple damns and lots and lots of space.

We're going to be living simple for about 3 months in a rental close to our new home and in that time we'll be able to start planning and organizing our new lives. The goal is to get off the grid as much as possible for energy and food.

I'll use this thread to post updates as we progress for anyone that finds stepping out of the rat race interesting.

Please share any life change adventures - I hate making mistakes that I could have avoided by learning from others.

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2017, 06:01 AM »
Congratulations!  Sunshine Coast is a great spot and very relaxing. Looking forward to your posts

Cheers
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017, 06:15 AM »
Ah!  You are nearly reaching the Deep North!  [big grin]  [eek]



Congratulations to you both.
Remember difficulties make the good times even better.   [smile]

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 06:35 AM »
Sounds great, good luck with the life change and the Good life! Look forward to the updates.
BTW, Done it myself more than once, we left London more than 10 years ago and I sure don't miss the conjestion & rail strikes, it certainly is a life of surprises.

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2017, 08:46 AM »
Congratulations I hope it's fulfilling for you and your family in every way.

It gives me a little shot of perspective to hear about this. Makes the constant hustle, bustle  and struggle, (2 young kids and my own business), worth it to know that the light at the end of the tunnel can be a simplified and enjoyable later life.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2017, 02:43 PM »
Congrats! Best of luck, do keep us updated.

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2017, 04:35 PM »
Bon voyage
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2017, 05:54 PM »
Congrats Kev.  I'm looking forward to see how this progresses. [thumbs up]
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2017, 04:17 AM »
Hope you can move i before your new neighbours find out about you mate [eek]


Congrats bud, wish you the best
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Offline Kev

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2017, 04:48 AM »
Hope you can move i before your new neighbours find out about you mate [eek]


Congrats bud, wish you the best

Way ahead of you - buying this one in the wife's name [wink]

Thanks mate [smile]

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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 08:04 AM »
Keep us up-to-date on the new shop - not just building it, but design as well.  I like seeing what factors into the design decisions.

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 09:11 AM »
Congratulations Kev and family!

I too can't wait to see the evolution!

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2017, 09:40 AM »
Congratulations and please keep updating.
So, which one gets build first. The shop or the house. [big grin]

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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2017, 10:01 AM »
Congratulations and please keep updating.
So, which one gets build first. The shop or the house. [big grin]

I guarantee Kev will build the shop first. They have the rental, and he probably told the mrs that in order to finish the house he needs the shop.
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2017, 10:11 AM »

I guarantee Kev will build the shop first. They have the rental, and he probably told the mrs that in order to finish the house he needs the shop.

You are so on the money [big grin]

The property we've bought has a very liveable little house. Workshop, greenhouses and solar arrays deffo come early.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2017, 10:43 AM »
Congratulations, Kev!!

This is really awesome! I hope for the very best for you and your family!

I'm anxious to see the new shop build. As you know, we moved into a much bigger home with a 3 car garage a few months ago. The extra space is so nice. I'm still planning to try and build a home and my dream shop in the next 5 years or so.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2017, 03:31 PM »
Hi!

Congrats Kev! I will be following this thread very closely - very interesting move for sure.

Take care and have fun building your new home & workshop!

Kind regards,
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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2017, 12:49 AM »


The is about 1km from the place we're buying ... this view is from the rear of the rental property where we'll be staying for ~10 weeks. These views are 360 degree.

Most of our stuff is on it's way here tomorrow, but sadly 80 cubic meters turned out to be about 20 short of what we needed. The rest is coming in two weeks, sadly some of my favorite stuff is in the delayed load.

The cars and the pooch are here and I'm looking at gardening toys .. likely to go with a Cub Cadet Tank and a Polaris Ranger.

I've started discussion with a potential builder for the workshop ... looking at a hanger style 10x15m workshop with high ceilings and a 3x15m screened outdoor work area. I need to spend more time walking the property to choose the final site and refine the design.

Lots to do [smile]

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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2017, 01:18 AM »
Nice picture.  For those of us north of the equator, the picture is quite properly upside down.  I'm sure for those south of the equator it is right side up :).

Have you considered local timber and sawmills?  Looks like there are some trees in the neighborhood.  Also, I love the idea of a screened in porch.  My shop is in a walkout basement with a 5x4m porch out the back, and it's very nice to work outside when the temps are not extreme.

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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2017, 02:58 AM »
Nice picture.  For those of us north of the equator, the picture is quite properly upside down.  I'm sure for those south of the equator it is right side up :).

Have you considered local timber and sawmills?  Looks like there are some trees in the neighborhood.  Also, I love the idea of a screened in porch.  My shop is in a walkout basement with a 5x4m porch out the back, and it's very nice to work outside when the temps are not extreme.

Local timber is part of the attraction [big grin]

There's a lot of pine forestry in the area, but there's a lot of small mills and timber salvage too with heaps of interesting stuff .. and I haven't ventured far yet !!

For me the the outside deck is to enjoy the cooler evenings, the climate here is pretty much tropical - so I'll be air conditioning and seriously insulating the workshop.

I may inherit a shipping container that I could convert into a drying room for timber (need to look into that).

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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2017, 10:13 AM »
What will you be using for insulation?  We decided to spray polyurethane when we built our house, and I've never regretted the decision.  You end up with R-20-23 in 3.5in of wall.  Sprayed on the underside of roof sheeting, it keeps heat from building in the attic and seeping into the rest of the house.  All around it cuts our energy bills by a factor of 2-3.  In addition, it adds structural strength to the framing (if you are framing).  It also helps with sound insulation, but doesn't do the full job.

The main downsides are cost and the ability of an enclosed, sprayed space to concentrate heat in a fire, since there is no place for the heat to go until the poly is breached.  There are some dramatic stories of how fast fire can spread in enclosed, small spaces like hallways.  I figure if our house ever goes up, the contents will pretty much be a total loss.

But overall I love the product and the results we got with it.

Offline Kev

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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2017, 10:58 AM »
What will you be using for insulation?  We decided to spray polyurethane when we built our house, and I've never regretted the decision.  You end up with R-20-23 in 3.5in of wall.  Sprayed on the underside of roof sheeting, it keeps heat from building in the attic and seeping into the rest of the house.  All around it cuts our energy bills by a factor of 2-3.  In addition, it adds structural strength to the framing (if you are framing).  It also helps with sound insulation, but doesn't do the full job.

The main downsides are cost and the ability of an enclosed, sprayed space to concentrate heat in a fire, since there is no place for the heat to go until the poly is breached.  There are some dramatic stories of how fast fire can spread in enclosed, small spaces like hallways.  I figure if our house ever goes up, the contents will pretty much be a total loss.

But overall I love the product and the results we got with it.

Because I'm more concerned with keeping heat out and not warmth in, I'll likely go with something like E-therm http://thermotec.com.au/products/thermal-insulation/e-therm/commercial-roofs this stuff is very good at keeping the heat out. A lot of solar panels on the roof will stop a fair amount of radiant heat hitting the structure and a few solar whirlybirds will get rid of trapped heat.

Although the design is a work in progress, we'll be orienting doors, windows and under cover outdoor areas to be sympathetic with prevailing conditions.

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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2017, 01:52 PM »
@Kev Congrats! I suspect you hit the Deep Envy button on the vast majority of regular Foggers, certainly in my case. Lemme see...

 - Leaving the city, check..
 - Tropical breezes, check..
 - Lots of land, check..
 - Build big shop, double check..
 - Local timber, check..
 - Covered porch off the shop, check

Add in a beer-fridge, humidor, big green egg & the loo and there's not much need for an actual house. Absent nearby neighbors and poisonous snakes the loo may be optional. Sleeping on a lumber pile is vastly underrated.

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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2017, 01:12 AM »
Good luck on your new endeavors. I have 4 years before I start my new life. Wish I could do it now but it is not in the cards.
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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2017, 12:15 PM »
Just adding a Volkswagen Amarok to the stable as our "rural pickup" ... should take delivery next week. Now shopping for a decent trailer and will probably grab a little boat to take advantage of local fishing.

Less than 8 weeks now till the day that we should be settling on the new place counting the days [smile]

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« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2017, 06:12 PM »
Congrats on the move.  I am envious of the views.


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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2017, 03:29 PM »
Congrats Kev , that's what we did 10 years ago.

We are still grid tied but zero net energy (passive solar straw bale house + solar pv). Feel free to pm me if you want any advice.

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« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2017, 08:01 PM »
Hi Kev,
I'm in Brisbane & love the life. In terms of local timber supplies, one event you won't want to miss is th Maleny Wood Expo

https://malenywoodexpo.squarespace.com

The local Festool dealer, Ideal tools exhibit too!

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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2017, 12:27 AM »
Hi Kev,
I'm in Brisbane & love the life. In terms of local timber supplies, one event you won't want to miss is th Maleny Wood Expo

https://malenywoodexpo.squarespace.com

The local Festool dealer, Ideal tools exhibit too!

Thanks @Aquila I've save the date [wink]

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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2017, 03:59 AM »
Hi Kev

This looks amazing. I am probably not the only one that's just a tad jealous

Love the way you just picked up a VW amrock because you needed one.

Can I ask a question. Have you completely relocated and have now retired or are you still going to be working ?

Good luck with your new life mate I'm looking forward to following this thread

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« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2017, 05:19 AM »
@VW MICK
The one with a discount down here for March that most of us in the market for an Amrock would probably purchase.  [smile].



The one of two that we know @Kev [LOL] would have considered and most likely purchased.  [smile]


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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2017, 05:54 AM »
Hi Kev

This looks amazing. I am probably not the only one that's just a tad jealous

Love the way you just picked up a VW amrock because you needed one.

Can I ask a question. Have you completely relocated and have now retired or are you still going to be working ?

Good luck with your new life mate I'm looking forward to following this thread

@VW MICK It's a complete relocation, but I'm still going to do a bit of work. In all honesty I don't believe in retirement, I believe in switching to doing what you want to do in a way that makes enough to make ends meet.

The next 12 months will probably just be toy shopping and establishment, with mainly home build work. I've got a couple of work from home IT gigs lined up, but they won't get in the way of fishing [big grin]

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« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2017, 06:13 AM »
@VW MICK
The one with a discount down here for March that most of us in the market for an Amrock would probably purchase.  [smile].

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The one of two that we know @Kev [LOL] would have considered and most likely purchased.  [smile]


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The V6 felt wrong, but the high line with 8 speed auto felt right. Picked it up this morning and went straight to ARB (the quote for accessories is going to be ugly).

We'll still have the Audis for cruising, so the Amarok is for farm and towing.

Should get the mower on Tuesday .. going with a Cub Cadet Tank 60" with bigger tyres, canopy, integrated cleaning system, etc. Its really cool, a zero turn with a steering wheel (Power steering too).

Also borderline on the Polaris 1000 Ranger hunter edition ... (instead of a tractor) [big grin]

Fishing boat and utility trailer are this week's mission though I'm really mixed on what is best for my lake, river and near shore fishing options.

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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2017, 07:08 AM »
That Amrock looks to be a great unit @Kev. Color?

Re the mower, a Zero turn with a steering wheel seems counter intuitive, but that 60mm deck will sure avoid some hours of mowing. After nearly 200 hrs on our Cox Zero turn, I am now considering a Cox Stockman with live drive. The Hydro drive of the Zero turn is not recommended for towing [spraying, carting fire wood, landscaping etc.,.] there are areas of the property I cannot get a larger mower into, and there are others that are too soggy in winter for the larger mower to operate without getting bogged. My old Greenfield never had a major problem in the wetter areas of the property such as down near the dams, but I lost count how many times  last year the bigger mower bogged. We had 300mm more rainfall than average though. Even had to get a neighbours 4wd to pull it out twice. Still you will have the Amrock!  [smile]

With higher wind loadings, we are also losing trees. Mainly Wattles that have reached the end of life and are weak, but also some larger gums.  So will soon purchase a larger chipper too. More fire wood, but the thinner branches still have to be dealt  with and a Chipper will provide ground cover and compost for the garden.

Oh, by the way the Amrock image is upside down. Was that intentional for some of those northern hemisphere folk such as @Tinker[big grin]
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« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2017, 10:20 AM »
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Oh, by the way the Amrock image is upside down. Was that intentional for some of those northern hemisphere folk such as @Tinker[big grin] [/font][/size]

We think that's normal for below the equator, but I'm just wondering how the tires maintain traction on the roads?

Seriously fun truck.

@Untidy Shop, the jobs you describe are not for a brand new Amrock.  They are well suited to a 20 year old Ford 150 with rusting floorboards - a truck with enough character to be given a name.  A truck has to earn the right to do the really dirty jobs :).

Also, thanks for the Amrock pics - VW does not sell a truck in the US that I know of.  I'd be tempted to say that it was because of emissions, but that doesn't seem to have stopped them in the past.

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« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2017, 11:33 AM »
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Oh, by the way the Amrock image is upside down. Was that intentional for some of those northern hemisphere folk such as @Tinker[big grin] [/font][/size]

We think that's normal for below the equator, but I'm just wondering how the tires maintain traction on the roads?

Seriously fun truck.

@Untidy Shop, the jobs you describe are not for a brand new Amrock.  They are well suited to a 20 year old Ford 150 with rusting floorboards - a truck with enough character to be given a name.  A truck has to earn the right to do the really dirty jobs :).

Also, thanks for the Amrock pics - VW does not sell a truck in the US that I know of.  I'd be tempted to say that it was because of emissions, but that doesn't seem to have stopped them in the past.


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« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2017, 12:26 PM »
That Amrock looks to be a great unit @Kev. Color?

@Untidy Shop they call that natural grey.

I thought the same about the zero turn with a steering wheel. The Cub Cadet Tank is amazing .. it all makes sense when you try it. Hopefully I won't need anything with a smaller deck.

Coincidentally I was looking at a chipper on Friday .. the one I currently have is a piece of garbage electric thing. Can't remember the brand, but the one I was looking at is semi commercial (14hp, electric start). I'll find out the brand and let you know.

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« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2017, 12:40 PM »
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Oh, by the way the Amrock image is upside down. Was that intentional for some of those northern hemisphere folk such as @Tinker[big grin] [/font][/size]

We think that's normal for below the equator, but I'm just wondering how the tires maintain traction on the roads?

Seriously fun truck.

@Untidy Shop, the jobs you describe are not for a brand new Amrock.  They are well suited to a 20 year old Ford 150 with rusting floorboards - a truck with enough character to be given a name.  A truck has to earn the right to do the really dirty jobs :).

Also, thanks for the Amrock pics - VW does not sell a truck in the US that I know of.  I'd be tempted to say that it was because of emissions, but that doesn't seem to have stopped them in the past.

@HarveyWildes we'll probably get a "truck with character" for our young fella ... something like a second hand tray back Hilux would be ideal or even a Land Rover.

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« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2017, 12:58 PM »
That Amrock looks to be a great unit @Kev. Color?

@Untidy Shop they call that natural grey.

I thought the same about the zero turn with a steering wheel. The Cub Cadet Tank is amazing .. it all makes sense when you try it. Hopefully I won't need anything with a smaller deck.

Coincidentally I was looking at a chipper on Friday .. the one I currently have is a piece of garbage electric thing. Can't remember the brand, but the one I was looking at is semi commercial (14hp, electric start). I'll find out the brand and let you know.

@Untidy Shop found it ... the Chipmaster GTS1400ES http://chipmaster.info/application/files/5614/2913/6696/CHIPMASTER_BROCHURE_Emailable.pdf


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« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2017, 03:14 PM »
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Oh, by the way the Amrock image is upside down. Was that intentional for some of those northern hemisphere folk such as @Tinker[big grin] [/font][/size]

We think that's normal for below the equator, but I'm just wondering how the tires maintain traction on the roads?

Seriously fun truck.

@Untidy Shop, the jobs you describe are not for a brand new Amrock.  They are well suited to a 20 year old Ford 150 with rusting floorboards - a truck with enough character to be given a name.  A truck has to earn the right to do the really dirty jobs :).

Also, thanks for the Amrock pics - VW does not sell a truck in the US that I know of.  I'd be tempted to say that it was because of emissions, but that doesn't seem to have stopped them in the past.

@HarveyWildes we'll probably get a "truck with character" for our young fella ... something like a second hand tray back Hilux would be ideal or even a Land Rover.

In addition to providing him with character, you can also use his truck to do the jobs that involve serious mud.  A Land Rover is certainly in keeping with the NA image of an Australian truck with character, but that image usually comes with red desert dust.

We had a Toyota Tundra double cab for years and it was the best road trip vehicle that we've ever owned for comfort - sadly not for fuel economy.  It has a ~2m bed, so I could get sheet goods and ~3.5m long sticks in the back.  What's the lumber capacity of the Amrock?

Sounds like you are having fun.  Keep it up :).

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« Reply #41 on: February 11, 2017, 03:35 PM »
@Kev
Thanks for the Chipmaster link. Had not considered that brand. Looks to be a very good unit; having looked at the link, I will seek out the nearest dealer for further investigation.

Re your old chipper;  as I recall you bought it at a certain national chain of Green Sheds.

@HarveyWildes
Re us having to drive upside down. How is that possible? We have excellent tyres available down here!  [smile]
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« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2017, 10:20 AM »
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« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2017, 10:27 AM »

Re us having to drive upside down. How is that possible? We have excellent tyres available down here!  [smile]


It's not possible, the Earth is flat!  [jawdrop]
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« Reply #44 on: February 15, 2017, 02:32 AM »
The better half on the new mower that arrived today [smile]




Took it for a little spin today. Also grabbed the mower style line trimmer from Cub Cadet too - it's EXCELLENT.

This stuff is excellent quality and the "Tank" name is very appropriate.

Still waiting to settle on the new place ... where we're staying has become my training ground for the new mower [big grin]

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« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2017, 03:26 AM »
She looks so comfortable sitting there @Kev. Leave her to it!  [big grin]
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« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2017, 03:29 AM »

What's the lumber capacity of the Amrock?

Sounds like you are having fun.  Keep it up :).

@HarveyWildes

The rear tub is probably class leading in Oz for a dual cab utility, but still rubbish for anything big. I'll have roof racks shortly, but for serious lugging I'm looking to a custom tandem trailer in the 3000mmx1800mm box range (10' x 6' in old school).

On paper the rear tray is 1555mm deep and 1620mm wide, but 1222mm between the rear wheel arches. Technically it can cart an 8'x4' sheets with the tailgate down.

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« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2017, 05:16 AM »
Amrock is only PU in Aust to take a standard pallet straight off a Forklift.

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« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2017, 09:26 AM »
Kev, nice mower, but how in the world do they not provide enough space on the back to hold a cooler full of adult beverages! 
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« Reply #49 on: February 15, 2017, 11:52 AM »
Kev, nice mower, but how in the world do they not provide enough space on the back to hold a cooler full of adult beverages!

@Wooden Skye it can tow a decent load ... the cooler trailer probably needs to be my next acquisition [big grin]

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« Reply #50 on: February 15, 2017, 01:36 PM »

What's the lumber capacity of the Amrock?

Sounds like you are having fun.  Keep it up :).

@HarveyWildes

The rear tub is probably class leading in Oz for a dual cab utility, but still rubbish for anything big. I'll have roof racks shortly, but for serious lugging I'm looking to a custom tandem trailer in the 3000mmx1800mm box range (10' x 6' in old school).

On paper the rear tray is 1555mm deep and 1620mm wide, but 1222mm between the rear wheel arches. Technically it can cart an 8'x4' sheets with the tailgate down.

Good enough for most trips to the store then - just need to secure the plywood at the back.  And the trailer will handle the big stuff.
One of my minor irritations with my Tacoma is that a 4x8 sheet won't fit between the wheel wells.

And I'm sure you'll have many occasions to use the pallet sized capacity as you populate the new shop.


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« Reply #51 on: February 15, 2017, 01:47 PM »
The better half on the new mower that arrived today [smile]
...

Now I'm really confused.  These pictures make it look like you are right on the equator :).  I have similar pictures from Ecuador.

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« Reply #52 on: February 17, 2017, 02:42 AM »
@Kev , have you purchased your ChipMaster yet?

I have just been doing some further on-line research and coming to the conclusion that a ChipMaster would be the one! So went to their site to check the nearest dealer for a visit and found -



 [eek] [eek] [eek] [eek] [eek]

Have also been considering TruYard and Cox.     [unsure]

And now have discovered Hansa and they certainly look rugged.
http://hansachippers.com.au

What others did you consider?
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« Reply #53 on: February 17, 2017, 04:02 AM »
@Untidy Shop I haven't looked at many .. was just going with trusted advice.

That's surprising news about Chipmaster locally, I'll have to follow up.

You've really gone and done it now though haven't you - that Hanna site has this http://hansachippers.co.nz/hansa-news/predator-stump-grinders/

A radio controlled stump grinder [eek] [eek] [eek] I WANT ONE [embarassed] [sad]

The attraction of the Chipmaster to me is the drum style cutter setup instead of a disk. Disk chippers don't do as well with palm fronds.

http://www.ebay.com.au/gds/Wood-Chippers-vs-Wood-Shredders-/10000000177632843/g.html is interesting.

Realistically I'd probably hunt down a Crommelins chipper if the Chipmaster isn't available http://www.crommelins.com.au/14.0hp-Crommelins-Woodchipper

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« Reply #54 on: February 17, 2017, 06:40 AM »
@Kev
Thanks for the further links.

Yes, well at this moment I am now looking at Hansa - after all I like a Green.  [big grin]

I  have a Hansa dealer 40 mins away and a Crommelins one 20 mins. Unfortunately the latter dealer and I have 'History'.  Also, although videos (as we know here on the FOG) can be misleading, the middle range Crommelins Model nearly stalled on the size of branch I most commonly need to chip; the equivalent Hansa did not. Also the Hansa has a Honda motor and belt rather than direct drive. Yes I realise that whilst the belt drive may assist to prevent crankcase shock, there are other issues.

Like you I will continue to look. At least now I have some dealers to visit.  [smile]
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« Reply #55 on: February 20, 2017, 01:45 AM »
Just keeping the thread warm ... not a lot of progress over the last week, mainly research and ordering a few extras for the Amarok - plus a little bit of remote IT work that I can do at my leisure.

Did get the young fella a fishing kayak for his birthday last week ... now I'm jealous and need to wait a respectful amount of time before I get one for myself. Most of the nice ones we looked at were quite expensive imports from the US, the crap ones came from Asia but we finally found an excellent locally made wide body, stable, 4m fisher that fits the bill.



(All of the extras are tucked away inside in Miles' room)

This week and next I'm planning to meet with several local shed/workshop/garage builders and custom trailer builders, with trailers being highest on the priority list.

I have had a total rethink on the bigger items for the workshop and would genuinely appreciate feedback on my thinking. My current train of thought is to simply go with Hammer slider, bandsaw and planer/thicknesser as the more I consider my goals the more I believe I'll end up investing in a CNC. The attraction for the full spec Felder kit with digital electronic "everything" was born from mindset of wanting to achieve anything I could dream up ... but I think my perspective is a little more refined to the point of prototyping and looking for efficient production options.

The exciting news is that I think I can get my hands on a Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS Hunter Edition here in Oz [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] watch this space!


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« Reply #56 on: February 25, 2017, 05:50 PM »
@Kev
I do not know how big will be your shop, but there is no sin to leave some open space for comfort and it will be easier to keep it clean and organized. I love my Hammer bandsaw and planer/thicknesser and if I were you and did not have to go down stairs in the basement, I would buy the Hammer n4400 bandsaw (the ceramic guides are must have) which I am using it now and instead of going with separate machines, I would go with c3 31 perform combination machine and you would have a shaper as well. Even if you go with CNC in the future, you could still keep these two machines or they would give you a very good resale value.
The only downside with the combo machine for you, it is too heavy and you would not able to take a upside down pictures anymore. [big grin] [big grin] [thumbs up]

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« Reply #57 on: February 25, 2017, 06:21 PM »
Hey Kev. This is awesome news. I wish you all the best.

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« Reply #58 on: March 19, 2017, 01:43 AM »
Starting to get a little excited now ... should only be 12 days till settlement [big grin]

Most of the toy shopping is done .. the boat is ordered, the Polaris is waiting for me and the trailer is being built.

My better half has thrown a spanner in the garaging and workshop thinking ... I was initially looking a two 4 bay garages (each 12x7m) near the house and a 15x9m workshop on the other side of a wide tree line away from the house. Now it seems we must have something "more discrete" near the house so that (in my wife's words) "it doesn't look like we're living in a bloody self storage facility" [embarassed]

Now I don't know whether I should simply go for a bigger workshop and partition the interior (maybe 20x10m) or stick to the original workshop thinking and position another garage setup somewhere else ... so frustrating as I had pro forma plans and quotes ready to go as soon as we got the deeds [mad] [sad]

My son has thrown another curve ball with a cool idea for a space that's a spot for brewing beer, hanging out and working on the odd motorcycle rebuild [unsure]

I suppose I'll take a chill pill now and rethink everything after we've started to move our gear in.

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« Reply #59 on: March 19, 2017, 02:37 AM »
Again Kev....  great luck!!!

I have spent 12 of the last 20 days in snow (which I love!). The other 8 have been with my MIL getting her kitchen squared away.

Cheers. Bryan.


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« Reply #60 on: March 19, 2017, 02:53 AM »
One can see her point of view but it's very un Australian of her.
 Generations of people having been buying up beauty spots for years and turning them into small industrial estates. I think it's called the Australian dream.
 Most of my neighbours seem to have sheds far bigger than their houses but according to my realestate agent it's not kitchens and bathrooms that sell houses here but sheds! Oh well choose your battles wisely and good luck with the land grab.

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« Reply #61 on: March 19, 2017, 03:37 AM »
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« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2017, 03:48 AM »
Sheds are the go! When I moved down to Tassie from Sydney 6 years ago, it was the 20x6 shed that sold me on the property I'm in. 3 phase power was just a bonus.
The view's not bad either  [smile]
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« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2017, 04:07 AM »
Sheds are the go! When I moved down to Tassie from Sydney 6 years ago, it was the 20x6 shed that sold me on the property I'm in. 3 phase power was just a bonus.
The view's not bad either  [smile]


Love it [big grin] [wink]

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« Reply #64 on: March 19, 2017, 04:11 AM »


FWIW here's my Polaris with my local ATV and mower pusher Dave at the helm. We're just waiting on the half windscreen for it to be complete. I took it for a blast on the local grass patch ... scary fast!!! [eek] [scared]

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« Reply #65 on: March 31, 2017, 06:07 PM »
We settled on the property yesterday so I no longer need to go to sleep each night with my fingers and toes crossed.

Some of the worst storms from the tail of Cyclone Debbie unleashed through the new place over the last week yet all of the drainage, dams and the house are still perfect!!!

My memory of the relief of the land must have become a little distorted since we initially inspected the place .. a lot of my thinking about workshop location, garages, etc will need to go back to the drawing board (in a good way) but it'll slow my goals down a bit.

I'll probably need to quickly erect a temporary shed so we can get out of the rental ASAP ... so it begins ... but maybe we'll just totter off to a nice little cafe for breakfast first [wink] [big grin]

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« Reply #66 on: March 31, 2017, 07:15 PM »
We settled on the property yesterday so I no longer need to go to sleep each night with my fingers and toes crossed.

Some of the worst storms from the tail of Cyclone Debbie unleashed through the new place over the last week yet all of the drainage, dams and the house are still perfect!!!

My memory of the relief of the land must have become a little distorted since we initially inspected the place .. a lot of my thinking about workshop location, garages, etc will need to go back to the drawing board (in a good way) but it'll slow my goals down a bit.

I'll probably need to quickly erect a temporary shed so we can get out of the rental ASAP ... so it begins ... but maybe we'll just totter off to a nice little cafe for breakfast first [wink] [big grin]

Congrats Kev!!

Can't wait to see the threads of 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc...

(And pics!)

Cheers. Bryan.


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« Reply #67 on: April 01, 2017, 01:58 AM »
Yes @Kev  as you said, some breakfast and coffee first. This is now a time in life for slowing down a little.   [smile] Wish I could take my own advice!  [eek] [scared]
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« Reply #68 on: April 14, 2017, 03:54 AM »
Hi kev

Glad it's all going ok

I'm a little disapointed in your Polaris choice. Do you have a program called diesel brothers

Now that is an ATV

Mick


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« Reply #69 on: April 14, 2017, 04:00 AM »
They build some crazy Polaris based ATV,s [ Attachment Invalid Or Does Not Exist ]

This one has military grade axels (whatever that means lol)

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« Reply #70 on: April 14, 2017, 04:07 AM »
Don think I can post this pic

But if you google it you will get the idea. They build some crazy stuff

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« Reply #71 on: April 14, 2017, 06:48 AM »



Perhaps @Kev you should have employed this company!?  [smile]
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« Reply #72 on: April 14, 2017, 07:02 AM »
Hi kev

Glad it's all going ok

I'm a little disapointed in your Polaris choice. Do you have a program called diesel brothers

Now that is an ATV (Attachment Link)

Mick

That's awesome ... but I'd probably need a pit crew and a copilot for the trip to get the post and take out the garbage! [big grin]