Richard Cleaver

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since May 25, 2013
Dordogne, France
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L. Johnson wrote:I'll bet Izotope is great software. I expect to get something great if I'm paying 300-1000 dollars for it. I didn't know about it until now, so I'm happy to have another recommendation in my library.

Audacity is great software too! It's also free and open-source.



Yeah, I like Audacity a lot and use it nearly every day .  I love it's ability to zoom right in to a single sample.  If you're interested, Sonic Visualiser is also very interesting along with the Airwindows huge range of open source VSTs.
1 month ago

Eric Hanson wrote:Audacity is hard to beat.



Have you tried Izotope RX9?
1 month ago
Hi r ranson,

One of my day jobs is audio engineering.  I can probably remove the traffic noise with the software tools I have. PM me and we will work something out.
1 month ago
Hi Tom,

Your experience seems very similar to our own in south west France.  After 15 years, our motto is 'it's better to plant too wide than too dense'!  You can always fill in any gaps later.  It's heart breaking if you have to cut down a tree you planted 10 years ago.
9 months ago
We're in a temperate climate which is very wet in the spring.  At our first property we planted our forest garden trees 20ft apart.  After 13 years we felt that they were too close together.  At our new place we are going for a minimum of 25ft.  In the book Edible Forest Gardens vol 1 (Jacke & Toensmeier) there is a section on Vegetation Density which discusses canopy and root spacing in great detail.
10 months ago
We use about 1/10 of a gallon an hour with our BCS 740 doing light to medium work.  It will go all day on less than a tank full (1.3 gals).
10 months ago
I usually cut the wood into 3 foot logs and move them in the barrow.  I have dragged a few bigger logs (maybe 10 feet x 10 inches) by tying a rope to the bramble bar of the flail mower and walking the tractor backwards.  It's ok but I wouldn't want to do it every day.
1 year ago
Thanks Ty,

I don't want to break anything so I reckon I'll be lighting the stove in my shed in the early hours in the winter

I already had a chat with the dealer where I bought the tractor and he is emailing Yanmar with some questions.

Cheers.
1 year ago

Ty Greene wrote:One thing about the diesel 2 wheel tractors - when it's cold outside they can be difficult to start, the farm owner says it simply will NOT start under 40F. I haven't tried to start it yet in that cold of temp, but eventually I probably will just to see for myself.

We keep it in a shed out by the fields so there is no electric available to run a heater by it...guess we could store it by the house in the cold season but they don't really use it all winter for anything, just take the battery out and it sits there unless someone decides to give it a few pulls.

The machine has electric and pull start. If the battery or starter fails it's nice to have that backup option but it takes a strong arm to pull start a diesel engine  



Ty, you're right, my pull start diesel is difficult to start below 50F.  When the de-compression valve engages the engine just stops dead.  It's a bit better if I keep it in a shed overnight.  30 minutes in direct sunlight in the morning usually works.

I'm thinking of trying a thinner oil for the winter.  What do you think?
2 years ago