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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Minute Ago
    sotc replied to a thread Murphy Switches. in Gear Forum
    Sorry, I was being funny. I've never had an issue that I can recall with thousands of hours. Are you using the same brand of switch every time?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    1 Minute Ago
    Hello, I joined The Treehouse a week or so ago after seeing August Hunicke speak highly of it but I am just now seeing this thread for new members. I have been falling, limbing, bucking, and splitting trees (~30" DBH max) for 15 years or so on a small woodlot and for friends... no climbing. I was spared several times after doing stupid and ignorant dangerous things (e.g. cutting through the hinge). Eventually I began to pay attention to and understand what they were talking about in the Stihl owner's manuals, etc. about techniques and safety. About 4 years ago got into chainsaw milling and was inspired by Will Malloff and his book. Before I quit my city job about a year ago I knew I wanted to go into firewood sales to supplement SS. Was inspired by a one man operation on Youtube -- Tim H. Gruchow -- who has a tree removal and firewood business in Minnesota. Also by another "older" gentleman, an engineer, on Youtube...self taught climbing... Terry Hale From Will Malloff's book I leaned about Douglas Dent's book and the BC "Fallers' and Buckers' Handbook" and have studied them Then I heard about Jeff Jepson and eventually acquired and studied all 3 of his books. After being inspired to think about taking up climbing for simple tree removals, I bought Peter "Treeman" Jenkins's "Tree Climbing Basics" At some point I heard about Jerry Beranek as highly recommended, and got his book -- but it was "old" (pre-2000) ... and like an idiot, I discounted it and ignored it for a while. Then recently I saw August Hunicke's interview with Mr. Beranek, and having seen lots of August Hunicke's videos and respecting his judgement I started reading "The Fundamentals of General Treework" and it is amazing the organized, 360 degree "brain dump" of years of experience that Mr. Beranek put into this book. I recently bought the full "Working Climber" DVD set and have begun watching them. Also, have ordered the "Art & Science of Practical Rigging" DVD and book and it should be here soon. I am planning on teaching myself to climb for simple tree removals (and pruning my own trees)... and to begin on trees on my own small woodlot. Equipment: chainsaws, rope, and accompanying paraphernalia, and a 1995 Dodge 2500 (which is in the shop). I am insured and have my first year memberships in the TCIA and ISA I have other responsibilities which might prohibit or restrict my ability to be a dependable part-time worker for an existing tree company. So for learning and training -- I am pretty much dependent on my own experience, books, Youtube, etc. ---- and now -- THIS valuable resource.... all the helpful folks here at "The Treehouse" I am married with two grown sons. I know that in the best of circumstances, God willing, I only have a few years left to physically be able to do this (but thanks be to God, I am currently in pretty good health for a 63 year old guy, but age eventually gets us all). As a wannabee big-time timber faller and climber (e.g. August Hunicke, Reg Coates, -- on Youtube), in one sense I wish I had gotten into this a long time ago.... but a long time ago I would have probably been too scared. Now, at 63, however it seems the intersection of age, ability, desire, etc. are all coming together at a MUCH lower level than most of you other guys work at :) ... but, I think, doable for me -- and maybe I'll have a few years of it part-time. Looking to make a small living in the tree removal and firewood business. Thanks for all the help y'all have given me so far! Best Wishes, Robert Wood.
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  • canadianclimber's Avatar
    19 Minutes Ago
    Hmmm. This thread has gone in the wrong direction.
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    If people won't be responsible then she needs to hire an attorney. That person will ideally hire a qualified tree risk assessor and if the findings are hazardous start sending letters. This creates a trail that can't be denied so that if the tree fails and causes damage a negligence suit can be filed. Other than that I think only a judge can order the tree removed
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    sotc replied to a thread Murphy Switches. in Gear Forum
    😂😁
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Got it! Also, I think I am going to re-evaluate my thoughts on rigging with the idea that I want to try to keep (well) below the WWL of the weakest link.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks MB.... How much Pedialyte do you drink on a hot day?
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Saga on, Al...enjoying the play by play!
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  • Altissimus's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Altissimus replied to a thread Murphy Switches. in Gear Forum
    Hehehe
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  • flushcut's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    flushcut replied to a thread Murphy Switches. in Gear Forum
    A willow switch perhaps :/:
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  • flushcut's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    flushcut replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    After reading FOGTW wedges were one of the first things that I ordered in 98or99.
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  • BlackSmith's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    I shouldn't stick my nose in where it doesn't belong but that's never stopped me before. :D If I was the land owner I'd try to get the adjusters from all insurance companies involved on site and let them duke it out, they hate loosing money and know how to deal with one another.
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  • dsptech's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Where does Tree Stuff keep the short spools on their website?
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  • mdvaden's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Yesterday in Jedediah Smith ... couple originally from Canada, recently moved to the USA.
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  • dsptech's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Darn! I subscribed to this thread and got no notice that you guys had a post-a-thon. Just peeked in and see there was a party going on without me. @Burnham One word: "Tag line." Er, two words I mean. What I didn't tell you guys was I bought the only 176 footer first before starting this thread. http://www.ebay.com/itm/292158865920 :O Two words: "Side line" Is sideline one or two words?
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Just ordered one and an extra set cooling packs. I'll let y'all know how it does next week. Thanks for the advice. I got too hot one day 3 years ago. I can still do as much as I used to in the heat but it's not near as fun now. And I can't seem to stop sweating since that happened.
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  • Magnus's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    Magnus replied to a thread New project in Chainsaws!
    I have a bit info about these saws. If you have any questions, just fire away. I replyas best I can.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Group Hug ((****))
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Aww Burnham, never say never...:) I got tired of using my 200' rope on all my climbs when a lot of them didn't use up much rope, it's nice to have some shorties handy.
    28 replies | 377 view(s)
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