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    3 Days Ago
    Thanks. I read a review and it said it was a bit bouncy. The cougars are pretty low stretch. I'll give the Samson a spin when I have spliced an eye in it. Hopefully I will finally get the Akimbo working on something.
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    3 Days Ago
    biggun replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Nice video that last one. Was that a ganga farm? haha...
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    3 Days Ago
    I just got 60m of Samson Voyager 11.7. A bit off topic as I got it in the UK and not from Baileys but it is a samson rope. Anyone used it? Yet to try it out but supposed to be a decent rope for SRT. It has a lot to live upto in my mind as the Cougar family of ropes are pretty much unbeatable for SRT IME.
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    4 Days Ago
    I use that cut most of the time on large laterals that i was to leave the cut flat and not grab or pinch the saw. Quicker for me and no need to notch it unless i want a bit of direction.
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    4 Days Ago
    Am I being a bit dense here? but isnt the direction of fall in the diagram above the wrong way round.? I.e. the direction of fall is towards the point of the triangle not the red bit marked notch. I haven't seen the Dent book or much US Literature apart from Jerry's book.
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    5 Days Ago
    Great picture. Shame about the subject. Hang in there Stephen.
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    5 Days Ago
    Keep safe mate and good luck.
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    6 Days Ago
    I use these safety specs. I get them in from treestuff whenever I get a larger order. http://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=293&item=1650
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    1 Week Ago
    Mick, I had never seen of it before and it essentially is a version of a cut I have used for years. My version is just an undercut like Brian (I think ) mentioned. At an angle on the compression side de first then the side closest to you the. Form the triangle from the top. Fast. It just pops off. They called this the V cut. I googled and this came up. http://arbtalk.co.uk/forum/attachments/training-education/83761d1325856620-vee-cut-husq-v-cut.pdf
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    1 Week Ago
    That type in of cut is now taught in the uk. I did something me refresher training last year as an obligation to a certain contract. They showed us it but only on skinny heavy head learners which are too narrow to do a bore and release of dogs tooth as they call it over here. Seems to work and the tree falls slowly. You didn't even need to remove the wedge, just two diagonal cut with the intersection pointing towards the direction of fall.
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks for posting the clips Rico. I know it's hard with the tall ones but vertical video is a tough one for me. Much prefer the clips in landscape. Keep up the good work though.
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    1 Week Ago
    biggun replied to a thread Drunk driving laws in Odds and Ends
    I have in the past on a couple of occasions (like less than the fingers on my left hand). These days never. Got kids and need my ability to get to job sites. I don't like hangovers these days so not drinking in the first place is a great place to start. I was also ran over by a drink driver in the French Alps in 2003. Hit me from behind, i went over the roof and landed in a snow drift at the side of the road. the twat then drove off and left me there, if he even realised he had hit something. In a way the snow caused it and save me from further injury. The driver hadn't cleared the recent dump of snow of his windscreen apart from his side. so he couldn't see me but he definitely head my head and elbow crack hi wind screen. The snow also provided for a nice soft landing. It also prevented me catching up with the bastard as I couldn't keep my legs under me as after I realised I was ok and he hadn't stopped. I sprinted after the car ready to beat the crap outta that POS and leave him bleeding at the side of the road like I could have been. For me drink driving is a big no - no!!!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bore an' release mate. In the U.K. They teach the release cut to be 45 degrees meeting the bore cut to release the stem and let the hinge do the biz. Resulting stump has a little triangle piece of wood at the back resembling a dogs canine. Hence the name.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I was taught to know the feeling of the saw before you cut. What I mean by that is if you know your larger saw and bar combos are a bit tip heavy, you will already know how the saw hangs when held, you will then know that the tip e.g. Needs to come up a couple of inches. Like wise on a conventional face cut holding a saw on the corner of the handle should leave the bar about 45deg. So each cut would have the same angles. Once you get those mastered it is time to see how trees respond to larger or narrower face cuts. Dogs tooth or back strap and humbolts. Not necessarily in that order as reading the tree should determine the best cut for the task. Practice makes it all easier.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    biggun replied to a thread Damaged Chain? in Chainsaws!
    So was it damage to the drive links when you shed the chain ? That was my first thought when I read your post. I have tried to file them flat if burred but it is a tricky, fiddly job. I prefer the method of reseating the chain and running the saw to sort them out. If it is bent, I tend to chuck them as I have never really managed to straighten one properly.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Fiona, I had all the symptoms of rotator cuff tear. I tore my right shoulder about 8 years ago and have been having trouble with my left for 4 years now. I'm glad it was just a pinched nerve.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Glad thee shoulder is holding up. I pruned a turkey oak last week and was cutting back over a house. I decided to poece it out by hand instead of a rope as there was only one Groundy. Last bit over a Japanese maple and a bit got fought on some dead. As I was trying to wrestle it out and chuck into the drop zone my right shoulder pinged a bit. Really sore the next day so foolishly I went Thai boxing thinking a little movement would help it. Next day it was in bits. Booked a brutal session with a sports therapist who initially thought I had torn my rotator cuff... turned out it was a pinched nerve. Really painful after the treatment and plenty of ice and a bit of rest. First day back today and it felt strong as ever on a lime dismantle. I didn't use my throwline, but I do have a couple in the truck and find them useful for all sorts. Fishing for hangers can be fun but also incredibly frustrating. ;)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I was removing a load of trees over in Norway. Lots of Silver birch, Pine and Spruce. Forest form so pretty tall and skinny. Larger trees to be retained and a new power cable going through the woodland. The old power lines were overhead and within range but we had a wide strip beside a footpath to lay things out. I put a pull line up a back leaner about 50 foot tall but only about 8-9 inches at the stump. Lined up the face between a large pine and large spruce. As we were trying to retain the trees, I was pretty careful where I cut it. Back cut was parallel and an inch thick IIRC. As it pulled over towards the gap it decided to pitch off to the side but at least 45 degrees and clipped the open phase power lines and fused out the repeaters. The lads were ripping the piss and I got them all over and showed them the direction of the face, the hinge and back cut and the 3/4 of an inch knot that was in the middle and invisible from the outside. It basically fell towards the gap and the hinge on one side broke and the whole tree changed direction on the knot.
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    06-17-2017
    Maybe I should have used the word 'attention' as opposed to drama.
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    06-17-2017
    SO are you gonna answer the question... kerf cuts at height, yes. But you were felling from the floor. Explain yourself please or is just drama you're after?
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    06-17-2017
    Nice explanation. Cheers Reg. I think I remember seeing similar in a big ish tree you did in the UK years ago. Was this the same setup? or did you refine it as IIRC the two guys on the Uk job couldn't see each other due to the obstacle you were zipping over.
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    06-17-2017
    I would have thought your second paragraph, although correct to an extent, is irrelevant as you were telling from the ground? I would also say that Dave uses kerf cuts below the hinge to prevent from the tear down... where as you have compromised the hinge width by directly cutting the corners off. What's your take on these points?
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    06-16-2017
    biggun replied to a thread TEDx talks in Odds and Ends
    My missus once hosted a TEDx talk on disability and perception within the dance and arts.. She did well and was well received but it was a slightly less intense clip than the SEAL.
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  • biggun's Avatar
    06-16-2017
    I'd suggest Daniel nipped the sides as his bar wasn't long enough and he hasn't been taught the 2.5x bar technique of felling. ;)
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    05-27-2017
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I know about the full adjustability of the device as I have climbed a fair bit on it. Of the ropes I have tried the htp was the only one I managed to get it to operate to a remotely acceptable level. Maybe, my levels and expectations are too high. I work as a contract climber and really need something to just get on with the job and get climbing. I have said it before, I have had it running sweet one day only to not operate correctly the day after. I don't climb on the Yale family of ropes as they are far too bouncy IME due to changes made for CE marking. I have tried it in Cougar Blue/ Orange, Kernmaster and the htp.
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    05-27-2017
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    It was on Sterling 11mm htp. This had been the only rope I have managed to get it to work on properly. Maybe the cams nhave worn a bit and the device needs adjusting. I didn't have the time to delve further and start messing... it was a rigging job, third day of hard climbs in a fairly hot weather spell. I did t drink enough, easy to say with hindsite, and my head was spinning. So I just packed it up and went home the tree got done another day. I really, really want this device to prove me wrong and be consistent, but so far I haven't found the sweet spot. One day when I have a bit more time. Or get these new cams mentioned earlier.
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    05-27-2017
    biggun replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Upgrade rain bollards? That is news to me. I have become disenchanted with the Akimbo of late. It sits in the bottom of my bag. I pulled it out the other day. Climbed to about 70 foot on an ash tree. Started to descend to a limb and the thing just wouldn't hold me. I ended up just going all the way back down the the base and packed my kit up and went home. Any improvements on this device might actually get me using it in earnest.
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