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    22 Hours Ago
    Thanks for the heads up about the Fundamentals on Amazon, I just bagged the hardcover one!!
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    22 Hours Ago
    A high tie in point is the tree climbers... dream (insert appropriate descriptive epithet) Once you have a nice secure TIP, then practice low and slow below it!
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    22 Hours Ago
    For small to medium sized near horizontals placing your notch offset to make the branch swing can work amazingly well. I use it as a cutting option quite a lot, but as others have said, where on the branch it is put (think how much weight is still outboard of the cut) and species can have a lot to do with a successful outcome. I used it just yesterday on cherry plum, about 8" diameter, got it to swing over about 2' at the tip to miss another fruit tree. When the piece starts to swing resist the temptation to continue cutting to increase the swing...at some point gravity WILL dominate and the piece will give up and drop straight down! I do sometimes angle the hingewood as well, to add a bit more holding on the tension side. When it goes right you look like a rockstar...when it doesn't and it plops straight down...well, you don't.
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    1 Day Ago
    Wow that was scary to watch, he almost got killed twice! used a couple of his cat lives for sure. All I can say is at least he fessed up to doing something that almost got him killed, and he's put it out there in super slow motion for us all to see. That takes something. But, there were ways he could have avoided it. Hopefully it is a learning experience for him and for people who watch it.
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    1 Day Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Yeah, our Isuzu has an 8'6" x 6' bed...we stuck the slide on camper on it on Friday...headed out to the mountains for some snow, then to the west coast for some salt air and sand, then through the rolling dairy country, past the big trees and ended up in a temperate rain forest gorge by a river...all in three days. Gotta love Tassie. Bob's homemade solid fuel heater worked a treat inside the camper, kept us nice and warm. Then back at work today, cutting down an old cherry plum, hit nails at 8' with the polesaw then got nails at ground level inside the tree for both the 461 and the 260...I'll be sharpening chains tomorrow.
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    1 Day Ago
    At some point, some time you will slip or have a small branch break and you will drop into your system...it will happen, the important thing to remember is to always keep your system snug, don't let a lot of slack get into it. That way, when the inevitable happens it will be minor, a little heart stopping and pulse racing for a moment, but your system will catch you before you go too far, and usually all that is bruised is your ego. ^^^^ I thoroughly agree with Bob in the post above mine! Take your time, especially now while you are learning. There is so much that you can do with a really good handsaw (Silky) that there is plenty of time to practice climbing and then add cutting with the handsaw, get more confident, then if you feel you need to, add the chainsaw (after some training!) I hear you on the struggle to advance up the tree by throwing your lanyard, or main line...it can be very tiring. One of the best ways to get past that is to set a high TIP from the start, either with your throwbag or use a Big Shot (did they show you that?) It took me a while to get more fluid at advancing up the tree with changeovers, then I discovered the high starting TIP set with a Big Shot and oh boy did it make a difference!
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    4 Days Ago
    I remember my first c!imbing course too, I was in my early 30's, and fit, but I was beat too! Sore and bruised, but like Marc A said the movements are unfamiliar,both for your mind and your body...keep at it, it will get easier. Once you have a better understanding of how to move in the tree, how to use your gear, your body will take up those motions and get used to them. Word to the wise though, the older we get, if you have time away from climbing, when you go back to it, you'll be sore again for a few days till everything catches up again!
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    4 Days Ago
    My saws go inside padlocked to a shelf when we are away, chipper is in a shed at a friends property now, stainless swedged cable to a shackle through the wall, padlocked to the tow handle and chain. I have seen some mini tracking devices advertised on FB, you register it and there is a app you can get to track it if needed, I reckon that's the way to go eventually.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Good on you WoodC! That's great to get a full time firefighter spot :) I'm a volunteer and really enjoy it. Ha Brian! you have just successfully reminded me why I don't go to do tree work in Bermuda in August and September!! I know how you feel and I don't miss it. April-June is enough for me now...by July I struggle with the humidity, I used to scoff when I was under 40...now I understand! Frosty morning here yesterday -2c then misty rain for most of the day, cut some firewood and tidied our own front yard for a change.
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    1 Week Ago
    :lol: love your sense of humour, made me laugh despite no evidence of awesome treecutterry :)
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Day two, storm damage emergency response course with the SES, floods and wind damage, sandbagging, roof repairs and tree work, includes work at heights...guess who gets to teach them to tie knots and put their harnesses on the right way around! Never knew there was such an art to sandbagging though
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    1 Week Ago
    Hey there 'feller! Glad to see a post, I was just about to bump this one as you hadn't been on in a long time! Good luck with the job, think twice cut once :)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    and it needs a new paint job...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    But the piece of wire that got missed cost us $250 for a new set of blades and fasteners...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Hey, thanks for posting and updating us on your situation mate! If the doc's say 2.5 months, add at least another 2! Best to take the time to let things mend really well before putting the kind of loads and strains back on yourself that we do in tree work. Physio, physio, physio...did I say physio? I started at three weeks post op and kept at it for five months solid, then started working so now down to a couple times a week on my own, pilates type stuff and may go back in a month or so for some more general weight conditioning stuff to balance the work moves... Good luck! And Hunnicutt, thanks for that reminder too...dangerous work people.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    Huh...listening to you guys, sounds like my little 6" Chipstar is a great deal! Single roller with lift and crush, auto feed, variable feed rate for the roller...27hp diesel that ran for 14hrs before needing to top up the tank...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I have just switched from beeline 8mm distel to a VT for my lanyard. Tied eyes...distel was getting too tight, so now VT 3 wraps 2 braids...seems to be ok. So many variations to play with...one will work eventually. I used to like icetail for my hitch cord, now for some reason it's too soft and binds up too quickly...maybe I have put on the odd ounce or several ??
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Well done, now do your sums and see if you made any money! Learning curve,now, on to the next one ;)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    We were at traffic management class the other day...long story...in among the paperwork is an official amendment to a particular law or statute of something...the funny thing to us was the guy who signed it, his last name was HOEY (hoo-eee) We thought it was funny, a law being signed by a guy named Hoey (read 'what a load of hoey') but it fell completely splat flat with the Australians!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Poetry in The Rec Room
    Here's one I wrote a couple years ago... So..a little poem I wrote while at the beach in Tas deep in a National Park feeling a wee bit homesick for Bda... I lie on the sand, I close my eyes. The sun bakes my skin. I hear the ocean sound, I smell the salt tang. Where am I, those still vexed Bermoothes, the land of my birth? A tug at my heart, oh where is the chirk of the longtail, The rustle of the palm? And yet, with the song of the sea in my soul, I hear the roar of the wind in the gums, the caw of the kurrajong... I sift the sand through my fingers, I breathe again the tang of the sea, I welcome the caress of the sun and I think, Here, wherever sea and land meet, I am...connected.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Wow, Stephen and Jim, feeling for you both, here's praying for a good break for you guys, at least enough to get your feet back under you instead of scrabbling for air. Wish there was something I could do...
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I found the husky battery saw too heavy for me, especially using out of a cherry picker when you want to one-hand a lot of stuff to cut and throw. As you all know I'm kinda short so standing in the bucket the top rail is almost under my armpits, I stand on the edge a lot for a bit of extra height to be comfortable leaning out with the chainsaw. The husky saw is way too heavy in the butt end (where the battery sits) to use comfortably. My 150t is balanced just right in comparison. Also its longer than the 150t so it takes up more room and in my opinion is less manoeuvrable in tight quarters for pruning On the plus side, it would be nice to be able just to press the throttle and go, instead of having to start and stop the 150 all the time Bob used it on the ground for most of the time we had it and he really liked it, press and go and quiet. Just not for me in a tree...unless perhaps it were a take down.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    I filed a Husky (Oregon?) chain with a Stihl file the other day and it just ate that chain!!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Whats LEO? Looking at the situation report, wow, 16-18* humidity!!!! No wonder it's all burning. Are these fires hot fires? Like, ones that haven't burnt through an area in years, so a massive fuel load that burns real hot, instead of just running through and gone? Lots of fuel reduction burning is going on this winter in Tasmania, they are trying to get ahead of fires for the next few seasons, get fuel loads down in critical areas. Ours is the only state in Australia where fuel reduction burns take place on both private and public lands, co-ordinated by the TFS and the State Fire Commission...basically no discrimination in regards to land ownership, if it gets flagged as an area that needs reduction burning, it gets done.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    ...throwline skills...where do I buy that :lol:
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Sometimes it feels like you're half dead at the end of the day! Here's a picture of the cold tree workers...we got loan of a Husky battery powered saw for the week...
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    4 Weeks Ago
    What a saga...these campaign fires are something else. We had three here in Tassie two years ago that burned for two months. They start quick but the sure don't end quick. There are some Tassie fire-fighters that have just shipped out to Canada to help there, mostly logistics and stuff, no ground pounders. On one big fire here two years ago they set up tent camps and military style canteens to house all the firies...they shipped over like 20-30 extra tankers from the mainland brigades, there weren't enough spares to manage, 4x4's and heavy tankers, extra helicopters and fixed wing water bombers...it gets pretty intense.
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