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    DMc replied to a thread Vermeer BC700XL Chipper. in Gear Forum
    I know nothing about the newer BC7 but we have been using the BC6 for the last 16 years. Super simple machine with low parts count. It has never let us down and makes great chips with that 90 deg cutting disk. The small engine just sips gas even though we had the auto feed removed after we first demoed it. It can work hard if you let it. IF, all you need is a small chipper, they work well.
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    5 Days Ago
    That will be fun to go through! Really appreciate you posting this up.
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    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    So are you against exposure of all those nasty little shenanigans, Dave? Seems like all the embarrassing documents were true. Posting documents, in their entirety, without a news media spin, seems much less offensive to me.
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    A hard hat will work just fine without a chin harness as long as it used on the ground with overhead objects being the only concern. This covers most all other industrial jobs but not ours. Even a ground worker in our trade could be exposed to a side hill tumble. However, it is the climbing arborist that really needs not only a chin harness, but a hard hat that is designed with the understanding a tumble down through a tree with lots of limbs is a possibility. A climber using a hard hat with a wide 360 degree protruding brim, even if it had a chin strap, is a very poor choice compared to what we now have available.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Very true, Levi. It is was the first multisender that I used.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    The key here is that they were not designed as climbing helmets. A logger uses logging tools and an arborist would do well to use arborist rated tools.
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    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Yes! Amazing tools, along with Kevin's, that have changed what is possible on rope.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Yup, look to your mothers father. Those old forestry lids work great when used for the activity they were designed for.
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    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Patrick, it is not that what you say is untrue, or Cory, that starting off with the basics is a bad idea. It is instead the "machismo" displayed in the paragraph that I quoted. It can be hard enough to learn this trade with all its variables. Making statements that could make a young wannabe hold their tongue for fear they would somehow be less of a climber, is not my way.
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    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    I, personally, have a problem with trainers that use this approach. You are supposed to be teaching. Suppressing a student's curiosity on tool use and implying that a really good climber doesn't need that "new fangled gear" is just as bad as going the other way. I much prefer a balanced approach that explains how things work in detail so the new climber can make an informed decision as to what is appropriate for a given situation.
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    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    What the hell was God thinking when he made that gigantic peach pit and crammed all those nerves in a tooth?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Patrick, thanks for the kind words. Having done something for a very long time, though, is no guarantee that a person has an accurate understanding of that subject. Therefore, temper that respect and listening to your gut instincts. Does the statement stand up to closer scrutiny. Misconceptions and bad habits are rampant and constantly on display by many that have been in this line of work for decades. With few exceptions, the times I have been injured or had something go wrong, I have been able to retrace things to a point I could have avoided that mishap by changing one or more components. More often than not, that change required an additional step or tool to something I was confident in doing, and considered, safe enough. Tree work requires the acceptance that every job, every tree and every day will be different than those that came before. Allow for changes, not only in your tools and methods, but in your beliefs of what is safe. My entire career has been that of a production arborist. I don't have time for things that are superfluous. The tools and techniques I now use bear little resemblance to those I started with. Change can be very good. OK, enough BS. On your site you state it was inspired in the efforts to teach your apprentice and others. It is a good site and you have done well. But by doing so, you have accepted a burden of responsibility. Videos like this, even of a fun and simple content will take on more importance to some. We are monkeys. Monkey see, monkey do. When you tie a knot, finish it. Always! If that knot could be used for life support make sure that is taken into consideration. Spurring up a tree with just a flipline is perfectly safe, until it isn't. A choice an inexperienced climber will have a hard time with. You had already gone through the effort of setting a line. It would have been a great time to show the safety and simplicity of a self belay system. I know there is a lot of resistance in the plaid shirt crowd on the space ranger style arborist helmets. Maybe give some thought to one, it will make you look 10 years younger. :)
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    I am going to point out a few things that could have been done better, IMHO. Muscle memory and repetition of actions done correctly are strong and potentially life-saving habits. Even though you were setting a non life support rope, I would have preferred seeing that bowline dressed and set much more deliberately, out of habit. You went through the trouble of setting a pull line for the top but thought it unnecessary to use it as a safety for the spur climb. A missed opportunity in the safety department regardless of how comfortable you are on spurs. After you reached the first limb, you choked off your climbing line in a DdRT configuration under the limb. A better choice would have been to set it above the union. Simply doing so would have given you more options if the need arose. Everyone in the business by now should be aware of the quality and usefulness of the available helmet communication systems currently on the market. They are as potent a safety aide as a hard hat. I am not trying to win any safety police merit badges with this post, it is just that all your other postings are so good and thorough, with a strong training base, that these omissions jumped out at me.
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    Tarzan replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    Busy...solo tree guy stuff keeps me real busy. I check in here now and again, but am trying to limit my screen time.
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    Tarzan replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    I work alone, yeah With nobody else I work alone, yeah With nobody else You know when I work alone I prefer to be by myself I feel the same way as you do about solo work. By god, I get pee stains all the time...especially when I am all amped up and wanting to bang out a big job...I am working on trying to slow down a little, because this one man operation will run a guy into the ground real quick if you let it.
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    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    It is a good roll though. Impressive actually.
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    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Sorry buddy, my mind is way too full.
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    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Cory, really?
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    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Excellent post, Jim!
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    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Justin, I made the above statement way back in the beginning of this thread. Keep it in mind because there is still far too many misconceptions in ag. Even though many producers have farmed with tillage and fertilisers for generations, even exceptional soil will eventually become a depleted shell of what it once was if effort is not made to maintain it. There is no argument that tillage and fertilisers have caused major problems. The good news is there are better ways if one chooses to implement them. I think your idea of "growing your market" is sound. Advertise on on quality and taste not just size.
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