• murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    They could have put some moderate pre-tension on the line, so the top wouldn;t sit back on the cut, then let the climber make the notch and back cut and get ready for a ride, maybe come down a few feet and stand off to the high side, and get ready for the ride... the call for the pull... when set up like that the top is going to go over a little slower, though there is still going to be some whiplash going on... just didn't have to be so bad. looked really bad to have a running saw so close to his gut as he was getting thrown forward towards it.... Gotta say.... the nice thing about a bucket is "taking a ride" isn't even a consideration in rigging..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    even from the bucket???? I make the notch and back cut.. move out of the way, then call for the pull... with a machine on the other end of the rope
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Gabe's first hinge... he's got a strong intellect and likes the way the mind is used in tree work
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Not any...... definitely harder to set up and execute reliably with a rope, especially of you need to protect something right under the tree... And when dealing with a big tree, that's a lot of force to control.. D
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    6 Days Ago
    wouldn't you need to angle the bottom of the tongue for clearance when it starts to rotate?? I have tried with limited success to keep the tree on the stump at waist to shoulder height by cutting an extra wide face with various configurations of hinges.... Seems like any significant bounce or side to side twist will tear just about any hinge, so this little trick is bound to come in handy, some time in the future.. gonna have to give it a test run..... wonder who thought it up first and when??? My guess is its been around a while.. Thanks for posting and the discussion.... gotta love it when you can sit in front of your computer and learn tricks from people all over the world !!!
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  • August Hunicke's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Cut and ripped. And sometimes called self loader Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Looks like it would keep the log from rolling down the hill after it hits..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Norway spruce hinge from yesterday.... She went 45 ยบ and stalled.... didn;t actually mean to cut it like that, interesting effect though, so it made for a free lesson
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Good rule... stay safe
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    1 Week Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6peFy_08Wso" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> To manually sweat a halyard, the sweater grasps the line and, in a fluid motion, hauls it laterally towards himself, then down toward the deck, letting the tailer take up the new slack.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    It matters a lot, FOR NEXT TIME! Learn what you can and can't get away with... Learn cutting techniques that are faster, easier and more reliable than the ones you have been using... Learn what can go wrong and how to avoid it from happening again... JUST LEARN, everything there is to know about falling trees... I particularly like to study falling technique on the ground so I can trust it when I AM in the bucket and my life depends on it working as planned...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    It's not lower than the right side... what you are seeing is a layer of sawdust that was built up in the kerf from the push chain cutting...
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    1 Week Ago
    Can't help but smile at those descriptions... we've all been there .... Bucket is a game changer (maybe the reason I can smile now is because I use the bucket), and so are the radios... It s amazing what you can talk a new man on the ropes through, on his first day, with the radios!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I got three broken wrists in two different incidents and one broken ankle... Never fell more than 5 feet, and never from a tree... maybe soft bones. Freak stuff mostly.. the ankle broke when I was standing on rope that went through the chipper... yanked my foot so hard out from under me, it broke the outer ankle bone.. and the feet can't handle the hooks anymore... I was in them for 30-40 minutes in November and they still hurt.. Been wearing sneakers ever since.. Might try going back to the boots soon though..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I promise you Butch... If I EVER asked my guys to set up a 3:1 z rig and start pulling by hand they'd look at me like I was crazy.... Then they'd light up a cigarette and walk away like they had something better to do :) Might have used one once last year, or maybe the year before that.... On the other hand the radios came in handy today to teach the new guy how to sweat in a line... Needed it at least a dozen times just this afternoon... Very valuable and necessary skill depending on you level of rigging xpurteez... I was balance and tip tying today and swinging limbs over the bucket and upper boom....
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  • August Hunicke's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Hahaha, at the treehouse, so may clever people on different sides of today's issues. I'm always impressed and surprised by how smart tree guys end up being. aug
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    1 Week Ago
    Good writing/arrangement of opinion. aug
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Its so funny how guys tell I "should" do something that's been passe in my playbook for 10 years.... And yes, every tree man could benefit from learning how to sweat in a line and understanding the principles of MA
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    The title of this thread is hinge du jour... which translates to hinge of the day... similar to fish of the day that a restaurant may serve, being whatever the fisherman found in his nets that morning... I AM not implying that they are special.. they are just a record of day by day what my stumps look like, the good the bad and the ugly... HOWEVER The real message I was hoping to imply trough this thread is how effective a high pull line and skid loader are in creating hinges with lots of tall fiber pull, therefore showing more control with more pull which allows fatter hinges than could ever be achieved with MA hand pull or wedges.... If people using those methods would also post pics of their hinges, that point would become clear.. Another point that this thread is apparently going to be used to demonstrate is that not all hinges need to be by the book.... Cut it as needed for the circumstances... As long as you know what is needed and how to achieve that safely, there are lots of options, some of which may "look" sloppy, or over-cut to the orthodox faller... I AM happy with my hinges and would be willing to discuss every one of them.... even when I make a mistake I use it as a learning opportunity... Like the spruce log with the foot on it.... I left it thick because I had a skid steer waiting to pull it over, but instead I gave the new guy a chance to pull it by hand alone.. He was originally pulling just by hand in the parking lot, and didn't stand a chance, then I brought over the skid steer so he could push back on it, using it as a foot hold, and he muscled it over.. Making two points.. He showed me how strong he is and the skid steer showed him how much more pull can be generated with a foot hold...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Finally a decent question.... I've been waiting for that... so thanks for asking... While I don't consider a plunge cut much harder to make, my recollection on this tree is that it was not plunge cut... I was cutting from the right side, reached around pretty far, but was a long way off the far side of the back cut, with a 24" bar... The pattern you see on the left side, is actually from back-chaining the far side of the back cut, just before calling for the pull. That cut left the hinge a little thin in the middle, left side, while the middle right was a little thick. Seems to have made no difference in the fall, so the corners must have held the desired lay. Seems like the effect of thinning out the hinge is similar to center plunging the hinge in that repect...
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    1 Week Ago
    I didn't start this Butch.. If a man is going to literally talk crap, he ought to be able to back it up...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I heard he side loaded the rigging line with 4 wraps and it was a lightning struck pine, not a hollow stem..
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I didn't actually call him a little bitch.... BUT if you want me to apologize I will... I APOLOGIZE Dr B.... You are not a little bitch... you are a highly experienced tree cutter... SO do me a favor.... don't throw mud and then rest on some false identity, "sawyer worth the name"..... If you're going to criticize, then back it up.. A man should be able to back up his words... There are way too many assholes typing crap into the keyboard in online forums to make themselves feel good... I'd hate to have to put you in that category. I'd much rather have an intelligent discussion about how/why that hinge was made and how it functioned (which happened to be perfectly as per the video). It wan't crappy... it was simply out of the box... Which in this case was simply for expediency. Out of the box is the road to innovation in any industry or scientific field. And there are always old dogs that resist innovation... They call innovation "crappy", because it doesn't conform to their standards, which are the basis for their false identities. They are the experts, they know the "right way", they teach the "right way" and anyone doing it differently is "an idiot".. and then along comes Copernicus ....
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    2 Weeks Ago
    You;re in it now... man up Dr B.... don't back down like a little bitch... tell us what makes them "crappy hinges". You want to talk shit... don;t leave us hanging like that... back it up!... They were fast, easy and worked perfectly for their purpose... Please don't tell me it's not in the boy scout manual.... SHort vid of the first one coming.. dead ash... you can hear that center fat fiber pull squeaking all the way to the ground.. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B5GyYnivxcI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    The shoes don't count as much as who's wearing them...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    this guy broke the hinge pulling alone by hand and the tip was hanging up on a long limb from an adjacent tree.. That was impressive.. Strong dude!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Szx2TpBfmLo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Another "crappy hinge" ... BUT somehow I got lucky again and it worked!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Here's the thing Dr. B... I was just trying to draw you out of your hole and you fell for it... (get the pun) LOL :)
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Here's one from yesterday. Dry spruce, straight stick, hand pull... not much control there , and well suited for the task as not much was needed..
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    2 Weeks Ago
    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    LOL, unbelievable aug
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