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    vharrison replied to a thread I need a little help in Gear Forum
    PM sent, let me know!
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    gf beranek replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I learned the taught-line hitch in 1969. Using manila rope. I'm here to tell it was the best damn thing going at the time. By the mid 70s synthetic rope (nylon) had essentially replace natural fiber rigging in the arborist trade. The Blake's hitch came in the early 90s and solved the problem of the climbing hitch creeping. What a godsend. In the mid 90s the French Prussik with the minding pulley improved climbline control dramatically better. By the year 2000 numerous mechanical devices were being developed, in the attempt, to surpass the current limits of climbline control through fiber on fiber. Up to my injury, and retirement, in 2007 I tried out practically every mechanical device there was, and in my opinion none of them could beat the control I could get through fiber on fiber. But that was 10 years ago. Since then a half dozen new mechanicals have made their debut, and I can not help but wonder if they are really as good as all the hype says they are. With the current development of SRT in working arborculture today it appears the mechanicals have reached a brand new pinnacle in line control. What's next?
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    gf beranek replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    One year know it all. Been there done that.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    I want it now! Not later. Just for instance: a 600 horsepower family vehicle to go to the store to get ice-cream. Who knows when I will ever need all the useless horsepower? Oh, but I'll have it blow every slow-poke off the road, if and whenever I want. By God, it is my guaranteed constitutional right to have anything and everything I want, in excess, if and whenever I want it. Me me me! Get out of my way! Lord! What a state of excess modern mankind has reached. On the flip side there's primitive cultures that live in harmony with nature without any need for anymore. Is their any middle ground?
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Hahahaha exactly. My early morning self cares about the rain. My fully awake brain cares about the bank account.
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    http://youtu.be/fNg59Nv4jsk
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Hey Willie, what was that big fat guys name that bought every piece of equipment in the world and then went belly up? Oh yeah, Russell Hall. He had big full-page ads showing all kinds of equipment. Come to think of it, my first official tree service back in the early/mid 90s went belly up. I know the reasons why also. Several reasons. The most prominent being I was hammered all the time.
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Interesting, maybe true Mick. But many of our peers don't manage money well. So if we place ourselves in a position of high overhead and then don't use the money wisely… I could see how I might have to downsize for survival reasons but, I probably wouldn't go out of business. I have no better gig.
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    Thanks Chris.
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    WORD ^^^
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    The saddles are backordered. Anyone who buys one that doesn't like it should have no trouble selling it.
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Town work goes to the lowest bidder Cory. Sometimes it pays well, sometimes it doesn't. Depends on how busy everybody is. lots of storm work here now. I'm doing a job for the city tomorrow that will pay well as a result of the demand for tree guys.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Fishing 2017 in The Rec Room
    Frightening too, Butch. I once hooked a big Halibut on sport gear when trolling for salmon, in a 12 foot skiff about a mile off shore just south of Ft. Bragg. The ocean was flat and I had a radio to call in case of emergency. That Halibut was in the neighborhood of 200+ lbs. I had it up to the boat two times and it stripped over 200 yards of 40 lb. test off the reel each time heading out to deeper water. I had to fire up the outboard to keep up with that fish. I ended up off of Casper High Point some 2 miles south of Ft. Bragg before the line broke. The fish was too big to land in the boat anyway. I'd have to tie it by the tail and tow it off the stern. But if it came alive it would tear the stern off the skiff. The whole time I was torn between trying my damnedest to land that fish or just cut the line, and play it safe. Oh, I couldn't cut the line. The only reason I stuck with it as long as I did is because it was a flat calm ocean and I had several coves nearby to duck into for safe landing, if the need come. The whole experience was exhilarating and freighting all at the same time. Truly a tale of the "Old Man and the Sea". Ah, but I was only 30 then. Bring it on!
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Trust in Climbing Forum
    Yeah I get that part. One editor who worked on the "Fundamentals", way back in the early 90s, told me I should title the book "Climbing and Falling". I told him, "I don't like the sound of that". That was John Fremont. Smart and literal, but he lacked common understanding of trade terminology. He also told me that I was making up words, because he could find them in any dictionary. The internet and search engines were just in their beginnings then. I told John that it was all trade terminology. He still thought I was making up the words. I had no alternative but to find a new editor. Then John got pissed that I fired him. Life's rich.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Trust in Climbing Forum
    Falling is Safe? I don't understand that part of the Mantra, Sean.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Fishing 2017 in The Rec Room
    Those big Kings in the Smith and Eel Rivers could tow you around for hours.
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    http://youtu.be/sP9c-vLnvNg
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Trust in Climbing Forum
    It's all hardware, connectors, and rigging, and any one part can fail at any time. It's a big deal, and it's just one of so many other important things we must keep aware of in this work, and in life as well. Great story, btw, thank you!
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    5 Days Ago
    The 925s were good dependable saws, but like you said. If you didn't run them dry when they were hot the fuel would boil out of the tank when you pulled the cap. Like old Faithful. Scary. Thanx for showing those pics of the the old Poulan's. Good stuff.
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    Corn is grass. Monocot. Like wheat and barely, but on steroids.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread PPE for filing? in Chainsaws!
    Early in my career sharpening chainsaw I pulled the chain the wrong way around the bar. Youth.... aint it rich?
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    Little shop of horrors. Actually, though, it's really cool to see a saw work that was made out of salvaged parts. Frankenstein saw... it's alive! In the 70's I had a couple of top-handled Poulans, model Super X 25 I believe, and I have to say they were very dependable saws. My only gripe was the single bar stud. A 5/16 Allen head screw actually. It always loosened up.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Monkey Beaver Saddle in Gear Forum
    When I went to New Tribe to get a new custom saddle made, back in 05, I settled on a medium waist belt and small leg pads. My decision was based whilst hanging on a rope in different permutations of standard sizes. For a production belt I have to say the fit, price and utility of it could not have been better if I made the saddle myself. New Tribe did a real fine job. New Tribe wasn't UL listed then and Sophie was on the fence trying to decide whether to go big or stay small, as she told me, "It's a slippery slope." Now, aint that the truth. Well I'm real glad they took the leap and got in with August to bring out this new permutation of New Tribes skill. Even though I'm not climbing anymore I'm sure it's the cat's "Meow".
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Hahahahaha ^^^
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    That's fantastic!
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    Awesome Nick! We also looked for years. It looks huge! Have fun with it!
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    I stay up late a lot and get up early. Don't sleep much or my back starts to hurt.
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    Thanks
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