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    pantheraba replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    Well done, Mario...best regards for all.
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    15 Hours Ago
    You hear that, Virginia??? Cool story, Rich.
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    1 Day Ago
    You don't want to be the cheap solution. You want to provide a good service that is considered a good value. This goes a long way with the working class and fixed income folks.
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    I think my face cut may have been too shallow...as I made the face cut I ran into "space" where I did not expect any...the tree was hollow. There was a goodly amount of head lean so I was a bit skittish already. I thought there would be some hingewood...was not much there. When I sensed/saw something amiss I got the f* out of Dodge...and told my bud with the big Bobcat to pull. That exacerbated the split. It may be that if I had just gunned the back cut I could have beat the split. I didn't have the kind of experience for that thought to even cross my mind when the split started. Something was very amiss from my usual experience of topping a tree. In hindsight I could have put a binder (chain or strap) on the tree...I have done that on the ground but not up in a tree. I'll be curious to hear if anyone binds tops before they cut them.
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    1 Day Ago
    Here's one where I had the luck of seeing a tear/split start in a leaner. I had a tie-in in the tree behind and was able to abandon the one starting to split. If I had been lanyarded in normally when it split the results would have been catastrophic. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sZ02XShWlNM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> It's like Rich said...learning to recognize the potential danger and not being there for the danger is the best answer. Learning by trial and error in treework is tough...a good mentor is a big deal. Awareness, strength, stamina, analysis go a long ways to help with survival.
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    Re: Knut...this is where I learned about it: http://www.treebuzz.com/pdf/climbing_hitches.pdf page 5 of the article is where the Knut starts...a good picture on page 6 (Fig. 17 and 18)
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    1 Day Ago
    HH with Prussia and the new Holster tending link from WesSpur. Prussia cordage is my cooing however.
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Exactly... Also, it is part of closing the deal. Pull out the book, show them all the names in front of them... Then book em danno.
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    2 Days Ago
    Referred to as alpha
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    2 Days Ago
    Sorry to hear that, Bermy. At least she had the decency to get back to you with an answer. That seems like it might be a rare thing, nowadays. Maybe she'll still be a good future prospect. Tim
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    2 Days Ago
    We have the same problem with beavers in south GA...destroyers...make holes in dams that eventually lead to collapse...breaches the planned waterway and leads to flooding in areas never wet before.
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    3 Days Ago
    Very cool, Kevin. Sounds like a very memorable day.
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    For example, took down 6 smallish to medium sized pine, chipped, bucked logs, material stayed on site.... 1600.00 Lady asked wood to be removed 2 years later, solo truck, trailer, dingo, 800.00 transport to my free dump site for burning. SO add another c note or two labor to burn. Only reason it was not more money, is that she opted to keep some of the smaller logs for a dog training obstacle course. If you get under bid, stop dancing around the customer and walk away. How many others liked your bid on different jobs and did you make enough money... Really pay attention and ask yourself, divide by hours and make sure you are not making store clerk wages. Take 40% off the gross to fix and buy shat before you ask yourself if YOU made enough.
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    4 Days Ago
    3 here as well. Sometimes have to drop to two if a prune. Depending on the pruning work.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Excellent! You are making some good moves these days.
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    5 Days Ago
    Should be easy to maneuver and tuck into tight spots...good deal.
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    5 Days Ago
    Clean-up can be a killer. Bids where you drop the tree, make a mess, get paid and leave are wonderful. "Home-owner cleanup". Sometimes when they realize how much work REALLY goes into cleanup they call you back. We usually end up charging the same or more as the "drop the tree" price. A tree that costs $400 to drop can take $800 to cleanup, e.g. In the tree work takes the most skill and cunning...the groundwork/cleanup is often just hard grunt work. (the groundie running ropes to help the climber look good at the climbing/rigging stuff is an entirely different matter. I love having my son, Alex, on the ground running ropes or helping decide how to make (or NOT make) the next cut. A trained and careful eye on the ground is priceless). Don't sell yourself as primarily a cleanup guy...be the problem solver that gets the tree issue solved...that is the primary concern.
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    I have the Caddies...they are excellent. I only have long gaffs...all I have ever used and never any problems with them. I might like short gaffs if I had them but I guess I don't know what I am missing...so I don't miss it. Long gaffs work fine for me.
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    5 Days Ago
    Just letting ya know... I will check in as best I can. Just have to focus on shat right now. Seems when it rains, it pours here. Thanks for the well wishing.
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    5 Days Ago
    :lol:....women!!!
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    6 Days Ago
    Bermy...fyi...I have a 35HP diesel Deutz...about 2 weeks ago it ran 2 hours perfectly during a storm cleanup...then just quit. Alex talked to diesel mech and got it started by by-passing a fuel cutoff solenoid...but it still would not rev up properly. I had it taken to mechanic and they did valve adjust, hoses, etc...stuff that had been neglected over the years before I bought it. The problem was a relay in control panel that prevented shutdown solenoid from working properly. They also found a broken wire to alternator that was causing low voltage...was not charging completely. It's an hour away but I found some good mechanics to help with the chipper.
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    6 Days Ago
    Parades are good! She will love it. Good to hear work is busy there.
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    1 Week Ago
    Buy the Echo, don't look back . I have 2 now. Best warranty and the parts for fixing the pole, motor etc are cheap. 2nd motor on my first one after years. Seriously.
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    1 Week Ago
    Had to put our milk cow down yesterday. Bummed out. Seems I can't find relief day to day or at the end of it. Always some crap to overcome. Tires me out. Pruning some valley oaks is helping with my frame of mind. But..... Not gonna contribute much from here out. Wish me luck.
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    1 Week Ago
    Nice Brian. Gonna rock that set up buddy. I know you will.
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    Never a bad foot with me friend. I admitted my lazy ways on those tosses with lean to my favour. Burnam has called on my practice more than once early on. I learned a lot from those critiques and from others. Mind you, others have deaf ears outside boxes......
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    1 Week Ago
    Good info you are passing along there, Kyle.:thumbup: Especially about the climbing and saws. Get basic gear and see if you are fit enough for comfortable climbing...and work positioning. Work positioning is uber important...your position must be safe and sustainable. Sometimes the difference between straining to stay in position and not straining at all is only a few inches. You gotta learn where that sweet spot is and work in it. Kyle is leading you right.
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    1 Week Ago
    pantheraba replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    Good picts...good perching.
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    pantheraba replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Yep, they checked in via FaceBook...OK there, they say. 70,000 acres overnight is massive and fast. Thanks for the update.
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    pantheraba replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Dang, Terri...didn't know fires were close to Ft. Bragg. My daughter lives there. I'll have to ring her up.
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