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    Some species hinge nicely and can give you a nice swing, but others are just like Pop! With some others, you can't tell as it can vary greatly from limb to limb, like the weeping willow. The gravity is the enemy, but it can help you as well to send the limb where you want. If you don't have a rope to pull the limb sideway, the vertical hinge will get you in trouble because you tend to cut too far hopping the limb starts moving by itself. A face aimed with an angle allows the gravity to pull sideway the limb during the hinging. That needs some room under the limb though. If I don't have a rigging rope already set in the top, time to time I clip many slings together (I keep a bunch always on my saddle) and tip tie the limb. I get my swing and piece up there the limb after it settled. I add a butt tie (the shortest as possible) with the same slings if I worry about the butt's drop bellow. Be really careful with the butt's movements. The way you rig the limb (and cut) can makes the butt to jump violently toward you. The butt tie is very helpful against that too.
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    16 Hours Ago
    If you can take the time as you want, not tightly tied by a bid, it's a good idea to climb it as a training and a learning session. You can find many points to look at closely, climbing, cutting, moving limbs, reactions of the wood, rigging (even if you don't have to)... When I began, I wanted to climb everything in this purpose. Now, I'm more on the energy saving side and if I can work from the ground, I do.
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    I think that the groundy didn't let it run at all. The rope's length seems just the size of the side reach of the limb. First drop is tensioning the rope, then horizontal swing until the butt jumps off the cut, then "verticalising" the rope while the swing continues around the trunk. I can't see any slippage of the rope (not able to see a 6" though).
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    It should doesn't have to, but it does for me. The worse is when using the chainsaw. Once, topping a dead black locust, I ended hanging by my chainsaw's handle stayed in the cut. I had my lanyard of course, but there was nothing to catch it : smooth straight wood, small diameter, no bark anymore. Add to that the shitiest spurs ever made and not enough skill/training with this stupid gear, then you can figure how was my mood when I finished to wreck the tree. I improved the scheme since, both the gear and the skill, but I can't find myself comfy staying on two or even one small bit of wood's fibbers. An essential tool for me to advance the rope is my 15' telescopic pole. It saves me a giant amount of time, energy and keeps the frustration at a very low level.
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    The butt tie would have prevented some part of the big swing and the close call, if he had it effectively tied back just under the cut. With a butt leash, the big log never could have turn around the trunk and straight to where he was standing (strong pull on the leash though). Instead, the rope seems free running through a block and does nothing, even slowing the movement.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    :dance: Thank you, that would be a pity to hide this nice move. Well done. :goodjob:
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Worst thing, I missed it by 20 minutes. I'm like a frustrated baby:crybaby:
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    4 Days Ago
    Yes for the first but not so much for the second in my opinion. The main problem is that he wants to go too quick in his learning and handles some jobs too hard/difficult for his knowledge. That's the very dangerous point.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Me too.
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    Learning and training. The both are mandatory to begin to feel confident. At this time, you and your body have no idea how to climb properly and efficiently. That's normal, nobody can run in the tree the first day. The beginner has to learn how to do the tasks and at the same time has to teach his muscles how to work in the intended way. That's not obvious at all because nothing is prepared for these strange movements and funny positions, both the nervous system and the muscles. It's the same with learning how to walk, to swim, to ride a bike, to play a music instrument and so on... Most of the time, it's a long and difficult task day to day, but the body is fantastically well designed to do that. Keep learning and trying, you will be amazed by your progress.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    "private vid":whine:
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Only when needed. There are a lot of two-handing in the same tree. Do what suits the moment.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks, I didn't know that.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Yes, I was completely out of the root flare. The grain seemed straight to me, but it was cut by boring and not split though. So it's difficult to be sure. Thinking at it, maybe a slightly twisted grain could give this result, one side weakened splits and folds easily, the other reinforced by the propping effect by the cut fibers in front of the continuous ones doesn't want to split so easily.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    I tried the block face a few time on some small deciduous trees to test the enhanced folding capability, but I wasn't enthusiast with the results due to a collateral effect: Each time, I got exactly what I feared before hand, as the partial loss of the aiming's accuracy. Maybe I did something wrong, like too thin of a hinge, but the fibers split only at one side instead of all the width, following a triangular shape across the hinge ( bottom left to the top right of the vertical cut for example). It worked as if I made a slanted hinge and I get a substantial drift in my lay. This phenomenon should be less apparent with a big tree ( high of the block cut vs width of the trunk) but I would like to figure it out.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I admit that's better to have it clipped at the saddle when it's time to take a ride after a cut.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I prefer the saw far from me, not in my legs, not in the space visited by my hands. It's less bulky on the saddle to go throw the limbs. When the ropes tangle with the saw, it's less likely to damage the ropes, because the saw isn't locked at the saddle, it can move somewhat and warns you before you make a good pull to free the rope (thinking that's only a twig). Only time to time, I wish to have a short holder, to avoid dragging the chain on the concrete, some stones or a roof.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    The problem comes when the first occurs after the second.:D
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I guess that Pete Mctree means chainsaw's brands and not the chain / bar brand. The chain / bar mfg's interest is to supply all the market, but the chainsaw's brands doesn't want that their customers cheat on them, so they design their saws with specific dimensions and mounts. We can change the bar and the chain accordingly with what ever we want by some adaptation, but the stock models don't match.
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