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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Trail clearing in Odds and Ends
    Beautiful country. I would be frozen by fear on a bridge like that.:coldcold: Too bad the trees are in such a bade shape, many dead , dying or wounded. I guess that the weather isn't kind with them, but it doesn't seem to evolve in a good way.
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    We can't easily invert a hitch upside down here, because we don't have your receiver system with a square tube. It's only a vertical plate and the ball is bolted tight on it.
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    If the trunk began to split that far above the cut, that means it has already started to barber chair by the internal stress from the pulling, see the split in the middle of some limbs by the wind or by their own weight. It didn't fall apart because something locked the split near the cut, I guess like an old hidden crotch or by the complicated pattern of the fibers near the trunk's junction. A little higher, your cut should had probably given what you expected. Understanding the physics is one thing, predicting the actual result is an other because you can't know all the factors involved in a highly variable organism like a tree in its environment. A little knot badly placed can do some great things. I nearly lost the trunk of a big weeping willow because an old limb was hidden just in my hinge, with just 2" of straight fibers under the bark. I saw after the fall that only half of my hinge was functional. It's a little creepy with a back leaner when it starts to change its path during the pulling.
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    Well, I never thought at that, but I agree completely on the wear part. Even more, I recently discovered that on dry and bare ground, the 440's muffler blows some loose dirt directly where the back chain enters in the stump! Stupid design. One between many things to change in my price setting.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread DMM Gyros in Gear Forum
    Ok, I got it. I didn't read correctly your pics. I thought that it was 2 separate MA, like one to guy a sideliner and the second to pull it to the lay. Actually the blue MA pulls the red MA, so the stronger pull is always on the anchor of the red MA. The anchor plate has no reason to change its angle when loaded and the main sling should be fine. Nice setup.:thumbup:
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    That happen a lot to me. No idea of the hour, even of the day sometime!:|: And the eyes are messed up and can't see the hour on the screen's corner. I have to stand up and look at the big clock in the entrance. The Working climber's series are on my buy list, I waited a too long time.
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    I think you do but your wording isn't very clear, you mix two positions of reference. Usually, the "clock" is with you, 12 in front. Try like that: And by boring toward the rear... saying the backstrap should be at 9 o'clock, you bore in at 6 o'clock (face on the right, aimed toward 3 o'clock), cut back toward the backstrap and stop when the bar's nose comes out at 10 o'clock (dogs at 8 o'clock) with the backstrap on the left... And no, the diameter isn't smaller at all. Just the bar isn't no more at the diameter but at a cord, obviously less long than the diameter. Eventually the bar becomes long enough but don't take that for granted. In the case the bar can't come out, guess where it is and bore the far side in the same manner. Careful with the thickness of the bark. If the bar is a little too short, it's easy to cut to much wood in the strap, in the hope to see the nose piercing the bark.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread New toy! in Chainsaws!
    Between the stock Stihl's, the ms460 used to have the most power to weight ratio. I don't know with the new versions though.
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    Many customers don't want to pay more for a stump grinding, so I have to ALAP the stumps often. Even the sprocket cover is cumbersome! Beside that, it's very rare that I miss the extra part of a round handle during a cut.
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    Maybe you will be disapointed:/:
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread DMM Gyros in Gear Forum
    If the anchor plate stays put, I don't see the bend radius as a problem. There isn't that much force involved, it's only two hand driven MA. I worry more about the rocking motion of the anchor plate under the alternative pull from the two MA hooked on it. The anchor sling will slide side to side in the hole and the fibers hate this sideway motion.
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    Daniel said that the cut wasn't completely finished when the pull occurred. I guess that the tapper would have been reduced if the monkeys weren't standing in his drop zone. But we don't have a clue about a side lean or an unbalanced crown. I got once a substantial side drift by the fiber pulling on a stump. I aimed my notch's cuts to end just before a big buttress root, hoping a good holding hinge for a side leaner. It worked too much, sheared the stump and really scared the target on the side. I keep that as a good reason for the side cuts, seeing the nice whiskers on the trunk's butt. I 'm more concerned by the mismatch cuts of the notch. The bar tip didn't leave much wood for the hinge on the left. Plus the side cut, plus the central decay, I'd say that Daniel wasn't far from getting his saw stuck. At least.
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    I did a storm work on a sweeping willow today, cleaning the wreckage and reducing the last long limbs. There was a very flat bird nest with eggs in it ("on" it actually) in the middle of a bunch of skinny limbs, far away from the trunk. At the end, the nest was still there with its eggs. I was happy with that :)
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    Yes !!! I have it.8) But I probably don't get the job because I put too much time in thinking:D
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    I almost never walk the bar around, because it seems that it never stay flat and I get all sort of sloppiness but no horizontal line.:|: :D
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    =D>
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    I have to say that the logs are gifted to find the pole saw too. Once, I hide the big Silky under a pile of sleepers on a rail road park. A log from an alianthus ricocheted on an other log already on the ground, "ducked" under the pile, went straight to the pole and bent it.:angryfire: An other time, I had cut out some dead suckers in a big declining Sophora japonica (heavily trimmed) and laid the pole flat on the ground, outside of the canopy, too lazy to tidy it up in the truck. Then, I climbed to piece the tree down. A banana shaped log hit the ground, rebounded with a fast rotation end to end, tumbling over 20 feet and landed on the poor pole.:banghead: I can't no longer use the telescopic function of course (except 2 parts) and store it in 3 parts. Advantage, I put all the 4 parts together only if I have to. It's much more lighter to cut the lower limbs.
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    The youth's sense of immortality going down (mostly) helps too.
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    Maybe I'm wrong, because I can't find a pic with 3 big beards. Photoshopped, yes. 2 big and 1 small, yes. But no 3 big. Twisted old memory I guess. Maybe the beard thing with the ZZtop began with a joke : Between the three men, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, guess who doesn't wear a beard? Yes, the drummer Frank Beard !
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    I recall that he had the big beard too a long time ago. It was when their beards were big but not so outsized. Then, no more at one moment. I even though that he broke the rule of the group, but I don't know the actual story.
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    The manufacturing and cost problem with the threaded part is that it need to be at least twice as thick to make the thread. Both for female and male ends. It will be a little challenging to produce that in a cost effective way. One easy solution is to use a metal insert/tube for these parts, but the cost goes up too (and it's less cool locking). Concerning the wear of the junction, I'm not sure that it will last longer. The threads take a lot of stress when they are screwed /unscrewed, due to the big leverage with the cantilever during an horizontal installing. The screw beginning would be easily damaged if you don't line up perfectly the both parts during the rotation. Not so easy. The carbon fibers are very strong but the resin, not so much. If the strain is distributed on all the piece, that hold. If the strain is reported only on a point or small area, that breaks.
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    What a pity to dust and mud this beauty!
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    With the ZZTop model, I assure you that the little soap won't be enough. Overall if you put some fancy stuff on it.
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    Ok, don't over tight them though, as they can sink in the plastic with the time (and hot summers) and eventually punch a hole through it, according to the plastic family.
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    The last pic of me without beard that I can find is on my driver license, around 20 YO. I'm 53 now. I'm more than often in late in the morning, so I can't envision to take the time to push the mower ! That just doesn't fit in my schedule, even if I have nothing to do :D Maybe every 2 or 3 months maybe more (surely more), I force myself to trim my beard. Lastly, the decisive moment was when it got stuck in my prussik. Ouch!
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    What about the rivet's heads inside the tube at each junction? Don't live they some bruises during the slide ?
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    I guess part of the question is, how many loops have you to make from the roll to pay the breaker/spinner?
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