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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Trust in Climbing Forum
    I really hate that. That's why I can't trust my spikes and I don't like the changes in my supports, like lanyard to nothing and nothing to lanyard (to pull it up/down on the spikes).
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    1 Week Ago
    I bought one, thinking I could do something with it after some improving work. But I didn't took the time, even the chain holder can't give the same angle on the both sides. Crap tool.
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    1 Week Ago
    If the chain is rock dulled, you can trash it and bring a new one. I fill for myself some badly dulled chains, but to get some money, I think it doesn't worth the time nor the trouble. A new chain isn't so expensive. Maybe if you have access to a grinder, it's doable, but by hand ... take care of your renewed shoulder.
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    Call my sissy but I can't do that. Some time I'm very bothered, because it's either killing it (them) or leave it around and most likely condemn it to death by cats or cold. Always birds up there until now. The first isn't possible, so it's the last but I fell very miserable. So, as it was a work in progress, how it ended with the squirrels?
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Trust in Climbing Forum
    For me, it was the opposite : trusting my gear helped me big time to begin to trust in me. Except for the spikes, I can't overcome my mistrust. My (self) learning class was for the most part in a valley's bottom, with plenty of water and the big trees which come with, poplars and ash trees, from 80 to 120'. Being up there with all of this air around me (many of them were forest trees), holding on a tinny rope, I saw very clearly how I could easily freeze by fear. And I surely was close enough a couple times. I calmed down my mind telling myself that my gear was well designed with plenty of strength and all I have to do is to use it wisely. It worked. Time to time, when an apprehension comes, I use this again to focus on the critical point at the moment, like a sketchy tying point, a risky move or a difficult cut (hopefully, not all that together !).
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    1 Week Ago
    So that's why ... Thanks for the explanation, I worried about that;)
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    1 Week Ago
    I use cheap reading glass too. Many people around me say that I shouldn't and go with these gold priced "official" glass. They are poorly built, way too easy to bend, optically awful. I have to rework the frame to adjust it a little better to my eyes. But they have a enormous advantage over the expensive ones : my heart doesn't break if I seat on it or drop it in the mess of my basement, in the truck (mess here too), in the dirt, concrete... you name it. The other day, my truck's key felt under the seats. I have had a hard time to find it again (the mess, you know !) but it allowed me to retrieve a pair of glass lost somewhere many weeks ago:D
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    1 Week Ago
    An air powered chainsaw could be handy near the chipper. Well, maybe not, with the hose sneaking in the limbs.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread PPE for filing? in Chainsaws!
    The big beard keeps the neck warm and makes the helmet's jugular comfy.\\:D/ But it's really disgusting when it becomes wet with the humidity condensation and then catches chips and sawdust.:toast:
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Not a power line but still embarrassing for my pride. This tuesday, I was piecing down a big black locust. It was in the corner of a back yard, surrounded by some hazelnut trees and laurels, a full ditch just behind (no much drop zone), and had part of its crown over the neighbor shed with shingle roof, metal work on top and a tiles covered fence wall. Don't touch anything of that ! All went well until the last two limbs over the shed. I rigged the long one with a double tip tye (for the side balancing) and a short butt tye, made a side notch, then a careful back cut. The limb started to move slowly, made a perfect horizontal swing, clearing the shed and the fence wall, ending gently in the laurels. I was really happy with the result and the groundies admiring. I began to skin the limb, no worries now, and dropped a hand full of very small laterals. One of them caught a twig, flipped, and its butt, no more than the size of a finger, hit the corner of a tile. Tac ! Broken tile. Shit !
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread PPE for filing? in Chainsaws!
    Ouch ! Often the hands take hard with mechanic. The bolt comes loose suddenly or the wrench slides and Bam ! I lost many skin bits like that, but never went to the bone (in mechanic, I precise, otherwise ...). But the fillings are somewhat barbed and it could be difficult to extract them from the eye's tissues. I got some metal in the eyes, but only with the angle grinder, without or with protective glass. This shit sends loose bits everywhere by direct hits or ricocheting, metal and abrasive grains. A bench grinder is less dangerous on this point (a little). I wear a beard too and it could be quite long, as I'm too lazy to cut it. Usually, I take the hair clippers when it begins to be caught in the prussik :D Wednesday, it was different, and a first one: I jammed my beard very closely under a sling during an self-rigging cut. Well... can't move, what can I do now... hopefully it was only a tuft, so I pulled it up. Ouchy ! Strangely, saturday my beard was shorter again:/:
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It could be a bug or incompatibility in one of the many many updates of the browser or .... In the automatic mode, that doesn't stop. Everyday new something comes and had to be loaded, new stuff, repair, correction of bugs, correction of the correction... And all in our back, we can't master any of that at all (me at least). It's a black box, I hate that. At a moment, it was unbearable. Every 2 or 3 updates of my windows xp, my computer crashed, basically "new stuff wrong". A day when it worked correctly, I shut down the automatic upload, way better like that.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I don't have the time to look at all the things like you, but for me the TreeHouse is as good as usual.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Sorry, I'm not a logger ::oops: :)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    They were surely disconcerted too by the strange/funny moves, which was probably the main purpose of his unusual style. It's difficult to elaborate a strategy when the opponent acts with different principles.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I wonder who could have said that...:/: With boring a trunk that weak, my fear is that it could sit down on the saw by crushing the remaining wood under the monstrous weight of the tree. That could be annoying at least.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I stick to that. Physic doesn't lie often ! It could be feasible if there are some strong puller at the other end of the rope, but you don't ease the things that way. I felled recently a poplar and a pine, both back leaners, with a high tie-in point and about a 3500 pounds set up. I know I have maxed my puller because I can barely move the handle. No way a lower tie-in point could have made it without seriously up grading my gear.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Precisely, that's what he did, just one second after the first split. But with the step slope, he had some troubles to bail out. The trunk began splitting like barberchairing but you are right with the word "disintegrating", the whole thing collapsed. Scary ! My guess is that he was aware of something could possibly turn wrong, or he wouldn't react so rapidly. A defect showing outside can be read, but what about its extend inside and the remaining strength (or actually lack of strength)? I do know that the faller's security books say "in doubt, don't do it". I don't speak for the idiots who will do it blindly, no matter what, but for the experienced faller, I guess it's a matter of confidence and mitigating the risks. Like this other one: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-GyZpEUDOts" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> The defect is obvious, far less is its effect on the trunk integrity.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Which Chainsaw in Climbing Forum
    With the muffler mod, the engine breaths better and it needs a little more gas to follow. The risk is running too lean, lacking power and over heating the saw. The carb adjustment avoids that. Unscrew a little bit the adjusting screws L and H. It doesn't need much. The tricky part is to take off the limiter set at the max on the screw. On this carb, it's a tinny aluminum pin engaging a molded aluminum part with a head screw imprint (what you see from the outside) which drives the real screw hidden inside the carb. Just drill it out, remove the molded aluminum part to blow out the fillings and replace it, then adjust the screws as usual.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Which Chainsaw in Climbing Forum
    ms150T (or not T, following the needs) would be my choice too. This little saw has as high standards than the 200T, she's just smaller. She's a queen in precision cutting. Keep the chain sharp (as it always should be) and she isn't afraid by the "big" diameters though, even in hard woods. She goes through at her pace but she does it. Really impressive. The only point where she isn't up to the 200T is when you need fast cutting for a quick release of a limb, horse power needed.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Beside the shocks with the wedges, an other risk is to find a funky wood unable to hold the pressure of the wedge and just crumble when you hammer it, so you get zero lift power. Breaking the hinge is a concern too, as this tree seems in a really poor shape. I'd go with the Maasdam. It would be enough if you aren't sure of the favor of the tree. And it's more fun than the Tirfor to walk with to the job and to set in place.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    There's a major difference, it's when comes the time to untie the knot if it sustained some heavy loads.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Little Chippers in Gear Forum
    This one is a Chinese multibrand and is actually on the cheap side. Several sellers in France have it at different prices on our local Craig List. I don't know how it works and the quality. The next on the price scale are about 3 time more expensive, coming from Italy or Holland. Next level is around 7000$ with several makers like Rajo, RGO... All are on the same basic concept : 2 wheels, a small engine, a rotor and that's it. The drive is like a wheelbarrow, and no nostress, the feeding is hand made. They can do quite a nice job if you have to cut out the firewood, even if that takes obviously more time than a big chipper. They are a dream for the tight access. Many times, I went through basements and service corridors with mine. Once, I went through an apartment in town, strange feeling. After that, some are more sophisticated, just a little bigger but can still pass through a garden gate, same horsepower, with an hydraulic feeder, 2 driving wheels or even tracks. You need to add many grands to get that. Awesome (and expensive) little machines.
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    01-17-2017
    In France we have a union for the treework, but actually it's like an association of the biggest actors of the trade, speaking with the government, pushing the rules... Some very motivated arborists tried a few years ago to build up an union for the small guys, either workers or owners (first difficulty: putting both together !), to counterbalance the previous one and to give a voice to all the independents and the small companies. They got good words and good wishes, but that's about all. Very few people were really ready to invest a massive amount of their time to help sorting it out. Finally, they gave up.
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    01-17-2017
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Bandit 280 HD in Gear Forum
    Wow, what a beast !
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