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    11 Hours Ago
    Looking up by the windshield to see the trees coming instead of the incoming traffic ! Well, not really smart... and a bit of worrying for the occasional passenger:/:
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    2 Days Ago
    I play with this idea too. How much power is needed to run such a trolley, heavily loaded of course and on a decent slope ? I'm thinking on the mini K-boom too, but that should be the following step :/:
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    5 Days Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Leaners in Climbing Forum
    So... I did it !:rockon:Yes ! Nothing glorious, just a small maple leaning toward a building. But slowly and carefully, I managed to make my body and my mind come to an agreement. At least this time. A good little exercise, bucking it down with the ms150 (no massive changes in my balance), with some variations (slight) in the lean. I wasn't too stressed, more mindful, so I guess there is some hope.:D I'm looking now for the next step, a bit more difficult.
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    1 Week Ago
    The steel cable doesn't help, but the main actor of the backlash is the grip plier itself. You get the same when you clamp seriously some steel stock for welding or folding. With a rotating cam (for example), that shouldn't be a concern. Just an idea, make a conical end or a nosecone at the limb's contact. That will reduce the lever arm on the device and facilitate the limb's movements with less parasite force on the handle.
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    1 Week Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Leaners in Climbing Forum
    Well, I hear you. I have to put that on my improvements list and my mind on it. It will be a challenge to convince my body that I should be fine with the "top" technique.
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    1 Week Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    For me, the refractory cement (or bricks) has only one purpose : sustaining the direct contact of the high heat and eventually the fire blast from a oil or gas burner without cracking and crumbling like the usual one. But I don't see it as a real insulator to keep the energy inside the oven. Rockwool or ceramic fibers should be far better for that. In all cases, you have to avoid any direct hit because of the fragility of this layer. What is a killer is the thermal expansion which creates huge stress, inside the parts and between parts. The design has to be carefully studied to not create some weak points.
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    1 Week Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Leaners in Climbing Forum
    I'm not comfortable at all with the spikes, the leaners and the dog leg parts are a nasty challenge for me. I can't stand on the top side of the leaner, as it should be, by fear of falling sideway to the underside. I tried the climb line choked on the side. It's fine for cutting, but as soon as I have to move, I struggle again with my (un)stability. So I climb (up or down) directly "on" the underside, much more stable, even if the spikes aren't so much sunk in the wood. That last point becomes a problem only with the heavy leaners. When I buck down the trunk, I'm in a good position to hold the log (firewood size), my left forearm under the log with the hand on the top. I finish to cut through one handed. The log lays on the trunk and on my forearm, and with the left hand I can work a little the log to free the saw. Then I have my both hands to manage the log. It's a good exercise for the abdominals !
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    1 Week Ago
    I don't see it would work well. I tried that The parent's garage under the terrace had a massive leak through the multilayer concrete roof (never found where was the leak) and water was dripping in it all year long, like in a cave, with stalactites and a very high humidity level. Each time we went there for holidays, we found the tools in a bad shape, rusty and with spots of mold on all the handles. So I tried the waste oil coating on a fork. Next time I saw it, the steel part was fine but the wood handle was completely covered by mold. The fungi greatly appreciated my trial ! So....
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    1 Week Ago
    Wow, that's a beauty. And the sound !!! Love it. I'd like to see one with 6wd for off roading, maybe not so nicely built for the show.
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    1 Week Ago
    You make a big bloc of concrete in the ground, sink in it (or bolt) some strong steal like a small beam or two, and bolt on it (them) the pole with a small gap between the butt and the concrete. The deal is to avoid the contact of soil and water/moisture for the wood pole, allowing the wood to dry quickly after a rain. You can extend a little the concrete block above the ground like a small pillar ( maybe 14 to 20") to raise the pole over the mud splatter area. It should improve drastically the life's pole. Wood chalets in the mountains are build on this principle (with stones instead of concrete) and they can last for centuries. Just make the concrete top nicely flat or with a slight slope to avoid that the water stagnates there.
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    1 Week Ago
    I bought one of these chinese garden crap trolley with 4 wheels to try the idea. Less than 100 bucks, it isn't a big loss. So, it's way too much weak for a treeman and has a poor stability on an even small side slope (the wheels span is narrower than the deck). I removed the sides and made a pair of rough stakes to hold the load. It needs still some improvements to be really usable, but the amount of limbs carried is impressive. The weight too, as I had to move to the chipper several spruces and Leylandii soaked wet this winter. It saved me a lot of trips in the mud. I consider now to put some money in a real trolley.
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    1 Week Ago
    I think you really do, but the way you present and explain it doesn't help at all. May I add, pics and links out of subject?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    wow too ... I had no idea about that amount of work/ supply/ money involved.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I'm drooling, awesome machine. But I can't envisage it, even in my best optimistic dreams.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    For the splitter, the first I saw in the vids with the box wedge is the Tempest Wood Splitter. It's an horizontal unit, one or two ways. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KebaeAJUjwc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> I didn't look at it for a long time and now there are many with this system. A fully automated splitter is a good idea, because it makes no sense to muscle over each time the big round to put it back in front of the ram. Some improvements on those: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xmdWbpqC69M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> But please, no bip-bip-bip ! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uZtGeDPhtyw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rgq0Zi6pR54" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NfPZ-MYlmaU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> But a hand is always needed to ease the things time to time ...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    For the burner, one important point I see is the duration of the process, regardless of the unit's size. For a mobile system, running from one job site to the next, all has to be ended before everybody goes home. I can't see a trailer of some sort fully loaded of "burning" wood traveling on the roads. I guess some officials would have something to say against that:/:. The progress speed of pyrolysis front in wood is about 0,6 mm per minute (0,024"). A 20" diameter log (dry) would take almost 7 hours to become charcoal. The furnace would have to be of the size of a marine container for the big trees. You must divide finely the logs to get a reasonable duration, like the size of kindling. A 1" chunk needs already 21 minutes but that's doable with a continuous process. Big unit either way, the furnace isn't alone on the trailer.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    But the little inanimate things are gifted to do that, as much as the animate things (may I call them people?).:D The crankshaft of my 064 broke at the clutch 2,5 years ago. Never took the time to fix it, until the bearing failed on my ms440 (well planed maintenance !). I already had the new crankshaft, so I put it in place. After struggling a bit with the bearings and seals, closing back the half cases ended well. But when I tightened the cylinder's screws, one of them stripped the case's thread.:X I hope I'll fix that before two and a half years;)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Well, I wouldn't call that "small", seeing the pics. Impressive.=D&gt;
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    3 Weeks Ago
    My 440 was acting too, low power, irregular idle. Suddenly the saw jammed during a cut with a big "clac". Piece of steel in the wood ? No, the chain was fine. She started again after that and finished the cut but can't no more idle at all. Add at that a metallic rattle noise : a screw in the muffler choose this moment to go away (I didn't found it back). That didn't help for the diagnostic ! It turned out that she had a big air leak due to a bad bearing on the flywheel side. The plastic spacer holding the balls just disappeared. It looks like the balls collected on one side and the flywheel hit the ignition coil. The crankshaft seal, already tired, didn't appreciate the joke. I put two new bearings and new seals. I'm happy, my saw had fully recovered and run well.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    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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    02-19-2017
    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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    02-19-2017
    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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    02-19-2017
    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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    02-19-2017
    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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    02-15-2017
    So that's why ... Thanks for the explanation, I worried about that;)
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    02-14-2017
    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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    02-14-2017
    An air powered chainsaw could be handy near the chipper. Well, maybe not, with the hose sneaking in the limbs.
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