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  • vharrison's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Sean, Can't speak to the price but the Brush Bandit is a great machine. We have a 2004, yes 2004 280 that ran every day all day for 11 years. It is still our back up machine. Runs like a dog after a bone. Mind you we maintain our machines very well but it is a work horse. Find out a little about the fellows operation, I am sure who ever is selling it for him would love to talk about him. Look around at his other equipment, is it well maintained? Did he use it every day? I agree with Brian, the winch is a great feature.
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Maybe a stupid question but the new design, will it be insulated around power lines?
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The last few days I've been trying to get my yearly tree trimming done .The mosquitoes in the woods are brutal so it's my tree lined 500 foot driveway .Three pin oaks in the mix and how I hate them .The most miserable tree I've ever seen for handling the brush .My arms look like I got in a fight with a half dozen Tom cats .The cats won .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I really think the reason I could tag a baseball so far in high school was due to the amount of firewood I had hand split .I was 6 feet all as a senior .Weighed around 180 pounds and swung a 36" Louisville slugger ,Babe Ruth style .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Can you imagine axe cutting the face on a 10 foot diameter redwood ?:O
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread Black Bears Matter in Odds and Ends
    Colorado a state I dearly love,most of it .Around 3 years ago I took a trip to Denver ,that's not my idea of Colorado .
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread Black Bears Matter in Odds and Ends
    They are a product of "urban sprawl" .Just like raccoons and deer they learned to adapt .We don't have any bears here but just about anything thing else but deadly snakes and alligators . Come to think about it we don't have any elephants either but we have a gaggle of Republicans .They don't all live in Florida ya know .:lol:
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Truth be known a double bit is not much of a splitting axe .The double bit cruiser I have belonged to my father and has never had a file used on it for the simple reason it's too hard to file ,takes a stone .Most likely it's older than I am and has never sat out in the rain .Those things are made for chopping down a tree Paul Bunyan style .I will say they have a nice balance over a single bit .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread JR in Odds and Ends
    Jay, thanks for sharing that, very interesting. Seems like our safety meetings cover the same topics over and over again, but well worth the time.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Hey, I sent one back!!
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Burn, I keep hoping.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    The choice of a file makes a big difference .For example the fast cutting Oregons will peal the teeth on hard as carbide Stihl chain .Pferd makes a less aggressive file that while it doesn't cut as fast but it will hold up and produce a better job . Although I have a few I can't comment on the files Stihl sells because I've yet to use one . I don't buy from Baileys any more but they used to have comments on different files regarding aggressiveness etc .They say save edge makes a good file but again I'm not certain I've ever used one .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Safety and the science/mechanics of how a cut limb reacts is the most important aspect of tree work. You can't get that from a book, it comes from experience watching it happen.. I would recommend finding a local tree company and going to work as a ground man for at least a year. Just work, and listen to direction. Work and listen to the directions given to you for the first 6 months, then start asking questions. The question you may come up with on the second week will probably be answered in the 4th week with out you even asking. Listen to the advice given, just LISTEN and work for the first 6 months.
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Holy smokes, (no pun intended) the way you describe it is scary. What is the latest today?
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Cory, thanks for asking, we have had some real problems with it.One,the engine is a Perkins. I don't know all the particulars other than what it cost to fix, which was $ 1,900.00 . Some little plastic part was vibrated off and broke. That was about a month in. Covered under warranty, but we put the money out until they approved that warranty. The real problem was not the money but the fact that it is a Perkins. The parts come out of England so It doesn't get fixed overnight. So, month after spending bookoo bucks on the beast, was down at least 21/2 weeks. Right now, it is 5 hours away getting fixed again. Actually fixing what bandit agrees is a design flaw. They are welding plates behind (I think) the top roller so the material flows properly. It gets worse, in fixing that flaw, they found another. The hood mounts had completely vibrated off. That is probably what caused the first problem. The brackets are a bandit issue, so those parts can be over-nighted and should be fixed today. I will say Bandit has stood behind the machine and our Rep, Kyle, has been diligent in helping us. I've asked Bandit to bring the chipper back to us when it is fixed as a good will gesture. I mean for us, the five hour trip to West Palm Beach is quite a haul. (and yes, that is the closest Bandit dealer)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    http://floridakeystelevision.com/Home/ShareUrl?videoID=2198
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Hope you are fairing well. Any updates?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Me too, I know there men that walked door to door and sold them,the later, I remember when you could get them at the A&P grocery store.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    I used a 36" "Babe Ruth" special ,Louisville Slugger ash bat in High school .Of course I was 6 feet tall and weighed 186 pounds as a senior .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    I think those little short handled Collins axes are a PNW thing .I use a 4 pound dead blow hammer so I don't ruin the nylon wedges .Different strokes for different folks .On the rare occasion I use steel splitting wedge it gets thumped with a 7 pound sledge hammer .I've got sledges up to 12 pound .The big one I kind of like to avoid for obvious reasons as I've found as I age they seem to weigh more than they used to .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    And include, not responsible for underground utilities, water lines ect:lol:
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread Chipper Poll Question in Gear Forum
    I've got a barrel full of hoses but for some reason they all seem to be the wrong size if I need a replacement .That kind of sucks .:(
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-12-2017
    White smoke normally would indicate oil .Depends on the make as some would have a case gasket that includes the oil tank which could have slight failure of the gasket allowing some bar oil to migrate into the crankcase . Some models use a pressurized oil tank that uses a check type valve to use crankcase impulse pressure and there could be a check valve failure which could allow it to suck bar oil .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-11-2017
    Abundance of rain .Things are growing leaps and bounds .I think the field corn is growing 6" a day .Tomatoes are starting up the trellis ,before they are done they'll be over 8 feet high if every thing goes well .I only put out half a dozen this year . In this part of the country being a lake state with lake Erie to the north the precipitation will equal out over a 2 year period .The last two winters had little snow fall so it will rain like a cow pissing on a flat rock at times .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-10-2017
    That would be a novelty
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-07-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Damaged Chain? in Chainsaws!
    Different strokes for different folks they say .I don't use a saw daily or weekly ,might be two months some times I don't fire one up .I just save them because you never know if I need a 32" loop or a 36" and I have some screwed up 20"s hanging on the nail .Twenty minutes or so I can have that longer loop .Come to think about it I do have a 32" needing repair . Stuff here doesn't rust as fast as say Florida because of less humidity .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-07-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Damaged Chain? in Chainsaws!
    I hang the bent driver,broken cutter chains on a nail and if I'm in the mood use them later for repairs .I haven't been in the mood for quite a while .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-05-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Firewood in The Logging Forum
    I got a surprise on pine .In that pile of stuff Tom dropped off and never did anything with was a bunch of pine .That stuff even with a hydraulic splitter doesn't spit easily .Must have been a rather large tree because I still have about a half cord of nearly 2 foot rounds.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-04-2017
    Al Smith replied to a thread Firewood in The Logging Forum
    Pine is a yard tree around here .They aren't native to north western Ohio nor would they do well in these soils .It's good for a camp fire if you want to drive off mosquitoes .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-03-2017
    That thing swallowed something .Look at the divet in the top of the piston that pinched off both rings .In addition to that while heavy oil to a certain extend might help a worn out 4 cycle it has little or no effect on a two cycle .In addition to that addition once a piston gets scalded and produces "high spots" these break the surface tension of the oil film and you get metal on metal .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-03-2017
    I looked it up .It's one of those so called low pollution contraptions ,49 cc bore . Throw the parts in a box ,in a given amount of time you'll find the repair parts . BTW using 20/50 wt oil is not a good choice for mix oil .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    07-03-2017
    So then is a 391 a later version of the 039/390 ? I don't know because that's another number I've never even seen let alone worked on .However if it is there's a zillion after market parts for the 039/390 models .Matter of fact all I've ever done on an 039 was repaired a faulty clutch .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    06-30-2017
    Willie, Do you guys have a "dollar" store? At this point nothing we could send would get there in time, but the dollar store here has fun packages of stuff for, well a dollar!
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