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    7 Hours Ago
    Burn, I keep hoping.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    3 Days 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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    5 Days 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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    5 Days Ago
    Holy smokes, (no pun intended) the way you describe it is scary. What is the latest today?
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    5 Days 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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    6 Days Ago
    http://floridakeystelevision.com/Home/ShareUrl?videoID=2198
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    6 Days Ago
    Hope you are fairing well. Any updates?
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    1 Week 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
    1 Week 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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    1 Week 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
    1 Week Ago
    And include, not responsible for underground utilities, water lines ect:lol:
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    1 Week 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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    1 Week Ago
    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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    2 Weeks Ago
    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
    2 Weeks Ago
    That would be a novelty
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    2 Weeks Ago
    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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    2 Weeks Ago
    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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    2 Weeks Ago
    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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    2 Weeks Ago
    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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