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    Shipping - use US Postal Service Flat Rate Shipping. I ship blocks of wood 12in x 12in x 5in from CA to Alaska for $19 that would cost $90 if you paid by weight. They have smaller box sizes all the way down to $7 that would hold a set of teeth for some smaller grinders.
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    1 Week Ago
    Paul I dress the back side of my new chipper knives with a flat file as per your thought and Bandit recommendation. It does seem to help. But a knife dressing tool bevels an edge on the back side way, way more than that over time. (I get about 100 hours out of a sharpening and dress them 20 or 25 strokes every 8 hrs.) I agree that taking one of the carbide chips out will allow you to only dress the front side of the blade but, I have not made up a replacement chip yet of soft metal. Turning the dressing tool at an angle has been what I use a lot. It doesn't drag the knife just right though because of how tight that area is on my chippers.
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    1 Week Ago
    Sounds like maybe I should sharpen my Silkys that will take a file - since I have been merrily using them for YEARS. :)
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Different winch in Gear Forum
    I'm all for loyalty on product purchases whenever possible, especially within our industry. A lot of the ingenious minds have many more ideas to come. Sadly, to a man/woman, almost all have been let down or offended by how little value we show for their efforts.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Yes I've seen two of his live feeds. One about 10 min in and as he was doing it, one video later. Seems like it could catch on and be a fun and great format.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I keep looking for a knife dresser that is set up properly to work for chipper knives. About 30 degrees on one side only so not putting a back bevel on the flat side of the knives - and offset to the right side of tool so I can get in close on my Bandit blades.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Also.....contempt breeds contempt. :)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Batt saws are great for not having to start them every time you want to make a cut. I just ran mine (2 of the Huskys) on all the limbs on 11 sequoias near the city limits. Worked great for speed line set up then 2 or 4 limbs. Reset and 2 or 3 limbs. Also worked great for quite. (There was recently a protest over the removal of two 45 foot coastal redwoods that were tearing up sidewalk and too close to a market building.) Thread about them here somewhere.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Ha, ditto. There used to be an old guy in a little old shop that would sharpen my standard pole saw and hand saw blades...but, since he went out of business.......
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Thanks for adding that Sean, good idea.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    By the way, if you were near me there are jobs I don't care to do that I would be inclined to hand of to a respectful person that finishes what he starts, like yourself. People that really can't or shouldn't be affording my prices, small partial day jobs, modest amounts of brush I don't care to run through my chipper, and etc. Wonder who in your area would feel roughly the same and or be a good part time mentor to you?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Great clean up job. That will get you more recommendations than you can imagine in my area. You're now a professional (does something for pay.) Keep the just before and final clean up pictures handy, for a lot of people wanting a removal, that is all they will need to see to say, yeah do it.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    There is a go fund me link for anyone inclined. Sure would be nice for a dad to have a few moments financial breathing room after a tragedy like that.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KfKx9ny5qzg" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Have you seen the video, Joe and Medow, that August did? Everyone should have an August on tap when they are going through the really tough times in life.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Haven't I heard they passed 'no climb ordinances' on working dead EAB trees in lots of places? I always figured, that must be pretty iffy. (If they passed a law you've got to use a lift on them.)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Great expression of a very, very important to oneself concept. Edit - replying to post #92
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Great notification - considering climbers lives to be of paramount importance.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    If it is tinnitus, sometimes it?s an easy fix. Mick, What is the sometimes easy fix? (I touched off a round from a friends high power rifle with sideways muzzle porting. Unfortunately I was too close to a shooting range sidewall - instantly realized it was a dumb move.)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Alpine Magnum in Gear Forum
    There is a guy on ebay advertising sharpening green teeth. Not sure if he would do AM. But you send him your teeth in a US Postal Service flat rate box for $7 or so. Sounds cheap and easy to me.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread BMG mod. in Gear Forum
    Sounds nice, everything done just right....I like that. Light weight so it takes as little as possible from each pick would be one positive attribute. (Thus thinner than 1/2 inch material - possibly using stronger alloys.) Knowing little about grapples I at first wanted power rotate. Lumberjack talked me out of that to save 85 lb per pick. I'm glad he did. Using the BMG on an articulating loader I do great without it. Welcome to The Tree House by the way.
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    11-03-2017
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Agreed.
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    10-28-2017
    I keep wondering if that is the 65 horse Wisconsin on your chipper?
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Logged for a season after I decided college wasn't for me. Went into tree work as a way to continue doing work I liked but, more on my terms. Tried other businesses when I was in enough back pain and believed the umpteenth Doctor/Chiro./Professional who told me I had to change careers. Got back into tree work when I found I could personaly manage back pain. Pulled D's in high school English.
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