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    1 Day Ago
    Like new set of L Carbon Fiber climbers with pole spikes on TreeBay at Treebuzz. (Sorry I can't copy the link.) $350 shipped.
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    4 Days Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Justin I read the article and crime number comparisons. My hat is off to you and to Canada. I sincerely hope you can keep it there or improve the stats. (Wish we could reproduce those results.) Sadly, if you look at other migrant influxes right now, it might not be. https://youtu.be/N1XpJ73v7QU
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    1 Week Ago
    Yes nice. I bought a really pretty metal one for over $100 and when I received it in the mail and was holding it in my hands I realized it was too heavy to be vibrating on top of the old plastic air filter housing. You may want the cheaper plastic model that is light weight.
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    1 Week Ago
    Ahh yeah, thanks. Too lazy to go look it up at time of posting. Chris E mentioned air filter pre cleaners. The cyclone type that has a spinner inside which kicks heavier particles out of the air stream before being sucked through the filter is amazing. The air filter on my chipper stays clean multiple times as long. There are light plastic models that would go on that 65 perfectly.
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    1 Week Ago
    Mine is 1800 lbs, that looks to be similar weight. About $100 in swiveling pneumatic tire on front jackstand and you can push it into some labor saving locations easily.
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    1 Week Ago
    That's an older one. Appears to be original paint. If so, not that much use on it and cared for. I have a Bandit 65AW 35 horse Wisconsin. They can get the work done. Good price if sound. I would plan to check it over AND run a truck load of brush similar to what you encounter through it. When I bought mine used it checked out ok, brush ran ok - with dullish knives. I bought it changed the knives and flipped the other thingy and it chipped great. When those engines work....they just work. Mine has been sitting for 2.5 years and I sometimes let 6 months get by me before starting it up. Check it over, crank it and it goes.
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    1 Week Ago
    That Craigs list BB 90xp looks like the bigger Wisconsin engine. Sixty six hp? Jim would know.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bandit says in a lot of their promo stuff, there are this many 250's out there - many with over 10,000 hours on them. Seems believable about most of their chipper models to me. $22,000 is probably high though. Do a Craigs List search for all of the United States.
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    1 Week Ago
    .....when they're 12. :)
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    1 Week Ago
    Very interesting and well explained. I once new a land owner who had a spring with three oak trees around it. He knew the oak trees were using hundreds of gallons of water a day each and he wanted all that water to go into his holding tank not up the trees. He cut down the trees.....spring dried up. Trees have a phenomenal sucking/drawing action.
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    I feel that speaking up is a part of our social obligation. But BlackSmith's comments don't come off as rising to that level for me for some reason. He is an equal opportunity offender. Different people, different points, in different threads. And...I suspect he thinks he likes it that way. Just sayin BlackSmith. :)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread JR in Odds and Ends
    Great thread with some great natural "teaching moments" included.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Big shot at the ready and a few throw weight setups each trailing 100 ft of line would probably be pretty efficient at bringing a hovering drone down.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    No harm. And those benefits might be worth it to you Mick. I haven't used mine to feed chipper. I do know that I paid extra to get counterweights for more lift capacity, and extra to foam fill tires partially to get more capacity and I am still frequently lifting at and over capacity.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I wanted a rotating grapple. Carl argued convincingly to do without it and have more lift capacity. Glad I listened to him as I am very frequently doing max lifts with my Avant 528 and within just hours of operation could easily wiggle, tilt, drag, etc. grapple into proper orientation. The yellow version of that unit appeared to not have a heeling plate. That is a must for carrying logs and brush lengthwise. I use that so much.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    My only use for the Marvin 7ft to 11ft extendable pole is to use as a rigging pole hook.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Levi.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    What lift is he selling?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, I'm sure you're right Butch.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    If it turns out that Robert is going to go forward with tree work (bucket work) regardless of what people think or say I would bet that a lot of you guys would have good info and ideas on how to go about it. How a beginner could learn bucket truck work safely and develop skill. One thing I noticed when using a lift was that I am used to jerking limbs out of the tree while tied into the tree. But from the lift doing the same would pretty easily side load the lift above its max ratings.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Agreed....if a person can. But, if a person has a passion for something.....
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Ahhhh that is good to hear the thought on leaving a little of the stone damage spot.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    That Ed Gillman online info is some of the best in my opinion and is the very same info he used in his college courses. When he retired from university life as a professor he put it up for free.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    So then my thought of the best course of action would be to find a good "safety first" oriented tree service who sees your dedication to work, showing up on time, etc, etc, as so valuable that they are willing to train you in the safe use of a bucket truck. Danger....22 or 62 years of age you can get hurt just as easily doing the wrong things.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Through my career I haven't spent much time in a bucket at all. I purposely never liked having the bucket truck below me as one more thing to watch out for. I have rented a tow behind lift for a couple of jobs and used a snorkel lift in a few places where they were a 'necessary evil'. One of the sure things in life is that things change. So recently I have been considering buying a spider lift as my next big purchase to deal with the large volume of dead pine trees in my area that become unsafe to climb and to make it more easy to do nice exterior prunes on trees further out into my working life. A spider lift came up for sale four hours from me in Redding CA and I went and tried it out to see if it was the right fit for me. Amazing to be able to effortlessly glide/fly here and there and get work done with so much ease. I could see you doing this Robert if you were committed to it. But, as a part of your mental exercise of looking at the worst case scenario .........probably think more in terms of the life that a person has who survives a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge, or the guy who went to commit suicide with a shotgun and survived it with a face removed etc. If thinking of something like that as closer to worst case scenario you are wanting to go forward....then I could imagine you doing it.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Great source DMc, thanks for putting it up.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    ....and if you use the knives beyond that it undercuts the metal on chipper disc/drum dangerously weakening support metal.
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    07-13-2017
    My wife googled that value (or earnings with a cert) the other day for reasons of incorporating. Came back as $30K to 63K average yearly earnings in the US (as a employee. )
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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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