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    12 Hours 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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    1 Day 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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    1 Day 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 Days Ago
    My only use for the Marvin 7ft to 11ft extendable pole is to use as a rigging pole hook.
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    5 Days Ago
    Thanks Levi.
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    5 Days Ago
    What lift is he selling?
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    5 Days Ago
    Yeah, I'm sure you're right Butch.
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    5 Days 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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    5 Days Ago
    Agreed....if a person can. But, if a person has a passion for something.....
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    5 Days Ago
    Ahhhh that is good to hear the thought on leaving a little of the stone damage spot.
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    5 Days 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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    5 Days 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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    5 Days 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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    1 Week Ago
    Great source DMc, thanks for putting it up.
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    1 Week 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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    1 Week Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    Antal rings and X Rigging Rings both went to great lengths to put on a "hardcoat" layer that virtually eliminated wear by clean ropes and prevented as much heat transfer through friction. I forget what the hardcoat is likened to in hardness but it's increadible for that application. Only weakness is muddy ropes can 'sand' through it and it can be chipped by strikes against hard objects. An aluminum porty with true hardcoat could be interesting.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    That is a spring loaded hand guard on the 090AV rather than a chain brake if I'm not mistaken. I have an AV with that on it.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Serial number, when checked with Stihl, would tell you if it was produced as an AV or is a put together saw. Extra wide bars have a stiffer body that doesn't bow as much when flipped over on its side for felling cuts.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Serial no checked through Stihl should tell you if that were the case.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Check it out thoroughly, that's about 1/3 what it easily could be if in great shape. (Lots of put together frankenstiens sold on ebay.)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Just a bit. Broke the key off in the ignition and broke a cheaper pintal hitch. Flipped it back over, checked the oil and everything, did a quick run to the parts store and was back up in an hour. Then I started being more careful on my angles and how high I would lift it on the cutter wheel to drag it sideways for a new position.
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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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