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    4 Days Ago
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Cool!
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    6 Days Ago
    I'm pretty close.
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    1 Week Ago
    Grendel replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    935 is our 'work' chipper. It is a heavy duty unit. Single feed roller, but it's built like a tank. We've had good luck with ours. . .
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    Grendel replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    It's a 2000, with the inline four cylinder Ford LRG-425 industrial motor. I bought it second hand from a little Christmas tree farmer that was selling his land. It had less than 500 hours on the meter, 480'something. . . It had clearly spent every single day off its life outside, so when I got it back, I went over everything pretty good. New knives, anvil, and couplers from Bandit, checked and greased everything, belt tension, oil, filter, ext. Then I masked all the warning labels, even though it took forever, and sprayed the whole thing in John Deer green industrial enamel. It runs like a dream, fires right up, and destroys the brush. It's a great little machine. Cheers. Oh, I paid 8K for it. Which was a lot, but it really was worth it. Before.
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    Grendel replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    Bandit 9" 8) (just for attention) haha
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Dude was pretty cool with it all. Hope he heals up OK.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Grendel replied to a thread Arborist creed in Business Management
    Ha, I like the sentiment. Leaning toward professionalism and away from work release. I know what you're saying though. ;)
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    Grendel replied to a thread Arborist creed in Business Management
    Love this.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I can't stand eye injuries. It's one of the only things that really panics me. I had a cedar chip, just a tiny one, in my eye for about 24 hours once, and it nearly had me in tears. I went to the hospital to have it looked at but they couldn't find anything. I was waking up with my eye stuck shut. I finally got it out with a Q-Tip running under my eyelid, but man, I'll never forget that. I wear eye protection all the time now. Usually ANSI rated sunglasses, like Gargoyles and such, but I also dig the mesh glasses. They work wonderfully, like Gary said, bit of dust might get through, but nothing that causes problems. I can't remember where I read it, perhaps here, that your body doesn't really know your eyes are there, and once it recognizes them through injury, it can attack them like a foreign substance. . . I don't know if that's how it works or not, but it sounds scary. Protect the eyeballs!
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    07-13-2017
    Studying for the exam is certainly educational, from a PHC perspective. Depending on your local market, having an ISA certification can help to set you apart from other operations. While it doesn't, in any way really, indicate your level of skill as a tree worker, it does denote a certain level of professionalism, and can help with advertising. I mean, at least you took the time to go through the process, and have a basic understanding of best practices. They generally want you to have a minimum level of experience within the tree care industry before they will let you try for the certification. The guys with a lifetime of experience seem to have little trouble passing the exam. Those with less experience will need to study hard, as it is not an easy test. Cheers,
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    07-09-2017
    They're damn handy. Single line pull is good, but working in some MA really puts some muscle to it. I've had good luck with mine. If you go this route, make SURE you use low stretch rope. All Poly. Stable Braid and Sta-Set both work well. Anything with a nylon core or three strand can be quite dangerous when you apply significant load. ;) <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4LAwVLixRs8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Ysvy02VZOk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    07-06-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    At least the tank looks easy to get at Jim. It's one strap and the cage. Sending unit lines and wiring are all right there. I always have high hopes that projects will be straight forward, and they almost never are. haha.
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    07-05-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I'm just going to take them as they come Gary. Putting a new gas tank and sending unit on it this weekend. Not that far from being a "jump in it and go anywhere" truck. . . just as long as there's a gas station every hundred miles or so :lol:
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    07-05-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Got the wiring harness all squared away in the dump truck. Figured out how to set the Quadrajet so it didn't fall on it's ass. Fixed an oil leak in the valve cover (literally a small hole that had nothing plugging it). Feels like I've been working on the thing for three weeks. But it feels ready again. 100% ready. Even changed the trailer plug on the back to fit chippy. Taking it out this weekend to trim apple trees, maples, and white pines. Sorry I'm all off topic. Carry on 8)
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    07-01-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Awesome.
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    06-29-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    What stump grinder did you guys get Rich?
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    06-28-2017
    Dirty rope would grind up an aluminum porty pretty quick. There was a picture of a mangled one floating around not too long ago. . . Channeled right through the pipe. They also melted a lot of rope from what I hear, which makes sense since it absorbs the heat faster than a steel one would.
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    06-27-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    He still puts stuff up on Instagram. . . Probably just crazy busy with the new property and all.
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    06-26-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Nice!
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    06-26-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Thanks Cory. I don't really understand electronics. . . I'm not very good at it. I know you need to run a power through whatever you're hooking up, and into a ground, but that's about it. . . :|: Like I didn't realize the starter grounds itself when its bolted down. I had it just sitting on the leaf spring so I could hear if it was engaging off the key. . . Which of course it wasn't sitting there ungrounded. Drove myself nuts looking at the circuit for the ignition and not understanding why it wouldn't spin the starter. Had to have a fresh set of eyes take a look and they had it in like two seconds. . . Learned a bit about the truck at least I guess. . . Cheers
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    06-26-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Truck is getting a new central nervous system. I put about 20 hours into it this weekend. Got a guy who's way more knowledgeable than myself checking my homework and finishing it off. Should be ready to be buttoned up tomorrow. At least she fires off the key again :) There was a lot of stuff that was spliced in or not hooked up at all. Kickdown switch for the transmission. Neutral Safety Switch was bypassed, Heater switch didn't have an "off", horn, ext. Pretty sure this is where it all started. Ignition wire was routed over the actuating rod for the switch. Welded itself to the column and burned up the cab-side harness. Smoked the Ignition switch too. . .
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    06-23-2017
    Our department always takes the trucks out Willie. All we do is good old Red White and Blue theme with some flags to catch the wind and candy to toss to the kids. . . :)
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    06-23-2017
    That Bluewater would make a damn fine access line. Technora wears like iron, seems similar to TriTech. I like it. neat. Probably a bulletproof rigging line too, but I doubt it has much stretch. . . I find those elongation figures surprising. Whip the ends on that puppy. 8)
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    06-22-2017
    Haha, I've done it a couple times B. Cheap way to check out cool looking ropes, and I don't feel bad grinding them in the pine sap. . . 8)
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    06-22-2017
    Man, I use a 50' section of rope all the time on removals. A great many of our trees aren't much over 50' once they're topped out anyways. . . It's nice to have a little bag with a pre-rigged system in it that you can pull out, tie in, drop down, and boom, exit. Nice to zip down when you need gas. . . lone wolf and all.
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    06-19-2017
    Grendel replied to a thread New project in Chainsaws!
    Nice score Jay.
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