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    07-22-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread O.C.G.D. Thread, part two in Gear Forum
    Aren't the USFS versions shorter? :) Could resist there B, you kinda T'd it up for me...
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    07-19-2017
    Root wads pulling quite uncommon. Only had a few do it down here. Was more frequent in SE Alaska. Timber was largely rotton, and as you say, shallow roots. Roots and root wads pulling happens. You might have to cut thousands of trees to see it very many times. I would guess most here dont get do that kind of numbers, just like I dont have the climbing experience that they do. Thanks for posting B, got me thinking! :)
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    07-19-2017
    Lotsa root pulls. Only a few root wads. Root pull caused when holding wood is directly over a root. Grain of wood is often slightly twisted here and holding wood rips the root outta the ground. Fairly common. Something to keep in mind if you dont have a good place to get away from the stump. Root wads going when tree falls is mostly due to compromised root systems, like rotton, or prolonged wet and windy conditions which have loosened soil conditions.
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    07-18-2017
    Ive seen roots pull lotsa times, sometimes even the whole root wad. Be careful strapping leaners, if you cut too much holding wood you can stick a bar, before the strap is cut. Its like the holding wood compresses and the tree sits on your bar. I probably only strap a dozen trees a year, maybe less, and I cut thousands. Mind you, not a large variety of hardwoods, but we do cut lots of bigleaf maple and red alder, along with all the pnw softwoods. Big hard leaning old growth do often times get strapped, but I dont cut what I would consider a lot of old growth every year.
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    07-14-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    It's true burlap is ecofriendly. But so is wood. And Im a timber faller, not a cotton farmer, (if it's made from cotton, I don't know either) so I say paper!! :)
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    07-13-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Im with Jim on the burlap sacks, no bueno. May have been mentioned, but I have a great idea for grocery bags. PAPER!!! Eco friendly, and they grow back. Nevermind, blacksmith has the best answer.
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    07-13-2017
    You dont have to run the butt through the wood splitter...
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    07-13-2017
    Come on out west and cut timber with me. We're in a patch of big red alder right now. You can get all the barber chair experience you want... But I ain't gonna help pack you out..... :)
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    07-06-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Damaged Chain? in Chainsaws!
    I have pinched rails several times over the years. Usually happens when you cut a corner off. When it happens, roll the chain off, then grab your bar wrench and tap it into the pinched portion lightly with a wedge as a hammer. May take a couple tries to get the chain so it will spin freely. Just how I do it, and any other cutter Ive ever known. :)
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    06-20-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    Yepper... smarter not harder. Eat fish in sea??? Im confused... thought we were cutting timber... rather be steelhead fishing though.
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    06-20-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    In my opinion, it is common, but only among smarter more productive cutters. You see a lot of guys only running one tape. Now, dont get me wrong. If were dumping trees and dont have to buck anything but oversize, say over 24", and there are only half a dozen of em per day, then I will only have one tape on my belt. If we have to buck every tree, and take multiple logs off , then I will have two for sure, and maybe three on my belt. This and a spare or two with my gas. My dad is a good cutter who was taught by good cutters, and I have the great fortune of being able to draw on those years of knowledge. All of our tools and many of our daily actions are based on speed of production. My father has often said when speaking of good tools and the like..."Im no genius and I didnt think of it, so dont give me the credit, someone showed me once too." Its the greatest benefit of this site, once in a while you see someones setup or how they do something, and have one of those ah haw moments, you know, when you say holy shit, why didnt I think of that!! :) Props to Reg Coates. Hes given me more of these moments than anyone. But there have been many others. I guess I will take this time to thank everyone for posting. I stop in and read quite often, but dont post much. I have learned a great deal about climbing from this bunch.
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    06-20-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    Fall two trees, then go out and buck em. Only make one trip out. Saves energy, and its faster. Makes me money. Especially so on steep ground. Its all about saving steps, especially if those steps involve carrying a power saw. Sometimes I run three, rarely four.
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    06-20-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    3. If you have to wedge much of a leaner, you drive two wedges next to each other. Alternating hits from one to the other. When theyre almost buried and its not gonna go, then you only drive one of the two. This will loosen the second wedge. Then you take the loose second wedge and the third one from your pouch and stack em. So two isnt enough, and four is overkill. 99% of the time, in the trees Ive cut, the way I cut em. ;)
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    06-20-2017
    Gypo started a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    Thought Id share a picture of my set up. Just built this pouch for 3 12" wedges for the bigger wood were in. Usually my belts have the aluminum pouches you can buy, and for 3 10" wedges. Ive seen many setups and this works for me. Sometimes run an axe scabbard too, but not too often, and only with little axes. Pack a 2# axe with a 20" handle most of the time as usually we can push or swing as opposed to wedging. Axe is usually in my belt behind my back. Anybody got a trick set up to show?
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    06-19-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread New project in Chainsaws!
    It's a chain brake. Dad's old 181's had em looked just like that.... Before they cut em off. :)
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    06-18-2017
    Sorry, no video. Did take a few more pics today though. Cut a few in the 4' range.
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I'm in my mid 30's. Been a contract timber faller in the Pacific Northwest since graduation from college. Have done several conifer removals around homes, but always used simple lanyard techniques in order to lower limbs and hang tag lines for pulling. Just getting into the more advanced methods of arborists.

Have recently purchased a new saddle (TM) as well as some poison Ivy and hitch climbers. Been playing with the new gear on some of the old mans big oak trees and am loving the accessability these methods provide.

As a side, I also spent a summer topping doug firs for bird habitat.
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Western Oregon
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Hunting, Steelhead Fishing, Trapping
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Self-Employed Contract Timber Cutter

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