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    3 Days Ago
    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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    3 Days Ago
    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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    3 Days Ago
    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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    3 Days Ago
    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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    3 Days Ago
    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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    4 Days Ago
    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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    5 Days Ago
    Sorry, no video. Did take a few more pics today though. Cut a few in the 4' range.
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    6 Days Ago
    Gypo replied to a thread Full Wrap vs. 3/4 Wrap? in Chainsaws!
    Stock handlebars only come in 3/4 on stihls as far as I know, that and half, no full. A guy I used 5o cut with had some after market full wraps though. Dunno where he got em. This was on 066. In all but very rare circumstances you should always face the tree from the same side you back it up, its more accurate and youre not under the side lean. Only reason to change sides is when your bar is too short to reach through ( which is often) and you need to clean up a face, or corner up the backcut. Even then youre more often in front of the tree or behind it rather than actually on the other side. Average tree- face and backup from same side.
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    1 Week Ago
    Someones gotta do it... ;) Will try to get more pics this weekend, maybe a video. Thanks for the looks everybody. Zane
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    1 Week Ago
    Heres some pics of our strip and such. Gives some perspective.
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    1 Week Ago
    Couple more pics of a big cull today. Single ram on this guy, sorry no pic of seat. 5'4" through the face and 6' 2" the wide way.
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    1 Week Ago
    Sean, It all depends on the tree and conditions. In the case of the single seat, I thought I might be able to wedge it, so I tried and it was gonna be tough to wedge, so I stuck a ram in it. In the case of the wide seat, I thought one ram would get it. The ground falls off steep behind this tree, so standing below it to saw out a single seat would be a pain, much easier to stand beside it and poke the long bar in and saw out a big seat. If I ended up needing two rams the other one was right there and all I would have had to do is slip it in. This tree was wedgable, but rans were right there and much easier. We only had a little over 5000psi on the guage, and you can go up to 10k psi no problem. So short of a hurricane wind wasnt an issue. For these conditions and this tree. Jed, No spring boards on these, just reached over head some. Used boards here some, and quite a bit when I cut in Alaska. I was the faller. Partner Joe bucking for me. Id take you up on the help, but were about done with the big guys and back to regular 24" type stuff. Thanks for the looks, and the compliments. Hope I answered some questions. Fire away if you have more. Upside down pictures? Loaded from phone, can anyone help? Thanks. Zane
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Aye. Silveys. One pic is of self contained "hijacker" unit. The other pics are the backpack rams (these are the bigger version) with seperate pump and hoses. With these multiple jacks, which are called rams, maybe used at the same time. We have used up to three rams at once. At 62 T per ram thats about 180T of available lift.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Ground is broken up by ridges and draws that make it so there isnt a lay for the tree. Any djrection the trees would go without jacks would end up breaking the trees in half, and sometimes worse, much worse. :)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Had a unit with some bigger trees in one corner. Short ground so we had to jack em. Saw is modded 3120 with 50" cannon.
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    03-04-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Old growth in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Stig, They are rubber caulks made by hoffman. Seems like someone else used to make em but I cant remember. To me theyre more comfortable than pacs, and keep your feet dry. I wear them about half the time, its wet here a lot. I have had several pair, and will buy more.
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    03-03-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Old growth in Tree Felling and Rigging
    No on allergies. :) We were cuttin all the oversize that the buncher couldnt get, and the steeper stuff. Lotsa 30" trees. One I bucked had five 35 ft logs in it, out to 8", plus the top. So likely a 200 footer.
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    03-03-2017
    Some bigger stuff we cut recently. Cant figure out how to resize pics... if someone would that would be great!!! Posting from my phone.... some may need rotated too... ;) Im in the white hat, partner in orange... I cut all these.
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    01-16-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Km III for lanyard? in Gear Forum
    Exactly my intended use B. Only I run 3/4 steel core for flipper. Much easier on hands if your climbing on spurs all day. Try one if ya get a chance, I had 5/8 before and much prefer the 3/4. I too run the petzl adjuster. Thanks for the info on the kmIII. Sounds like you and I both like the thicker cordage for lanyards. I have a CE lanyard and love the concept, but its too thin and hurts me hands. ; )
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    01-11-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Km III for lanyard? in Gear Forum
    Thank you all for your input. I should have mentioned I was thinking about the 1/2" kmIII. I will give 5he tritech a look. Thanks. Zane
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    01-10-2017
    Gypo started a thread Km III for lanyard? in Gear Forum
    Often after reaching my tip and wanting to advance up the tree I use a long lanyard as a second climb line. I like at least 20'. I have been using 16 strand for its abrasion resistance, since its being natural crotched. It works fine, but then I read somewhere that km III is stiffer, which I also like when flipping up big conifers. (For years logging all I used was a 18' x 3/4 steel core, much easier on hands when on spurs for hours.) How will kmIII last when used like this? Natural crotches and fir bark can be hard on rope. Should I try it or just by more 16 strand? Thanks. Zane
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    01-06-2017
    Gypo replied to a thread Toggle Knot Development in Gear Forum
    Good idea Nick. We use toggle like this regularly in skyline logging. There is a toggle attached to the end of the drop line. The rings are on the end of the chokers opposite end of the nubbins and bells. This makes it easy to take chokers on and off the line. In tree work it would be like having a toggle on the end of your rigging line, and rings on your loop runners. You can put as many loop runners on the line as you need, and take them off when you dont. I definitely think 1/2" is the place to start. I think it would also be nice to have the toggle be removable. Shackle between toggle and rope seems the easiest to me, that or a big enough eye in the toggle that it can be girth hitched.
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  • Gypo's Avatar
    01-03-2017
    Thanks for doing this Nick. Very interested in your results. Would also be greatful for any thought on what you might find an acceptable substitute. You certainly have more knowlege of rope composition than I do. Thanks. Zane
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    12-27-2016
    Gypo replied to a thread Bridge rope for treemotion in Gear Forum
    Thanks a bunch fellas. Just ordered some 10mm htp and 10mm ocean. Some of those big maples you've done in your videos look just like the ones down here. Some of the timber down here is nicer than others, we have some real shit patches at times. Makes you appreciate the good stuff.
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    12-27-2016
    Gypo replied to a thread Bridge rope for treemotion in Gear Forum
    So, a static rope is the way to go? Never had one, how is the knotability? Need those stopper knots in the end... Btw Grendel, I enjoy your vidoes very much. We work in simular environments.
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    12-27-2016
    I have searched extensively and not found the info Im looking for. I have a treemotion that I want to setup with an adjustable bridge. Ive got a ct roll n lock and some new velocity. The problem is that the velocity fit throught the lower d rings is pretty tight so it doesnt adjust very well. It takes two hands. I was thinking that if there was a 10mm alternative rope that it would feed through the lower dees much better. I would use the treemotion bridge but it isn't long enough. Velocity will work, just not as good as I would like. Anyone know of a good 10mm bridge material? Thanks all. Zane
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  • Gypo's Avatar
    12-20-2016
    Gypo replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Well, Im not one of those guys, but I am in the pnw. :) We wear watershed goretex cutting timber. Light, and not as hot as a lot of other gear. I like the durability too, YMMV. Good work August, as usual. Good to see Im not the only one working in the rain.
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  • Gypo's Avatar
    11-20-2016
    There are a lot of mechanized sides here too. I'd say its about half and half. Most of the mechanized stuff is done during the summer here when its dry. Cable (yarder) logging goes year round. This unit had some nice trees, but we often cut timber that is smaller, and sometimes significantly bigger. Spent a summer cutting in Alaska too. The timber up there is bigger, but most of it wasnt very good stuff.
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  • Gypo's Avatar
    11-10-2016
    We tripped most of it. Had to take a run off anything over 24". They were yarding it up the hill with a Thunderbird yarder. Standing skyline and an Acme carriage.
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  • Gypo's Avatar
    11-06-2016
    Yup. Belong to a large timber company. Thanks for the fix MB. You da man!
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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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