• Stihlmadd's Avatar
    05-08-2015
    Ordering from Australia I have never had a incorrect order from treestuff and get my deliveries in six days to Adelaide, shame I can not recommend some other suppliers that I have dealt with in the past. In australia I order from treegear and they may have made the odd error but try hard to make it up to you the same values I love from treestuff. and the odd free t-shirt never goes astray - thank you Luke!.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    05-03-2015
    Always have keep a spare rubber sling for your Big Shot since they do eventually break. It'll break when you're going for that 100ft+ shot.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    05-03-2015
    Arrive at the job site just after sunrise so you can get a line in without the sun directly in your eyes. Sometimes I'll even put a line in the day before so I can work off the invariably frustrating exercise with beer and sleep before the real work begins the next day.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    04-30-2015
    Much nicer to put your notches in with a big saw when you not moving around the stem on a pole belt or flip line. That tree was an Ironbark - Eucalyptus sideroxylon or similar–one of the heaviest and hardest Eucalypts (timber does not float.) Commands the best price as firewood (e.g > $350AU/1000kg). A brick sized piece weighs...as much as a brick!
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    04-25-2015
    Also, the more units you are using in a day the quicker the job goes. With four headsets, all jobs are usually done within four hours because the on job communication is bordering on ESP...
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    04-25-2015
    On the odd occasion where I do get called in as a contract climber I always say that I'm bringing my own ground worker to run the ropes (and price it accordingly.) We both have the Sena comms in our helmets so jobs run really smooth. Also, it's always priced at a day rate. If we do manage to finish in very very quick time I might knock the price down to 2/3 of the day rate. I'm never worried about the 'helping your competitors by doing their climbing' as the help goes both ways. Like when you need an extra chip truck. But like Peter said when you're running your own business you have the flexibility to work around family commitments.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    04-20-2015
    True. Except drum chippers seem to do better when not kept sharp and well adjusted. Love also helps too. I give my disc chipper (250xp with 5,500hrs on the clock) a big hug every morning before greasing her nipples.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    03-16-2015
    Stihlmadd replied to a thread Gear storage in Gear Forum
    Burham the worst one was a infected Norfolk Island pine which was entirely coated from tip to tail in sap, every section of trunk, crotch or limb was coated in white sap ranging from a thin skin to pockets thicker than my thumb. By lunch time my pulleys had turned from inny's to outy's , the cam on my pole strap was gummed to a stop, my prussic had glued to the rope in fact I was sticking to the tree by that point. Only solution we had was petrol which I had sent up, this freed me from the tree and opened the cam on my polestrap and with another climbing system I was able to descend and then could see why the grounds people were complaining about how the work rope was running by looking at the pulleys. Never had as bad again but this heavy sap stuck in some slings and rope sections hardened to the point that we threw it out or cut it out of the materials. Since then I have been wondering how to wash the sap out while it was still fresh and had not hardened yet without using a petroleum based product on the ropes which as a general rule I have been avoiding.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    03-16-2015
    Stihlmadd replied to a thread Gear storage in Gear Forum
    This stuff for pitch or other bad gunk. http://www.cmcrescue.com/equipment/lifeline-cleaner/ thank you very much sir you have just answered a question I have shelved and forgotten to get around to so many times . that made my day.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    03-12-2015
    I would have just warmed the truck up and been done away with the 201 but not everybody has that passion or luxury so I sold it at a loss and bought a rebuilt 200t for the same money. much happier now. sorry you had to go through all that nonsense Treehugger just to try and get a working saw.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    03-08-2015
    Stihlmadd replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    with narrative, characters and a storyline this really is a "short" movie now. nothing wrong with promotion involvement it quite clearly titled as the product. :thumbup:
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-27-2015
    cory the faster growing eucs like flood gums or tassie blues and my old foe the lemon scented will barber in the right conditions. I have learnt not to try a scarf close to a obvious knot or union when under wind loading or side weighted. lemon scented will also tear in the most horrible manner leaving extended wood splinters several inches to a foot long - they make great toothpicks.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-27-2015
    yep the rat chewed that particular cable all right.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-27-2015
    I do not have any objections to Aussie week, my posts on another thread recently are classic Oz behaviour in many ways the larrikin son stays strong still in the wide brown land. Graeme is spoken of in the same tones as Gerry or Reg though those gentlemen may be too modest to be placed on high that is the general concensus that Graeme is our old breed and someone to inspire or emulate.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-26-2015
    Gerry that one was filmed here in South Australia on the murray mouth and the cooroong. I still have some favourite parts after all these years I will be interested to hear what your opinion is on best scenes.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-26-2015
    La becasse, I would recommend the Proposition , not a happy film. a sunday too far away, the man from snowy river, The Tracker and Red Hill. that should give a broad view of the countryside, my favourite movie as a kid was storm boy.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    02-23-2015
    Oh to be 24 again with all that excess energy.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    02-22-2015
    Tsurugi 400mm because it can go either way into its holster unlike Zubat. I'll use the Zubat when fine detailing/dead wooding pines or macrocarpa's, i.e death by 1000 cuts.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-20-2015
    confession is supposed to be good for the soul ;)
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-20-2015
    well coming in at 187cm and 65 kilos I am told that I am a little bit lanky but there is advantages both on and off the ground. I will endeavour at about every turn to take advantage of any camouflage whether natural or manmade to 'take care of business". having learnt the hard way the perils involved using the chip truck and how that has repercussions led to bold and ingenious schemes on how to accommodate my pre-existing medical situation and the desire to avoid using the customers toilet or going into their houses. I use the magicians trick of hiding in plain sight quite regularly, amazing what people won't or don't see when they are 'elsewhere' and not really paying attention. being able to enter small places like gaps between sheds and fences or under bushes is quite useful in my case. But this one time I was caught out quite literally like a dog in the desert looking for a bush, any bush will do. having just reduced a sweet gum and sailed down I heard a horrible rumbling in my belly followed by some violent contractions and knew there and then that I was in a pickle, I went dashing for a vacant block two doors down and pelted towards the back fence where there was some african box thorn on the fence line it being the only form of cover in this otherwise empty paddock - nothing but low grass between me and the main road. unfortunately didn't finish the race and messed myself pretty badly, turns out my over indulgence in chocolate covered almonds the night before had come back to haunt me so I filled my daks with ' Hot nut slurry' for lack of a better term. my undies now being totally unretreviable I decided to try and very carefully remove my boots socks and cutter pants and without any further contamination so proceeded to clean myself with a local weed called soursob which is a bit like a green baby wipe - soft and moist but not really absorbent but no prickles. having removed my boots, socks and pants without further incident I was in the process of dumping the rest down when a learner driver and instructor choose that moment to set up on the kerb directly in front of me for some parking practise. I looked over at them and then went well if this is what you want then here it is, dropped my strides exposing all and sundry then went about cleaning the affect area before restoring my dignity to a more fitting style for public places. they continued to conduct the lesson I went back to the boss and explained why I had rushed off we both had a good laugh and finished the job off. which brings me to another question - alternate materials for wiping ones arse - what have you improvised with out in the field?
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-20-2015
    I stealth poop all the time - back yards, front yards, bushland, parks, medium strips , nature strips in behind shopping centre carparks I mean like anywhere I see a opportunity - doggie clean up bags are great for not offending the customer and no shovel needed. come on folks if you can pick up after your dog why can't you pick up after your self? fyi I had major experimental surgery 25 years ago to my liver, small intestine and bowel so if I need to go I go! and yes tucker I have crapped myself and had to go commando at work a couple of times in the past - don't like the way the jewels roll under the leg straps with no reg grundies to keep everything where it should be. It has got to the point where I would rather go outdoors than enter the customers house - nothing wrong with an outside dunny except if you are nervous around spiders. I once went in a long drop with a beehive on the inside wall - they didn't seem to mind - didn't sting me anyways.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-15-2015
    Stihlmadd replied to a thread First Aid Kits in Gear Forum
    never sell short gaffer tape in a emergency, haven't tried the super glue! I have a emergency kit with it's own Krab ready to send up and make sure everybody knows where to access it in my vehicle.
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-15-2015
    Stihlmadd replied to a thread First Aid Kits in Gear Forum
    and while the mind is still functional - sterile suture strips also called butterfly strips, great to save a unneeded visit to the Em dept for something that doesn't need stitches but still needs to be held closed till it can seal up. good amount of them. antihistamine tablets for allergic reactions (mild) any serious reaction straight to the Em don't mess around even if you do have a nice clean mask onboard failed respiretory aint a laughing matter when it is a allergy caused blockage. Burngel or some thing similar to treat first and second degree burns like exhaust muffler fingers ( ooh that tickles) or rope burn.any serious burns again straight to the EM.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    02-13-2015
    Here's how our truck was looking midday on Friday the 13th.... An old concrete skin collapsed into open space so there was no way to tow the truck out. A mate turned up this morning with a 7t excavator and we lifted the front corner using a wire rope sling around the chassis rail while reversing the truck back onto solid ground. Luckily no serious damage. phew
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  • Stihlmadd's Avatar
    02-12-2015
    Stihlmadd replied to a thread First Aid Kits in Gear Forum
    celox blood clotting powder and impregnated compression bandages Amazon/ebay sterile saline solution for cleaning out eyes full of saw dust and cleaning out wounds , my tip buy lots good to have alot of this. medical wholesalers/suppliers are good for purchasing bulk for elastoplast bandaids etc. you will use them either for yourself or family and they tend not to go off if well kept.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    02-07-2015
    The ABR Rig and Ring things are great for pruning too when you don't want unnecessarily damage the tree being pruned or the tree that is being rigged from. Just make sure you tie your throw line back on the rope for retrieval if there's any chance the Rig and Ring might get stuck in the fork.
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  • arborlicious's Avatar
    02-06-2015
    Make sure you only work with non-smokers...yeah that's gonna be hard in this industry. I have Asthma too and would rather breath chainsaw exhaust fumes than get a lung full of cigarette smoke. Also concentrate on breathing through your nose only–especially when working hard–as this helps to filter, warm and humidify the air that enters your lungs.
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    01-29-2015
    arborlicious replied to a thread go pro in Gear Forum
    The battery life on the GoPro isn't great when you're trying to film tree work. Unless you only work 2 hours per day! I grabbed a couple of Brunton All Day battery packs for my GoPro 3's and can now get 6+ hours of recording. Enough to fill 64gb memory cards. A bit more weight on the helmet too.
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