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    2 Days Ago
    Our phone company makes the new guys use the Bucksqueeze. I'm grandfathered out of having to use it. It's nice because you can gaff out and not burn the pole all the way to the ground (fall all the way to the bottom) because it chokes the pole and stops you. It's a PITA because every little thing on the pole (sign, bird house, step, guy line, bracket, etc.) needs to be bypassed with a lanyard then the BS Has to be removed and replaced above or below the obstruction before you can reattach. I've burnt two poles in 21 plus years. Both had had so much traffic up them over the years that I shouldn't have climbed them in the first place. My fault. I was over confident and paid for it. Luckily both were in the winter so I had heavy clothing and didn't get too many splinters, but let me tell you, those old creosote poles suck to dig splinters from. Worst I ever saw was a guy cut out about fifteen feet up an old creosote and had a 6" long splinter go through his left pectoral muscle. That dude was in some serious pain.
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    4 Days Ago
    After posing the problem to a buddy, we've come up with an idea. It's completely unnecessary and will more than likely be a huge waste of time, but we get to fabricate stuff for the fun of it. He works in a robotics shop. Another buddy buys junk four-wheelers (quad bikes to the chaps across the pond) and parts them out. He's got a stack of rear swing arms with the axles still in them. We're going to take a swingarm, rigid mount it to the axle and back bone of the AT, put an electric gear reduction motor above and in front of it and use a 12V deep cycle battery to run it. We'll replace one of the hand grips with a twist throttle off of an electric scooter for the speed control. The four wheeler tires are 8-10" wide, so they'll take care of the sinking in/flotation problem. The electric motor will take care of the extra drag of the larger tires plus the extra hundred pounds or so of swingarm, motor and battery and generally make life easier. Think of it as the Tesla of Arbor Carts... I'll take a hundred pounds less capacity for not having to drag half a ton of weight by hand. Or we'll waste a weekend, have a lot of fun tinkering, drink a few beers and put the AT back to stock. Either way, time well spent...
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    6 Days Ago
    Some of the crane cabs now rotate backwards so that the operator is essentially reclined and looking straight ahead while watching the load above them.
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    1 Week Ago
    flashover604 replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    Out of the last three pages I understood "TIG" and "Stainless"... I'm a horrible welder. I've never done enough to even get A hang of it let alone THE hang of it. It's definitely a science. I just haven't read the book, or needed too. I DO appreciate the knowledge and skill involved. A nice weld is a thing of beauty, especially when you have to count on it! Carry on...
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    1 Week Ago
    Butch, to your bottom gif. "Hot DIGGITY dog!"
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    1 Week Ago
    Wait...we have to skin cats? I'm out.
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    1 Week Ago
    Hi all. I've got an Arbor Trolley and love it. That said, I've run into a problem on soft ground. With a decent load, the stock tires are too narrow. They dig into the ground and leave ruts. Anyone know if a replacement that would hold the weight but spread it out over a bigger footprint? Any ideas other than lighter loads or plastic mats laid down to pull it over?
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    1 Week Ago
    I've done that Raj! I put it right into the corner of the fence. It was within a foot of the corner. The lady couldn't believe it! I had to cut my notch at head height to shorten the tree, but it fit like a glove. Not OJs glove... I felt pretty good that day!
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    1 Week Ago
    I'm not climbing any yet. I was just looking out the window today at a big spruce and wondered to myself how I'd climb if I had to remove it.
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    1 Week Ago
    So bring on the sunshine, to hell with the red wine, pour me some moonshine...
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    1 Week Ago
    I figured I could shoot through the top and probably catch a few limbs. I just wasn't sure if that's what you folks usually did. Basically basal tie and hope you got some beefy limbs in the top.
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    1 Week Ago
    Hi all. I'm sitting here watching it snow at lunch time, cruising the Tree House and thought I'd pose a question. How do you climb a pine tree? I get the fundamentals of srt and ddrt, but my question is how is it different? How do you set your Climbing line in a dense conifer? Seems to me that most of the upper limbs are spindly and wouldn't hold well as a TIP. If you don't want to climb in gaffs, how do YOU go about accessing the top of the tree? I can get a line set fairly easily in a "regular" tree with wide open limbs and crotches, but pines and the like have neither usually. I hope this isn't too basic of a question, I've just never dealt with it yet. Thanks in advance!
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    1 Week Ago
    I love mine. I still can't believe how much brush I can pile on that bad rascal. We took down a 25-30' ash the other day and got all of the brush loaded in two trips with the AT. Now, it was a spindly ash, not one of the ones that looks bushy, but still, that would've been 25-30 100 yards trips without it. We also packed out the 12' long trunk in one piece as well. On a side note, it will haul a jeep straight six engine with the transmission and transfer case still attached!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Hey man, thanks for coming down, I know it was a bit of a haul for you! It was a really good time, if not chilly. I don't think we ever hit 30, but we got several people in the trees that had never climbed before. If nothing else the food was kick-ass and the gear was cool to lay our hands on and try out. We ended up with thirty-five to forty people over all. Best of all, our City Forester showed up and tried out some new gear and techniques and is open to trying to get Climbing allowed in some of our Parks.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    flashover604 replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    I've seen that Butch! It's definitely a cool idea, but you'd have trouble clearing a path through little limbs to get the saw to the limb. One little 1/4" branch and you've got a really expensive saw-copter smashing to the ground!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    flashover604 replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    I don't have any real ideas for YOUR ideas, but if we can set and retrieve anchors and tie ins and rigging equipment, why not a saw? I'd love to be able to get rid of limbs in dead ash trees that had no good trees near them. I can't/won't climb them and have to resort to passing on the job or renting a lift if I can get a lift close enough. Surely we should be able to come up with a way to anchor above the limbs and lower a cutting head of some sort to cut them. If I'm not in the tree, I can't fall out of or with the tree. With the wireless technology we have now you could hoist it in to the tree, position it against the limb, have an arm rotate and lock it against the limb and then have the bar and chain rotate against and through the limb, kinda like a mini feller-buncher. Once it's cut, unlock the saw from the limb and reposition it for the next cut. It wouldn't be cheap, but it would be safer than climbing a dead tree because there's no other way to access it.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Got two big boxes of gear yesterday. Wish it was mine! "]http://
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Good deal. Hope to see you there!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Sounds good. Looks like it will be a little chilly, but we'll be in an enclosed shelterhouse with a heater until we climb. Should be some good food, coffee, donuts and some cool gear from treestuff. Here's a list of what they're sending."]http://
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    3 Weeks Ago
    It's a grey area! Grey or fox squirrels get the boot if they don't have babies usually. If there are babies I usually replace the splice case and move the old one down the strand a little so they can stay inside. Technically I am supposed to evict them, but I don't go to church as often as I should, so I need all the help I can get!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yep. AirForce Cable Dog then AT&T splicer then Repairman. 22 years this October. That's why ladders don't bother me! This was actually my first time running into flying squirrels. I didn't know that they were the most abundant squirrel in Ohio. You just never see them because they're nocturnal. Neat little boogers. She was really cool. The flat tails were neat to see.
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    3 Weeks Ago
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I've only ever run into flying squirrels once. I popped open a splice case and mom was in there with four babies. She jumped to the pole a couple feet away and let me work for a couple minutes then I'd back the bucket away and she'd come back in to check on them for a minute then jump back to the pole. Cute little things."]http://
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Hi all. I'm hosting a TreeStuff Party in Lancaster on March 11th., from 10-2. Out Parks and Rec Superintendant should be there along with our City Forester. It'll be at Rising Park. We've got a shelterhouse reserved and a ton of nice trees. Come on out and try some new gear!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    flashover604 replied to a thread Who Vapes? in The Rec Room
    Ever see the "crawl under smoke" houses the firefighters use for kids? Same stuff.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    flashover604 replied to a thread Motorcycling. in The Rec Room
    "]http:// Stig, I agree. I've been working towards a GS1200 Adventure. I can't wait to finally get one. "]http://
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    flashover604 replied to a thread Who Vapes? in The Rec Room
    A guy I know had pretty severe back pain. He was taking several Oxycodone a day and had a Fenanyl patch. He was still at an 8 or 9 out of 10 on a scale of pain and had to quit work. He moved to Colorado and uses one of the vapor "pens" with a cartridge of some sort of marijuana oil. Apparently it's not one of the "huge cloud of smoke" machines. Last I talked to him he was off Fentanyl completely, down to 1 or 2 Oxycodone a WEEK (down from 3-4 a day) and his pain is down to a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1-10. He's able to work again and said that oil he uses doesn't make him high, it just helps tremendously with the pain. He said one or two puffs a couple times a day keeps the pain down to a 4. Not to start a "medical marijuana" debate, just my two cents on the vapor version of it. He said it smells kinda like burnt popcorn and that most people would have no idea that it wasn't a regular vapor pen. It's great to see him able to leave the house again. He had pretty much become a hermit.
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    01-09-2017
    Just saw that the last remaining Sequoia tunnel tree fell in a storm. There are still three redwood tunnel trees left.
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    11-23-2016
    Man, I threw my good chain off of my 048 on the bar that came with this 362. Wow. This thing revs to the moon! The original chain is pretty worn according to the Local Stihl dealer but the bar is fine. The saw oils fine now that it's not chock full of pine gunk. I ran it through a few chunks of 12" pine and it flew through them. I can't wait to get this saw on a big ash. With the compression release valve and Elastostart handle I honestly think it starts as easily as my Husqvarna 142. I'm pretty happy with it! On a side note, a buddy let me borrow his BR600 backpack blower today. I have a small Yard Man backpack and it usually takes me a couple hours blowing then raking the leaves when the leaves get too heavy. The Stihl got it done in an hour with no raking. Looks like I'll be back on Craigslist looking for those almost new 600s for sale because the owner NEEDS the new 700...
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    11-22-2016
    Thanks Al. I plan on taking it apart and trying to figure out what the problem is.
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I'm a phone guy. Rarely make it above 18', even rarer to get there with gaffs. I got into Rec climbing after helping rescue a cat out of a red oak after a week of 0-10F nights. Working on a fear of heights.
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Lancaster Ohio
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Motorcycles, Jeeps, old razors, gold prospecting
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Telephone cable repair

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