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    05-04-2017
    I wondered about Cottonwoods. The one we had growing up always seemed healthy then it'd drop a massive limb for no apparent reason.
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    05-04-2017
    Hi all. I was wondering what trees you don't like to climb and why. I know obvious ones like dead brittle ash, but what else do you avoid?
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    05-01-2017
    I thought that would make them fixed already?
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    04-29-2017
    Surpringly quickly. The flat drops slow it down due to inductance because the wires aren't twisted, but 25Meg is common. The newer twisted drops work great. I've gotten 120mg plus through a twisted drop pair. When you use both pairs I've gotten 250meg + at the house. Fiber optic glass is king, but twisted pair copper still works just fine.
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    04-28-2017
    That's an old "flat" drop wire. Two 19ga solid cooper wires laying next to each other with no twist. Polarity used to be a big deal back in the day, but you can reverse the drop now. Won't hurt a thing.
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    04-28-2017
    48 Volts until someone calls, then the ringing current will bite you. I disconnect drops several times a day five days a week. I can't tell you the last time someone called while I was doing it. If you get a two pair drop wire their first line SHOULD be White with a blue stripe for the tip and solid blue for the ring. The second pair is White with orange stripe and solid orange. This pair is usually not attached to anything. If you're afraid you'll forget, just clip the wire leaving a quarter inch of the colored insulation on the lugs so you know what went where. Strip a half inch of the insulation and re-terminate it on the lugs removing the small piece you left there for identification purposes. (If you do it this way make sure you'll have enough slack to determinate!) Best bet is to take a picture with your phone!
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    04-24-2017
    Hi all. Like the title says, I've got a little 142 that's really impressed me as a homeowners saw. I'd like to get something similar in size (16" bar, 10 pounds or so.). This saw is fifteen years old or so, so I'm sure why've got more powerful saws in this size. It's a ground saw that gets used quite a bit limbing and bucking smaller wood. What would be decent saw to look for that would be around 10 pounds and at least 2.2 hp? Ideally something a step above a homeowner saw? Thanks in advance! Zach
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    04-21-2017
    Vlad didn't have a picture of his vintage climbers and I couldn't find any online. He sent me a picture of a newer set and said you can only find them if you search in Russian! "]
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    04-21-2017
    Take it to a gun smith that uses Cerakote. That stuff is amazing when it comes to abrasion resistance. http://youtu.be/ksj-XJzVQik
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    04-21-2017
    It was gone to the first guy that called. I don't have enough work to justify a monthly payment on one right now, so the "fiddle with it to get it running" time wouldn't have bothered me. If I could've had it running for under a grand I'd've been happy. It costs us $180-300 a day to rent one depending on 6" or 12". That's fine if you get everything done in one day, but every additional day really eats into any profit. That's why we usually haul and dump. I do have some big trees I could anchor to and roll the brush off the trailer with, but we haven't tried it yet. I assume you're talking about a couple ropes/straps anchored at the back of the trailer, run up to the front and the brush laid on top? Then lay the rope back over the top and anchor behind the trailer and drive forward?
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    04-20-2017
    its everywhere. I deal with Craigslist a bunch. I have several items that I know the value of and constantly search for to fix up and sell. One of them is the Warn 8274 winch (that's how I recognized the sound of his winch in a video the member here with the avatar with a bird on his shoulder posted). Anyway, I literally drove three hours to pick up a jeep once just to get fifteen miles away and have the owner call me and say "Hey man, I had someone offer me two hundred more for the jeep. He picked it up last night." Not. Happy. On the flip side I sold a jeep cheap just to get rid of it. A guy called dibs and agreed on my asking price. I had three people call me and offer more if I'd sell it to them. I told them I'd already sold it and the guy was picking it up the next week. My word cost me three or four hundred dollars that day. Worth every penny...
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    04-20-2017
    I had a training class a few years ago for troubleshooting cable faults to repair dsl service. The training center had an indoor pole yard to train new hires in a dry environment. The floor had padding at the base of the poles too. Much nicer than Shepperd Air Force Base when I learned to climb, but I digress... one of my co-workers, Vlad, is from Belarus. One day he brought in a set of Russian gaffs. Weird things! They had a foot pad that strapped across the top of your foot with a small pointed stud near your big toe. There was a long, maybe foot-foot and a half long half inch round solid steel piece that wrapped around to the back side of the pole where another pointed stud dug into the backside of the pole. They were heavy and very odd to use. Neat idea, and not TOO much different than the adjustable concrete pole hooks... I'll see if I can dig up a picture.
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    04-20-2017
    I've got an Arbor Trolley already, and we just picked up a Load handler. We were going to try the LH first and see how much we could unload. A dump trailer would be ideal, but it's later down the road! Hopefully the chipper hasn't sold. He had a guy coming to look at it today. We'll see...
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    04-20-2017
    I do not have a chipper currently. I don't have a dump spot close, or free. We pay $18 a trailer load to drop brush at the local mulch place. I'd like to get a dump trailer and a chipper and just ran across this one. I figure I'll buy it, try to get it running and use it for now, OR throw it on Craigslist if I can't fix it and let someone else try! I figure a what, 4 to 1 reduction roughly? If I can make less trips I'm saving a lot of time and decent money. Figure probably 30-60 minutes round trip, plus the 20-30 minute unload time with one guy unloading the trailer, x 2-3 trips a day.
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    04-20-2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPbhixnkdIk&sns=em
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    04-20-2017
    Hi all. I found a non running M&M 720 (according to the decal on the drum) for $500. I can get a Ford 300 engine for $200 if I can't get the current one running. Any opinions on the chipper? Is it worth the $500 not running? "]
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    03-24-2017
    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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    03-22-2017
    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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    03-20-2017
    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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    03-19-2017
    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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    03-19-2017
    Butch, to your bottom gif. "Hot DIGGITY dog!"
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    03-19-2017
    Wait...we have to skin cats? I'm out.
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    03-19-2017
    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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    03-18-2017
    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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    03-18-2017
    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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    03-17-2017
    So bring on the sunshine, to hell with the red wine, pour me some moonshine...
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    03-17-2017
    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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    03-17-2017
    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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    03-13-2017
    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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    03-12-2017
    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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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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