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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    01-19-2017
    It was about 10 months ago that I was a stihl salesman, and I'm almost certain this hasn't changed since then. The first digit in the serial number of your machine is the country of origin code. Can't remember which digit is which country, but if you look at all your pro saws, they'll all be made in the same country "germany". There are several products that are made in china, and they're increasing, I've heard that the 100 series saws here in the states are chinese now, though I cannot confirm or deny this. What I can confirm is that the cheapest trimmer they sell, the FS 38, is made in china. About the only issue I had with them was the fuel that they test ran the machine on in the factory. It left a bit of residue that would effect the machine the first time we gassed/ran it. I would gas/run new trimmers, put them in the back overnight, and the next day they were ready for sale. Gassing/selling one right out of the box was a guaranteed way to look foolish infront of the customer as the machine would run erratically.
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    01-14-2017
    RLfailuer replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Ouch, that makes for a shitty day off.....
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    12-26-2016
    RLfailuer replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Deadwooded a couple medium pin oaks, went pretty roughly. Was tough climbing, thinking my gear got heavier over the holiday, anyone else notice that? lol
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    12-26-2016
    Not sure if it's something you've already looked into, if not maybe this is something to consider. https://www.cnet.com/news/self-publishing-a-book-25-things-you-need-to-know/
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    12-26-2016
    RLfailuer replied to a thread Maleware Alert? in Announcements!!!
    I had some crazy crap popping up when I accessed it from my phone the other day, no problems on my PC though.
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    11-07-2016
    Removal it is, thanks for checking it out for me everyone, very much appreciated.
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    11-06-2016
    Admit that I don't have enough knowledge or experience to make a call on this tree at my buddies place. You guys think it's safe to leave, or go ahead and take it down? https://youtu.be/xBUf_2Y_SzA <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xBUf_2Y_SzA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-11-2016
    Learned alot from this thread. Thanks much for the video and for all of the input from the others.
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    09-11-2016
    I've found a couple threads about this combination, but all were a couple years old, right about the time of the zigzag recall. Was wondering if there has been anyone that has used this combination for 1+ years, and what your thoughts on it are? Seems to be pretty legit, just not sure if I would prefer this or just wait until the next version of the rope runner comes out. Still a ways off, other gear I need to pick up first, just thinking ahead of time.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-03-2016
    Am going to be getting a hitch climber pulley, just spent my gear allotment already last paycheck, might be this coming one. Forgot to mention I do have a foot ascender I've been using. First couple RW climbs I was using hand ascender tied into my clip'n'step, foot ascender on other food, and neck tether pulling up my system. With my arbormaster rope though, I've found it thick enough to grip and on climbs under 40 or so feet found it easier/faster to just use the foot ascender, and pull myself up gripping the rope. I need to get a chest harness, don't have one yet, may try and go super ghetto, but safer, and use a dyneema loop around the shoulders tied into my hand ascender as an impromptu chest harness till I get one. What about gear to stay away from? That is what really made me think watching Regs last video. Going through the catalogs, and websites, every new piece of gear that comes out is HOLY FUCK AMAZING, YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THIS!!! Personally, so far the only thing I've gotten that I've been unhappy with were my X2 spurs, not comfy at all in the tree for extended periods, and I find the adjustment eyelets spaced out too far to get a good adjustment on the straps. Also not a fan of learning that they're a licensed product from climb right, should have done more research beforehand and I would have likely gone with the geckos.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-02-2016
    Thanks for the advice guys, and gals. Will absolutely be getting some hand pruners, something I've known that I needed for awhile, always seems to slip my mind though when I'm on treestuff looking at other shinies. Also for the advice on the the maasdam, got some other stuff to pick up first, definitely on the list though, I'm not really doing the big monster trees yet, so I've some time before I see one being necessary in the future. Also, I've been climbing SRT for a couple weeks now, started with the petzl rig, but really didn't like going limbwalking with it as you've got to use both hands for your rig. Just got a rope wrench in last friday, done a couple of climbs with it, and love it. Having that other hand free makes a world of difference, the steady friction is amazing as well, nothing like redirecting DRT and never knowing when your going to get when you pull on your hitch. >.<
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-02-2016
    I'd say my skills are average. As I've only been climbing full time for maybe 1 1/2 months, and only 4 months in tree service altogether. My knowledge needs quite a bit of work. I've picked up a membership to the ISA and have been working through their online CEU courses, even though I'm not even eligible to take the test for another 2 1/2 years. Much of it though is learned through experience over time, which I don't have much of in the trees. I'm generally overly cautious in the canopy, at 33 and a vet, I'm in no rush to spend time in the hospital. Take my time when setting up my rigging, haven't yet had any incidents with damaged property or groundsman running for cover. I don't where spurs in non-removals. Have studied the different cut types and which to use in certain situations, though not by any means an expert. I think what entices me about the job in general, is that every tree is just like a puzzle, and with the tools in hand you've got to be able to solve it. I've always been a puzzle guy, and the feeling I get at the end of the day when the puzzle has been successfully completed is amazing. Watching some of the work that Lawrence Shultz did when he worked in New York is what I watch for inspiration. Super technical, with zero room to work in, situations in which other climbers wouldn't even attempt. I love the difficult. I'm not there yet, but I will be. EDIT: I did dent up a fence pretty bad helping out a neighbor of mine, but it was before I was actually even working as a climber, so I don't count that =) https://youtu.be/7xTcp4JlXQc
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-02-2016
    I'd love a GRCS, don't really have a couple grand to spend on something like that right now though, lol. Am seriously looking at the ART lanyard Candoarms recommended though, I'm getting really tired of always having to use two hands to adjust my current one, which is a basic 2-in-1 with a prusik.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-02-2016
    Yeah, maasdam would be nice, just been using the fiddleblocks so far and have worked well for me, only 5:1 I think though. Sure I'll run into a situation where I'll need one, and the company has a bunch of slings/shackles/etc, small through big stuff for crane use. Thanks for the reply, will definitely add a puller to my HOLY FUCK NEW GEAR I'M SO EXCITED!! list of things to pick up.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    09-02-2016
    Wanted to start this in Reg's "message to young climbers" thread, but felt it should probably be it's own post. I'm a bit outside of the norm when it comes to tree work. Came straight from being a salesman at a Kubota/John Deere/Stihl dealer. Did that for a bit over a year, in which time I fell in love with chainsaws, then fell in love with watching climbers, to climbing now, and love every minute, even the truly shitty jobs because I know that job will be over soon, and you never know how awesome the next one may be. Already getting off topic. So the question I'd like to ask is, what gear do you feel is worth my money? We're a pretty small company "I'm assuming, chipper truck, dump truck, bucket truck, 2 chippers, 2 bobcats", the owner used to climb, but is getting up there in age and hasn't kept up with the times as far as equipment goes. Only one other climber, who is great, but isn't really passionate about it, he's been climbing since he was 13 "his father does tree work" and to him it's just a job and he also doesn't really keep up with new techniques/technology. For my gear advice, I usually turn to the internet, but there isn't really a dedicated thread to telling what gear is worth my time/money, and what gear isn't. As of right now, my personal gear consists of. -petzl sequoia harness -120' arbormaster rope -120' tachyon rope -150' 9/16 rigging rope -stihl ms201t c-m -silky zubat handsaw -silky zubat stick saw -stein x2 spurs "still use bosses old bashlins though, more comfy" -arbpro clip'n'step boots -timberland logger boots -split tail climbing system -adjustable cambium saver for DRT climbing -petzl rig -petzl hand ascender -singling tree rope wrench "just got, like more than climbing with the rig" -2-in-1 lanyard -couple of micropulleys -numerous assorted biners -assortment of dyneema loops, varying sizes -companies port-a-wrap, arborist block, rigging pulleys, fiddle blocks Is there a glaring omission in my kit that you personally could not live without? What do I currently have that you would never purchase? I live in the midwest, St. Louis, generally the biggest trees I climb I'm about 60' up. Just want to be told specifically what gear to stay away from, don't really have a mentor is that aspect of the job. Also, just an fyi, I live a very minimalist lifestyle, and am very anti-materialistic in all things, with the exception of tree gear. For some reason it just rubs me the right way.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    08-30-2016
    RLfailuer replied to a thread New aluminum spurs in Gear Forum
    Wish I'd have gone with the gechos, not a fan of my new stein x2s. Still using my old bashlins and cadillac pads, much more comfy.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    08-25-2016
    RLfailuer replied to a thread Hitches in Climbing Forum
    For me it was split tail, eye to eye with micropulley, petzl rig, and tomorrow my rope wrench arrives from tree stuff! Pretty stoked to try it out, I love the rig for going straight up and down, really sucks for positioning though, having to use two hands to descend.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    08-16-2016
    ah ha! Makes sense. Masterblaster, yeah, at least two, usually more for me. Never know what kinda job's gonna get tossed my way, so if I'm in some thick ivy, I want a whole wardrobe of clothes to wear/change.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    08-16-2016
    I've no idea why, and it's never been this way before, but my sweat smells like ammonia to me. The others guys say they can't smell it, I don't know. I wash all my clothing whenever I use it, even gloves, maybe I'm washing too much? Who knows, could just be me.
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  • RLfailuer's Avatar
    08-16-2016
    It's all situational to me. I only take my shirt off when it's over 100 and the humidity's high. The sweat doesn't evaporate at all, so your just bundled up in more insulation with a shirt on. We do have safety vests we're "allowed" to wear on the job, but when I'm climbing, the loose fit on them can get caught up in stuff, and that's never good when it's your life at stake. Kevin, you're completely right about the sawdust. Gotta wipe out the waistline when your done or else when it dry's "things" get all kinds of itchy.
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