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    There is a heavy duty load handler.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Electric fly swatters, I presume.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Usually I think, "ya, another 'pretty tall' dead tree removal bid. Two dead Grand fir. One is significantly taller, and single trunk/ pretty straight. The other one, Doctor Suess and two tops. In a forest of tall trees, it's hard to gauge size. These things hardly taper, 34-36" dbh. My guess is the secondary tops are 12"+, and curly, as best I can tell. Right near the Sound on the uphill side of the road, not waterfront. Luckily, the big one decidedly leans toward the neighbor's huge shop, housing his fancy boat. The other one, toward the 1 neighborhood access road, and primaries. Not many people live down here, so electrical repair is low priority after a storm. The homeowner doesn't want to be "that guy" with dead trees endangering people/ property/ access/ utilities (all wells for water supply, too). Several years of drought and age .
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    14 Hours Ago
    Nice find! Seems people love 066s.
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    15 Hours Ago
    Pole tools have their valuable place, but it can mean somewhat getting under something, and releasing it from the tree. Sometimes you can direct the falling piece away from you. Dodging stuff, and falling at any age sucks. In your 60's, it's a BIG deal. My friend tripped in a little hole, end result ... restarting his heart three times, a month later. Internal bleeding that went undetected when his ribs broke, a month earlier. Hasn't been the same since. That's why I mentioned the throw line. I can set a lot of stuff with a throw line, saving polesaw work and dodging, climbing, etc. Line setting with a throwline is a developed skill, which you can practice easier than face-cuts. Its so important for working smarter, IMO. This cherry tree was under a huge fir tree, so it taller than it looks, probably 35-40' to the tip top. Next to a wire fence, with an apple tree on the far side, and the garden fence out of frame to the right. Not enough room to fell in the direction where I was standing. Lots of sidelean, anyway. I hung it in about 5 minutes of throw lining, pulling in the rope, choking the Cherry with a running bow line, taking a wrap around the trunk. Its cut off the stump at about 4.5'. I cut what I could easily reach, lowered it a bit more, cut a bit more, lowered it down to the ground. 10-15. A throw line/ cube is so light, cheap, versatile, productive, etc, etc. No pole saw was used in the takedown of this tree. All cutting was done pulling a trigger.
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    15 Hours Ago
    I like straight forward.
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    15 Hours Ago
    You guys have had hard leaning straight-grained trees start to pop and crack when cutting, right? Crotches/ interruption in the grain limits this, clear, straight grain exacerbates this tendency to split. Which would you rather cut, hard leaning knotty wood, or straight grained clear wood?
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    15 Hours Ago
    Side note: I deal largely with conifers and straight limbed Deciduous trees, like Maple and alder, some Birch, etc. Loading: One short wall/ 4' plywood on far side. Nothing on near side. Load height about 16" off ground. Toss/ Stack limbs oriented front to back, against far wall. It will build a slope. "Chainsaw chipper" as needed, cutting cross wise. If you accidentally hit the walls or wood floor, they don't damage the chain. Don't stand on uncut branches to reduce saw binding. Be careful about fire with lots of dry, dead material and binding/ hot muffler. I start at the front or back, standing outside the trailer for two cuts, then climb in the trailer onto cut brush. Keep thick branches out. These go on top when you're done slashing, and can help to unload later. When needed add the near side stake pocket side boards. Load height about 3'. Add near side's 4' plywood before it becomes difficult to do so. Load height from side, about 5'+, from rear/ front 3'. The brush starts to add up, but as you continue to "chainsaw chip" it magically shrinks. There is probably around 1500+# of limbs in the trailer. At another terrible-access waterfront (stEEP, mossy driveway & tiny parking area down at house), I had 2000#. I do it this way (when necessary) because I don't have a way to anchor the load (rope to tree or other truck), and drive out from under it, as the green waste sites are situated. When I am significantly full, I'll tarp the load and strap around the frame. This sucks the top of the walls inward, supporting them. If not very full, sometimes I just use lighter duty ratchet straps from plywood top to other side plywood top. Holes are pre-drilled for hooks. These holes can also be used for a rope handle or ratchet straps for dragging plywood at a job site. When I offload, I rotate the plywood out on a corner, not lift it out. Soooo much easier. Then the next 3 plywood sheets. If you have long straight limbs, you may be able to push through the brush pile, and roll the brush off, somewhat, but that works much better with uncut limbs. Once I'm approaching the end of the brush to load, I stop cutting it up. That goes super fast with two guys, maybe three, with some sort of lever, we can sometimes roll it off, all at once. You might just push/ pull with a steel rake/ pitch fork etc to unload. When enough load is off, I push the lower wall in with my hip, and pull up on the stakes until the sides pop off. Then unload as easily as possible, one way or the other. I'll usually unload some, then drive forward. Unload the rest. I'm mindful of tire/ wire damage. Never had a problem. 5x10', 4 side panels. Bought the flatbed, home made, converted boat trailer with winch for $300. Add stake pockets and chain hooks $100. $200 in new tires this year. New ball coupler 2 years ago. Owned it 9 years. Looking to replace it soon. I've invested in other equipment over time, instead of a newer trailer that looks better. I
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    A lot more work lifting hundreds of pounds higher. A fair-priced, used utility trailer is easy to sell for the same price. Every series of trips that is cut in half by doubling capacity means a lot of overall time and transportation money converted to trailer payments. You don't have to load as high, either, so less compression to fight if manually unloading.
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    22 Hours Ago
    http://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=149&item=828#detail 13 people do.
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    22 Hours Ago
    Looking back at the first page, or whatever, $1000 each is way high for those trees.
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    22 Hours Ago
    "about" should have been "above". Edited.
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    22 Hours Ago
    Looked like an imcomplete cut with no facecut, as he was getting thrown, he quit cutting. The top started to peel, and pull harder on the trunk. Way too much pretension. A wedge and pounder would have probably saved the day over involving idiots. That would have taken having a wedge in the truck, which many rookies don't have.
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    22 Hours Ago
    State laws will vary. Some require inspections and brakes on different weight trailers. A tandem should have brakes, but might not. It will have a battery and a emergency breakaway brake cable. Usually trailers with brakes store the battery in a toolbox. You're pulling with a half-ton truck, I think. Don't think you have capacity for a dump trailer, or maybe not 7k. Do you have hills, much? Traffic much? Brakes cost money, and usually, a tandem trailer is 7k or more capacity. A flatbed will weigh a LOT less than a dump, which is one reason I haven't bought a dump trailer, Yet. I have upsized with two trucks that have the towing capacity, and I've had a chip truck for 10 years. If I didn't have a dump bed, I'd have bought a dump trailer a long time ago. I'll get you a picture of my set-up. I didn't mean that its not rocket science, like you should understand. I mean that it is a low-tech solution. Doesn't look fancy, but I can get it back out where I wouldn't get a dump trailer. 4wd low is a feature I'm looking for! I've probably got 2000 pounds. Probably take half and hour to unload it all, and be packed back up. Maybe 40 minutes. One strong person.
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    22 Hours Ago
    EDIT: I could use a pro proof-reader. A small piece can trigger a split. IF the tree had a heavy lean, and it has weight relieved, it will go into a state of internal tension that it hasn't had before, as it wants to 'stand up' from being 'bent over'. When I'm chunking a bigleaf maple that was very bent over and weighted down, I cut above a crotch as I chunk, as possible. The crotch interrupts the straight grain from splitting downward. If I cut below the crotch, it might want to split lower, as the crotch acts as a binder. Gord had a spar split video where his steel-core flip line and mechanical adjuster came tight, without crushing him. Big Leaf Maple. Grufrock is his youtube posting name. I didn't find the video, but Gord is the man. Kinda disappearred. Don't know if he was a member here. Imagine if you were lanyarded into this...<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2YAf61zz5VU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Maples can be felt 'popping' as you cut the trunk sections out of the tree, frequently.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    Condolences, Mario.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Trailer Life in Odds and Ends
    He came through here, and stayed the night with his lady. Years ago, now. He started into fancy resort building maintenance, I think. He was getting out of trees.
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    If you have the time, track your inputs and outputs. That will help a lot. Its hard to bid.
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    Trailer brakes on that? I'll get you a picture of the brush hauling set-up. Its not fancy, but practical, for poor access jobs in order to save uphill dragging, locally.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    This too shall pass, Page. Shitty in the meantime. Sorry.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Storm waves all week. 90-100' hemlock snag that wasn't catching any appreciable wind, tucked behind a bunch of tall firs that were blowing a lot up top, bending to and fro. Throwline, pull line, wedges, sharp saw. Put on the ground, only, payment made, grocery shopping, and home for dinner. I don't know if I know he uncle personally or not, but he referred me to her. She gave me his number, telling me to call him, as he will never get around to it, busy running a seafood operation on the Sound. He's got work, too. He's the neighbor to a long-term customer (elderly widow in her geodesic dome home who sells beautiful flowers at the local store, benefiting my friends cat/ kitten rescue). Small Olympia.
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    Sometimes, I can only see one side of the truck, due to a cloud from hot exhaust and cool, damp air on the passenger side, or brush, or whatever. Being able effectively extend the width of the trailer, with and easy to see yellow ball is great. Putting out a reference-point orange cone for the final position makes it easier to get into places, for me.
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    What's your approach going to be, Denver? A 60' self-propelled lift and a heavy mini-excavator would put a hurt on those trees quickly, if not fell-able.
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    1 Day Ago
    These help by magnetically sticking on the sides of the trailer, for when your trailer is narrower than the truck. Also helpful for aligning, if visible. https://www.harborfreight.com/magnetic-trailer-alignment-kit-69778.html
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