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    6 Hours Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks bstewert
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    6 Hours Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    well... now I see there is a phone number... I will give them a call after waiting a day or 2 to see if they send me the 10% off coupon... (I would settle for just free shipping).
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    7 Hours Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    I have decided (I think) on the high visibility reflective vest with protect pack https://www.glaciertek.com/high-visibility-cool-vest-with-protect-pack/ But the description doesn't say if it is the "Original" or the "Classic" model. And I need to get the "Original"model because the "Classic" model is too small. Also... still haven't heard back from them, answering my question about this.... so that makes me a little suspicious about the company ---- however, this suspicion is offset by all the personal testimonies of everyone about y'all's experiences with the vest and company. I think I will add this vest to my cart (all I have now, I see, is the extra protective pack and the nail guards), and see if they send me the 10% off coupon.
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    7 Hours Ago
    Thanks yall. Maybe I'm overthinking it. I use my chainsaws probably 1% of the amount you guys do. But I do like to analyze things and make sure my equipment is all as 100% as it can be in order to be as efficient -- and safe -- as possible. I really like the feel of the OEM 3/4 wrap on my ms461, but the max bar recommended is only 32" I have a 36" *light* bar for my (half-wrap) ms660, which I have not used yet, which was to be strictly for milling. But I think with the 3/4 or full wrap handle bars on the ms660 I would feel comfortable enough with the extra weight to use it on a tree. This way I could make all cuts from a single side because the bar would go all the way through the tree. But when I spoke with the guy at Madsen's he said there were several other parts that were different on the *factory* versions of the 1/2 wrap vs. the 3/4 wrap. So I am a little confused and hesitant about it right now.
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    7 Hours Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Full Wrap vs. 3/4 Wrap? in Chainsaws!
    Thanks for your comment Mr. Burnham.
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    1 Day Ago
    On an MS660 -- Has anyone replaced their stock 1/2 wrap handle bars with either an OEM 3/4 wrap or the after market "Pro Safety Full Wrap" handle bars? If so, did you have to replace any other parts? .... chain brake handle, felling dogs, sprocket cover, etc.? Do you have any regrets?
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    1 Day Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Not yet. I sent a question to the website over the weekend and am awaiting a response. I have it all ordered in my cart on their website, but haven't proceeded with the order yet.
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    3 Days Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    After studying the website and reading all the comments here, I think I get it now. * The original zipper model (Optional: color, reflectivity, flame retardant) * with the "Protect Pack" cooling packs (vs. "Comfort" pack) * with Extra set of cooling packs * with (optional) "Nail Stops" to protect the cooling packs from punctures. Based on all the comments, I am hoping (and 98% sure) it will be worth the money... i.e. pay for itself soon in additional productivity and health. Thanks MB and All!
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    3 Days Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks MB. Great point SeanKroll.
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    3 Days Ago
    Thanks woodworkingboy. Wow. That is easy to believe that Will Malloff is an interesting character based on his book. He seems quite an inventor and innovator. He reminds me some of Jerry Beranek in his depth and breadth of detailed knowledge, his love of his work, and his desire and ability of teaching.
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    3 Days Ago
    Thanks Brian. Ha, I haven't actually do any climbing yet... Just studying up on it. I really wanted to take a class, but might just jump in and try to figure it out myself "low and slow" ... as soon as I get the nerve to spend the $1000 (?) on basic climbing gear.
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    3 Days Ago
    You bet. Thanks for all your and everyone's help so far!
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    4 Days Ago
    Hello, I joined The Treehouse a week or so ago after seeing August Hunicke speak highly of it but I am just now seeing this thread for new members. I have been falling, limbing, bucking, and splitting trees (~30" DBH max) for 15 years or so on a small woodlot and for friends... no climbing. I was spared several times after doing stupid and ignorant dangerous things (e.g. cutting through the hinge). Eventually I began to pay attention to and understand what they were talking about in the Stihl owner's manuals, etc. about techniques and safety. About 4 years ago got into chainsaw milling and was inspired by Will Malloff and his book. Before I quit my city job about a year ago I knew I wanted to go into firewood sales to supplement SS. Was inspired by a one man operation on Youtube -- Tim H. Gruchow -- who has a tree removal and firewood business in Minnesota. Also by another "older" gentleman, an engineer, on Youtube...self taught climbing... Terry Hale From Will Malloff's book I leaned about Douglas Dent's book and the BC "Fallers' and Buckers' Handbook" and have studied them Then I heard about Jeff Jepson and eventually acquired and studied all 3 of his books. After being inspired to think about taking up climbing for simple tree removals, I bought Peter "Treeman" Jenkins's "Tree Climbing Basics" At some point I heard about Jerry Beranek as highly recommended, and got his book -- but it was "old" (pre-2000) ... and like an idiot, I discounted it and ignored it for a while. Then recently I saw August Hunicke's interview with Mr. Beranek, and having seen lots of August Hunicke's videos and respecting his judgement I started reading "The Fundamentals of General Treework" and it is amazing the organized, 360 degree "brain dump" of years of experience that Mr. Beranek put into this book. I recently bought the full "Working Climber" DVD set and have begun watching them. Also, have ordered the "Art & Science of Practical Rigging" DVD and book and it should be here soon. I am planning on teaching myself to climb for simple tree removals (and pruning my own trees)... and to begin on trees on my own small woodlot. Equipment: chainsaws, rope, and accompanying paraphernalia, and a 1995 Dodge 2500 (which is in the shop). I am insured and have my first year memberships in the TCIA and ISA I have other responsibilities which might prohibit or restrict my ability to be a dependable part-time worker for an existing tree company. So for learning and training -- I am pretty much dependent on my own experience, books, Youtube, etc. ---- and now -- THIS valuable resource.... all the helpful folks here at "The Treehouse" I am married with two grown sons. I know that in the best of circumstances, God willing, I only have a few years left to physically be able to do this (but thanks be to God, I am currently in pretty good health for a 63 year old guy, but age eventually gets us all). As a wannabee big-time timber faller and climber (e.g. August Hunicke, Reg Coates, -- on Youtube), in one sense I wish I had gotten into this a long time ago.... but a long time ago I would have probably been too scared. Now, at 63, however it seems the intersection of age, ability, desire, etc. are all coming together at a MUCH lower level than most of you other guys work at :) ... but, I think, doable for me -- and maybe I'll have a few years of it part-time. Looking to make a small living in the tree removal and firewood business. Thanks for all the help y'all have given me so far! Best Wishes, Robert Wood.
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    4 Days Ago
    Got it! Also, I think I am going to re-evaluate my thoughts on rigging with the idea that I want to try to keep (well) below the WWL of the weakest link.
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    4 Days Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks MB.... How much Pedialyte do you drink on a hot day?
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    5 Days Ago
    Thanks for the detailed explanation of the plywood screen, SeanKroll. How do you have the para-cord attached to the panels? Thanks.
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    5 Days Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks SeanKroll!
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    5 Days Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks for the info on the Coolvest! At age 63 in Mississippi I need all the help I can get. I've read the whole thread so far and would like to ask some questions please: * Do the different models of the Coolvest have different numbers of pocket (to hold more cooling)? .... or are they all just 2 in the front, one on each side? * Are y'all serious about the Pedialite or just joking? .... what about Gatorade or something like SALTSTICK https://www.amazon.com/SaltStick-Electrolyte-Replacement-Capsules-bottle/dp/B002IY96B0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498138493&sr=8-1&keywords=saltstick capsules ? * MasterBlaster, is this "www.arcticheatusa.com" neck tie what you use? Thanks!
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    1 Week Ago
    This is a great one, Steve Mack. Thanks!
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Steve Mack, Sean Kroll, and all!
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    1 Week Ago
    I don't live in the Pacific NW, but I just got an ms461 with wrap handles (I believe they are 3/4 wrap), and I really like the feel of this (to me) heavier chainsaw. I have an ms660 which I use for milling -- which is lately seeming a little to heavy/unwieldy to use for falling. ...But I'm thinking about putting a wrap handle the on the ms660 so it will feel better in my hands. Question is... should I get a 3/4 wrap handle or a Full wrap handle? P.S. I still need to learn how to take full advantage of the (3/4?) wrap handles... e.g. doing face cuts and back cut all from same side of the tree. Thanks a lot for any responses!
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks everyone. Although not real "technical" the feedback is helpful to me! ...also I am experimenting with the "multiple quote" reply option, so I'm not sure what it will do. Thanks, Robert. Well, the multiple quote thing didn't work as I expected, but thanks all.
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    1 Week Ago
    I can't wait to try to be aware of this, and focus on this next time I get a chance to fall a tree.
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Burnham! I've had this page pulled up for a while but just now getting a chance to look at it.
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Brian. Yes I have too and I have done it before, and heard it a lot, but something in me always is wondering if this is a real thing or just an old wives tale if it really works. But thanks for reminding me!
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Gary. That picture with the portawrap affixed to the bumper with that large carabiner device totally explained what I wasn't getting. Thanks!
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    1 Week Ago
    I think I get this concept exactly from your description, murphy4trees. Thanks!
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    1 Week Ago
    ha, maybe one of these days for the Tirfor. I'm a very small operation. :)
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Willie. I've got some 3/4"(?) (what I believe is) stable braid. I like the idea of the rope puller (for smaller things) because I can control it a little better than pulling with my pickup. But I definitely appreciate the idea of having *more* heavy-duty than less.
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Robert Wood
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Wanting to get into Tree Removal and Firewood sales part-time

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Quit city job... Slowly trying to begin getting into tree removals and firewood sales as a steady part-time job.

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