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    19 Hours 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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    19 Hours Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks MB. Great point SeanKroll.
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    1 Day 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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    1 Day 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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    1 Day Ago
    You bet. Thanks for all your and everyone's help so far!
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    1 Day 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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    1 Day 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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    1 Day 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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    2 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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    2 Days Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Thanks SeanKroll!
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    2 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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    4 Days Ago
    This is a great one, Steve Mack. Thanks!
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    4 Days 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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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    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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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    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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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Thanks for the safety tip, SeanKroll. I had wondered about that aspect, but I figured Maasdam sold a lot of these rope pullers and if there were a lot of accidents they wouldn't sell them.... yeah, I know, pretty naive. Got to get a piece of plywood now.
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Brian. When you say "Whenever I'm pulling with a machine I prefer running the line through a block attached to the base of a tree so that my pull angle is not lifting the back of the machine up off the ground." I know this will be a dumb question... but if the rope runs through the block at the *base* of the tree... how do you a good pull angle at the *top* of the tree?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Rich. A dedicated bollard may be expensive.. but I think I get Willie's idea about the portawrap... I could attach it to my trailer hitch ball with something more heavy duty, then affix my 1/2 rope to the portawrap.
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Willie. Maybe I'm overthinking it. For example, I have a 1/2" 3-strand rope with a Maasdam rope puller. The average strength of the rope shows 5700 lbs The Maasdam rope puller limit is 1500 lbs But I understand with rope you take one-tenth to one-fifth of the average (or is it max) strength to get the working limit. So that would limit my 1500 rope to 150 to 300 lbs ... (not very much or very practical it seems). So I was trying to save every bit of strength I could.. e.g. In the radius of where I tied it.
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    1 Week Ago
    What is the best way to attach a rope (pull line) to a pickup truck trailer hitch? I have been just simply tying my rope to the ball of my trailer hitch. However I am afraid I am losing some of the strength of the rope at the loop because of too small a radius of the hitch ball. Is there something better (with a wider radius) for attaching a pull rope to a pickup truck trailer hitch, so a minimum of rope strength is lost? Thanks! Robert.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks MasterBlaster! ha, If it didn't cost $40 I would keep it with no hesitation :) ... also the depth gauge/raker file is proprietary and looks like it might be more expensive than simple flat files. But it does look fairly foolproof. Currently I'm mainly using those simple flat Oregon file guides which I seem to get reasonable results from... but not quite "factory" or electric grinder results I don't think.
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