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    6 Hours Ago
    Yeah, learning as I go!
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    6 Hours Ago
    Cool Sean. Thanks! I get it now with the 2' and 4' sides. That must be a 10' long trailer? ... 4 or 5' wide? How does the winch looking setup work? What is the advantage of the trailer hitch extension? Thanks.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    Sorry to be dense.... but what is a "BS" ? thx
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    6 Hours Ago
    haha, yeah that's what made me look at that one.... just wondering about anybody here..
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    6 Hours Ago
    Yeah, the idea of fewer trips *really* appeals to me.
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    7 Hours Ago
    I tell myself that safety is the main thing and I don't plan to do anything "risky" I'm not comfortable with and taking all known precautions. But it is a dangerous thing... I guess I think I can reduce my risk by keeping it to the smaller, "safer" sorts of things. I just got done loading my pickup with a row of wood (4'x8') to deliver tomorrow for my first firewood sale of the season. A trailer might help reduce the loading/unloading time by 15% or so.
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    7 Hours Ago
    What happened?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    stig, there could be some of that going on with me. But then ever since I had the thrill of cutting down my first tree 15+ or so years ago, the chainsaw aspect (and then a little chainsaw milling) has stuck with me. I've made some stupid mistakes (e.g. cutting through the hinge of (to me) a big tree)... but have hopefully learned some. 10+ years or so ago, when I first saw a tree climber rigging a big limb he was removing -- off a natural crotch in the same tree -- it struck me as fascinating... including the "simplicity" of the concept. Truth is I probably would have been too chicken to consider climbing back then and never considered it. And it is from watching some older guys climbing relatively "simple" looking trees in the last year or so that started giving me the idea that maybe I could do it. Also Reg and August, etc. videos make great "advertisements" for the line of work, but I hope I have no illusions of that daredevil (to me) stuff. Also, there is definitely the aspect of physical fitness... handling brush and wood outdoors... to me it is very enjoyable. But there is the danger ... but I am thinking that maybe it will help keep my mind sharp too, more than just doing crossword puzzles, etc. But I may try to find somebody close by to see if I can work for part time.
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    7 Hours Ago
    haha, Butch, thanks for the idea... and I really don't relish the owner/business part of things ... but at best I would/will be only climbing the smallest, easiest, safest trees :)
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    7 Hours Ago
    DMc, I know you have a good point.... but I've been carrying brush/wood in my pickup bed for a couple of years and many loads (e.g. free tree removals (from the ground) and cleanups .... initially thinking for firewood business)... in fact my avitar picture is my first "public" tree "removal" job I did for a church down the road mockernut(?) hickory the wind knocked down... a lot of trips for it and others.....haha, so I sort of feel like I've "paid my dues" as far as hauling brush and logs in my pickup :) .... not to mention rolling big rounds up my 2x12"x10' planks into my tall pickup bed :) ..... but thanks for the food for thought! but when/if I get in the right frame of mind I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on the climbing gear.
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    7 Hours Ago
    Sean, there aren't many hills, and not much traffic unless I take it on the interstate. haha, I wasn't talking about rocket science referring to you.... just the fact that I think I could build the sides... It occurred to me to look on youtube, etc. but I really want to see how you have yours set up. Thanks!
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    13 Hours Ago
    Amazing how quickly all that mass moves up the stem. Would you please elaborate on this? Thanks ...... "...When I'm chunking a bigleaf maple that was very bent over and weighted down, I cut about a crotch as I chunk..." (cut about (around) a natural crotch in the tree?).
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    13 Hours Ago
    On the 18" or up, if it's leaning and your do a good face cut, bore cut, etc. then things should go ok? and if not leaning, if you nip the sides (e.g.) an inch below the hinge... then it should go ok?
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    13 Hours Ago
    Thanks Merle! This is a really good bit of practical instruction! In retrospect, just trying to learn, if you had undercut the limb before the top cut it would have been ok? And in this case, even if the limb hadn't broken, it might not have squeezed your insides enough to damage you, correct?
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    14 Hours Ago
    Does anyone have any experience or opinion on this? MARVIN PRUNER & SAW QUICK CHANGE SET
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    14 Hours Ago
    Thanks Kyle. Yeah, I think Sean, you and others have sold me on a flat bed with home made side. ... but it should be a flatbed with brakes, right?
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    15 Hours Ago
    Thanks a lot, Kyle! There is a pine tree at my mother-in-law's that I am debating to be my initial "take-down" if I move forward with climbing. It has a slight lean, it is about 18-24" at DBH and 40-50' tall. I would never want to violate the double tie-in when cutting rule. "...You are basically violating the two tie in point rule by using a breakaway...", interesting, I think I get it. I also don't want to climb anything that is questionable or "dangerous" But the idea of having an expandable lanyard connected to the saddle bridge seems "safe" .... maybe I'm getting too obsessed with the circle of death.
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    15 Hours Ago
    Do y'all ever have, say, an 8" diameter top? ..... and would you wrap a chain around even something this small? Just trying to learn/understand if there is a danger of this on smaller (e.g. pine) tops. Thanks.
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    15 Hours Ago
    Sobering. Amazing video. The effect on that tree as well as you swinging away at that height and watching it go over. Are smaller tops and diameters less risky than these larger ones? Is it mainly the topping that one must mostly watch out for the barber-chairing or bark splitting vs. chunking down chunks after it has been topped? Would a rigging rope wrapped several times around work as well as a chain?
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    15 Hours Ago
    Sean, would you elaborate on the "rope lanyard without a stopper knot" .... would this allow the lanyard to expand/adjust bigger if the tree was to split?
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    15 Hours Ago
    This seems to sum up a lot of the posts about cutting the lanyard in an emergency. Being older and slower, while hoping to be 100% aware and reactive --- I want to do whatever extra stuff necessary to be prepared. So is an "expandable" lanyard with both ends attached to the saddle bridge a way to avoid this catastrophe?
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    15 Hours Ago
    Sean, what is (an example of) a breakaway attachment? As I saw someone else call it... like a "fuse"? Isn't there a danger of the breakaway attachment failing when you don't want it too (and one would fall?).
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    15 Hours Ago
    Thanks Sam, treebilly. Are there any mainstream lanyard adjusters (or would a prussik hitch of some kind work?) ... that would expand with the splitting wood if the whole lanyard loop were attached to your saddle bridge?
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    15 Hours Ago
    greengreer, that makes sense about expanding into the closed loop instead of into the climber. If I wasn't a total novice, I might go with this.... but I would want to get something more "mainstream" (e.g. from Treestuff). Are there any other lanyard adjuster type devices that would do the same thing? (no offence at all intended to surveyor as I have very high respect for his ability to design and make such a thing!).
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    It is called a BOLA, I designed it as a lanyard adjuster that will release when weighted. Here is a video John made that shows its use better than my poor description. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNNaaQ_L_A8 Thanks surveyor. That is remarkable that you designed/built this device!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    Ha, thanks Kyle... my friend recently retired from his long time job and is just getting into this. So I am glad to work with him :) The other guy is his neighbor who is in the tree business (a smallish operation I think) and after I do the job, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing about working for him as a groundy and/or brush dragger just for the experience. He really did help me out on this and I'm glad to get the job :)
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    16 Hours Ago
    Thanks CurSedVoyce. Post looks cool. I bookmarked it for when I have more time.
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    16 Hours Ago
    Yes sir.... Basically he told me what the lowest bid was and I said I would do it for that. (I got one tree at one house... he gave the other trees at the other house to another guy... which was a whole lot lower than I had bid them for). Will do. Thanks for the good advice!
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Mainly wasted teenage and young adult years in vain and foolish and mind, body, and soul damaging pursuits. Was stopped in my course by visceral awareness of God and Judgement and eternity, and that my only hope was in the Gospel, the good news that God sent his own Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to suffer the righteous judgement of a good God against sin and for sinners like me, that Jesus suffered and died, was buried, and then rose from the dead. Jesus did this for sinners like me, from the lowest, filthiest sinner, all the way down to the dregs -- the "good", self-righteous, religious hypocrite -- Jesus is willing and able to save the very worst.

...but I digress...

Got married, had 2 sons, eventually got job in Information Technology (IT), as programmer/developer/database administrator, worked 27 years at this, started getting "old and slow" and figured it was time to get out. After money stopped flowing in as much :) now looking to supplement SS with something I can get some exercise at if possible. Have most always liked the outdoors and have been liking and studying chainsaws and tree felling for last 20 years or so.

In the IT world there is a lot of BS, people playing to politics, acting like they know what they are talking about to impress the boss, etc. But there are some real honest, frank technically competent folks and resources which I highly valued --- Just so, it seems to me in this Treehouse forum. I suppose you can't stay in this inherently dangerous sort of business very long unless you are down to earth at some basic levels... and that is what I really enjoy about these kind of guys and this site.

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
-- John 3:16
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
-- John 8:12

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