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  • Jonny's Avatar
    5 Minutes Ago
    Jonny replied to a thread Hand Filing - Free-hand in Chainsaws!
    Can you get some close up pics of the cutters?
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  • cory's Avatar
    11 Minutes Ago
    cory replied to a thread September 13 2018 in Announcements!!!
    Some good thoughts by Jocko re dealing with cancer. Start at 2/06.40 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/__6WUZBofxA" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    21 Minutes Ago
    Classy. :drink:
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    24 Minutes Ago
    Oh, makes sense... Engineered for it. What's it called?
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  • Skwerl2's Avatar
    26 Minutes Ago
    Skwerl2 replied to a thread Hand Filing - Free-hand in Chainsaws!
    I'll also offer one more small tidbit told to me by an old timer 30+ years ago- When you stroke the chain tooth with the file, use long straight strokes. Like you're beating off, consistency gets the job done. You don't play it like a fiddle. I've seen some guys file and it's amazing the saw can even cut when they are done. Hands and file flailing all around like he's conducting an orchestra or something. Focus on consistent repetition in the exact same plane on each and every tooth.
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  • cory's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    dedicated.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Is that a dedicated machine on the truck, or an attachment like other grapple saws. The future looks worse and worse for lower skilled workers. That's streamlined, right to the chipper or grapple truck.
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  • treesmith's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    By the way, in response to your "want to come in above "a guy with a pickup and chainsaw"", I wish I had all the money in one big sack that I made in the simpler days. Like I said, I'd drive 170 miles to flop those trees for $1000 in a heartbeat. And I'd come in my pickup, with my chainsaw. I'd likely bring three, along with three throw lines, a few ropes, and a block or two. I did a couple of jobs years ago out of the trunk of a Saturn sedan. The cash in hand afterward was all the balm my pride might have needed for working out of the trunk of a car....
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Before he does it, imo
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  • cory's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    cory replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    Omg, that reminds me of one of the ops we sometimes use. The good news is he is highly skilled and effective, the bad news is he has a stupid-ass sense of humor and sometimes does that hover thing or gives the line a little jerk to try to get a reaction. It hasn't been enough to discuss beating his ass but its just something you expect when he's the op. Geez just typing this makes me more realize how moronic this is. Next time he does it we'll have to chat.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I showed my ground-man the 4x's zoom. He was astonished. I can spot a not sharp chain from far away. I think in part because I had really good eyesight and bright Nevada sun to learn by. From the blurry picture, I'd guess every front-working corner is bent down. Round-top, aka chipper chain, aka micro-chisel is way more forgiving. Side plate pictures? 13/64" or 3/16" round file? Raker/ depth gauge offset spec? Make sure you are using sharp files!
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    MasterBlaster replied to a thread Cold showers in Odds and Ends
    I'll take hot showers, then moisturize!
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  • cory's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    cory replied to a thread Cold showers in Odds and Ends
    I don't f'g believe it, my wife who shares non of my harebrained ideas, took one this morning.
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  • Skwerl2's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Skwerl2 replied to a thread Hand Filing - Free-hand in Chainsaws!
    From what I can see of the chain, that's about what mine looks like when I've hit dirt or something and stop to sharpen it. Looks like you need about 3-4 more good strokes on each tooth.
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  • cory's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I guess a $800k
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  • Skwerl2's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I remember back in the day having one or two rather inattentive crane operators but none that consistently put me in danger multiple times. I think my worst one I screamed at the crane operator that I was going to come out of the tree and discuss things personally if he didn't hang up his cell phone and pay attention to the job at hand. But he straightened up after that, and we only had a few picks left anyway. If I knew then what I know now I'd be a lot more willing to come out of the tree and pack up my gear rather than work with idiots putting my life in danger.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I know enough to tighten the chain so it sings. Hard to throw the blade that way!
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Rent a tow-behind lift. Do the job easily and successfully. Charge way more for cleanup. Use a rattle can... Charge more. $200 for cleanup is the price of a chipper rental, no labor. Think about that.
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  • stig's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    stig replied to a thread Hand Filing - Free-hand in Chainsaws!
    Fuck the chips, we wanna see the chain!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    this is sort of a spin-off from a conversation in another thread of mine. Trying to learn to hand-file (round) "free hand". Below are photos of my "chips" from my latest attempt at hand-filing my ms461 w/25" bar It isn't 100% "sawdust" ... and there are some *bigger* chips, but not the way it is supposed to look. Note the wide variation in chip sizes...is this a clear indication that some teeth are sharper than others? .... or does it have anything to do with teeth being all different sizes (Buckin Billy said same tooth size didn't matter at all). The depth gauges/rakers should definitely be low enough. -- I used the single tooth Husqvarna type filing gauge followed by the Oregon "saddle" type (spans 2 teeth with depth gauge sticking through slot in center) just to make sure. Do these chips give you enough information to diagnose any specific errors I'm making in my filing? thanks for looking and commenting.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Sounds like how a hangover might make someone act.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    stig replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    If English was agreed on, English it is. Sounds like a crane driving moron. You are right, I would have lit off on him, too.
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  • treesmith's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I'd drive up there and drop them for $1000, and it's around 170 miles for me....
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  • treesmith's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    In the second pic, the tree in discussion is fourth from the right. The service pole is a reference, as they tend to be 6"-8" in diameter...the lid of the propane tank is a reference (typically 14"-16" diameter)....the AC unit is a reference....my point was mainly in response to Jonny's post: "It's already a skinny tree, so I doubt there'll be much wood to allow for a thick hinge." I don't think that tree is so skinny that hinge failure is a concern. Far from it. And yes, the line on the heavy-leaner was acting as a pretensioned guy line to not only help tip the tree in the desired direction, but, in conjunction with the tension of the limb, act as a lever to help prevent hinge failure due to the hollow.
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  • kevin bingham's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Guess you still need guys to rake?
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  • biggun's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I understand that Stig. However, it was discussed at the safety meeting and agreed that we would speak English as everyone spoke it. The guy was just exhibiting a typical Norwegian attitude of a 'can't be arsed jobsworth'. He showed up 2.5 hours late. Put us under it on the time frame, then basically didn't give a shit about excelling at his job... He was just there to turn up and from his body language he didn't want to be there. After 3 or 4 times explaining to him that it wasn't safe to keep the lifts over the climber. Then explaining to the guy in charge, who relayed it in Norwegian that it was an unsafe working practice and once the cut was completed and detached move away from the climber. It was like it was his first week or something, yet he was in his 50's. He was pretty lucky not to get the full barrage of expletives from my native tongue. I can't imagine you or many other experienced people on here would have put up with that type of incompetence and simply couldn't give a fuck attitude given off by the crane op. Regardless of the language issue. I try and can get by in Norwegian but when an old chap is rattling on, it isn't that easy to follow.
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  • Skwerl2's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    If you charged me $800 to drop those trees (without having a clue as to what you're doing) and $200 to haul them off I'd drop them myself and pay you to haul them. You can charge a high rate for skills if you actually possess those skills. And there's a huge disparity between your two prices. Why would you be willing to spend a couple days hauling off those trees for $150-200? I pay my employee more than that per day.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    ??? what?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Altissimus -- Pulling definitely Thanks Sean. that reminds me... with weight of tree I can use physics/trig/algebra to calculate required pull pretty much exactly. Thanks Daniel. Nice looking work on those 2 videos. I can definitely use the retainer line and possibly angled hinge possibly. I would have my truck back there to pull from. But that ground anchor setup looks pretty cool. Ryan, thanks. that is just what I was thinking...I'm still working towards climbing... in fact I did think about the possibility of getting some real experience with this job..... I did think about cutting some of those really bad limbs on the house side at least with my pole saw. Ha, Stig, that is way more advanced for me especially in this risky situation! No_Bivy, planning on my truck and MA doing the trick. Thanks Steve, that is what I was thinking, especially with a retainer line if any doubt. Gary Thanks! ... that is definitely some new info I had not thought of! wow. Will definitely be removing those long back limbs, then..... unless (possibly) I might just fall/fell them sort of to the side..... no, definitely need to remove those back limbs what I can get to. thanks! Treesmith. Thanks for the bonus info! ... I have been pondering this. I was thinking $1000 (12 trees) ... and then cleanup, etc. extra (maybe not too much). NOTE: the job at minimum is to remove 4 dead/dying trees (not the bad back leaners) and then another price to remove the remaining 8. Was thinking 300 or 400 for the dead/dying ones and then reduced rate for the remaining .... well maybe 800 for all 12 trees.... and maybe 100 or 200 if I haul it off. ---- want to come in above "a guy with a pickup and chainsaw" but less than a big tree outfit. ............. ha but as for the 1.5 hours....... I would give myself 2 days probably. I hear you, Butch.... I know that is the voice of experience! ... and Stig, yes on both counts, but I'm thinking these are "small" enough trees that the photos aren't too deceptive. Thanks Jonny... yes, sounds good..... Question, please: what do you mean a rigging line on the but end..... you mean in case the tree were to spin coming off the stump and the but end roll toward the house? .... sounds like a great idea and precaution! Treesmith, that thought did occur to me about the hinge breaking before the COG got over the top to drop it into the desired lay ha, Mick, Stig, thanks for the relative perspective............... thanks Stig...... (a "block" face cut is like a block letter "C", right? i.e. like 1/2 of a square?)...... the "gap"? seems like G. F. Beranek talks about this very thing on page 280 "... In small or young trees, the theory of the gap holds truest. This is because younger trees have more resilient wood." ... i.e. net effect.... causing the tree to stay on the stump longer. Question please: what is a German face cut? Ha, excellent point on both counts, Ryan! Jonny, your comments about the long limb twisting the tree have totally registered with me.... and yeah, it is a smaller tree so the block/gap face would be tougher to do..... and I want to keep it as simple and straightforward as possible. Thanks Butch! that sounds like a great idea if I am unable to cut that back limb off, but I am hoping to do that. Absolutely Gary! ...yeah, looking forward to seeing that video! (oh, great, you just posted in next...). wow. scary stuff, Gary. Was that you up there? .... seems like a nice refined solution lowering the but end with the block. ....... but Question, please..... I don't understand the dynamics of why all that side weight caused you problems (caused the hang up)? .... i.e. caused problems (hanging up?) that would not have been if all that side weight wasn't there? ..... in other words, it looks like that top would have likely hung up anyway? thx. Sean, is that a question for me or Gary? ......... I think there is enough room between the trees and the fence in back for clearance.... I might would have to pull a little from the side to miss the fence........ and I can put my truck at a little of an angle from the desired lay to keep the tree from hitting it. Ha, must be a "slow news day" as they say :) ..... but as for me..... y'all's comments are a gold mine of rich info! Stig, that stored force with the bending branch sounds like a great concept..... to experiment with in an open area.... or near my own house, etc. Treesmith and Sean...... how did you estimate 14" ? Yeah, the green 1x14 is a great illustration! ..... but there are some other variables in this case..... (small) possibility of uncertainty or bad spots in hinge wood... operator error, etc.... ha, yeah "#GoodHingesWork" :) .... but there is also the possibility of the hinge breaking before the tree is committed to the desired lay.... i.e. since it has so far to travel to get past the COG, right? Gary, I didn't notice the side rotation (after watching it fall 3 times) ... so all that weight was originally pointing *away* from the camera? .... so... correct me if I'm wrong... the intended lay was on the *far* side of those trees it fell into? ... and all that weight caused the tree to roll *toward* the camera, into those trees.... do I get it now? Treesmith, so the line pulling the extreme west leaning branch was like a retention line keeping the hinge from failing and falling west instead of north, correct? Butch, thanks. That will go on the back burner in my bag-o-tricks to use if necessary... but for now, I think I will just try to cut the extra back weight off. that is one advantage I have is that I'm not locked into "production" work and I can take my time. Thanks everyone for the verbose feedback... yeah, an easy job for most... but soaking it all in. ???
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  • kevin bingham's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    kevin bingham replied to a thread Cold showers in Odds and Ends
    Getting the bathroom nice and toasty helps. I think switching from hot to cold would be worse, in certainly not wasting any water, but it does feel so good. I have been finding myself really looking foward to my shower.
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