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  • Mellow's Avatar
    1 Minute Ago
    Mellow replied to a thread Songs I Like in MBTV
    And then there's Redbone... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U0J6vURwLSc" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    19 Minutes Ago
    Sometimes, a hold-back line might be useful, as insurance that it doesn't let go early, into the lift.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    21 Minutes Ago
    No, not for working off of. Climb up ladder with self-belay, groundie moves ladder to next tree, prune on the way down, descend. Set a line... rinse and repeat. I had an apartment complex with deodor cedars too close to the building, 25' and under. Rinse and repeat x40.
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  • stig's Avatar
    29 Minutes Ago
    stig replied to a thread Songs I Like in MBTV
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    31 Minutes Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    True enough, Mick, if they do everything else well. It's so easy to learn to tie a knot that is the basic bread-and-butter knot of the industry, though, at least IME. I can get most people tying it in 5 minutes or less. It's more complicated than a clove hitch. That usually takes about 1 minute to teach. A lot of people over-complicate stuff, though. Your double-slipped square knot, aka, your shoe-string knot, as best I can tell, is harder than a bowline, IMO. IME, learning means less doing-it-the-hard way. My employee says that he's definitely had to sharpen his critical thinking skills working for me. He's learned that it's mostly easier and safer to go get the make-it-easier tools, or think your way around a problem (like use a hand-truck, arbor trolley, trailer, lever (peavey, for example), wedge, the ground, gravity) than fight stuff. Less breakage, too, when you're organized. He applies similar tactics at home about good communication, planning the work-working the plan-assessing if the plan worked, etc. GP, Rich/ Treebilly mentioned that two marls and a tail will pull almost anything with a chipper winch, IIRC. Maybe several layers of plywood glue-laminated together, and cut into a wooden hook. haha. Kyle, are you some sorta safety nazi, too, who wants to go home at the end of the day like the day was no big deal, biz as usual, no near-misses? For real, you hit the nail on the head, for me. What I like about working for myself is that I don't get put into bad situation by others. Time and again, people have proven to be the biggest threat to me...their judgments, actions and/ or inactions.
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  • Tree09's Avatar
    46 Minutes Ago
    Tree09 replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Two questions gp.... 1. Why would a professional crew of anything put up with repeated failures to work safe and protect equipment? I don't do trees full time, but if they can't feed a damn chipper safely they probably can't do anything else either.... I'm sorry and i may be spoiled, but if you repeatedly do actions that could easily result in someone being killed, while simultaneously fucking up equipment that costs 10s of thousands of dollars, while also simultaneously fucking up production for a couple days, where i work you get shitcanned. Immediately. I'm not knocking your guys, but if someone can't perform a task safely he is a liability to himself and the people around him, and it's not fair to everyone and their families to continue to put up with that shit. So why do you guys continue to allow it? Is stuff bid too low and production pushed to the point of risks being pushed on the crew? I'm not trying to be a dick, but i cannot understand this mindset at all. 2. You say you have a 10000 pound winch on your chipper, so what rope are you using for 5 tons wll on single line? And you know that knots in amsteel are terrible for their wll as well right (if that's what's on there)?
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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Mick! replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Hire your daughter then. Peeps have different strengths, running a small biz (as we both do) means accepting your employees’s shortcomings, and them accepting yours. If a guy can drag all day or lift and shift without a grumble I won’t lecture him on knots.
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  • GP's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    GP replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    I generally agree with that sentiment, but we can re-assign people to focus on brush hauling and raking duties. Better to have more specialized (and careful) operators who know the equipment and know how to use it without risking anything. When you get out of a groove and lose your method, that's when mistakes are more likely to happen.
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  • cory's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Ha, interesting!!! As I read the blurb I wondered why a forester wouldn't paint it, that's his job.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Cory, that tree was spared because it was too much work to get out of there. I heard it directly from the guys who cut away everything else around it. Terrible access, Ive been there. Selling the story now as some kind of compassion is complete BS
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  • GP's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    GP replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    If an extension ladder's handy and the first limbs aren't 40'+ up (as with some local pin oaks), we have been known to make use of it for initial access, to save on some hip thrusts. But not for working off of, typically.
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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Mick! replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    Damn straight.
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  • cory's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    cory replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    You left like 18 leaves, itta be fine
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  • cory's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    cory replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    You can hang your hat on that
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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Mick! replied to a thread Work Pics Thread 2.0! in Climbing Forum
    Retopping a red oak done 20 odd years ago, amazing how little rot from the previous hammering. Took it back to old points or thereabouts. One for the purists.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    stig replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    We were so fed up with falling beech trees, that we sceduled a dying Horse Chestnut take down for today, just for a little R&R. Nice fall weather, nice client ( It is a fencing guy we help out now and again). I drew the short straw and had to feed the chipper all day, but it was still nice to do something else. After work I got inspired by Jim's post in the what for dinner thread and made a huge batch of Salsa Verde out of the last Tomatillos and Jalapenos in the tunnel. That turned out real fine. I make two portions, an ultra mild one for the wife and on in the other end of the spectrum for myself. All in all a fine day. Think I'll go for a long ride on the Motorcycle tomorrow, soon that will be impossible.
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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Mick! replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Finished the week well, fixed broken stuff, got paid. Couple of jobs to quote early doors tomorrow then off to the coast house for the weekend. Working my way through a Cabernet Sauvignon, watching soap opera with the missus. Standard.
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I am always going to giggle a little when you post something about a ball washer. Anyway.....what do you have planed after the course closes?
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