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  • Bermy's Avatar
    21 Minutes Ago
    Good catch Stig :LOL: Luckily the couple times I've gaffed out early in the piece I wasn't very high up, so I learned to adjust my positioning, and/or take a full wrap, or throw another lanyard up higher...keep spikes sharp. The worst is the person with their butt sticking out while arms are hugging :lol:
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    23 Hours Ago
    I drool every time I see that Hi Lift Carl...in my dreams I would have one like that :)
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    5 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread O.C.G.D. Thread, part two in Gear Forum
    Yup, Thor hammers!
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    5 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread O.C.G.D. Thread, part two in Gear Forum
    Tree sounding hammer in map pocket in door, oh, one on each side? well you never know which side of the truck the tree will be when you stop...
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    6 Days Ago
    All good advice...I endorse extending the grass free circle One of the biggest mistakes people make when planting new trees is too much guying and support. People think the trees should be rigid and not able to move. Wrong New trees need proper depth of planting, well firmed in so the rootball is secure, then one or two stakes with loose jute ties at a low level. The trunk needs to flex, it allows the cells to develop properly to support the tree on its own as it grows. Providing early support should only be just enough to help it avoid excessive bending in the wind as it might not have been exposed as much to wind and flexing in it's life in a nursery so far. So, loose ties that 'take up' after a normal amount of flex in a higher than normal wind. Flexing and returning promotes cell strength and allows normal taper to form. Tying a tree up to within an inch of it's life only leads to a weak stem/trunk with inadequate taper for later years. Also, now you have corrected the lower branch, pretty much leave the rest for a couple years unless it is obvious that something is growing where you don't want it or would cause a problem taking it off in later years. All those branches are also helping to add to the stem development, and will eventually be pruned off as the tree grows in height.
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    1 Week Ago
    Ohh, I would love to do that! Done a little bit of whitewater in New Zealand and Alaska, camping as well would be fun.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    Well the reason they changed the tether attachment of the Akimbo was because when some folks did lean back on it with the original models, it was disengaging and going into 'descent mode'. So in order to keep it 'safe' they made the clip so it would pull out if you leaned back too hard. A chest ascender it is not. I loved how easy it was to put on and how smoothly is rode up the line, I just didn't get it dialed in exactly enough for descent and limbwalking...my loaner has gone back to Denmark, apparently some loggers are going to be climbing big trees somewhere :lol:
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I'm still on my original HH, original biner and dogbone...homemade tender, all good. Built tough!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    HI there, welcome to the House :) Type in some key words to the search function, there are lots of threads about SRT here. I reckon most of us would say get comfortable moving around on drt with a safety mindset, then gradually transition to SRT, keeping in mind the differences that can affect your safety.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    Glad you are back Jed! I dunno why your guy is having trouble with the Akimbo self tending, the loaner I had from Stig self tended beautifully right from the start. I'm using 11.5 Tachyon. The only issue I had with it before I had to send it back to him was getting it dialed in to find the sweet spot for descending, but then watching some youtube videos, especially the one posted by Jaime really showed how best to be operating it going up and down. if you have one its worth the time searching on youtube to watch Akimbo videos.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    No, never found the lost unit...it's probably still there though. Otherwise they still work fine for me, I would get the low profile if I were buying again, the bump knob for volume and connection is a bit too vulnerable to being knocked when climbing...but it it easy to reconnect with a tap on it. I'm still really glad I got them for work, way worth it.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    04-22-2019
    Nice one!
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    04-20-2019
    Great video, nicely explained for what you had and what you did :)
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    04-17-2019
    Seriously! that rainbow picture!!
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    04-14-2019
    Ohh, that picture of the dessicated branch union!!! My favourite, simply love it. I can see why you like the stonework, those buildings look like they sort of grew up out of the ground. Fabulous pictures and I like the two main characters :lol:
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    04-12-2019
    Welcome home!
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    03-29-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    That was very helpful, thanks for posting it Merle.
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    03-27-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread O.C.G.D. Thread, part two in Gear Forum
    Nice! A bit of personal comfort goes a long way to helping morale and knocks on to job satisfaction and output
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-26-2019
    Bom dia! Hi naturarbo, welcome to the house. There is a bloke on Facebook who is a pro arb in Brazil, lots of video in Portuguese. Anyhow, hang out here with us for a while
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    03-26-2019
    Awww the little kitty one!!! Soooo cute
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    03-26-2019
    S'right Paul, my tending biner is up and down
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-25-2019
    Ahhh...I knew I wasn't mental! I've stiched another loop on mine 90* to what it came with... Great video Reg, we keep learning tips and tricks from you :)
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    03-24-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread O.C.G.D. Thread, part two in Gear Forum
    I feel so...small :lol:
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    03-24-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    Seriously, try putting the really green soft stuff in leaves first...seems to work.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-23-2019
    I'm still getting plenty of other work at both properties...I don't need it all!
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-23-2019
    I just passed on two jobs to a pro outfit with 9 (young) guys and all the contacts for big machinery, one was a severely rot compromised large oak, with two bits fallen off already and sensitive landscape below, the other is a macrocarpa windrow prune over graves...I reckon part of getting older is knowing when to say, yeah...nah, someone else can have this job...as well as having the right people in mind to do it properly. Got plenty of work already, I don't need scary shit too!
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    03-22-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    My little chipper has variable speed on the feed rollers as well as auto feed. It's a good little unit
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-21-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    So, I ran it today, tried the stick on the motor...nada, just a lot of vibration. Not sure how you would ever hear anything over the ambient noise! It ran for about 15-20 mins before it got hot, and every hydraulic thingy was hot, but not the hoses...everything nice and clean. Next is an email to the manufacturer, see what they say. Surprised to hear how tiny your gaps are...the manual I do have says the thickness of a hacksaw blade...about 2mm. Made some nice chip.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-20-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    That's one of the first things I check...basic chipper maintenance, anvil is fine.
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    03-20-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    Mm, my gap looks a wee bit wide now tbh, just flipped the knives, I could snug up the anvil a scootch. HA! I'm not the only one who sometimes has to feed a tree backwards...yesss!
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-18-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    Yeah that's fine, always lots to learn Hand sharpened means touching up the edge with a flat file to get rid of small burrs, and put that nice final sharpness back not quite shop sharp but close especially when it has a few dings in it.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-18-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    The anvil itself is fine, the gap is about 2-3 mm. The one wierd thing about the gap is whenI rotate the flywheel to measure each knife gap to set the anvil, one has a slightly wider gap than the other, so I have to set it to the knife that comes closest. It's never liked chipping euc...we even hand sharpened the knives twice that day, the edges have small dings but nothing hugely significant. It doesn't happen with any other trees
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-17-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    Thanks...chipper maintenance tomorrow. Mick, for some reason feeding leafy tops of eucalypt through the chipper the 'normal' way, butt first almost always ends up with a badly clogged space between the feed roller and the anvil masses of leaves stuffed in the gap, and small stringy wet stems going round and round the roller . Feeding them leaves first one at a time...the ever thickening twigs and then branches clears the leaves through the gap and all is well...it works. Trial and error. PS I bought the chipper with 1108 hrs on it, its now...1226.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-17-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    Fantastic, all really good information thanks everyone. I will make a list of the suggestions and tick them off bit by bit to at least eliminate anything obvious. We had a good sized job yesterday, chipping eucalypt...(which by the way goes through the chipper waaaayyyyy better feeding it leaves first, not butt first)...yes the feed roller hydro motor was hot, but so was the main bearing motor...and the oil tank was HOT. What gives us pause that it might not be anything drastic is that there is no evidence of any major leak, Bob said that he would be concerned that overly hot oil would start to affect the seals, the only hose connections that show any oil residue are the feed wheel hoses, down below where they disappear into the chassis. I have put a white rag underneath overnight from time to time to see if anything drips, and nothing. But, best to do some diagnosis/maintenance, you've given me several things to check, thanks :) As for noise...the manufacturer said to just shut it off at about 2000rpm....its a direct drive so when you do that it goes 'wah wah wah wah waaaaaahhhhhh....ahhhhh, ahh, ahh wooo, woooooooooooo, rmmmmmmm, mmmmm, mmm mm m. you know what I mean :lol:
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-15-2019
    Bermy replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    All greasy greased, no out of the ordinary noises...Chipstar 150MX, Australian made. (2002)
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-14-2019
    Bermy started a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    I know its not a chainsaw, but still machinery... We have been running the chipper quite a bit lately, for a good few hrs at a time. Yesterday at shut down after about 2 hrs, Bob realized the hydraulic motor/bearing' on the feed roller was hot, like almost too hot to touch, all the other bearings were warm, but not too much, about what you would expect for running it continuously for a couple hrs. The fluid is topped up, filters got changed last year...no obvious leaks, just a bit of oily moisture around the fitting where the hoses head under the chassis towards the oil tank... Any suggestions? Is running it that long at one time too long? My chipper is second hand and the manual I was able to coerce out of the manufacturer is not very detailed.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-14-2019
    You have to beware of scammers...they start with the 'is it still for sale', then move on to 'it is a surprise gift for ... can you tell me it will meet my expectations' to 'I will take it at full price, just send me your bank details for a transfer'...then 'I can't come a see it/collect it because I have just been posted out of the country' or' I have a very busy job and I can't get away, I will send an agent'.... Yeah, look out for them!
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    03-10-2019
    Great video, nice to see even the expert taking his time and making sure you get it right, first time, only time.
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