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    3 Days Ago
    most of that vid was made in the winter of 2014-15... I just made it public... And negative on the skid steer.. I use the SS to lift a limb, but not pretension... just sweat in the lines.. put a couple guys on it if needed....
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    3 Days Ago
    Thank you Jerry, I AM pretty sure every time you give a nod to someone's work at the house, it puts a smile on their face.. Sure did mine..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Yes, If its life and death then put a pull line in it and let the men on the ground trip it, or occasionally short line trip from the bucket...
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    4 Days Ago
    this is a variation of the rigging used to swing horizontal limbs a long ways before they drop in order to clear a house or other trees etc.. Kenny (treespyder) originally wrote about swing rigging by tying off near the COG (center of gravity) and pre-tensioning the rigging line back on arboristite circa 2003.... Mark Chisholm included swing rigging in a workshop I took from him around 2002, and my mentor Big John Grier used swing rigging extensively back as far as I can remember (around 2002). What makes this cut different is that it is set up to trip remotely, which really isn't needed if you are cutting from rope and saddle, but can save a lot of trouble from the bucket. The first limb of this video swings about 180 degrees with little or no vertical drop before separation. Other big 40' limbs swing just enough to clear the lower trees before they drop... Very effective and useful for an old man that doesn't get out of the bucket much these days.. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5bWraW2Rdq4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    From the look of your avatar, you get your top side notches set up just right... me too! I always want to be able to trust my cuts, which starts with setting up a good notch, so I can trust my life to it when it's needed upstairs.... no place to run, so cut it right or die!
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    1 Week Ago
    Shigo was clear about the importance of properly defining arboricutural (is that a word???) terms.Without clear definitions there is no way to have an intelligent conversation... It's clearly not a spear cut..... you could call it a variation of the spear cut, which would make it "not a spear cut"... Spear cut refers to a cut small diameter uprights or nearly upright limbs... the saw is raced through quickly cutting at a very steep angle from top to bottom, so the piece drops straight off the cut without any forward rotation.... Here there is actually three separate cuts made to form a notch and back cut, with the intention of having the top move some 10-15+ degrees before the face closes and then having the piece drop off... This cut, the stangle can be used on large diameter trees and limbs... It's a much different cut than a spear cut though it may look similar to the non-professional.. Guess that's you boss !!! ;) Seriously though, the distinction is important... could mean the difference between life and death... We all have worked hard to get where we are, so let's not get lazy with the language now! thanks
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    1 Week Ago
    Not sure if it was hung or not.. after the stangle cut failed to release, I just took a step back and looked at the situation on the ground and thought "I can get another 18" of drop here", which was in alignment with my "use everything to your advantage" philosophy.
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    1 Week Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eUQ1p2QPdxU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Vertical snap cut demo
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It's reliably unreliable when cut well... which translates to it works well on front leaners.. but if you have any doubt about the lean or are hoping to get some help from the hinge to fight a bit of side lean or wind, you should look for another option if there is anything of value at risk...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    No bind on that cut when set with a plunge cut ...... I bought a couple wedges a month or two ago, but they're both still virgins...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Used the stangle on this 90' oak trying to get it to lean out away form the stump, then hoping it would break out the top from the drop and impact of hitting an adjacent tree, so that it would shorten up and do minimal damage when it finally landed in the lap of a beautiful beech tree... There was a big dead limb right over my head, so I was happy to see it move well away from me when the stangle closed but did not release.. At that point I had a good angle and the reach to cut a high vertical snap cut as would be used on a hung tree... that gave another 12-18" of drop.. Beech tree ended up with a large lower limb pinned to the ground but remarkably only 1 broken limb about 1" diameter..
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    2 Weeks Ago
    This is a cut I have been using successfully for a few years.. I call it the stangle, a contraction of steep angle... I first used it on a VERY dead maple, where climbing into the top looked a life threatening... There was a hole next to the tree where the top would fit if I could get it to lay out far enough so the limbs on the backside wouldn't hit me on the way down; then have the top drop like a stone, spearing into the ground similar to the spearing action on a vertical snap cut. This 20 second video shows the stangle used to take a 25' pine top out, maybe 10-12" diameter... A top this big would have done a lot of damage to the lower white pine limbs (very brittle) on 2 trees if it had been laid out flat, but there was just enough of a hole right between the two trees, to get it to drop with no damage. In this case the bucket was out of reach as I was set up in the backyard and reaching over to the inaccessible side yard. Since I don't climb anymore It's mostly used to take tops out from the bucket, though occasionally I will use it to shorten up a fall... The hinge on the stangle cannot be use reliably to control side lean, so the piece either has to have front lean, or use a pull line as in this video... And the cut can be a little tricky, especially when there is a tight window... I'll write that up is anyone wants to hear some details.. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sbYBpHAJYY4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    09-16-2018
    Here's the notch.. used the lazy man's cutting technique
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    09-16-2018
    Did over 4400 today, didn't leave the house til noon, saved one client over 2K.. no one else wanted to touch the tree... dead too long.... broke two tops out with high pull lines and the brute force of a skid steer, then one cut.. notch and drop and she was on the ground, minimal clean up. That was 2K. was trying to take video, but missed the money shot... took a couple hours cause we had to drop and chip two medium trees for access.... then two dry oaks for the neighbor... Leaned this one out 15-20 degrees with a narrow downward facing humboldt ( thinking it should be called a stangle humboldt), then rolled the dead top off an adjacent oak with a vertical snap cut... And used the bucket for a little deadwood on a white oak by the house and mostly bombing ot the top of another tall (90'ish) skinny dry oak... That was another 2K.. then ground a $425 stump for a little icing on the cake... BUT, God will humble the proud, so I managed to take out a lamp post with the stump grinder for not paying attention.... Hopefully get replace it tomorrow
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    09-12-2018
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sRqm0yN4atc" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> When I AM in the bucket, undercuts are the exception instead of the rule...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    09-03-2018
    Got take what you can get in this world... and wake up thankful that you are BREATHING!!!!
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    09-03-2018
    Good questions... I worked my way up the rayco ladder and never looked elsewhere... Machines are reliable and I love the customer service... definitely over equipped... Almost a "collector" as I rarely run two machines the same day... It's a log story not to be floating around cyberspace, but suffice it to say that I never would have bought the third machine unless we were about to get hit by EAB and rayco wasn't about to discontinue the model due to emissions regulations.. When I bought that last machine I believe there were only 3 left on the east coast... The oldest (2014) machine needed some work after which I was going to sell it.. Finally got around to the repairs this spring, took it out for a week and loved it so much I just hate to get rid of it...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    09-01-2018
    That could give a whole new meaning to blowing up the grinder.
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    09-01-2018
    I too kill ash trees without remorse these days... cried the day I heard eab had jumped the susquehanna river. I have met some amazing ash trees.. now there is a job to do so keep the saws sharp... Appreciate the friendly response....
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    08-29-2018
    A lot of the men here don't approve of my use of skid steers.... Joke was on them the whole time.... When I was in my 20's and thirties I could make a living on hard work... times have changes.. to stay competitive you need the hardware... Everyone gets to find their own niche.... I can't speak to the security issues where you are from.. you can always get GPS installed and put up a geo-fence around the equipment... Finding a good yard is a lot harder than it used to be: though most security issues in this industry are internal... Obviously not all jobs are going to go like the above. I do alright on the jobs that no one else wants to touch... and work on short notice... it's all backed up by an effective marketing program.... No one is going to spend 69K on a stump grinder if they don;t have the work for it. I have three RG-100's... One is paid for, one has less than a year, the other less than 2 years of payments due.
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    08-29-2018
    This one went faster than I thought too.. It was 40 minutes travel time each way. We had to haul the grindings. I was expecting to have to grind through the fence post but the stump was soft enough that the skid steer just ripped it out.. I did hit metal with the saw after whittling it down to pic 2 First pic was taken 4:54 last pic 6:07 so a little more than an hour.. job was 1500
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    08-29-2018
    This stump was 2,000 plus 500 for clearing a bunch of small trees along the fence line... She had a spot in the back for the chips so the loader kept the grindings out of the way so the machine didn't bog down in 3 feet of chips. I'd grind for a few minutes, pull back and let the loader in... went a lot faster than I expected.. The guy in the picture was drivign by with a truck and chipper and we made a deal for the loader to move some chips on his job around the corner in exchange for him chipping the small trees.... I was planning on making an extra trip to chip so that saved us a lot of time.. Picture 1 was 2:49 pm picture 3 was 5:50 pm so three hours
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    08-26-2018
    OK Stig, I really appreciate the offer, which I respectfully decline... That's the first time anyone ever invited me to Denmark... You're right ... too fat, old and tired to dance in the woods for a week. Probably wouldn't make it to lunch day 1.... that said, even if I could I wouldn't ... Strange as this may sound: God didn't put me here for the wholesale slaughter of trees.. Did a clearing job for a gas pipeline 15 years back and went to bed feeling bad every night... And we've been as busy as ever this year.. the cost of a plane ticket is nothing compared to $ lost for not working here .... the bills don't take a day off.... August has calmed down a bit, but I did my share of 60-70 hr weeks this spring... Running the bucket and the stump grinder is easy compared to humping through the woods all day... But still appreciate it and have a feeling we all would get along much better in person... To that end if anyone wants to come to philly and cut trees for a few days let me know.. No drinking or drugging here... we generally have a pretty good time...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    08-26-2018
    Maybe Stig could add "logging camp" to this list of 11 unusual places to stay in Denmark.. Wake up to the sound of chainsaws screaming as the ground shakes with every fallen tree... https://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/accommodation/11-unusual-places-stay-denmark He could single-handedly revitalize the entire Danish tourism industry..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    08-26-2018
    appreciate your patience... the wheels are turning
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    08-25-2018
    any man that trash talks behind the back but won't say it to the face isn't much of a man
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    08-25-2018
    exactly.. things were getting so slow around here... like a week since the last post in felling and rigging.. I just HAD too...
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    08-25-2018
    And then there'e Bixler who has shown some respect, kindness and gratitude. Started off as a kid with a pick up and a chainsaw.. Has a 87' track lift, mini excavator, chip truck chipper etc.. Says he's made countless thousands of dollars from the techniques I've shown... Funny how the mouthy critics here ave't shown much of their work. You won't find Reg, jack (hotsaws) or August criticizing my work... I've been putting videos of technical tree wok out for almost 10 years.. What have you done???? Let me see it and then I'll give a second thought to what you have to say... Just look at Stig's last video.. He's been one of the most vocal critics of my work here.. if I showed that video to my guys and told them this guy thinks he's the bomb, they would just laugh...
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    08-25-2018
    Ya butch like the time Jerry B thought the plunge cut was just for show, or Burnham criticized my cuts for lack of stump shot, until I explained to everyone here that stumpshot is not needed in most suburban falling situations. The discussion on Near balance point rigging might have been more at TB than here.. Vertical snap cuts.. using the gunning lines to gun the backcut, the list goes on....
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