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    1 Week Ago
    treesmith replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Those who have no freedoms that they enjoy have little to lose when others lose THEIR freedoms.....
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    3 Weeks Ago
    My forks for my Kubota tractor are 48". The forks for my Gehl and Boxer are each 36". I don't care for 48" forks on smaller machines, as you can't utilize the extra length anyway. I've actually thought about buying a set of 24" forks (just the tines) for times when I need to load large rounds of wood. You have way more lift when large wood is on edge than laying flat with the bulk of its weight away from you. And while I have ordered from Titan in the past, I don't care for those forks. I prefer full adjustment. I have moved both tines to one side for moving things around. It is very handy at times.
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    06-16-2019
    Actually he does have a site....white-tailtactical.com..... though I think he uses his Facebook page for promotion.
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    06-16-2019
    Not just polymer...
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    06-16-2019
    Not an official website, but here’s his Facebook page... https://m.facebook.com/whitetailtactical1/
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    06-16-2019
    My son-in-law just did this latest mod for me....Glock 17 chopped to a 19 grip, stipple job, mag release scalp, lower finger grooves removed, trigger guard undercut, the whole nine yards... He's gotten his FFL so customers can ship their frames directly to him for customizing.
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    05-26-2019
    If you drink a lot of water (or whatever you drink) prior to bedtime, the waterfall will keep you running all night!
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    05-26-2019
    We took our youngest daughter and our oldest daughter and her two oldest boys camping they weekend in Bankhead National Forest. Had a blast. Camped near a waterfall. There were glow worms all along the rock walls at night....nature's night lights? The stump between our hammocks served as a night stand for cell phone and Glock.... Anyone else here hammock camp?
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    05-14-2019
    treesmith replied to a thread HUNTING 2017 in The Rec Room
    I'm afeered a cat wouldn't live long INSIDE at my house. I have never cared for any animals indoors.
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    03-26-2019
    Rope to restrain....GRCS and blocks to make 'em talk.....:/::O
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    03-15-2019
    Having had a roofing business for 17 years, I almost never use a blower on a roof, due to potential damage/future issues. When I do, I make CERTAIN to blow directly down slope. Lots can go wrong with a blower on a roof. Any loose tabs flap up, allowing trash/debris to get under it....too many variables to be worth it to me.
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    02-25-2019
    EDIT: I'm thinking the rings themselves are NOT in Locked Brummels, as there is nowhere for them to go with the Locked Brummel securing the base of the split. I did clinch the rings in tight, then stitched each bury so there's no way it can shift and lose a ring.
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    02-25-2019
    I made this one last year.... long-tailed locked Brummel around first ring, then locked Brummel around second ring, then locked Brummel/bury to finish that end. For an eye on the other end, do an inverted locked Brummel. Brion Toss shows this on his splicing video. You pull the end all the way through, til it's inverted, then pull the second through to inversion, then undo them to create the locked Brummel. Or here's a similar video..... https://youtu.be/rU1b1iYgdgw
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    02-09-2019
    I understand what you mean, but it uses the ENTIRE line.....the line passes through itself in its entirety, just as if you girth hitched a sling to a tree, but instead of two parallel legs, one goes through the other. I'd say a whoopee sling would be stronger than a single leg dead eye sling of the same material if the tied sling was attached single-leg around the tree.
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    02-07-2019
    I was hoping for an explanation as to how his apparatus was "more accurate" than the APTA, but I guess he was too busy to type out the essay in reply.....
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    02-03-2019
    How so? How can a tied sling be stronger than a whoopee if it's the same material?
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    02-02-2019
    Thanks, Cory. I missed that thread. I am wishing I'd made it a whoopee instead, as it's slow to tie/untie every time it's moved when blocking down big wood. The rigging thimble did nicely the one time I've used it. We rigged down some 400#-500# red oak chunks, and it did well.
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    02-01-2019
    I bought a set of the large rings last year, and spliced me up a set on a length of 3/4" Tenex Tec. I have used them a few times, and can tell a difference in the shock-loading of large pieces vs using a block. I know a lot of folks have gotten into using rings, and wondered if there is any drawback to them. I'm pondering getting another set (likely medium this time), and splicing a double set onto a whoopee sling. Here's the one I spliced up last year, along with the rigging thimble I spliced up. Any thoughts? Pros? Cons?
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    01-19-2019
    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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    01-19-2019
    I'd drive up there and drop them for $1000, and it's around 170 miles for me....
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    01-19-2019
    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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    01-19-2019
    We cut a HEAVILY-leaning ash tree the other day. It had two main forks, Primary slightly leaning, slightly lower one leaning very heavily to the west, with yet another off of it growing out at around 45*, also to the west. Fall had to be due north. I took the lowest one off, and set two pull lines, one in each fork. I put a block on the line from the one on the heavy leaner, through which I double-lined a rope back to my portable winch, which was set at about 15* out from directly behind the lean. This enabled me to flex that fork hard against the lean. The line from the most vertical fork went through a tail block, then a re-direct block, and back to the Boxer. I snugged the winch tight, snugged the Boxer tight, notched, back-cut, bumped the winch a tad, then used the Boxer to rip it over. Went smooth as butter. Without either of the lines, I could not have pulled it into the lay as it was hollow, and hinge was totally unreliable.
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    01-19-2019
    Gary, the difference is, that in this instance, the pull SHOULD be directly opposite the lean, so barring rope or TIP failure, there is no way that limb is going to be a hindrance. Each to hs own, but I like simple/fast when possible. As long as the pull line is set at least two forks above the long limb, I see no problem. As to what Ryan said, I'd say that tree is at least ~14" at knee-height...more than enough for a substantial hinge.
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  • treesmith's Avatar
    01-19-2019
    Why? Assuming there is no compromised wood in the few feet above that long limb, there is no reason not to expect the limb to go with the tree. If I were at all concerned with the limb, I would set a line on the limb out a few feet, then run it through the second fork above, thereby using the limb itself to lever the tree over. Second line in top if preferred... The biggest concern I'd have with that tree is the amount of pull distance required before the hinge broke, insuring that the entire tree was committed to the lay and that limb didn't cause roll/deflection due to huge failure if the pull ran out too quickly.
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    01-19-2019
    Looks like 1-1/2 hours and $400.....to put them on the ground....clean-up will be extry....
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    12-23-2018
    treesmith replied to a thread HUNTING 2017 in The Rec Room
    That's where I try to shoot all my deer. Absolutely no meat damage, and some room for error at longer ranges and with wind drift.
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    12-14-2018
    I bought a new MS 250 last week. I learned a long time ago that using a smaller/lighter saw for limbing while cleaning up makes for less wear on the back/shoulders at the end of the day.
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