• HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-18-2016
    Never, never forget the figure 8 stopper knot if you're running climbing line for a long lanyard.
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    05-17-2016
    You still order from their office in California. From what I've seen on the parcels their postmarked from Windsor,Ontario. Never got charged duty and other border charges.
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    05-17-2016
    I might have to go back to Baileys as they have a warehouse in Canada where I can get a break on the duties taxes. Shipping is better too. Last time I ordered big out of the U.S. from TreeStuff our Canadian dollar was worth 5 cents more then the U.S dollar.....sure a shock right now. But we're slowly climbing back to where we were. It seems as I get up in my later years, a more of a penny pinch I get every day :)
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-17-2016
    TreeStuff order today. 6 chipper knives ($43 ea) 10 Greenteeth ($8 ea) (low inventory ) Shipping $47 Taxes duties $68 Coupon discount $17 Grand total $447 U.S. Add 20% ( $90) $537 CDN:O I didn't bother with the rope this order (Samson 1/4" Amsteel X 200 ft with double eye splice) Fast shipping though....under 2 weeks.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-16-2016
    I gotta order chipper knives and some rope from them tomorrow, thanks for reminding me Sean.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-16-2016
    Very nice hinge work Cory, looks like ash to me . Right? All I had to today was stumps, some mighty big ones though. From 2 feet of snow a couple days ago to 80F today.
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    05-14-2016
    yeah I heard that too. I think you can buy a AC inverter to plug into your cigerette lighter from most automotive store. I just tried my charger again in my truck plugin and it charges just fine even with the motor not running. Might help that my pickup has two batteries but I do idle the engine abit just to be safe to not drain the batteries too much.
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    05-14-2016
    Mick, my truck has it built in. Doesn't power the charger as well as a home outlet but does the job.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-14-2016
    Having said the above I'm seriously thinking of buying a 536 rear handle now while the sale is still on. $520 and comes with a 14" b/c, I already have the charger and 2 batteries. Perfect little saw for doing light ground work like limbing and taking out bushes etc. Even felling and bucking. The less I use a noisy gas saw the better and will drum up more business as I work in a shift worker city.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-13-2016
    Hazard risk assessment and a rope pull from the ground should determine that rather then be a guinea pig up there......
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-13-2016
    Any further north I'd be in the tundra Sean. Days get longer in June here, up to 22 hours of daylight and the sunset and sunrise merge together.....kinda weird. When I had employees years ago working up here we were putting in 16-18 hour days for 4 days straight. Look like you got your work cut out for you with that old maple. Sounds complicated how you explained your plan of action. Funny to hear about a bidding process, I never had to do that in all my life. No one to bid against:)
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-13-2016
    Forest drops with not a target in sight:lol: Sorry Stig I just couldn't resist........
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-12-2016
    Finally stopped snowing and clear sky in the horizon. It's 10:15 PM central time with a nice sunset, was alot prettier 15 minutes ago.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-12-2016
    Jed, yeah I got some shop time for the next few days......4:00 today and still snowing like crazy.
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    05-12-2016
    Could be worse, a few years back my brother in Calgary had snow like this in July.
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    05-12-2016
    No coffee on the deck this morning and it's still snowing. 95F (35 C) last week
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-11-2016
    Thanks Sgriff, I think I got my pricing right for what I'm capable of doing. If they don't like it too bad.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-11-2016
    32 F now with snow. We had 90 F last week.
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    05-11-2016
    Forgot the pics, rough day as it rained half the day and now snowing.
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    05-11-2016
    Had an interesting job today. Took out 8 - 20 year old Shubert choke cherry with stumps for a local senior citizens housing unit. They no longer wanted to deal with the purple berries being tracked into their building. Last pic you'll notice a lady in white approaching from behind the bus shelter dragging a branch from her house next door. She wanted me to chip that limb but when she realized I was removing the choke cherries she started screaming and crying that I must stop cutting those trees because they make her neighborhood beautiful with their purple leaves. She even called city hall telling them to stop me but that fell on deaf ears and the city owns the seniors home. Boring job otherwise but it did pay me $1,325.00 for 5 hours of work by myself:D
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-11-2016
    Well said Peter, I like that 8) That's my right hand, Husqvarna 562XP with 18" Cannon Super Mini bar with Stihl 23RS .325 chain running on a 7 pin rim. Without my saws I would be a mere individual.:D
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    05-10-2016
    Little job I got out of the road this morning for bigger jobs coming up. Felled and cut up small for the homeowner 8 poplars leaning over his garage and up against a 12K or bigger line with a Limits Of Approach of 5 feet. Ivan a Manitoba Hydro linesmen did a disconnect and reconnect of the old fashioned 3 wires for me, then upgraded it with a tri plex on the reconnect.
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    05-10-2016
    43 inch DBH northwest poplar I felled. Was planted 45 years ago which is incredible for our short growing seasons way up here in northern Canada.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Yep alot bigger fires here never made the news but 90,000 people getting evacuated from a place that greatly helps drive the Canadian and American economy definitely has opened a few eyes.
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    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Falling Spikes in Chainsaws!
    What size of bar on that little beast......20 inch?:lol:
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    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Falling Spikes in Chainsaws!
    :lol: you guys aren't serious are you??
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    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    92F at the start of May in northern Alberta is definitely a heat wave but you have to factor in heat being absorbed from the sun by the dark green landscape of the Boreal Forest. I logged in this forest when it was -40 below on a bright sunny day, snow was melting off the dark green spruce branches. It's been a weird spring as others here have commented, El Nino is definitely rearing it ugly head. Thank goodness California is getting some more moisture.
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    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Read the story Raj.....
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    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    The Japanese tried it in 1944. Here's a good read, memories of stories from my childhood days in Saskatchewan. http://kentondejong.com/blog/the-bombing-of-saskatchewan
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-07-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Sorry I wasn't clear, I meant other recent fires in Alberta were arson started like the firefighters son for example I just saw the CTV news yesterday and they said there was no reports of sightings of lightning in the Fort Mac area prior to the fires. So I think man made is the culprit whether it's accidental or arson.
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    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread How is an 038 Mag in Chainsaws!
    Back in the day Stihl 038 was a great summer saw and the Husqvarna 266 / Jonsered 630 were great winter saws. The solid carb mount to the cylinder on the Husky and Jonsereds kept the carb from freezing up in winter, but would vapor lock in the summer. The rubber intake manifold on the Stihl isolated the carb from cylinder heat in the summer, but the carb would freeze up in the winter.
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    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Trouble today is arson is a major problem what now looks like what happened in Fort Mac. Already a couple of arsonists have been charged in Alberta, one of them was a firefighters son looking forward to a season of steady employment.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-06-2016
    Crazy way to remove trees. Before I moved into Thompson here a few years back, there was a guy here who had a big crane with a basket hanging off the hook with a man and chainsaw inside........
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Fire makes our Boreal Forest healthy. About every 150 years it's completely burned in patches of rotation . We do have the odd big spruce tree that have escaped the fires and lived to be 300 years or more. As long as forest land is protected as a park and fires and logging is kept out with people living in them we will have problems.
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    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Living with trees has its risks alright I see it all the time up here in Thompson dead center in the heart of the Boreal Forest. Like Fort Mac we only have one highway into our community surrounded by thousands of square miles of heavy forest that deer can't even adapt too. My advice is all communities at risk of forest fire should have a wide perimeter of forest logged out to be used as a fire break. That's what Fort Mac should have done years ago. Hard to do though as with the desolate tar sands in the background you want to make your community look as green as possible.
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    Not all of Canada is covered by the Boreal Forest. Any fuel wood from drought or insects is not a problem in the Boreal Forest. Funny how little most people know of the world's largest forest.
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    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    No pine beetle up at Fort Mac. This is the Boreal Forest.. Mostly spruce, jack pine, balsam fir and tamarack. If any dead trees are seen by outside sources they're not dead, they're just tamarack (larch ) with dead brown winter needles. They're just starting to green up now. This fire was man made and with perfect conditions of hot weather and strong winds the conifer burn like gasoline.
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    05-06-2016
    HolmenTree replied to a thread Fort McMurray in Odds and Ends
    No recent lightening strikes in the Fort McMurray area so speculation the fire was man made. We had a fire here in our Manitoba Boreal forest a few years back . Luckily no towns were in the way but damage was intense. Heavy spruce and pine forest burning under strong winds with plus 90 F/30 C temps burn so hot that the fire makes its own weather like lightening, tornadoes. That fire burnt an area the size of Vermont. A couple of "a- holes" from Vancouver B.C. tweeted they hope Alberta and the oil sands burns to the ground because they caused the problem in the first place. Those guys better fear for their lives....
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-04-2016
    Thanks Fi, I also have a video of the tree falling from my daughter but we're trying to figure out how to edit it as it's quite long. Today's phone camera capabilities are amazing, so easy to take top quality pics and vids. Also great for taking before and after pics of jobs for references later
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  • HolmenTree's Avatar
    05-04-2016
    Same here.
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