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    Are you going to cut to size using chainsaw carpentry techniques?
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    Yes, agreed. I didn't think of that.
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    I bought some material (HDTP?) to make up stacking plates - so bad at getting to projects.
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Yeah glad you got contact. Bad deal there.
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    I like the rake to pole pruner idea. I have used up a bunch of black tape doing a temp attachment in the past. And I do have a 10 foot length of lightweight pipe with two ninety degree elbows on the other end to extend my blower reach and still blown down the roof. By the way, previous posts on chainsaw lanyards.....I extend the length of mine by girth hitching in a normal 10 inch saw loop with steel ring.
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    I would like to see Willies way. Sawdust between sounds good, I'll try that. Brian are you thinking of the triple tapers? I use those a bunch too.
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    To answer your question about how long a chipper should be able to run and not be too hot Fiona it is continually. Well, with shut downs for grease at 8 hrs or whatever your manual says and refueling. Too hot to touch on bearings would be indicative of problems coming on my chippers but there may be a possible exception if a hydro motor was closely attached to it and especially if in really hot weather. I would try to ascertain where most heat comes from by touch. Listening trick sounds good, and getting a bearing or motor sourced before failure - if it ever fails. A point of interest is that some bearings are made to take excess grease and let it flow through purging the old grease, while some are sealed and only meant to take a little as replacement for a small amount that weeps out. (If I understand the difference correctly. )
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    Kyle's post #21 covers it for me. I have been using steel fliplines and Gibbs or Petzel for decades, just recently tried going back to a prussic and am close to giving it up. (It use to work tolerably well on a 3/4 inch three strand I made up.)
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    1 Week Ago
    Sounds good.
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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Sean, that was great of you to warn me. Sean, I PM'd you about a Hobbs device for sale because I wasn't go to bid on it at first. Did you ever get that message?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Huh......interesting, thanks.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Kyle that,s the first time I have heard of or seen pictures of a pancake hood. What are the benefits?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Those look like a boot I might try for ground work, thanks for putting that up Stig. Shipped in three days, that's incredible. (If they answer the phone. :) )
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    2 Weeks Ago
    FFZero, Jim, are you getting any of my private messages through Tree House? Tried calling and texting an old number I had for you. Figured out late last night one way I might have screwed that up - had it programmed with a 1 in front of it. My number , thanks. (Came on an accident beside the road and Jim was kind enough to give me some info on dealing with EMT's/Firefighters.)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Good tip, thanks.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Would have liked to talk more Deva. My wife was there and my ground person and her fiancee. It was great to have my wife's modest interest in pruning get a huge shot in the arm when she saw pictures from year to year of what can be accomplished with proper applications of good pruning practices. Looking forward to more partnership in even better results. Edit : I like the class setting a lot....and......all the info is available free in video and written format from Ed Gilman.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Great diagnosis and shopping and dickering.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Ingenious idea! I should have thought of that. :)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Kombi is a killer unit. I have see rave reviews about the powerbroom on chips etc. Want one some time.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Great to know that Stihl is in the US now. And were those springs shipped to you free Brian? Good to know a reputable source.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Log arches in The Logging Forum
    :) Log arches are interesting. Before I had the Avant I needed to get five 14 inch conifers across a few hundred feet of soft/muddy field. I borrowed a Logrite arch about like that, lifted the but end and pulled them across and up hill with the chipper winch. I was going to buy one for myself - still would if one came up used at an affordable price. In researching I saw there were one or two guys near TreeStuff using a larger model to pull multi thousand pound millable logs back to their yard with SUVs or pickups.
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    02-07-2019
    Thanks for the info on high shots from the BS.
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    02-05-2019
    Or, red flexible gas pipe tubing screwed to the fender at a 45 angle. I leave 2.5 or 3 feet hanging off each side of my chipper all the time to watch its tracking while towing and for backing up. It just bends out of the way if I need to walk by close.
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    01-31-2019
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread My road trip. in Odds and Ends
    Great to see it all.
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    01-29-2019
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread My road trip. in Odds and Ends
    Sounds interesting Mick.
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    01-28-2019
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Cory I put some retired climbing 1/2 safety blue lines in trees to pull them. And as I wanted a comfortable ride down tried my (earlier) Akimbo leaving the settings as they were for use with Tacyon. Worked great. (Flip line was around stems for life support.)
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    01-19-2019
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Great post Jaime. If you're ever bored with inventing and want to teach other inventors how to go through the process and have people pulling for you the whole way you have a lot to offer in that area as well.
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    01-19-2019
    $5 a bag, that's great. Do you have sources for free bags? Around here all the small breweries get their grain in 40 lb sacks or some such. They gladly give them away and only ask you how many hundred you would like.
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Logged for a season after I decided college wasn't for me. Went into tree work as a way to continue doing work I liked but, more on my terms. Tried other businesses when I was in enough back pain and believed the umpteenth Doctor/Chiro./Professional who told me I had to change careers. Got back into tree work when I found I could personaly manage back pain. Pulled D's in high school English.
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