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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    07-02-2018
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Friction creator? in Climbing Forum
    Pretty much. Simple and effective.
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    06-29-2018
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Friction creator? in Climbing Forum
    I've faced similar issues with mechanicals when descending off a crane. Used to just take a wrap around my feet to add some friction but messed up some expensive boots and started looking for an alternative. These days, i just pass a bight of rope through my side D or the bridge D on the Tree motion and clip a carabiner on the back side. when loaded, the biner jams against the D and creates enough friction to allow me not to burn up my hitch cord or heat up my mechanicals too much.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    05-11-2018
    My $.02. Pfanners are really nice, expensive and heavy but nice. and a little tight around the back for me. Husqvarna Tech Pants - My favorite all-around chainsaw pants. I have spent all summer in these, climbing, felling and ground work in Texas. Are they hot, of course. but bearable and the rear vents are a must. they fit a little bit more loosely than the Pfanners and that seems to help air move around the bits. Lately, I have been working in the new Elvex saw pants. They are using a new protective material, Prolar I think, that is super light but also meets all the U.S. and Canadian standards. Fit and finish arent as nice as Husqvarna Tech pants, but they are lighter and less expensive. I haven't tried the Cloggers, but i hear they have a new version coming out that is supposed to be pretty nice. Stihl - too bulky and stiff. not enough ventilation. probably fine for milder climates and ground work.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    03-23-2018
    Thanks. they're on the way!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    03-23-2018
    Anyone tried the new velcro foot straps that Buckingham for their spikes? I was pleasantly surprised with the velcro wrap pads and am hopeful the foot straps are equally as effective. https://www.linemenssupply.com/collections/climber-pads-straps/products/buckingham-hook-loop-climber-footstraps-41-21401c
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    02-14-2018
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Spiderjack 3 in Climbing Forum
    Nope. But honestly, its not a big deal. rope falls through it so easily that just leaving it on the rope is fine.
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    02-05-2018
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Spiderjack 3 in Climbing Forum
    Thanks for all the responses. I have adjusted the brake in a good deal and changed ropes. Both of which helped, but it was a different rope that made the biggest difference. I was using an 11.7 that really flattened out in the cam. Switched to a 12.5 that is much better at staying round and it really helped. and, as you all said, the more i use it, the better control i have. I have been a Zig-Zag climber for a while and it really is a great device. Got the SJ3 to test and it certainly tails rope cleaner than the ZZ, but the learning curve is quite steep. So, pros and cons.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    01-25-2018
    TreeRhino started a thread Spiderjack 3 in Climbing Forum
    So I ended up with a Spiderjack 3 and have started playing around with it and am running in to an issue that almost makes it unusable and i wonder if I'm missing something. The problem is descent. this thing is either 100mph or nothing. i can't seem to get much in between the two. I adjusted the brake in and that seems to help some, but I'm wondering if anyone out there has spent some time with this thing and if you have any tips on how to better feather the descent. I'm currently using an 11.7 mm rope and I'm wondering if going to a smaller cam would help. Thanks!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    01-18-2018
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    I have run many of their units. They are excellent. TOugh, simple and their service is awesome. i think they are even putting out an insulated one this year.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    01-11-2018
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Climber Weight in Climbing Forum
    So I'm 6'3" and have ranged from 220-250 over the last 19 years in this business. Right now I'm about 230 which, coincidentally, is what i weighed when i graduated from high school where i was an athlete. Granted, I was an offensive lineman and the weight was an attribute. I've been lighter and heavier over the years, usually in direct proportion to how much i was working and how much beer i was drinking. I have always been able to keep up with most everyone I've worked with, and I've worked with some no-bullshit, bad-ass climbers. While I'd like to say that my weight has never held me back, it's hard to say because I've never not carried the weight. My advantage was being smarter than the average bear and creative and resourceful in how i approached my work. Over the years, I've had my fair share of injuries. Mostly knee problems and a nice new case of pretty wicked arthritis in my hands. What I've come to understand is that more than my weight, it has been my age and conditioning that have been the greatest limitations. As i have aged and my physical conditioning has gone back and forth, I can still do all the things i used to do, just not for as long and the recovery time from an injury or a hard day is much longer. So, to the OP. Could you be an occasional climber performing simple pruning and maybe some straightforward removals? I certainly don't think that your weight alone should preclude you from it. Should you lose weight? Of course. if not for the climbing then for your heart. And climbing might be a good way to help you along the road to better conditioning. The more i climb, the better i feel both physically and mentally. My wife always knows when I've been out climbing a big nasty tree all day because I come home all pumped up and bouncing off the walls. Conversely, when i get stuck in the office for a day she knows as well--I'm all tired and mopey. Will you ever be a "climber," in the vein of a full time production climber? Probably not. But that doesn't seem to be your goal. I think it would be presumptuous of any of us to give a definitive "NO," on the question and, frankly, a bit arrogant and elitist as well.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    09-05-2017
    You know, I go back and forth on basal anchors. One day they freak me out, the next I think they make the most sense. For now though, I'm sticking with my canopy anchors and my hybrid anchor.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    09-05-2017
    I've considered that and it works well but requires retrieval at the endomof the climb. Not a huge deal, but I try to finish near the ground. I've been running a butterfly for my anchor with a pinto below it to fair lead the knot and that works pretty well for managing the friction, though it can still take a mighty tug with multiple redirects.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    09-05-2017
    So i generally only use canopy anchors when ascending and working on an SRT system and struggle to advance my PSP (TIP) efficiently. I understand that a basal anchor system would make this a whole lot easier, but i just don't like my line in the work zone--too much risk, for me, of it getting damaged inadvertently by ground operations. That being said, I often don't start off with the PSP (TIP) that i eventually want to work the whole tree with. Either because the throwline gods aren't with me that day or because i can't see well enough to be confident in what I'm anchoring to. In any case, once i get up and can inspect further, I often want to advance my canopy anchor, but it is very cumbersome. Recently, my strategy has been to leave my original PSP where it is and toss the tail of my rope over a higher crotch to elevate my TIP. By doing this, I am essentially turning my canopy anchor in to a basal anchor of sorts (with the basal part up in the tree and out of the way) with all that implies (higher potential loading, etc...) but am quite careful about what i redirect over. My questions are as follows: 1) Am I missing a hazard here that could come back to bite me? 2) Is there another way to do this that would be as simple and not require extra gear and/or retrieval of said gear at the end of the climb? Thanks!
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    05-12-2017
    TreeRhino started a thread SRT & Cranes in Climbing Forum
    When I'm setting chokers off the line/ball, I always use DdRT so i can descend and remove my line before the cut is made. Lately, I've heard of people using SRT in this situation and I'm curious how you would remove your line before the cut? I suppose you could choke your line off and use the tail to remove it but that seems like a pain. Am i missing something? Thanks, guys!
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    08-26-2016
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Sena industrial in Gear Forum
    Petzl Alveo and Stein helmets thus far, but i think they will work on most any. I may have to retract a pro i stated earlier in that i'm not sure if they will do a true four-way without the linking unit. the manual makes it sound like it will in one place, but in another uses the old language of using the bridge connection. I have contacted Sena to resolve this but at this time, i haven't had any luck with a straight four-way. (hehehee)
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    08-25-2016
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Sena industrial in Gear Forum
    Typically, whether with the SMH 10's or the new ones, I only experience static if I'm getting out of line of sight, like behind a house, or if the mic cable/connection is loose or damaged. i had a pair of 10's that i was sure had a problem but it turned out the connection between the mic and the unit had some dirt and corrosion in it from sweat and dust. That being said, I do occasionally have some random static with all of them for no good reason, but it is usually short-lived. My guess is that there is some signal interference from another source. Most likely it is a Wi-Fi router or a cordless phone which are the most common culprits.
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    08-25-2016
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Sena industrial in Gear Forum
    Thats me!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    08-23-2016
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Sena industrial in Gear Forum
    So, I have a few pairs of the new TuffTalks. I've been running them for a few days and so far they are pretty nice. Functionality is pretty much the same as the SMH line with a few additional features, beyond the obvious, that i am liking a lot. 1) Battery - The unit comes with two batteries and an external charger so you can be charging one while using the other. but, you probably won't need to do that because the battery lasts forever. seriously, I'm on day three of almost constant use and the battery hasn't died yet. Also, you can run them off of 3 AAA's if you want, though talk time is considerably less. 2) The ambient noise feature is pretty cool. If you are standing around talking face to face or need to hear something, no need to flip them up, just hit the button and it pipes in the ambient noise. It's a little tinny, but pretty nice. 3) Two Antennas. if you're going long range or out of a decent line of sight, the long antenna greatly improves performance. The small one is nice and compact and works well, though. 4) Noise cancelling. It seems to be even better than on older models like the SMH10. maybe its in my head but it seems to be more active in that if a guy is next to the chipper you can actually hear the chipper noise lessen after a second. 5) Intercom. It is a true 4-way intercom. One unit can now connect to three others without the clunky bridge unit. Much easier. 6) The Mic: Mounted on a metal boom and articulates up and down and front to back. Also easily replacable. The cons: 1) For the helmet mounted version, the cord that connects them is a little short. Its fine in a KASk or a Alveo, but in a traditional suspension helmet the muffs don't quite swing back far enough before the wire starts pushing down on your head. An extra three or four inches would solve that nicely. 2) A little bulky and heavy, but honestly, i quit noticing after about 15 minutes and certainly worth the advantages that come with this system. So, are they worth the price? As was pointed out earlier, when you take the cost of a SMH10, add helmet and ear protection, your pretty close to that mark anyways. the ability to easily swap them between different peoples helmets without having to stew in someone elses sweat is priceless. I got pretty good at setting up the SMH10's on a helmet but it still took some time to get it right and it was always a bit messy and not quite perfect. For me, the positives are worth the cost. If you have been using the previous units, you know how much they can impact safety, stress levels, productivity and these just make it far easier to use. i haven't had a crew or crane operator yet that hasn't loved them. In fact, my local crane guys keep hounding their boss to buy them some!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    07-20-2016
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Sena industrial in Gear Forum
    Later this summer and, if i remember correctly, $299 a set. Interestingly, Sena designed these specifically for our industry. they saw what we were doing with their product and designed these to meet our needs then recognized their potential in other fields. They are pretty excited about them.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    06-06-2014
    Thats it!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    06-06-2014
    Thanks, man. I'll give it a go!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    06-04-2014
    in a friction saver or hip prussik application it jams way less and is easier to move after being loaded but holds better than a four coil.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    06-04-2014
    Can you send me a link? still cant find it being tied with a loop. only a piece of cordage.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    06-04-2014
    OK, so I'm trying to tie a schwabisch with a closed loop and, for the life of me, I cannot get it right. If you have ever used a Sherrill adjustable friction saver, you'll have seen this and if i have one to compare and deconstruct, I can do it, but alas, when i pulled mine out i had, at some point, retied it with a 6-coil. Likely because I couldn't remember how to tie it! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    05-20-2014
    TreeRhino replied to a thread HAAS Knee Ascender in Gear Forum
    anyone have issues with the rope coming out of the ascender on the HAAS and not feeding well into the foot ascender? i love the thing, just cant get it to work quite right.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    05-20-2014
    i use a bar smaller than the stump by about a third. the bore in, level as possible and use the top of the bar, pushing with my leg. i usually am pretty close to matching on the far side and the chips in the cut keep the stump from pinching. not perfect, but usually works out pretty well
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    05-20-2014
    I used to clip in to my belt loop but went with zip ties a while back. It's surprising how small a zip tie will hold your weight. i've found, in my testing, that the zip tie usually doesn't break, but the locking part fails and they run out. FWIW
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    01-03-2014
    TreeRhino replied to a thread STAYING ALIVE in Climbing Forum
    For me, its all about visualization. I look at the situation (rigging, environment, tree, etc...) and visualize exactly what will happen when i cut. If I can't say with a reasonable degree of certainty what is going to happen, I stop, rethink the plan, ask for help, whatever, until I know whats going to happen. at that point, its a final systems check of my gear, a final chat with my crew and off we go.
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    11-04-2013
    It will. I run one of the SMH10's fro the crane operator. Awesome!
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  • TreeRhino's Avatar
    10-24-2013
    TreeRhino replied to a thread Helmet comms in Gear Forum
    So, an update. I have continued to use them pretty extensively. Both for crane work and for training purposes. i talked a new guy through his first removal the other day and, man, what a revolution. no yelling, about 1/100th of the frustration and it all went perfectly. Way more effective than yelling and the client didn't even know we were training! I ordered the SPH10 for crane operators. On the first job with it, the operator tried to drive off with it. he was totally sold and was talking us up to the neighbors. pretty cool. yes the velcro adhesive sucks. i ended up pulling it off and gluing the mic to the helmet with LocTite plastics bonder. it has a primer and a glue. works awesome. I have the SMH10's mounted on Steins and the 10R's mounted on Alveo's. I like the 10R's on the Alveo the best.
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