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    06-30-2018
    Anyone have any suggestions on what this could possibly be?
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    01-07-2018
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/american-chestnut-tree-find-1.4468043 Another decent size Castanea dentata has been found. This one was found in Ontario.
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    12-13-2017
    Congratulations! A friend of mine lost 90 lbs over the course of a couple of years after quitting drinking! Keep it up!
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    12-13-2017
    Don't we all need a little encouragement to shrink our waist size? :P
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    12-13-2017
    Let me check when I get home. I will take a measure of it and see. How much are you willing to offer on it? Mine has barely been used because I only do tree work occasionally on the weekends. I thought I would be doing more tree work but I ended up getting a job at an Arboretum and sadly the majority of my work is from the ground. Plus, what tree work I do at the Arboretum is done with the harness and equipment supplied by my work and so I don't use the MCRS.
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    12-13-2017
    If it was a size 1 I might be able to help you out. Best of luck my friend!
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    11-26-2017
    Kabir424 replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    I have the Silky file to use on my Sugoi blades. And...I have yet to use it. I have a couple of dull blades I need to take out to the garage and figure out how to sharpen.
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    07-31-2017
    This is not me. I certainly wish this guy a speedy recovery. I am glad to hear that his doctors and confident he will recover fully. Stay safe out there folks. It's worth a trip to the top to inspect your tie in point. It sounds like this guy didn't do that and payed for it. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zT0l1SLKTyQ?ecver=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    02-06-2017
    Any regrets? Did you sink a bunch of time and money into something that didn't pay off and set you back? For someone starting off from the beginning, are there any particular pitfalls you remember you wish you had avoided?
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    02-05-2017
    Are there any relatively inexpensive items, methods, or assets you wish you had acquired at the start of your business? Is there anything that would have made your work and business so much easier from the start?
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    12-22-2015
    The American Chestnut Foundation is backcrossing the Chinese Chestnut into the American Chestnut. The nuts are great but for a lot of humans the important part is the lumber. It grows faster than oaks, is easy to work for furniture or other woodworking, is quite strong, and is very rot resistant. It would be a wonderful timber to have available again and since it comprised as much as 30% of the forest it was a big loss when the blight functionally wiped them out. The American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation is working on finding and selecting naturally resistant American Chestnuts. They aren't interested in crossing at all with the Chinese Chestnut for blight resistance.
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    12-21-2015
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/17/459203467/in-the-maine-woods-a-towering-giant-could-help-save-chesnuts The last thread about this had to be deleted. Apparently when Jomo embedded the link to the audio for this it locked the thread. I didn't even know we could do that and I am glad he attempted because that would have been nice. I guess we shouldn't try that again. Anyways, I realize this is a repost but if anyone is still wanting to discuss it they can and if anyone in the future is searching the forums for American Chestnut info at least this will be here.
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    11-30-2015
    It should be a very large improvement over the Weaver cotton 4-Dee saddle I have been using. Now I just have to wait with so much anticipation. It's a good thing TreeStuff ships so quickly.
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    11-30-2015
    I ended up buying the MRCS along with a couple of hundred dollars worth of other stuff from TreeStuff. I was going to order through SherrillTree and get the Ergovation but they weren't offering the discount that I originally thought they would so I went with someone else. I know I probably would have been happy with either choice.
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    11-21-2015
    This feedback actually helps a lot. Thanks!
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    11-20-2015
    I don't have a supplier within 400 miles of me that carries an Ergovation or really anything more advanced than the Weaver I am currently using. That's why I am crowdsourcing any info I can.
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    11-20-2015
    I finally have some cash I can drop on a decent saddle and give back the basic Weaver saddle I have been borrowing from my boss. I am leaning towards the Ergovation and I can get it new for about $405. But I am also intrigued by the Matt Cornell Rope Saddle which I can get for about $465. If anyone has extensively used both and can comment that would be great. And I am open to other suggestions for saddles. It will mainly be for pruning and not as much removals. Possibly in the future we will do more removals but for now it's mainly moving around in the trees doing pruning.
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    11-17-2015
    Does anyone have a favorite pair of sunglasses that don't make me think I should have a rod and reel in one hand and some Keystone Light in the other? This is not necessarily to disparage any of those because I have had my share of terrible beer and I do enjoy fishing. I also have worn plenty of sunglasses that make me think I should be fishing. In fact, I am wearing a pair of the Jackson Nemesis glasses right now. They are cheap and effective. But, when it gets down to it, they aren't my style. I usually wear sunglasses like the ones below but I can't seem to find a good pair of PPE eyeware that looks like that. Do y'all have any favorites?
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    11-11-2015
    And now I need to find myself a Jennifer Connelly.
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    11-11-2015
    Now if someone would just invent a light saber, tree pruning could get a whole lot more interesting.
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    11-01-2015
    I use the Silky Sugoi 360. I also have used the Silky Zubat 300 a good bit. I personally prefer the larger blade of the Sugoi 360 and if you are planning on cutting larger stuff I would recommend to go pretty large. There is even the Silky Sugoi 420.
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    10-06-2015
    I am thinking a 10' height might be the sweet spot for me. What height do you all use and recommend? I am looking to order the Stokes telescoping ladder. Has anyone used the Hasegawa? Any idea if the price is justified? Does anyone have a recommendation for any other orchard ladders that have a telescoping leg?
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    09-21-2015
    Jeff, I think you might already have a chainsaw by now but in case you haven't check out Home Depot. If you are willing to take a step down from the CS-355 they are discontinuing the CS-330T. I have used one for a couple of years for my old boss and it has been very reliable and it was powerful enough for what we wanted to do. I just bought one the other day for myself when I saw it was discounted and I walked out the door with the saw for just over $200.00. I have been saving up to get the CS-355 but I couldn't pass up that deal.
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    05-18-2015
    Kabir424 replied to a thread Ziplines in The Rec Room
    I wouldn't if for no other reason than galvanized cable doesn't degrade due to uv light. Even the treated ropes will degrade over time. It's also not that much cheaper for comparable strength. You might save a chunk on shipping costs though if you are shipping the cable in rather than going local.
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    05-08-2015
    Kabir424 replied to a thread TreeStuff.Com!!! in Announcements!!!
    I swear there is some sort of invoice troll or goblin that lives at Treestuff's warehouse and takes items out of my orders or puts the wrong item in. I have had that same issue before a number of different times. Luckily their shipping is pretty fast and none of the items that were missing or incorrect were time crucial for me. I happily order from them and will continue to do so but it sure would be nice if they could figure out where they are going wrong. I haven't had this issue with either Sherrill or Wesspur.
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    04-07-2015
    :thumbup:
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    04-07-2015
    I didn't mean to offend you. I figured I was adding to the conversation and I am certainly fine with admitting where I am wrong(which you have pointed out and thank you for correcting me). I'm certainly not a shill for GRCS as I figure you are not a shill for Stein. I was just hoping to have some numbers so that people can understand how easy or hard it is to lift a branch of a certain weight. It apparently isn't that easy since we have to take in consideration the handle length. Also, I know you don't want to compare the two but when I saw Stein was coming out with this device I was immediately curious to hear how different it would be rather than the GRCS. Maybe I'm the only one that thought that though. Having videos like yours helps a lot to see the differences. But, considering they are the only two devices that I know of that are designed for this sort of job I would think it's only logical to look at comparisons between them.
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    04-07-2015
    I feel like an idiot. I do quite a bit of searching around on the internet and yet somehow I didn't check the manufacturer's website. Go figure. The mechanical advantage gear ratio is 5.4:1 according to their website located below. It claims the maximum rated capacity is about 1,500 lbs. If my math is right you need more than 250 lbs of turning force to raise a 1,500 lb branch. I don't see myself doing that anytime soon. That compares to the GRCS which would require either 34 lbs of force or 68 lbs of force depending on which gear ratio you went with. Of course it would take 4 or 8 times as many revolutions so I guess it's a trade off. You can attach a heavy duty electric drill to speed things up and to take some of the work out of it which is nice. I wish the RCW 3001 could do that. http://www.steinworldwide.com/proddetail.php?prod=SS-RCWINCH Nick, just a suggestion but putting that gear ratio in the product description on Tree Stuff could be useful for people comparing the RCW 3001 to the GRCS. EDIT: I would like to note that I realize if I was working with a 1,500 lb limb that I wouldn't be lifting the entire 1,500 lbs(at least initially) since it would be hinged at the base of the limb and the force tension would probably be coming at an angle and not directly overhead. At some point when I was in one of my physics classes I could calculate that if I was given a certain angle but it's been too many years and I haven't had to do that since my physics class.
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    04-07-2015
    The GRCS has the two settings of a 44:1 mechanical advantage and a 22:1 mechanical advantage. Does anyone know how Stein's RCW 3001 compares as far as its mechanical advantage for lifting? I am afraid my google fu has failed me and I can't seem to find any numbers.
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    02-22-2015
    The job is postponed until the couple in the house have some more money on hand. Since it's a removal for that tree we can do that anytime of year. There's plenty of pruning that we are busy with as it is on other properties. My guess is after they have their taxes squared away and they make sure they have some extra money on hand they will go for it. There are a few other pieces on the property they want removed as well now that they have had some time to think about it.
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    01-23-2015
    The most challenging part for me is how to safely rig the pieces down without hurting the roof or myself. I have a couple of different ideas from people here and I think I have a much better grasp of what I should do. Thanks to everyone for posting!
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    01-22-2015
    La becasse mentioned it being a wood shingle roof and it's not. It's actually an asphalt shingle roof that's probably a 3/12 pitch so it's even better to work off of than you were probably thinking. I think I will have to do a combination of that and what pantheraba above mentioned about using the hardwood in the background as a TIP and a rigging point. I will probably also take his suggestion of climbing straight up from the roof. Unfortunately, spurs won't do too much good until I get towards the point where that branch leader connects with the trunk because of how horizontal that branch is. They might help a little bit in one spot but most of that branch will be spent standing on it. Concerning using the hardwood in the background, I will of course be using separate branches with the rigging point above the TIP just in case the rigging point should fail. Unfortunately, that hardwood is a sweet gum and I don't know if its just my stigma against them but I don't trust their strength as much as other trees. In my area I see a lot of sweet gums with their tops broken off due to either high winds snapping them, getting diseased, or some combination there of. Personally, I would have to definitely do a closer inspection of that tree than if it was another hardwood. Also, pantheraba has demonstrated doing a high line which I hadn't even considered before. There's a nice tulip poplar on the other side of the house that would be behind where I was taking pictures. That is certainly taller than the poplar I would be working on. I just am not sure if it is tall enough and strong enough at that point to use. I will have to see.
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    01-22-2015
    I can't upload the other two files right now. That is possibly because they are over 4mb, maybe? It says "Upload of file failed." I will try and resize them if I can figure that out and post them later.
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    01-22-2015
    OP here. I have 4 pictures total but I could only upload 2 of them in this post. I will try and upload the other two in another post. Here is probably the best picture out of the lot. When I originally mentioned this tree I was relaying some information from the client. She had mentioned concern about the branch when I was first there but that wasn't really her focus because there was a lot more to do in the front. She later mentioned over the phone what I thought about removing the branch on that tulip poplar over the house. I asked her to describe the situation and I tried to recall what I had seen. After having been there for a couple of days doing work in the front and then later dropping some small Chinese parasol trees in the back I have had plenty of time to get a good look at the tree. Someone mentioned that taking off that large of a branch would be detrimental to the tree and probably cause big issues and I agree. If that limb should be cut then the whole tree should probably come down. The good news is that I have a couple of options for rigging off of other trees nearby. I can't really use the trees on the right because the neighbor doesn't want any involvement. So, if this was your tree to remove how would you do it? Hopefully I can get more pictures in another post. Here is a worse quality but closer shot of where the two branch leaders join at the trunk.
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    01-20-2015
    This is OP. I'm sorry I have been absent from here. I have busy with work including at this client's house. We decided not to cut that branch because of its size in proportion to the rest of the tree. The client is considering removing that tree entirely but is weighing their options. I think inevitably they will want it taken down. But, since it isn't pruning work and will be a removal that can happen any time and doesn't have to happen in the next month or so. I will get you all some photos of the tree tomorrow. They will probably be crappy cell phone pictures but it will be the best I can do.
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    01-14-2015
    Thanks again to everyone for all of your points and recommendations. I am going to drop by there tomorrow and do a second assessment of that poplar limb in the back. I did get the go ahead from the client to do the rest of the work beginning next week with the understanding that they might see a certain amount of reduction in their quote if I decide not to do that limb. I will try and get y'all some pictures when I drop by tomorrow.
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    01-14-2015
    Bingo. It gets a bit vertical towards the tip but that doesn't help me much when the branch is only a few inches in diameter. It's unsteady limb walking the whole way out.
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    01-14-2015
    The poplar branch is a concern for the client because it goes so far out over the house and due to its size. We have tornadoes come through all of the time and even a small tornado could stress that branch due to its position and size. I am personally not concerned at all about the client dictating my price because if I don't think I can do it safely then I am backing out of the job and referring a different company. This is why I was asking on here for any bright ideas to more safely secure myself. I am still in the beginning stages of tree work and I don't have the experience to negotiate a crane job. I know and respect other companies in the area that can do that. I have a number of different sized webbing slings for girth hitching on limbs for footing. I am not as experienced in that as I would like but I have done it at least a dozen times successfully and only one instance of not being successful(a safe swing towards the trunk with no saw running and nothing hurt but my pride).
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