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    4 Hours Ago
    I forgot, you have the portable winch. If descend on my climbing line and ride back up on the rigging line, pulled by the winch, while advancing my climbing system.
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    7 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Tree 'elevator' in Climbing Forum
    I left out the climber's climbing system. Its not a guess wrong, freefall to your death thing. If you can't magically guess, you start out with too heavy log, say 250#, and cut a small chunk off to lighten it, 225#. Maybe too heavy, still for me, cut off 10 pounds, maybe 15. 200 pounds geared up, and 210 pounds on the other side. There will be some friction at the block. You can go up or down with about 20# of effort, not 200. I've been a fan of the Wraptor for years, and think its one of those things like getting along without expensive 4wd. It's expensive until the day it saves you a bunch of money, and then the next time it saves you a bunch, and the next time, until its paid for itself and making your money. When Bob Stewart was coming up and I was going down from 100', I put a friction hitch on his side of the rope, and attached it to me to compensate for the 40 or so pound difference. I forgot what we did to pass and once I was lower than him, but it was done safely, years ago. Both climber and counterweight can be tied mid-line, so that there is control line below each. Easy enough.
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    7 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Tree 'elevator' in Climbing Forum
    With a log or people, or both? Don't we routinely suspend load over someone, climber or groundie?
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    7 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The old employee thing...he's got it together enough, and does a good job, and wants to work AMAP, but has 6 kids, 3 at home, and his wife just relapsed, going in for treatment. Good thing Big Pharma flooded the US with opiates. The FF Cadet seems pretty solid, and appreciated that it was a boring day of tree work, with no OH SHIT! or That Was Close! moments. He's moving back to Seattle in a month, upon completion of his FF training. He's looking forward to work tomorrow and Friday, with the FF academy taking up T/ TH. Maybe he can help with peripheral stuff on the weekends. Iron is ready to work anytime. I need to look into a small grapple truck with small Kboom. The mini can bring stuff right to the truck. My friend plumbed a hydraulic winch onto his boom, which has proven useful over the years. That would help. Most of my customers want mulch, though. I've chipped enough.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread milling thread in Chainsaws!
    look at granberg.com. that's their style. Some just go 10* or so, with full skip.
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    8 Hours Ago
    Started a Tree "elevator" thread.
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    8 Hours Ago
    From the other Tree with a View thread. An idea for lack of a power-ascender, with need to go to the ground and back up a bunch. Bob/ Bstewart and I set one up for rec climbing/riding people at Zipfest about 7 years ago, at Shadow of the Sentinels. One person would counterweight the other person, with a management for weight disparity between riders.
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    8 Hours Ago
    Filet o' fir.
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    21 Hours Ago
    Could you set up an 'elevator' with a log of your weight as counterweight? After dropping the big piece, the groundie would be able to roll a chunk of wood over, clove hitch it or whatever, midline on the tail/ standing end, and you would be able to drop down on your climbing rope, clipped onto the typical working side of the rigging rope. When you descend, the rope would pull up the counterweight. When you land, anchor the rigging line to the LD, and detach from the climbing system. When you go up, its reversed. The log will come down and you will go up. -I'm guessing it might have two guys to untie some of the rigging, so that's why I suggest the counterweight on the other end of the rope. Bob/ Bstewart and I set up a 2-person 'elevator' at Zipfest on Sunday. A bunch of different people went up and down. Had to compensate for significant weight differences between two riders. I outweigh Bob significantly enough that I put a hitch-cord on rope as a brake. Not an issue with a log that can be trimmed down. Wraptors are great, but who knows how long they will be available. I might buy a back-up. I really need other things first. Frank (monkeylove?) on TB may be selling his.
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    21 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Hitch Hiker Hitch in Climbing Forum
    Brocky, what do you weigh, geared up? Dave, you're a lean, mean fighting machine. You might not lock a hitch as hard as someone heavier. Hitches are finicky with different weights. I had to have a discussion with a pitchy dead grand-fir today, so no experimenting. I'll try some tomorrow...some cedar climb time after the fir cleaned things up a bit.
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    21 Hours Ago
    true
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    1 Day Ago
    Good luck, Butch! We're all pulling for you.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Stacking mucho lumber, again, better, and more sorted and on pallets. Wet-erization, rather than winterization. Working on some drainage on my barn. Going to break my break from tree work, been off all last week doing maintenance. Start small with a dead grand fir, then move onto the 5' dbh stumpy cedar. It stands by itself, and I didn't measure, but it looks short for its girth. What could I do with some big cedar slabs? Table-tops for picnic tables? I've got to take the 20"+ stuff, one way or another. A local guy has a Lucas Slabber that would handle some girth. I should give him a text, now.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Blaming someone is different that analyzing the dangerous situation that could have been really bad to prevent it from becoming really, really bad another time. You know, the accident triangle, so many near-misses... If I couldn't trust someone to keep a winch line (a rope actually attached to the chipper, known to be by the active chipper, etc, etc) out of the chipper, could I ever trust them with a climbing/ rigging rope out during chipping? That's what kills people...the window to stop the 'accident' of a climbing or rigging rope that the chipper starts eating is about zero seconds before someone's life could be in danger.
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    2 Days Ago
    Pardon, if a duplicate, I just really like it http://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?item=8011 Woodchuck skidderoon, ergonomic. The red choker is readily removed, if desired, leaving a nice pickeroon.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Flushable wipes will flush. They aren't readily-self-destructing in pipes.
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    3 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    GP, remembering you use a hand truck, I thought I'd post this simple, extremely useful mod. Pretty good log for two hands. Couldn't do it with one... That is, lever the log up onto the hand truck. One finger to roll on flat pavement, two for smooth lawn. No lifting manually to load. I've rolled the front end of heavy logs onto the trailer, pivoted the log off, lifted the back end and slid it on. Easy to buck the log 80%, off of the ground, with less bending, then dump with the uncut part up, if possible.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    7000# mbs, not swl. Do your feed wheels work while your winch has power? My experience is with a Bandit. How did the hook/ biner end up in the chipper the first time? The second time? Seems like two people getting involved in one person's job, frankly, or a poor process. Best I can tell, one guy hooks at the drop zone. Second guy pulls in, resets, starts feed, stops wheels, reels in winch line so it can't get eaten, same person re-engages feed wheels. One person throughout, or one person to hook, then continue in the drop zone or whatever, while one person does the rest of the process. If you want something to occasionally go wrong, have two people doing one person's work. If you want it to go right, involve one competent person. Kyle, facetious. What, you want to go home at night? All ten fingers?
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    4 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    How funny, I say, 1. Don't get hurt. 2. Don't break/ lose stuff 3. Get some work done That's the priority order.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Lego catamaran set to help assemble. Movie night. Tacos or something. Easy slide into the weekend. Dark earlier means easier for putting kid to bed. Ok-to-wake type alarm clock for her is on the way, should help me to be able to sleep in a bit, when she wants to know about getting up in the morning, and not knowing what time it is. I might use one in my bedroom, too. Sometimes I wake at 2 oclock, sometimes at 545, sometimes 720. Looking up and seeing a red light (go back to sleep, aka NFW) at 2 am would help me doze back without wondering if its close to 6am. Sharper Image used to market a clock that slowly brightened the room, rather than just an noisy alarm. I think that might be a little more age-appropriate. Trailer brakes, and grinder bearings in hand, to get ready for some hauling next week. Truck is ready at the mechanic's (brake line and suspension part).
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    4 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    at least carry a throw line, if not a rappelling rope, and a way to connect to your body. Fall arrest harnesses might not be capable.
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    4 Days Ago
    Sometimes, a hold-back line might be useful, as insurance that it doesn't let go early, into the lift.
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    4 Days Ago
    No, not for working off of. Climb up ladder with self-belay, groundie moves ladder to next tree, prune on the way down, descend. Set a line... rinse and repeat. I had an apartment complex with deodor cedars too close to the building, 25' and under. Rinse and repeat x40.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    True enough, Mick, if they do everything else well. It's so easy to learn to tie a knot that is the basic bread-and-butter knot of the industry, though, at least IME. I can get most people tying it in 5 minutes or less. It's more complicated than a clove hitch. That usually takes about 1 minute to teach. A lot of people over-complicate stuff, though. Your double-slipped square knot, aka, your shoe-string knot, as best I can tell, is harder than a bowline, IMO. IME, learning means less doing-it-the-hard way. My employee says that he's definitely had to sharpen his critical thinking skills working for me. He's learned that it's mostly easier and safer to go get the make-it-easier tools, or think your way around a problem (like use a hand-truck, arbor trolley, trailer, lever (peavey, for example), wedge, the ground, gravity) than fight stuff. Less breakage, too, when you're organized. He applies similar tactics at home about good communication, planning the work-working the plan-assessing if the plan worked, etc. GP, Rich/ Treebilly mentioned that two marls and a tail will pull almost anything with a chipper winch, IIRC. Maybe several layers of plywood glue-laminated together, and cut into a wooden hook. haha. Kyle, are you some sorta safety nazi, too, who wants to go home at the end of the day like the day was no big deal, biz as usual, no near-misses? For real, you hit the nail on the head, for me. What I like about working for myself is that I don't get put into bad situation by others. Time and again, people have proven to be the biggest threat to me...their judgments, actions and/ or inactions.
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