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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Simpson chainsaw-powered capstans are smooth, as are a lot of capstans.
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    A trick to stack two wedges very dependably, or even 3, is to gut the hinge from the face toward the back, all the way through with Bore-cut 1. Go around the back of the tree. Bore cut 2 just below Bore-cut 1, back toward front, half way through the trunk or more, about 1/2" below the Bore-cut 1, leaving a small bit of wood between the two kerfs. If you want plunge in again, put Bore-cut 3 about 1/2" below Bore-cut 2, vertically aligned with Bore-cut 1. Wood on top of plastic, on top of wood, on top of plastic, on... Set all three wedges (moderate tapering and good condition, tip to striking end), #1, #2, #3, #1, #2, #3. Then drive all three, #1, #2, #3, #1, #2, #3. until they're tight and the wood is somewhat compressed between. Cut the two remaining sides of the back-cut, up to the gutted hinge. Drive, you wedges, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3... If there's a chance of the wedges spitting out, use the sides of the back-cut for other back-up wedges, kept tight while driving 1,2,3. I've never had any spit-out issues doing this. Stacked wedges plastic on plastic wedges, yes a few times. Back-up wedges safe the day. All in all, about 3 pounds of plastic, and an ax. If you shave the bark off the hinge area, you can sometimes find hidden branch stubs in the hinge, and also watch the hinge flex, or start to split. Be sure to tip the tree, not jack it up off the hinge. I've used this triple-stack quite successfully in backleaning dead/ dying doug-fir, with no mishaps.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Dayum! Compatible with larger than 1/2" rope that the Maasdam is limited, too. Maybe better on smoother braided ropes, too.
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    Be sure to trim the mushrooming, if needed. Mushrooms lead to slippery stacks. If you cut a kerf partway through a log, and bang in a wedge tight enough, you can backchain the mushrooms off, carefully. If you're back-chaining, it should flick the wedge away from you, if the wedge let's loose, working from the tip toward the flat end for beating.
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    Keep your wedges tight in the back-cut. Have a good stackable pair ready, too, since it has backlean.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I'm impressed at the sales. You have figured out a good system, like selling firewood bundles at an 4x's per cord price. $5/ bag will make it worth filling. Easy, low-risk work, if you have a bag-holder stand and funnel or something.
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    4 Days Ago
    why? Aren't most semi-modern chippers reasonably quick to change blades and adjust the anvil, if needed?
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    hahaha
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    A stitch, in time, saves 9. Over the years, I've found out that when things aren't working as designed, stop. The consequential headaches are too much. Sorry. that sucks. The whole saw not running over a minor mechanical thing.
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    That's were I throttle up full, and shove it in, the longer the better.
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    5 Days Ago
    very cool!
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    GP, seems like for an outfit your size, and having some various skill sets and lots of people in-house to sell work and get it done, with capability to grow, a lift seems like it would be very useful. What is the tree height in your area? Spider lifts seem to be where its going. I could get a spider-lift into today's job, but not a bucket-truck. Same with tomorrow's job. What I use sometimes is a 50' tow-behind lift, moved into place with my mini. I've gotten to dead trees where I could get the mini and lift, just just just barely for some dead trees that left me puzzled otherwise. Wouldn't have been able to access the area with my truck and lift. My friend used to have a 61' Bil-jax tow-behind lift, available as a rental. His market was flat, open lawns. 60-70' trees mostly. Fit for him. fwiw.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Had a new guy start today. My current employee is back from being sick. Easy job, mostly speed lining, free dropping some, and a bit of lowering. Happy homeowner named Benjamin ;). Tomorrow we'll do some more work-work. Dead fir wedge overs and pull trees, about 20 to do overall, not tomorrow. See how the new guy does. Worked for his 2 uncles' tree service, who mostly did bucket work, NC rigging, with the rare backyard climbing job. Muni contracts. Has flown a bucket a bit, run a grapple truck a bit. 5 years with them...old school, but ironed up. From Chicago, where buckets reach a good amount of things, and flat flat flat.
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    Bucket trucks are great, except when they are exactly where you want to dump pieces or near where you want to dump pieces, especially big pieces, that could bounce funny. Shooting pieces into holes is often like throwing darts or free-throws for me. Rarely, before it even leaves your hand, you know something is wrong, or most always it just feels right. Drain pipe extensions are valuable here, on certain jobs. Like if you've mobilized into an area, and a roof discharges along the path, you could be screwed, or you could be prepared. I watched my old boss slide sideways into a tree a bit while driving the bucket on a minor cross-slope, because the developer put down black plastic and 6" of topsoil, and then the rain came. Downspout dumped immediately next to the house, uphill of the drive path. Zero bucket access on today's job.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Everyone thinks stuff is magic. A guy had a hard time imagining that I didn't want to grind up his asphalt driveway to get to the root protruding beneath, packed in the gravel base for the, oh ya, asphalt.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Well, the things you learn 'round here!
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    You're in a hot bed of illegal immigrants, Brian, right? What do you think should be done? Immigration is a tough cookie. Especially for immigrant European Americans. You know how the Italians got to be WOPs? With Out Papers. A lot of Irish were WOPs, too, and lots others. My family has been here for 2 and 3 generations, don't know if they came with papers. How far back should we go? Last I checked, no Native Americans were ever in power in the US. A few probably were, at some point, clearly, but you know what I mean. Topic for another thread.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Not a question for you, Mick. Glad it was not worse. My roommate accidentally let the other roommate's (blmd-affected...balding, little-man disease) pitbull push past him. The dog started to maul a shar-pei/ something mix being walked on a leash, by a frantic woman right in front of the house. It was a yell from my roommate as warning, and the pitbull was out for blood, on the shar-pei mix in about a second. I got bit in the middle of it. Shoulda just started kicking my roommates' dog, rather than get bitten on the hand. When pulling them apart, one turned around and nipped me, IIRC the pitbull. BLMD roommate had a Harley and a jacked-up pick-up. Probably so endowed, he was tripping over his own... BLMD roommate blamed everyone else. Never an apology. I'm not a violent person, and I wanted to slug the BLMD roommate. The guy in my room in that house before me had beaten the shit outta BLMD roommate, I later found out from roommate #3, which was likely due to someone running their mouth who shouldn't have. I moved out the next month. My friend has been charged by the uncontrolled dog while running. I've seen stray dogs, or dogs on leashes that people walk right past children, like mine, and I say to myself, do I 100% trust that unfamiliar dog that is right around little kids' face level. My young nephew had to get stitches in the eyelid and ear from the family beagle, which I understand from my brother, who found out after the fact that they will try to dominate kids.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Woodworking in The Rec Room
    Are those flat "rings" of wood cut in a wave shape, rather than woven?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I've always wondered what a well-placed boot the to face or side would do to to a charging dog.
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    Most of mine aren't accessible. 60', if you're directly butted up to the tree, is a good start here. We did that once at a big fir, and still had to climb 40' to the first live limb (pre-wraptor).
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    Ya, not for years. $500 Available Funds from each deposit, immediately. The balance in the works, ASAP.
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