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    4 Minutes Ago
    Fi, I'll try to get some "Chip-Tarp Lasagna" today. It takes a minute to set up per layer, but saves a lot of off-loading, using gravity, and cutting friction. My chip truck is mostly for logs these days, and I often drive my service body with box to haul the mini-loader around, sometimes chipping on-site, or into the box and unloading onsite, otherwise at home or a friends. Its the wet season, and I can manage my service body into much tighter places than my chip truck, its easier to drive, and is kid-compatible (the chip truck is to loud/ bumpy/ stinky for a 6 Y.O.---I have an exhaust leak at the maniifold, so Its a bit stinking waiting at a light, in the mind of a 6 y.o) Hydraulic would be great, but I would probably lose 500-1000 pounds truck capacity to the dump bed and hoist, plus I simply don't have a dump in that F450. Chip-Tarp Lasagna makes unloading as fast as you decide by how many layers you build. If I'm going to be doing a big removal, or have a place to get the chip truck in and out, I'll definitely go for hydraulic dumping, but the size is a hassle in my market, at times. Like the "Magic Cut", great for some situations, and the traditional approach is always available. When you are unloading chips by hand, you have time to think of ways to make it faster and easier. When its faster and easier, you have less time to think, you just get it done. Fi, what is your weight capacity for chips in that truck?
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    15 Minutes Ago
    P.S. I'm not as young as my chipper. I'm 45 y.o., its 43 and hungry. I'm not nearly so hungry as when I started out. Now I eat what's served, barring another reception, knowing more food will be served. The chipper (KiKi, so dainty, the daughter of the previous owner) is a F-ing Glutton, addicted to wood. Gotta go chunk down that spar today. The homeowner had therapy sessions all week at her home-office. I need to get some Finnish Sauna pics for inspiration.
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    19 Minutes Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Its funny to think how that background music sounds nothing like a big diesel throttling up. Drama has to be built, as you've done. I'd like to see an Ax-men style spoof video.
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    23 Minutes Ago
    You get the snot slapped out of you with a Chuck and watch if it gets eaten by the eating machine. You don't get the snot slapped out of your if you Chuck and DUCK, Throw and GO. "Use the big steel shield!" The side of the feed tray. If you are on the other side of the big, steel shield, stuff doesn't hit you. Throw and go, sometimes going back for another throw. I'd like a 9" Bandit, but I think it would eat at about 1/3 the rate, and cost a lot more. It would be lighter and go places I can't push/ pull my 4400 pound 7'4" wide chipper. I almost always wear a face shield or screen, with my glasses, when doing tree work. To not wear one while feeding any chipper seems unnecessarily dangerous. There are pluses and minuses to everything. Any reliable chipper 6"+ is better than no chipper. You're not married to it for life. I never intended to keep my chipper this long, but I know that I want to keep it even when I buy a second one. Its still HUNGRY. Its great to buy what you want in the end. Sometimes you need stepping stones. Look into a grapple-truck greenwaste service. What is your budget and tow vehicle capacity (weight and chips)? How much do you chip onsite, not hauling?
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    31 Minutes Ago
    Cool. I'd suggest changing it for steel. That entire tree will lever on that top bolt. I know its steel, and all, but the wind plus leverage is considerable. If it had trunk strength to hold it, it would be a different situation, but I'd still go with steel. I'd stay within the industry standard on that one. Rigguy had a recall. Wedgegrips are fast and easy.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Is there a lot of depression with submariners? Well, the brutalized trees look decent. Forgot to get pictures. An old employee texted, asking for short term work before going for nursing prerequisites. I remember him in his first tree to tree transfer, feeling F-ing stressed. There were firs, trunks like 6-7' apart. 8 years ago.
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    1 Day Ago
    I was wondering about Brendon today. His was warranted. New machine. Bought a DW. The expandable undercarriage kills it, though! I have tight access, and cross slope/ desire to tow with the mini, so the width is important.
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    2 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Keeps me busy. Every customer of mine with fruit trees, has other trees, too. Sometimes, other trees shading fruit trees are needing pruning/ removal. Ground-level-ish work doesn't mean cheap work. Lightweight work, too. To each their own. I have to go fix some repetitious topping on ornamentals at an office building, recently acquired by new owners. I could stand to not fix other's work. Unfortunately, the first round of neglected fruit trees, or worse, homeowner-whacked fruit trees, is fixing someone else's work. Thereafter, its progressively easier, year by year.
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    2 Days Ago
    He is a small IC. I've had a bunch of problems my my Boxer mini. Its probably a lemon, to a degree, but the frame did crack due to a manufacturing process cooling error, and needed welding, and other stuff. BC1000 is 12" I'd consider a Bandit 9", or 6" (with 6x12 or 6x13" throat). My chuck-n-duck has never been hungrier in my 12 years of ownership. CHEAP and LIGHT for its appetite. The rectangular throat is key, 9x16". My market is good for a chuck and duck, and I can stuff it with my mini, if I hold back the brush to prevent over-eating. A lot of markets are not...bendy hardwoods.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Move Over, Axemen!!! in MBTV
    It would be good to have a little commentary running, like Mystery Science Theater 3000. We could be the peanut gallery.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I'm a bit backed up on work, Thankfully. Germs have been a part of it, and storm work, and dormant season pruning, and orchard pruning.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Surfing is some amount over an hour away, not much...Westport, WA
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    3 Days Ago
    Really, Stig? A lot of women's make-up foundation has sunscreen. Moisturizers often do.
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    3 Days Ago
    I'd be all over wingsuits if kid-free. I'd give the catapult a go, certainly.
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    3 Days Ago
    ALL the meth comes from Mexico Kyle. Didn't you know? We're just going to wall the drugs out, like it keeps drugs out of our super clean, secure prisons, which aren't even close to the border.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    i-surfing, not ocean surfing
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    3 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Lazy Sunday. I've gotten up to go outside and get firewood. Surfed. Contemplated invoicing. Drank coffee. Snacked. Played with the kitten. Went out for a jar from the truck, from the store. Letting the end of the daylight fade without much more to do.
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    3 Days Ago
    I've literally transplanted moss 5-6" off a big, lateral oak trunk, years ago. Bigleaf maples are known for their epiphytes.
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    3 Days Ago
    That's Mount Rainier. I see it all the time from tree tops, as well as from town, at ground level, in the right places. I went up there last, a year ago Thanksgiving, sledding with the kid and dinner.
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    3 Days Ago
    After removing a low limb or two overhanging the cable line, I cut and lowered this 80' maple, tip-tied, hung from 1/2" stable braid through a Rig-n-Ring, parallel to the power line, without laying it on the weeping birch. Rig and rig was hung over three fir branches below the old break-out. Stout branches.
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    3 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Woodworking in The Rec Room
    Peter, my friend made a sled that is to reach across the width. He mounted the sled on casters to run it lengthwise, then bump the router over with however much overlap, and do the length. Much less finishing. Videos generally go side to side, and move a little bit down the length.
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    3 Days Ago
    I have one customer who I know through a professional acquaintance, and have done work for his son for several jobs over many years. He has medical legaility, but would be easily robbed. Another customer, I cleared a line for a fence for an incoming, legal, outdoor grow that the owners would rather have less people know about. Being able to bring in see-nothing, hear-nothing, say-nothing machines and do a one-man show has its perks for doing work in sensitive areas.
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    3 Days Ago
    #TheOgreDon'tCare #43YOandHUNGRY HAHAHA
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Feral horses, not wild horses, as in native. They displace bighorn sheep, etc.
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    3 Days Ago
    That was a cake walk, Gary, honestly. These wind-whipped trees are more 'thin' of foliage than one grown out of the wind. I drug up and chipped those branches in about 15 minutes (I threw them like I was going to be picking them up), and another 10 for a bit of rake and blow (rough clean-up). Packed up all the gear, and rolled. No employees to manage, just me planning the work and working the plan effiicently, without distraction or supervision (planning for the employee, delegating/ communicating, and ensuring proper completion/ follow-up). Gravity did a lot of the work. Dinosaur-juice did a lot of the work through machines. I had some coffee, water, and a couple Clif Protein bars.
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    3 Days Ago
    This 36" dbh fir near Puget Sound had the original trunk up to 80', where two 40' co-dominant tops were, until the recent windstorm. The homeowner is a therapist who had to cancel patient appointments last week, and is booked m-w, so yesterday I rolled solo, wanting to finish the job and move on, without scheduling conflicts, and weather was very friendly, so make hay while the sun shines, especially in January in the PNWet. I set off with a full tank in my 193t with a 14" b/c, wedge, three-strand rope in case I needed to rig any limbs or the top. No rigging, climbed up for a small top 3.5"-4.5", wearing pole spurs. Spar is down to 50-60'. I had a little gas left (I sharpened a few stores, but unfortunately didn't file the rakers, so slower cutting, less fuel 'mileage' than ideal. 70 minutes. Power line (across asphalt driveway), cable line (orange ratchet strap reminding me of the alignment), power box and trees/ landscaping, below, partially protected with two sheets of plywood. One narrow car parking lane below (I very much squeezed my dually in, going off the lane somewhat). Some available green space one two sides, also, for cutting and throwing into the holes around obstacles, without landing on my climb line or rigging line. Chipping mostly onsite, and firewooding. Someone asked for pics of bigger logs. I had to strip this just below the breakout for about 20-25', pop a 15-20' top, and chunk it down, with a not ideal chain on a 193t. This is the barest amount of more cutting over a perfectly-executed double-cut Undercut-COG-w/ thin-hinge cut. No risk of the hinge not being cut perfectly, and rocking to one side. No room for logs to go off the target. I cut some extra wood out of the last log to stack on the face-cut, as I didn't get it 'faced-up (without hinge)' the right direction and woulda hit the big maple down below, and needed to direct it a bit, which worked out fine.
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    3 Days Ago
    Yesterday was a 'terrible' day of warm 40's, maybe 50, sunny and dry. Then the fog rolled in while I well up a tree, watching it over the Puget Sound, and then Mt Rainier disappeared from its place in the sun.
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