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    11 Hours Ago
    When one is limited in opportunity to earn money, saving money is like earning money. If your Opportunity Cost for cleaning files is doing less work, it doesn't "pencil-out".
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    12 Hours Ago
    I was taught to spin, as the advice hadn't changed when files did. I never understood the spin, so I quit, and just filed sharp. Now I know why it worked. If you're using a non symmetrical file handle or guide, it's easy to get dull spots. You need to change the 'side' of the file that is cutting, periodically. Files bouncing around with files will wear them all. Straws are one option for a file sleeve. I bang the tip of the file in the bar to shake out fillings, and backwards-wipe files. I xan keep a chain sharp with one hand. Rocked chains get started with an old file our grinder. Then a touch up with a round file. My grinder is cheap, but way better than employees filing forever.
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    1 Day Ago
    Oh, makes sense... Engineered for it. What's it called?
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    1 Day Ago
    Is that a dedicated machine on the truck, or an attachment like other grapple saws. The future looks worse and worse for lower skilled workers. That's streamlined, right to the chipper or grapple truck.
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    1 Day Ago
    Before he does it, imo
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    1 Day Ago
    I showed my ground-man the 4x's zoom. He was astonished. I can spot a not sharp chain from far away. I think in part because I had really good eyesight and bright Nevada sun to learn by. From the blurry picture, I'd guess every front-working corner is bent down. Round-top, aka chipper chain, aka micro-chisel is way more forgiving. Side plate pictures? 13/64" or 3/16" round file? Raker/ depth gauge offset spec? Make sure you are using sharp files!
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    1 Day Ago
    I know enough to tighten the chain so it sings. Hard to throw the blade that way!
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    1 Day Ago
    Rent a tow-behind lift. Do the job easily and successfully. Charge way more for cleanup. Use a rattle can... Charge more. $200 for cleanup is the price of a chipper rental, no labor. Think about that.
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    1 Day Ago
    Sounds like how a hangover might make someone act.
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    1 Day Ago
    Whoa!
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    1 Day Ago
    Seems like a lot of torque on the boom. I'm not a crane engineer, clearly. Bad news for climbers with trees in reach of that boom.
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    1 Day Ago
    The maple logs in front we're set there by machine. The fir logs in the back, along with all but one trunk chunk, came down by 'Magic', all where there were supposed to land. This log was wider than my 28" bar; I wasn't aiming for a precision hinge cut, so it was easy and fast to chase around. This was the last cut from spurs. Wider near to far side, than left to right. I had my 42" bar, so I didn't need to double-cut the butt log. I was in a hurry to get to school for picking up D. Magic Cut on the butt log put it right on the pile, as gravity and physics dictated, quick and easy. Stig mentioned not misjudging the lean. A lot of these 6-10' logs closed the kerf enough on the first cut that I had to pull the saw out in-line with the bar, as I couldn't get the bar out where it went in... Just like any other deep-first-snapcut kerf will close.
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    1 Day Ago
    How much torque do you think it would take to twist off a hinge? Imagine trying to twist apart a 1"x14" green, solid board, without pulling it over. If your rope was pulling 10' to the side of the stem on a branch for no reason, with a good back lean, and the tree weighed 4 times as much, sure, it would want to torque off the stump. #GoodHingesWork
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    1 Day Ago
    How much opposite to the lean can you pull it, and lay it out with cushion room?
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    1 Day Ago
    A V-swing maybe. You end up on one line of travel. One anchor on each cliff side.
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    2 Days Ago
    Being a flatbed with folding sides really facilitates unloading. All my trailers are flatbeds with removable sides... Personal preference. You can unload a flatbed on a cross slope. Dump beds add a lot of weight. Well worthwhile, often. Do you sell by the truck load, too, Fiona?
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    2 Days Ago
    The rock climbing mags gave more details about the overall situation, back when...details left out that were part of the failure. Rock and Ice or Climbing had it.
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    2 Days Ago
    Johnny, No, I wouldn't buy a service body again. I bought that F450 dually (15,000 pound GVWR) with a 460/ 5 speed for $2850, and $1100 for various bits. At the time, I had a 1/2 ton as a tool truck, and my F600 chip truck (22K or so GVWR). I needed something heavier as multi-purpose vehicle that provided back-up to either truck. I could put a 261 with a 20" bar, tops into a box. Not great. I thought of putting a shelf in the box for bigger saws, and chaining them down. The mini would fit under the shelf. It pulls 5 yards of chips and the 4400 pound chipper or the similar weight of mini and chipper without caring much. More power, and way more maneuverability than my F600, but less capacity. Suited to pruning jobs as a one-man show, if needed, as sometimes happens. Ideally, I'd trade in all 3 of my trucks and car for 3 trucks and a dump trailer. For now, I'll stick with what I have.
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    2 Days Ago
    I bet it's better for you than synthetic sugar. Supposedly more honey sold in the world than produced. Sugared-down honeywater. Cut to spread availability.
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    2 Days Ago
    Or the first one of my weight.
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    2 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Beat the rain. Got the stick down from the other day. Chilling with the kid and kitten.
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    2 Days Ago
    The tree weighs about 500 pounds, yes. Easy pull over, with a good hinge.
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    3 Days Ago
    Papa Bear with logs, Mama Bear with chips, big Brother bear full of tools/ saws And baby bear for bids, vehicle shuttles, personal I have 4 sizes of trailers too, working on a dump trailer... Not taking in a second payment, yet. Spring, probably. Less than$7k owed on my loader... Just took on a mortgage, solo.
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    3 Days Ago
    My chip truck does tip/ dump (11' bed), and its 25'+ long with the winch, and full width (8' ish, at 9' off the ground). My flatbed doesn't dump (under 20' long, 5' wide at 9.5' tall, has ladder and ramp space outside the box that will accomodate my 10' and 16' orchard ladder, or one ladder and two-10' ramps). I have an enclosed cedar-sided box to catch/ transport chips, mostly milled from a cedar I took down. I work in a lot of tight places. A, long heavy truck with dual wheels would be rough on people's narrow, steep waterfront asphalt driveways (where there is plenty of room to 3-point turn cars around, and delivery trucks without trailers, just ask the homeowners, "roll eyes emoji"). I try have to work to not break off/ crumble the edges of driveways in my SRW pick-up, as it is, as slopes often erode under driveways on slopes, making driveways want to squish down on the edge. My Service Body is under 20' long (regular cab, 9' service body). My pick-up is about 23' and automatic transmission (full size 4 door, 8' bed) and its hassle to turn around. And some of my jobs are in wide open spaces or roomy locales.
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    3 Days Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread Move Over, Axemen!!! in MBTV
    I thought that mostly those guys did well. The groundie locked off two log chunks, banging the climber a bit in the double-climber video. I wonder if we are seeing different videos from the same link. Did it start with the double-springboard, into the seemingly German double-climber (beech?) take down behind the wall. Seemed like they had a plan. I would have done it differently, but so would everyone have done it differently. The sequioa had a lot of people involved for a vertical spar once you start dragging ropes up the tree and have to get them out from under the log without the machine damaging them and etc, etc. Need a Lot of pull with a heavy, back-leaning log with hinge to bend, with a terrible line-angle. Looked like about 70 degrees on the one.
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    3 Days 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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    3 Days 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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    3 Days 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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