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    Tree09 replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    I definitely don't consider myself a safety Nazi, and I'm pretty sure no one that knows me or worked around me would say so either. I just have a huge problem with people doing things that could easily become a serious injury or fatality over and over again. I've stopped people working in an unsafe manner before, because i cared enough to do so. An 18" chipper is absolutely no joke, and must be shown the respect it commands. A rope going in that could easily pull someone in without even dropping rpms. The winch could rip off its mounting, smashing someone in the head, not to mention the explosion of that going through. There are a million terrible scenarios that could result from that happening, and just about all of them could result in someone being killed. If you run a super small outfit where you drag stuff by hand and shove it in the back of a truck, you can use unskilled labor. In my opinion, when you run more and more equipment, you are asking for a higher skill set to work safely. When you are running a crane, an 18" chipper, and God knows what else, and doing multiple removals a day, you are making enough money to pay for people who are experienced, professional, and will work safe knowing that if they don't they are gone. Just my opinion, as someone who works in dangerous environments all day every day. Where i work, both the laborer and the operator are immediately pulled from work if they hit something as innocuous as a service line, and an investigation is done determining cause. If i fail a weld or xray, I'm done. In other words, your job is on the line with every thing you do, and that's why the pay is what it is. I find tree work is an incredibly demanding and dangerous line of work, and tolerance for unsafe work actions will eventually lead to ruined lives. I've worked in plants for years, and people have died at those plants. I've heard first hand stories of people being killed on site, and i have had a few close calls myself. In my experience, some are just bad luck, but most are caused by people not being experienced enough. Unsafe actions will likely be ok for awhile, until the day they aren't. Every time you do a safe act, you are adding points to your luck fund, so when the day comes, hopefully luck will be on your side when fate cashes in your chips. If you make good habits, those habits can save you. The fatalities I'm familiar with would have easily been prevented by people taking the required steps for the task, and not cutting corners to speed up the process.
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    Tree09 replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Two questions gp.... 1. Why would a professional crew of anything put up with repeated failures to work safe and protect equipment? I don't do trees full time, but if they can't feed a damn chipper safely they probably can't do anything else either.... I'm sorry and i may be spoiled, but if you repeatedly do actions that could easily result in someone being killed, while simultaneously fucking up equipment that costs 10s of thousands of dollars, while also simultaneously fucking up production for a couple days, where i work you get shitcanned. Immediately. I'm not knocking your guys, but if someone can't perform a task safely he is a liability to himself and the people around him, and it's not fair to everyone and their families to continue to put up with that shit. So why do you guys continue to allow it? Is stuff bid too low and production pushed to the point of risks being pushed on the crew? I'm not trying to be a dick, but i cannot understand this mindset at all. 2. You say you have a 10000 pound winch on your chipper, so what rope are you using for 5 tons wll on single line? And you know that knots in amsteel are terrible for their wll as well right (if that's what's on there)?
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    Tree09 replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Soft shackles are about the easiest thing to splice up, the hardest part is the diamond knot. I would go with the 2 legs variety rather than the one inside the other one kind, they are quicker to loosen and stuff. You can also whip in a cord to act as a pull cord to loosen it even easier, there's a boating website that goes into depth on it and is awesome, I'll see if i can find it. Iirc he was using very small diameter amsteel, but it's the same for bigger stuff too. Here it is http://l-36.com/soft_shackle_howto.php
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    :lol:
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    Yup, bratwurst. Think we are doing pork steaks with macaroni salad tonight, served with beer of course :/:
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    4 Days Ago
    I'm from the Midwest, and I'm not content.... can't think of any better place to be tho....:? South has better weather but terrible wages, north is too cold, west and east are too expensive, Europe is cool but i know nothing about it and my family is here now... when i retire i plan on keeping a house here and sailing as much as we can, returning to be with family.
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    4 Days Ago
    :lol: i wish i could
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    Grilled brats, no buns (forgotten), potato salad, chips and queso, and beer. Another wonderful day working 5 hours from the house :)
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    4 Days Ago
    I always wished i remembered hilarious, thoughtful, or otherwise completely random thoughts while drinking (or otherwise lol) so i figured this would be a good place to collect them.... Even though i live in a different hotel room every week, how do i always manage to remember the room number? Awesome song I've never heard: https://youtu.be/6LAwS2piHrU If someone ever says something to the effect of "looks/ sounds like a bag of dicks" reply with "hitting your face at a million miles an hour" Obviously nothing too crazy, it is a work night.....
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    Tree09 replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    And it's back on.... but we are running out of beer....
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    Tree09 replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Lol we all were flipping out drinking and grilling pout tonight because we can't listen to music lol.... makes sense
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    Tree09 replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Another example of a crappy mig weld with no penetration....
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    Tree09 replied to a thread Root barrier in Tree Care and Health
    If the gas company let's you insert, yes that's how it's done. Sometimes you have to relocate the meter, so ideally you bore it in. If you can't find a service (such as a sewer which don't have tracer wire) you have to open dig.
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    6 Days Ago
    It seriously feels like you only suggest where to go, the truck does the steering :lol:
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    6 Days Ago
    We would get loads of gravel and such at the gravel yards with that 250. It would wobble like you wouldn't believe. We were very seriously overloaded, and only doing about 45, but it was a struggle to keep it on the road.
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    Tree09 replied to a thread Root barrier in Tree Care and Health
    That's a good thing to know, as we are installing gas service lines we go by trees quite often. Now i can at least advocate for putting them slightly farther, even though no one ever listens lol.
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    1 Week Ago
    Those appear to be 4 foot sides on that, and if that's the case, and you used 10 ga., that would be over 700 pounds just in sheet metal, not even counting the structural frame for the bed and sides, the subframe, hinges, door, scissor mechanism, hydraulic cylinder, or pump. A single rear wheel 350 will have about a 4000 pound load limit to put that in perspective. A tandem dump truck will use 3/16 or 1/4, sometimes 3/8 if they do a bunch of demo, for the floor, the rest will be 10 guage, with wooden topsides to replace when they get bashed up. The problem with using a small truck to build a dump truck isn't building it strong enough, it's making it light enough to use. When i was right out of high school, my buddy had a 79 f250 that had a dump kit on the normal bed. We got a couple cases of beer, a bunch of steel, and built a flatbed for it. It was awesome for our little landscaping company, until we did the math and realised that you could simply hire a tandem for everything cheaper anyways. While converting that trailer would work, it will be far from ideal. First off, some things are certain sizes because they have to be. Anyone who is building a single, 3500 pound axle dump trailer is building these things to sell to homeowners who want a truck to get mulch or gravel a couple times a year but can't justify owning a truck. The hinges and dump scissor will likely be incredibly cheaply done, likely with schedule 40 pipe from lowes or something. The subframe will be cheaply built, but will be as wide as the trailer for strength and stability, unlike a dump truck to be as wide as the truck frame, with extra support by the back hinge. You can definitely build or maybe even buy a premade dump, which their respective costs. If you really want one on a single rear wheel, it can be done, but it will be lacking compared to a dually. I would make the sides and floor with plywood to cut down weight, and try to keep it as light as possible on the rest of the build as well. If you are looking to spend that kind of money, i would even consider using an insert. Then you could pull it out and sell it at a later date if you move up in truck size. My .02, from someone who welds for a living.
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    Hahahahahahahahaha
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    Hahahahahahaha that's a good one boss!!!
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Name is kyle. Steamfitter in peoria il, and own my own small tree service. Married with a daughter, son, cat and a dog.
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