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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Very sad. I started falling timber full time when I was 17. We always worked between an hour and 2 hours from home No cell phone. A lot if times everyone else would leave and I'd be the only one left. Averaging a mile from the truck way off in the middle of nowhere. I knew if something happened and I couldn't get to the truck and drive out that it would be about 3 hours after dark before I was missed at home and several more hours before anyone would drive all the way back out there and no telling how long before they could find me. That makes a person be extra careful. Looking back it wasn't the best scenario but it was a job and I done what I was told. I worked for my Dad and he was harder on me than he was on anyone else and I had a lot more work piled on my plate. I think he regrets it now but back then it was work til you drop then go another couple of hours after that. It makes you think things through knowing that you aren't allowed any mistakes. It can't keep accidents from happening but it sure makes you aware. I know several of the firefighters and first responders around here and I know that if I'm over about 20 ft up a tree I'm on my own until another tree service shows up. No disrespect to them. They're just not equipped or prepared to work in trees. A lot of back yards have absolutely no truck access.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    I talked to the Stihl rep here about a week ago. He has ran them personally side by side with the 461. He says they're just as powerful and lighter. I don't know how much exactly but a pound would make a nice difference.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Heli loggers do it all the time. But there are no tops in the tree. The tops would catch so much wind it would probably double or triple the weight of the tree. I had a customer once that stopped me from leaning a ladder against the roof because of the "dents" in the yard due to the feet of the ladder. I told her that she probably wouldn't want the bucket truck and the tractor in her yard either. She had already been told what equipment we would be using. Older, wealthy lady in a very rich and fancy community. I won't even give estimates there anymore because most of the folks that live there are exactly the same. Can't be pleased and love to gripe.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    If it's like my Sena it should have a blue blinking light for several days depending on the charge. Try looking at night. With permission of course.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-23-2019
    .... yeah, Sean, great points....I'm slow... and can be lazy..... when rain lets up tomorrow am planning on sanding down the flaking paint on the sides and use up my remaining rattle can of white paint. .... in fact when I'm out today I'll stop by Lowes and pick up more cans enough to finish the job. Thanks all. great input. just the kind of guidance I was looking for.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-22-2019
    ~10% to 20% from narrow to wide
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-22-2019
    Finally got around to falling/felling this Loblolly(?) Pine Tree. Here are the pictures to finish up the thread. Loblolly(?) Pine --- ~22" x 60' #1 #2 #3 #4 That's kindergarten stuff! ... yeah, I know.... but because in large part to folks' here comments... tree is safely on ground. self-assessment... THE BAD AND/OR UGLY * adrenaline/heart/respiration going so heavy I didn't take it all in while it was falling to enjoy the thing crashing down -- "D" * my son was watching me (for safety) but I forgot to get him to film me (so I could review my actions afterward) -- "F" * when the tree started to fall, I quickly stepped away... but it was a relatively small tree and I stopped about 8' away -- to the side -- sort of hypnotized watching it.... aware that it could hit the ground and the butt bounce/lurch/lunge/roll at me.... so I was ready to move.... but I should have moved quickly back 15' away to watch it fall. -- "C-" * used not so sharp chain to cut down the tree... not too bad on plunge/back-cut, but horrible on face cuts -- "C-" * forgot to put out a marker to estimate exactly where I wanted the tree to fall and see if my estimate of the height was correct -- "C" THE GOOD ... or "ok" * good aim -- tree felled/falled in almost exactly the lay I intended it to... missed the critical targets... no damage... EVEN though tree was twisted and bent and leaning away from intended lay -- "A-" * level back cut and hinge -- back cut at hinge is pretty level with front of hinge... not too ugly -- "A-" or "B+" * thickness of hinge -- hinge thickness was off some ... about 2.5" on the close/good side to 4.5" on the far/bad side ... ....was afraid of cutting too much off far side.... I had wanted the hinge to be thicker on one side... but I got the wrong side thicker.... if it had been 2.5/4.5 reversed I would have given myself an "A" ... but since such a heavy leaner the extra thickness didn't matter much -- "C-" to "B-" (since heavy leaner) * decent face cut -- not a perfect "V" but no dutchman and it is even with the hinge -- "B+" so what's the big deal with this little pine twig? Well if you don't have anything else to do.... any comments and assessments -- humourous or otherwise would be much appreciated!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-22-2019
    Here is my thinking for the 150-200 to haul it off (and I'm thinking that would be for the good wood only... not the brush). * The customer is only about 20 minutes from me * 2 or 3 trips max ? * Can sell the firewood * decent exercise for a day * I kind of enjoy a day of that kind of physical activity * $200 a day with truck, trailer, and chainsaw works fine for me. i.e. I am not tied to a production type schedule/time-clock ... I can (and must) take things a little slower. Thanks a lot Kenny, I've read it once, and I will read it at least once more! Thanks Treesmith.... ha, good one about the Saturn! ... that's much better than "a guy in a pickup" :) .... I say more power to anyone who does any kind of work like this out of a car! Thanks Gary, Altissimus, Kyle, Nutball Yeah, Sean, I may look into the lift.... ha, and I did begin the rattle can paint job. pictures later. But also, it is slow right now so I'm not pressed for time. Thanks again Kenny and all.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-19-2019
    Altissimus -- Pulling definitely Thanks Sean. that reminds me... with weight of tree I can use physics/trig/algebra to calculate required pull pretty much exactly. Thanks Daniel. Nice looking work on those 2 videos. I can definitely use the retainer line and possibly angled hinge possibly. I would have my truck back there to pull from. But that ground anchor setup looks pretty cool. Ryan, thanks. that is just what I was thinking...I'm still working towards climbing... in fact I did think about the possibility of getting some real experience with this job..... I did think about cutting some of those really bad limbs on the house side at least with my pole saw. Ha, Stig, that is way more advanced for me especially in this risky situation! No_Bivy, planning on my truck and MA doing the trick. Thanks Steve, that is what I was thinking, especially with a retainer line if any doubt. Gary Thanks! ... that is definitely some new info I had not thought of! wow. Will definitely be removing those long back limbs, then..... unless (possibly) I might just fall/fell them sort of to the side..... no, definitely need to remove those back limbs what I can get to. thanks! Treesmith. Thanks for the bonus info! ... I have been pondering this. I was thinking $1000 (12 trees) ... and then cleanup, etc. extra (maybe not too much). NOTE: the job at minimum is to remove 4 dead/dying trees (not the bad back leaners) and then another price to remove the remaining 8. Was thinking 300 or 400 for the dead/dying ones and then reduced rate for the remaining .... well maybe 800 for all 12 trees.... and maybe 100 or 200 if I haul it off. ---- want to come in above "a guy with a pickup and chainsaw" but less than a big tree outfit. ............. ha but as for the 1.5 hours....... I would give myself 2 days probably. I hear you, Butch.... I know that is the voice of experience! ... and Stig, yes on both counts, but I'm thinking these are "small" enough trees that the photos aren't too deceptive. Thanks Jonny... yes, sounds good..... Question, please: what do you mean a rigging line on the but end..... you mean in case the tree were to spin coming off the stump and the but end roll toward the house? .... sounds like a great idea and precaution! Treesmith, that thought did occur to me about the hinge breaking before the COG got over the top to drop it into the desired lay ha, Mick, Stig, thanks for the relative perspective............... thanks Stig...... (a "block" face cut is like a block letter "C", right? i.e. like 1/2 of a square?)...... the "gap"? seems like G. F. Beranek talks about this very thing on page 280 "... In small or young trees, the theory of the gap holds truest. This is because younger trees have more resilient wood." ... i.e. net effect.... causing the tree to stay on the stump longer. Question please: what is a German face cut? Ha, excellent point on both counts, Ryan! Jonny, your comments about the long limb twisting the tree have totally registered with me.... and yeah, it is a smaller tree so the block/gap face would be tougher to do..... and I want to keep it as simple and straightforward as possible. Thanks Butch! that sounds like a great idea if I am unable to cut that back limb off, but I am hoping to do that. Absolutely Gary! ...yeah, looking forward to seeing that video! (oh, great, you just posted in next...). wow. scary stuff, Gary. Was that you up there? .... seems like a nice refined solution lowering the but end with the block. ....... but Question, please..... I don't understand the dynamics of why all that side weight caused you problems (caused the hang up)? .... i.e. caused problems (hanging up?) that would not have been if all that side weight wasn't there? ..... in other words, it looks like that top would have likely hung up anyway? thx. Sean, is that a question for me or Gary? ......... I think there is enough room between the trees and the fence in back for clearance.... I might would have to pull a little from the side to miss the fence........ and I can put my truck at a little of an angle from the desired lay to keep the tree from hitting it. Ha, must be a "slow news day" as they say :) ..... but as for me..... y'all's comments are a gold mine of rich info! Stig, that stored force with the bending branch sounds like a great concept..... to experiment with in an open area.... or near my own house, etc. Treesmith and Sean...... how did you estimate 14" ? Yeah, the green 1x14 is a great illustration! ..... but there are some other variables in this case..... (small) possibility of uncertainty or bad spots in hinge wood... operator error, etc.... ha, yeah "#GoodHingesWork" :) .... but there is also the possibility of the hinge breaking before the tree is committed to the desired lay.... i.e. since it has so far to travel to get past the COG, right? Gary, I didn't notice the side rotation (after watching it fall 3 times) ... so all that weight was originally pointing *away* from the camera? .... so... correct me if I'm wrong... the intended lay was on the *far* side of those trees it fell into? ... and all that weight caused the tree to roll *toward* the camera, into those trees.... do I get it now? Treesmith, so the line pulling the extreme west leaning branch was like a retention line keeping the hinge from failing and falling west instead of north, correct? Butch, thanks. That will go on the back burner in my bag-o-tricks to use if necessary... but for now, I think I will just try to cut the extra back weight off. that is one advantage I have is that I'm not locked into "production" work and I can take my time. Thanks everyone for the verbose feedback... yeah, an easy job for most... but soaking it all in. ???
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-19-2019
    :lol: I had been thinking about a live instagram collaboration with a gopro on my helmet and volunteers from the Treehouse could guide me real-time... (just kidding of course)... back to reading through responses but didn't want to forget acknowledging this one :)
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-18-2019
    I looked at a potential removal job today with a few trees leaning toward the house. These leaning toward house are around 12" x 40' or so. With a rope set high I think they will be light enough to easily pull over opposite +-45* from lean. Any thoughts would be much appreciated! Photo #1 All trees to go except for big Oak on left Photo #2 Looking a little closer... Photo #3 From same side of yard as above but looking right down back of house. NOTE: Main back leaning tree in question is outlined to help it stand out. Photo #4 From opposite side of above looking down same back of house NOTE: Main back leaning tree in question is outlined to help it stand out. ============== Question, please ==> To pull this tree to the desired lay, should require less than 500 lbs of force with rope set ~3/5 up the tree, right? (i.e. as high as trunk is before branching out) Thanks for any/all help and/or comments! (P.S. I wasn't going to post anything else until I got that leaning pine safely on the ground, but I made an exception for this job since I want to get my bid back to the customer.) thanks!
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    01-14-2019
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Move Over, Axemen!!! in MBTV
    Maybe you'll get the next one.
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    01-14-2019
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Move Over, Axemen!!! in MBTV
    As soon as the saw gets hung and the tree starts leaning the obvious next step is to look away at the person hollering out orders. And be sure not to look back at the tree for a few seconds.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    01-13-2019
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Woodworking in The Rec Room
    I've recently been given 2 of those Craftsman radial arm saws for free. They said the motor was bad. Pushed the little red reset button and they work perfectly. I found out if you're ripping pieces longways it will send some toward the ceiling every once in a while. My dad had to replace a set of lights not too long ago.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    01-13-2019
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Cold showers in Odds and Ends
    I like completely cold in the summer months but after working all day in the cold I wouldn't even consider it in the winter. I couldn't take it. I live about 30 minutes from the town of Hot Springs Arkansas. We go there all the time. There are hundreds of hot springs that come out of the mountains. People have bathed there for centuries. There are hot bath houses everywhere. Although I have never personally bathed there. People still come from everywhere to bathe there. The water is about 143 degrees if I remember. I do know I can't hold my hands in it for longer than a few seconds. So is hot water better for you or cold water?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-10-2019
    rfwoody replied to a thread And now I wait in The Logging Forum
    Well that explains my futility with rounds then. ...but don't many people successfully carve/turn bowls out of rounds? Is Polyethylenglucol like antifreeze?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-10-2019
    thanks Bermy! thanks again Sean. ha, Kyle, what's wrong with Apple? .... ha, I had an iphone 4, then got a Galaxy s5 (4 years ago?).... now want to upgrade and want the "uniformity" of apple... e.g. iphone 6 maybe.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-10-2019
    Excellent point!
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    01-10-2019
    rfwoody replied to a thread And now I wait in The Logging Forum
    yeah, I have some anchor seal, but have become disillusioned in it.... it seems the rounds I paint with it ... and even ends ...(even soon after cutting) still get splits. (need to do spring cleaning on the porch) For stickers I bought some cheap long 1x4's (3/4 x 3 1/2), ripped them into 3 equal pieces (~1"), then cut them at 2' lengths =~ 24 x 3/4 x 1 It seems a 4x4 base (pair of 4x4's running parallel with stack) could help ensure level foundation.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-09-2019
    rfwoody replied to a thread And now I wait in The Logging Forum
    Here are some boards I milled with ms660 and 24" Granberg mill and have been sitting out like this for 3 years or so. This thread and all these pictures and comments are motivating to do more and finally do something with these boards. -- but you can see the severe checking in the ends.... not grade "A" material, but one could make some nice things from them.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-08-2019
    when hand filing do you just sort of estimate the 10% of the file above the top plate? .... this seems one of the more difficult concepts/skills to me.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-08-2019
    ha, Sean, you are full of ideas, always helpful. (I think my Galaxy S5 is around 4 or 5 y.o............ trying to justify getting an Apple iPhone, version 6 on up for the improved camera) Gary... correction... mine is 2x So is it just the top plate that you care about getting the edge with no reflection? .... still that is only part of the goal, right? ... there is still the hook and side plate?
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Robert Wood

Mainly wasted teenage and young adult years in vain and foolish and mind, body, and soul damaging pursuits. Was stopped in my course by visceral awareness of God and Judgement and eternity, and that my only hope was in the Gospel, the good news that God sent his own Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to suffer the righteous judgement of a good God against sin and for sinners like me, that Jesus suffered and died, was buried, and then rose from the dead. Jesus did this for sinners like me, from the lowest, filthiest sinner, all the way down to the dregs -- the "good", self-righteous, religious hypocrite -- Jesus is willing and able to save the very worst.

...but I digress...

Got married, had 2 sons, eventually got job in Information Technology (IT), as programmer/developer/database administrator, worked 27 years at this, started getting "old and slow" and figured it was time to get out. After money stopped flowing in as much :) now looking to supplement SS with something I can get some exercise at if possible. Have most always liked the outdoors and have been liking and studying chainsaws and tree felling for last 20 years or so.

In the IT world there is a lot of BS, people playing to politics, acting like they know what they are talking about to impress the boss, etc. But there are some real honest, frank technically competent folks and resources which I highly valued --- Just so, it seems to me in this Treehouse forum. I suppose you can't stay in this inherently dangerous sort of business very long unless you are down to earth at some basic levels... and that is what I really enjoy about these kind of guys and this site.

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
-- John 3:16
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
-- John 8:12

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