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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    06-03-2019
    I bought another one last December. I called everyone I could think of. Called all the truck places in several states. Looked online. Drove and looked at a few. Ended up driving 8 hours to test one out after months of looking and narrowing down. "Tree and Landscape Equipment Trader.com" has hundreds of trucks and equipment. That's where I found my last one. I'd never heard of them but there is a good selection on there. There's always a few old 60 ft trucks around here for sale in the 10 to 20k range. But they're nearing the end of their life. My first truck was a 60 Altec. Caught a guy going out of business that had over leveraged himself. He paid 40k for it from an Entergy auction. I waited til he came down to 15k. It's been the best truck. Still use it regularly. I just keep up with maintenance and I can see using it for years to come. It has the material handler. Perfect for storm trees that are on roofs. Ride up there, tie the winch on, cut a decent size piece then pick it up and swing it away and let it down. My 100 ft has material handler too. Couldn't be without it.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    05-30-2019
    Good idea. Might try that on my Caritool.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    05-29-2019
    Yeah I liked my Shembiner. The only downside was on my saddle it needed to go through two straps to be stable and that narrowed the opening down a little and made it harder to get the saw out. I use a DMM Oval biner on the back of my top handles to connect the lanyard. The Husky has an extra loop that stays out and would go in the tighter opening. I have hung upside down plenty of times and the Shembiner always held my saw. Never fell out. A rope or lanyard would find its way into it sometimes when I didn't want it. Just had to stop and pick it out. Wasn't really a problem. The Caritool works good but sometimes the little wire gate will get pulled to the outside and a saw could slip out. I keep a Caritool on my left side to and hang a Quickie, Rope Wrench and an extra biner on it. Every once in a while after carrying my saddle to the tree and on the way back I'll find a Rope Wrench laying in the ground only to find out it's mine and the wire gate on the Caritool has opened and everything fell out. I guess I need to invest in a better clip but just haven't yet. My Caritool has held my 200T, 261 and 661 for several years and no problem yet. I hear of them breaking but I'm not too hard on mine. I'm not an acrobatic climber anyway.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-29-2019
    I like my bg 50. The only thing I don't like is it doesn't have a throttle lock. Doesn't bother me when blowing leaves but in the summer I like to clean myself off with it a couple times a day. I keep a piece of starter rope tied around the handle that I can lock down with a butchers knot. My buddy has an Echo not sure which model but it's considerably heavier than my Stihl but about 30% less power.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-16-2019
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Stihl MSA 161T in Gear Forum
    I'm actually on the verge of ordering the Husky. Haven't heard anything bad on the Stihl. I've just heard the Husky is the one to get so far. But I'm open to suggestions.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-16-2019
    Yeah. They definitely let the air in. Wouldn't be any good in cooler weather.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-15-2019
    https://www.wrangler.com/shop/mens-performance-series-outdoor-cargo-pant-nw780 Found these by accident at Wal Mart. They are moisture wicking and fast drying. Got lucky and found one pair in my size. I'll keep a check for more. Only wore them a couple of times but very cool and comfortable. Stretchy waist. 2 zippered pockets below the front pockets and to the side a little. They work good for carrying a phone or other small items while wearing a harness. They're about $22. I just can't wear bluejeans in hot weather anymore. I can't bring myself to pay $200 for actual climbing pants and these seem to do pretty good.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-06-2019
    Thanks. I may give it a try.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-05-2019
    Some good deals there. I just ordered some items. About half are out of stock though. I still have an item ordered from December that hasn't shipped yet. I guess that's how it is though.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    04-05-2019
    Anyone use this? I never have. I've been thinking about trying something new. Been using the newer gray and blue colored Bee Line 10mm. It works great but nit everyone has it. Plus I just like changing things up sometimes. My neverending search for perfection in my hitches.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    03-07-2019
    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
    02-22-2019
    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
    02-21-2019
    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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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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Slowly trying to make a profit in tree work with my neighborhood tree service.
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