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    1 Day Ago
    I've setup a very effective 5:1 using the ISC Heavy Duty 5/8" doubles, a 100' piece of 5/8" Polydyne, a sturdy Prussik of Ultra-Tech cord and an ISC steel biner. I'll usually progress capture my main line on the POW, and then have the 5:1 connected to my Masdaam w/a Zeppelin Bend (allowing me and my groundie to effectively pull over some sizable stems). I caught every piece on sale, and put it all together for about $260 (Tree Stuff for the hardware, rope came from the clearance section from that other site in the PNW): https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=209&item=1998 https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=127&item=1675 https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=30&item=419
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    1 Day Ago
    Well, excuuuuuse me!... ;)
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    1 Day Ago
    Butch, I thought this was the "Dinner thread"? All I saw was the Game of Thrones.... :evil: :P
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    5 Days Ago
    Impressive Stig; I'd love to come work with your crew one day!...
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    1 Week Ago
    Nice setup you've got on that hand truck, Sean. Did it come with those nice, oversized tires, or did you add them on?
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    1 Week Ago
    Status update: Spent 3 hours with the dealer today going over and chip testing the 2 M12R/1415 models I originally listed (they are leftover 2018 models, so they are knocking a couple thousand off each). I had a pickup bed full of ash limbs and logs from a recent EAB takedown, so was able to really see the performance of each. The limbs were all 3-8" diameter, with some being gnarly twisted and long, and both handled them with ease. Then came the log sections, 3 each about 10-13" in diameter and about 18-20" long. Both handled them well, with some minor hiccups on the 13" ones (both ended up stalling when left on factory default down rev setting for feed reverse, as there wasn't enough left on the end of each piece between the feed wheel and the drum to allow for a reverse, and there were some sizable knots in each). Overall, both performed well, with the following notable differences: - The gas model was much louder than the diesel; you could at least hear each other when the diesel ran full speed, not so w/the gas. - The diesel threw the chips much further than the gas model. - The diesel performed just as well at 2200 max rpm for performance, while the gas had to get over 2500 to do the same. While the controls and features were nearly the same, the diesel just seemed to be the better performing machine (and recovered from the stall much quicker). Additionally, the sales rep indicated his customers w/the diesel were reporting abut 50-60% longer run times on the diesel before refill as compared to the gas. If I stay in this model range, the diesel would be the choice. The rep also informed me they had 2 versions of the M15RX (one gas, one diesel) that they could have up next week to do the same kind of demo. Will report back on that after it happens.
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    1 Week Ago
    Very informative; thanks for posting! :thumbup:
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    1 Week Ago
    The mini will make you so much easier money than guys trying to do machine-work. The guys won't be broken down by the manual work. You will need less, better guys. Mini has no Worker's Comp, no overtime, no baby-mama drama, doesn't get sick, or have sick kids, etc, etc. All good points, Sean, just a matter of financing/timing to get the mini I want. I can work around it until business really starts kicking in full time and can afford the other payment. Definitely keeping that in mind on the purchase. Both good reinforcing points about moving the waste. Around where I am, lots of hardwood prunings resulting in boatloads of chips. Chips are the easiest and cheapest to dispose of, so the chipper becomes priority one. Brush can be disposed of, but only one place anywhere near me, and it's not that close (and the most expensive to dump there). Lots of folks out here burn wood (including most of my customer base), so disposal of that is less of a concern. The dump trailer will be purchased within the next few weeks, and the log carts just arrived today (so the ground monkeys and I will be able to move wood fairly well until the mini-skid and truck 2 are in play). Also keeping in mind my seed money will be down to the subsistence level to get me through the winter, until storm work or warmer weather allows business to pick back up. Once again, appreciate the feedback/ideas. Please keep them coming!
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    1 Week Ago
    Mini-skid purchase is in the late year 1/early year 2 schedule of the plan, as I'll need another truck to tow it and the dump trailer it will ride on (especially if I get the larger chipper). Thankfully starting later in life and have got more sense about me in considering options and input/feedback. As for the Bandit/Morbark debate, the nearest Bandit dealer is over an hour away, while the Morbark dealer is only 10 mins. I've used older models of both, and they get equal praise, but having the dealer on a new unit that close gives Morbark the edge.
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    1 Week Ago
    We're almost in early fall mode here in the "Armpit of America" the last few days; been cooler (upper 60s to upper 70's) and mostly sunny; the next few days will be cloudy with temps forecasted to be no higher than 80; need to get my keester up in tree or three! :dance:
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    Oh it is fun, but becomes an almost all day event on my end (I have to make 2 different batches; one mild for the kids, one hot & Spicy for the Mrs. and I). Mine does the all pork route: sausage, pork chops and ribs. Prep time: about 3-4 hours for 2 12-quart pots (lotsa slicing and dicing), then simmer over low heat for 4-6 hrs. Will post once next batch is done.
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    1 Week Ago
    "Slightly better than sketchy", to start. I thankfully have some guys around my age who are helping out in the early stages, so they are more understanding/receptive to my instructions/guidance on using the equipment. As I've seen you raise in other threads, the labor situation is one of the toughest aspects to deal with in this industry. I've already incorporated additional specific chipper usage into my version of the "Excellent Groundman" list that will be used in my future hiring scenario, as this will be more part time as I slide out of my current situation into this full time by early next year. As I've also got the advantage of a decent amount of seed money to get things going, the SENA headsets will also be in play to ensure good communication/ability to watch out for each other. To Sean and all others replying, the input/feedback is greatly appreciated! :thumbup:
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    1 Week Ago
    Looks tasty, Jim. Just enough to motivate me to make my "bastardized" sauce this weekend... ;)
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    He did; it was almost 3 yrs ago when he got his M15RX (which is the upper end model I'm debating, if I want to bite off that big a monthly payment). I see his points on it's benefits, but I also appreciate the comments/common sense provided here. I'll be demoing the 3 later this week, and will make my decision after seeing it actually in action.
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    1 Week Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread saw gas deteriorating in Chainsaws!
    And the fuel I get is actually low lead, as I believe the airplane fuel manufacturers were mandated to lower it....
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    1 Week Ago
    Posting to keep relevant. Also, has anybody had experience w/the Morbark Chip Safe feature? Good/bad/whatever? Thanks again.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I've had to use the Zeppelin a few times to bail me out on the Maasdam due to misjudged/misplaced rigging lines coming up short. One of the greatest knots in my arsenal, and the back story about Rosendahl insisting it be used to moor airships always cracks a smile. If not proficient at tying, watch Patrick's video on tying it "69" style at https://www.educatedclimber.com or directly on his YouTube channel (Educated Climber).
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Was my night to cook for the kids, and my daughter's been itching for her Daddy's "fav": - 20 min. marinated Eye-Round, w/sauteed fungus and onions - Steamed/sauteed green beans, crimini fungus and Holland pepper - Corn on the cob - Parent's only: Ramstein Ink - Schwartzbier (aka: black lager); brewed Reinheitsgebot - German brewing purity law; local brewery in Northern NJ; oooohhhh soooo good! :happy7: Should any of you wonderful people be in the area to visit, would be glad to whip this up for you...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    My go to is similar, but its a rigging plate attached to end of rope w/bowline, then multiple slings/biners to account for multiple small limbs or backups for larger pieces. 8)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread saw gas deteriorating in Chainsaws!
    I've been running my saws for about 20 years now, and until 5 years ago, was just using 89 octane (ethanol mix) from the local pump. I always emptied them/ran them dry to avoid any ethanol related degrading issues. I was also using the same 50:1 mix in my blower and weed whacker, and lo and behold, upgraded the weed whacker to a new model and left the old one as a spare/trainer for my son. It sat for about a 1.5 years, and dummy me forgot to empty it. When I went to start it, it sputtered 2x, blew black smoke out the exhaust, and then would not even sputter. I brought it to the small engine place guy I buy most of my saws from, explained the issue and he immediately asked how long the gas had been inside it. It was thankfully an old homeowner cheapie from Home Despot, so I wasn't that broken up about letting it go (repair cost exceeded what I paid for it).... Anyway, the guy at the shop, knowing how much I had been buying from him and seeing my despair at losing old reliable, recommended I go to the local small airport and get airplane fuel. 100 octane, leaded fuel, refined so it will stay fresh for 10+ yrs and not attract water like ethanol (part of it's "corny" issues). I currently go to one of 3 small ones near me and get 3 5 gallon cans filled, and am only paying about $4-$5/gallon. Mix it all w/the corresponding oil, and I've now had saws or others sit for 1-2 years with full tanks, and start up like champs. They also seem to run stronger the more this fuel mix goes through them. With my usage, those cans will last me at least 2 months, but with business going full time soon, that cost may increase...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread Songs I Like in MBTV
    Okay, just saw this thread pop up, and I don't know if it's been posted or not b4, but the last video above popped this memory in my head... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91pz1E8pAOY
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks for those nuggets of wisdom Merle; will have to put the skewer to the dealer to see if that can be done. :thumbup:
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    2 Weeks Ago
    That would be nice on the bigger engines, but that adds another $8-$12K to the price, which then starts getting my payments out of whack. Plus, seeing how it's only in the 12" series, if I want a motor that big, move up to the 15" or 18" series and really let it rip!
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