Recent content by Mitch Hoy

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    What's your chipping process? (Moving Brush)

    If no one else minds, please go ahead. I am a huge nerd about this stuff and honestly appreciate different perspectives and constructive criticism. I say let’s hear it.
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    What's your chipping process? (Moving Brush)

    Grapple trucks are great for many operations. Many companies run them around here, despite high dumping prices and our dump sites being sloping mud pits. They make a lot of sense for companies that focus on bucket access. Many places you can get a boom truck, you can get a grapple truck in...
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    Critter Stories

    I feel like every tree guy story should end: "And then we roped it down, and we took it big. But not too big. The end."
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    What's your chipping process? (Moving Brush)

    Chipping procedure is just as variable to type of operation as it is to equipment. When we used to have a smaller chipper, we had to keep a steady flow of material to not bottleneck our process. Now that we have a large chipper that we feed with a machine, we can stockpile huge amounts of...
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    Beefier Log Grapple

    Is there another pin-locking pass-through grapple on the market similar to the Vermeer non-hydraulic rotator? We love the Vermeer grapple. Upgrading to the CTX160, would like a larger opening. I know many like their BMGs and similar grapples. I like them but prefer the locking Vermeer...
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    Critter Stories

    Every early spring when it’s still stupid cold, I will have to evict a nest of baby squirrels from a tree I am removing, usually hollow red Oaks. I used to have a lady who would rescue them, but she went MIA. Now I just hear the screams of a thousand squirrels at night We were removing two...
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    Another aerial friction rigging device?

    They are machining marks from the endmill used to remove stock. No tool change from a rough pass, what type of machine are you using?
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    Work Photos

    No crane access, tiny back yard. Swinging the big stuff on a big silver. Blocking down the stem behind me tomorrow, probably a couple double-whip setups.
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    Rope milking & adding splices to smaller diameter lines

    I repurpose some line, but when you replace 3 lines almost twice a year, it’s easy to build a hoard. I needed the room in my workshop! They smell bad, and weren’t sparking joy...
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    Rope milking & adding splices to smaller diameter lines

    Maybe it’s the production batch, or the RR, which I have never used? I threw out a tote full of old 11.7 120’ single splice lines this winter, all of which were either minimally milked or not milked at all. Maybe I just don’t wear my lines as much as some? I religiously de-service lines after...
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    Cabling pricing

    that’s less than my hourly cost of operation.
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    Rope milking & adding splices to smaller diameter lines

    I have all my double braid rigging lines spliced at both ends. I have only ever had issues with Samson products milking a lot. I have had no issues with Yale rigging lines in years of using their lines spliced at both ends. I also double splice my yale 11.7 climb lines, except for the hank...
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    Cabling pricing

    Our pricing starts minimum at normal hourly plus hardware. I increase from there based on size and liability. We have only offered the service for a year, but have sold hundreds of feet of cable. At this point I am thinking about marking up the service, but if we get a spiderlift this year I...
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    Double whip vs triple whip configuration question

    My reply was more of a tangent on the application’s potential use in canopy rigging. Mr. ADD here (me). Just as double-whip is to span rigging, your last configuration could be used with more distant anchors. Pendulum rigging is the use of two separate high-angle lowering systems on a single...
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    Double whip vs triple whip configuration question

    I agree with @Reach It’s a cool idea, though. It may have an application in an odd span rig. You could tension and lower from both sides. This would theoretically mean that you could crank more force into your system if you are using a rope that stores energy (like polydyne) because of the...
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