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    ziplining oak significantly leaning downhill over little pines/steep hill/house

    The video was taken after all the branches were already removed. If you can believe it, they all went as smooth as the little wood piece. It was an extremely uncomfortable climb. Perhaps hard to see, but the tree was way up at the top of a hill that sloped down towards the house. Homeowner had...
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    The tree had slight favor up the hill. If you are over 90 it's unlikely that the wedges alone will make her fall as the rope will be holding the tree back. Wedges wouldn't move the tree against the pull of the rope. Under 90 and she'd pull off the stump and hopefully the rope would catch/direct...
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    Quoting Bush and Hedge Trimming

    I hate bush and hedge trimming, but there is great money in it. I'd love to find a sub that would prune shrubs and ornamentals. It can be fun, but it doesn't pay the bills as well. If all you had as overhead were some hand pruners and a pickup you're making more money on the dollar than anybody...
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    Autofeed issues

    I have a bandit, though
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    Autofeed issues

    Do you have a gauge on your feed wheel hydraulic pressure? I had mine set too high once after we did a bunch of work and the autofeed wasn't working right. We put in a gauge and set it to factory spec, which was 2500 for my machine and it started working right. Does the autofeed work properly...
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    Gotcha I see what you are saying. Had enough with just the mini on that one, but that's a good trick to have in the bag if the occasion calls for its use!
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    I am not sure I fully understand what you mean. Any angle of an anchor point that is not exactly 90 degrees from the felling direction is not going to work right, doesn't matter how hard you pull. You could probably get it to work, but with a tree that size, I wouldn't want to have the mini...
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    As much as it was leaning, the tree's crown was pretty skinny, all the weight was in the same direction. I wasn't concerned much about twisting. I was very conscious of not taking more hinge than necessary. Honestly, if there wasn't a shed/house present, I would have cut that hingewood down to...
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    There was admittedly some hooting and hollering that occurred once the tree landed clear!
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    What do you mean by rolling?
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    The mini weighs just about 3000lbs with attachment and fluids. It's a pretty long machine, lots of surface area from the tracks and I put the loader right onto the ground. It'd take quite a bit to pull that machine with the e-brake on and the loader down. The rope was approximately 2/3rds up...
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    The back cut came in right about the apex of the face cut. If it was a little low or high it would have been on accident....
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    Negative rigging big wood

    Damn, sounds like some fun work! Take some pictures
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    I've guyed lots and lots of trees, but sometimes when the stakes are high, even though you know you can do it, you end up climbing/limbing the tree just to be safe. Well, this tree was leaning heavily over a shed as well as right towards a house. We got some pics as well as a video. First pic...
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    Winter footage from a year ago

    I've been watching lots of youtube recently, and it has motivated me to try to put something together... My buddy has a drone and ran it with us for a few days last winter. Pretty tight removal. Real cold. Snows mid job. Didn't get the whole thing on film, but you'll get the idea. Freestyled...
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    pat lacey

    I had the good fortune to meet and work with pat two winters ago in West Virginia on a row clearing project for natural gas pipeline. About a hundred hired guys mostly from the west coast. I was one of the few guys from northeast. Guy's a literal animal. In and out of the woods. I have arm...
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    Net Profit

    Worth noting, I don't "pay" myself a salary or anything, so that 60% would be much lower if I were....
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    Net Profit

    Deevo, Is this a 2-3 man crew with a tree mek with a 24" chipper and a mini? Or a 2-3 man crew with an f-350 and a 12 inch chipper just climbing (obviously)? There's a big productivity difference as well as overhead difference. I'm curious what type of 2-3 man crew set up can easily bring in...
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