My attempt at a homemade tree squeeze.

Jud

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Durham
What did you do to secure the eye?
It’s doubled rope just like the tree squeeze. The little clips I use at each end are called rope booster clamps. They were like a dollar each at e-rigging which is the only place I’ve found them. They provide no structural integrity the way I have them used, it’s really just to keep the 2 legs of rope to lay next to one another.
 

dsptech

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North East
I always wondered what Buckingham used.
Theirs looked like they wrapped it in whipping twine.
You used wire rope to stiffen it.
Do you know if that's what Buckingham does?
I thought it was some special stiff rope or a rope that had been milked to hell and back for all it had to give.
I've been interested in the Tree Squeeze for a while to use when climbing some trees with wicked leans.
Your approach is very interesting. (y)
 

Jud

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Location
Durham
My understanding is that they use some kind of proprietary stiff rope that isn’t wire core, but it stiffer than normal rope. I looked to buy just the rope but couldn’t find it anywhere for sale, so decided to make mine stiff with the wire core.
 

Jud

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Location
Durham
Looks good to me. Did you have to remove the core from the 16 strand?
Yep, the core has been replaced with the 1/4 wire rope. It was a 20 foot piece of wire rope, but it actually buried not too difficultly. I pulled out a little of the core, taped the wire rope to it, then slowly milked the cover over the wire rope while pulling on the core from the other end.
 

Jud

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Location
Durham
Thanks! I made it cause most of what I climb out here is loblolly pines which sometimes go up 60 feet before you see a branch. Couldn’t stomach the price tag of a real one and had been toying with testing out a wire core bury, so seemed like a good project.

soon as I get in the tree again I’ll post some pics.
 

Joeybagodonuts

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Location
Boondocks
My understanding is that they use some kind of proprietary stiff rope that isn’t wire core, but it stiffer than normal rope. I looked to buy just the rope but couldn’t find it anywhere for sale, so decided to make mine stiff with the wire core.
Cool project.
I've tried to make a few of these using wire core flip lines as well as some other lanyards. As much as i wanted it to work I don't think i gave it enough time to work out the bugs i was having.

I think if one was to come up with one that disco'd a bit easier for unions & limbs (like a revolver it something), without adding a ton of heavy hardware or clumsy workarounds, youd see them used alot more.

The last time i was looking into one of these, Buckingham was using a Yale Product called Uniline. It's not your typical cordage you'd want to use for where knots are needed as the poly core is bonded together with a rubber adhesive, wrapped like an electrical harness with a textile tape, sleeved with an outter sheath, then finally coated in another rubber solution & at some point entered an oven. Its more of a cable than coradage, hence Buckingham's uses as non-metallic cable products.
It is spliceable, but requires a rather advanced process as well as very long buries.

I don't know of an "Arb" related vendors selling it, but there is one guy on eBay that sells used lengths of it. He literally had miles of it last time i was looking. I don't recall the size though. For new, you'd want to look more towards industrial vendors, maybe even marine..idk for sure.
 
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