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  1. dadio

    Speed Wrecking

    no it's not about speed, as much as not wasting time. That may sound like the same thing, but it's an important distinction. And of course you can have safety and speed, IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I put most of the side of the tree over the driveway on the ground after the battery died, then jumped in the skid steer and stuffed it all through the chipper without one saw cut on the ground. The only other man on the job pretty much stood by the chipper and waited to work the lift cylinder or pick up a few sticks. If you look carefully you can see him chek his phone between runs. The skid steer made it easy for him. Two of us took about 45 minutes to chip the whole mess. The reactions to these videos never cease to demonstrate just how much people admire their little boxes.
  2. dadio

    Speed Wrecking

    thanks Steve. I was able to chip the whole mess with the skid steer and one man on the grond in less than an hour. Plenty more raking to so after that, but all the big stuff was handled by the skid steer.. Chipper is a Bandit 1590xp with a 140 hp engine. So a lot of this depends on what kind of chipper and material handling equipment you have.
  3. dadio

    Speed Wrecking

    After the intro there is uncut raw footage, showing 50 cuts in 15 minutes= 18 seconds a cut. https://youtu.be/H3F-A1XxGYo
  4. What you call "ill-behaved branch" is just a result of poor cutting technique...
  5. Over 20 years since the last time I dropped one... hope that's not a jinx
  6. Latest vid showing some fun cuts and rigging. There has been a lot of unnecessary spider legs shown on YouTube lately and even more unnecessary tip tying and lifting. Gravity is 100% and can most often be used to get the job done. But goes down, tips go up. As long as the rigging line is offset (not in line with you), the but will swing down and away, as the tips lift off the obstacle and swing away.
  7. Event coming up in June https://artdotearth.org/branching-out/
  8. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gDNiqrCRs8U" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> 120' uprooted tulip, hung up in a smaller oak, leaning out over the neighbor's house... took everything we had to stand it up, but the fun wasn't over then
  9. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    do you think we can change the photos? I'd like to add some new ones...
  10. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    Me too Steve... it's still a matter of heated debate in the industry, with one side saying it simply doesn't work or at best is unreliable, and therefore shouldn't be used and the other side standing here with our jaws dropped ... Here's a link to the article: http://allabouttrees.com/wp-content/uploads/guides/climber/Felling_Accuracy.pdf and a comment at the buzz from Tony Tresselt, a professional trainer and safety officer for a well respected tree service about an hour from me.: "I have not nor will I ever teach or use this technique on a arborist production work site. It was bull shit when the article came out, shitty pictures and all, and it’s B. S. now, lacking effect, perdictibality and flys in the face of most if not all safer felling practices."
  11. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    some viewers have mistakenly thought there was a bypass in the face of the locust pictured above.. I NEVER bypass my face cuts... Usually, just the opposite, taking an extra 20 seconds to make a "plate cut", a name I gave to the practice of taking a third cut from the face and lifting out a flat piece (usually around 1/2") from the floor of the face, which gives a little height to the fibers at the front of the hinge.
  12. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    And here are a couple of controversial pics.. I took these pics because the hinges worked. In the case of the ash, much better than I expected it to... I never really thought much about it, or considered them extraordinary. They just seemed to be a logical extension of the tapered hinge... putting as much of the hinge on the far side of the lean as possible... Only to find out later that this type of hinge was named the swing dutchman by Doug Dent and illustrated in his book, "Professional Timber Falling" on pages 110-111
  13. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    Here's a few pics of gutted hinge
  14. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    we've been getting into it over at the buzz and thought I'd post some pics here for your perusal.. Hope everyone s doing well.. I do believe in the tapered hinge's ability to help control against side lean, and use it religiously, though I understand it is not taught by pro trainers, one of whom has gone as far as to call it B.S. I also like fat hinges, high pull lines tied off to trucks or skid steer loaders, and don't use wedges much, though will often gut the hinge to reduce drag from the hinge fibers... Here are some pics, with more unconventional cuts coming soon


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