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  1. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    do you think we can change the photos? I'd like to add some new ones...
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. dadio

    Rate My Hinge.

    Here's a few pics of gutted hinge
  6. 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
  7. dadio

    Tulip spar bounce and roll

    IN order to minimize lawn damage and keep the log out of the dirt and off the ground so its easier to cut without dulling, two logs from the top were used to cushion the fall, then one log was used to stop the roll and another long limb was used to keep the wood off the ground...
  8. dadio

    Intentional Barberchair

    You are most welcome.... I love to study the physics involved and understand exactly what happens and why.. There is always something to learn, including what NOT TO DO... Some may put the intentional BBC in that category. I think it has benefits that can be used, but need more experimentation. ONE THING FOR SURE, is that a BBC can allow a tree to hit the ground with less force.. When do you see an ash tree hit the ground and stay propped up on the limbs like this one????
  9. dadio

    Bruno de Grunne

    That looks likes some nice engineering... Arborists are mostly de-engineers, or removal engineers... when we leave no trace its because we cut and haul the tree, grind the stump, and remove the grindings...
  10. dadio

    Balance point tie offs

    Dead ash tree... last week
  11. dadio

    Ballsy stunt fells

    I laugh at me too....
  12. dadio

    Ballsy stunt fells

    Some of those videos are new... course you gotta sort through the old ones to find them
  13. dadio

    Ballsy stunt fells

    The first tree was planned to have the hinge fail, so that it would end up in the yard, not in the fence or into the adjacent trees.. The second tree did fail to the side weight. It was not planned, ot desires obviously, bit also not unexpected.. had I to do it over again, I would have been more careful about the direction of pull with the skid steer loader. As it was, the second tree did hang up, but once it was over the creek, it was easy to get down. Turned out to be a good lesson in how far you can push the limits before failure to side weight.
  14. dadio

    Ballsy stunt fells

    Matter of perspective.... You could think of it like this... I AM just a whole lot better than you! You got one lame fall to show.. and pride yourself on fence repair expertise... You think you're good... you've never even seen good!
  15. dadio

    Ballsy stunt fells

    The gut asked for stunt fells and rigging... that's not not spam.... that's all worth watching..


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