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  1. Spruce Pirate

    Climbing without aerial rescue?

    Not spectacular, but a couple of months ago on a job, climbers rope got wrapped around a peg that he'd left on the way up, tied in a perfect half hitch, climbing on a prussic system. He was probably 50' - 60' in the canopy of a Scots pine unable to move down. The peg was too high to reach with the ladder and the rope wouldn't flick off from the ground. I climbed to the peg, un-wrapped his rope, descended and we carried on, easy peasy. No threat to life, no time constraints but technically I climbed the tree and "rescued" him. It could have been very embarrassing if I hadn't been able to climb. As far as the legalities of having a certified climber on the ground goes I'm pretty sure anyone looking at it from a legal stand point would say that certified doesn't cut it, they would have to be certified and competent. If it all goes horribly wrong and it comes down to and HSE investigation there's no way they'll look at a certificate for a rescue climber and say, "oh well, that's alright then". All sorts of awkward questions will start being asked, like the level of competence of the rescue climber and how is this documented, how is their competence maintained, when was the last time a rescue was practice? If you're sitting round the kitchen table with the men/women in shiny shoes with clipboards and a big frown on their intimidating faces you want to have a slightly better answer than, "uh, we put him through his climbing ticket 18 months ago, but he hasn't actually climbed a tree since then". All the legal stuff is quite secondary to the poor guy up the tree needing rescued though! I think most of us who have climbed for a while have probably done solo climbs or climbed knowing that the rescue climber isn't up to the job, myself included. Its on the ground risk management. If you're happy doing it then go ahead, but you need to remember if it all goes wrong you could be seven different shades of screwed, both legally and practically.
  2. In addition to all the above: Get a spill kit for the machine - keep one in the forwarder and bungee / ratchet strap one to the processor. Could do the same with first aid kits, a bit larger than a personal kit. Keep a site diary, note any problems, discussions with your cutters, etc - the FC just love paperwork. Wear gloves! They like the FISA Guide box ticking done too.
  3. Spruce Pirate

    Class of chainsaw protection

    For occasional use I'm pretty sure that they recommend type C with the all round protection, even for ground work. As far as class 1 or 2 goes you'd have to work out your chain speed which isn't overly easy. Bigger bar and chain is going to lower chain speed, changing pitch can affect the speed. I did have a pair of class 2's for a while, but there's more choice in class 1 trousers so I'm back with them. It's academic until you have an accident at which point you want as much protection as you can get. I'd be really interested to see some comparison tests between the different classes of trousers and saws running at different chain speeds. Don't know if there is any videos or such like out there.
  4. Spruce Pirate

    Quad question

    Quad is a great tool for moving materials and tools around, I'd miss it if we didn't have it on the jobs that warrant it. Easy to over-load though, and if you're carrying anything heavy you need to think about how to load it. Not great on side slopes in my opinion, if you're on steep ground better going straight up and down. We're running an old Kawasaki KLF 300, good enough for what I want, easy to pick up second hand for little cash. If you're using it a lot might want to think about something bigger and newer, but more cash - easier to get something road registered I'd think though. Video taking saws, fuel etc out along a ride - quad ideal for this sort of thing, less good for timber extraction type work.
  5. Always cold out east, but at least it's mostly dry - and the midges are nothing like as bad. Wait until you get a good midge day down in Ae!
  6. Spruce Pirate

    Climbing dead trees ? Any bad stories??

    I know it's an obvious question but could you not just have felled the whole thing into the wood and saved climbing it? Maybe the pictures don't do it justice and there's a good reason for not straight felling.
  7. Spruce Pirate

    Cedar of Lebanon Timber

    Very nice. Joins in the timber for the house part are very well hidden.
  8. Spruce Pirate

    Cedar of Lebanon Timber

    Any pictures? I'd thought of doing similar to make a kind of a castle structure, quartering a log and using each quarter for a turret and them milling some timber to put in between each turret as walls.
  9. Spruce Pirate

    Cedar of Lebanon Timber

    If you've any tips I'm all ears. Other than that, it's sharp saw and a good bar and line things up as best as possible. Not easy on a taper when the wood is longer than the bar length.
  10. Spruce Pirate

    Beech Failure - building damage / road closure / power out

    Good photo's. Did it get the house across the road as well?
  11. Spruce Pirate

    Cedar of Lebanon Timber

    Yes, door opens. All hollowed out inside. Selection of photo's from start to finish on our Facebook page if you're on there and want a look. https://www.facebook.com/pg/weir.forestry.arnprior/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1805770152812577
  12. Spruce Pirate

    Cedar of Lebanon Timber

    Haven't got round to making a bench yet, but did plank up the CoL to make the roof for a Fairy House for one of the local nursery schools.
  13. Spruce Pirate

    the 'todays job' thread

    Felling here for the last couple of days. Not a bad view.
  14. Spruce Pirate

    A bit of forestry.

    Good size of tree for a first thin. Is it just the racks you're taking out this time around? Pole extraction with winch? Did a bit of thinning recently - stacking nearly killed me and it's only 2m!
  15. Spruce Pirate

    A bit of forestry.

    What are you cutting? 2m? 3m? How many bits per tree? Just being nosey.


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