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  1. It depends more on your hitch cord/length/knot setup. I've climbed on velocity for years and love it. Had a few other ropes in between but always go back...
  2. I find the tree motion sits best with the buckle probably a little below the height of my pelvis. So most of the padding is below the waist but you can't slip out of it. My first week on the job for a company I was using an Avao and almost packed it in it caused my so much pain. So many things wrong with that harness for me. Everyone's different, try another harness and see how you get on. As said though, sounds like you might just need to stick at it until your core muscles get adapt though.
  3. When you say local market I can't help but think they may have been the profit of a little late night shopping by someone. Never buy second hand ropes, especially from an unknown source. Personally I wouldn't sell them on...
  4. I'm not so much annoyed by this as genuinely surprised. I gave him 6 months when he was first elected.
  5. Yeah should be fine. I've been using one for about 8 years now with a 6m lanyard and it does it all basically. I wouldn't use it for a climbing system, that isn't what it's designed for. But as a secondary system for advancing your tip or positioning on long wobbly branches it should be alright.
  6. I understand that quite well. But when they've got one crew, but two tracked chippers, excess of saws etc. Surely you've worked for guys who just have ALL the kit. My point is that is seems a bit weak saying you can only pay a climber 135/day when you're clearly throwing money at machines etc. A subbies job is to make the boss as much money as possible, but it has to go both ways... As for Europe, that was a while back. Rates have dropped a bit, I presume as there's more competition nowadays and people are willing to work for less. It's still better than the UK pretty much anywhere in mainland Europe but not as profitable for trips over.
  7. A pal of mine tapped his lanyard with a silky, he was just putting in his anchor point so no main line. Went straight through it, he fell ten metres and broke his pelvis and neck, among other things. Gnarly slice that one. And a ballsy request getting a lot to a&e from the customer with your quest squirting ha
  8. I'm pretty cynical about what some people can pay staff. I've had to really stand my ground to get £160, when the boss told me he pays his other climber £135/day. But he was constantly buying kit, saws, vehicles, bits and pieces. It kinda got to me tbh. I know 160 is bang on market average, but after ten years in the industry and a degree in arb, the take home from 160 is hardly worth the effort. So I started my own thing and as said, I pay the guys a bit better, and I earn a bit better. When I was subbing in Europe I charged €400 flat rate and always had a full diary. Different worlds eh?
  9. I see your bracing. How long does it look like it's been in? If it's all tensioned up properly to provide decent static support it may be OK, like a redirect I suppose. But that's quite far up for steel bracing by the looks of it. Also the union doesn't look so bad in the pics that I'd be putting a static cable in it. But then I don't know the position, targets etc. Yes, bit if an odd one...
  10. Hmm, strange. As far as he was aware basically nothing was changing in the supply and sale of them in Germany. Presumably they're still making them in smaller batches in Germany? It wouldn't be the first time the UK has gone really strict with an EU law nobody else bothers with, and blames it on the EU...
  11. Just a wee word on this, I was talking to a Stihl dealer in Germany the other day and he said they have no issues getting 880's in stock still. Yes, they aren't compliant with the latest European emissions laws however as they sell so few of them, the German government deemed it unnecessary to ban their sale. So no panic, it might be more awkward but you can still get one shipped to the UK.
  12. I pay decent climbers with saws etc £200/day up in Scotland. Though that doesn't seem to be the norm. Wish I could pay more but I'm a young business and still finding my feet. People paying £150/day or less are taking the piss quite frankly.
  13. I saw a point raised the other day that a plastic bottle or bag left outside will take hundreds of years to degrade, but climbing ropes are deemed unsafe after a few years. Seems a bit contradictory... Ropes last as long as they last basically. My felling rope is 6 years old and I'm happy with it. It had fairly light use for 5 years as it was 60m of velocity and I just used it for pruning. Got a nick 15m from the splice so respliced it and using it quite happily still.
  14. It could also be different genetics... I was at a site yesterday where one big sycamore was in full leaf. There was a smaller sycamore either side where the buds have done nothing. I'm sure they'll get there though. You may be right, but don't jump to conclusions too quickly. Trees have their ways sometime's...
  15. Aside from all of the very justified safety concerns, without any experience it's also very likely you'll do a bad job of pruning work. When it comes to older, more significant trees there's a great deal you can do wrong. And with smaller, younger trees there's the potential to wreck them before they ever reach maturity. There's a lot more to tree work than the manual side of things, there's so much to learn about tree biomechanics, growth patterns, fungal interactions... I'd invest in some books. And get climbers in while you're learning.


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