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  1. My kit is pretty much the same as Martin's. I have the small (red) ISC block, a p500 tree runner and a 14mm rope. This does everything I need. I also have a swing cheek pulley for smaller bits and have recently spliced myself a short ring ring sling which is my preferred way to lower stuff down now.
  2. I have owned a MSA200 for a couple of years, and while it's great, for 400mm dia logs, the 261 comes out.
  3. I have the HLA85 and a HSA 86 25". I use AP200 with the former and AP300 with the latter (because those are the two batteries I have), and both tools seem to be balanced best that way. I love both, and would straight replace if either break. I very rarely break out the petrol trimmer now. Only thing that has gone wrong is the switch assembly on the HSA86. A mate of mine had the same.
  4. Might be worth looking at Toyota Landcruiser Colorado. Tows 2.7 tons. Mine is a '97, bought it with 220k miles 4 years ago and has been good to me. Should be able to find a decent one for the sort of money you're looking at. Atrocious fuel economy, but cheap to insure etc. Similar reliability as a Hilux, but less desirable and therefore cheaper.
  5. I'd look at using a dehumidifier rather than a heater.
  6. Roland Heming is also really good. We did way more than what was on the syllabus.
  7. Anything my HLA85, which I'd recommend, won't cut, the battery topper comes out.
  8. I have the p500 and the guy I usually work for has both p500 and p3000. I like them both, and it's handy having both. The p500 is perfect for small rigging, where the tree is staying. You only really want to take the p3000 out of the truck if you are going to rig big, it's a heavy unit.
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    From the HSA86 manual, page 31: "The power tool may be used in the rain and wet. Dry off your power tool after finishing work."
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    Why not? I run mine in the wet quite happily.
  11. Can't say I've had a problem with the toolless mechanism on my MSA 200.
  12. Another issue with a base tie, especially if the tree is a bit taller, is the weight of the rope pulling the rope through the the top anchor and you unweight the system. But as has been said, horses for courses. Sometimes I use one, sometimes I top tie after getting in the canopy. Sometimes I DRT.
  13. Having had a couple of solid days on the Chicane, I really like it. It's very easy to switch between srt and ddrt, there's hardly any sitback e.g. when foot ascending up, and it doesn't have a friction hitch that needs tending. It would be nice if the ZZ was midline attachable, but I can live with that. I imagine I'll be using this over the RW.
  14. Just ordered one too. Look forward to using it in anger. I actually had a go on a prototype about 9 months ago and liked it then.


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