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  1. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    It's not the amount of cable, it's how tightly you connect the chokers to the chain grab slots when you are not pulling from the main cable. I tend to not use the cable for skidding.
  2. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I have. That few inches of travel can make a difference.
  3. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    I mangled the front handle on a saw that way. Fortunately, it was an easy and cheap fix with a used handle. I have carried stuff in my bucket. Normally what I do is put the whole box in the bucket. I can see that from the seat, so I'm less likely to forget it's there. unfortunately, most of...
  4. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    Well, for one, the only spec I can find on the Greenlee box in the size similar to what I'm using says it weighs 48 lbs empty. That's more than my full box weighs now. Is that spec wrong? If I needed a job bock I could leave locked at a work site, I would certainly consider one of their boxes.
  5. J

    Username change?

    I just noticed that I can edit my user name. If I change it from its current "John_Mc" to "John Mc" (change the underscore to a space) will the change show up in my past posts, and will my stats still be the same as they are now, or do I lose my history and my posts reset to 0? For some reason...
  6. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I badly kinked my first winch cable when something went wrong on my self releasing snatch block and the cable wedged between the pulley and the back plate. It made a nasty kink so bad that it was tough to get a nice wind on the spool and it would trip the release on the snatch block every time...
  7. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I agree with Rob. I just find them easier to deal with. I've tired cable chokers and didn't really like them - ended up giving them away. I also like the fact that with the chain, I can choose exactly how far from the mainline the logs are attached. On a straight pull, this is generally not a...
  8. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I've experienced the same thing on my Uniforest 35E winch (similar capacity to a Farmi 351). I had to lift up high and throw a pole unde the ends of the logs, then lower back down in order to get enough slack to unhook the logs. I typically just winch the logs trailside, then deal with them...
  9. J

    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    That's interesting. I've only used a Timberline sharpener once, and it did an excellent job. It was just too time consuming for me. BTW, it is not necessary to maintain the teeth at the same length if yu use a progressive depth gauge tool to set the gauge height, since it customizes the depth...
  10. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    I like the Plano 68 quart. The only drawback is that the inside width is only 11.25". The two ammo can storage boxes I use for chainsaw parts/tools and my first aid kit are 12.5" long x 7.25" wide. This would make for a really inefficient use of space, since I would have to put them sideways. I...
  11. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    I'd need about 4 of them, which kind of defeats my plan of "grab one box and I'm ready to go". Also, not protected from rain and snow (which sadly seems to catch me all to often).
  12. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    Are they still weatherproof with that hinge? I was looking at those, but wondered of the hing compromised the weather proofing (seems like it would be tough to make a lip that formed the "seal". If you get a chance, can you tell me the inside dimensions at the bottom of the box? ... and the...
  13. J

    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    There is no doubt that carbide tipped chains have their place. Your situation may well be one of them. However, they are certainly not faster than a properly sharpened steel chain under typical wood cutting conditions. Agree in concept, but "professional" leaves a lot of room for...
  14. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. The Dewalt, Milwaukee and Rigid boxes all seem sturdy and well made, but not large enough for my needs. My saws don't ride in the box, but I've amassed a fair amount of other gear. I seldom need all of it, but the idea is that I don't even have to think about...
  15. J

    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    Exactly. There were (maybe still are?) some folks making chain that was something like carbide impregnated steel. This allowed them to get a similar cutting edge profile as the steel chain, but it lost much of the longevity of a true carbide tip on the cutters (while still ruining an ordinary...
  16. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    Any comments on how these stand up to cold weather would also be appreciated. If they get very brittle in cold weather, that's a problem for me. It will be stored in an unheated garage and used outdoors 4 seasons of the year here in VT (though I am getting to the point where I don't do much...
  17. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    ArlyA - What's that one called, and where do you find it? I don't need completely waterproof, but my old one did not have a very well designed lid, so water got in during even a moderate rain, and snow on top would melt down and run inside. Yours looks like a better lid design.
  18. J

    Storage/tool box for chainsaw related items?

    For years, I've used an old plastic storage bin/tool box for storing the odds and ends of my woodcutting gear. It was a hardware store find, 30"x18"x14". I kept in it: a metal 50 cal ammo can with small tools and supplies (chainsaw sharpening tools, bar rail dresser, various hand tools & ax for...
  19. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I'll be 60 in about 8 weeks.
  20. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Jump on it while they are interested. My son (now 19) learned to drive a stick in my truck (though he's not comfortable enough with it do help drive when working in the woods). He is probably one of the few among his friends who knows how to drive a stick. Daughter (17) is not interested...
  21. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Nice! Those old flat fender Power Wagons go for an awful lot more than the M37 trucks. What year is yours?
  22. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    That other driver might have known what was going on. He certainly ought to know that he was being a road hog. However, he only had 300 feet to go from the time we passed each other until he rounded that 90˚ turn I had just gone around, so it's quite possible he was around the bend before I hit...
  23. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Brutus will ride again. I'm fortunate to have a local friend whose full-time profession is restoring old Dodge trucks.(Most of his jobs are award-winning quality restorations, but I think he gets a kick out of seeing one as a working truck.) It turns out he has most of the parts needed to get...
  24. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I've posted on here before about Brutus, my 1951 Dodge M37, a Korean War Military pickup truck. I got it for it's great ground clearance and rugged build. It's not fast (way under-powered by today's standards), but it will go anywhere and has a lot of "character". I think of it as my "fast...
  25. J

    A Battery Rejuvenator

    I've been using BatteryMinder desulfating battery chargers and maintainers for about 20 years now. In all that time, I've only had one auto, truck, dump trailer, ATV, Lawnmower, or motorcycle battery go bad in less than 9 years (most are over that age now, unless it's a new vehicle still on its...
  26. J

    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Where do "Warrior" power tools fit in the Harbor Freight Line up of quality levels? In fact does anyone have a lineup showing the naming lineup of "good/better/best" (i.e. cheap disposable crap / OK / Good) for the various Harbor Freight lines - both in hand tools and power (electric or...
  27. J

    Treating diesel in north Texas winters

    Actually, ethanol combines with water to a point, once it reaches that point you get what is known as "phase separation". It's not just the additional water that settles out. The ethanol-water mix that all settles to the bottom of the tank. The mixture is somewhat corrosive and it will not burn...
  28. J

    Safety chaps testing - Saw Damage?

    When selecting a helmet, the ones with a 6 point suspension (three straps running across the top of your head, anchored on each end) tend to be more comfortable and provide better protection than the cheaper 4 point suspension (2 straps). However, any properly rated helmet is better than none...
  29. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    It definitely depends on use. My NH TC33D is used for loader work, working in the woods, and occasional brush hogging. At about 2500# bare, it's already heavier than I would use for lawn mowing (and not great on the lawn with the industrial tires anyway - which spend most of the year with...
  30. J

    Safety chaps testing - Saw Damage?

    The green Haix Protector Ultra boots are on a temporary "door buster" sale. Regularly $365, sale price is $279. The sale only lasts a few hours. I'd prefer the red ones, but if my XR200 boots were ready for replacement, I'd be jumping on that deal.
  31. J

    Trees

    I was not suggesting that you were making that jump. It's just that many of the responses jumped right to a confrontational approach. In this case, I'd start with the landowner, and ask for their suggestions on approaching the farmer. I'm not 100% familiar with the laws regarding application, I...
  32. J

    Safety chaps testing - Saw Damage?

    Most injuries above the waist are to the left hand. I don't have the exact data, but I suspect there are two main sources: injuries to the thumb/hand/wrist from kickback (usually a sprain or dislocation, rather than a cut) and injuries from improper reaching for the chain brake, allowing the...
  33. J

    Splitters and Wood, show your pics!

    I just figure it's their choice. If no one is forcing them, and they are comfortable with it, who am I to judge?
  34. J

    Safety chaps testing - Saw Damage?

    Yep. I almost lost the end of my left index finger about 10 years ago: I was splitting firewood in the woods a few miles from home. I'd been at most of the day, that day and for a couple of days before. I had the good sense to at least stop using the chain saw a couple of hours earlier, so was...
  35. J

    Trees

    What I haven't seen suggested here yet is starting with a friendly talk with the farmer neighbor. They may be willing to work with you on this. Why start out looking for a battle? Save that for if they are completely uncooperative.
  36. J

    Starlink

    If I had been getting those sort of speeds with any sort of reliability, I would have had no need to switch to Starlink. As it was, we were at the end of 3 miles of aging copper lines with a DSL system rated at 7/1 - on occasion, we actually got those speeds, and when we did, Zoom meetings for...
  37. J

    Safety chaps testing - Saw Damage?

    Glad to hear that, Doug. Chaps are not "forever" safety equipment. THey work by snagging long fibers and pulling them out to jam the saw. If you'd done some damage to them and severed some of the fibers, they become significantly less effective. Likewise, years of spills of gas and oil on them...
  38. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    I have to wonder if the lawyers got ahold of them when writing that recommendation. I don't think I've EVER used anywhere close to that amount of ballast, and I've moved some pretty heavy logs with my NH TC 33D (heavy enough that the Woods 1012 loader I have on it would not pick it up higher...
  39. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Even with filled rear tires, I never count on picking up anywhere near the max capacity without some implement of another in the 3 Pt hitch (Usually my logging winch @ 500+ lbs, or my box blade at a bit over 600 lbs. They don't stick out far bhind the tractor, so maneuverability in tighter...
  40. J

    I found after using my chainsaw i needed a good AXe try finding a good one at a fair

    I have stuck both mauls and axes in the wood - it just depends on what you are splitting. I generally find both very easy to unstick. I have never broken a handle on an axe, but have on a maul.
  41. J

    I found after using my chainsaw i needed a good AXe try finding a good one at a fair

    Really a matter of personal preference and what it is you are splitting. If I'm splitting ash or straight-grained Oak, for example, I'll take a good splitting axe all day (dont even bother using a felling axe or a general purpose axe). It's also a matter of technique. Also, the splitting force...
  42. J

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    We do all adapt to the equipment available and our own personal preferences. I'll use my loader bucket or the hydraulic lift as a staging table, but for me, throwing the wood causes more problems than pulling it back to resplit. After a couple of bouts with something like tennis elbow from...
  43. J

    Trespasser.....what would you do?

    It becomes a vicious cycle: when I first moved to Vermont 20 years ago, very little land was posted. As more & more flatlanders (VT term for people from "away") moved in and posted their land, those who didn't post saw more & more traffic - whether hunting or just people out for a hike. Some of...
  44. J

    Trespasser.....what would you do?

    We have the problem of too many deer in many parts of Vermont. The browsing is so heavy that it suppresses forest regeneration. However, if you charge someone for access, you lose the protection you have under Vermont's landowner liability laws: if you allow free access, you are protected from...
  45. J

    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    Which is really unfortunate, since hand sharpening a chain well is so easy to learn. The typical hardware store flunky is NOT a professional chain sharpener. He or she has probably had about 15 minutes of training on their sharpener. They are probably using a grinder, which is the quickest way...
  46. J

    Need advice on a larger chainsaw for an older guy.

    If it's 81 links in a .325" pitch chain, then it would seem you have a 20" bar. If you actually do have a Stihl MS 271, that's a 50cc saw. Others will argue, but in my opinion a 20" bar is too much for that saw. Stihl does say you can run one that long on that saw, and you might get away with it...
  47. J

    Trespasser.....what would you do?

    It's not "adverse possession, if you never possessed that right in the first place. Unless you are over 1200 years old, it's unlikely you did.
  48. J

    Trespasser.....what would you do?

    Unfortunately, my dog will take care of that. Plus it's just plain inconsiderate. Gut piles repeatedly left in the middle of one of our main trails is one of several reasons we started posting our land.
  49. J

    Trespasser.....what would you do?

    I appreciated that when visiting relatives in Sweden and a friend in Norway. Vermont law is is different than what many are describing in other states: People have the right to roam and the right to hunt, unless the property owner has posted their land. (To be considered legally posted, you...
  50. J

    Trespasser.....what would you do?

    Was it "OnX Hunt"? That's a good program. I'm not a hunter, but use it all the time. Several real estate agents in my area use it as well. You need to go to the paid version to get the property boundaries. If I recall, a single state runs $30/year. I also use the Gaia GPS app. You also need...
 
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