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  1. RyeThomas

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    Ok full disclosure, I cannot pay anyone, I have a big dead tree in our new to us home that has to come down. One side septic field, other is power lines. So I have to take it in pieces = climbing. Heights don’t bother me, I’m competent with a saw, I’m a Firefighter with a Technical Rescue background so I understand rope, pulleys, etc. that said I’m not an idiot and I know nothing about climbing/felling a tree from an elevated position.
    So what’s a good/safe kit that’s not commercial but for a guy that needs to climb a tree and be safe. I don’t need a $1000 kit for a one or two times in a lifetime kit. She’s got 3 main limbs at the top, I figure drop those then the main tree in 5’-6’ sections maybe less on the way down. image.jpg
     
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    Having just bought some gear I agree with Woodpecker, if you can get a lift in there that’s your best bet. If not a good set of gaffs, belt and a lanyard would get you most of what you need. Probably could borrow some of it.
     
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    Northern VA is probably nice this time of year Brad. Some killer breweries down there too.
     
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    If I had time I'd offer to go down and knock it out quick. Ive got good friends in wytheville I wouldn't mind visiting. I'm working weekends now as it is though.

    I get this question a few times a year. It's more than just buying the equipment. It takes lots of practice to get used to making cuts from spurs. A bucket is really the best option here.
     
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    I agree 100% and admit I’m not at all knowledgeable, just driven not to pay someone else a fortune to do anything... now that doesn’t mean I should attempt it.
     
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    Maybe I'm just not understanding the site but the tree doesn't look all that large. It's always hard to judge from pics but that doesn't look like much more than 4 hundo to climb and put it on the ground. Have you gotten any estimates?
     
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    I have not, just figured the worst. I will give it a shot though, it’s worth a phone call. Maybe cheaper than renting a lift and much cheaper than an ER visit.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Reg Coates has some awesome advice:



    Read it, know it, follow it:
    https://www.wesspur.com/books/tree-climbers-companion.html

    Tie into a second GOOD tree. Guy ignored the warning in TCC to never exit DRT over a limb = death = I know a guy that did that = in a wheelchair now

    Get a Petzl Stop and use a full body harness and tie it to the chest so you do not end upside down in just your belt if you get knocked out of the tree. 15# break away chainsaw laynard.

    Get tree gaffs. not pole spikes.

    My personal advice to add: Little tops = little problems
     
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    +1. I'm not a pro but do a fair amount from time to time. Climbing is a workout. And it's tougher when you are second guessing every move.
     
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