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Climbing and Rigging

This ArborPod™ series offers videos that can help an arborist identify parts of a line; select and use the appropriate knots; and learn about other equipment, resources, and techniques valuable in a variety of climbing and rigging scenarios. Click on the headphones above to subscribe to this series!

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Notches part 2 June 23, 2017 In this second podcast on cutting the proper notch when felling a tree or chunking out pieces of stem, Ken and Rip examine depth of cuts, and the advantages of an open faced notch. The accompanying quiz covers this episode plus the episodes; Chainsaw Field Maintenance, Chainsaw Bar Maintenance, Chainsaw Chain Maintenance, Chainsaw Chain Sharpening, and Notches part 1(A,T,L,Bp) Play

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Notches part 1 May 26, 2017 Ken and Rip are back in the field with chainsaws in hand demonstrating the most efficient, and safe ways, to notch a stem when dropping a tree. Play

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Chainsaw Chain Sharpening April 28, 2017 Keeping the business end of a chainsaw in good shape means more efficient cutting and less chance for equipment failure. Rip Tompkins runs through some do's and don'ts for sharpening the chain. Play

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Chainsaw Chain Maintenance March 24, 2017 Rip Tompkins runs through tips on keeping the chainsaw chain in top condition. Play

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Chainsaw Bar Maintenance February 24, 2017 Keeping a chainsaw in top working condition involves more than just tuning up the engine and sharpening the chain, Rip Tompkins takes a look at chainsaw bar maintenance in this episode of Climbing & Rigging Play

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Chainsaw Field Maintenance January 27, 2017 Ken Palmer runs through a basic five step process for tuning up your chainsaw in the field, and making sure it runs properly before use. Play

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Starting a Chainsaw December 23, 2016 In this episode Rip Thompkins demonstrates the safe way to start a chainsaw. The Available quiz covers this episodes and the previous episodes: Distance of Fall & Half Hitch vs Marlin, Blocking with a Speed Line, Chainsaw PPE, Chainsaw Selection, and Chainsaw Safety (A,U,T,L,Bp) Play

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Chainsaw Safety November 25, 2016 Ken Palmer and Rip Tompkins runs through the safe use of a chainsaw, explaining reactive forces, and proper grip and body position when making a cut. Play

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Chainsaw Selection October 28, 2016 Rip Tompkins runs through what to look for when picking out a chainsaw for use in the field. Play

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Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment September 23, 2016 Ken Palmer goes shopping for the best in chainsaw PPE, looking at chainsaw resistant pants and chaps, and how they work to stop a running chainsaw and save a workers leg, and possibly their life. Play

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Blocking with a Speedline August 26, 2016 Rip Tompkins demonstrates blocking out a piece of stem using a speedline to carry the piece over obstacles directly below. Play

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Distance of Fall and Half Hitch vs. Marlin July 22, 2016 Ken Palmer covers two topics in this month’s episode of Climbing and Rigging; first examining if placement of a half hitch in a rigging line when blocking out a stem, can affect how far a piece falls, and the advantages of using a Marlin hitch in the same situation. Play

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