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AX MEN on the History Channel

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  1. woodconvert

    woodconvert Minister of Fire

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    Did anybody catch the Ax Men on the History channel last night?. Somewhat interesting but kind of the same ole same ole like Icroad Trucker and the King crab fishing show they have. It was neat to see some of the equipment they have/need to cut on a professional scale.

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  2. savageactor7

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    Saw it, very informative on a harsh way of life...but not a job I'd be interested in.
  3. woodconvert

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    Yeah, looked like multiple good ways to get yourself killed to earn a paycheck. REALLY harsh way to earns a living.
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    yeah, I was hoping for alittle more action but it is the first episode..I think its gonna be interesting..I never knew what a "yarder" was or how the hell they got the logs up those steep banks, very interesting
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    great show, but yea, earning money while being that close to almost getting wasted everyday is not my idea of enjoying my job.
    "I lost my arm, busted my leg, busted ribs" "I lost 4 toes, crushed vertibrate ...." and i groan at work when my eyes hurt from staring all day at the computer.
    but the show was interesting, wish it was done a little differnetly then the other "job following" shows but I will watch again.

    ummm wooood.
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    Very realistic . Nothing staged and there is always a happy go lucky clown like Dwane ( I think was his name) on every crew that lightens the mood on a daily basis.
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    The thing I missed is after they sky cabled the tree to the staging area I didn't see anyone cut the limbs off the tree...all I saw were the neatly trimmed trunks ready for the log truck.

    Did they have a little dozer or bobcat that pushed the limbs out of the way or did they do it by hand? and what did they do with the limbs? Wouldn't piling them be a fire hazard...I dunno. Just asking, thanks.

    Here in NYS you can get a permit to cut on state land (they tell you what trees to cut) but a requirement to harvest free wood is that you have to lay the limbs out on the ground...all the butt ends on the same side so they rot faster.

    On my place I make a pile with the limbs as wildlife shelter for small game.
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    i watched it.. incredible what those guys go through. not sure how they are going to streach the show out as a series.
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    I'm sure they'll stretch it like they did the Ice Road Truckers and the King Crab show. It looks like there is enough potential for "drama" or guys getting tore up that i'm sure they'll get a few seasons out of it.
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    A very large tracked machine called a delimber/processor. It was in the backround a couple of times.
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    Looks like one of those trees would heat my house for a winter!

    Wish the stuff I cut was that straight and tall.

    Liked the show and will continue to DVR it.
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    I've always had a great deal of respect for anyone working in the timber industry, but watching that show elevetes those guys into almost godlike status. Might be interesting to have a show called "Wood Butchers", about us casual woodcutters hanging up trees, burning up saw bars, etc.
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    They do have a show for you guys just search you tube for " hanging trees, burned up saws, splitting wood,wood hauling ,etc." You'll laugh your azz off. LOL
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    I caught it myself and enjoyed it as well.

    I just wonder what OSHA might think of that moron that stepped into the cable unwinding and nearly removing his leg/life when they were stringing the skyline with the helicopter?

    Just goes to show you that old Forest was right: Stupid is as stupid does.

    If you want to see logging that is even more dangerous than what was shown, come to the mountains of West Virginia and witness the spectacles that go on here every day.

    Here we have a majority of loggers that use track dozers and wheeled skidders as opposed to the yarders. I love the yarders. They are economically dominant and leave a much smaller footprint than having to cut in skid roads all over hell and creation with the dozer, and then you don't have every yahoo out there that thinks he is running the ultimate skidder/dragster tearing the hell out of everything that he comes across.
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    They will be on Sirius today, (3-14), 11 am-3pm EDT, Road Dog Trucking channel, freewheelin' show.

    www.sirius.com
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    My wife nearly had a heart attack watching that man with the cable, as I mentioned in another thread.

    What gets me is the lack of a quick release. I used to be a glider pilot, and both the tow plane and the glider had release mechanisms. Yet clearly, the helicopter lacked any sort of release, because they indicated that a caught cable would require them to land in perilous circumstances. I am surprised that the pilot didn't insist on such a device, especially when one considers what finicky beasts helicopters are in the first place.

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    These guys definitely have a dangerous job, not unlike our local loggers. It is too bad though that an already dangerous job is made more so by the need for higher productivity at the cost of less safety measures . There is no reason to hook up the chokers on these logs and then remain there in the danger zone while the trees are pulled free .Except for carelessness or need for productivity. Yeah it safe 98% of the time [if you are quick] but the other 2% is when you lose your hand ect....
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    Anyone else catch the Sirius interview? Jay/Darryl were on, discussed the biz, the dangers, misconceptions,tree huggers, etc. Last caller asked about saws. Jay says both Husky/Stihl used, personal preference applies. I believe he mentioned his 066, 32" bar. He likes his rakers low, and every saw used is hopped up to accomodate that.
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    We run our rakers a stroke or 2 lower on softwoods too. I wouldn't recomend it for hardwoods though.
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    Cool show with lots of good equipment. I'd like to go in and pickup what they left behind.
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    I keep myself entertained by counting the OSHA violations in each episode.
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