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Arborist Rigging Pistol

Discussion in 'Climbing and Rigging Equipment' started by jomoco, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. derwoodii

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    Im doin my best to follow how this gadget works and is applied but a video be help if one possible.
    I gather you can shoot a line tie off & cut and lower limb but in my 30 plus years of tricky limb removal over target i not needed much more than a throw line or pole saw to get a rope over tricky limb so never considered or conjured up a line shooter and lowering device..

    yeah im always amazed at the gear the kids take aloft these days,, they must be much stronger than i ever was carting up bits n bobs that dont ever get used
     
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  2. jomoco

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    Climb line positioning Derwoodi, though it could just as easily be used to install a lowering line, no doubt.

    Lots of climbers are ticked off with me for not havin vids of an ARP in action after all this time!

    But I'm gettin old, slow, cantankerous n sloth like.

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  3. Snorider

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    I am subscribed to wait for a video


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  4. jomoco

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    C yu at the rendezvous!



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  5. jomoco

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    image.jpeg Well the ARP 10's ready for serious testing aloft.

    It can now brake my bodyweight of 165 lbs, with two fingers!

    I've no doubt I can fling a 16 oz throwbag over a branch 40 feet up as well.

    Should be a fun filled weekend.

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  6. Snorider

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    Might look at somehow making the trigger operated by the thumb. That way you can ensure a better grip on the handle when holding a load. Do you don’t have to take a finger or two off the handle.


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  7. jomoco

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    image.jpeg Like this?

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  8. Snorider

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    Yeah man...something like that. I was thinking on the side though. Like the safety on a 1911. I dunno...do you feel like you can’t pul the trigger cause you might drop it if you have a heavy load?


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  9. jomoco

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    No, not with light stuff under 50 lbs anyways.

    I find myself using my middle finger to pull the ring trigger, cause it's longest!

    You can feel the resistance in the trigger throw when blade meets Kevlar cord, letting you time your release.

    I made up a game of sorts to practice swing n release accuracy.

    Get about twenty feet away from an empty open top 55 gallon barrel, or even an old truck tire laying on the ground.

    Hook up to a 5 lb, 10 lb or even 20lb weight with the pistol. Swing it underhanded towards the barrel, and pull the trigger at just the right moment to land the weight into the barrel.

    An arboreal form of horseshoes!

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  10. Snorider

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    That sounds like a good time


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  11. Snorider

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    Who should hook it up to an Echo. Then you could just talk to it. Lol


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  12. jomoco

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    I've thrown a few old husky 35 trimsaws outta trees n cussed em on the way down!

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    Got a wild hair up my azz yesterday and made a bare bones ARP out of an old wood fanno handsaw handle.

    Weighs a quarter pound, about 4 ounces depending on how much cord's wrapped round it.

    About as simple as it gets.

    Copied in aluminum could handle my bodyweight, and be produced dirt cheap.

    Only useful as a branch handler in cut n chuck situations tho.

    The circular magnets really facilitate quick hookups and clean release.

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    For the next next model it may be worth considering having a brake on the drum or a post the rope loops around (with brakes) to keep the heat away from the rope
    Then you could use plain old dyneema

    Something like a mountain bike brake would have tons of power and you wouldnt be able to overheat it
     
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    Very true, but that'd fug up being able to cast a throw bag n set a climbing line.

    Gotta be able to let out alotta line real fast.

    I had to put a spring pressure plate against the line on the thimble, specifically to prevent inertia snags when casting.

    It's actually a complicated matter makin one tool do seven things for yu.

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