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  1. #401
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    Grade reversals before and after corners should control the water pretty well, might take some work if the trail is already well established. As for the second spot, can you get material down the fire road? Haul in a bunch of rock if possible and you could rebuild it with rock and outslope it or excavate and pipe it under the trail. Added benefit of the pipe is you can inslope the trail all around the low spot to keep it dry.
    ...tricks deserve applause, style deserves respect

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    Build season is here. I hope we don't get snow too soon and more importantly less wind storms so we don't have to spend so much time on maintenance.

    Cannot overstate how awesome this tool has been.

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    I'm banned from the bike for the rest of the year, so I saw this thread and for a minute I thought "Hey, lemons->lemonade, I'll go dig a bunch!" Then I remembered I also have a broken sternum--not going to be digging anything for a while either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    I'm banned from the bike for the rest of the year, so I saw this thread and for a minute I thought "Hey, lemons->lemonade, I'll go dig a bunch!" Then I remembered I also have a broken sternum--not going to be digging anything for a while either.
    Just get healthy bud... your lemonade will come. Get lost in some novels or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grskier View Post
    Just get healthy bud... your lemonade will come. Get lost in some novels or something.
    Physical activity is good for the brain, as is time in the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    Build season is here. I hope we don't get snow too soon and more importantly less wind storms so we don't have to spend so much time on maintenance.

    Cannot overstate how awesome this tool has been.
    Got that same saw this fall. Pretty happy with it, for the most part. The small chain is kinda fussy though. And I wish the whole package was lighter. It's a good bit heavier than a decent gas saw, which kinda sucks when I'm riding with it. Power and battery life are impressive though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    Got that same saw this fall. Pretty happy with it, for the most part. The small chain is kinda fussy though. And I wish the whole package was lighter. It's a good bit heavier than a decent gas saw, which kinda sucks when I'm riding with it. Power and battery life are impressive though.
    Yeah, I don't mind the weight vs dealing with gas an shit. Depending how much cutting needs to be done you can run a smaller lighter battery like in my pic.

    I haven't had any chain issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post

    I haven't had any chain issues.
    I've had it throw the chain a bunch. Mostly on weird cuts and small, annoying stuff where it skips around a bit. I've gotten better about figuring how to run it so it doesn't drop a chain, but I've never (or at least very rarely) had a "real" saw throw a chain in identical situations. I've started running the chain a bit tighter, which helps a little bit.

    I also notice that the chain stretches out really quickly. I find I have to retension it pretty often. Probably 3x more quickly than my saw with a .050 chain.

    The other issue I've had is just that the bar is super thin. I bent it pretty easily when I tripped and fell on the saw. On the upside, I could bend it back just as easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    I've had it throw the chain a bunch. Mostly on weird cuts and small, annoying stuff where it skips around a bit. I've gotten better about figuring how to run it so it doesn't drop a chain, but I've never (or at least very rarely) had a "real" saw throw a chain in identical situations. I've started running the chain a bit tighter, which helps a little bit.

    I also notice that the chain stretches out really quickly. I find I have to retension it pretty often. Probably 3x more quickly than my saw with a .050 chain.

    The other issue I've had is just that the bar is super thin. I bent it pretty easily when I tripped and fell on the saw. On the upside, I could bend it back just as easily.
    Yeah, I guess it is tough when comparing to a combustion saw. These saws don't have the balz of the gas ones, but they work good enough for my needs building trail. If we were building sanctioned trails we could probably run the gas if needed, but we're not sanctioned. The instant on/off, no idling, and just quiet is so freakin nice. I was using sawzalls before, so this is heaven comparatively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    Yeah, I guess it is tough when comparing to a combustion saw. These saws don't have the balz of the gas ones, but they work good enough for my needs building trail. If we were building sanctioned trails we could probably run the gas if needed, but we're not sanctioned. The instant on/off, no idling, and just quiet is so freakin nice. I was using sawzalls before, so this is heaven comparatively.
    Yeah, for sure. The discretion factor is really nice.

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    12 days of dry weather. Flagged lines earlier. Now packing away at the groundwork

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    I love dig stoke and trail porn but for whatever reason I can't upload photos from my phone to my pc and I can't log on to TGR with my phone so I can't contribute to this thread, sorry.

    If you want to check out the project I've been working for over three years now you can see on my IG acount. thanks!

    https://www.instagram.com/raisingarizona13/?hl=en
    dirtbag, not a dentist

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    Nice. I lived in FLG for a number of years, still miss the mtb trails there.
    Chronic Complainer Experiencing Ikon Cognitive Dissonance Since 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona13 View Post
    I love dig stoke and trail porn but for whatever reason I can't upload photos from my phone to my pc and I can't log on to TGR with my phone so I can't contribute to this thread, sorry.

    If you want to check out the project I've been working for over three years now you can see on my IG acount. thanks!

    https://www.instagram.com/raisingarizona13/?hl=en
    Man, that's a lot of hard work by the looks of it. Bench cutting for days? Nice work!
    I'm headed to Sedona in the spring, so I may hit you up for some intel. With wifey who doesn't ride, so will be limited.

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    We have switched over to ski trail maintenance and clearing this time o year. Some trees to cut and throwing a lot of branches plus burning last years brush piles.

    Still gotta clear the super glades then punch thru that upper connector trail for the grand tour trail.
    watch out for snakes

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    Spent the weekend scratching around in the dirt.

    A shitty run in.



    To a decent sized drop



    To a decent sized jump



    To some rolly pumpy stuff where the terrain gets flat. Still a bunch of work to do on that part.

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    A couple pics from my summer, looking back I have a pathetic amount of pics. Was too busy building I guess, 50-60 hrs a week until I crashed and broke my arm. We made good progress on the hill, almost completed a blue jump trail, built a skills park with inner pump track, and knocked out some rad hand built which I of course have no pictures of. This was all after about 3 weeks of clearing snow due to the huge winter. Stoked to heal up and get back after it next spring.
    ...tricks deserve applause, style deserves respect

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    Was able to finish a nice addition today. Maybe half mile or so. 3 guys, chainsaw, blower, hard rake, and regular rake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona13 View Post
    I love dig stoke and trail porn but for whatever reason I can't upload photos from my phone to my pc and I can't log on to TGR with my phone so I can't contribute to this thread, sorry.

    If you want to check out the project I've been working for over three years now you can see on my IG acount. thanks!

    https://www.instagram.com/raisingarizona13/?hl=en
    Man, just saw your latest stuff! Heavy lifting. You guys are killing it

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    Autumn reloaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    Man, just saw your latest stuff! Heavy lifting. You guys are killing it
    thanks man, and others that commented or checked it out. We started the planning for the project in august of 2016 and put shovels to the dirt last June. It's been an epic but we should have her done by next June!

    Nothing has come easy with this build. It's all rock, there have been days and sections where you spend 4 hours doing back breaking work to open up 10 feet of bench. That top section that we were working on since mid September was literally giant slabs of dacite and we had to spend a week and a half just jack hammering it out. I love this work but I can't lie, I'm really excited to wrap this project up now.
    dirtbag, not a dentist

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