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Ed's Universal Mystical Tool ^Improved

Ed At Work, could this be uses for Ed's mysterious tool he poses with in the AT WORK photograph? ...


  • The chain/cable gets pinched from the weight of the block if you try to cut the bottom. His tool looks like a pinch bar to me. A pinch bar is used to move train cars on the track without a engine. I forget how much a train car weight's, I know each axle set is over 5000 pounds. So there is 10,000 pounds in wheels on the track not counting the car on top of the wheels. The brass in each bearing is worth a few bucks in scrap metal.
    The 3 wedge method. Drive your first wedge in the base of the tree directly in the heart. The second wedge goes to the outside edge of the crack. The third wedge goes in the side of the tree where it is cracking. By this time the first wedge should be free. Repeat till the tree splits in two. Jerry Reed did not find me a bit funny when he sent me to split wood and I split a tree into four piece's. Four quarters will get you twice the distance and provide a nice rail for the short rounds to ride on. I was actually surprised on how easy it is to move a large amount of weight this way. Ever noticed train rail spacing is spaced the width of two horses yoked? Look at the spaces of the timber's under the rail. Most trains travel at 1% grade. Means you gain one foot or lose one foot of height over a 100 foot length. What is the grade difference of a tree verse's a half tree split? If the base was 24 inches and the top 8 inches and the length was forty feet? 12 base 4 inch top and same forty foot length, except quartered you make a valley that it rolls down one and up the other. Still amazes me how a dime on the rail between the wheel will keep a train from rolling. Have to push the dime under the wheel, I don't recommend using your finger's, might get pinched off if the train moves.
    Cutting with cables. If tripod "A" has 300 hundred pounds hanging, and tripod "B" has 300 pounds hanging. If I lift A ten feet and set B on the ground. Now connect a cable from A to B and lower A how much tension would be on the cable traveling across the ground? I know the weight will want to center at five feet of travel. The other way is to leave both weights hanging then pull one weight to the side then release. Different cables have different twists and wire counts. Chain links are like the cutters on a chain saw. If you remove the tire leaving just the rim connected to the axle, actually just deflate the tire. Anchor the front bumper to something, and lift only one side. Now the motor can turn that one wheel, use hanging weight as a belt tensioner. Now you have a large scale chain saw. Have to weld a link between the two ends of chain. Just like a band saw there is a weld somewhere on it.
    I will never forget when my father got upset with the city sticking a sign in the front lawn. So he showed me how using the spare tire, a chain, and a lever that sign comes right out of the ground. I forget how many times they did it before they gave up trying to keep the sign in the ground. The city would use a back hoe to shove it in the ground with two or three guys. Funny a gallon of water and a few taps of its own weight would have put it right back in the hole it came from. Government worker's are something else.
    Even a survival knife comes with two rings and a cable for the purpose of cutting things using a reciprocating motion. of Open-Running Chain Drives Under Abrasive Conditions
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