How to sharpen climbing gaffs
Oct 29, †Ј Here is a quick video demonstrating the proper way to sharpen tree spikes! gaff. Minimum safe length for a tree-climbing gaff is the greater of the following: (a) /4" (57 mm), measured on the underside of the gaff, or (b) long enough to penetrate the core of the tree. Before climbing, always test the penetration of tree gaffs at the base of the tree to be sure gaffs extend through.
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You should upgrade or use an gqffs browser. Thread starter Tto Start date Jun 16, Jun 16, BlackenedTimber ArboristSite Operative. Just curious: How often do ya'll sharpen your gaffs? I took a file to mine today to clean em up a bit, and it got me thinking Spikes I touch mine up every now and then. I weighso they're hard to pull back out of thetree if I get them too sharp. It depends on what I'm climbing too. If I'm facing big thick-barked monsters I'll hit my spikes a lick or two.
Whenever they get dull! Click to expand Joined Oct 28, Messages 7, Location Somewhere in a tree. I am a big guy and weigh over It's hard as suarpen for me to pull sharp gaffs out of sharppen tree. I used to sharpen them when I was younger and would have to work twice as hard when spiking to pull the gaffs out.
If you are a big guy sharp gaffs are far less critical than for a light weight. I never gaff out. Well that's a lie but very rarely and gow more so than what would normally be expected. I should say that every now and then I hit a bad angle gafs something and one gaff might gaff out as will happen to every climber normally on a regular basis.
I never gaff all the way out and have to be caught by my safety. Anyway, it works for me. The main thing is penetration. If you can get good cli,bing in a Hickory or the like and not gaff out then why sharpen them and cause yourself to have to work harder?
Plus, I don't like for my gaffs to be able to easily cut tk damage my rope should I touch it. Mikecutstrees ArboristSite Guru. I weigh about I'll touch em' up as need be. Like if I have to climb a too or something real hard I used to sharpen regular, hoping that it would improve the gaffs somehow.
It didn't. Fortunately, some low-life climbes kept stealing all the gaffs around my shop until nothing was worth wearing. I bought some Gecko's.
Uber-sharp, they haven't been used enough to need sharpening yet. Buy some, you'll see. Somehow the shape just doesn't stick as much as any other spur I have worn. Step real light, never kick the tree to plant the super sharp gaffs, and they never kick out, either. Joined Oct 3, Messages 11, Location chester co pa.
I would have cpimbing that when I gave my spurs to the shop what device is used to measure density have them sharpened for 18 bucks they would have come back lazer sharp.
But no, they just hit em with a file. Some may say they don't like a spur too sharp cause gagfs digs climbbing and its hard to get out. Personally I like to be dug in real good when I am flopping climving limbs out on a pulley and getting tossed around like a rag doll. They have a guide for some spurs which is good to use. Its cheap enough and I say keep them sharp and as close to how do you deal with difficult customers as possible.
My big ass not being the issue, I do know how to sharpen gaffs. Most greenhorns will over file and sharpen them too much. You don't want razor sharp gaffs. It goes through ropes and big toes like butter trust me I know. A couple of strokes with a flat file. Keep the angle. That's all it takes. Joined Jul 11, Messages 9, Location san diego, calif. Uh, Duh, should I sharpen my gaffs? Uh, Duh? I don't know, should you? Looks like you have gone retarded concerning the issue.
Only you gow know, it's a fair response to a question of " DUH "! No, I wouldn't know what is on your mind. I didn't know if you were trying to make fun of clinbing or you were trying sarcasm or if that was the level you are at now or what.
Yeah Jeff! Jesus Christ man! Next thing you know you'll shoot somebody over this. GlennG ArboristSite Operative. Joined Jul 11, Messages Location xx. I sharpened my gaffs 3 what is bp effect in thinkorswim 4 years ago with a flat file. I might sharpen how to sharpen climbing gaffs again in 3 or 4 years from now if they need it.
Gaffs dont need sharpening much actually. GlennG said:. You must log in or register clikbing reply here.
Jun 16, †Ј My big ass not being the issue, I do know how to sharpen gaffs. Most greenhorns will over file and sharpen them too much. You don't want razor sharp gaffs. It goes through ropes and big toes like butter (trust me I know). A couple of strokes with a flat file. Keep the angle. That's all it takes. elect not to replace worn gaffs), use only the Klein Cat. No. KG-1 gaff gauge, which is available separately or in the Klein gaff-sharpening kit, Cat. No. KG To assure proper sharpening, follow the instructions in this booklet exactly. For your protection, we recommend that climbers be replaced when the original gaff and two. Oct 05, †Ј Here is a link to a PDF for their pole gaff maintenance, other PDF's are available if you do some searching there. This is a general sharpening guide for their gaffs, be aware the contour of yours may be different and the MFG may have their own sharpening guide available.
You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly. You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. How to sharpen your spikes?????! Thread starter peder-d Start date Sep 27, Location Aarhus, Denmark. I have been climbing for 9 years, but I am still horrible at sharpening my climbing spikes.
Location WNC. Buckingham Manufacturing has sharpening kits available and their website is a good source for instructions.
This is a general sharpening guide for their gaffs, be aware the contour of yours may be different and the MFG may have their own sharpening guide available. Location ma. BostonBull New Member. Location North of Boston. NEVER sharpen the tops of the gaffs, just the undersides!!! Location Olympia, WA.
Hones remove less material than a file. Location San Diego, Ca. North county. Jeff www. And what does the urbantree homepage have to do with gaff sharpening?
Colin Administrator Administrator. Northwind Member. Location BC, Canada. Exact opposite of good advice. Don't touch the top. Maintaining a sharp edge on the underside and keeping the same beveled edge is the key.
Consult the manufacturer for sharpening instructions. Blinky New Member. Location Chapel Hill, NC. Make the edge clean. Sorry guys, I just looked at what I wrote and it was backwards.
It was a crazy day I quess. Location NJ. Location Penticton, British Columbia. Guys, I had a couple guys here that day that dont have computers and we we hanging, I wrote wrong to the question only because I was taught back in the 70's and early 80's to sharpen only the outside. After some years I was told only under, so I did and was gaffing out alot. I personally think only the outside but would not teach that because of reprocussions.
Again, sorry, but I personally file only the outside. Don't get mad, it works for me. I only sharpen the underside too. I have found a small metal "filing guide", that came with my first bashling spikes. But it is a little tricky to use I'll print the guides from BostonBulls's post. But if i injure myself you all have to support my family!!! Sharpening the outsides changes the gaff angle and in turn changes how the gaff enters and holds itslef in the wood.
Be safe! Manager, hahahaha that whole branch office must look like wack job when they show up to other. Power to the people, or is it power to the over papered? I was taught to use a flat file on the underside only and never change the angle.
Less is more when sharpening spikes. Oversharpening makes them difficult to pull out of the tree. You must log in or register to reply here. Log in Your name or email address. New threads New posts test. Chainsaws and Such.
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