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post #181 of 188 Old 07-08-2019, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Can you get out there early in the morning, before the heat gets cranking, to at least get the path open? You might need to do a little at a time over a few days to beat the heat.

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As good an idea as that is, my mornings are all tied up right now with a deck remodel project that is just sweating me out thoroughly and I'm still on the de-decking phase

I try to keep a couple projects open at all times - then when I get sick of one, I can jump to another for a day or two

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post #182 of 188 Old 07-19-2019, 04:34 AM
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I came across this video and found it hard to watch. A near miss when the tree guy cuts the top off a tree.


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I didn't read the comments until the end, am not a professional, and have never climbed a tree to drop it.

I did almost hit a car with a branch once, from a bucket lift. This was extremely stupid on my part (was after my helpers left, and I had no signage, just an old orange construction barrel that I put into the street). Same scenario: right after I started the back cut, the car came into view. I stopped cutting immediately, but it was too late to stop the physics.

I will say that the main things that I thought about throughout watching that video was that I was surprised that he kept trying into the skinny limbs, that he didn't appear to have a second line attaching him to the tree, and he came very close to his line with the saw on what seemed like the majority of his cuts and saw maneuvers. I also wondered why the guys on the ground didn't try to stop the van.

Only after I read the comments did I realize that most of the professionals replying to the video had the same thoughts that I did.

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Here's one I dropped a couple days ago. The neighbors had a tree service over and I was out pulling trees with the tractor while they were working. The tree guys were spectating, and when I finished pulling out an 8" mulberry the tree guys' boss man came over to the fence and waved me over. He pointed out a 40ish foot dead pine (was 50 foot but the top had recently cut loose in heavy winds) that I had been meaning to remove but hadn't gotten around to. He said "Why don't you set aside a few bucks and let me take that down while I'm already right here."

I said "I'm not worried about that one. I can take that down myself easily. Give me a price for the 70 foot dead oak that's right between my house and the other neighbor over there!" He never did. The next day I took the pine down. Had to aim it to fall between the clothesline pole and the back garage, fell perfectly. After seeing them work I'm glad I did it myself!

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Dropped 5 Alder trees for firewood. The tree in the first pic was dropped about a month ago and the rest were done today. All but one of the trees were dead. One tree was rotten/hollow at the butt end(pics 3,4,5) and leaning a little so I wrapped a chain around it to keep it from splitting. I also had another tree just behind it that I could reach around while doing the final cut. It came down without any problems.
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@cjet69 Thanks for the update with pictures. I hope you are having better weather there than we are here. I just keep walking past all the trees down and otherwise that need attention as soon as the temps and humidity settle into human habitable conditions.

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@cjet69 Thanks for the update with pictures. I hope you are having better weather there than we are here. I just keep walking past all the trees down and otherwise that need attention as soon as the temps and humidity settle into human habitable conditions.
The weather has been quite nice this summer with temps ranging from 75*-85* most days. I don't think we ever officially hit the 90's in my area. We've been getting rain showers every week or 2 which is more normal than the hot dry summers of the past couple years. Another benefit is no smoke from the wildfires.

I had planned on cutting wood before hay season started, but that started a few weeks early this year. Luckily I put up enough wood last year to get me by until this dead alder dries out which shouldn't take long after I get it split and stacked. I have 2-3 more dying Alder trees picked out to cut down once I process whats already on the ground. I also need to drop about a dozen Cedar trees that are dead or dying and get them milled into Cants or lumber. Lots to do around here this time of year.

I see in your posts that you are getting a few deer passing thru your wood lot again. Hope they make a good come back. I haven't checked in on your deck project thread lately to see how its going. Sounds like you could use it to relax with a cool beverage on with the weather your getting. Stay cool and don't work to hard, Chris(cjet69)

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Re: Felling Trees

As mentioned on the FW thread, I've got a bunch of small ones to take down this year. The stumps will be a challenge since many of them are on slopes too steep to set up for the BH to dig them out. I have a few options to work with:


  • Cut the smaller ones off at or just below the surface to be able to mow over later.
  • The bigger ones will have to be pulled over when the ground is soft enough. Between the SCUT and a come along or winch, I should be able to do those.
  • On lesser slopes, I'll work on digging them out, but that may have to wait a year for the roots to begin to die off.


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