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Wrapping up on several projects started in this thread, some only a couple weeks ago, one, more than a year ago.

First, and with the help of my son, I worked on the stump of that evergreen that blew over. When I made my final cut, it flopped back down, but not as nicely as I had hoped. A bunch of roots, and a blanket of ivy kind of folded over and left the stump on a tilt. So, this morning I hitched to it with the truck, and pulled it back up:

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Once we cleaned up the underside, I let it back down, where it sits relatively level. It will settle in better, especially after I drive over it a few times:

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And a small Holly that was growing up through the evergreen has a head start in this location.

Then it was a convoy transport of the ATV and the chipper to my daughter's house where we chipped up a large pile of brush collected from the lawn over the past year. Then tackled the bigger, denser brush that came from the large Maple I sawed and processed for them over a year ago.

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We just about had this pile finished when we decided to get a picture. My Son-in-law, grandson, and son handed me brush, and the chipper made chips for the trail to the creek.

A brief cell phone video of some of the final action:

 

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Man, you're going to make me buy one of those chippers, Jere!

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A chipper, like a TracVac is an awesome tool on the weekends you need one - and a pain in the butt the rest of the time to store. I am glad I found a CL example that was substantial enough to handle the bulk of my brush, and be highway (ok roadway) tow-able. For what it's worth, talk one up among the neighbors, and have one of them buy a good one, then borrow it. No homeowner can keep one busy every weekend.
 
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I dropped a couple trees that were leaning over the parking area at my shop this morning. The larger one had an interesting pattern in the heart. Not sure what species it was.





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@Jere39 I agree, for my yard, a chipper isn't a good investment. I'd need one that would probably cost $1-2k, and would rarely get used.

I currently burn everything that would go through a chipper. Tiny stuff gets burned outdoors, anything larger than an inch in diameter gets used as kindling in the woodstove that heats the house.

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@turboaudi80 Wow, that's really cool! What did the leaves look like?

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No leaves on it yet. I never paid attention to it before, so I don’t remember from previous years.


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No leaves on it yet. I never paid attention to it before, so I don’t remember from previous years.


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I think you got it. Google says it likes to grow near streams and rivers. My shop is right on the Blackstone River. This one was in a particularly damp part of the lot. I’ll look around for others to confirm.


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@Jere39 I agree, for my yard, a chipper isn't a good investment. I'd need one that would probably cost $1-2k, and would rarely get used.

I currently burn everything that would go through a chipper. Tiny stuff gets burned outdoors, anything larger than an inch in diameter gets used as kindling in the woodstove that heats the house.

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If you want to burn over an inch then a chipper gets much cheaper. I picked up a Super Tomahawk made by Troy Built. It says it is good for up to 3” but that is at its limit. I found mine for $120 on FB marketplace. It needed the knife sharpened but ran good with some fresh gas. I had to replace the belt last year. They come up for $200 or less if you look. I even found the manual for free pdf download on their site. Don’t expect it to work like a Vermeer that you see behind a tree service truck.

I do like the tow behind design of Jere’s. I end up moving it in the loader bucket if I have far to go. It’s heavy to drag around by hand.


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@turboaudi80 I have a TB chipper/shredder attachment for my TB PTO Horse Rototiller, which is essentially a Super Tomahawk without an engine. Burning is easier/faster for small stuff.

I like the style of Jere's DR unit, as it can handle larger pieces, and would make big enough chips to be useful to line a path, etc.

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I think you got it. Google says it likes to grow near streams and rivers. My shop is right on the Blackstone River. This one was in a particularly damp part of the lot. I’ll look around for others to confirm.


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The red center and big chips are a dead giveaway. Always treat the stumps with Tordon RTU to kill the root. I hate boxelders.
 

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Why do you hate them?

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Dropped 2 Dead Cedar's today. I shot some video of the bigger one that I will post when uploaded. The pics are the bigger one also after I cut it into lengths for the mill. The bark was loose so I was able to peel it off.

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Dropped 2 Dead Cedar's today. I shot some video of the bigger one that I will post when uploaded. The pics are the bigger one also after I cut it into lengths for the mill. The bark was loose so I was able to peel it off.

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Nice straight logs. How are you going to move them?


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Found a medium-sized tree down (oak, I believe) in my side yard yesterday. I think it was my neighbor's (base looks like it's on his side of the property line). Broke clean off, a few feet from the ground.

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Dropped 2 Dead Cedar's today. I shot some video of the bigger one that I will post when uploaded. The pics are the bigger one also after I cut it into lengths for the mill. The bark was loose so I was able to peel it off.

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Those smell good...did you save any small pieces to put in closets or drawers....they help keep moths away, too if you have any woolen items
 

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Nice straight logs. How are you going to move them?
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I have been using a small trailer behind a tractor or gator. I load and unload them with a front end loader.

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Those smell good...did you save any small pieces to put in closets or drawers....they help keep moths away, too if you have any woolen items
Didn't save any yet, but I will have plenty of opportunity when I start milling.
 
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