Our "Firewood Processing" thread is now 130 pages long, and I am guilty of loading just about anything related to me sawing, moving, hauling, splitting, stacking into it. So, how about a thread for Felling Trees.
I reported earlier (probably in that crowded Firewood thread) that I had a half-dozen dead red Oaks topped out by a climber this summer, and I am gradually getting that wood processed. But late in the summer I noticed yet another Oak that had died, and was leaning toward my utility lines. Today my son visited, so with some help I decided to tackle it.
I threw a line up into that crotch in the middle tree there. (It didn't happen on first, second, or third toss):
Then, with my son on the handle of the come-along:
- I climbed down and notched the face
- I forgot to take my hatchet down with me, so I stumbled up, got it and knocked the notch wedge out
- Son cranked some serious tension on the tree
- I made the back cut, drove in a pair of wedges, and inched the back cut a little farther
- Reached for hatchet and got one more tap on the felling wedge, but tree was already on the way down
- And, as usual in my video, a small branch plunked my camera
Sorry for the 4:30 video, it would be shorter if I had taken the hatchet down the hill with me, or, if I learned how to edit with the GoPro studio software.
Thanks Guys, please add your pictures, stories, and with any luck a couple videos to this thread