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Offline Paul

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Felling a large tree
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:16:08 PM »


Photo number five.. In this picture you can see how I chained off the winch to the foot of the tree. By the way, the yellow base is just a homemade steel plate with a rebar loop that can be either chained off to a tree or for an emergency off road excursion, simply draped off the ball on a trailer hitch.

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Re: Felling a large tree
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 05:41:39 PM »
Tough, exhausting, dangerous work. Glad to see that you talk up the safety gear aspect. I think that dead trees are sometimes aptly called "widow makers."
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Re: Felling a large tree
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2012, 06:11:44 PM »
my cousins husband died from a tree falling on him....very good advice indeed, Paul.
Proverbs 21:20  In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,

but a foolish man devours all he has.

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Re: Felling a large tree
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2012, 07:48:30 PM »
Interesting. If / when I can come up with a homestead, I was thinking for firewood that I would ring a few trees in advance of needing them. Letting them die and dry out in an upright position, then felling them for dry, aged wood when needed.

Bad plan?

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Re: Felling a large tree
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2012, 08:12:35 PM »
good plan cd
instead of ringing, you can drive copper nails into the trunk,  if you can find copper nails.
copper sulfate also works..it's sold as sewer root remover.
drill a hole using a cordless drill and a 1" paddle bit at an angle in as far as you can, and fill the hole with the crystal root remover..works best in early spring, just before the sap starts to rise..the copper kills the tree, and standing dead wood dries much faster than downed wood.
again, as paul emphasized, use the appropriate safety gear...goggles and gloves in this case.

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Re: Felling a large tree
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2012, 10:58:58 PM »
Bad plan?


My experience has been that ringing isn't needed.  I've had to fell few living trees, there are enough naturally dying trees on 34 acres that I usually already have enough standing dead trees.

Seldom located in a convenient place, of course.

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Re: Felling a large tree
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 05:32:59 PM »
Det cord.  Just sayin'.   ::)
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