Old man and a tree

Smokeydog

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Had this red oak fall this week. Jacked up the corner of the steer/goat shed about 4’. Tree trunk 34” diameter, 120’+ tall.

While I have over 50 years of experience dealing with trees, cutting up has risks. Age like gravity that brought this tree down wins in the end.

New tool and technique helped keep me out of the danger zone. Using the hydraulic polesaw I built to break down the limbs to 10-12’ pieces. Cutting at idle speed. Took about 2 hours, 70-80 cuts. Sure didn’t miss being on the ground. Threw chain off twice and bent one bar. Largest cut about 14”. Now ready grapple the limbs and carry off to gully.

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fried1765

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Had this red oak fall this week. Jacked up the corner of the steer/goat shed about 4’. Tree trunk 34” diameter, 120’+ tall.

While I have over 50 years of experience dealing with trees, cutting up has risks. Age like gravity that brought this tree down wins in the end.

New tool and technique helped keep me out of the danger zone. Using the hydraulic polesaw I built to break down the limbs to 10-12’ pieces. Cutting at idle speed. Took about 2 hours, 70-80 cuts. Sure didn’t miss being on the ground. Threw chain off twice and bent one bar. Largest cut about 14”. Now ready grapple the limbs and carry off to gully.

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Very nice,......but IMHO not quite as unique as the root ripper adapter that you made for your B26.
 
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johnjk

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Cool tool and nice job. Did the shed make it?
 

In Utopia

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Lucky you just lost one, last year I lost 13 whole Red Oaks (AKA Spanish Oak) anywhere from 6" to 36". Most broke off anywhere from 12" up to 4' up. That's not counting all the limbs that came down on the remaining trees. My property has about 85% Red Oak 15% Live Oaks.
 

Smokeydog

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We had cat 0 twister a few years ago that messed up a bunch of trees. Some trees that were just pushed enough to lean are now falling. Trimming the landscape, roads, around fences and pastures the reason for the polesaw. The M59 is a good platform for the saw.
Have used the polesaw on the B26 in some tight spots. Sawed good just not as stable on my hillside farm.
 
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Runs With Scissors

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Had this red oak fall this week. Jacked up the corner of the steer/goat shed about 4’. Tree trunk 34” diameter, 120’+ tall.

While I have over 50 years of experience dealing with trees, cutting up has risks. Age like gravity that brought this tree down wins in the end.

New tool and technique helped keep me out of the danger zone. Using the hydraulic polesaw I built to break down the limbs to 10-12’ pieces. Cutting at idle speed. Took about 2 hours, 70-80 cuts. Sure didn’t miss being on the ground. Threw chain off twice and bent one bar. Largest cut about 14”. Now ready grapple the limbs and carry off to gully.

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That is an awesome saw!

I have no need for one, but I want one now...hahahah
 
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civlized

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Sorry you lost the tree. At some point, though, I bet you were smiling while using that saw. That's normally hard work for most people to handle. Nice to be able to handle stuff by yourself.

That type of saw is still on my list to make.
 
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Magicman

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Yup, there is much premium firewood in that Cherrybark Red Oak. Of course there would also be lumber if you had a need and contacted someone with a portable sawmill.
 
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Magicman

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I'll be in your neighborhood in a few weeks but I will be pulling a 5th wheel and not my Wood-Mizer sawmill. ;)
 
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