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Watched a big tree come down
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mud    Posted 01-31-2005 at 13:57:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
jammed up between close houses in an area of 500K
houses. it was a 90 foot poplar. fellers used a crane. two guys climbed. very impressive. got a lot of respect for this level of skill. boocoo bucks involved. dont look like its for the timid.
for you stihl guys, they used husqvarnas! lol!

Randy    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:17:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Always exciting. Love the noise. Except a month or so ago when my nephew dropped an ash on a shed where we were working. Not the same noise at all.

mud    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:40:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
so how is the shed now, post ash that is?

Randy    Posted 01-31-2005 at 16:26:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had telephone poles for corner posts. Hit about a foot or so away from one. Amazingly only a couple grapefruit sized holes in it. We fixed it up the best we could. Even told the customers.
The rope to tie it off was in front of the shed, not on the tree. 20 year old boy. Young bull kind of thing.

Rickstir    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:06:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a 50 foot Red Cedar hung up in some overhead branches and won't fall. We are staying way clear of it for now, hoping the wind will finish the job.
I have 250 ft. of braided barge rope that will pull anything. If it doesn't come down in a couple of weeks we are going to tie that to the tree and run the rope as far as it will go. I'm guessing there will be 5 feet or so of stretch before it hooks up tight. Put the truck in low and go.
We are cutting these trees for poles for a horse barn. We can get two out of this one, and we got greedy. We will take all precautions not to end up on the evening news or Americas Funniest Videos.

mud    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:48:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
we must be kindred spirits, or long lost kin-
we are amidst a machine shed add-on to our packin barn. red ceders is all we got that we trust for posts, and, we are broke to boot. i use a chain saw to rip them down the middle. makes for one good side whilst framing. have not hung any in adjoining trees, yet. now that you mention it, it is a wonder we have not.

be careful gettin the ceders down. hate to lose kin!

Sawtooth    Posted 01-31-2005 at 14:30:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They used a crane and not a bucket truck? I have a cousin that does this. He ties a rope to a limb, cuts it off then lets it down... gently. Expensive way to make firewood.

Les    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:30:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
There ain't many buckets that are much over 50 feet in reach. Special ones with an extra lift can reach to 70' or so. A crane is much preferred for something that tall, especially when it's in tight quarters. If them houses are worth that much, a crane is the only way to go.
And one less stinkin popple always makes the world a better place.

hahaha    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:34:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
c'mon les,
them poplars down here are a gracious wood that saws, planes, and molds better than nary any other wood. why the way you talk you'd think they are democrats!

Uh...    Posted 01-31-2005 at 17:42:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are few woods that smell as bad drying or burning as 'Poplar/Aspen'...

Dang cat-pee useless wood that won't even keep you warm when burned...

Salmoneye, The One With Issues With Certain Woods...

Les    Posted 01-31-2005 at 17:35:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
They make good beaver food.
And I ain't got nothin against democrats. It's Democrats that cause the problems. And you don't think spelling, capitalization and punctuation are important, eh?
Speaking of capital D Democrats, I heard Howard Dean say he hates Republicans. Sounds like just the man to lead the party for the next 4 years. If I had a vote, he'd get mine.

deadcarp    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:21:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
i've had a few get hung up -the last one was pretty hefty so i decided to take about 6 feet off the bottom first - it needed a snip more so i scooted over. made the snip & whoomp! that thing slid a bit & speared the ground right where i'd been standing! i had a smoke break. and thought about logging alone - and cables & trucks. they don't always follow the rules so watch them buggers!

yep-    Posted 01-31-2005 at 15:51:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
that is why here in virinia our workmans comp % is high on the tree work trade. them trees is fickle like.

mud    Posted 01-31-2005 at 14:38:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey sawtooth,

nope, this tree would have pulled a bucket truck over. they took 10' sections down like they was slicin butter. i aint never seen nothin like it.

Hunter n NOLa    Posted 01-31-2005 at 14:19:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just last Monday we took down a huge Pecan tree about 30 feet behind the house. It was about 130 ft tall and by counting the growth rings on the stump it was at least 100 years old. The diameter of the stump is 40 inches. We were afraid it was going to blow down on the house in one of the frequent storms we have here.

There was one 52 year old climber and four guys working on the ground. They roped the pieces down except for the last 20 ft of the trunk which they felled in a 15 ft fairway between my gazebo and Maggies palm trees and flower garden. It fell exactly where they planned and when it hit the ground the whole back yard shook. I'll have enough wood for the fireplace and BBQ pit for a long time.

The climber who did all of the cutting used Stihl saws but when I talked to him he said he prefers Husqvarnas 10 to 1 over Stihl, mainly because of the weight. He was working for a tree service who furnished the equipment.

whoa!    Posted 01-31-2005 at 14:36:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
so there is hope for us 'over 50' types? lol!

i got to tell ya, i have done some crazy sh!t in my lifetime, but these climbers take the cake.
one guy rode the crane up and tied off, then repelled down slashing away at branches with a limbing saw (Husky!) the durn saw was runnin it's heart out all the way down to about 45 feet.

jeez, i guess it just dont take that much to impress my old geezer asp no more. whew dawgies.
them boys got after it.

when they loaded the logs i crept up and asked them how they got along today. the older of the 2 said they made 6K on the job, but the dump wanted a cut. holy moses.

as a hindsight, sure am glad i dont have a hankerin for heights.

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