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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2019, 01:42:53 PM »
...just wondering, anyone build their own?  1" thick x 10" x 3" maple/ash/any good hardwood board off cut; to the bandsaw and slice at diagonal gives two nice wedges; some old spray paint for color, and voila!  Maybe 1/2 hours' work and you've got 10 good wood wedges.  Full disclosure: haven't done it (yet) ;D, but it sounds like a good idea, especially since I'm down to my two last chewed up wedges....and I'm a pretty cheap Yankee.  All the best, Rob.
I don't use them enough to worry about it too much, but if I were doing this professionally, I'd look into making my own out of /something/. It just irritates me to pay so much for a chunk of plastic. Of the wedges I've used(Oregon, Husqvarna, some US made brand I can't remember, and Stihl), I like the Stihl wedges best. They seem to be a smidge softer than the others, and don't fracture as readily.

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2019, 06:08:59 PM »
I like the wedges that stay in my back pocket all day.

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2019, 07:39:59 PM »
Duh, am i the only one to think that for feeling, homemade wooden wedges can do the job quite well? 

Ok, i'm absolutely no expert. But, instead of plastic, you can have a dozen of oak, or whatever wedges, for a certain job. And you can always botch one up with the chainsaw, if you run out. 
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2019, 09:24:58 AM »
I use Madsen's Blue Ox single lift 12" wedges. I buy them 12 or 24 at a time. They run something like $7 each by the dozen if I remember correctly. I find that shorter wedges are too steep a taper and like to kick back out, I don't get that with the 12" ones. I last bought 4 dozen about 2006 or 7, I still have about 28 or so left, a couple have saw hits on them, but even then most are usable.
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2019, 08:47:25 PM »
I have a couple stihl plastic wedges. My normal usage is a small limb or tree cut into a wedge with a chainsaw, usually because I left my plastic ones at the truck.

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2019, 09:27:14 PM »
I order from Madsens in Washington. I prefer K&H. I prefer the 8, 10, and 12 inchers. The madsens brand wedges also have good lift and taper. 

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2019, 11:19:55 PM »
I've had good luck with Timber Savage toothed wedges. Subzero they haven't shattered & stay put. I fall limb & top, then block out & hand split right where the trees hit so my Fiskars splitting axe is always handy for driving.

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« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2019, 12:20:06 PM »
Outpost,welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #28 on: March 09, 2019, 05:38:47 PM »
Ive got at least a dozen that I bought at Northern more than a decade ago. I dont get to use them much anymore, but theyre worth what I paid I think.
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2019, 04:37:00 PM »
I usually used whatever the local saw shop had in stock.  I really liked the red head wedges and an all red one,  I forget the brand name of it.  The orange ones were always too soft.  The all red ones are kind of brittle, the like to break in the middle if you don't hit them square.  I kept a couple of old fashioned iron/steel wedges on the skidder too.  The kind you use for splitting firewood.  Those I would sometimes use on large diameter trees when I needed extra lift and didn't want to stack plastic ones.  
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2019, 07:33:19 PM »
Felling wedges are around $6+ for 5 inch  $12 for 8 inch. 
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2019, 07:32:00 AM »
   These are the wedges in the tool box on the tractor.


 

I try to spend a couple hours touching up the saws etc every Friday.  That includes touching up the wedges with a grinder. Makes a difference.  The splitting wedge,third down gives 2" of lift. The 2 lb head I put on the fiberglass handle works great. Saves my "good" axe  ;)  This is the odd ball ...tend to use it at the landing when need be.


 
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2019, 07:50:48 PM »
I definitely prefer plastic but haven't put much science into it. It also depends on tree size what wedges work best. I am mostly cutting smaller soft wood which means a long wedge doesn't have enough room and gets cut by the saw. I find toothed wedges help to prevent kick out when using the smaller sizes or pounding 2 in simultaneously  so neither has lots of pressure. 

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2019, 12:16:37 PM »
Are there small wedges (5.5") out there with less taper? i couldn't find nothing. i have 5.5" one inch lift wedges and sometimes they won't bite and fly out of the cut when hit. i work on smaller but heavy and dense trees.

or does a 8" less lift wedge exist?
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #34 on: March 31, 2019, 02:05:34 PM »
I have been using the ones that are red and white . I break a lot of wedges and if its cold out I break just about everything else . I seem to break a lot of axe handles as well . Never from a miss hit they just donot like how hard I swing the axe I guess

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2019, 09:20:10 AM »
Another vote for the redheads.  They also stack far better than any others I've used. 
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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #36 on: April 01, 2019, 04:48:32 PM »
High molecular weight plastic wedges.  (8 and 10 inch lengths)

https://forest-tek.com/wedgetek/

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Re: Felling wedges. Which brand is best
« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2019, 03:48:32 AM »
I make up my own from Oak Barrel Staves.  As hard as Nails and cost me only Time. When I think about it, they are probably American Oak. We reuse Burbon Barrels to mature Whiskey.


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