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Author Topic: Looking for advice for Tree Wedges for Tree Cutting Falling, Bucking, Felling  (Read 1603 times)

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If it wasn't for my bigshot slingshot I wouldn't be in business.
Great for setting climbing ropes or pull lines.
My best use for it is for setting guy line ropes anchored 90░ to lay.
That's where my 4 ft T square comes in gun sighting in the anchor point of the guy rope to where I want the side leaning tree land to lay.
If I can't find an exact 90░degree anchor point I will then make an adjustable one like this.


 

 

No matter how big the tree has of a side lean, that rope will swing that tree no matter what size exactly to my lay.
That tree was leaning heavily over a very expensive piece of equipment that was under that green and blue tarps.
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On this job the slingshot really paid off. Two burnt spruce , tallest one 120 feet both leaning over power lines.
Only place I could fell them was towards a brown  cabin to the left of the two white ones.
A lady was watching sitting in a chair outside the brown cabin.
She says " that tree is going to hit my cabin !"
I said "Don't worry you can keep sitting right there in that chair, I measured that tree perfectly with that stick laying over there on the ground."

Too bad she ran away.  :D


 

 

 

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does the seat look wet, or is that just my imagination?... :D :D :D
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does the seat look wet, or is that just my imagination?... :D :D :D
I think your right Doc.
I'm not sure if that happened before or after the tree felled  :D :D
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you should set up video of some of the falls, but that might bring bad luck! :)
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you should set up video of some of the falls, but that might bring bad luck! :)
Yes I've had many customers who stand off to the side with their phones aimed right before I let the tree go.  Talk about pressure  :D
It used to be I had to join YouTube to post videos. Now I can post on Facebook short videos with no problems,  but this here site is not FB
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Just cut'r.............and jump. :D

Move'n on.

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Just added to my wedge collection yesterday
SIL found one on my place while deer hunting, left by loggers who harvested the next to last harvest.
This is the second one we have found over a few years
Price certainly is right for these.
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I just buy the ones that Labonville carry. Nothing fancy, just a every day 10 inch wedge, I think. Just picked up a couple about a month ago. I took a chunk out of one all ready.
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Stihl used to sell felling levers around here, but I think they are only in Europe and NZ now. I think they are fine for smaller trees under 12", a great big old bruiser would likely need a wedge or a few. ;D  Never used anything but the saw myself. Not dealing with huge wood, just thinning small stuff mostly 4-12" on the but and some popple 70 feet tall. On them bad leaners though, I can find a hole most times near the lean or just buck if it lodges. If you leave some wood on the side you want to pull the tree toward on the way down, it'll happen. If I was falling veneer though, wedges for sure. You can't bring a tree sloping 20 degrees in a forest canopy, vertical and fall the other way with wedges. :D Since I'm not in big stuff, never been a tree that the saw never brought down. I'm very good at directional felling myself, but there can sometimes be a nearby limb to hook onto on the way down. ;D I never leave stuff hanging, no no no, nor cut a tree with overhangs on it.

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Just cut'r.............and jump. :D


Wow....just wow. That's how people die, regularly. Too bad we don't see a closeup of what he's doing wrong. That's when you think you're 'tougher' than the tree.

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WOW!! He should of ran!! Well he should learn how to cut a tree down first.
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These are people sent out to cut danger trees by the power company. The tricky part is that the road was elevated, and that baby bounced.
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I have met many utility arborist crews who do powerline clearing over the years and tree felling is definitely not their specialty. :D
The most felling they may do is tipping over a 10 foot tall trunk after taking it apart from the bucket truck. 
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. . . . Too bad we don't see a closeup of what he's doing wrong. . . . .
The camera is way far from the base of the tree, but it looked like it barber chaired back a fair bit.
" These are people sent out to cut danger trees by the power company. The tricky part is that the road was elevated, and that baby bounced."
I'm not sure it was the elevated road @Swamp Donkey , to me it looks like the opening face might've been way too shallow causing the split upward, then the kickback. That saw guy was close to being out of luck!
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Dangerous dudes cutting danger trees. Makes for good video of what to watch out for . . .  :o
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Your eyes are better than mine....I can't really make out anything except for the kickback of the butt and the guy standing there like he's God....or stump dumb.

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He ACTS stump dumb for not moving a bit faster. Stupid stuff like that will get a person killed!
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I was thinking of this thread and the above video when I was perusing FB marketplace this morning and saw this fella. His ad was titled "have chainsaw, will travel" with two copies of this photo and two copies of his brand new Mac chainsaw. Now just ponder this photo for a second or two.


 
 In case you are not seeing what I see, let me direct your attention to the 'notch' and the direction the tree should have fallen in. The 'backcut' is interesting, as is his 'hinge'. If I was 'guy with a chainsaw and a truck' I don't think I would use this to garner business. Just sayin'
 Maybe you guy see something different?
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It must be a European hinge... no offense intended to Europeans everywhere, :D
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It must be a European hinge... no offense intended to Europeans everywhere, :D
Let's see . . Greenhorn is Norwegian and I'm Dutch. 
Looks like your post has European bookends.  :D :D 
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I really like that guy's opening, closing and final drop - let's file him under 'miracle worker'. . . just this one time. 


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