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Author Topic: Is this Tongue and Groove Technique Safe and effective?  (Read 13177 times)

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Offline John Mc

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Re: Is this Tongue and Groove Technique Safe and effective?
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2009, 10:51:35 AM »
That "tongue and groove" technique is intended for small trees. It basically opens up a place fro the wedge to go through without having it bottom out on the back of the hinge. With the trees I use it on, they are small enough that it doesn't take a lot of force to tip them. A splitting wedge would probably work fine (in fact, PSI on the surface area of the wedge when using a splitting wedge on a 6" tree is probably less than the PSI using a plastic felling wedge on a 12" tree).

Having said that... I never use a splitting wedge for felling. I don't want the steel wedge anywhere near my chain, and don't want to carry the weight of it around with me. I know I'll need the plastic wedge for the bigger trees, so I adapt my technique to use the same wedge with the smaller trees.
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Re: Is this Tongue and Groove Technique Safe and effective?
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2009, 11:50:11 PM »
i actually started using this technique with bailey's felling wedges. i also have cut wedges from some oak that i split. to me the splitting wedge works best. i am not concerned with the fact that they are metal, as i am 1-2 inches above them. i cut then tighten the wedge and repeat.

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Re: Is this Tongue and Groove Technique Safe and effective?
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2009, 11:29:11 PM »
 8)If I find me one of those Palm Trees on my place I'm gonna try this.   8) 
There's plenty of room for all God's creatures...... right next to the Mashed potatoes.

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