Any suggestions on moving these rounds

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  1. MacKay

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    I was given permission to clean up what was left after one of my neighbors had their wood lot logged. The company left some rounds from the base of the multiple trunked trees and any section that was too crooked for them. Problem is they are huge, all 40 - 50 " in diameter oak and cherry probably about 3 dozen of them. I can get my pickup to them but that is it. They are on a slight slope that I can't use my vertical splitter and I don't have access to a loader.
     
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    Sledge and wedges and split them into manageable pieces.
     
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    If worst comes to worst, and you really want these rounds, chain saw them down to size.
     
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    Black powder and cannon fuse. Those crotches are going to be alot of work with wedges.
     
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    Can he get in trouble for blowing those rounds up? If not that sounds like a good idea especaily if there is 3 dozen.
    You could be out there for a while trying to split them.
     
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    I suppose you can get into trouble these days for almost anything if your neighbors don't like you and call the cops. You can buy black powder and cannon fuse over the counter at most gun stores here without a prescription. :)
     
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    Although it sounds fun I think I am going to avoid cannon fuse and black powder. I think I am going to try to saw them in half then use a winch to help pull them onto a low trailer.
     
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    That alot of work crosscutting them. A trick: Cut the rounds small and then cut cross bark to bark, not across the fact. The strings tend to be shorter. Also make sure you stop every once in a while and see it they are clogging up the clutch area.
     
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    I take it from this post you have some questionable neighbors! :coolhmm:
     
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    I'll often just make a 6"-8" starter cut with my saw and split the rest of the way with a maul. The crotches might make this method moot.
     
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    Get a chain or rope and pull them to a flat spot. Use the splitter to break them up in the verticle position. Load them and take them home. Come on guys, that was like a simple jeopardy question!! just kidding.

    Seriously, tow them out of there.
     
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    I had considered towing them and I still might. I just have to be careful they are right on the edge of a soybean field. I'm sure they don't want me towing anything though there.
     
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    Tow them out and vertical split, only way to go.
     
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    With a sharp chain you should be able to quarter 'em up in short order. Lay the rounds sideways so the chainsaw is running lengthwise along the bark. don't force it and just let the chain to the cutting...pull the saw back a few time to free up those noodle chips so the saw doesn't overheat. I think you'll be surprised how easy this works to make big rounds manageable to handle.
     
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    I do the same as Bigg Redd, starter cuts then split 'em with wedges. It will go pretty quick.
     
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    soy beans should be coming out soon then tow them out!
     
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    I HATE dirty firewood, especially if I'm the one who made it dirty. Towing them will force dirt into every cranny, and you still might end up having to chainsaw them and chainsawing wood impacted with dirt is a nightmare.

    Just my humble opinion.
     
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    Make a level spot for your splitter down hill from them and roll them on? I used to spend more time worrying about the "right" way to do something and nothing got done.
     
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    I had to move similar sized pcs of red oak last winter. Either sharpen or buy yourself a rip cut chain for your saw if you don't want to manually split as suggested above. Chop the rounds into managable chunks and haul it away.

    that's a 20" bar on my 361, this tree was BIG
     

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    I had some of these type of rounds that where left in a loading area after the loggers left. Man they were huge. I cut them into 10" lengths instead of the normal 16" then used a wedge and maul until I could handle them onto the splitter. I also had a rip chain and ripped the very huge ones first as suggested by frwinks.. Lots of work but from my experience you get a massive amount of splits out of each one.
     
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    I bought a small Crane for 100 bucks and mounted it to my pickup bed.it works great.the winch is the idea for you.
     
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