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Arborist at work

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Adkjake, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Adkjake

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    I had Jim Kelly, a local arborist take down a big red pine that was leaning towards and too close to the house, as well as a dead birch. It was really fun and interesting to watch this guy work. The pine was about 60 ft tall, 18 to 20 inch dia. at chest height, and the first limbs were probably at 40 ft. He shot up that tree, limbed it and dropped it in no time.

    The birch was dead and the top was starting to rot, unsafe to climb, so he went up a pine that was next to it and roped down to cut the birch. I just had him and his crew drop the trees, limb them and take away the slash. Took them about 2hrs for that and the price was very reasonable. I then bucked, hauled and stacked the rounds.

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  2. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    looks like that would have been something to see
  3. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Cool. He sounds like a man who knows what he is doing. Nice looking place you have there Adkjake. Thanks for sharing the story and the pics.
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  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Doing that when younger can be fun too.
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    When they make it look easy & effortless, you know you hired a good crew ;)

    Curious how much pitch you had to deal with this time of the year?

    Got those pine rounds split yet ? Might be burnable for spring shoulder season . :)
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  6. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    Ah yes.. that was fun . Dont think i could make 40ft again. But who knows:)
  7. Adkjake

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    Not too much pitch, seems the red pines have less than the white pines. I did whack a couple of the big rounds with the 8lb maul just to see how they split. Not easily. I think I might wait until they are frozen. Or get my buddy's 22 ton Honda powered splitter.
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  8. ScotO

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    We do that alot as we cut trees on the side. Nothing like the rush of topping a tree while you're up in it!

    Sounds.like he did a great job, you hired a good crew by the sound of it.
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  9. Adkjake

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    Yeah, it was quite interesting to see how much that tree swayed when he topped it. I looked up after taking the pix of him topping it, and I swear that tree swayed 6 feet or so back and forth. He seemed so unfazed by it. Bet the first time he experienced that he wasn't so calm! Talk about a thrill ride
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  10. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I have always wondered how they know the tree is not going to break at a lower point when they do that. Do they know that the tree is 100% sound all the way up so that it won't happen. I always thought, What it that tree snapped when it was swaying back and forth right after the .......
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    Yeah it pretty wild how these guys get around up there.

    Being a framer, I am always climbing around up in there air and I love heights.
    Its not often but but when my friends are on the job I ask to go up in their boom truck.
    The first pic is of the house I was framing and the others are just me having fun.

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  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    For sure you do inspect the tree before and as you go up. I've never heard of one breaking.
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    Man.......I hate heights._g
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    albert1029 Feeling the Heat

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    Another risk-taking adrenalin junkie...I love it.
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    BoilerMan Minister of Fire

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    Haha Mike, I love to go up in the bucket truck. I worked with one on a regular basis a few years ago, 38' seems a lot higher when your up there than it looks from the ground.

    BTW that house has WAYYY to many roof lines for me. KISS formula!

    TS
  16. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    Enjoyed all the pics and the story, glad it all worked out.

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