Productive day with the husqvarna

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by suprz, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. suprz

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    We had a tree in the backyard amongst alot of bramble, etc. go down during hurricane Irene so i figured i would go out and see it i could get to it. I grabbed some cutters, the chainsaw, and a machette and headed out. Well, it was not an oak like i thought, it was a black locust! A big one too! The base was 20 inches around. I got what i could for today but there is about 20ft left of the trunk that i still have to work my way through. Here are the pics to prove it....
     

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    You have spaghetti growing all over your BL!
    Nice job, but what a pain to cut through all that.>>
    Did you have "helpers" sitting in the chairs, or was one for you. I should do that.
     
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    Does stacking on chairs help it dry? Sweet score!
     
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    Nice job! That looks like a real mess getting through all the vines!
     
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    The chair was for me, but my wife was actually out there helping me split some of it, she was sitting on a milk crate. I will tell ya that splitting that stuff with a small fiskars hatchet and a hammer is not easy...
     
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    Well...to be honest the area where i want to put my woodpile isnt ready yet, and i just wanted to keep it off the ground...
     
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    I would have used a lazyboy. Nice pics, good score.
     
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    This tree has been down for at least a year...how long should it season?
     
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    Once split and stacked, I'd say a year, but if you have a mm, that could clue you in possibly sooner.
     
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    Some nice wood there for sure, although it looks like a bit of work to get to it...

    Are you pounding the hatchet through with a hammer? If so, stop that. The hatchet isn't made to be struck with a hammer & sooner or later a chunk will fly off the hatchet or hammer with enough force to really hurt somebody.
    Please go buy or borrow a full-sized splitting axe or maul and if needed, 2 or 3 splitting wedges (can be driven by the maul or a sledge, but not an axe). Even a regular chopping axe will save you much effort and a possible trip to the ER.

    Btw splitting rounds by just swinging a hatchet is dangerous too. The handle is too short so when you miss or hit a glancing blow the hatchet head continues on into your leg instead of hitting the ground like a maul or axe head should do.
     
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    I think you should let it DRY until it's DRY. ;)
    Somewhere south of 20% moisture content should do nicely.
     
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    southern maryland is full of coastal underbrush, vines and brambles. i hate it. i've had some vines on the property 3-4 inches round that go up and literally suck the life out of big trees. i sever those that i see while out working or cutting and wait till they die and pull them from the tree......if i can.

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    Suprz, I really do not want to pick or find fault but if you look closely at this particular cut, it should set off a flag for you.

    Bad cut.jpg
     
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    CSS a year would be good.
    But if it's "what you got", It'll burn ;)
    Locust is a pretty dry wood to start with.
     
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    No offense taken, I am a rookie lumberjack and wood burner. Other than the holes in the trunk and the fact that when i made that cut, my saw got stuck...(oops) that shot shows a piece missing that i cut out of the trunk. What should i be seeing?
     
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    I agree with WellSeasoned...moisture meter, may be ready before you think...
     
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    Possible poison Ivy? Possible nail(s) in trunk? How it looks like the trunk was under load when cut causing bark to tear from tree (OP stated bar got stuck)? I too am a rookie from R.I. and I'm awaiting the reason from Backwoods Savage (wicked smott guy) ;) (RI humor).
     
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    Look how crooked the cut is. The cut should be straight down through the log. Time for a good filing for sure. Maybe even check the bar.
     
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    Huh, I never even thought of looking at the actual cut. Oh well, a rookie I am as well.
     
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    Well, it is a new chain, and it only had 10 cuts on it from that morning, the bar is original so could be part of it, but i am leaning more toward rookie mistake.....:-(
     
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