Testing the limits of the 025

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ailanthus, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. ailanthus

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    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/it-pays-to-ask-part-2.106699/#post-1393412

    See the linked post for reference - I went back to tackle the large black locust trunk that I had left at the scrounge site back in Feb/Mar of this year. I had left it because the size was intimidating and there was much easier stuff to get. I just recently took a look and it was still setting there. I haven't gotten the chance to do any cutting for months, so I decided to go back for it.
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    This was easily the largest trunk I've ever attempted, I'm guessing about 36" in the widest direction. That's an 18" bar. It didn't go quickly (understatement), but the little saw made it through just fine. Luckily, I managed to avoid pinching the bar with some wooden wedges that I cut at the site. I'll really only end up with about 4 rounds similar to the pic below:

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    I still haven't hauled it back home. It will have to be split at least in quarters for me to manage getting it into the wheelbarrow, across the field & into the trailer. I will add this to the ~1.5 cord of locust that I got from this same tree last winter - which will all end up being for somewhere around 2017-18.
     
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    I like the big rounds that give you many splits per round. The wood pile grows much faster this way.

    Good on you for going back for this locust and you will appreciate it when burning it.
     
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    That looks like your lucky four leaf clover!
     
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    Nice, looks like a 32 piece round at least. Enjoy splitting that. Put your splitter on vertical ;).
    I have that saw. Its a little work horse.
     
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    My splitter's always on vertical - can't swing the maul horizontally! ;)
     
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    Have you ever tried?:)

    Ailanthus let me know if you need help with any of that stuff!
     
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    My ms250 regularly chews through 32 to 36 inch rounds. It takes a couple of passes but it seems happy to do it. I'd like to have a longer bladed saw, but, only for speed (and my ego) The little 250 gets it done. Great haul Aillanthus. Enjoy your warmth!
     
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    Thats a serious chunk of wood, did you count the growth rings?
    I agree, good on you for going back!
     
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    Good thought - I hadn't counted, but you can make out most of it from the picture - I get ~55 years. Fast growing tree!
     
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    Of the hardwoods BL is one of the fastest growing and probably why I see so much of it along Michigan highways?? Erosion control maybe? But I have BL fantasies when the road crew trim a bunch of it back.
     
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    Trees like that are the reason my 290 got replaced by a 440.
     
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    Sharp chain will go a long way in wood like that - take you time and let the saw work
     
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