Newb felling question

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ansehnlich1

Retired Hearth.com Member
Dec 5, 2006
1,601
Adams County, PA
If I had cut that tree, and knew it was a leaner over a trail, and did not have it on the ground, I wouldn't sleep a minute until I finished, or hired somebody, to finish the job.

I wish this thread was posted over on arboristsite.com, they'd have a cow for sure!

Best thing to do is get a chain around it, below the notched cut, and I mean a LONG chain, and pull from the base of the cut tree, straight away from the stump, preferably with a comealong or winch. If it breaks at the notch, and the remaining stump plows into the ground, go back and get the chain around it again, and pull it down, straightaway from the tree it's hung up on.

Funny things happen with trees like this, top branches snap, fly back, and kill unsuspecting fellers, or bystanders.

Anybody that recommends cutting the tree the leaner is tangled up in, or anybody that recommends dropping a third tree into the the two that are standing, has a death wish.
 

Danno77

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2008
5,008
Hamilton, IL
don't get too worked up over the "Trail" issue. It's on private property, the trail is known by me, my parents, grandparents and siblings. All of those people know about the leaning tree and it's current precarious nature. If someone not in my family gets squished by that tree, then I'll consider it a lesson against tresspassing.
 

Danno77

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2008
5,008
Hamilton, IL
Well, I used to say "God gave me ten fingers on purpose." Now I say "he left me 8," so I'm TOTALLY with you on the dynamite.
 

gpcollen1

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2007
2,026
Western CT
[quote Did anyone catch Extreme Loggers last night on Discovery? Perfect example of the "mess" that happens when trying to hit the hung up tree with another. The camera man was nearly killed .[/quote]

Yup - I caught it with the Mule Logging and the hung up tree. Between the 2 pros - one would not touch it and the other was very cautious/scared and did it anyway.

That right there is not the way I am going to die for sure. F that!
 

Got Wood

Minister of Fire
Oct 22, 2008
926
Dutchess Cty, NY
Fugazi - thanks for posting the link to the OSHA site. As a relative novice chain saw operator it was a great review reading through the site. I'm not comfortable felling trees, so I don't. But I do limb and buck a fair amount and found the review of Top/Bottom Bind's helpful.
 

gerry100

Minister of Fire
May 16, 2008
743
NY Capitol Region
I've never figured out how the trees know that their final act should be to fall against another tree in the most inconvenient position for the logger.

Kind of a "murphy's law : for trees.
 
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