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  1. #1151
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    ^ Friends like that are gold.
    And I guess that I just don't know

  2. #1152
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    Agree! He’s literally hanging up his spurs after this job.

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    Oaks are on the ground. I have quite a bit of clean-up. Check out the rot in the one trunk! So much for “holding” wood. He left that much holding wood at first because the saw stalled (fouled spark plug, I hope).
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    Im very appreciative of my friend (I paid him, of course). I hope he enjoys his “retirement,” about 40 years of climbing and dropping trees all over the country. He’s got some good stories.

    I have another friend who is younger that climbs. He’s lives at kirkwood, which is about a 3 hr drive from me. I’d love to see him, but hopefully, we won’t need this kind of tree work again for a while.

  4. #1154
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    Who is cutting wood?

    Why are there two chainsaw-related threads?

    I dropped the biggest pine tree on the property this morning with a lot of patience, coaching, and guidance from my friend. He did a pretty good job staying out of the exhaust. I’ve never cut down something remotely close to this big before. Felled it right along our property line. It’s a 24” bar.
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    The ponderosa pine died this winter. It showed all the signs of death due to western pine beetle. I counted 107 rings.
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  5. #1155
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    Timber! What is that about 40” diameter?

  6. #1156
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    Measured 45” with bark removed. ~51” with bark.

  7. #1157
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    I’m looking for a useful video tutorial on different cuts and techniques. My local library had a copy of Fundamentals of General Tree Work, but the copy is “lost.” Currently, im curious about the various cuts described in the book, such as the “slice cut” and “salami cut.” My googling seems to suck because I ain’t finding shit.

  8. #1158
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    Goggle BC faller's and you will find all kinds of vids

    spoken in good english eh

    as opposed to cracker-ese
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  9. #1159
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    Thanks. I forgot about those. I think I’ve seen them all. I don’t remember them getting into that sort of detail, but I’ll check them out again.

  10. #1160
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    @bodywhomper...just my .2 cents. Keep it simple. Sure, different types of cuts have their place. Master the basics. Master your cuts. Levels cuts, even holding wood(proper use of gunning sights), appropriate stump shot, etc. There is no need to get all fancy if the basics are not dialed. I use the conventional cut most of the time. Humbolt, quarter back cut, and boring back cut are other types I will use and that is it. We are always students and we are always learning. Have fun.
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    Who is cutting wood?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I’m planning on pruning multi trunk oaks sometime in the near future. Several trunks/limbs need to come down with some simple rigging through branches notches that can be set up from the ground, but open notch cuts to remove the limbs/trunks won’t work because of structures. My nearby tree cutting friend is now on the road for an indefinite amount of time and unable to consult.

    I have this large pondo on the ground (above post) with limbs approaching 12” diameter at their butts. I figured that I could practice a few non-open notch type cuts while limbing that tree before moving to the oaks.

    Speaking of butts, just a few ants here:
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  12. #1162
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    Ive gotten way more conservative recently. Decided to hire way more stuff than in the past.

    Our top feller quit this spring after a close call and we lost a very experienced neighbor who was clearing storm damage at his place. Not sure what happened just know he didn’t come home one night and they went up and found him pinned under a log.

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    ^^^ that sucks.

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    Some tools
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    Who is cutting wood?

    FWIW, I found a demo vid.
    https://youtu.be/eUQ1p2QPdxU

    I have plenty of limbs on the big pine that I cut down to practice this before I use this technique on my oak. The oak limb/trunk that I need to remove is not very large diameter,

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    Recommendations of how to seal this up? It’s an oak. Already showing signs of rot. Boiled linseed oil?
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  17. #1167
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    My arborist buddy uses expanding foam insulation for cracks and cavities.

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    I’ve seen big oaks patched with concrete or even bricks and mortar.

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    ^I actually mentioned those. He said they can all hold quite a bit of moisture.

  20. #1170
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    Glad I clicked on this thread.
    I'm a chainsaw neophyte.
    Own a 20" bar Stihl Farm Boss. Have yet to fell a tree, though. So far I've only bucked rounds with it (I have a buddy who works for one of the major tree cutting/trimming companies in the area, so he usually hooks me up with rounds).
    I was totally unaware of the single use, pre-mixed fuel options. I usually only buck for perhaps a week total every year, so mixing my own fuel seems to be rather wasteful.
    Thanks for the heads up on that.
    Now just gotta find out where to purchase it!
    "Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."

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  21. #1171
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    buy pre-mix fuel at hardware store. is your local buddy a ski school instructor?

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    thanks for recs on the foam. i'll look at that more closely. this was a pretty awkward dead limb that i tried to clean-up and saw the the rot gets down there. would hate for this to be the source of water and rot for the oak. it's a neat little multi-limbed one. my tree friend, who could easily help and answer my questions, left town. not sure when he'll be back.

  23. #1173
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Now just gotta find out where to purchase it!
    I would think Mountain Hardware would have it. Not cheap, but sounds like you don't need much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Glad I clicked on this thread.
    I'm a chainsaw neophyte.
    Own a 20" bar Stihl Farm Boss. Have yet to fell a tree, though. So far I've only bucked rounds with it (I have a buddy who works for one of the major tree cutting/trimming companies in the area, so he usually hooks me up with rounds).
    I was totally unaware of the single use, pre-mixed fuel options. I usually only buck for perhaps a week total every year, so mixing my own fuel seems to be rather wasteful.
    Thanks for the heads up on that.
    Now just gotta find out where to purchase it!
    At least around here, pretty much any hardware store will have cans of premixed fuel. Just make sure you're buying the right ratio (50:1).

  25. #1175
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Glad I clicked on this thread.
    I'm a chainsaw neophyte.
    Own a 20" bar Stihl Farm Boss. Have yet to fell a tree, though. So far I've only bucked rounds with it (I have a buddy who works for one of the major tree cutting/trimming companies in the area, so he usually hooks me up with rounds).
    I was totally unaware of the single use, pre-mixed fuel options. I usually only buck for perhaps a week total every year, so mixing my own fuel seems to be rather wasteful.
    Thanks for the heads up on that.
    Now just gotta find out where to purchase it!
    Won't you go through at least a gallon bucking wood for a week? I usually save the Stihl brand pre-mix and use it for the last tankful so it's the last gas to go through the engine. For small jobs the pre-mix makes sense. That stuff is expensive. Bucking wood for a week doesn't sound small to me, unless I am misunderstanding you.

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