Turning Archive 2008

Downed trees

john lucas
>I can easily get a lot of wood from areas where there has been wind damage. There are two problems. The root ball is still on there which of course is quite dangerous, and then you have to figure out where the weight is going to shift so you don't pinch the saw. That's what this question is about. Has anyone tried to use a hydraulic jack or something similar to support the tree so it won't pinch the saw. I'm pretty good at guessing the pinch direction 80 or 90 percent of the time. It's that last 10% that drive me crazy. This last fall I spent about an hour with an axe and wedges trying to get my saw out. I will often use some dogwood wedges to block the cut open but this doesn't always work.

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