• murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    In this case because the cut was at 50% of the way through the strength of the vertical grain of the wood is at its greatest.. rather then splitting far up the trunk with a clean break as is often the case in BBC, this tree splintered just above the cut. An examination of the log just above the cut showed that the grain began to split up the trunk, with a clear crack developing vertically visible in the cross section of the wood, as high as 6 feet above the cut... so it wanted to split up the trunk a good way but didn't, because the fibers just above the cut splintered first. If the cut had been made more than half way through, there would have been a LOT less strength the vertical grain, making the tree more likely to split with a clean break up the trunk... this is one of the reasons why a shallow notch is not recommended. With a shallow notch, there is a greater tendency for BBC
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    NICE! it would be easy enough to cut the tree pictured from the hooks as well, but I'd rather use a high cut from the ground if possible casue its just faster than getting out the saddle .. ANd more importantly these days I can't wear the hooks anymore... Probably never will again.. they hurt my feet so bad last time.. it's been 7 months since the last time and they still hurt from it.. plantar fasciitis..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    In this case yet. It's about where the weakness in the structure is. We normally cut to create a hinge which will be the weakest part of the tree's structure. When the hinge is left too thick, or there is a bypass in the face cuts, or in this case there is only a kerf backcut, there is a possibility that the weakness is in the vertical grain of the wood. That can split up or down depending on which side is weaker. At the stump, the high side will be weaker than the stump, so the trunk will split up. As it does the new pivot point will be some feet above the cut,
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    simple physics yes... your understanding of said physics.. not so much ... next time I AM going to cut over 50% of the stem with the kerf before pulling...
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Pure beauty, Mario.
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    1 Day Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Still snow on the shady side of the slopes at 6-7 thousand feet, here. Haven't seen that for about 20 years. Temps, that high up, are running 75-80 and dry. Going up this weekend to San Hedrin, about 6000 feet, to see the late bloom.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    My first Tree Care Industry Show (TCI) was in Charlotte, N.C, November 1996. Not that long ago, really. Most of the people I met there were long time mid-west and east-coast private tree company owners, and then there were the many young-un's starting up. Much to my surprise most of those people told me they had never used a wedge in their career, and most of the rest had not a clue as to what a wedge was. It was culture shock at the time, but it's change significantly in the years since the internet. Today most those boys know the importance of the wedge in their work. Good post,and I like the pouch. You made that out of an old Wes Co high-top. Sexy.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Good they got there, anyway. USPS media mail sucks. Enjoy!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    2 pull lines with skid steer needing to take a bunch of runs at it .....
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    it was not necessary to climb... usually that's safer too!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    cut the second stem high to shorten the fall
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    this is all I got out of it... was hoping for something more like butch's pic... thinking I only went half way through with the kerf cut... might go 60% next try..
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    school of hard knocks for us Mericans
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Double Rope SRT Climb in MBTV
    Boy, that was a bad tree.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    You gotta watch those other three fingers
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I remember the first time I ever swing a limb accidentally... being amazed at the movement sideways over 90 degrees before any drop... took me a few years to figure out how to do it on purpose.. Kenny the tree spyder explained it back in the day... SO its those anomalies that can be fertile ground for learning...
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Oh, there's always lots to learn, as I, too, have experimented using questionable techniques working with trees just to see if the results would ever be consistent enough to draw firm conclusions. Since trees are so highly variable in nature the results of some experiments never were consistent enough to draw any firm conclusion. Well, other than, stick with approved and recognized techniques. Nonetheless it is fun sometimes, often frightening, to experiment with trees.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    each to their own.. I like to start wit the questionable things and work back from there :lol: Thinking about the way the trunk split on this one makes me think that trees growing in a wooded landscape are more prone to BBC as opposed to trees growing in a suburban setting.. also of course its interesting to see what it takes to split the trunk.... which is a lot in this case
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I was also expecting more of a clean break of the trunk fibers vertically with the grain... It looked at first like it was going to split up the trunk a good ways, then it got all stringy with a bunch of jagged fibers, rather than a clean breaking of the grain.. I've seen hickory splits look like that but never ash... got video.. forgot to get stills
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    we pulled from about 15 degrees off the 90 of the cut.... so the pull line was offset to the desired lay... I predicted that the tree would fall with the grain of the wood (90 to the cut)... turns out that the top started going to the direction of the pull line for about the first 45 degrees of the fall, then it turned and landed perfectly to the lay.. at least 15 degrees during the drop... NOw that was a surprise .... I love surprises. (when they don't result in something getting damaged).. great opportunity to learn something...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Agreed and you don't even know the best part yet!
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