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What be the Swanson cut ?

 

It's a modified Humbolt; a Humbolt should be half as wide as it is deep. Where as a Swanson should be as deep as it is wide. So Swanson can be anywhere from 20-30% deep and the same proportion wide on the slope.

 

It's used to make sure the butt hits the ground first in steep slope felling, keeps roll to a minimum as well. Works well with big sticks with skinny tops, like in the video.

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Great video, great song, thanks. But how sad am I? I do that all day most days and I cans till get real enjoyment watching other people do it on screen in the evening, more please!!!

 

 

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It's a modified Humbolt; a Humbolt should be half as wide as it is deep. Where as a Swanson should be as deep as it is wide. So Swanson can be anywhere from 20-30% deep and the same proportion wide on the slope.

 

It's used to make sure the butt hits the ground first in steep slope felling, keeps roll to a minimum as well. Works well with big sticks with skinny tops, like in the video.

 

Cheers for that, every day is a school day.

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Thanks for the kind words guys.

 

I've never minded the early starts - I must be a morning person! That said, last week's job was fifteen minutes from home so not so early for that as it's not light til about 8.

 

I think the Humbolt and Swanson cuts both get the tree to jump from the stump better than a conventional cut which helps get it further down the hill to the harvester which can be the difference between winching a wee bit at the top or not. There's some debate about this, but I'm pretty sure they go further with the upside down cut. As said, the Swanson lets the butt touch down first which I think helps stop the stem from snapping which again lets the harvester get the whole stick rather than having to winch a load of butts down. Anything which saves having to drag a winch cable up the hill is a good thing. :thumbup:

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Dragging cables can sap strength and make you feel like a weakling in minutes!

We are turfing over trees for a habitat project! My cables huge with a chain on it, thank god ive got a 21 year old on the job!

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Dragging cables can sap strength and make you feel like a weakling in minutes!

We are turfing over trees for a habitat project! My cables huge with a chain on it, thank god ive got a 21 year old on the job!

 

Good learning experience for the young one there. Is that whole trees getting pulled over to simulate windblow? Is there not enough about the place already?

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Good to see some of the more mundane aspects of tree work.

 

Good video, well done

 

 

More mundane ?! I'd rather be doing that than must residential arb work. Horses for courses I suppose.

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