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I like Stihl wedges, varying sizes, a couple of each. Long lasting and durable.

 

Hi-lifts have there place, but most of the time they're too bulky to carry about the place (might be different if you're in arb all the time and never that far from the van). They also taper too quickly if you need to get something heavy/leaning over, you're better off with a thinner taper to get it moving. If you need more lift as the tree goes up just stack a couple together with a bit of sawdust in between.

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For felling i like 2 high lifts and a 5.5" Oregon plastic wedge. The little wedge is useful for cross cutting and a god send if you get it massively hung up and you need to do a letterbox cut.

 

I've got a range of plastic Wedges and the 5.5 and 7.5 inch ones are the most useful. I do have a couple of K&H triple taper 10" wedges which are useful as they go in easy and you don't have to smack the the hi lifts too hard.

 

Oh you've got to have two rings on your hi lifts too.

 

What i really want is a set of hi viz pink wedges but i'm yet to find a supplier. Hi viz green i can find but not the pink.

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Are the basic 25cm plastic wedges any good?

 

 

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Depends on the size tree you're felling. I've done some big trees time and i mostly go for hi lifts in the felling bag. Although on a few big hardwoods i've had a triple stack of 12 Oregon plastics in there To be honest if your starting out get 2 high lifts, 2 5.5" and 2 7.5" and a single 10" triple taper and you'd be covered for most days out.

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I like Stihl wedges, varying sizes, a couple of each. Long lasting and durable.

 

 

 

Hi-lifts have there place, but most of the time they're too bulky to carry about the place (might be different if you're in arb all the time and never that far from the van). They also taper too quickly if you need to get something heavy/leaning over, you're better off with a thinner taper to get it moving. If you need more lift as the tree goes up just stack a couple together with a bit of sawdust in between.

 

 

Like you say stack two together for more lift. I learnt to use at least two wedges at a time because one helps the other. I've made wedges from dead / hard oak before which lasts a bit but the biggest surprise was the elderberry wedge about six months of use.

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Depends on the size tree you're felling. I've done some big trees time and i mostly go for hi lifts in the felling bag. Although on a few big hardwoods i've had a triple stack of 12 Oregon plastics in there To be honest if your starting out get 2 high lifts, 2 5.5" and 2 7.5" and a single 10" triple taper and you'd be covered for most days out.

 

This is probably the best advice so far.

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