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  1. RC0

    Tree Blasting

    Dan I was actually thinking 3 ropes. 2 to the tree, and then tie another between you and your colleague incase he trips on his shoelaces. Makes sense to me
  2. RC0

    Tree Blasting

    A download. Cant remember the name
  3. RC0

    Tree Blasting

    Tom, there was 2 trees in particular that would've been particularly dangerous to put a saw into. To get some context of scale, the big rotten cedar that I set the explosives part way up was about 160-170 ft tall. At that size they have a tendency to just sink on the saw when you try to make a face cut for starters. Not a good start mate. But still doable. We certainly felled trees as big and as rotten on that job, but the favor of the lean and slope of the landing on this one presented a particularly high risk of cartwheeling a huge length off the edge of the cliff and through the powerlines down below....which would've put 2 entire towns out of electricity. The stem didn't get any sounder or safer for even topping until about 120 feet....and then we'd have still been left with that long section to deal with. The thing with explosives is that it just separates the wood instantly, so the severed section just falls with its weight. There were 2 trees that presented that exact same predicament....the other was a dead Douglas fir, the third explosion in the vid I believe. Really difficult to appreciate the terrain or size of the trees through a gopro. The other trees were not quite as precarious, but they were within the budget to be blasted too, so why not. Being able to eliminate a rotten, dangerous tree in such a way, at no risk to a faller or climber is a pretty good option.
  4. RC0

    Tree Blasting

    Something different. Might catch on in the UK
  5. Thanks. Yes, a few less wrinkles back then. We did that tree over 2 Saturday mornings, to give the ground crew at the Golf course time to clean up without burying all the brush with big logs. Huge tree, shame it spit up the way it did. They weren't interested in trying to save, so down she came. Too bad.
  6. If you've never seen a madrone, they are a lot like Eucalyptus. Strong, hard wood. Over here often leaning and rotted at the base. Lots of sway for a climber. This was actually 2 leaners intertwined....one resting on the other.
  7. RC0

    An easy one

    It depends on how heavy the wood is. It can be hard to break the step cut the wider they are. The logs in the vid were 8-10ft or thereabouts. Which is ok, so long as theres no lean to them. Conifers ideally. If you go that big on anything with a slight lean theyll break and fall before you are ready. Try. 5 footer and get the feel if it.
  8. RC0

    An easy one

    I give that up to be honest, wasnt helping me at all. Feel much better working without breakfast.
  9. RC0

    An easy one

    Some boots I got over here. Made from ballistic nylon. Super light. Great boots. Dakota is the brand. I answered your second question to Matty F
  10. RC0

    An easy one

    10 slings at a time, leaving the highest, no 11 attached to stop the rope drifting out. 11 then becomes no1 of the next set. As Im re-setting Dave chips whats down.
  11. RC0

    An easy one

    A step cut Timon. And as the log starts to tip over, push hard to get the bottom off the stump to stop it rotating
  12. RC0

    An easy one

    Its the perfect saw for those limbs and situation. Quiet, compact, ergonomic, enough power for one-pass cutting....nothing wasted.
  13. RC0

    An easy one

    Me and Dave have had a few gruellers of late....so this was a nice job. Perfect weather, nobody bothering us throughout
  14. RC0

    Tight spot Take down

    I didn't take a break on that job mate. In fact, I didn't have breakfast that day either. Just a big dinner later, and a couple of cans
  15. RC0

    Tight spot Take down

    Thanks all. Ive had the battery saw probably 3 years now. Its good for anything less the the guidebar length....rubbish at anything more. Ive had lots of use from it, not issues or complaints. If it broke tomorrow Id get a new one.


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