Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

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Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

Post by dayle1960 » July 11th, 2016, 1:28 pm ... CALLY.html

This is a scary video showing how dangerous logging truly is. How the logger handles the situation is a testament to knowing his surroundings and being aware of his escape route and what was happening to the tree.

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Re: Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

Post by King Karri Tree » July 12th, 2016, 12:43 am

Lucky Boy and would need a "Change of Undies" for sure.

These guys certainly earn their money.

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Re: Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

Post by Jim_Thode » July 12th, 2016, 9:03 am

There is good reason that some recommend never walking behind a tree inline with the direction of fall after the back cut is started. The tree in the video must have had more lean that is evident in the video. There are methods to reduce or eliminate the barberchairing hazard. Barberchairing can be a real hazards and has killed fallers in the past.

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Re: Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

Post by Dale Torma » July 13th, 2016, 4:00 am

With a chainsaw, boring your back cut prevents barber chairing , cut the clean notch, bore through a few inches behind your notch, cut up toward the notch to the thickness of hinge you want, back cut toward the back of the tree, installing wedges behind your saw, either leave a couple inch strap of solid wood and drive your wedges tight, then cut the strap, or tighten your wedges while the saw is idling in the cut and cut out the back of the tree. The tree will fall fast.

There are various other ways to do this. A good instructor at an OSHA logsafe course can teach these methods.

A chain and binder can help hold a trunk together if needed.

I know 2 guys that were killed by barber chairing leaning big trees. Bore sawing would have dropped the trees without incedent. Rotten trees are something else and it can be difficult to imagine exactly what will happen with the unsound wood.

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Re: Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

Post by trailcrew » July 14th, 2016, 4:14 am

Flag it and recommend explosives.

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Re: Tree splits vertically while logger saws it

Post by maujds » December 27th, 2017, 2:45 pm

i wonder if he did a sound test on the bottom of that tree. i think he would have noticed that it was rotten.