I own a wood chipper, but I've learned that a 2-inch chipper takes
forever ... so ... for fire prevention, I need to arrange brush for
professional wood chipping next week, so, last night, I created a
half dozen small brush piles which need to be moved to the roadway:
I need to move some brush uphill, some downhill, and then, once on
pavement, down about a hundred or so feet into piles convenient for
the professional wood chipping crew:
My question: Not owning a pickup truck, is there a hand tool for
moving brush piles en masse a hundred feet once on the roadway?
PS: Sorry for the poor quality photos; it took far longer to
collect the brush and move it down the hill than I thought,
so these pictures are when it covered the driveway and I
was moving it to the roadway about 100 to 150 feet away.
That is what I do when I trim the shrubs in the yard. Spread the tarp and
put the trimmings on it and then pull it to the edge of the woods to dump
it. If I had a lot and a long way to go, I might be tempted to put a rope
on the tarp and pul it with the riding mower.
On Sun, 26 May 2013 17:49:12 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That idea of using the 100-foot rope worked like a charm!
I found, with experience, that a double wrap was easier to
hold, and a double loop of that double wrap allowed for ease
of steering left and right (like a pitman arm, idler arm
combination) since the bundle tended to go off course after
50 to 100 feet down the roadway.
On Sun, 26 May 2013 16:26:52 -0400, Ralph Mowery wrote:
Thanks Ralph! That was a great idea of using the rope!
I *wish* I had a riding mower (or a bobcat!) but, in the
end, I used my hefty weight to pull the unwieldy 15 feet
wide bundles a few hundred feet down to the roadway to
then line them up the 150 or so feet it took to fit all
the four foot piles in a long linear row behind the white
Rake it over a rope with an eye in it, wrap the rope up over the pile,
through the eye and pull it tight.
You can drag quite a bit of the pile that way. This works particularly
well if you don't cut the pieces too short.
On Mon, 27 May 2013 00:46:51 -0400, gfretwell wrote:
I cut the brush at the base last year, so they're all their
original size, which means a lot are 20 feet long, although the
average is probably something around 10 to 15 feet long.
They're pretty gnarly though:
You know, Oren, that's a good idea!
It's embarrassing, but, I hadn't even thought about
using the recycling bins for *temporary* transport!
I actually have quite a few of those green/blue buckets, because
I fill them up every week for the recycling crew, but I knew
that it would take me the rest of my life if I tried to
fill them this time.
I'm not finished yet, but the four-foot high piles of fifteen
feet long branches stretches at least 150 feet along the
It's a long linear pile because I had to keep them behind
the white line - and there isn't much room on the roadway:
On Mon, 27 May 2013 14:26:00 -0500, ChairMan wrote:
I think he means me! :)
It took hours over a span of three days to clear the entire
hillside by pushing the brush downhill to five collection points,
dumping it onto the pavement - and then moving it to the roadway.
I did lose my ladder at one point ... I was perplexed about where it
went, until I saw it buried under the piles as I teased them apart:
My next clearing will be the hardest of all, as the brush has
to move *uphill* about 50 feet! That's going to take some
mechanical ingenuity to accomplish efficiently.
Funny you mention that, because I fell back into the stone
age building a rustic "plow" out of a chunk of wood:
I used the yoke end to push the piles into bundles:
And, I used the barbed end to tease the tangled mess apart:
Once I got the pile manageable, then I moved into the rope
age, which did the bulk of the distance moving.
And, when it was all almost cleaned up, only then could I
move into the wheelbarrow and broom age to clean up the
It was then a hot shower and poison oak detoxifying step.
This is the best idea of all, although I'll have to carry or
throw the ten to twenty-foot gnarly long wood branches onto
the tarp, rather than raking them onto it.
I only realized I must have left my tarp camping last week
when I went to look for it; so I will ask my buddies if they
have it perchance.
Until then, I was using this 100-foot safety rope, using
the same concept and idea of the tarp.
I sure wanted dynamite. Or gasoline, after collecting
these branches from a wide swath of about 200 feet
of hillside, funneling it all downhill into a series
of tall channels that dumped onto the roadway:
At that point, the pile still had a few hundred feet to go,
but at least the next hundred feet were on pavement (which
is infinitely easier than moving the stuff to that
collection point from scatterings along the steep hillside).
Just curious. Did you just spend more time here at A.H.R asking questions,
providing updates, taking and posting photos, etc. than you would have
spent just piking up the branches and moving them? It seems like you did.
I can't believe what a massive production you made out of such a small and
Whatever you do, don't try to build a dog house. It will take you years.
Learning takes more time than doing.
Snapping & annotating photos takes more time than not.
Enjoying the learning is far better than the task itself.
Most people ask, and leave.
Most people just want the job done (any way they can).
Reminds me of the workmen who use a screwdriver & hammer
for everything, simply because it's expedient (caring not
for galling your equipment).
I'm not most people; I enjoy learning about everything
related to home repair - mostly because I've never had
the luxury of time & property to do it myself before.
I can't wait 'till I build my custom hillside tool shed!
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