I've done it before. Get a rope saw (I don't know what else to call it)
It's like a chainsaw chain with a rope on each end and a little
sandbag on one of the ropes. You throw it over the branch and saw it
back and forth with the ropes. Works real slick, and not very expensive.
Don't let the branch fall on you.
Thanks a lot for all the advice to all the guys that participate in
You are absolutely right. It is very foolish to start learning this
type of skill climbing tall trees with a chain saw when medical
insurance is so expensive and I do have dependents.
Again, I appreciate it very much
Home owners do not belong cutting braches on ladders or larger than say 2"
in diameter. I suggest that the job is best left to professionals. For
your safety and the trees sake.
If you need suggestions on how to select an arborist go here:
or an so-called expert
A must read and see book for anyone pruning (I suggest buying or library.
You can ask your library to order books by Shigo)
Another great tree care (basic) would be here:
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called TREE EXPERTS who do not understand TREE BIOLOGY!
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
Some people will buy products they do not understand and not buy books that
will give them understanding.
Mark, considering all the other questions you've asked in this newsgroup, I
have to ask the following :
Do you have a public library available? What is the name of the library? I
don't mean the "Helen Toodaloo Memorial Branch Library", but is it part of a
larger public system that has a name? I'm asking because the best thing we
could do for you would be for us to search your library's online system, if
one exists, and recommend some books for you. You're trying to obtain many
years worth of knowledge in a week. It can't be done. You need to consult
books from various authors, see where they agree and disagree, and draw your
own conclusions. Gardening and managing property is like going to college
forever. There's no way around it.
By the way, how big is the branch you want to cut, and why do you want to
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