I am certainly not climbing up in a tree or standing on a ladder with
a chain saw but I do feel pretty good on an articulated lift so I can
be above the limb I am cutting and it falls away from the machine. You
still want to take little bites at it. Like my Mexican guy said, you
have to cut it up anyway.
That’s fine with limbs, but its not so easy with the main
vertical trunk where you have to be where the cut is made
and have a much heavier chunk of wood falling away
even if you do cut it in small chunks like you say next.
Once you get down to a single vertical trunk, predicting and planning
the fall is much easier. All of the trees in my yard don't grow that
way anyhow. There isn't really a single trunk that goes up very far.
Even that nasty fucus only had about 20' of trunk and the other 40'
was branches. Live oaks start branching off 10' off the ground.
Years ago I had a 75 year old neighbor killed when he was cutting a
partially downed tree which then fell on him.
Next door neighbor nearly killed when a tree fell on her and the house
when she went out to straighten up an inside out umbrella in a wind storm.
I also met a heroine addict whose addiction started from pain killers
used when he was injured working as a tree cutter.
The "heroin" addict was in the hospital same time as me. He was having
gangrenous toes removed. I asked to see his arms and one vein was all
swollen and one collapsed like a trench. He was not a pretty sight.
Started from a fall from a tree.
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