Exploits collecting "free" wood #5: This will leave a bruise

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 03-09-2014 11:46 PM 1547 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: slow load Part 5 of Exploits collecting "free" wood series Part 6: A better way to haul logs »

Let me start by saying that I was having a really good day. I had to replace my pickup and winch for hauling logs. My old pickup and winch however were undersized for what I was doing. I stumbled on to this pickup

It’s ugly but the engine was completely overhauled and a heavy duty transmission had been put in it. It runs great and doesn’t even notice that I have a load. I also invested in a much better winch with log tongs. This was a huge improvement.

I got this load on in record time (beetle kill pine)

At this point in time, I am feeling bullet proof. I tied down the load and moved it to a safe distance so I could drop some more logs and cut them up for the next load. (Always move vehicles before cutting trees). After dropping 3 more trees, I was trimming branches and cutting them to length. I slipped on some pine needles and fell over backwards on top of a log with a branch stub sticking up. This hurt really bad.

Strictly superficial and I will be fine. But it really spoiled my afternoon. Of course if it had been a little higher it would have been a 911 call. :-)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for reading.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 12:00 AM

DUDE! Glad you’re ok! You’re right about if it were any higher. Did you consider the implications for your voice if it had?


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#2 posted 03-10-2014 12:01 AM

Monte. What the hell are you trying to do (Kill your self). lets try to be more careful. Very nice wood.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 12:09 AM


I hope the chain saw was off? Can you get a spotter? I’m too far away. My brother is an emt with some graphic stories.

Actually Monte…It was a very good day.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 12:14 AM

Monte, posting selfies now? Glad your ok, but lets take it easy with the disasters.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 12:21 AM

Glad you’re okay. Great to hear about the new rig.

Hope you are up to date on tetanus shots, a dr once told me this is the very kind of wound that he would be concerned about, more so than rusty metal.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 12:23 AM

wow monte, thats not good, ive heard of folks using corn cobs for certain needs, but pine needles are not the way either…:)..sure am glad it didnt go any higher…gee, that had to hurt…glad it didnt get any worse, i like the truck…it looks like a good worker.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 12:23 AM

Keep giving ‘em heaps Monte!

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 12:29 AM

Glad you are OK.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 12:31 AM

Well the new truck and winch are pretty sweet, falling over, not so much. Glad it wasn’t worse. Nice looking logs btw….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 12:56 AM

OUCH!! Now that’s going to leave a mark. But you walked away, ... Wincing, but walking.
On that new truck, a bit of BLO and a nice stain might help. :P
Better tools than before? Hmmm this sounds like a good thing.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 03-10-2014 01:01 AM

Was it really a fall on some logs…?

That one photo of the torn pants brought back memories…you can never be too careful..Good that you are not injured worse…just a minor deal.

Looks like you got a good truck for hauling. Nice find

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#12 posted 03-10-2014 01:11 AM

Very nice winch and log grabber grapple!

Injury looks like a new pair of jeans and you’re good to go! Take 2 Advil at bedtime and you’ll be good as new in the morning.

“Lets be careful out there”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 03-10-2014 01:26 AM

You have not benn very lucky lately. At least the truck is and the winch are good.

Accident happens.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 03-10-2014 01:32 AM

Monte, Glad to hear about the new truck and gear. Glad to her you are well after your spill. Take care of yourself.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 03-10-2014 01:40 AM

There is good and bad in every story Monte – the good is the truck and new and improved method of picking up logs – of course the Bad could have been worse – thank goodness that it wasn’t worse than it was.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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