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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 01:44 PM

Not many operations have the equipment to process a tree like that… certainly not the landscapers… They very likely will not even be able to lift a section of the trunk of any length, do to it’s weight… leaving them no choice but to cut it up into stove length with a large chainsaw on site.

Attempting to process a large log without the right equipment will be very arduous as well as potentially dangerous.

When I built my timber frame, I had a 4WD tractor with a bucket to lift and skid the logs I cut on site, and had a guy with a top end Woodmizer… the 20’ model that had all the hydraulics for loading and leveling the logs. So even with that equipment, it was very arduous work to move 36” dia. pine logs and get them onto the mill. They exceeded the lift capacity of the tractor and had to be skidded with chains, debarked by hand with a spud and rolled onto the mills hyd. lift by two men and with peavies. After that experience, I’d say there’s no way we could have processed a 4’ dia. Oak.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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