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Forum topic by gardentiger posted 08-12-2010 08:54 PM 1236 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2010 08:54 PM

I only have a small trailer and a chainsaw. Any ideas on how to harvest some of the wood??

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 09:54 PM

Contact a local woodworkers guild or group, or a local woodworker, and find someone with a portable saw that can slice it up for you.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 10:15 PM

It’s hard to say what to do with out knowing more about the situation.

I’m assuming that the wood is beyond that capability of your small chainsaw. You can probably rent a bigger chain saw for a few hours at a reasonable price and cut it into “bit sized” pieces.

Let me toss out an idea you may not have thought of. When I was young, my father and I cut down some trees and cut up some trees with a 2-man cross saw. You’ll be surprised at how well they work if they are sharp.

I’m sure you cannot buy a new one today, but they are often sold at estate sales and in antique places. No matter how old and rusty, you can usually clean them up and sharpen them quite easily.

I have one I bought at an estate sale for $10. If I needed to cut up something that exceeded the capability of my chain saw, I would sucker my brother-in-law into helping me and we would go after it with my 2 man cross saw.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 09:10 PM

Well, if you have a way to move even pieces of the log, a large enough chain saw to power a chainsaw mill (about $200 or so), and a lot of time you can do it yourself. You can cut the log into lengths you can handle. Remember that even a 3 foot long large maple log is going to weigh several hundred pounds and you have to move it. This can be done with a portable winch (not too expensive), ramps and a peavy, a tractor, etc. Nomad62 probably has the best idea. There are portable sawmill operators around. See the Woodmizer website for any in your area or advertise in Craigslist

I did some milling off my own woodlot with a RipSaw (like a chainsaw mill but with a bandsaw blade) but I had a tractor to move logs and so on. Milling is easy – getting ready to mill is hard!

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