Think twice, cut once:
Some of those were funny but some were clearly people badly hurt. It's amazing that more people aren't hurt- trees, chainsaws and ignorance are a bad combo but still sometimes pretty funny. I can't imagine not moving vehicles out of the way just as a precaution.Think twice, cut once:
I don't watch many of these, a very good friend of ours was killed 8 years ago by a widow maker, the day before Emma was born. He was a professional logger who was very good at his work but picked up a job with time restraints and was more than likely rushing that day. Trees and chainsaws aren't the problem, in most of these type of videos it's people who think they know what they are doing that is the problem.I could only watch 3/4 of it. That’s a lot of pain.
sorry to hear that of ur friend -pjr832---u just never know.I don't watch many of these, a very good friend of ours was killed 8 years ago by a widow maker, the day before Emma was born. He was a professional logger who was very good at his work but picked up a job with time restraints and was more than likely rushing that day. Trees and chainsaws aren't the problem, in most of these type of videos it's people who think they know what they are doing that is the problem.
When I was a teenager we were trimming limbs around a field edge by climbing trees and cutting as there were no pole saws in those days, at least not powered ones available to the average person. There was a big oak tree with limbs that swept down and out over the field. At the trunk they were probably 25' high but in the field they dropped down to combine height. These were large limbs, probably 6" or more at the trunk.My FIL has done tree work his entire adult life and has had his own business for over 40 years. I've worked with him many times as well as most of the family.
The one thing he always talks about is people cutting off of ladders. And there is why.
I sent the video to my BIL, who works there, and told him to play for morning safety meeting.
Some of those people got seriously wrecked.
Think twice, cut once:
I don't know why but we call those splits up from the cut "Barber chairs". No matter what you call them, they are very bad news. They usually do happen very fast and the only thing you can do at that point is hope your escape route is clear and your feet are fast running.Living in the woods now, and having to deal with lots of standing dead trees in addition to clearing others for land re-purposing (is that even a word?), Ive seen several of these.
My neighbor, who has been cutting trees for a very long time, "helps" me fell them. I say "helps" because initially I thought he was very experienced at it, though after the past year, Im not so sure that I dont know a lot more about it than he does.
Had one close call recently that I wont repeat, due partially to his advice and partially to me not doing what I knew I should.
While cutting a leaning Ash, a BIG one, it decided to go crazy on me. Again, my fault, but the end result was the tree on the ground, mostly where we wanted it so not too big a deal, but it could have been.
While making the back cut, it started to go, very slowly. Thats not good, in case you dont know. In this case, my neighbor yelled that it was going, and I stopped cutting. It only moved a little then stopped.
I started cutting again, and he stopped me again. Now, at this point, I knew better than to stop cutting, but I did.
Shortly after, as it was still falling slowly after the second cut, it split up the side from the hinge, maybe 30 feet. It went FAST. After that, the other part that was left split vertically the other direction, and the part that "fell" went down the center of that split. Luckily the lower portion of the split didnt break away from the tree, as someone could have been hurt.
It looked very similar to the one at about 1:38 in the video above!
I imagine I looked a lot like the guy trying to get away too!
Anyway, I watch a lot of these as a "what not to do" kind of thing. I look at what they did and try to figure out how to do it the right way.
That said, if there is any danger of it hitting a building, I let someone else with a ton more experience than me do it. Well worth the cost to have someone come in and drop it rather than me try it and have to pay a deductible.
Interestingly enough, the guy that Id have do the dropping used to be a professional cutter. He quit when he fell 60' after his climbing strap was split by a tree. That is one lucky man to still be alive, let alone able to run a home improvement business.
I've heard them called "Barber Poles" for the spiral split path many take up the tree ... and yes they are un predictable and dangerous.I don't know why but we call those splits up from the cut "Barber chairs". No matter what you call them, they are very bad news. They usually do happen very fast and the only thing you can do at that point is hope your escape route is clear and your feet are fast running.
There are several techniques for preventing those but mostly involve plunge cuts and those have to be right on line. Once the tree splits, it's just a nightmare to deal with unless it comes all the way down or you have heavy equipment to knock it down.