I had the exact same hung up tree situation a couple of months ago at my daughter's home. Except I didn't have a truck or tractor there. So I was just going to "chunk it down" from the bottom. I intended to do careful chainsawing just above the break to free the tree from the stump, then chunking off 3 foot sections until the tree goes vertical and falls away from the other tree. I've done it before and it can be dangerous, but if you don't have access to something that can pull it down, it is one way to do it. But it does take a bunch of time.
I did something very similiar to what you suggest and was almost killed. The tree when the base was cut came loose up top deflecting so that the top came down on my ROP in a heartbeat and shattered. No damage to me or the tractor but it was certainly a surprise not at all expected. Thank God for ROP.
Either have a professional do it,,, or,,,,Pay a professional to do it. Life is too precious!
I wasn’t suggesting the tractor be anywhere in the vicinity of any part of the tree, especially not anywhere under it where when it fell it could fall on me or the machine. Put the machine somewhere in the vicinity of where the picture was taken-perfectly safe there. The chain suggestion moves the tractor to a location away from the tree or where it could fall making the operation of pulling it much safer. If a chain isn’t long enough the suggestion of heavy ropes as other say is also good.I did something very similiar to what you suggest and was almost killed. The tree when the base was cut came loose up top deflecting so that the top came down on my ROP in a heartbeat and shattered. No damage to me or the tractor but it was certainly a surprise not at all expected. Thank God for ROP.
Looking at the pix I think i would get one or more strap or chain from a point high up tied off to a tree on the opposite side from your tractor to stop it from comming at you. Then i would just try first pulling it at the bottom to see if it will budge first before trying to cut it.Then if that dosent move it i would cut close to the ground so that when it moves it will not have far to go. From the looks of the pix once it is secured you should be able to carefully make a small cut then tighten up the tractor cable or winch and keep repeating this till she gives. The key here is SLOW AND EASY
Cutting a prop tree is definitely one of those things that pro's can do but it's incredibly dicey for them. It's just really hard to figure the stress imposed on the prop tree from the leaner, plus you are automatically cutting from underneath a tree that's already damaged.What about the tree it's leaning on? Can it be safely cut to make both fall? :dunno:
Definitely true. While a bore cut is a valuable skill, this tree is not the one to learn a new skill on. The rope on the top is a definite requirement because once a tree is cut away from the stump you have no effective hinge to control the fall.I would make an undercut about 1/3 of the way through the tree, straight up and down. Then I would move about 2 inches up the tree, and make a bore cut, straight up and down again, cutting the middle third to 50% of the tree diameter. This will leave a trigger section on the top of the tree. I would again move 2 inches up the tree, and cut the trigger, and get the heck away from it when it releases. Wash, rinse, repeat until you stand the tree up and can fell it away from the prop tree. Before I made any cuts, I would place a rope in the top so that I had the option to exert some measure of control over it if the opportunity presented itself.
If you aren't comfortable with a bore cut, do not attempt this method.