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Catch a falling tree

Discussion in 'Commercial Tree Care and Climbing' started by Mr. Bow Saw, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Mr. Bow Saw

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    The year was 1986,
    I got a call from the Cemetery they wanted a price on removing abot 85 Eucalyptus
    trees. The trees were along there property line on the other side of a 6ft fence.
    They wanted the trees cut off at ground level. The trees were abot 4 to 8 feet in
    from the fence. There was no access from the other side it droped down in to a
    a natural strom drain. All around the trees were large bushes that they did not
    want damaged. So to climb each tree and and lower all the limbs and wood down by
    ropes. This would work but would smash down some of the bushes right by the trees
    and they did not want this to happen. A crane that would work but cost to much and
    they would not allow heavy equipment like that to drive on there lawns.
    So I got this idea. I went home and started drawing up my idea. When I was
    at the Cemetery I took mesurements. The next day I turned in my bid.
    Abot three days later they told me I got the job. Off to the steel yard I went to
    get heavy duty 3x5 box tubing 1/4 thick and a few other steel items. In my
    garage I built my tree catching stand. Cutting,grinding and welding and
    in a few nights after work I had it done. This for me was exciting to try out
    because if this worked well it was going to save so much time and make this
    job very profitable. It would also make it easy to do. Some of these trees
    were close to 100ft tall. Chainsaws we were using 056, 064 stihl Super EZ
    Super XL and Super XL925. This stand is 7ft 6inch tall, 6ft wide at the top,
    Has a 10ft long arm with sharks teeth on the end. :lol:
    What we did was clamp the end with the sharks teeth to the tree with a
    chain and binder. I took my little 59 chevy boom truck and hooked on to the
    stand and pulled down on it to keep it from moving.
    In every tree we would first put a rope in it to pull it over with.
    After we fell the tree I would take the boom truck and lift the tree
    off of the stand and saw it up.
    This tree catching stand worked out very good. It was great.
    I still have it but have not used it in over 20 years
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  2. Mr. Bow Saw

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    :bowdown::bowdown:That is too cool!!! Adapt and overcome!!
     
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    Very Very cool. I like when people can brainstorm something then do it. Too bad you havent found a use for it again. Nice pics too. :biggrinbounce2:
     
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    brilliant, :cheers:
     
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    LOL, great video clip there brother!
     
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    got to love the taste of a victory beer:cheers:
     
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    Metals406 Granfodder Runningsaw

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    That's a really good idea!

    That must have also been the start of your firewood business too huh?
     
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    I suppose that would work now-a-days just as good as it did back then.

    Did you have any spectators? I bet you they were loving watching those 100ft trees come-a flying. Great invention. Build a bunch of them and patenet them
     
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    Awesome display of ingenuity!
     
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    Whittier "up town" inginuity

    Bow Saw, that's awesome. I take it it was on the 605 side?

    Now I have to show up with my juiced Dolmar's so you can tell me what you think of my tuning. It'll be like a mini GTG!!!:hmm3grin2orange:

    Good show bro:rockn:

    EDIT: Hold on bro, I see a mountain side in one of the pics, so that means you're on the east side of Rose Hills.
     
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    well dip my testicles in sweet cream and squat me in a kitchen full of kittens.

    Great idear.
     
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    I didn't see that comming, like it very much. Worked like dogs I'll bet.
     
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    !!! hahahahaaaa.


    anyway.

    great effort, at least you still got some pics of it as proof! thanks for sharing.
     
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    Well if I hadn't poured a bourbon before reading this I would need to.

    Back to the OP. Awesome. Just awesome. I have often used woolbags stuffed with mulch to limit lawn damage and also used the first tree felled to soften the fall of the second and the second for the third and so on...... but this is just brilliant.

    I take my hat off to you sir.
     
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    I bet cliff would love to have a GTG cutting competition at his place. Have you seen the pile of logs about 20 foot high there??

    only deal is you got to cut 16 to 18" cookies:)

    1986 huh Cliff.. thats when I migrated to so cal. Was working out of irwindale running lowboy and end dump tubs. Demolision and dirt work.

    ran that 605 quite a bit and hauled lots of demo into the rose hill landfill.
    always remember those gas burner flames around the site..
     
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    Do you still have that old boom truck?
     
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    i've wondered how that could be done and well, he's already done it long ago.
    good show.
    i've also thought about using old truck tires for sidewalks
     
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    nice job there Mr. Bow Saw:popcorn:
     

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