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Cutting a 36"dbh blow down chinkapin

johninky

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An old estate in town recently lost a really old oak. Owner when asked said I could have it for firewood. Problem is I know the stump will stand up when the butt log is cut. My question is how would you make that cut? I don't want to make a 10 foot stump and don't want to lose a saw cutting this tree. Also really don't want to kill myself also.
 
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36" is a big chunk. If you've never done them that big before I recommend getting someone who has to give you a hand and advise you in person. There's alot of variables to take in to account, that could leave a person holding alot of liability if they give you advise over the internet and something goes wrong.
 

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Also could do the HO a favor and use a pressure washer to blow the dirt off the root ball back into the hole. Then easy to prop the stump so it does not fall back. Also, HO will not have to deal with as big a hole to fill, and you can cut up the stump also.
 
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Started cutting on the oak yesterday. Two major limbs, almost horizontal and 15 feet or more above ground level, had me seriously stressed. Used log chain to minimize the barber chair. Both limbs barber chaired but got them low enough to start wacking away on them. As for the root ball, I took a close look at it and the stump is at least 7 feet across. That estimated 36" dbh was just for one of the limbs. Yikes. I won't be touching it and could now care less if the root ball stands up or not.

Good news is I took my old Sachs Dolmar 117 I have been tinkering with for a while and the old girl ran great.
 
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Working on another tree the wind brought down and have no idea what it is. Wood is fairly dense, weighs like white oak. Splits fairly easily.

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