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Cutting Unruly Limbs

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by ETpilot, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. ETpilot

    ETpilot ArboristSite Operative

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    Just FWIW. A51D29F4-47E6-43C2-9A34-EC15467F350C.jpeg 664258C2-FDD6-4988-808E-823DBFD284CC.jpeg 631FE058-338C-4109-9B3C-FA258919704B.jpeg 89B35F97-0AEB-4CD3-9793-C4CF9A33334C.jpeg
     
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    Looks like a good way to keep the chain outta the dirt. How well does it work?
     
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    That's a lot of work for little return. Anything that size stays in the woods or ends up in a burn pile.
     
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    I agree to much finger printing for very little return.
    Make good little critters homes left in tha woods. that is where mine stays if not at least wrist size.

    :D Al
     
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    Actually this sawbuck works a lot better than expected. This replaced a homemade smart holder I was using. I made it for an 18-20” cut and can measure the sticks right on the unit. Any long pieces get another cut. I use it for limbs and heavier logs. If I can get it on the sawbuck that is where they get cut. It is lightweight for easy moving. The saw never hits the dirt.


    The only drawback is long limbs can get out of balance. So I work from both sides to the center. Unruly limbs can move as you cut. I’m adding a rope and cam action cleat to cinch it all down and that will help the problem. Another mod may be using 2x6 for the support rails with a curved or V cut to hold the limbs.


    This is not for everyone. The work for the return works for me. I use all the wood.
     
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    I don't think it's that much work. With a sawbuck and 6-8 forearm sized logs, you'd be surprised how quickly it adds up. Slice through all 8 with a 20" or a 24" bar and I can fill a 8 cu ft. 2 wheel barrow in 2 minutes of cutting. That 8 cu ft. will heat my house for a full day. You have to cut the limbs off the tree anyways. No splitting required, and they make nice fillers in between big pieces in the stove.

    I wouldn't waste the wood either. Now if we were talking about 1" diameter sticks, then yeah its a waste of time to me. If they are 3"-5" though, I'll process them.
     
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    Drag the limbs to the buck, load them up, cut them up going from one end to the other to keep blanced, picking them up again taking them to stacking area. Just to much finger printing and walking for such small wood.
    If you want to get rid of the brush just chip them in a chipper.

    :D Al
     
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    My sawbuck is different than his. Mine is 10' long and holds the entire log with arms often enough to hold the cut 20" long wood, without it falling on the ground. To rent a chipper capable of quickly/efficiently chipping 4-5" limbs would be $250-$300/day.

    Since I work full time, renting a chipper at that rate multiple different days would be pretty expensive. If I were to burn it as brush, why not burn it in the stove and heat the house. To each their own, if you feel its a waste of time, then don't do it.

    https://www.compactpowerrents.com/rental-equipment/chipper-and-stump-grinder/6-chipper/
     
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    That is a neat setup. Also a guy could leave one by the wood pile and every time a limb falls after a storm you could stack it in there until you have a large enough load to cut.
     
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    I own my own chipper which will chip some 3 inch stuff easy.
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    Load it in my trailer and chip the wood right in it. then tke it where I want mulch or the wife does.

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    Mostly how ever leave the small stuff piled in th ewoods to proved critter cover.


    :D Al
     
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    Those type sawbucks are really nice on limb wood. Mine has 4 bays made of angle iron "U", 16" apart, width inside of 14". Set on 2x6s. Anything longer than the 4 bays gets eyeballed for length. It folds up when not in use. I cut limbwood down to about 5" and as long as I can lift. Makes processing of a load of limbs right fast.
     
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    That's what I do. Cut the salvageable limbs to a size I can load in the cutting area and toss aside until a load then dump in one spot in the wood yard until I just have to hear a saw running again. I've currently got about 20 blacklocust limbs on the pile waiting.
     
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    I don't go done that small, about 4-5" and my cutting pile iss right alonside the piling rick, so it is is cut and direct to the rick. Saves a bunch of time in the field cutting small stuff then picking it up, loading, hauling, etc. etc. Far faster to cut a 6-8' pole, toss on the load and do the cutting at home.
     
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    Picture of your sawbuck? Sounds handy.
     
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    Lots of people are looking for cheap camp wood and don't want or need nice uniform wood for a simple camp fire on camping trips. I pile all that kind of wood up in a big pile and sell it cheap. The customer gets cheap wood and I get rid of the junk wood that would build up. I use a lot of it myself for my own outside fires here at the house or when I go camping. I don't cut it up in 16'' long pieces, I leave it about 3 feet long and through it in with all the other junk punky wood that I don't put in the cord wood stacks. They are not looking for pretty wood, they want cheap wood, so they end up paying me something for hauling off my junk. I just sold a full truck load today for 110 bucks to a guy that is going to the beach for the weekend and just wanted something to have a fire at night.
    Pile it up and post it on CL for cheap, and get what ever you can for it. Every dollar made is a dollar saved.
    In fact I can't keep enough of in stock and get more calls for it then I have to sell. But when I'm out of the cheap stuff they will still buy better quality more expensive wood. So it draws in someone that may not otherwise come to buy the better wood.
    The load I sold today I was just going to pile up and burn just to get rid of it, but instead I made 110 bucks and didn't have to burn it myself. Saves work and makes some money.
    I cull out wood that is not good quality wood and sell it cheap. At least I make something off of it rather then just burning it to get rid of it. If you just pile it up and burn it, your just burning money that could go in your pocket. If they don't want or need a truck load I just pro rate it and sell a half load or what ever they want.
     
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    I'll give it a try, so far I have had zero success posting pics after photobiaitch got greedy.
     
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    Sawbuck - one of the most underrated wood things out there.

    Even better if you have a small trailer for behind an ATV, and cobble one up you can throw on the trailer when you want to. Run around with it & gather stuff up, when it gets full run it to your cutting/stacking place & cut it all up. I have a jimmied up setup that I can get around 1/4 cord on. Once full, it takes less than 10 minutes to cut that 1/4 cord all to wood length. That setup is just some stakes in stake pockets on the trailer, with a couple long poles laid down on the bottom lengthwise then 4 short ones laid down cross wise on top of the long ones. Then pile it up with limb wood. Trailer is 8' long, can put stuff 12-14' long on it, hanging out over the ends. Gotta be wary backing it up when full though...
     
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    No pictures?
     
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