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How to get branch stuck 12-24" in ground out?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Douggg, May 4, 2018.

  1. Douggg

    Douggg ArboristSite Lurker

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    I've struggled with this in the past and never tried to find a solution. I even tried to google it and couldn't locate any posts for help with my search terms

    Anyway, when the tree falls, some branches go deep into the ground. If they happen to be 10 inch or less in the ground, maybe i can get them without too much back pain, by moving the branch in a circle and pulling up, like sinking an umbrella into the sand on the beach.

    But what is the appropriate technique to remove? I now have 3 branches sticking up in the middle of my lawn after finishing cutting and cleaning up a 35" diameter pine down in a storm. Thanks
     
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  2. KiwiBro

    KiwiBro Hold my beer and film this...

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    "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."
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    Mustang71 Addicted to ArboristSite

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    I guess if I couldn't get it out I would dig a few inches down into the ground and cut it off with the saw then put the dirt back.
     
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    Notch it on one side and the cut the backside, don't forget to yell "TIMBER". Then follow up wite a stump grinder.:)
     
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    Wrap a rope or chain around it and use one of these., works well.
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  6. no tree to big

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    I normally just use a stump grinder. If this is at your house and you have a floor jack and can get a chain or small cable to grab on the branch wrap it on the jack and pump away. 12-16 inch block, chain or cable to attach, and an 8 foot pole also would work well as previously mentioned.

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    northmanlogging The gyppo's gyppo

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    HiLift/farm jack as pictured above, and a chain to wrap around branch.

    Maybe add a 2x4 or 2 if the jack sinks.
     
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    I just hook em to the truck with a chain and yank em out. Careful here though don't use a rope as it stores energy and can send it flying considerable distance.Don't ask me how I know :)
     
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    Ha I had 150 feet of 3/4" bull rope tied between our grapple and my crane trying to pull the crane out of the mud (off road county job across a pretty wet flood plain haha) well the rope broke and the end from the crane attachment let go and ended up a hundred feet in front of the grapple. That was slightly scary for the bystanders

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    smokey7 jack of a lot ace of a few

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    Engine hoist/cherry picker works very good too. Almost everyone knows someone with one. But a simple pipe and a chain or strap will work. Hell 2 saw horses a 4x4 or chunk of log and a conealong may even work
     
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    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    flush cut and stump grinder
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    I taint gettin all that stuff out unless the truck wont yank it.
     
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    That is my second choice first if my stumper is on site.
     
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    Never had anything I couldn't wrap a small loop runner around and lift out with the bucket of the tractor.
     
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    Bring me that tractor Ben :rolleyes: 101_0065.JPG
     
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    Nothing to it. Can I put it on your trailer?
     
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    I wanna see you stick that into the ground ;)
     
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    Sure it has trailer house axles should be good :p
     
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    Sledgehammer is a way. Drive it in:surprised3:
     
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    Tell you what buddy you stand her up and hold her steady I'll drive that mofo in :p
     
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