Been reading some of the threads and the idea of uprooting the tree is one that I had not considered. Were in Maryland. I think over 41 inches of rain this year ( totals may have been in July ). Soil is so saturated we've had major stream flooding with every storm. My neighbor had a big oak come over in his woods this summer. I'm looking at a poplar tree - around 16 in in diameter. Top broke out years ago so it's probably 50feet tall. Sitting on the crest of a slope. I've got a 33 hp yanmar 4wd tractor with loader and tooth bucket. Ive got 150 feet of Sampson 9/16 stable braid - no nicks knots or wear. With these soil conditions is it feasible to just pull whole thing down rather than deal with felling with tractor assist on the slight back lean - and limbs that have grown on the back side looking for sunlight What would it take to pull this down considering the totally saturated soil. Cable ? Pulley blocks? What size winch. If you want to get an idea of the rains were having... just this friday we had torrential rains and 3 tornadoes. Check out the flooding from October... Thanks for your input.