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Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by MCW, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Rudolf73

    Rudolf73 Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Just enjoying the nice warm winter weather, how are things in Cali ?
     
  2. Stihlman441

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    Whats the go with owh weather one day its that windy it would blow a dog of his chain, then freeze ya ass off the next and then today 22 deg C swettin ya ring out cuttin wood.Supposed to rain the next three days,cant win.:msp_mad:
     
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    Move up to Queensland Andrew, nice and warm ;)
     
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    Im thinking wont sell much wood in Queensland but.:msp_w00t:
     
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    Well I must truly apologise Wendell, apparently Monday was indeed a Bank Holiday in New South Wales (NSW, my state) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

    I was blissfully unaware as the blood su.... er, lending institutions have closed most rural branches here so i have to do my banking through a sub branch at the Post Office.
    At least they were open as most all rural branches are now privately run.

    The Picnic Day was in the Northern Territory (NT)

    Cheers, from an amazingly warm for winter Upper, Upper Hunter Valley, where it topped out at 22*C here today. (6* above average)
     
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    Was on the phone to Matt today and i think he said it was 28* there :dizzy:
     
  7. MCW

    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Yeah I was wearing my undies today mate :) Stupidly warm for this time of year - must be the dreaded global warming :D
    Spoke to Customs today and rang Rick as well (who seemed to know already the smart mongrel!) and despite talk of the import limit being dropped to $500 it is still quite solidly $1000. Dandy that :)
    I'll get a few photos up soon of some of the other felling jobs I've been doing - nothing exciting but keeps the thread ticking over I suppose. Felling course next week so will certainly update a few things then.
     
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    And in summer Rudy? :confused:
     
  9. David (saltas)

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    it will be even more perfect in summer
     
  10. Rudolf73

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    Have a summer house in Tasmania, I hear they have some nice trees also :D

    But here where I am in Toowoomba its not so bad actually, in summer its gets to about 35C max and around 0C minimum in winter. Humidity isn't so bad either.
     
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    35/0 yeah??? Get's hotter and cooler here..

    Got an address at the Tassie house avail please mate? :D
     
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    Haha if only I had one Al, I think a log cabin in Tassie would be real nice though.
     
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    Up on the Downs is one place in Qld I could live.

    I've been in Toowoomba when it was nearly snowing :D
     
  14. MCW

    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Yeah Tassie does certainly have some nice trees ;)

    Have a few photos of the weekend's work. I was asked by the overall group manager to go to a different property this time which is a much younger orchard with only small Casuarina windbreaks. Basically the manager wanted a few areas felled to improve vehicle access between patches of the same citrus variety - this simply improves efficiency when picking and moving picking bins around. Easy job, under an hour and probably about 8 trees per spot in 4 areas. The 261 and Stihl RSC was used and on a few occasions I had the thing actually cutting through sand so I could stump them down low enough to not interfere with vehicle movement. Full chisel and dirt does not mix. By the time I'd finished with less than 1/4 tank of fuel the chain was shot. Quick grind when I got home and all was good...

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    One of the areas where I cleaned up the smaller trees. I also had to avoid dripline while cutting...

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    Later that day (Sunday) I headed back out to the other property about 50km away but only knocked over about 5 trees before I called it quits. The employee who got excited and dropped the remainder of the N/S rows has really made by job difficult. Due to a strong N/W wind that came in about 2 minutes after I arrived I had to head home as it was getting too dangerous and difficult. If he had have left a few bloody N/S trees left I could move around depending on the wind.
    For example this quite large tree had 3" of wedge lift yet still refused to topple into the slight headwind and against a reasonable lean - to make it easier to drag these trees out they all have to be felled in a specific direction. I had to bore cut a bit of the hinge to finally get it to go over. I pulled the pin after this one as without a lie there would have been over 100 wedge strikes to topple it - with a good flu kicking in I was well and truly stuffed and even had the next day off work I was that stiff and sore. After this tree dropped I sat down and took about 10 minutes to recover. This is the first time ever that I've had to whip out 12" wedges, double stack them, yet still not get the tree over!

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    The worst bit was that when I was pulling the saw out of the bore cut I clipped both wedges with the chain and shot them both out the back of the cut - the tree just sat there into a slight headwind with a gaping backcut yet no wedges to hold it. To say I shat myself was an understatement as I was expecting a gust of wind to hit it head on any second and have it topple over backwards, shearing the hinge off completely in the process. Luckily it decided to fall the right way as I scrambled to get more wedges into the backcut...
     
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    Your a determined man

    Next you will be putting a scissor type porta power in the back cut
     
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    Nice work there Matt looks like fun.
    The joys of working alone,its nice to have a good mate with you at times like that to help out,its safer and ya can have a chuckle at the end if all goes well.:msp_rolleyes:
    I have been cutting with a mate for awhile know and its good,we learn off each other and its good fun and there is allways a bit of shannaningons going on.
    Today we were pulling bad back leaners away from one of those stone walls using the landcruser and a cable,its a team work thing.

    Cheers champ
     
  17. wendell

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    It may just be the angle of the picture Matt but it appears you have your top wedge stacked directly on top of the bottom one. Much better to angle them about 45 degrees offset from each other so they aren't as likely to shoot out.
     
  18. MCW

    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Am looking at adapting a 25 tonne barrel jack :)

    Hi mate. Yeah just the camera angle that makes them look directly on top of one another. Funnily enough no matter how hard I try it's actually very difficult to hammer wedges in and have them stay on top of one another. They always seem to shoot off on an angle regardless :cheers:
     
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  19. David (saltas)

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    Are you going to turn the back cut into a large notch to get the jack in their?
     
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    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Yeah I was going to Tek Screw the top of the jack above the backcut then Tek Screw the bottom of the jack below the backcut and try that approach :D

    Heh heh. I'll just box out the back of the tree to fit it in.
     

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