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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is there an easier way to pull out trees? Emerald ash borer victim. Trunk over 2 ft thick. Didn't want a stump. Hooked a lonnng chain 12 ft high and started yanking with my tractor. Nope. Dug, cleaned and cut any root within a ft of the surface. Success but a lot of work. Still have two more to pull out.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Cut off close to ground and rent a stump grinder
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have someone come with a stump grinder, I rented one once and it was kind of a joke,teeth were dull and engine (Honda) didn't run right. The guy I had last year did 12-14 inch stumps for $25 apiece, I have 3 more for him this year.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have large dead ash trees I wish were down in the woods. I don't like being under them when they're already dropped limbs. Wish there was a safe way to drop them.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Excavator with a thumb.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you can,cut it off close to the ground and build a fire on it,add a good sized chunk on top of it. The fire will follow the roots and it will all be gone,
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You are going to break something or get hurt trying that.

Only was is large excavator, or cut off short and grind stump.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Chain saw? The longer you wait the more dangerous they get!
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Even a smaller excavator works well to drop a sizeable tree, but you'll have to do a fair bit of digging. I dig a pretty good size "trench" in front of the stump where I want the tree to fall. Then move right behind the tree opposite where I want it to fall. Dig on both sides to break off more roots. Then give a push right in the direction you want to fall it. Usually goes over, but sometimes needs a bit of digging in the back to cut off some more roots.

When they cleared the 12 acres of forest on my west property line the guy was using a CAT 320C and could just push over pretty much any thing but did have to did a bit on the biggest trees. Mostly Douglas firs up to ~130 feet tall. He also "limbed" the bottom 25 to 30 feet or so by just running the bucket up and down along the trunk. Kind of fun to watch but sad to see the forest go down in exchange for a bunch of houses.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Agree with Butch.

Cut close to ground.

Rent a stump grinder or hire it out.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Gelignite
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:57 am    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Cut the tree off about about 2ft high and let the goats use it for a play ground it'll provide hours of entertainment for the goats and you.
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:04 am    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Death of a tractor or Death by tractor?
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:15 am    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Explosives, goats, hire grinder, hire excavator, death, burn, wish it was elsewhere.
Maybe it wasn't that much work after all. My main fear is the very long chain snapping and hitting me.
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: Pulling out dead trees Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Now you know where the term "getting stumped" comes from.
 
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