the knob wrote:
the knob wrote:
If the trees you cut down weren't big enough to require splitting, you didn't do jack.
Most of the logs we cut will require splitting. I think the widest tree was like 16" wide...not huge, but not tiny either.
We'll be renting the splitter after we're done cutting them up.
The father-in-law and I still have about one pickup load of 100+ year-old hedge apple to split in the spring, fun times...
Like this one?http://inthemaine.com/images/Maine/Old%20Apple%20Tree.JPG
Nope, it was a big big hedge apple, also called Osage orange and a few other names. There were four trunks growing off a single rootball, each about 24" to 30" in diameter easily. The shade canopy cast by it was probably over 100' in diameter I'm guessing. It was a fricking awesome tree and I'm sure my boys would have loved climbing it and stuff when they got a little bigger, until...
A few summers back there were a lot of hedge balls on it and combined with the wet weather, two of the four trunks split from the rootball one night. I think I may have heard it, but didn't realize what had happened until I went in the back yard the next morning. Luckily both trunks that fell went away from the fence, but that left the other two huge branches hanging over the fence and they needed to come down. Ended up getting a steal of a deal to have a tree company come and drop those two sections for me for $300. The father-in-law and I spent two days I think sectioning logs and cutting branches. I did nothing but burn branches and twigs one night for something like six hours while it was about 30 degrees outside in the country, pretty awesome actually.
I actually don't mind cutting up trees if you have the proper equipment to make it easier, ie: good chainsaw, splitter, chipper, a few guys to help, etc. I think it's kind of fun.
We took down a pretty massive tree in our backyard in Fairview four or five years ago. It was nowhere as big as the one you cut up...but it was huge nonetheless...just one trunk...it had to be about 26"-18" wide. That tree had two huge limbs fall out of it because the tree was rotting. One was about 8 feet long and must have been 18" in diameter at least and it fell on our fence. The other one was a tad smaller but missed the fence. They fell about six months apart. We have dogs and we're also out in the backyard at times...and I was kind of scared to cut the grass under it. So we took it down. It cost us $600...which we thought was a good price. When the tree was taken down, it took up the entire backyard...and our backyard was a good size.
It was actually quite impressive watching them take the tree down. Since the tree was kind of hanging over into the neighbor's yard over his sheds, they had to use ropes to guide the tree sections down to the ground as they took it down in sections. It was interesting to watch.