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post #1461 of 1498 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 05:38 PM
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thanks for the PM link Wilson...

my brush cutter blade on the Echo has done amazing work...and a lot of it..time for a change out... so might be fun to try a disc like this.. I've been surprised by how well the limb cutter with 8" mini chain saw works on overhead limbs on my smaller weed wacker..so I can only imagine how a rotary like this would eat through sapplings..and save me having to bend down with the big chain saw to cut.

my trail work is basically just taking a walk every few weeks in summer to just cut back the fast growing privet and other stuff..occassional overhead limbs..so the brush cutter is fine for that...but for those couple times a year when I want to open up an area..yeah...I can see this as an option.

thanks again...now back to our regularly scheduled "what did you do to your ATV" programming..sorry to derail...
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I need a brushcutter. I have to take loppers and trim overhanging branches back from the seat on my tractor while I'm bush hogging. Works but is tedious and gets old real fast.
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Yesterday I actually used my Hondas instead of working on them.

Last time we rode, the water was up, and I ended up rolling my 06 over in some backwater. I had a trail that we could have used to avoid the backwater, but a big tree had fallen over the trail, and it was a narrow trail going up a steel hill so no way to use it without removing the tree. I tried to go through the backwater, ended up upside down.

Water is still up, so I decided to go out and clear the path.

Took my 06 Foreman and my 346XP, which is small for the job, but didn't want to try to pry the old man's 372 from him, so just figured I'd make do.

Didn't get a half mile from the house before I came to a big tree down across the path. This one must have fallen in the last 2-3 weeks. I made one cut, and when I went to make my second cut the the whole tree shifted and pinched my bar. Crap. Fought with it for a few minutes, hooked my winch to it but it was too big to move. Was able to budge it by snatching it (yes, I know, dumb) and broke my winch cable.

Ran back to the house, got a cant hook and switched over to the 05 Rubicon I picked up a while back. This was going to be a "fix and flip" but I have to admit the thing has grown on me. The Hondamatic has awesome engine braking on hills, and the power transfer is seamless. I think I might try to get the wife on this one and maybe keep it and sell her 420AT. This one has a 5K winch on it with heavier cable.

Anyhow, got back out there and got the saw out, cut the section up a little and moved the logs with the cant hook, moved along.

Found another dang tree down. This one was a little smaller, but it too shifted on me when I was cutting from the bottom up, and took me a bit to get the saw unhung. Got that one cut and moved, and finally made it to the tree I set out to cut. At this point I'm hot, tired, and getting eaten alive by buffalo gnats and skeeters (sweated off all the Deet).

I get up to the tree, and not only is it bigger than I remember, but fell where the trunk is on a hill, and partially attached to the stump which left where I needed to cut at about chest level. I tentatively get set and start making a cut and dang ants go everywhere. Big red ones.

I decide that this is a good time to quit for the day.

Didn't end up getting the tree moved that I set out to move, but I did a WHOLE lot of work getting to that point on the trail and knew that running a saw when you're worn out is how you get hurt.

I'll go back out, cut those longs into shorter sections, and split them out in the woods sometime this winter. Don't really need the wood but hate to let it sit there and rot.

As for that last tree, I think I will get the 372 for it. The way it's positioned isn't going to make it easy to cut down both sides, trying to match cuts. Will have to plead with the old man to get it out for me.
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feel for ya on the bar pinch thing..careful as I am sometimes...even with props, split wedges, hatchet as a wedge etc...creative cutting n all, sometimes I'll have one surprise me and some part of it is dead and just gives way to the more solid tree section and you find yourself with hundreds of lbs of tree bearing down on your saw.

I also carry a big 4ft pry bar with me these days to help persuade a lazy tree to move a bit.
like you, when my trails were blocked last month..my only other option would have been to crawl down into the creek bed...and woulda had to run a long ways before I got to a place where the walls weren't so high and I might could get back up out of it...my creek bed also has a lot of soft sand..you sink too deep into it...so chain saw is a must-do job here.
sorry you splashed your ATV
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feel for ya on the bar pinch thing..careful as I am sometimes...even with props, split wedges, hatchet as a wedge etc...creative cutting n all, sometimes I'll have one surprise me and some part of it is dead and just gives way to the more solid tree section and you find yourself with hundreds of lbs of tree bearing down on your saw.

I also carry a big 4ft pry bar with me these days to help persuade a lazy tree to move a bit.
like you, when my trails were blocked last month..my only other option would have been to crawl down into the creek bed...and woulda had to run a long ways before I got to a place where the walls weren't so high and I might could get back up out of it...my creek bed also has a lot of soft sand..you sink too deep into it...so chain saw is a must-do job here.
sorry you splashed your ATV
Yeah clearing trails is definitely a time when a SxS would be nice. Have a bed to haul all the necessary stuff with you.

Sunk bike got towed to a trailer, loaded up, then flushed several times. Not the "right" way to do it, but I have an extra motor in the shop so at the first sign of smoke I'll swap motors and go through this one.
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there were some lumber jack tools at the flea market this weekend past , he had a pair of tongs for pinching the tree and pulling it , and a tree roller tool , it has a wooden handle and a steel hook on the end so you can hook and roll the logs over and a few other things---- I have friends with UTVs and the trails here are narrow , I have been saying I am going to open them up , but I think it is best to leave them like it is , it would be a lot of work and just more tearing up the trails
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I went to make my second cut the the whole tree shifted and pinched my bar.
Next time (on sawing up big twisted blow down) Take your splitting wedges and maul, I've had good luck un pinches ... SPRING loaded blow downs ARE SO much fun ha! .... i'd much rather tangle with those fire ants lol....
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Looking to cut some branches hanging down and want to cut them above head level so I don't knock off my hat while passing by on the zero swing , think this would be the right saw for the job ----lol I think that is the longest one I have seen
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and a tree roller tool , it has a wooden handle and a steel hook on the end so you can hook and roll the logs over and a few other things----
Yep, that's a cant hook. What I went back to the house to get. LOL
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