Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Eastern Arkansas
Liked: 3240 times
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.
Last edited by Jeepwm69; 06-03-2019 at 10:13 AM.