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How to Fell a Windblown Tree ~ by WoodlandsTV

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Andrew Mead, forestry expert/instructor/assessor, shows us how to make safe a windblown tree using a chainsaw and hand winch. This is a potentially hazardous scenario and Andy talks us through the various cuts needed to ensure the tree moves in a controlled way - to avoid danger and to release the tree without damage to its fibres. http://www.lynhertraining.com/
An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Posted in: Trees ~ On: 1 June, 2016

60 comments so far

skeinwinder 73
September 2, 2018

No I just get the winch rope from my Landy and pull it over.

Robert Woodhead
September 22, 2018

Great video, superb clear and professional instruction. Thank you for sharing.

Chris W
September 29, 2018

Which gave me a GREAT idea. A log say 8 inches thick and 12 feet long could be chained to the tree horizontally and the chain secured with some bolts drilled into the leaner. Then the end of the log could be pulled with a rope or winch from a nice distance away and it would have MASSIVE leverage. Like a Peavey but much bigger.

Kevin Byrne
October 7, 2018

To remove a wind-blown tree, I've also seen Swedish lumberjacks use a technique that they call "kana på slana" (slide on the pole). They make a notch at the base of the tree, then they shove into the notch a sapling whose branches have been stripped off, and then they lay the sapling on the ground, to serve as a rail. They then use a stout branch to move the base of the tree along the sapling / rail until the wind-blown tree falls.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rxore5Qm2I

Splatterviz
October 11, 2018

JimmY you sound like a really rugged guy, one who can handle a really big saw. This guy, heck most of us out there, can't even lift a saw like that…I envy you!

Bespokefencing
November 30, 2018

With a short bar I'd bore the hinge first just in case the tree stayed hung up, that would save all the bother of butchering the butt to get access through the back cut!
Just my opinion though, nothing unsafe with a hinge reduction from the side.
Good informative video.

Elaina Barnett
December 6, 2018

Jolly good. Your explanation prior to execution was helpfull. Thanks for sharing.

Elaina Barnett
December 6, 2018

Would one need to insert wedges also to prevent bar pinching?

Elaina Barnett
December 6, 2018

Could we get a copy of the video?

Steve Chase
December 19, 2018

You have no idea what you are talking about. it's called a plunge cut.

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