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4 ton winch assistance

 wife holding 4 ton winch

I got this cedar tree notched and ready to come down when a feeling came over me that it might still fall the other way, which would take down one of the power lines and leave us in the dark.

Nothing our little 4 ton hand winch can't handle. We just used the ladder to secure a cable high up on the tree in question, secured the other end to another tree and cranked it in a way that left it no choice but to fall away from the electricity.

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Looks like a "come along" to me.
Comment by Errol Wed Feb 24 17:45:04 2010
I would be interested in the age of that old growth cedar tree. Care to look at the rings and let us know.
Comment by Erich Wed Feb 24 18:32:21 2010

I'll take a look tomorrow, but it can't be older than 50 years. This whole area was pasture on an aerial photo taken about that long ago.

Mark guesses 12 to 15 years, I guess 20 to 30. We'll see who wins tomorrow during daylight. :-)

Comment by anna Wed Feb 24 19:01:52 2010
Daddy --- you're right! I think Mark just likes the world "winch" because it sounds like "wench". :-)
Comment by anna Wed Feb 24 19:03:12 2010
I did a similar thing a few years back, only with way less manpower...I hooked the 8K winch on the front of the truck to pull down a few trees that were "technical"...8k with a snatch block....cut the hinge to 80-90%...then pulled them down. the snatch blocks doubles the capacity.
Comment by mooontreeranch Wed Feb 24 23:48:06 2010
I was gonna say, "whoo hoo come-along" but I see your Pa beat me to it. I'm with Mark on liking winch for the similarity to wench though.
Comment by SoapBoxTech Thu Feb 25 00:44:10 2010
You should have seen Mark's eyes light up when he saw that comealong at a flea market for cheap. Although he still talks about how we need an electric winch every now and then.
Comment by anna Thu Feb 25 08:09:04 2010

good job there, just a reminder cedar makes for great insect control, like moths. have mark cut some small slices to put in areas where your clothes & bedding are. perfect room fresher. like small pieces could be drilled with a hole lg enough for a clothes hanger to fit ( wha la ) instant moth control. every room should have a sm piece placed. makes great gifts as well, really home grown. mom roseanell

Comment by roseanell Thu Feb 25 09:35:03 2010
I might have to think up a way to turn it into gifts --- I'm always looking for free gifts that we can make! Thanks for the tip!
Comment by anna Thu Feb 25 09:41:21 2010
There are so many uses for those cedars. I cut some 4 inch limbs into waffers and varnished them to place drink cups on. They look great but not much good for absorbing water. Fence post. When I was a kid that was all we used. You may want to go ahead and cut them all the way down though. My Dad told me the standing dead cedars would rot out due to the fact they lost all the sap back to the rots? I love the look of the heart and rings of them.
Comment by Erich Thu Feb 25 10:27:49 2010

So, the answer to the age contest is in --- 34 years. I guess that means that the area was last pastured in about 1976, give or take a year or two.

I like the idea of cutting limbs into coasters for gifts too! We'll probably end up using most of it for trellis posts or foundations for other pier buildings.

We cut down all of the ones we could --- the girdled ones are just going to have to stand unless we come across a lumberjack friend who's very confident about missing the electric line... :-)

Comment by anna Thu Feb 25 15:01:33 2010
Cedar whitewood rots; the red core doesn't, or no faster than locust.
Comment by Errol Thu Feb 25 19:25:44 2010
It's nice to have so much free, "treated" lumber.
Comment by anna Fri Feb 26 07:54:41 2010

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