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 01-23-2006, 07:23 Post: 123262
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There was another thread here on how to know the tipping point on a tractor. One thing pointed out there was not being caught off guard.

Saturday a week ago a person was killing in my county while operating a tractor. THey were cutting trees and he was using the tractor to pull them in the direction he wanted them to fall.

I don't have the exact details but to begin with the wind was blowing that day here very strong at 20 or so mph.

He ran into a stump while pulling the tree and it caught the tractor. It has been told it just stopped the tractor and been told that rolled the tractor. Either way it did stop. He was pulling with short enough cable the tree landed on him and the tractor.

This probably was a tractor with no roll bar and was a full size farm tractor.

In the other thread it was pointed out the unexpected is where most get hurt.

I was told years ago we must learn from other's mistakes. We can not afford to make them all our self. Such is this.

Think, think, think, and that helps keep the odds in your favor.






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 01-23-2006, 13:35 Post: 123284
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I have pulled a fair amount of trees with tractor when felling them. But I have always had clear ground to set the tractor on and cable long enough if the tractor never moved the tree could not hit the tractor.

Not throwing off on anyone, it pays to be so careful and take the time to plan, look and look and plan again. Many of us have had at least one, "THANK YOU LORD" experience.






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I think Dennis made a point that can be over looked. Our eastern trees are not as big as many of the western shore ones. If you were to think you could just pull over even a large limbed eastern hardwood you would have problems. Also the term pulling one over may be being used to different degrees. If a tree is large, leaning 45 degrees from where you want it to fall, your options are very limited.

I think I know what I can and cannot do. That is why the real large trees around family members houses we brought in a tree removal professional that did take them down in sections, ecept the smaller one which he pulled with his tractor.

Our local power company uses a rope and pulley and pull their trees by hand. That tells you they are not pulling anything of real size.

One thing I would like to point out here, if you have never cut a tree with no limbs it falls faster and hits harder than one with limbs does.

With all of this talk on how dangerous or foolish you are for doing so...how about those machines that grab a tree, cut it and lay it down. They are not just cutting 20 foot tall toothpicks.

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