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Tree Removal, Jan 2022

A big pine tree of the neighbors broke off and fell into some other trees. It was leaning heavily and toward our driveway. It was a little unnerving to drive under the thing, not knowing when it might come loose.

I called the neighbors and got approval to take it down.

It was more difficult than I anticipated. I saw that a big root was holding the base, so I uncovered that with a pick (the ground was frozen) and then chopped it in two with an axe. It was about 6 or 8 inches in diameter. When I got it cut through, the tree didn't fall.

I had a rope in the tree and tied pulling it over with the John Deere, but that didn't work.

So I threw a new line up higher in the tree, and doubled up my rope and used a come along to pull it over. It took a while to get all of that rigged, and it was about 28 degrees outside so it was tiring. But it finally came over.

Then I went to work cut it up. That took a couple of hours.

I wrapped things up at about 4:20 PM, and I was pretty well exhausted. But at least we don't have to worry about this tree anymore.

The icing on the cake was that I used my McCulloch PM605 with the repaired flywheel and it held up. All of the big stuff I cut with the Mac.