Western Windbreak Yards need saws of all kinds.

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The willows are pushing into the power line, so I cut the power to the house at the relay from the power pole.

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The power is off, and with a ladder and an extendible pruning saw I can juuuuust reach the problem branches.

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The line is clear.

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While E mowed the lawn I trimmed the hedge till a paper wasp nest the size of a soccer ball stopped my progress, then I trimmed the sprawling lilacs around the house til a ground-nest of hornets erupted from within a lilac; that left me with only one other jerb.

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The Jerb: dreadnaught leaner-willow.

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A yard too small for chainsaws is not a yard at all.

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I start with the under cut, coming up about 1/3 of the way.

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The top cut sits just behind the under cut, toward the root.

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The tree begins to relax. It has lots of branches on the far end reaching in crazy directions that will tempt it to roll. The under / over cut stabilizes this tendency.

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The big monster comes down square.

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The ripped line shows a clean bottom cut, with the upper cut lining up just behind with a level snap-line to stabilize the descent. Safety at scale becomes a science.

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De-Limbing the big rollers, then sectioning it up. I use poly-wedges to assist, cutting in the top first and driving in a wedge- then cutting up from the bottom and the crushing force of the log against the wedge lifts the log. Physics are keen.

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Cleaning up.

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Dave arrives with the rest of the day’s projects, and buddies for Stanley.

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This log is from yet another branch, laid down years ago across the stream that needed the poly wedge to remove safely.

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Dave and Duane set a new gate to the horse pasture.

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It will get a new support pole next spring when the corral gets some new posts and rails, but this will definitely hold it meanwhile.

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Stanley and I look at the berm log stacks and are glad that chore is done.

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The two monsters partly in the creek will have to dry out through to next summer before I can move them any further- and they aren’t worth dulling my saw with more cuts…

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The logs to the L form a berm where the creek has cut a flood channel in the past, and the rest are just too damn big to move so I used a pry-bar to leverage them onto the tree island.

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The back yard mowed, with the willows tamed back.

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