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    Default Doing some tree trimming

    No, not Christmas decorations ...

    I finally got around to reducing some of the aggravating bits associated with cutting the fields out at the acreage (20 acres mixed fields & woods we inherited). Low limbs have been interfering with cutting more & more lately so they had to go.

    Bought a Stihl HT 102 pole saw. It is about 7' long with a 12" bar running a 1/4" chain. Since the roll over bar on the 3038e is just about 7', this is long enough to reach most anything that would be hitting it.



    Some of what was out there:







    This is what has been done so far, less than one tank's worth:













    Lot's more to do, but at least I've started...

    Nick
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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    Nick,

    How well does the pole saw cut? Looking good.

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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    It cuts great! I have to feather/blip the throttle while cutting, no full throttle cuts until break in finished after about 5 tanks of fuel. I think the narrow chain (1/4") reduces "grabbiness" & increases cutting power. So far I haven't used it on anything over about 4".

    Nick
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    2010 John Deere 3038E w/305 FEL
    Frontier RC2060 Rotary Cutter, Frontier BB2060 Box Blade, Jinma 6" Chipper from Ranch Hand Supply, TSC Tarter 5' Rotary Tiller, Middle Buster, ASC Keulavator Hiller/Bedder, Caroni 59" Finish Mower, TSC 6' Landscape Rake, TSC 6' Back Blade
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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    i have a need for a pole saw, but not enough work to justify it.. looks good

    brian
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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    Nice report!!!!

    P.S. The work isn't done until the trimmings are cleaned up.....
    Richard

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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    i have a need for a pole saw, but not enough work to justify it.. looks good

    brian
    I'm with you, not enough work to justify... so I went 'old school' and bought an expanding pole with a curved limb saw & a mechanical 'lopper'.

    Now the real embuggerance is clearing the debris.

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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    i have a need for a pole saw, but not enough work to justify it.. looks good

    brian
    What is your "need" versus your wallet?
    I had gotten along for years with a good manual 17 foot telescopic pole saw.
    This summer I found myself having to trim numerous large limbs at max extension so I did some research and settled on an Echo PPT 280 thread here which does 17 feet with a 28CC chainsaw with a 12" blade on the end.
    Here's my son testing it out using only 13 feet:Doing some tree trimming-g4-ppt280-jpg

    When I use the full extension it's a bear to work with but it definitely does the job.

    However, if I was trimming limbs of less than 4" in diameter (for example trees brushing up against the chimney 20' up) I'd go with a quality manual pruner. They can be found 33 feet long and maybe longer.

    So in summary if you've got a few limbs 10' up a manual pole saw may well do. The main thing is to get a good blade.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all
    My saws - 12" B&D 40 volt,JD CS 62, efco 3500, Stihls - 021, 660 w/woods mod, 660 w/ DP muffler, 088, Woodmizer LT10

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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    The bicycle helmet is a good idea!

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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    Now it's time for my Jinma 3pt chipper.
    Make short work of the clean up.

    Only problem is... after seeing what a good job it does, I had to find more work for it to do so I could play.

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    Default Re: Doing some tree trimming

    We've used Echo pole saws (they call them power trimmers) for many years. We have three of them today. Pole saws are an indispensable tool in our book and we one operate them while wearing sawyer helmets. Good luck with the Stihl!

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