/ Saved by a steering wheel #21
Glad you are OK. Could you please explain in a little more detail how this happened? The way I woiuld interpret your photos is that the tree had fallen. The trunk seems higher on the left side, where I presume the root ball is located. I'm thinking that you moved in to grab the trunk with your grapple with the intent of lifting it and then maybe cutting the trunk again to the left of the grapple to disconnect it from the remainder of the trunk and the root ball. Is that description, or something similar, correct? Please explain what occurred that the tree trunk jumped over the grapple (is that correct?) and ended up on the steering column. I have some pretty big down-fallen trees in a streambed behind my house that I want to cut up and haul out. I do not have a grapple but do have a heavy duty fork attachment that I'll be using. I want to be very sure I take all potential hazzards into account. I live in Raleigh, NC and back in 1996, Hurricane Fran blew through here and caused lot's of damage. An inexperienced homeowner nearby had a bunch of big fallen pines in his yard and he bought himself a chainsaw and was promptly killed when he cut off a fallen trunk and the tree stood back up and hit him. I have a good amount of experince with this type of job, but I want to make sure I'm not missing any safety issues I should be aware of. Thanks very much.
You said it right - bending wood is like bending a spring.Thanks for all the comments. Yes I was lucky. 50 plus years tractor experience and yes it was close
No more pushing big trees
I had no idea it was spring loaded