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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- drop 6” to 8” live tree with a chainsaw

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following as pics or video (<2 min):
- your chosen tree
- tree with the wedge/notch cut
- tree on the ground
- measure across the stump showing diameter

Clarifications:
- Trees larger than 8" diameter are ok if that's what your woodland care plans require to be cut

We had some heavy winds snap one of my box elder trees and it got caught up on some other storm damaged trees creating a precarious situation. I had to carefully saw limbs that were caught up one by one before, with the aid of a rope, I could get the snapped portion to swing down and break from the remaining tree. I then cut a notch and dropped the remaining trunk to the ground. It was 11" stump and a shame it suffered such a fate but that is life.
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Storm came through and created a widowmaker.
Storm came through and created a widowmaker.
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Carefully limbed and brought down the first portion
Carefully limbed and brought down the first portion
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Notched
Notched
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Dropped
Dropped
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11", Necessary to take down though!
11", Necessary to take down though!
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A few members might have seen that we had a wildfire here last summer.   Looking at what's left, there's this clump of big eucalyptus which are non-native, invasive and a massive fire risk - they literally spread kindling all around the ground under them.   So, seeing as all the undergrowth has been handily cleared by the fire, it's time to convert the eucalyptuses (eucalypti?) into firewood.  They'll no doubt grow up again from the stump/roots anyway...
This is the next candidate for the chop:

Having assessed it, it leans in a convenient direction.  I did put a looong rope on it so Alan could pull on it just in case, but I was pretty confident of it dropping the way I wanted, and notched it accordingly:

That done, on with the felling cut!  The tree dropped exactly as I planned with zero fuss, which is always my aim.

And here's the stump.  Pretty pleased with this one, nice even hinge which broke exactly as planned, no kickback or barber chair or any undesirable effects.

30cm is about 12", so a tad larger than spec but these trees need removing.  This cluster almost certainly wasn't planted here deliberately, and has simply arrived from some windblown seed.  Unfortunately eucalyptus has commercial value: it's fast growing and was often used for making telephone poles and the like, and I reckon also for roof timbers, to say nothing of the paper industry that supports the bureaucracy.
For those that are interested: the saw I used is an Einhell GE-LC 36/35 Li-Solo.  It's part of the PowerXChange range which use interchangeable 18V batteries, this saw uses 2 for 36V.  I would definitely recommend it if you want a handy 14" saw.  Way less hassle than a gas powered one.
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Took down a red pine at my friend's property.
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Close up of the red pine.
Close up of the red pine.
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Tools used; electric chainsaw, wedges, and wooden mallet
Tools used; electric chainsaw, wedges, and wooden mallet
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Notch Cut: Front
Notch Cut: Front
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Notch Cut: Side
Notch Cut: Side
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Felled tree on the ground.
Felled tree on the ground.
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Measure of the diameter: 10''
Measure of the diameter: 10''
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Took down this tree up at The Lab (with guidance from Boots Brian and Ben, thanks fellas!) so we had something to test on the solar powered saw mill.
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The Tree ft. Ben
The Tree ft. Ben
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Safety is no accident
Safety is no accident
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The notch
The notch
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Timber ft. Brian
Timber ft. Brian
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Roughly 50 years old
Roughly 50 years old
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- drop 6” to 8” live tree with a chainsaw

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following as pics or video (<2 min):
- your chosen tree
- tree with the wedge/notch cut
- tree on the ground
- measure across the stump showing diameter

Clarifications:
- Trees larger than 8" diameter are ok if that's what your woodland care plans require to be cut
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Chosen Alive Tree
Chosen Alive Tree
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I'm doing it!
I'm doing it!
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Wedge cut!
Wedge cut!
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Tree dropped!
Tree dropped!
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I did it!
I did it!
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Over 8"
Over 8"
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