Cutting Down A Palm Tree

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Gotta give him props on the chainsaw work and how he handles it. Wonder how long the gaffes are on those spikes? I'm not really familiar with palm trees but I suspect they're quite similar to pine in terms of bark thickness and how easily it can slough off. Watching you can see the effort he has to use to to pull them when he starts working his way back down.
 
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Gotta give him props on the chainsaw work and how he handle it. Wonder how long the gaffes are on those spikes? I'm not really familiar with palm trees but I suspect they're quite similar to pine in terms of bark thickness and how easily it can slough off. Watching you can see the effort he has to use to to pull them when he starts working his way back down.
Yep...he's done that before....a FEW times.
 
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I'll venture he was somewhere between 60 and 70 feet up when trimming the fronds off the top.

I've used a chainsaw when on a tree with spikes. The biggest problem, to me, is getting it started. You just don't have the leverage compared to standing on the ground with free space all around you. The other trick is to use a smaller saw. I used a 10 inch saw which made it easy to control.
 

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I'll venture he was somewhere between 60 and 70 feet up when trimming the fronds off the top.

I've used a chainsaw when on a tree with spikes. The biggest problem, to me, is getting it started. You just don't have the leverage compared to standing on the ground with free space all around you. The other trick is to use a smaller saw. I used a 10 inch saw which made it easy to control.
Quite possible. Some of these palm trees can grow to 100 ft. I would suspect the 70-80 foot range is most common. There are some in my neighborhood that have to be close to that tall.
 

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I'll venture he was somewhere between 60 and 70 feet up when trimming the fronds off the top.

I've used a chainsaw when on a tree with spikes. The biggest problem, to me, is getting it started. You just don't have the leverage compared to standing on the ground with free space all around you. The other trick is to use a smaller saw. I used a 10 inch saw which made it easy to control.
You're still here, posting and if you still have all your fingers and toes I'd say you were "good enough !" :cool:
 

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I did not like climbing poles with those spikes back in the day, can't imagine doing it and using a chain saw.
I was gonna say that when I did it for ATT many moons ago we were all about being very kind to the pole.;)

Only climbed for 2 years then transferred to the city and they all used bucket trucks. They thought I was a God when I had to put on the gaffs to get to something they couldn't reach with the bucket :lmao:
 

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I'm not sure I'd be leaning back and waiting for it to burn out as he does at the end.

I would imagine a modern synthetic rope wouldn't react well to fire unless they're specially treated. I guess the moral on the story here is if you set the top of your palm tree on fire, be carefule where ou throw it, or it might come back to haunt you.
 
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