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close this bookWood Harvesting with Hand Tools - An Illustrated Training Manual (ILO, 1989, 128 p.)
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RELEASING LODGED TREES WITH SIMPLE TOOLS

When thinning man-made forests, falling trees are frequently stopped by other trees. The tree is then said to be lodged and this is called a hang-up.

Skilled operators will try to avoid this by felling the tree into open spaces. A proper undercut, an adequate hinge and wedging will help to reduce lodging, but this cannot always be avoided.

BEWARE - dislodging hung-up trees is very dangerous. Think first before deciding how to take the tree down.

Do not walk or work below a hang-up.

Do not try to fell the tree which is holding the lodged tree.

Do not fell another tree on to the hang-up.

Do not climb the lodged tree to loosen its crown.

Recommended techniques for small trees

- Place suitable material (e.g. poles, split wood) on the ground on to which the tree might slide backwards (1a), (2a), (3a).

- Cut the remaining wood which may still connect the tree with the stump, preferably with an axe (1). If a saw is used, it might easily get pinched.

- Use the turning hook to roll the tree to one side (2).

- Use a pole to push the butt end backwards (3).

- Use a manual winch to pull the tree backwards (4). A pulley may help to increase the pull or to place the winch in a safe position, if necessary.


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