|Wood Harvesting with Hand Tools - An Illustrated Training Manual (ILO, 1989, 128 p.)|
|RELEASING LODGED TREES|
If lodging occurs frequently, a sulky may be a convenient aid for lifting the tree up from the stump and to pull it down (1). The sulky may also be used to skid it to the skidding line. Sulkies are an excellent means of facilitating this heavy and dangerous job. Their use is restricted to trees up to a volume of about 0.5 cubic metres. Sulkies can be made in local workshops.
BEWARE - if the terrain slopes, the tree may push the sulky suddenly forward when it is lifted from the stump. In such cases, it is advisable to move the butt end to the ground before attaching the sulky. For braking, the handle of the sulky is lifted up.
Heavy trees which cannot be dislodged by manual work should be pulled down with draught animals or a skidding tractor (2). The tractor or animals must be placed at a safe distance from the lodged tree and the cable winch used.