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Relax. Things could be worse. — or “No problem. I’ve done this thousands of times.”

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  • John Venlet October 17, 2020, 12:57 PM

    In the late 70s, prior to my Navy days, I spent some time as a tree trimmer, working with a old timer. One lesson I learned, and I note a number of folks in the video did not seem to know, was, if you’re on a ladder, in a tree, or what have you, with a chainsaw in your hand, and you’re gonna fall, throw the damn chain saw away from you rather than trying to hang on to it. You can replace a chainsaw, or fix a broken arm or leg, but if you cut it off, well, you can’t stitch the arm or leg back on.

  • ghostsniper October 17, 2020, 1:35 PM

    We’re approaching the time of the year when I keep the Stihl sharpened and gassed up in the back of my Blazer. The ice brings down trees across the road all the time and when I see one I get to it. Takes too much time to back track and go around on these old country 2 lane roads. If it’s a hardwood I look it over real good for select pieces I can bring back to the shop and prep and store for future use on the wood lathe. Burl, triple crotch, etc.

  • ambiguousfrog October 17, 2020, 3:44 PM

    Laugh my ass off. Can’t remember the last time I cut down a tree in my sandals without my toupee on.
    The kicking out the ladder must really suck.

  • Snakepit Kansas October 17, 2020, 4:27 PM

    I won’t repeat my ladder story, but if you fall off careful to what you fall onto.

  • Kevin in PA October 17, 2020, 5:27 PM

    My favorites are when there is someone holding a rope attached to the large chunk of timber about to fall. Like your puny 200 pounds is going to slow this massive hunk of weight in motion. There is a reason they call them “widow-makers”.
    The others with guys running a chain saw, up on a ladder getting knocked down /off are truly another level of scary dangerous.

    Some months back, Gerard posted a very good video presentation by a builder about safety. The key take away is that the issue of safety starts and end with the individual. You have to be thinking about safety all the time. Several of the tree cutters in this video clearly not thinking about safety.

  • Auntie Analogue October 17, 2020, 6:04 PM

    You know, in looking out upon mankind, I’d feel a lot more optimistic if the geniuses in those videos were just members of a small splinter group.

  • Kevin in PA October 17, 2020, 6:21 PM

    I see what you did there, Auntie!

  • Sam L. October 18, 2020, 7:29 AM

    That there picture is RE-versed. Ah coud tail cuz the letters on the lahsins plate on that car don’t make no sence.

  • Fuel Filter October 18, 2020, 9:38 AM

    Almost a Darwin Award winner!

  • Gagdad Bob October 18, 2020, 11:19 AM

    Reminds me of Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men:

    “You go see Charlie, he still can’t pick up his right hand for his hat… The point bein’, that even in the contest between man and steer tree, the issue is not certain.”