I have a lot of pine trees that were cut down a few years ago just sitting where the best sunlight is. So they need to go, I also am trading spilt firewood with friends. The logs are 20'+ long and range from 4" to 12" wide. They are stacked on top of each other. So I need to cut them down to fireplace size.
I was browsing a Northern Tool and
Equipment catalog (great Tool Porn!) and came across the TimberJack.
It's a handy device that lifts one end of the log off the ground so you
can easily cut it.
Here's the one I bought:
And some pics from the web site:
And how I am using it:
if you notice the store web site, they are lifting a short log, which
is dumb, you want to cut the log on the air side (not touching the
ground), otherwise your saw binds on you. But it's quite easy to cut off
the air side until you get down to the timerbjack. Then you need to
lower the log, move the timberjack down, raise the log, and repeat.
using a 14" Homelite 9amp electric chainsaw to do all the cutting.
Works well, not the fastest saw, but it's light and get the job done.
The chainsaw cost me $50 and the timberjack was $45 with $15 or so shipping.
It's a great inexpensive setup. Now I just need to get a 800watt Whistler inverter and see how it runs the saw.