Chain sawing wet conifer roots.


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I have a chain sharpening gadget which works very well.
The tree was cut down about a month ago and we have had a lot of rain since then.
Managed to deal with one of the roots by drilling 1/2 inch holes down words then joining them up by drilling horizontally across them. That gave me enough of a gap to use the axe to split the root until it was small enough to saw with my pruning saw.
 
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It seems as if the tree doesn't know it has been cut down and the roots are still trying to pump water upwards. I'll bet this will soon stop and the roots will become normal again, especially if it stops raining for a bit. Also, diesel fuel is a great tree killer and if mixed 50/50 with molasses doesn't harm the soil.
 
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Well the bits I cut off with the axe this afternoon were soggy to say the least. And the holes I drilled filled up with water as I drilled them.
Had to keep taking my pruning saw out of the cut and picking out bits of wet wood from the teeth before it would do any more cutting.
Had to stop as my back was screaming in agony by then.
 
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Well the bits I cut off with the axe this afternoon were soggy to say the least. And the holes I drilled filled up with water as I drilled them.
Had to keep taking my pruning saw out of the cut and picking out bits of wet wood from the teeth before it would do any more cutting.
Had to stop as my back was screaming in agony by then.
I have never tried to dig up a fresh cut tree stump. I would wait a couple of months before trying again. Transpiration in deciduous tree slows to almost nothing in the fall and winter, but, in a conifer, it doesn't and this is what is happening. The limbs and leaves/needles haven't been removed long enough for the roots to stop trying to pump water to them. I would guess it will be spring before it stops completely.

 
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It seems as if the tree doesn't know it has been cut down and the roots are still trying to pump water upwards. I'll bet this will soon stop and the roots will become normal again, especially if it stops raining for a bit. Also, diesel fuel is a great tree killer and if mixed 50/50 with molasses doesn't harm the soil.
I will require an explanation on this 5050 of course.
 
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It's really simple. The molasses restores the microbes killed by the diesel. It doesn't take much time either. It is what hay farmers use to rid new fields of mesquite.
I have been interested in the organic implications of organic fuels vs synthetic additives. I was enthralled to learn gasoline was considered a organic fuel vs "highly refracted" distillates. .
 
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I have been interested in the organic implications of organic fuels vs synthetic additives. I was enthralled to learn gasoline was considered a organic fuel vs "highly refracted" distillates. .
All I know about synthetic oil for autos is that it is made from refined base oil. I suppose you could say gasoline is organic because it is made from what once was carbon.
 
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You may be astonished to learn that by drilling holes in the root I wanted out and then using the chain saw across the holes, I have managed to remove the amount of root we wanted. I can now fill the 'crater' and the roots left in will be at least 9 inches below the soil.
That seems to be the way ahead for any of the other roots I want out, Drill and then saw (after cleaning off any soil etc. ).
 
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You may be astonished to learn that by drilling holes in the root I wanted out and then using the chain saw across the holes, I have managed to remove the amount of root we wanted. I can now fill the 'crater' and the roots left in will be at least 9 inches below the soil.
That seems to be the way ahead for any of the other roots I want out, Drill and then saw (after cleaning off any soil etc. ).
Great! Another example of WHATEVER WORKS
 
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A chainsaw is not the tool to use because the dirt will dull it in a few minutes and it will not cut. As suggested a reciprocating saw the way to go. It will cut through anything including steel but not rock. You may not think that you will ever use it again but I still use mine which I bought to the 70's and when I need it there is no substitute for it. Spend the money now and you'll be glad you did. You can get one for as little as $22 dollars at places like Harbor Freight and Walmart.
 
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Two companies which do not trade in the UK. Cheapest one I could find here was over £100 . If I ever need to cut wood again (which I hope is never) I will ring my son in law and ask him to visit with his collection of power tools. He can have the pleasure.
 
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Two companies which do not trade in the UK. Cheapest one I could find here was over £100 . If I ever need to cut wood again (which I hope is never) I will ring my son in law and ask him to visit with his collection of power tools. He can have the pleasure.
Ebay is available where you are. They have them also.
 
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Ya'll don't have rent a centers there? Here in the states we could go to thr rent a center and rent a sawsall with blades too.

Shoot we could even rent a nice portable back hoe to dig the root up with.

Now if it was my wife and she said do it and don't spend any money doing so I would hand her the tool and say have at it.

:D Al
 
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