100 foot dead Ash Tree that leans towards our cabin that is 73' away to the North and I wanted to drop her 60* from there to the SE in between some of the big Cottonwoods.
So, I rigged up the tree with about 60' of slings, comealong winch and chain around one of the Cottonwood to the Southeast. Then I took about 200' of 1/2" rope, tied it off around the sling on the tree, approximately 25' up, slung it around the Cottonwoods & Sycamores to the North and tied it off to the hitch of my pickup.
Then I winched up the comealong nice and tight, which brought the top of the tree towards the Southeast about 10-15', jumped in the truck, took up the slack in the half inch rope, made a tight wire act out of it, went and grabbed the wife. I had her jump into the cab of the pickup and put the truck in drive, then told her, "Once you see the tree start to go over, steadily drive away and stop once the tree looks like it's going to fall completely to the ground."
I then made my first cut where I wanted to place the tree in between the Cottonwoods to the Southeast.
Dropped her nearly perfect, almost where I wanted it and it did not take down any other limbs from the other trees, which is the only area I could make that happen. Once on the ground, I measured out the tree and I was pretty much on in estimating the height of the tree. The lower left photograph is the measured distance away from our cabin. The upper right photograph captures 97' maker on the tape measurer, indicating the top of the tree approximately.
Today's wood pile and cleanup debris that I will use to burnup the rest of the tree stump, and then load the wood into the pickup and haul it to the barn.
I am thrilled that I beat the next heatwave which should be here starting tomorrow!
BIL done a lot cutting and I brought the hedge trimmer to cut up all the branches off of it. Then I brought my atv to wrap the tow strap around all the branches to move it to the fire pit. Atv is a life saver . Going to put Brutus to work Friday.