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    Default Too Many Wedge Choices!

    For the last few years Ive gone from stihl or consumer grade wedges to k&m red heads and now, after studying the always great beranek Im looking at expanding my selection from a few 8and 5.5 to some 10 and 12double tapers.

    Im in se Wisconsin, I do removals from 12 to heeeeheehuge maples and other eastern trees..

    Double Taper makes a ton of different wedges
    Eg: http://www.baileysonline.com/PDF/pillar_plastics.pdf

    Smooth, textured, barbed, double lift...

    Do the double lift wedges stack well with each other or flats?

    Please discuss,

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    I've never used the double tapers but the 10" and 12" k&h are good wedges and stack nicely. Interested to hear about the double tapers though.
    Shawn

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    I?ve got wedge fever!

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    Nice guy Dave explained that double tapers are good in second growth fir logging. Slender taper to start, more lift toward the end, when the tree is tipped, but not committed.

    Plastic cutting boards, cut to size, a la Stig, gives a flat surface for stacked spacers to accompany one wedge, more lift height capacity than any two wedges.
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    Here one can see my poor out classed 8inch k&ms.

    This is a large silver maple and is representative of my werk.

    I?m not doing any west coast timber, not that many conifers in fact.

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    I mostly use the K&H red and white ones because they are readily available. I have a couple hard head wedges which are yellow with a steel head which I like for stump cuts because they slide back out easily after I finish my cut.
    -Brian

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    Ive tried em all. K+H are the best hands down. 10s and 12s, mostly 10s.

    Hard heads are ok, but they dont drive as good imo, and are heavy if your packing em all day.
    Zane Shepherd

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    I usually buy the budget wedges Baileys sells. Mostly 8" and have 10"-12". Keeping them dressed and square helps. I use a farriers file works great.

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    Ahh gentlemen I thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flushcut View Post
    I usually buy the budget wedges Baileys sells. Mostly 8" and have 10"-12". Keeping them dressed and square helps. I use a farriers file works great.
    If they are in a kerf, you can use your chainsaw, going from tip toward the butt, to shave off mushrooming.
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