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    Default introducing the stangle

    This is a cut I have been using successfully for a few years.. I call it the stangle, a contraction of steep angle...

    I first used it on a VERY dead maple, where climbing into the top looked a life threatening... There was a hole next to the tree where the top would fit if I could get it to lay out far enough so the limbs on the backside wouldn't hit me on the way down; then have the top drop like a stone, spearing into the ground similar to the spearing action on a vertical snap cut.

    This 20 second video shows the stangle used to take a 25' pine top out, maybe 10-12" diameter... A top this big would have done a lot of damage to the lower white pine limbs (very brittle) on 2 trees if it had been laid out flat, but there was just enough of a hole right between the two trees, to get it to drop with no damage. In this case the bucket was out of reach as I was set up in the backyard and reaching over to the inaccessible side yard.

    Since I don't climb anymore It's mostly used to take tops out from the bucket, though occasionally I will use it to shorten up a fall...

    The hinge on the stangle cannot be use reliably to control side lean, so the piece either has to have front lean, or use a pull line as in this video...

    And the cut can be a little tricky, especially when there is a tight window... I'll write that up is anyone wants to hear some details..




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    I've always called that a spear cut. Now I gotta go back and update my diary!!!

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    There is no hinge in the spearcut, at least not how I use it.
    This is pretty neat, if you need to pull the top.

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    Looks like it works, bad name though, call it the trapdoor or something.
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    I like it. Hinges over just enough to keep it all away from you.

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    variation of the Salami Cut. Fashioned for the same purpose. It's cool.

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    The salami cut has no hinge, does it? And made for use with chunks, I thought. Been awhile since I seen it in FGTW.
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    I came to the same solution when I had to remove a 20' cedar from in the middle of some similar sized pines. I didn't have climbing gear with me, and wanted to cut more trees, so I thought about it for a bit, cut branches as high as I could reach, and would then make both hinged and not hinged (as needed) salami cuts to bring the tree down vertically with minimal damage to the pines. I was thrilled when it worked.

    I suppose it could look funny from the right view: one tree in the middle of many getting shorter and shorter without falling over.

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    Hydro clearance guys use that up around here. Spear cut they call it. Fast sharp saw and watch yer neck!
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    Yea, cutting that angle is miserably slow without a good chain. Maybe a straighter angle like a ripping chain would help?

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