ignorant flatlander question of the month...

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Tue Oct 14 13:32:32 EST 1997

Joseph Zorzin wrote:
> Paul Morgan wrote:
> >
> >  Ok, so I've got a pole pruner that allows me to trim up to 18' or so.  The
> > problem is that I've got absolutely gorgeous pines 30-40' tall about 1' in
> > diameter with live and dead branches that I won't be able to reach with the
> > pole pruner.  But is seems a shame to get only one 17' clear log what I
> > could get two 17' clear logs at harvest time if I could only reach up
> > another 18 feet or so.
> >
> > Is there any equipment (other than cherry pickers) or methods that allow
> > trimming higher than 18'?
> >
> > Paul
> I'm sure you'll figure out some way to do it. But if you factor in the
> cost of your time to do that extra height (because the second log will
> take a lot longer)- then this extra work is questionable economics. I
> suspect that after you do a few of these you'll get tired of that extra
> work.

One heck of a lot longer.  Let's see, he wants to prune two 17' log
lengths out of trees "30-40' tall", not much  crown left for that
growth.  If he is in the south, no pruning may be necessary, just time
to grow.
Don Staples

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