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Here on Vancouver Island we have been having some pretty severe drought conditions over the past few years especially back in 2016, going from essentially rain forest to dry forest. We have had a lot of big firs die off on our place and several in dangerous locations to buildings and power lines so as a result I have dropped 6 of them this spring. Being of Scottish ancestry I was loathe to let them just rot in the bush, fire hazard as well and as we heat mainly with a wood stove in the winter I wanted to pull them out to use. The first one I cut into 12' lengths and pulled them up in pieces using my bobcat and several chains and cables. This one was around 2oo' down a very steep and rough slope involving straight vertical rock faces. My area to pull from only allowed about 8' of backing up room so as a result I had what seemed about 50 trips up and down the embankment constantly shortening the chains sometimes having to pack the saw along with me to cut out a jam up. This first tree was 3' in diameter and the others are about the same. Any way enough of that so I bit the bullet and bought a hydraulic winch. I fabricated a mount for the bobcat that doesn't interfere too much with the buckets use and allows for easy removal when I don't need to pull stuff.
This thing worked great. I was able to pull a much larger tree out in a fraction of the time that the first one did. I did make a removable door for the bobcat for protection in the event of a cable breaking, heavy coated wire on one side and 1/4" Lexan on the other side of a steel frame. It might not save me but will definitely slow a cable down. A friend of mine's son was pulling logs with a cable and it snapped hitting him in the knee and pulverizing it.
So at nearly 71 I have pretty much started a new career in the logging industry or so my brother tells me; six chain saws, a 35 ton splitter, bobcat and winch, multiple heavy cables and chains peavy and wedges.
The fire wood pile is one of three done. Should be enough for this winter. There is still a lot more to pull out and several more to drop but I will let them stand until we need them. They don't rot as quick standing and these ones are not in danger of hitting anything but I do see other showing signs of stress.
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That’s a really nice setup you have there , and a first for me as I’ve never seen that done before
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Ok , I never insulate
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Brian,

I like your solution. Several years ago, I mounted a winch on a friend’s trailer so he could load his antique tractor. It was electric not hydraulic so easier to install. Was in Vancouver two weeks ago for the first time. It is a beautiful city. We walker everywhere, about 10 miles a day.

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Brian this was Vancouver? We were there early May and I hadn't noticed the drought. We spent one day on Victoria Island and I had noticed some large fir trees that looked distressed. Borchardt Gardens was green but I guess they heavily water the grounds. Beautiful area, both Vancouver and Victoria.

Looks like you'll stay warm this winter...and warm this summer.
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Brian this was Vancouver? We were there early May and I hadn't noticed the drought. We spent one day on Victoria Island and I had noticed some large fir trees that looked distressed.
Steve this is the Victoria area. I live in a rural area just outside of the main city. Northern Vancouver Island still gets a fair amount of rain but the southern part has seen a significant reduction. Vancouver has always gotten more rain than Victoria.
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The cable protection is an excellent idea. To do it right hope you have it on all four sides, because a cable can curl. Just in case.

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The cable protection is an excellent idea. To do it right hope you have it on all four sides, because a cable can curl. Just in case.
Yes Theo the sides and back are a heavy steel plate with a punched out grid pattern.
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Yes Theo the sides and back are a heavy steel plate with a punched out grid pattern.
Good to hear. I am always amazed by the people who think there is minimum danger if a cable breaks under tension. Always nice to hear of someone taking the danger seriously. Sound like you will be good if a cable breaks. But best have clean underwear handy, just in case.
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