Delimbing and crosscutting – tips
Cutting down trees doesn’t have to be boring. To get the best results, you need to demonstrate not only technical skills, but also perceptiveness and ingenuity. First of all, you need to get into the habit of cutting the tree in the place where it used to grow. Together with the logging supervisor, it is necessary to decide what wood will be processed from the area. But that’s not all – you also have to evaluate each tree based on length, which requires knowledge and experience.
What to do if delimbing is difficult?
Use a technique that involves feeding the tree as it is being felled. This will make delimbing easier as the weight of the tree will push it through the head. This way you can make the first one log before the top of the tree hits the ground. Of course, this requires some experience, but it can be mastered in no time.
When feeding and crosscutting, it is important to keep the head as close to the ground as possible and be careful that stones do not damage the feed rollers.
In addition, to increase delimbing efficiency, you can rotate the boom in the feeding direction, especially when the tree has many branches. In the case of computers, it is also possible to program over-length, which makes it easier to start feeding the next log.
In turn, to save time during crosscutting, instead of operating the boom, it is worth leaning the log against the ground to prevent splitting the wood.
What should be avoided?
First of all, lifting the head too high when the top of the tree falls to the ground, due to the risk of too much tension in the boom and breaking the wood.
In conclusion, the key to successful limbing and crosscutting is, above all, the right technique. There is no better way to master these skills than practice.