Tractor vs. tree
I had this tree next to a shed I wanted to get rid of it. I figured this would be a good opportunity to try an experiment: Can I pull this tree out of the ground with my big tractor? What will give? The tractor spinning its wheels, the tree, or the chain?
Next I tried a ratchet strap, rated at 3300 lbs. But to be safe, I doubled it up. I attached it to the chain, which wrapped through the ratchet strap twice, spreading the load over four lengths of chain.
This time, the tractor spun its wheels. I moved the chain further up on the tree trunk and tried again. This time, the tree tipped over.
The tree just broke off at the base. It had been cut down before, so what was there grew out of a much bigger stump, and it broke off where it joined to the stump.
I dragged the tree to the shop where my intention was to cut it up with an electric chainsaw. But looking at it, I realized I wouldn't get much fire wood out of it and there would be a lot of branches to clean up afterwards.
Danger! danger danger danger, "you could have been killed" etc....The video seems to be another one that really brings out the safety nellies on youtube, lots of people mentioning that someone has gotten killed by a snapping chain or strap. I looked some of these up. These typically involve the pulling vehicle taking a run at it, jerking the chain or strap. With the chain becoming taut and snapping in short succession, it still has considerable sideways movement, causing it to wiplash up or to the side. But with a slow pull, the chain was straight and taut before it snapped, which is why it snapped wiplashed directly to the points of attachment, which is what I expected (I gave this some thought ahead of time, knowing the snapping chain could do some harm)
Another source of danger is if the attachment point on the vehicle breaks off in a way that gives it sideways or upwards momentum. The broken off part also becomes a projectile, especially when using a (more stretchy) strap. Stiff steel cables can be dangerous because, being stiff, they can get deflected to the side as they recoil. And another dangerous scenario could be pulling a car out of a deep ditch. If the chain is deflected upwards by the shoulder of the road, even a straight recoil can cause it to hit the cab of either vehicle.
But with a relatively short chain (these accident videos all involved very long straps, chains or cables), and the chain tightened gradually, I would do the same thing again without worry, though, having done this experiment, there's no need to repeat it. My goal was to see what would happen. A chainsaw would, of course, be the way to go if the only goal was to remove the tree.
Anti-deer tree cage
Burning branches and crap (video only)
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