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    Some wood harvesting pics

    Hi Folks

    Just a few pictures of what I've been up to.
    Not strictly woodworking, well it is I guess, but starting out with a tree.

    This is a large macrocarpa cypress tree at a friends farm. They were planted as hedges about 70-80 years ago. They are now a bit big for that and become a hazard, dropping limbs and falling over in storms etc. Fortunately the wood is very nice to work with

    The pictures show before and after, the stump measured 52" and the log was still 31" at 42 feet up. My calcs have about 2500 Bdft of timber in there. The chainsaw in the 2nd to last pic is running a 28" bar, to give an idea of the size of this thing

    I got it bucked into 3 logs today and hopefully we can wrestle them out of the swamp with a 12 ton excavator tomorrow.

    Video of the tree coming down is here.
    A lot of camera shake and wind noise, but the end result is there

    I will post some more pics as we get the logs out and start sawing then up.

    Cheers

    Ian
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    Tad bit of wood there Ian

    What is Cypress like to work?

    Will it just become 2x4 stuff or.........?

    Which Dolmar did you use to bring that bad boy down, at about 52" that is no tiny tree. Is the one next to it coming down too?

    Cheers!
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    Hey Stu

    I thought the logging pics might get your attention

    Probably cut a lot of it into 1x (4-6-8) for furniture I build. Some 2x for the heavier pieces, a few live edge table tops and will do 6x4 landscape timbers from the rougher stuff.

    The cypress is a softwood and you have to use it as such. The wood is hard enough for furniture, but tends to split out if you try and get fancy with the joinery. Works good in heavier pieces or as T&G type panels. The wood finishes up real nice and has good colour.

    Saw is a Dolmar 7900, 80cc with a 28" bar. It's a NICE machine, and really rips into the softwood, but I think I'm going to need a bigger bar on it for some of those trees on the background. They are all coming out eventually so the gully can be re-fenced and planted with some new trees. It's the boundary line between my friends and her neighbours and the fence is pretty well stuffed. No point putting in new fences with trees like that falling on them.
    But we are waiting on a 20ton digger to move the logs

    Cheers

    Ian

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    This is the work in progress in my kitchen, breakfast bar and panelling from the macrocarpa. The bar top is one 2" slab. Give you an idea of what the wood looks like finished anyway.

    Ian
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    Hey Ian, that sure does look nice, and the price, well you can't beat that!

    I've heard so much good and bad stuff about Dolmar, you, I gather, like them?

    Cheers!
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    I've heard so much good and bad stuff about Dolmar, you, I gather, like them?
    I think the saws are VERY good, German built with mostly alloy instead of plastic. I think there were some difficulties with the change from Dolmar to Makita, who now own Dolmar. They dont have the dealer network that Stihl or Husky have, but the saw are at least as good. The 7900 beats any Stihl for power to weight. Bore cutting into that tree was like hot knife in butter.

    Ian

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    Thanks for the info Ian

    So Makita now own Dolmar, does that mean that Makita saws are rebadged Dolmars? That could be cool......

    Most of the problems I'd heard were mainly aimed at the whole dealer net thing, in the US.

    Cheers
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    does that mean that Makita saws are rebadged Dolmars?
    yup, just different coloured.

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    When did all of this happen?

    I've seen some decent looking Makita saws on the auctions, not that old, but not "new" for prices that are WAY lower than the Stihl or Husky saws.

    I'd like to get a smaller saw for cutting up bowl blanks, the Husky 185 is just fine, but a 50cc or so saw would be of use, if I can get it for a fair price.

    Sorry to highjack you thread like this

    Cheers!
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    The Dolmar 5100s is maybe the best 50cc saw out there

    Ian

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