Last week the Power Company shows up and started cutting my trees closest to the Utility wires. This was not a bad thing, as we had a 70-80ft tree leaning over the wires and our driveway. About a year ago, a wind storm uprooted this huge tree, which fell across the driveway and power wires. We called the power company, phone company, and township maintenance. Everyone said to just let it fall. If it takes out the wires, so be it. This was dangerous, as we had to drive under the tree every day, and walk the kids to the bus, under it. But I was told not to try and remove it myself, as I would be liable if it fell on the wires. Only the phone company sent a truck out to check it out. They took one look, and told me to call the power company. Yeah, right. Been there, done that.
After waiting a year, we finally get a knock on the door, and a Electric Company supervisor tells me they are going to remove the leaning tree, and 5 others that are leaning towards the wires.
He wanted to know if I wanted the wood, or should they haul it away. "OF COURSE I WANT THE WOOD", I tell him, "WE HEAT THE HOUSE WITH WOOD and COAL".
As they started cutting, I videoed the removal of the tree leaning over the driveway and wires. They had 3 cherrypickers working on it, at one point. They worked on this tree for 2 1/2 hours the first day, being very carefull about triming the canopy away without having it fall on the wires. When they left, I moved in and bucked up the long stuff, and hauled it back to my growing woodpile, ready to split. The 2nd day, they brought the trunk down piece by piece, then started working on other trees.
To date, I have the wood from 4 nice big & tall Ash. They will continue working on my property until all leaning trees are removed.
Jeez, I'll be splitting wood all summer!
After they moved up the road, I quickly moved in and dug up the root ball. You'll notice, I had my 2 "helpers" pulling out roots as they broke off.
Heres the video clips I took during the time they were removing the leaning tree.
Edit: Re-compressed video.