Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: WNY On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:46 am

WNY
 
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: ken On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:50 am

Crazy , glad everybody is ok.
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: envisage On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:07 am

That is so sad! I have had two experiences with cranes in my life. One was used to remove a tree from my home (before I started burning wood), and the other delivered several long pieces of oak to my house to be cut up for firewood. In both cases there were no problems, and it was fascinating to see them in operation. This was very unfortunate, but it seems like it could have been avoided! :-(
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:22 am

I had to correct that cocky gentleman from S.Africa in the comments section! :lol: :D
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:43 pm

"Reliable Crane Company" Oh ya?

I'm glad no one was hurt. I'm wondering though....it says it happened "in slow motion". How come the operator didn't just drop the tree?

You can break any laws you want....except the laws of physics.
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:37 pm

90foot with extension on end, extended OVER the house, about hmmmm 50 feet? Expecting to lift about 20 tons of wood? :fear: He better get a LARGER counterweight :shock: Perfect scenerio for someone to get hurt. Glad everyone was ok. Now the insurance company will be asking questions, law suits will be filed, etc...... :mad:
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: zeeklu On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:19 pm

Hydraulic cranes can't just drop a load. They will only lower as fast as the winch will go.I have worked for tree companys in the past on daily rentals and generally are pretty good at estimating weights.The trouble is if they are wrong you're commited to the pick once the cut is made.I've been a crane operator for about 20 years and sometimes operators bite off more than they can chew.http://wjcasey.com/wjccranes.html Here's me at work. Chris
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:46 pm

zeeklu wrote:The trouble is if they are wrong you're commited to the pick once the cut is made.I've been a crane operator for about 20 years and sometimes operators bite off more than they can chew.

Absolutey. I think they were trying to get it done too fast, and bit off more than they could chew. I've cut trees for 40 years and I tell you, in this situation, hauling it over a house, I would have cut it only a couple feet at a time. Looks like they got cocky after removing the crown.
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Re: Removing a tree so it doesn't damage your house and....oops.

PostBy: rockwood On: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:11 pm

Freddy wrote:How come the operator didn't just drop the tree?

That was my first thought too but after reading what "zeeklu" wrote I think it would tip faster than wench can lower even though they said it was "in slow motion".
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