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personally I think topping is more dangerous than felling. when the tree hits the ground it is under strange pressure and stresses that it never was in before. a lot more chainsawing (limbing) also means a better chance for kickback and/or cutting yourself. there are also chances for limbs that you broke loose that are hanging by one fiber that can fall and get you... why the hell do I log anyways?? way too dangerous!! I should have been an accountant!!
I wasn't sure about posting this but if it helps prevent an accident it is the right thing to do. We lost a friend and logger topping a tree in his yard recently. First thing everyone thought a large tree must have fallen on him, wrong. He was cutting a smallish maple from his yard. After felling the tree he was topping the log and left a limb that extended above him. Upon cutting a limb under the log the tree rolled and the extended limb struck him. This guy was a very good logger and had worked around timber for a long time. It only takes one mistake, please think of this when topping.
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