Weather Window Treework

The early AM temps still hover in the 31-degree range, but with clear skies and dry weather the afternoons have shot up to shirt-sleeve temps – almost 70-degerees yesterday, so we attacked the plum trees, or at least the most egregious one that was reaching up into the power-lines.
I got out the Stilh semi-pro Kombi tool-motor, the chainsaw-on-a-stick part, and the shaft extension – and joined them all together. It got longer and heavier but the balance was not too bad.
All together the motor (model KM 90 R – 10lbs), the pole-cutting saw (model HT-KM – 4lbs), and the 37″ shaft extension (a couple? pounds) combined to weigh-in at around sixteen lbs. total with juice in it, and it is 10-feet, six-inches long.
The motivating power of the KM-90 R motor displaces just 28.4cc’s and puts out a petulant 1-and-a-quarter+ hp, but it ripped through 3-inch branches with ease and we rapidly had a pile of “waterspouts” and other branches ready and loaded to make a dump-run. Also it was a workout. After being cooped-up all winter I was feeling in my shoulders, biceps and triceps- also the radius and the ulna and lower fore-arm where leverage goes to work… Phew!
So two more plums and a crepe-myrtle tree to go – as weather allows. Rain coming Thursday.

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7 thoughts on “Weather Window Treework

  1. I had been thinking about getting one of these, but I may have to rethink that. Not sure I can handle that weight for any length of time… even with all the circuit training I’ve been doing!

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  2. An important point with your system is balance. Having that engine counterbalancing the chainsaw end should help.
    I just got a Worx 309, 8A, 10″, and all the weight is hung at the end. It’s 10 lbs. Mostly I use it in it’s shortest pole length, and still find myself having to back down the ladder so I can reach the trigger. Wish it had a double extension, so it could be shorter. I end up taking the chainsaw off the extension half the time, and just stay up close to the tree. This has one big problem for me, which is dropping branches on my head. I’m wearing a construction helmet, which helps. Goggles are a must! Especially when doing overhead cutting. Most everything the chain rips it throws down at you.
    It needs a quicker mount/unmount design for the extension arm. You don’t need tools, but it’s a little awkward to get it engaged, and then running that long screw through the normal grip area to make it clamp is time consuming.

    A noticeable problem with the motor at the chain location is that quite often you can’t see what the chain is doing, since the motor housing blocks your vision. On sizeable branches, you end up cutting on them totally blind, not knowing how far you have cut into it until you disengage the saw and move it away. This is especially true when you have to cut at an angle, due to ladder location and clearance factors.
    Cuts fast!

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