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Old 10-06-2017, 12:42 PM   #16
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Re: Trimming very high and small branches


I would use a rope chainsaw. Hard part is figuring out a way to get the rope over the branches (toss it, build something capable of launching it, get a good drone that could fly it over...).

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Old 10-06-2017, 04:05 PM   #17
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I would use a rope chainsaw. Hard part is figuring out a way to get the rope over the branches (toss it, build something capable of launching it, get a good drone that could fly it over...).

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I have one of those, and used it a fair amount. The problem is that those are only good for large branches (2" in diameter or more); for smaller branches they bind horribly and are really unusable, and that system doesn't work at all for branches that aren't adjacent to the trunk or large offshoot branch (which is the case with many of mine).

W/regards to throwing - yeah I've done that some; in fact I used a slingshot with a weight and string. It worked really well actually - right up to the point where it got stuck in a branch and I couldn't pull it down and the string broke. So that can work in some circumstances, though won't help me for what I'm looking for here (smaller branches, including ones that aren't adjacent to the trunk)

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Old 10-06-2017, 04:52 PM   #18
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LOL, with you being an engineer I thought you might enjoy building a tree climbing robot, so I Googled "tree climbing robot project" and wow do they have robots. One is pictures with a circular saw blade for coconut harvesting. I used to work at Bell Labs so I know how Geeky engineers can be.

https://www.google.com/search?q=tree...h=501&dpr=1.13

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Old 10-06-2017, 08:41 PM   #19
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Two words - trained squirrels. Re the rope/chainsaw, getting it up there is the problem. I've thought of making some kind of crossbow to launch a line. These are used sometimes to launch a line, which is used to pull a heavier line, etc. Did I see this in an old movie about ships?
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LOL, with you being an engineer I thought you might enjoy building a tree climbing robot, so I Googled "tree climbing robot project" and wow do they have robots. One is pictures with a circular saw blade for coconut harvesting. I used to work at Bell Labs so I know how Geeky engineers can be.

https://www.google.com/search?q=tree...h=501&dpr=1.13

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There you go. That's what I need!

The trained squirrels isn't a bad idea either. Hmmm.

So - here's the view from early this morning. Perhaps can see why I want to enhance / maintain it.



I now have plans for what I'm going to try, and will post results in a couple of weeks (got other stuff going on first). Fingers crossed...
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