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I dropped this dying ash after a pro wanted to charge me $800 to do it. I had to get to fall onto my asphalt drive as there was no place else it could go without hitting my shop or my garage. I had to wedge it a bit and got lucky too. The day was really cold but I was still worried about putting a major divot in the drive so I put two 2 x 12's on end across the drive where I hoped it would land. The plan worked and the 2x's were smashed to bits and didn't leave a mark in the asphalt. My HB pulled the logs with ease back to my splitting spot. Question...how much do you think the 5 x 10 trailer full of wood weighs? Think it approaches 5k or more like 1 ton? My Ridgeline is supposed to pull 5k so wondering if it would handle a few loads like this without much strain.

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Tonyvdb

Some where I read or heard that a cord (128 CF or 4'x4'x8') of oak weights 5,000 lbs, ash being a lighter hard wood would weigh less. It would also make a difference if it was stacked or thrown in the trailer. In any case weight distribution is the key, to much in front of the trailer wheels and you do wheelies to much behind the wheels and no traction. I haul a 5x7 foot trailer and fill it with mixed split hardwood with my 7117 without a problem, although the ground is hard and mostly flat.

Nice job in dropping that tree, doesn't seem to be any reason that someone would charge that much to take down a tree. A couple years ago I had two big oaks real close to the house and were leaning that way removed. I had a guy bring his skidder over and pull on them while I cut them. He charged me 200 and took the first log of each tree.

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Steve72

5k lbs. for a chord of oak---tht's exactly what I was looking for to use as a "rule of thumb" measurement. The pro wanted to use a bucket truck to do the job--bring it down one piece at a time to be safe--so I think that's why he was high.

My HB would pull it on flat ground but could not get it out of the hole the tires had made while I was loading it.

Thanks guys!

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