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Old 10-24-2012, 09:03 PM
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Root Saw?

Hey gentlemen.
been getting into a lot of roots recently. some over 3" diameter. Terrible.
wondering which product is best for removing these? Sawz all? Manual root saw?
any input appreciated
thanks alot
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:50 AM
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A sharp axe or hatchet, even a pickaxe with a blade on one side... sawing into the dirt looks bad, anytime... a sharp edge cuts quickly and cleanly with minimal stress on the plant they're attached to...
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:52 AM
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They make carbide tipped sawzall demolition blades that will hold up in dirt pretty well.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:52 AM
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They make carbide tipped sawzall demolition blades that will hold up in dirt pretty well.
I would use a sawzall. Those blades are cheaper then a chain saw chain.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:32 PM
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They make carbide tipped saw chain too, but it is wicked expensive, and while the chain will stay sharp cutting in the dirt, it will probably ruin your bar pretty fast.

The biggest problem with a sawzall is that demolition blades are coarse, but still not coarse enough for green wood, and the pruning blades will get dull really fast in dirt.

Anyway, I'd rather be replacing dull sawzall blades after half an hour of cutting, than sharpening my ax all day long.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:38 PM
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Just use a maddock and some elbow grease. No need to use any power equipment on anything 3 inches.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:34 AM
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Just use a maddock and some elbow grease. No need to use any power equipment on anything 3 inches.
Definately makes a person wonder...

Jamming saw blades into the dirt for a 3" root, is like using a jackhammer to scrape ice off the sidewalk...
Do LCOs ever stop to think how they look to the neighborhood when they are running a blade into the dirt???

Everywhere I work I have access to a water hose with adequate pressure and volume to wash away the soil around the root and make a clean cut for whatever I use... I seen threads entitled "Why no Respect for the Profession" at various times on these forums and I think this thread revealed some reasons for it...
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:51 PM
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Why are you cutting roots?
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:56 AM
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Why are you cutting roots?
I would take a guess and say working in an area where very old shrubs used to be. Or, planting new material on a property that has lots of tress on it.

I've run into this plenty of times. You could be 20 feet out from a tree and be planting something and hit enough roots while digging the hole to really get irritated.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:02 AM
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I use a maddock and a cheap sacrificial axe. I also have an official Boy Scout hatchet I'll use for tighter spaces like when I'm removing shrubs near foundations.
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