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My nemisis the dreaded silver maple

Dirty Water

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Redmond, WA
Luke in Nebraska said:
Does anyone use anything other than an ax and shovel for tree root problems? Will ruin a chain saw in about five seconds flat. Duller than dirt is not just an expression.
Dewalt SawZaw or chainsaw.

But for the most part, cutting roots kills tree's, so I go under them.
 

PurpHaze

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Visalia, CA
JonHolland said:
Dewalt SawZaw or chainsaw.

But for the most part, cutting roots kills tree's, so I go under them.
Ditto here. Each crew member carries a DeWalt (with extra battery) and we always have plenty Lennox "fire and rescue" blades that do the trick quite well. We have countless areas where trees were planted too close to irrigation lines and the consequences are broken/pinched pipes.

When I design a new system I always take into account where the trees are already located and avoid them. When I design an area where trees might be planted in the future I horseshoe the piping in the area along the edges instead of running pipe down the middle. In fact, I have to go out to a site this morning and "witch" for existing QCV lines. They're planting 75 trees today and my witching markings tell them whether it's OK to plant a tree in a specific spot or whether it has to be moved. Cuts down on a lot of system repairs. :cool2:
 
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