As you harvest timbers for your barn project you will inevitably encounter a very dangerous situation in the woods called a Spring Pole. There are videos on youtube that discuss spring poles but most of them approach it by using two different cutting techniques. DO NOT DO THIS! Stay away from spring poles with your chainsaw, it’s like playing Russian roulette with a chainsaw! Bad Idea!

There are two safe methods for dealing with spring poles.

 Method 1. Leave it Alone

The very best method of dealing with a Spring Pole, is to just leave it alone and let nature take it’s course. Eventually the spring pole will either die, get releasd by the wind, or except the form it is in and grow into that shape. Either way the tension will be released and it will no longer be a hazard.  A spring pole under tension is really only a danger to someone who has intentionally released the tension, either with a chainsaw or heavy equiptment.

 

Method 2. Pull the Trigger

The trigger is the tree that is holding the spring pole under tension. You can very safely pull the tree that has fallen on the spring pole off it, releasing the tension. I demonstrate how to do that in the video above. You want to make sure you are well out of the way. Out of the danger zone, use a long chain, hooked to the farthest point away from the spring pole. Then just simply pull the tree off and away from the spring pole.

Remeber! This is still dangerous! Do your best to keep yourself as far away from the spring pole as you possibly can.

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