Tried to cut some dead trees down for firewood yesterday,in advance of the "Nor'easter" that came today,with 60mph winds..(I should build a friggin windmill--been windy enough here to make enough free power for a month!)..between that and the flooding rains here the past 3 weeks (14+ inches! ) we have not had a very good fall..didn't have much foliage to speak of..all the trees stayed green right up until the end,and our maples that are usually brilliant reds and oranges turned a sickly yellow..now 90% of the leaves are blocking the sewers and causing flooding! so much for leaf peeping this year... After I cut one tree,it started falling the wrong way(of course! )and it got hung up in some other trees..had to use a rope and my truck to pull it down!..it was fun,but I was afraid the rope would snap(only 5/8 manilla old crappy 50' rope I had)..but it did the job,and though the tree came crashing down on my flatbed/crane trailer,it missed the winch by an few inches,and it was all rotten and dead,so no real damage done.. But I almost cause a LOT of damage,trying to get another cherry tree about 10" in diameter down..I wasted a half hour playing cowboy,trying to toss the rope 30' up and over the tree by using a 4" hunk of square tubing as a weight!..I got it hung up on several small branches--once I got it stuck,and couldn't pull it down by hand..no biggie,I'll just get in my truck,and pull foreward until it comes loose,right??.. Well---it came lose allright!..I was not in the "line of fire",my truck was off to one side,and I was using other trees as a "snatch block" to make up for the "offset"...I drove foreward 50'--still wouldn't budge!..55 feet,and the tree was bending and cracking!--and the rope and weight were only snagged on a 1" branch! -- I pull up another 10',thinking "that rope HAS to snap pretty soon,or that branch is gonna go,one or the other"...no sooner did I say that to myself,I hear SNAP!!--WING-A LING-ALING!...and I watch the steel tubing counterweight fly out from under my truck,and the rope is still attached--then it cracks like a whip,and the tubing goes flying 50 more feet out into the street--just as 3 cars come speeding down the street,and it tumbles right in front of them! - -I don't know how,but all of them missed it--I was expceting to hear "POP--HISSSS---TIRES GOING FLAT---SCCRREEECH--BANG-CRASH--BREAKING GLASS SOUNDS--SCREAMING!!!!--but I was lucky--no one ran it over- ..I think I stopped breathing for a moment! I started breathing again,and ran out in the street and retrieved my tubing.. --and I decided I'd better put the rope away ,and cut up the trees I already had down instead.....and try again later in the week..maybe with a bigger rope this time.. I hope my truck doesen't end up crushed by a tree,or have a missle shot at it like yesterday..this cherry tree is gonna be a beotch..its hung up in another tree,and its right over my fence..one false move,and the fence is toast.. another dead one 60" high behind the fence too,that could fall in my neighbors yard if I dont pull it over the right way.. got at least 2 others I have to take down too,that are in a cluster of other trees, --should prove to be interesting..