Lucky escape

Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:43 pm

Some years ago on the farm I employed a very experienced Komatsu (185) operator to dig out some mighty bluegum trees. For some reason he took this one a little less serious, the result. Thankfully he escaped with his life.

Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:04 pm

Thank the Lord it was only iron that got bent and not flesh.


Wed Jan 25, 2006 6:17 pm

I did noy know what a Bluegum tree was.So I had to goggle it.Why it's one of them Eucalyptus trees.The article said it's a "Very problem tree?" invasive and greedy, :roll: takes up alot of room.Brittle wood. I thought John Wayne was riding on that crawler in "The Fighting Seabees". :lol: :lol:

Wed Jan 25, 2006 7:00 pm

Look like alot of BAD day :x :x . I know I would thanks GOD then go change my underwear.

Wed Jan 25, 2006 7:48 pm

that was a lucky escape :!:

:lol: :lol: :lol: Jeff :lol:

Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:27 pm

Before the days of ROPs on crawlers they built a railroad across our farm. One of the Cat drivers was dozing out a large elm when it deicded to tkae it's revenge. It fell lengthwise of the cat. The operator jumped clear jsut in time, but it did a real number on the Cat. Been many years, but I think it was a D8 or D9. early 60s.

Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:47 am


Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:26 pm

beaconlight wrote:Thank the Lord it was only iron that got bent and not flesh.


Yes it was his lucky day, it certainly shook him up.

RedNed, Google has it right, Bluegums are a pain in the butt. Quite dangerous to be around also, limbs break off for no good reason. People still grow them tho. To each his own. :D

Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:01 pm

We have a tree that is used an an ornamental here in NE USA. Sweet Gum, cut a branch 1/4 the way through and it breaks off. my son & I took one down for my grandmother and got the suprise of our life. Just touched the chainsaw to a substancial limb and it was on the ground. we did some for customers from time to time and they were worse than a tree 3 times their size as for danger.


Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:54 pm

Seems like any gum related tree breaks at the drop of a hat.

Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:20 am

How would that compare to a black gum tree? Years ago I made the mistake of cutting down a black gum tree for firewood. It was mostly the trunk and I don't remember any brittleness. The main thing I remember is that I couldn't split it! Back then I had to split by hand and I finally gave up on it. I let it lay out for a couple of years and get half decayed and then burnt it with lackluster results.

Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:03 am

:shock: :shock: Eucalyptus or Gum trees are what we call around here self pruning. I had one about 70 ft tall in our back yard. Our granddaughter was playing out there about 6 months ago and my wife called her in for lunch. Not too long after she came in the house we heard a loud crash. Went outside and there was an 8" diameter branch lying on the ground were she was playing. The tree is now down, cut, split and stacked for next years firewood.

Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:21 am

Hi Brent I rember when you first posted that us operaters take chanses thats why we (hopefully) get paid the big bucks but having somthing like that happen to a kid really scary. I have a bunch of willows I will not walk under them when the wind is blowing. I call them widow makers.