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    for those building/maintaining trails with a lot of leaf litter, a gas-powered leaf blower is the right tool for the job to clear tread fast.
    Also, this is the MOOTS trail builder's machine right here, although the Xtracycle is obviously a workhorse, too.
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    Never happier than out with the loppers and saw, trimming, lopping clearing. It gives you a totally different sense of the trail; restorative on so many levels.

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    Recent trash clean up day on one of my favorite trails: Don Valley in Toronto

    We were a crew of 10 and each of us hauled 5 to 10 bags each from just one small section of forest

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    I'm the "Trail Builder Guy" in our small town. I was able to build 2.7 KM of singletrack last year, with $3000, by myself. This year, I fund raised and wrote grant apps and have $10,000 to spend this year. Trying to generate more volunteers, and 4 KM more trail.
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    Got a new tool for the trails.
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    The older I get, the faster I was.....

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    Good on you for being proactive to secure funding to build more trails! Now about your new tool for the trails: What the heck is it?
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    Got a new tool for the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Good on you for being proactive to secure funding to build more trails! Now about your new tool for the trails: What the heck is it?
    Thanks. It is a 24" Brush Mower that can cut anything up to 2" in diameter. It is self-propelled, and can also cut any tall grasses and left-behind root balls. The new sections of trail are along a creek and I have to cut through large stretches of Thistle, native grasses, and saplings that were cut down by beavers.... It will also be used to do a quick mow down of any over-growth along existing trails.
    The older I get, the faster I was.....

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    We have done tons of work in the last 15 years or so. Bridges are one specialty. I am a structural engineer so if you need some professional help let me know. No, I don't want your money.

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    Re: Trail Maintenance Passion Thread

    Ive gotten to where i enjoy building & maintenance almost as much as riding. If conditions are too bad to ride you'll find me out in the park with some kind of cutting or digging tool or flagging in something.

    This day was 13 degrees f with a 30 mph wind. I was flagging new trail in the snow. My girlfriend wants to have me committed

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    No moss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghglenn View Post
    Thanks. It is a 24" Brush Mower that can cut anything up to 2" in diameter. It is self-propelled, and can also cut any tall grasses and left-behind root balls. The new sections of trail are along a creek and I have to cut through large stretches of Thistle, native grasses, and saplings that were cut down by beavers.... It will also be used to do a quick mow down of any over-growth along existing trails.
    I was wondering, but it is kind of what it looks like - a walk behind bush hog (as opposed to tractor pulled). Pretty Cool.

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    I'm bumping this really old thread to hopefully revive it. I'll put some pictures in here soon.
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    D'oh! We thought the upward pressure would prevent the tree from binding. Had to undercut it with a second saw.

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    I would say there was quite a bit of spring-back once the top was cut off.
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    YACK!! Whoa, those scare me and I try to figure a way to cut and get it horizontal first. I hate cutting above my head.

    I always travel with a wedge now days just for that reason. I cut and hammer a wedge in just in case. I use one of those plastic wedge like these.

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    I can't remember a ride I've done where there wasn't some sort of trail maintenance involved. Whether it's as simple as pulling downed branches out of the way or rolling a rock or two into place to "fix" a problem I ALWAYS do something to make conditions better.

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    Been doing a lot of cutting now that spring is here. Thawed ground & high winds = lots of downed trees. Why is it always the top that falls on the trail? Been getting some good ideas for new trails at a State Park Ive been riding a lot more recently. Gotta get in touch with the steward there & bounce some ideas off of him

    One would add a switchback section to replace a dirt (mud) road climb, the other would be a good way to get back to the main trailhead. Its a killer trail on the way out but riding it backwards to the lot sucks. The other options are pavement and powerline, which also suck.
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    Agree'd, yes. Totally true.

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