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Which 'able can I use to launch a rope into a tree?

I recently cut down a tree for the first time, and though nothing damaged and nobody got hurt, it fell in the exact opposite direction that we wanted it to. Part of the reason this happened was because we decided not to tie a rope to the tree, partly because it was very, very difficult to get the rip UP INTO the tree (by tying a hammer to it, and throwing). I saw the net gun 'able, and got me thinking, there's got to be a way to launch a single rope, maybe 30' or 40' up, with some sort of weight on the end, into the top of a tree. It would need a weight heavy enough to drop the end of the rope back down to the ground, in order to tie the proper knot on it, to secure the rope to the tree. I suppose fishing line could be used if it's not strong enough to launch rope, and the rope can be tied onto the line and pulled over. So is there an instructible I should use, or which one should I modify? I have compressed air and proper tools, but I'm not engineering-minded enough to come up with my own (nor do I have the time and money for repeated trial and error).

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purduecer8 years ago
you could probably beef up this a bit and it would suit your needs.
KentsOkay8 years ago
Get a bow and arrow, tie a lightweight sting to the end of the arrow, point shoot. Tie rope to string, pull. I've done it many times. Also, CHicken has a point.
That's probably the best way, with a bow and arrow. If you want to get fancy, check out how a spear gun works (specifically, how the rope is coiled). That, combined with the net gun instructable, could be what you're looking for.
Chicken22098 years ago
when you cut trees, you cut a wedge into them that way they fall the way you want. :D
oakback (author)  Chicken22098 years ago
I did. The weight of the branches pulled the tree over the back cut, and it stopped at an angle, just hanging there. It was very nerve racking. My brother eventually got tired of waiting and hacked at it with an axe until it fell. Not my preferred method, but like I said, no damage was done.
well than Id also suggest cutting at a steep angle that way it acts as an inclined plane and will fall in the main direction, for safety reasons, cut towards the soil if doing this
Even that doesn't always work as you expect. The mass distribution of a tree is not uniform, or necessarily balanced. If you're cutting down a tree in a crowded area, it can catch on neighboring trees on the way down and change direction. You should always use guy lines for control, as Oakback is asking.
sorry, I just skimmed the writing, I didnt know how big of trees we were talking about, yeah, use guide wires
kelseymh8 years ago
Have you searched professional tree-trimming or lumberjack sites/resources? Seeing what the professionals use might give you some inspriation for a simpler/cheaper DIY version.
oakback (author)  kelseymh8 years ago
The professionals use tree spikes to climb into a tree, and cut of segments. They also tie ropes where they need them while up there, or tie ropes around segments and lower them down. I don't have tree spikes, or the gumption to use them.