Limbing(Redirected from Delimbing)
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Limbing (also known as "chasing") in logging is the process of removing branches from the trunk of a fallen tree. Options for cutting off the branches include chain saws, harvesters, stroke delimbers and others. Limbing can happen at the stump in log/tree length systems and cut-to-length systems or at the landing in whole-tree logging.
Different definitions for it include:
- One of the larger limbs of a tree.
- An extension or projecting part of a tree.
When the tree is lying on the ground, branches may be storing enormous potential energy through mechanical strain. When a branch is cut, often with a chain saw, this energy can be released suddenly and the branch can jump dangerously. In addition, a branch may be supporting the tree, and the tree can fall or roll when the branch is cut. For these reasons, delimbing is a skilled operation requiring careful safety planning.