Watch Mike Teti, from Custom Climber Service, Sellersville, PA, perform a flare-lock cut.
Click here to read the July 2021 TCI Magazine article.
This cut is commonly known as the flare-lock cut. Basically, the chain-saw operator cuts protruding tabs, feet or “bumpers” into the base of the trunk flare that keep the piece from swinging around as it is lifted off the stump. It also lets the operator reposition the boom above the center of gravity of the piece, if needed.