This was probably the worst lightning struck tree I've seen still standing. They brought me up from about 90min south to do it for them. I was worried but not too worried until I made the first cut. My plan was to cut a hole in the canopy so I could remove the tree top down, trying to maintain some kind of weight balance. Normally I work my way up with the grapple saw. I grabbed the first piece for the cut and the entire canopy rotated and the trunk opened up a little. I actually let go. I thought it was coming over. It was absolute pucker factor. Took me about 5 hours to brush it out. Much slower than usual. I had to use precision cuts and be super gentle when grabbing and cutting. We got it down to a pole and when we were half way through the cut on the first log pic, the entire trunk opened up. I had considered strapping the trunk before we even started but it wasn't my job so I just rolled with it. After the trunk split I got a mandatory lunch break because I was stuck. Noting to do but wait for some ratchet straps. The rest of the trunk went well. All the trunk pieces fell apart when we took the slings off them. It was the most stressful tree I've done yet. Initially they thought 2 stick cranes. One for the climber and one for the picks. The climber/safety guy took a look and said no way so they called me. I wish I had this one on video for my promo video. There was not a safer way to remove this tree. The grapplesaw crane was THE solution. Like I've said, no method is the only way to do tree work. Stick cranes have their advantages and so do the grapplesaw cranes. This was one of those situations where the decision to abandon using a stick was the rite choice. The company I worked for is a very reputable company who has been in business for a long time and a sizable operation. Very professional and very skilled. In hindsight the straps prior to the beginning of work would have been the rite choice. In the future I'll go with my gut and insist.