I've cut a good bit of cedar over the years. I did'nt use the push-button veg-o-matic machines TT has.
Just the old-fashioned methods.
Hey one thing I can tell you, when I log cedar I sure don't feel like I have any log-o-matic machinery.
I also milled with a manual mill for the first 3 years too. I did my share of nut-busting I promise you, and as anyone with a hydraulic mill will tell you, there are times you still have to get down in the trenches and do battle with a stubborn log.
There's just a few things that stand out about felling cedar. . . . the first/second/third trees simply lean over and hang up.
You haven't lived until you log in a thicket of Bois D' Arc all clumped together. You can forget about "felling". In fact when I go to log any I tell my wife "Honey I am going to go lean some bodark."
Where I get it, they grow so close together and are so thick, you have to start on the outside and work your way in to ones you want, so you have to fell ones you don't want. Trying to take down a big bodark in the middle of the thicket is highly impractical and certainly dangerous.
On the cedar, it's much the same way but even big wet cedar is so light compared to big hardwood that the skidsteer will drag/push the butt with ease. On a big bodark that's hung up, I don't even consider using the skidsteer. You get caught on the tree and it will throw the little 6500 pound skidsteer like it's a toy Tonka truck.
clod that is good advice you gave though. I can relate to finding the limbs on the bottom. A tip that will make it easier on you. Do you limb as far up as you can reach first? I do. I know you aren't suppose to use a saw above chest high but I limb as far up the tree as my blade will reach. Saves a whole lot of work. Especially if you use a 28" bar for that part, you can limb a good portion of the sawlog itself, drop the tree, grab the limbing saw and when you are done the log will roll over much easier because you got the big heavy limbs off before you even dropped the tree. I do not use this method on hardwood trees too dangerous. Cedar is a piece of cake though usually.