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Bramble

use a chain saw?

i'm going to have some trees to clear. mostly on the small to medium side from the looks of it. what would be a good lightweight but still easy to use chain saw. also, i've never used one, how does one go about it without say, losing a foot? lol
Jim

I use a chain regulary and would not recomend anyone to use one without first doing a course or failing that working alongside someone who does.
They can be a very dangerous piece of kit and to try to explain how safely to use one in written words would be difficult
Im not trying to put the dampers on you doing it  yourself but ive seen a few accidents happen with one
Bramble

thank you, i'll see if one of the hardware stores offers a class then.
Justme

Get some protective kits first followed by a training course. Then consider which saw you want. The big names are good & will last plus are worth repairing but if its a one off a cheaper one would do the job. I use mine a fair bit & both are cheep makes. Oh  learn how to sharpen the chain, you are much safer with a good sharp chain.

Justme
Bramble

thank you! i think i would mostly be for a one time project but since we'll be in the boonies in an area prone to tornado and ice storms, it may be nice to have one on hand as well just in case a tree falls across our drive and we need to get out or something.
dan

and make sure you know how to tension it correctly  
Bramble

if i weren't so determined to work my own land y'all are making me want to hire someone LOL
dtalbot

Just trying to keep you in one piece! Like others have said a chainsaw is a seriously dangerous bit of kit if not used properly so proper training and the best safety kit you can get is a must!
Bramble

no i appreciate it! i just get overwhelmed by technology sometimes (which is part of why i want off the grid in the first place   )
Taffy

Re: use a chain saw?

Bramble wrote:
i'm going to have some trees to clear. mostly on the small to medium side from the looks of it. what would be a good lightweight but still easy to use chain saw. also, i've never used one, how does one go about it without say, losing a foot? lol


with care
mogs

i used to use one on a regular basis, 18" chain, clearing fallen wood for landowners on th isl of wight......once you have been taught how to and how not to use one, they are a brill tool......and safety gear is a must.

but always be aware, even if you are trained and have your certificate, things can still happen......i nearly had a mishap when i was doing tree work and there were old staples that the tree had grown over, inside the tree.......they were not visible at all, and gave me a bad jolt from the saw.
wrecked my chain totally, but i had the know how to use the emergency stop.

good luck and happy sawing.....
lilwitedogs

You are braver than I am, Bramble!  I won't touch the things!  And I hide when the OH has the chainsaw out....

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