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LEE

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2014, 03:00:20 pm »
Call these guys in.

Impressive stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tTs4MA0uXM
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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2014, 03:07:55 pm »
You do get injuries from chainsaws, but most fatalities are caused by the trees and branches.
http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/resources/casestudies.htm
A major contributory factor is poor chain sharpening. Unless the chain is sharpened well and symmetrically, it's impossible to get the cuts to meet up in the correct place to produce a safe hinge.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2014, 03:10:11 pm »
Chainsaws strike me as possibly one of the most fun and satisfying tools on the planet..but with the potential to make you think "I wish I hadn't done that" more than most other tools.

I've cut my finger on a handsaw blade countless times but I've yet to figure out how to completely chop my leg off with one.

They are incredibly noisy, vibrate hard enough to cause nerve damage and when you make a mistake it is not good. A bit like motorbikes, I guess.  I've met someone who got a chainsaw embedded in his skull (his fault). It was sobering.

Really sharp pruning saws also need caution. They can sever a tendon in one swipe. However they don't jump out of wood and try to decapitate you by themselves, unlike a chainsaw.

For a really fun tool, give me an axe or an adze any day.
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caerau

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2014, 03:40:29 pm »
Hmm, I took down three laurels that my nice tenant had left to grow without pruning for 3 years using a chainsaw I bought from Aldi/Lidl for £40. 


I definitely wouldn't have fancied that job with anything else. 


Agreed, they are potential maiming/deadly dangerous but it's not *that* hard to use them sensibly if you've got a brain.


Ours eventually got nicked by thieving tea leafs from our greenhouse.  I've always rather hoped they tried something stupid with it but I expect they just fenced it.
It's a reverse Elvis thing.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2014, 09:57:35 pm »
While I took down half a dozen 25 foot sycamores with a Wickes bow saw, and wouldn't have seen a need for anything else.

Got a palm in the corner of the garden that really ought to come down as it's only a couple of feet from the neighbour's house, and I'm not convinced hand tools are wrong for that even though the trunk's about 18 inches across - but I'm not convinced I'm the right person to do it.

Like Charlotte, I'd really fancy a chainsaw - but I know damn well it would be for shits and giggles rather than anything else, and I'd start with a decent course.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2014, 06:50:01 am »
Palm trees can be worth money!  Someone might do the job for nowt!!
Sic transit and all that..

Wowbagger

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2014, 08:30:24 am »
I have a number of hilarious anecdotes about my late father and his chain saw. I am reasonably sure that I have recounted at least one of them on these pages.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2014, 11:57:39 am »
Palm trees can be worth money!  Someone might do the job for nowt!!

In That London?

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2014, 12:21:57 pm »
Palm trees can be worth money!  Someone might do the job for nowt!!

In That London?

London, England? 
Sic transit and all that..

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2014, 12:29:20 pm »
Palm trees can be worth money!  Someone might do the job for nowt!!

In That London?

London, England?

London, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, The World.

Zipperhead

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2014, 02:28:19 pm »
Chainsaw? Why mess around with toys. What you want is one of these...

http://youtu.be/LYKg0gbRFns

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Mr Larrington

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2014, 03:00:48 pm »
iW00t!

And I bet Peter Stormare does too.
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caerau

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2014, 03:45:41 pm »
Chainsaw? Why mess around with toys. What you want is one of these...

http://youtu.be/LYKg0gbRFns

a tree nommer


I think they're on offer at Lidl next week
It's a reverse Elvis thing.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2014, 03:53:44 pm »
Palm trees can be worth money!  Someone might do the job for nowt!!

In That London?

London, England?

London, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, The World.

The World, The Solar System? Or the one in my parallel universe where the sky is a much nicer colour?
Sic transit and all that..

Jaded

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2014, 04:01:50 pm »
Chainsaw? Why mess around with toys. What you want is one of these...

http://youtu.be/LYKg0gbRFns

a tree nommer


Imagine using that on a line-up of Ukip MEPs!
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2014, 04:05:11 pm »
Palm trees can be worth money!  Someone might do the job for nowt!!

In That London?

London, England?

London, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, The World.

The World, The Solar System? Or the one in my parallel universe where the sky is a much nicer colour?

I'll go for your universe, as long as the sky's a *really* nice colour.

contango

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2014, 08:55:25 pm »
Ive just ruined a pair of 'lopers taking out the lower ranches of a laurel hedge row.

I've now go to do the upper branches, some of which are 1-2 inches in diameter. Should I:

a) buy another pair of 'lopers and stand on a ladder, cost about 25 quid

b) buy one of those telescopic tree pruner things with the string you pull to work the blade, cost about 25 quid,

c) BUY A LONG REACH PETROL CHAINSAW ON EBAY FOR 75 QUID!!!

Yeah, I know STHIL kit costs x00s but its gotta be worth a punt, donchathink?

I took out a couple of fir trees using secateurs for the thinner branches and a wolfsaw for the larger ones. For the higher branches I used the wolfsaw with an extension bar that meant I could cut branches up to about 10-12 feet off the ground.

I'd recommend wearing eye protection, even if only to protect yourself from falling sawdust. As someone already said you have to be looking upwards to see what you're doing. Also be aware of just how big the branch you're cutting is. I nearly took out my shed when a branch turned out to be much bigger than I realised and, just to make life interesting, swung in a way totally unlike what I expected.
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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2014, 09:13:38 pm »
depends how long the hedge is as to whether you need motorised gear or not, most loppers, pruners you'd pck up in B&Q,garden centre place  have a maximum diameter cut of 1.5 to 2 inches,  if I was doing it I'd probable use my general purpose saw from B&Q chip as chips and comes complete with vicious teeth, it's what I use to do most of my tree pruning with, long handled loppers are ok but not for long periods of use they do bugger your back up, chainsaw and ladders are a big no no, don't even go there talking from a nptc point of view. long reach multi purpose gadgets are ok and nout wrong with 2 stoke, all my kit apart from the mowers and rotavator are 2 stoke no problems, I'm about to do a hedge nearly 400 metres long I will be using my 2 stroke hedge cutter and a scaffold tower should take about 12 hours including clearing up, nice little earner ;)

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2014, 01:08:11 pm »
Chainsaw? Why mess around with toys. What you want is one of these...

http://youtu.be/LYKg0gbRFns

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Like Dremel, then.
Only bigger.

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2014, 03:41:20 pm »
Pruning saw, a good one.

bahco laplander will do the job, quicker and lighter than a chainsaw for 2" branches.

+1

They are amazingly sharp are bahco blades.

If you buy a chainsaw for working in awkward places you'll want kevlar trousers.  In the case of chainsaws if you don't observe h&s rules you may not have a leg to stand on if anything goes wrong.  I got a proper tree-surgeon to do my trees; he says you'll never see an old tree surgeon.

And yes, 2-stroke chainsaws are a pig.

I've just got a Bahco Laplander and it's one of one bits of kit that's so useful you wonder how you've managed all these years without one.

I disagree about 2 stroke chainsaws being yeah work of stan.  As long as you know how to look after them they're the most reliable and simple power tools going, although they do need some investment in training.  Having said that I've just got one of the new auto tune Husqvarnas.  It performs amazingly and uses about half the fuel my old 357xp got through, but I wouldn't have a clue how to fix the carburetion if it went wrong...

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2014, 04:27:51 pm »
I was about to buy a chainsaw. A friend gave me a "how to use a chainsaw" dvd

In the early part it says "always work with someone so they can call for help/ambulance"

I shelved the idea of buying a chainsaw!

Kim

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Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2014, 04:35:31 pm »
I was about to buy a chainsaw. A friend gave me a "how to use a chainsaw" dvd

I wonder if Klaus the forklift truck driver feels like branching out...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #47 on: September 25, 2020, 08:16:01 pm »
Hmmmm. Hopefully the chain brake was working on this one:



Video:

https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1309287499194404866?s=20


Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #48 on: September 25, 2020, 08:19:32 pm »
Hmmmm. Hopefully the chain brake was working on this one:



Video:

https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1309287499194404866?s=20
Also, see the 'Never in a million years'  thread in the other pics file. :)

Re: To chainsaw , or not to chainsaw, that is the question...
« Reply #49 on: September 28, 2020, 12:10:41 pm »
There has been amazing progress with electric chainsaws in the last couple of years.
A mate who has done some work for us (he's a tree surgeon) has a couple and loves them.
Most importantly for us is that they are so quiet!

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