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Cutting up branches

using miter saw to cut firewood

Our chainsaw stopped working halfway through cutting up some branches.

I finished this pile with the miter saw, which turned out to be easier since I didn't have to worry about the chain meeting the dirt.

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I do this often. Keep a four foot 2x2 around. One end against a log the other to the ground pushed down by your foot. This will create a brace that will keep odd sized branches from kicking back/up and getting stuck.
Comment by jim Sun Feb 23 22:12:12 2014

LOVE the idea since I don't trust my girlie strength with a chain saw. THANKS!!!

Peace, Terry

Comment by Terry Mon Feb 24 13:02:52 2014

Thanks for that tip on help holding the branch firmly.


The piece being cut needs to be stationary. If not physics will take over and the motion of the blade will send one of the pieces flying in an unknown direction.

Comment by mark Mon Feb 24 16:42:31 2014

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