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Chainsaw decisions

saving the mulberry tree from a failed fence post that was once a walnut tree

how much is too much for a hand saw when it's better to get the chainsaw?
We used a few walnut trees as fence posts almost 6 years ago back when the Mule Garden was the location of our failed orchard nursery.

One of them started falling recently, threatening our new mulberry tree.

It was one of those situations where starting up the chainsaw would be about the same effort as applying some extra elbow grease to the Felco 600 pruning saw. I'm also leery of cutting with a chainsaw in such an awkward and above the shoulder fashion and concluded that the Felco was the safer choice.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have a similar saw that I have been able to bring down pine trees with a 6" diameter. They are great!
Comment by mona Sun Dec 30 17:42:43 2012
That's one of the reasons that I have a battery powered reciprocating saw with a pruning blade.
Comment by Fritz Sun Dec 30 20:27:13 2012

When I saw this video, I was amazed at how quick that two-man crosscut saw went through that log! Of course a chainsaw would be faster but it probably requires a lot more energy.

Another interesting video I came across was a competition between a pole lathe and an power lathe for turning wooden bowls (which I found on Robin Wood's website).

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Jan 2 03:46:34 2013

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