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Old 07-07-2024, 07:03 AM   #1
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Default Chainsaw Training

Are there any classes offered in the area that teach chainsaw safety/technique and tree felling?
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Old 07-07-2024, 10:07 AM   #2
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In Keene NH, for $75 on Saturday, July 27 ..... http://www.millhollowworks.org/cours...-tree-felling/ .... 10-am to 5-pm, no experience required
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Possibly UNH offers a basic course: https://extension.unh.edu/event/2023...nce-landowners

Mill Hollow Works in Keene https://millhollowworks.org/courses/...-tree-felling/

There appears to be a few others as well but I'm not sure how current the info is on this particular websites
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Look for youtube videos, and watch more than one, to get various outlooks on the subject, and to weed out any that seem weak on content or sound advice.
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Here's a thread from Hearth.com, the best forum for wood burners, to get you started: https://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...-advice.27548/

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Learn by DOING like 99% of the chainsaw using population…start slow and easy and you’ll get the hang of it (hopefully, it’s not your hand or leg that’s hanging)😳
Get some chaps, gloves and a helmet with face screen and have at it.
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1. Buy your saws from a servicing dealer, not a box store. Some will offer a bit of advice to get you started.
2. But and alwayswear proper safety equipment; chaps, helmet and maybe even some ballistic gloves if your new to chainsaws.
3. Hold the front handle with your thumb opposed and wrapped around the bar, and your forearm fairly straight and locked out.
4. Constantly keep an eye on the top front corner of the bar as this is where kickbacks come from.
5. If the chain feels even a little dull either sharpen or remove it. A dull chain is a dangerous chain and actually if you constantly keep the chain sharp it will last longer.
6. Look for Youtube videos that fully explain spring poles and barber chairing as these are both especially dangerous occurances when felling trees.
7. Definitely buy non-ethanol gas and use the best 2 stroke oil mix you can. Non-ethanol by the way is not available unbtil you are north of Merrimack County, so buy it at the lake for your home down south.

Here is a really good video to get you started; Guilty of Treeson
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That is indeed a good video.
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1. Buy your saws from a servicing dealer, not a box store. Some will offer a bit of advice to get you started.
2. But and alwayswear proper safety equipment; chaps, helmet and maybe even some ballistic gloves if your new to chainsaws.
3. Hold the front handle with your thumb opposed and wrapped around the bar, and your forearm fairly straight and locked out.
4. Constantly keep an eye on the top front corner of the bar as this is where kickbacks come from.
5. If the cahin feelks even a little dull either sharpen or remove it. A dull chain is a dangerous chain and actually if you constantly keep the chain sharp it will last longer.
6. Look for Youtube videos that fully explain spring poles and barber chairing as these are both especially dangerous occurances when felling trees.
7. Definitely buy non-ethanol gas and use the best 2 stroke oil mix you can. Non-ethanol by the way is not available unbtil you are north of Merrimack County, so buy it at the lake for your home.

Here is a really good video to get you started; Guilty of Treeson
All good advice…especially about buying from a dealer with service.
But there is one more thing
“Widowmakers”……….always look up for dead branches before you cut
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All good advice…especially about buying from a dealer with service.

But there is one more thing

“Widowmakers”……….always look up for dead branches before you cut
Good addition, for sure. And never let your bar/chain hit ANYTHING but wood!

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Old 07-09-2024, 03:27 PM   #11
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Great video. Thank you. As opposed to cutting trees down or up for firewood, I do trail maintenance where several trees have blown down and or brought others down and become tangled. The section on tension and compression is especially apropos. A good idea IMHO is to bring a helper/observer to relieve tension/compression, and mostly to stand back 50 feet and be the lifeguard.
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Great video. Thank you. As opposed to cutting trees down or up for firewood, I do trail maintenance where several trees have blown down and or brought others down and become tangled. The section on tension and compression is especially apropos. A good idea IMHO is to bring a helper/observer to relieve tension/compression, and mostly to stand back 50 feet and be the lifeguard.
This spring we did a walk across Helen's Way then down the White Bear trail. We encountered a tangled mess of large downed trees that took a while to bushwhack around. If you dealt with that I give you a lot of credit!

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Helen's Way, I'm told, was cleared by another party. Thank you. A young lady (Bear's sister) with chaps, helmet, mask and an electric chainsaw cleared most of the tangle. Unfortunately, the battery didn't last and there is still one 8" crossbar to remove, but it is an easy duck under. We thank anybody who beats us to this little chore. FYI, there is a dedication plaque at the north end of the trail, next to the WHYC clubhouse. The trail is on WHYC land, and a little bit on ours at the south end.
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Default hand saw vs. gas or electric chain saw

Chain saws and nail guns are the two most dangerous power tools, sending their user to the emergency room.

For $20-25 dollars at your local hardware store there's a double edge, hand held pruning saw that is powered by hand and arm, pushing it back and forth.

The cutting edge with the large teeth is for pine, up to six inches. The other cutting edge with the small teeth is for oak, up to three inches. Cutting through oak takes about ten times longer than cutting pine.

N.H.chainsaw injuries ....www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10517730/ ..... medical photos showing chainsaw injury to someone's foot, close to their big toe ..... ouch! ....

Unless you have a lot of big cutting to do a hand saw will get it done, most of the time. Chain saws are for people who grew up with them and have a lot of experience and protective gear.
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Helen's Way, I'm told, was cleared by another party. Thank you. A young lady (Bear's sister) with chaps, helmet, mask and an electric chainsaw cleared most of the tangle. Unfortunately, the battery didn't last and there is still one 8" crossbar to remove, but it is an easy duck under. We thank anybody who beats us to this little chore. FYI, there is a dedication plaque at the north end of the trail, next to the WHYC clubhouse. The trail is on WHYC land, and a little bit on ours at the south end.
Good going for the young lady. We have walked the trail many times however we never noticed the dedication plaque. Will look for it next time.

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My brother in law and his wife as well as a couple members of the Walsh family did a lot of cutting, clearing and blowing off of the trails earlier this spring. I supplied the tools including electric chainsaw and gas blower.

It’s all good!!

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My brother in law and his wife as well as a couple members of the Walsh family did a lot of cutting, clearing and blowing off of the trails earlier this spring. I supplied the tools including electric chainsaw and gas blower.

It’s all good!!

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May I ask where these trails are please? (Not a hiker nowadays just curious!)
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Never mind…finally figured out its Welch Island…😊
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Arrow Chainsaws Speed Up the Dangers...

Learn what a "widow-maker" is.

(Maybe learned at Camp Wyanoke--exclusively using hatchet and axe).

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