Advantages A very effective tool in the right hands.
Disadvantages Doesn't bear thinking about. I've seen the results.
And the first question is, why am I writing this at 4.30 in the morning? Am I up late, or up early? You decide.And the second question is, why do I bother writing in the gardening section at all? After all, despite gardening being the (allegedly) most popular pastime in the UK, my gardening ops attract on average barely 50% of the reads I can elicit on any other subject.
But here I go again, because this is what I do and love.
Firstly, may I just point out that after the motor car, the chainsaw is the most lethal weapon you are ever likely to possess.As a landscape contractor, I had to undergo two days of intensive training, followed by a stringent test, before being certificated to operate a chainsaw. Most hire companies these days, having fallen foul of, or having due regard for, Health and Safety legislation, will not hire chainsaws to members of the public.
My Public Liability insurance specifically excludes use of chainsaws, which have to be insured separately.But you can go to your nearest DIY store and buy one. Strange.
When you buy your saw, do you also buy the combination safety helmet (with face shield and ear defenders)? At around £35? Do you buy the mandatory protective shin-high footwear, at around £170? Do you buy the right gloves, with the Kevlar filling on the back of the left hand, in case of kick-back? (£40). Do you even know what kick-back is? I do. I have the scar to prove it. If I hadn’t been wearing my £160 protective leggings, I’d have lost a leg.
Got a big tree to remove? Maybe you’ll need a 50cc with a 28 inch bar. But only if you have invested in wedges and a breaking bar, and know the basics of directional felling.Sorry, I know I’m being a bit obscure here. Deliberately so. I’ve had too many calls at odd hours of day and night from people who’ve hired a chainsaw and got into difficulties.
Cars require licences. So do shotguns. I fail to understand why such a lethal piece of kit can be bought by anyone over the counter.
1. If you must buy a chainsaw, don’t buy a Stihl. Buy a little electric one. Because you are limited by the range of the cable, and the minimal power of the saw, you will probably only maim yourself, and friends/family/passers-by/the dog will be relatively safe.
2. If you are suitably trained, still don’t buy a Stihl. There are far better professional saws on the market.
3. Every tree is bigger than it looks, and falls further than you think it will.
4. This is one situation where I cannot in all honesty recommend DIY.
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