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FITNESS CHORES PT 2: Clearing a Fallen Tree From My Driveway

by Robert Maxwell

 

Choosing to live in the middle of the forest as I have, having to clear the occasional tree is to be expected. That said, I wasn't expecting the huge poplar that recently fell across my driveway, cutting off vehicle access to my house. Something had to be done, and fast. This video shows how I dealt with the problem.

 

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  • #1

    Ray R. (Saturday, 29 September 2018 09:24)

    There's more than just knowing how to do something; It's about knowing how to do things safely!! Noticeably absent from your tree clearing video were SAFETY GLASSES, and Work Gloves. By definition, you are going to have flying particulates, and probably sharp slivers and splinters.
    If you did have your gas powered saw, you would also have needed hearing protection. Don't over-reach to make a cut - rather, move in closer and make sure you have a solid and proper stance (not in line with chain bar); then make your cut. Depending on how the limb/trunk is supported, know when to use a normal cut or an undercut or a wedged cut to prevent pinching the chain and bar. Your chain derailed when it became pinched.
    In addition, if you are going to use a chain saw, you should know how to maintain proper chain tension. (The chain will get warm during use and will stretch and become loose and prone to derailing - tension should be adjusted by moving the chain bar out a bit.)
    You need to let the chain do the work; Keep/Use a sharp chain, and don't force it to cut any faster by applying extra pressure on the bar. Extra pressure will overheat and dull the chain. Don't let the chain touch the ground (@3:28 in your video). It can pick up grit, which will dull the chain and prematurely wear the bar. A properly tensioned and unforced chain will seldom derail (unless it becomes pinched - something a safe, and knowledgeable sawyer would know how to prevent).
    All in all, a real man is still safely standing after the chore is complete, and ready and able to move on to the next task. Know your limitations. Don't be afraid to learn and/or verify safe and proper procedures....

  • #2

    Ray R. (Saturday, 29 September 2018 09:33)

    Some additional observations. Your electric chain saw seemed to have enough power to handle that particular tree. A more powerful saw would simply have done the job faster.
    Your task could also have been completed with a manual bow saw with a proper tree-cutting blade. It might have taken longer but would have done the job.
    The clearing of the trunk pieces from the driveway could easily been handled with your vehicle and a tow strap. …

  • #3

    Robert Maxwell (Saturday, 29 September 2018 14:28)

    Hi Ray! Thanks for you suggestions and observations. Some I agree with, others not. Always appreciate thoughtful feedback though.