Sawing Logs

Friday, March 06, 2020

Spring closing in means it’s near time to start driving my horses. As happens annually, I look at my small acreage with its hilly, rocky surface. It doesn’t lend itself easily to my dream of creating a driving path. A driveable loop would be swell to warm-up and exercise the horses, but altering a rocky, tree-filled, hilly acreage would be huge.

Nonetheless, staring at this property has forced me to face the snarled tree limbs that for years have haunted my vision. Some hang low and force my head down, but are set high and unreachable by me with a chain saw. I’ve cut back some limbs with a manual pole saw, but it’s physical labor that overpowers my not-very-strong self.

Of course, there are other pole saw options. One would be gas-driven and powerful, but too heavy for me to wield. Besides, most gas-driven gear are started with pull-cords needing arms stronger than mine. An electric version, with a long cord, is cumbersome on a spacy property.

Recently, while in a builder’s warehouse, I saw battery-operated chain saws. One was relatively inexpensive and could reach up to fourteen feet. Its weight only ten pounds, and maybe a tool I could lift and keep upright. I brought home the saw, charged its battery, and carried that ready tool out to the trees with limbs most unsightly.

My saw did a yeoman’s job. Its battery ran for a long time (for one ugly limb leads to another) and its sawing power amazed me. The saw cut high enough to eliminate upper snarls, and also, cut sagging limbs that prevented my walking under trees. This pole saw impressed me so, that to address the waiting piles of discarded brushy limbs, I hurried to purchase a regular-size battery-driven model. This one uses an identical battery, also provides adequate power and runs long.

My place now looks better–and I did the work! I feel empowered.

Current battery technology is astonishing. I had resisted getting a pole saw. Gas-driven models were heavy to lift and hold, hard to start, and those that ran on non-gas power didn’t adapt well to lots of limbing.

And now, that matter of lots of limbing is ahead with the new tools. Years ago, my neighbor undertook the project of counting trees on his slightly larger-than-mine property. If I recall correctly, his count came to something around five-hundred, suggesting an estimate of my many trees. Now, with proper equipment, and feeling less overwhelmed, I’ll start to trim more. That will improve some mountain views, and maybe, can help me figure out how to create a little driving path.

Dear Friends: The “right saw” helps any individual accomplish lots of transition. Diana

4 thoughts on “Sawing Logs

  1. I had my very own chainsaw when we lived in the Valley. I’m very impressed you still have the strength to do this work. My right shoulder is so trashed I cannot lift a feather above my waist. Very frustrating. Am trying acupuncture but doubt significant improvement. Sometimes hard to saddle and then ride Ducky but Dave helps when I need it. Aging is tough! Keep on sawing and wear a hard hat or helmet?🤪

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    1. The 10 lbs. is liftable, hardest to hold if the saw-end drops after cutting high. My arms aren’t very strong, and so, controlling the pole stresses my back, and its muscles scream next morning at my every move. I’m remembering the old days and hot water bottles. Now, there’s one en route to me.

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  2. I have an old ‘sawzall’ with a ‘pruning’ blade. I love how it quickly cuts through up to 8″ branches. I’ve also used an electric chainsaw, and the sawzall feels safer to me. Also it’s easy to replace a dull blade on the sawzall: I learned to sharpen chainsaws, but I’m not very good at it! My sawzall is corded, but they are available with batteries too. Battery technology has really improved.

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