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theboyfold

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9,270 posts

133 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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...how hard can it be?

I've got my eye on getting a chainsaw and chopping down a couple of trees this weekend. I've never done anything like it before. What tops tips do the masses have for me?

Oh, the trees are next to the house. They aren't that big though...

Ynox

839 posts

86 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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How big? How near the house?

Chainsaws really are not to be arsed about with. Definitely don't use one up a ladder!

If the tree is a decent size I'd probably leave it to the pros.

jas xjr

9,224 posts

146 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Ynox said:
How big? How near the house?

Chainsaws really are not to be arsed about with. Definitely don't use one up a ladder!

If the tree is a decent size I'd probably leave it to the pros.
last year , me 14 feet up a ladder with a chainsaw , air ambulance required . do not mess with a chainsaw

CDP

5,146 posts

161 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Chainsaws are far too dangerous. I'd recommend a good beaver.

mattdaniels

7,141 posts

189 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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theboyfold said:
chainsaw
theboyfold said:
never done anything like it before
theboyfold said:
...how hard can it be?
Uh oh!

theboyfold said:
What tops tips do the masses have for me?
"Pay for a professional".
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456GT

269 posts

85 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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I've cut down several trees in my garden. Take them down in small sections, one branch at a time. The biggest issue will be a branch falling on you so all the more important to avoid trying to take to big a branch in one go.

You'll find the branches don't fall to the ground as they will be entwined with other branches so make one cut, put the chainsaw down and then pull the branch away.

This will take a bit of time but being patient will avoid injury to you and damage to nearby buildings.

Good luck!

BlackCup

1,147 posts

90 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Haha i'm probably the only one who hasn't had an injury then! I bought an electric chainsaw and so far have done 7 trees, just be very careful where they fall, if it has a lean to it, it will go that way! I used some ladders to help the gradual fall of some of them.
I would recommend to spend a good amount i.e over £200 if electric chainsaw or even more for petrol but if its just a couple of trees i'd say its not worth buying one if you can borrow one.
If you can get up the tree and bow saw a few branches/ the top off first it really helps.
You may also need an axe...
So much fun though just be sensible, i.e don't go up the ladder with a chainsaw, ever.
Great satisfaction on my part, not so for the greenhouse that nearly took a pounding. I hate that thing anyway!
Good luck!
Matt

theboyfold

Original Poster:

9,270 posts

133 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Cheers all. Concerns duely noted! I'll try and grab a photo of the trees tomorrow morning.

The 2 70ft silver birch that need to come down are being left for the professionals. The others are something I'm still tempted to have a go at myself.

Of course I'm not just going to run in waving a chainsaw about, but I'd like to understand more about how it could and should be done.

hedgefinder

3,149 posts

77 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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i dont think anyone has mentioned that depedning on where you live and which tree it is you may not be allowed by the local council to cut down the tree..

skintemma

439 posts

49 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Please, please don't come back with a photo of an eight footer, I'll be really disappointed.

Paddy_N_Murphy

17,937 posts

91 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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456 is right.

MTFU, and have some fun.

Blackcup, Hand your balls in on the way out pls. Electric? Electric Chainsaw ? FFS.

Inny

265 posts

104 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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I 'trimmed' a silver birch recently (took it down to about 15ft from about 45 or 50ft) with a handsaw-thing from B&Q. It was hard work and the last branch nearly fell on me.

Fun though. And satisfying.

FIL lent us a shredder which was simply ace. I would certainly recommend one of those.


eldar

10,038 posts

103 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Paddy_N_Murphy said:
456 is right.

MTFU, and have some fun.

Blackcup, Hand your balls in on the way out pls. Electric? Electric Chainsaw ? FFS.
What could go wrong?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vddHbbCCUC0&fea...

Paddy_N_Murphy

17,937 posts

91 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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eldar said:
Paddy_N_Murphy said:
456 is right.

MTFU, and have some fun.

Blackcup, Hand your balls in on the way out pls. Electric? Electric Chainsaw ? FFS.
What could go wrong?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vddHbbCCUC0&fea...
sure - but what 'usually' goes right?









that was just 3 of us fking about, BBQ, a few beers, Great day had by all thumbup

Simpo Two

65,729 posts

172 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Chopping the top off is easy compared to getting the stump out...

CDP

5,146 posts

161 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Simpo Two said:
Chopping the top off is easy compared to getting the stump out...
I gather dynamite is one of the traditional ways of removing stubben stumps.

S1_RS

756 posts

106 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Simpo Two said:
Chopping the top off is easy compared to getting the stump out...
Nothing that can't be sorted with an axe, a Volvo, a towbar and some rope!

Paddy_N_Murphy

17,937 posts

91 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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S1_RS said:
Nothing that can't be sorted with an axe, a Volvo, a towbar and some rope!
scratchchin Interesting.
That is my preferred method for fence removal.





  • substitute volvo for Trooper for double scutter purposes

longshot

3,051 posts

105 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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It can't be said enough.
If you get a chainsaw...petrol or electric, please get some PPE. Lid with visor, gloves and correct class of trousers for the chain speed.

Paddy_N_Murphy

17,937 posts

91 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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pussy