This week was the first time in my life that I used a chain saw. I have to say that I’m quite proud of myself! I also bought myself a nifty mini 6″ chain saw and have used that several times already. Wow, those things are really powerful, including the mini!
I actually borrowed the big chain saw from my neighbor. We got to talking about the yardwork that I was doing, and I suggested that what I really needed was a chain saw. He said that he had one and got it out for me. He tries to be helpful sometimes, though he is elderly and was having some difficulty with it. So, I said to him to let me have it, and I used it.
I’m quite sure that my dad was turning over in his grave at my use of the chain saw. Sorry, Dad. I love you and miss you, and may you rest in peace, but you had an opportunity to teach me how to use a chain saw at my request several years ago, and didn’t. I do respect my dad’s decision for not wanting to teach me how to use a chain saw. He said chain saws are “dangerous.” But, now I need to know how to use one.
I can certainly see that chain saws – including mini chain saws – can be dangerous. One has to be aware and be careful, thinking about what they are doing all of the time. I fully read the instructions for the mini chain saw, as well as watched a YouTube video about chain saw handling and use, before trying out my new toy. The directions, by the way, were awful – incomplete and not thorough at all.
When I was using the big chain saw, I had to be very aware of where I was placing my hands. I used both hands to hold it, and when I wanted to move my hand up, I realized that I would’ve put my hand on the chain while I was using it. So, yes, chain saws can be dangerous, but one really has to think carefully and clearly, and have all their wits about them when using them. All the time while I was using the chain saw, my dad’s words echoed in my mind, so I was remembering to be very careful.
Also, holding the chain saw out in front of me, even for a short period of time, was tiring. I was sweating bullets and all out of breath after just a few minutes – phew! Those things are heavy to hold, especially when you’re not used to them. Oh my goodness!
And then, I had trouble with keeping the chain tight to the blade on both the mini chain saw and the big chain saw. The chains kept coming loose to the point of coming off of the blade. This was frustrating and challenging because I kept tightening as much as I could, and that didn’t work, even after replacing the chain on the mini. I’ll have to do more research to figure out how to get it to work correctly for me.
At any rate, $50 for a mini chain saw has been a really great investment! That beats paying $100s for a landscaping crew, especially when they are inconsistent with their work – fabulous one day and terrible another day. As long as I can do some of my yardwork, myself, I am a happy camper. And, I’m getting my fill of yardwork therapy to boot – there’s plenty of it to keep up with!