Homeowner's Complete Guide to the Chainsaw: A Chainsaw Pro Shows You How to Safely and Confidently Handle Everything from Trimming Branches and Felling Trees to Splitting and Stacking Wood

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Taking the fear out of chainsaws by emphasizing safe handling practices, this resource aims to put raw power in the hands of everyday yardworkers. With step-by-step color photographs throughout, 12 of the most common household chainsaw operations—such as cutting firewood, taking down small trees, trimming branches, grooming hedges, and making lumber—are tackled with expert advice and sure-handed guidance. With an additional section devoted to chainsaw types, potential buyers can also assess which size and type of...

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Overview

Taking the fear out of chainsaws by emphasizing safe handling practices, this resource aims to put raw power in the hands of everyday yardworkers. With step-by-step color photographs throughout, 12 of the most common household chainsaw operations—such as cutting firewood, taking down small trees, trimming branches, grooming hedges, and making lumber—are tackled with expert advice and sure-handed guidance. With an additional section devoted to chainsaw types, potential buyers can also assess which size and type of chainsaw best meets their needs. Also included is an appendix that has useful technical information and identifies the parts of a chainsaw and how each functions.

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...lots of healthy attention given to safety. There are also excellent photos of the wrong ways to use the saw. Highly recommended. - Library Journal

The conversational tone and thorough illustrations clearly outline a step-by-step approach for many chainsaw-related-chores around the farm - even stacking firewood and milling lumber - with safetly emphasized throughout.  If you've never operated a chainsaw before or want to brush up on your operating skills, this book is worth adding to your library. - Hobby Farms Magazine

Homeowner's Complete Guide to the Chainsaw, by Brian J. Ruth and Jen W. Ruth, is an instructional manual that shows readers how to safely and confidently handle trimming branches and felling trees to splitting and stacking wood. - Woodshop News

As an operator of chain saws for 30 years, this is the most complete all-around book on the chain saw that I have read. I would  definitely recommend it to anyone who has operated a chain saw or is thinking of operating a chain saw.- Mike Sullivan, 5-Time World Hot Saw Champion, Arborist, Logger, and Home Owner

...one of the finest tool manuals that I have ever come across. So, if you are planning to cut down some trees or limb the branches with your chain saw, don’t even pull that cord until you read this book.- Graham McCulloch, Shortcuts.ns.ca

Everything is illustrated and clearly written so you can see immediately what you should be doing. - Woodworking Plans and Projects Magazine

Hobby Farms Magazine
The conversational tone and thorough illustrations clearly outline a step-by-step approach for many chainsaw-related-chores around the farm —even stacking firewood and milling lumber—with safely emphasized throughout. If you've never operated a chainsaw before or want to brush up on your operating skills, this book is worth adding to your library.
Library Journal
Lots of healthy attention given to safety. There are also excellent photos of the wrong ways to use the saw. Highly recommended.
Woodshop News
An instructional manual that shows readers how to safely and confidently handle trimming branches and felling trees to splitting and stacking wood.
Library Journal
The Ruths here provide expert advice on 12 of the most common household chain-saw operations—e.g., cutting firewood, taking down small trees, trimming branches, removing stumps, milling wood—with lots of healthy attention given to safety. There are also excellent photos of the wrong ways to use the saw. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565233560
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 199
  • Sales rank: 293,585
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian J. Ruth is the owner of Masters of the Chainsaw, a talent agency with offices in the United States and Japan that has placed more than 60 professional performance chainsaw artists at more than 1,200 events worldwide. He is a former tree surgeon and has been featured on the CBS Early Morning Show and ESPN’s Play of the Week. He lives in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

This Book will Teach you About 8

Chapter 1 Read This Chapter! (Safety Is Important) 10

Chapter 2 Buying a Chainsaw: Which is the Best One for You? 28

Chapter 3 At the Store: A Shopping List 44

Chapter 4 Getting Started: Step-by-Step 50

Chapter 5 Projects 70

Project 1 Cutting Firewood (Bucking) 72

Project 2 Making and Using a Sawbuck 84

Project 3 Splitting and Stacking Firewood 92

Project 4 Trimming Overhead Branches 100

Project 5 Trimming a Hedge 104

Project 6 Felling a Small Tree 108

Project 7 Felling a Large Tree with Wedges 118

Project 8 Limbing a Downed Tree 126

Project 9 Felling and Limbing a Tree Near a House 134

Project 10 Cutting Down a Stump 148

Project 11 Milling Lumber from Logs 154

Project 12 When to Bring in a Professional 164

Chapter 6 Maintenance, Service, and Sharpening 168

Appendixes 192

How a Chainsaw Works 192

Glossary 196

Resources 198

Index 198

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