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Is there a PigletJohn equivalent in gardening who can talk to me about chainsaws please?

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Poledra Wed 08-Jan-14 10:43:25

Or indeed, is the oracle himself knowledgeable in this area? grin

We have a wood burning stove and a fireplace. We have a number of large logs gifted to us by friends when their trees come down in gales which we have been cutting using a saw and axe. It's hard work, and takes a long time to get through. It is DH's birthday soon and he's a difficult man to buy for. I was wondering about getting him a chainsaw, to deal with the wood but I have no idea what I'm looking for and I'm a bit scared of them <wimp>

Can anyone give me some info on what I need for cutting firewood, rather than the terrifying weapons of mass destruction that my tree surgeon uses? Thank you!

Rhubarbgarden Wed 08-Jan-14 17:49:36

Log splitter?

CuttedUpPear Thu 16-Jan-14 07:52:03

Everyone I know uses Stihl brand chainsaws. It's probably best to chat to your local supplier if you have one.

I would advise against buying a chainsaw with a small blade, they can make the job harder. A medium sized blade will be best.

Also don't forget to also buy him the protective gear he'll need,such as chainsaw trousers and goggles. I would strongly advise against even picking up a chainsaw without these.

purplemurple1 Thu 16-Jan-14 09:07:53

What size logs are we talking about? (circumfrance) yes yo safety heat and some basic instruction on use and maintenance of it and the chains.

I second stihl but we use a large circular saw and log spliter for most of ours with the chainsaw used for cutting them down and cutting the very large ones into lengths to go on the splitter.

Oh use to be a lumberjack so if you have specific queries I can ask him.

Gatekeeper Thu 16-Jan-14 09:19:47

we have a husqvarna and dh sometimes croons over it! We get the spoils from local tree surgeons and as they are usually in four foot trunks then a chainsaw is necessary.
He uses this to cut the trunk into rings about 12 inches in length (ish) before splitting them into chocks with a splitting axe or maul

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Poledra Wed 29-Jan-14 16:43:21

Sorry, I forgot to come back and thank people for their help. So, thanks flowers

However, I mentioned the idea to DH (decided I didn't want to spend the money till I was sure he'd use it ) and he went slightly pale and waffled a little before admitting he really really doesn't trust himself with a chainsaw and he'll go on using the axe, saw and log splitting wedge, if that's OK. grin

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