Chainsaws: What To Look For

Chances are you’ve never run a chainsaw and maybe never will; but if you’re a ruralite, a rancher or an outdoors enthusiast you’re going to need one sooner or later. Even North Idaho urban dwellers this year saw the need for chainsaws with 2 area-wide windstorms that wreaked havoc across the Panhandle.

This young fir tree, in its prime, fell victim to severe winds and barely missed the walkway to this private dock at Cheval Noir on Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint in the Idaho Panhandle. Bringing in a chainsaw to take out the damage is necessary in a case like this or access is severely limited. Photo by Dwayne Parsons

This young fir tree, in its prime, fell victim to severe winds and barely missed the walkway to this private dock at Cheval Noir on Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint in the Idaho Panhandle. Bringing in a chainsaw to take out the damage is necessary in a case like this or access is severely limited. Photo by Dwayne Parsons

Chainsaws Have Come A Longways

Story suggestion by Chuck McGary
I pulled this photograph from the Facebook stream of good friend, Chuck McGary. I’m re-using it here to illustrate a point. Who took the original photo, I don’t know, but it was published first on FaceBook under “Public” which allows me by their policy to repost it.

Chainsaws as heavy as this old work horse must have been, with chain bars and chains that require an assistant on the other end are likely not made any more. Gear ratios and weight have changed considerably since the old days of logging timber.

Chainsaws as heavy as this old work horse must have been, with chain bars and chains that require an assistant on the other end are likely not made any more. Gear ratios and weight have changed considerably since the old days of logging timber.

Introducing Chuck McGary

I’m delighted to introduce Chuck McGary in this post because I’m going to feature him and his knowledge of chainsaws, woodworking and forest fire preventative management in upcoming articles.

This is Chuck McGary. Stay tuned to a rare, insightful series of presentations by a woodsman who knows his stuff. Chuck is a friend of mine whose knowledge of chainsaws and preventative forest fire / property management are a service to anyone who lives in a rural area.

This is Chuck McGary. Stay tuned to a rare, insightful series of presentations by a woodsman who knows his stuff. Chuck is a friend of mine whose knowledge of chainsaws and preventative forest fire / property management are a service to anyone who lives in a rural area.


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