Weathering the Storm: 9 Needed Strategies For Using A Chainsaw To Get Rid Of Debris


It’s storm season, and as soon as a tornado or hurricane hits, clean-up starts out.

Normally, storm clean-up requires involvement from volunteers who supplement the work of professionals in getting rid of miles of debris. Many are weekend warriors who’ve never tackled such an enormous task – and may also never have used a chainsaw in such demanding situations.

Those brave volunteers will need some advice on how one can get ready for, use and conserve a chainsaw throughout the time of intense storm clean-up efforts.

Jared Abrojena, an Antioch, California-based certified treeworker and certified arborist, addresses the topic in layman’s terms. The 2015 ISA Tree Climbing World Champion, Abrojena is an skillful concerning how to trim and chop down trees. He regularly shares insights from his own experience working with a team of arborists to clean up hundreds of fallen trees on the grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, just weeks prior to the 2013 Masters.

Abrojena’s nine required strategies – if followed – ensure that the work of brave storm clean-up volunteers is safe and effective. These are:

* Safety first. Take some time to prepare prior to getting started. Be sure to read through the owner’s handbook for the chainsaw you’ll be using.

* Be prepared. This is a catch-all of guidelines concerning regular chainsaw maintenance and the possession of personal protective equipment (PPE).

* Map it out. Evaluate the full scope of damage, as well as preparing a plan for you’ll be able to tackle it. The plan must include coordinating with other volunteers, divvying up the function and prioritizing

* Identify your limits. Tend not to volunteer for a job you are unprepared for. There will be lots of work to go around, therefore simply tackle tasks you’re comfortable taking care of.

* Buddy up. No one must trim trees alone, due to the risk of error or injury. Pair up with another volunteer; however keep a safe distance apart when operating saws.

* A good start. A chainsaw is best started on the ground, with the chain brake engaged. Do not “cut” corners all through intense, fast-paced clean-up efforts.

* The right cut. To obtain the right cut, use careful pruning methods to release tension from a branch or tree limb.

* Calm down. You are not Superman, and most faults occur when you are tired. Get frequent rests and stay replenished with water.

*Pamper your tools. Continuing maintenance throughout storm clean-up is critical, since you will be pushing your chainsaw hard. Pause frequently to clean filters and tighten chains.

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