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Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« on: January 25, 2023, 03:54:02 PM »
We had some trees in the back yard fall from heavy snow last night.  One was on the roof, but didn't do any damage.  We all went out about 9 this morning to start cutting them up.  I decided it was time my 15 year old son learn to use a saw.  I was reminded of my first time with my dad's old Skil saw with a 24" bar and no vibration system.  He got to learn with my MS261.  I went over safety and physics of how the saw cuts and how the brake works.  Showed him how to start the saw and guided him thru cutting some limbs that were not in a bind.  Then I got him to a point where he could make some cuts thru the trunk.  Ironically when he was about 1 or 2 a tree had fallen in the same spot and he was out there with his toy saw and we took a pic.  Today we sort of recreated that photo, but I had his toy and he had the real saw.  I think he was proud of himself and enjoyed it.


 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2023, 04:35:07 PM »
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2023, 04:43:15 PM »
The "then and now" aspect is great. He's even got the same color shirt on!

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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2023, 04:50:58 PM »
Very nice! Get a few fundamental safety procedures in and he just needs practice.
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2023, 05:01:48 PM »
Spike60, my wife said the same thing when she dug out the picture.  "He's even wearing a green shirt"
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2023, 05:41:24 PM »
That's Awesome!!

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2023, 06:00:39 PM »
Excellent!  Great photos.

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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2023, 10:06:11 PM »
He said something about that might be the only time he uses a chainsaw.  Little does he know I'm teaching him to use a saw so the next time a tree falls he can use that saw and I can use my other one and we can get the work done twice as fast.  Although if he takes as long to be proficient with a chainsaw as he is with driving it's gonna be a long time.
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2023, 07:10:55 AM »
safety first.  it took 4 years to teach my daughter to drive.  
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2023, 08:04:21 AM »
That look on your face in the re-creation photo seems to indicate that maybe it wasn't your idea, you'd like the picture taken a bit quicker and time is being wasted?

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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2023, 08:58:16 AM »
No, I was on board with it.  She took several pictures, but that one was the one I chose to post.  I just realized he's also wearing the same hear protection as the original photo.  My wife is an audiologist and bought the kids head phones when they were little.  They still fit and are in good shape.
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2023, 01:22:19 PM »
Awesome.

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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2023, 01:12:25 AM »
Nice, good to see the youg ones learning.

I remember my first cut with a chainsaw. Guess l was about 12, helping grandpa cut up a broken branch in the apple orchard. 
I asked if l could run the saw....a pos MiniMac.
It vibrated so bad that after I made the cut (3" limb) I gave it back and was really happy to pick up wood and brush...lol.

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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2023, 08:14:19 PM »
That is awesome! Put some chaps on both if you to set the safety standards from the get go. Carharts won't stop a saw

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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2023, 08:08:47 AM »
No Chainsawpants? I thought they were some kind of protection pants?

the leg protection would be my number one safety device on a learner, before eye and ear protection!
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2023, 09:23:13 PM »
No, he wasn't wearing chaps.  It was a quick lesson and I know an accident could happen anytime.  In the future when I let him do some more cutting, I will have him wear chaps.
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2023, 09:49:20 PM »
Bill. we have all got a time out on that one!   :)
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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2023, 06:31:24 PM »
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Here is a question to every one:  If this is off topic, sorry, please feel free to move this post.

I have been told that chaps will work very well to stop a gas chainsaw from damaging you.

I have also been told that chaps will not stop an electric (battery) chain saw because there is more torque than a gas saw.

Do any of you have any personal experience with battery saws and how well chaps will stop them from damaging you?

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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2023, 06:37:55 PM »
So the choice behind the question would be ?? Don't use an electric chainsaw, or don't use chaps? 

Cuz I'm thinking the chaps would stop most damage to the underlying skin, muscle, and bone whether using a gas saw or an electric one. Chaps being better than nothing. 

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Re: Son's First Chainsaw Lesson
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2023, 06:41:49 PM »
Electric (battery) saws do not have more torque than gas saws.


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