Mother's Mid-Sized Chainsaw Guide

If you're heating your home with wood or planning to, we've compiled a chainsaw guide to help you find the right tool to cut it yourself.



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A MOTHER EARTH NEWS lumberjack demonstrates the technique for felling and sectioning an oak. The woodsman makes his first cut with a Stihl 031, slicing downward at a 30° angle for 1/3 of an oak's diameter on the same side as the direction he wants the tree to fall.  
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Using a Husquarna 61, our man cuts straight in to meet the previous incision and form a notch. 
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Next, having planned an escape route 45° away from the line of fall, the saw man starts the felling cut with a Homelite XL 12. This slice angles downward toward a point two inches above the parallel notch cut, but stops three inches short of intersection.
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Now our logger moves to the escape-route side of the trunk and works the felling cut in with a McCulloch 610 until the "spine" is too weak to support the tree. Timber! 
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The lumberjack completes the cut from below with a Poulan 306 so that the wood falls neatly away from the saw's blade.
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Once felled, the tree must be sectioned or "bucked," in logging jargon.  Here our timber chopper bucks a log suspended at both ends by first sawing into the wood from above using an Echo 500 VL.
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