Chain Saw Guide: Use Safety in the Woods

Use Barnacle Parp's Chain Saw Guide and learn the chain saw safety skills you need to fell small and large trees, and cut wood.

| January/February 1979

Learn Bucking for Chain Saw Safety in the Woods

Lately we've been practicing with our saws out on the backyard woodpile, and we have the feel of them now. We've gotten used to cutting small logs, in easy-to-handle situations, such as propped up on our sawbuck with one end free.

But out there in the woods we're going to be cutting all sizes of timber, under all kinds of conditions. How do we avoid limbs that snap back and logs that roll? We'd better take some time for a look at a number of different woodcutting situations to maintain safety in the woods.

Our plastic and aluminum wedges will be useful tools. In many cases, simply using a wedge will save a saw from being pinched in a cut.

But suppose we have a really huge log that's supported on one end. How do we keep it from splitting or tearing when we cut through it?

The first thing to consider in any woodcutting problem is the stress factor. What is the direction and nature of the stress?

With a huge log supported on one end, and our cut coming just on the free side of the support, we need to minimize the amount of stress at the moment the cut becomes complete. A wedge won't do any good in this case. In fact, using a wedge would only increase the stress from above.

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