Man, I don’t know why I waited until now to buy a chainsaw. Our yard has a bunch of trees that need to be removed or trimmed, so I bought a 14 inch “Worx” electric chainsaw at WalMart the other day. It was under fifty bucks and had a three year warranty, so I figured it was worth the gamble. I put in the chain oil and plugged it in and the first weekend I took down a huge pear tree that extended from a 24″ trunk out to two 12″ branches – one of which was dying, hollow, etc. Then cut that all up and put the limbs on the street. Then I tackled a long, spindly holly that had seen better days. I essentially took down a full sized tree and medium sized tree and the chainsaw worked great. No fuss with the engine either. The (cheap, stock) chain was duller at this point so I got a higher-quality chain this week and changed it out. During the snowstorm this week, the two junipers that stand to either side of our front door like large bonsai trees were covered in a lot of heavy snow. Unfortunately one of the trained branches broke from the weight of the snow, so I had to kind of clean that up today. I really hope that we can save that tree – there is a split that I think will make the rest of it a lot weaker. Very sad because this tree was obviously trained with a lot of love over the years by the previous homeowners. But the chainsaw performed admirably, and it was nice to have a new blade for this kind of surgical stuff. Then, I cut down another strange holly “tree” that was crowding a gigantic wisteria vine. I also cut down a few other dead or nearly-dead smaller trees in the yard. It’s 10:30 and I’m enjoying the obligatory, celebratory brew before I start grouting the tub surround I finished tiling last week. I’ll try to put up some pictures of all this stuff at some point. You can follow me on instragram – see the left side of this blog for my feed – and I tend to post photos there once in a while.
I hope you’re having a productive Saturday, dear readers.