A few weeks ago, during Easter dinner, my wife’s cousin pulled out his new iTouch gizmo. He wanted to show me some pictures he’d taken at his cottage. Pretty soon he was showing off his device, logging online through a wireless network—over turkey and wine. Then came the chainsaw videos.
YouTube, as I’ve mentioned before, is teeming with silly, sometimes dangerous acts caught on video. And while the Paris Hiltons of the world think “bedroom” when it comes to dangerous acts caught on tape, some of us think chainsaw, as in: wielding a five-pound tool spinning a chain that would sever your head in five seconds … and using it as a toy!
Dumb acts with a chainsaw: entertaining, yes; something you should try at home, no. Instead, sit back and learn from these lessons.
Lesson 1: Safety harnesses are key when climbing a tree in order to cut it down.
Lesson 2: When removing a tree, yelling “timber” isn’t enough—make sure the surrounding area is clear too.
Lesson 3: If chainsaws make you nervous, try another tool (U.S. readers only).
Lesson 4: In the esteemed words of Dean Martin, “if you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” Same goes for chainsaws.
Lesson 5: Chainsaws eliminate the need for hotdog buns.
Lesson 6: Ask yourself, does the tree really need to come down?
Lesson 7: Cutting down a tree with a chainsaw? Easy. Filming it? Not quite as simple.
Of course, it’s not all fun and games when it comes to deadly, gas-powered tools. Here’s some great video on the dos and don’ts of chainsaw operation and maintenance. And its follow-ups, how to remove or tighten the chain.
Safety equipment is a genuinely crucial component of operating a chainsaw. Especially important: how to put on chaps.
But if you’re into talking about chainsaws, learning about the difference between electric and gas, or just looking at pretty pictures of these fine-toothed beauties, the recently launched Chainsaw Blog is where it’s at. No one seems to be sporting chaps, but it’s probably because they know better.