How to Cut a Large Log With a Small Chainsaw: Easy Tricks



Cut a Large Log With a Small Chainsaw

To cut a large log with a small chainsaw, make multiple passes around the log, cutting from different sides, and use a wedge to prevent the saw from binding.

Confronted with a large log and only a small chainsaw at your disposal? Don’t worry! While it may appear daunting at first, cutting through a large log is possible with a smaller tool if you use the correct techniques and maintain safety precautions. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps and share tips to get the job done efficiently and safely.

Pre-Cutting Preparations

  • Inspect Your Chainsaw: Before starting, perform a thorough check of your chainsaw to ensure it is in good working order. Sharpen the chain, check for proper tension, and ensure that the oil reservoir is full.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Safety first! Always wear protective gear including gloves, goggles, ear protection, sturdy boots, and chainsaw chaps.
  • Assess the Log: Determine the direction of any pressure points or tension within the log, which will affect your cutting strategy.
  • Prepare Your Workspace: Clear the area around the log of any debris or obstacles that could interfere with your cutting or pose a tripping hazard.

Techniques to Cut a Large Log With a Small Chainsaw

1. The Bore Cut Method

For logs too wide for your chainsaw to cut in a single pass, the bore cut method can be effective:

  1. Start by making a top cut into the log, about one-third of the way through.
  2. Follow with a bottom cut to meet the initial top cut, creating a step.
  3. Position the chainsaw’s nose at the back end of the step cut and carefully push it into the log perpendicular to the cut until the tip comes out the other side.
  4. Carefully draw the chainsaw back towards you to widen the bore cut.
  5. Repeat this process from the other side of the log, if accessible.

2. The Pie Cut Method

This technique is similar to cutting a pie into slices:

  1. Begin with a series of angled cuts into the log that converge in the center, resembling pie slices.
  2. With each slice, remove the piece before proceeding to the next cut.
  3. Continue this process until you’ve managed to slice through the log entirely.
Sharpen the Chainsaw ChainKeep your chainsaw chain well-sharpened, as a dull chain can lead to inefficient cutting and increased safety risks.
Use the Right ChainEnsure that the chain type is suitable for the log you’re cutting, whether it’s softwood or hardwood.
Maintain Chainsaw TensionRegularly check the chain tension during cutting to prevent it from slipping off the bar.
Take Regular BreaksPause often to avoid fatigue, which can compromise your control over the chainsaw.

Conclusion and Safety Tips

Understanding how to operate your chainsaw and employing the correct cutting methods are key components to successfully cutting a large log with a small chainsaw. Remember, the ultimate priority when using a chainsaw should always be your safety and the safety of those around you. Never rush the cutting process and always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your chainsaw. Happy cutting!

Safety Checklist:

  • Always have a first aid kit on hand.
  • Ensure you’re well-rested and alert before operating a chainsaw.
  • Keep a firm two-handed grip on the chainsaw at all times.
  • Be aware of kickback zones and how to mitigate kickback risks.
  • Never cut alone, have someone within shout distance in case of emergency.

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