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Posted: 19 July 2005,21:39 QUOTE

Any tips for using a chainsaw safely, to cut a conifer hedge, its too thick for a hedge cutter, its about 3 ft wide, the chainsaw is about 40cm bar

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Posted: 19 July 2005,22:05 QUOTE

Get some chainsaw protective Bib and brace. If the chainsaw comes into contact with it, it stops it dead. Saves you really injuring youselfs.
You will also want a hard hat with built in ear defenders and visor, and some chainsaw gloves.
If you are hiring the saw, They should have a safety kit comprising of all these things included
If you are topping a hedge, Make sure you have a good footing.
Also, in between cuts, apply the safety brake to the saw.
Never use the saw one handed, and wathc out for obstructions hidden within the hedge, such as old chain-link posts!
I hope this helps


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Posted: 19 July 2005,22:12 QUOTE

I read that if the nose of the bar comes into contact, with a branch, it can cause kick back, does that mean, just the nose, not as i will be topping the hegde with all of the bar, I should be ok, as the nose will have to contact with the hedge, the chainsaw is mine, never used, i will be using a good footing, and getting some gloves,


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Posted: 24 Sep. 2005,18:09 QUOTE

Hi Labourer,

I know that this reply is a bit late! Had you used a chainsaw before and how did you get on? Reducing a conifer hedge is not really the best way of practicing!

The main problem with this type of hedge, particularly with larger hedges is small stubby sticks or branches flicking the chain off.
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Posted: 25 Sep. 2005,16:07 QUOTE

Reminds me of when I worked on a certain garden makeover website some years ago. Somebody posted in to ask at what height  they should trim their Leylandii hedge, and the bloke responsible for answering the trees & shrubs questions replied, "About three inches above ground level"  :D

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Posted: 02 Oct. 2005,21:22 QUOTE

Quote (rms @ 24 Sep. 2005,18:09)
Hi Labourer,

I know that this reply is a bit late! Had you used a chainsaw before and how did you get on? Reducing a conifer hedge is not really the best way of practicing!

The main problem with this type of hedge, particularly with larger hedges is small stubby sticks or branches flicking the chain off.

If stubby branches are flicking off your chain, then it is too slack and REALLY dangerous.

I would advise all chainsaw users to get a basic chainsaw safety certificate, before using one.
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Posted: 03 Oct. 2005,16:21 QUOTE

Quite right
It is actually illegal for any contractor to use a chainsaw without a certificate, and if an accident were to occur, then health and safety will come down hard
The average man on the street doing his own garden work does not need one , even though they are more likely to do themsleves damage
one rule for one and another for someone else!
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Posted: 04 Oct. 2005,22:54 QUOTE

The chain does not have to be particularly slack to get thrown off with this type of hedge. If the chain comes off it is not dangerous, just annoying!
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