Chainsaw Instruction Videos 2

Cruising the Net

A.J. Kilpatrick

While cruising the net in search of videos that expand or elaborate on using chainsaws safely and effectively, we come across many that are filled with people doing things that are so unsafe that we find ourselves cringing in front of our monitor screen.  Afraid of what we are about to see, but unable to look away.  We’re  no snuff junkies; we do not search the internet for videos of death and destruction, but sometimes, in our quest for practical knowledge we come across videos that are filled with things that just aren’t right.  What is truly scary is that these videos are shared with the world under the guise of how to videos.  When searching the world wide web, it truly is caveat emptor.  Although these types of videos are ripe with material for this blog, we will not be directing readers to them.  The internet is filled with people who tear down the works of others, and we will not add to the storm of negativity.  However, in our quest to make this the best chainsaw blog possible, we will gladly direct readers to videos and articles that offer enough value to be worthy of your time and our praise.

In a previous post, we praised the Husqvarna series of videos on the safe operation of a chainsaw.  The Husqvarna series of videos have tremendous value for a person just starting out on the road to adventure that is playing with the king of power tools.  Another series of videos that are very good at instructing people in the use of safe chainsaw techniques are the Wildfire series of videos on chainsawing.  These videos cover much of the same material that is covered in the Husqvarna series, but their production values are a little lower, and the videos seem a little older which lowers the sound and video quality in comparison to the Husqvarna series.  The Wildfire videos are a good companion series to the Husqvarna’s as they cover the same material with different instructors and camera angles which might help to clarify any techniques or procedures you are unsure about.  This series of videos is broken down into smaller chapters of segments which is also an advantage when seeking clarification on a particular skill or technique.

This is a long video with some great tips on cutting conventional notches.  Winston gives some great tips on proper gunning cuts, and he gives tips on keeping level and in the right plane.

This video provides instruction on how to make an open-face notch with a bore cut to set the hinge.  This is one of the best techniques for leaners.

A useful video on the ins and outs of bucking techniques.



A video on how to approach windblown trees.


A detailed look at approaching spring poles.


A look at situational analysis/ planning the fall.

Another series of videos that are worthy of an honorable mention are the videos by Terry Hale.  Mr. Hale’s videos are the most detailed of any that we have encountered in our searches.  Terry really gets into the physics of certain aspects of chainsawing.  If you ever wanted to see the physics of felling trees presented with all of the requisite equations and mathematics explained, these videos are for you.  Terry’s videos are worth a watch if only to show just how easy, and common, it is to severely underestimate the forces involved in pulling trees with ropes and chains.

Terry’s videos also go into great depth concerning the use of ropes, chains, and various tackle in bringing down challenging trees.  Terry does a really good job of breaking down the forces involved in this process.  Mr. Hale’s explanations also explain how these forces impact the choice and costs of the associated equipment involved.  if you think you may need to use ropes to pull a tree, such as a severe back leaner down, Terry shows how it might be more cost effective to hire a pro who has already made the significant investment into the necessary equipment.

These videos are long and are a little dry, but they are the best videos for breaking down the forces at play when attempting to move a tree away from its natural lean.  I will warn you that these videos might take you back to memories of high school Physics class, so if those memories are particularly painful, you might want to pass.  But if you want to learn more about ropes and the forces involved in felling trees than watch away.

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