Several years ago I devised a plan to save a few bucks and trim my own trees. I was going to climb the ladder and straddle the limb and cut off a small section at a time. Kind of like in those cartoons. I had it all figured out. The ladder was against the tree and I had thrown the rope over the limb, you know, the one I was going to hoist the chainsaw up with. But our local “safety officer”, aka my wife, saw me. You know what happened from there. But I’m telling you, if I had this chainsaw, things might have been different. I might have actually save that $700 and looked like a hero. Here’s how I would have pulled it off.
Recommended by professionals
I would have told her how the Husqvarna 450 was actually recommended by a site that sold equipment to professionals. Yes, I know I’m not a professional, but this chainsaw would have taken care of all that. It actually said “for tree care workers”! Imagine. A chainsaw that was made for people that climb trees. That meant that it was a special design that might be safe even for me! Then I would have gone for the ladder.
If that hadn’t done the trick I would have told her about how light-weight it was and how that made it easier to handle. At about 11 lbs I wouldn’t have even needed the rope to pull it up with! That would have certainly helped in toning down the danger cues. “Honey, it only weighs 11 lbs…that’s like carrying a 12 Pack up that ladder. Here, see how light it is!”
Felling Bumper spikes…spikes what?
And if that hadn’t been enough? That’s when I would have pulled out the big guns.The ones that she probably didn’t even know about and therefore I could use to my advantage. First would have been the bumper spikes. They kind of hook into the tree limb for extra stability. “Honey. I told you. This chainsaw was designed to be up in a tree. If it wasn’t, then why does it have felling bumper spikes?” What? You don’t know what bumper spikes are? Then I would have shown her this!
Pretty cool, huh?
Chain Brakes – Prevent Kickbacks…
Second, I would have told her about the inertia activated chain brake. That sounds like it would really come in handy up in a tree doesn’t it? “Look. There’s nothing to worry about. I can handle this thing with one hand and hang on to the tree with the other. If by some highly improbable reason the saw kicks back, the chain brake automatically stops the chain!”
Yep, if I’d only had this saw back then. I would have been up that tree like a monkey carrying a bundle of bananas, saving tons of money and looking good. What could have possibly gone wrong?!
DISCLAIMER!!! DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. I DON’T THINK ANYONE SHOULD CLIMB A TREE WITH A CHAINSAW, NOT EVEN YOU. (But if you do, take the 450!)