Handling Your Chain

by Walter Hall

If, like me, you are a lover of solitude, chances are you'll pass much of your lime in the woods alone. That is why it's important to carry a whistle, a good loud one. If you ever gel pinned by a tree or cut yourself, you can give it a good blast. Along with the whistle, when you're preparing to go out for a load of logs, take along all the tools you're likely to need. Take extra fuel and all the extra maintenance parts, such as air filters, spark plugs, and an extra chain and sprocket. Start with a sharp chain and a clean saw. After every hour of work, stop and service your saw. This means you fill the fuel and oil tanks, clean or change the nir filter, touch up the chain, and wipe off the saw. If you discover or suspect any problem with your chain saw, stop working until the problem is diagnosed mid corrected.

Take frequent breaks. Listen to the living trees around you and don't cut them off for firewood. They are sentient creatures—the tongues of the wind and the earth.

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