Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Christmas Logging

Logging was always traditionally done in winter as this was the least busy time of the year for farmers & people who lived in the country where logging was a necessity. Nowadays we can log in whatever season we want but traditions die hard and winter is still the most popular time for cutting down trees for many.

Cutting Trees in Winter

Cutting in the cold presents its own challenges unique to this season. The wood will be a lot harder due to the cold and therefore more difficult to cut and the risk of damage to the chainsaw is a lot higher. Therefore make sure you are using a top quality chainsaw that is properly sharpened.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A Complete Guide to Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaw safety can seem to be a bit of a dull topic and many beginner chainsaw users (who maybe only need the chainsaw the once) may deem it unnecessary thinking they will just be careful and sensible whilst using the machine. With this in mind I wrote this guide to explain each part of the safety procedures when using a chainsaw to prevent sometimes fatal injuries.


By law anybody using a chainsaw must have had formal training. This law is largely ignored though but it does exist for a reason. Novice chainsaw users are those most at risk and if this law was ignored chainsaws accidents would be cut down to a fraction of the size.

Protective Glasses

When using a chainsaws, debris can be shot off at over 30 mph and they may be sharp. Wearing protective eye wear is a must. Potential blindness is a factor that may be worth the tenner to eliminate.


Much the same reason as the protective glasses but probably the most that will happen is a cut on your head. But more severe injuries have been known to occur so helmets are a big must when using a chainsaw.

Clothing & Gloves

Specialist chainsaw clothing can end up saving a limb and gloves a digit. As well as being resistant to a chainsaw the gloves also help with grip and friction allowing you to control the chainsaw more easily.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Petrol vs Electric Chainsaws

Deciding on your first chainsaw is a little tricky especially when you don't really know what type of chainsaw is better for what kind of job. Many potential buyers will set out and but a 62cc petrol chainsaw to cut some shrubs in their back garden which is kinda like getting a bazooka for a spider in the bath.  Below are some basic facts on both types of chainsaw to help you make up your mind.

Electric Chainsaws


Kickback with Electric Chainsaws

Electric chainsaws are battery powered and this allows them to run a lot smoother than a petrol chainsaw which uses a 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine. This makes an electric chainsaw a lot easier to use (especially for a first timer) as your hands are more steady and the chainsaw is taking less of a physical tole on your body.

Fuel and Your Electric Chainsaw

An electric chainsaw can be charged through an electrical socket in your home. But this doesn't mean that is it even costs any money. A renewable source of electricity in your home leads to your chainsaw being completely reusable as well. Some would say that the petrol chainsaw with its fossil fuels cant exactly live up to this claim....

An Electric Chainsaw Does Not Annoy Your Neighours

An electric chainsaw is very quiet (depending on what exactly you are cutting of course) and is a lot less likely to disturb the neighbours than the noisy petrol chainsaw which is just about guaranteed to wake up your entire neighbourhood (depending on the time of day rather).

Petrol Chainsaws

They require a strong user

A petrol chainsaw has quite a bit of kick to it and as such can normally only be used by stronger than average individuals which has never really been an issue for me being a very tall individual. They are also quite heavy and putting these together makes it pretty hard to control well enough to get a clean cut without being strong or putting in a huge amount of effort.

They require petrol

Bit obvious but this means you need to keep fuel for it around the house somewhere (I personally leave mine in thee garage) and this fuel is of course flammable not a good choice for people with children or particularly jumpy pets as spills can quickly become a fire hazard.

Highly effective

Not much can cut quite like a petrol chainsaw so if you have some heavy duty work planned then its a good choice provided you know how to handle it and have the required strength.


Being a petrol chainsaw there's no wire or anything like that so if you need to take it far from an outlet that is no problem for a petrol chainsaw, The lack of wires also make it quite maneuverable while using it for those trickier cuts.


Most petrol chainsaws can be expensive especially a good one and theres the continuous fuel cost to consider after.


Only heavy duty jobs require a petrol chainsaw don't underestimate what a hatchet or electric chainsaw can achieve and think to yourself do I really need one?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Garden Waste Disposal

There are a large number of ways to dispose of garden waste. The cost has a large variety and some methods are better for certain jobs so here are 5 for you to choose from.


Calling the Council

These include calling the council some of which but not all will provide home collection of garden waste for which green waste may charge a small fee but it isn't too expensive.


There is the option of a skip which can cost quite a bit and take some time to get to you so there's also the alternative of hippobags. This method tends to be the best for larger jobs and having a skip is one of the easiest methods.

Hippo Bags

They don't have the same capacity so a skip would be the better option nut they are a lot faster getting to you. They come flat packed ordered on-line or they can be bought in most DIY stores. This is cheaper than a skip or calling a guy.

Call a Guy

Go through your yellow pages and find anyone doing garden waste in your area. Call them and leave the waste for them. This is the most convenient method but also the most expensive.


You could also take your waste to a recycle bank. This is the greener option but it does carry the issue of transporting waste. If there isn't too much this is easily done if you have hippobags.

This blog is provided by Timberpro

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Replacing a String Trimmer

A string trimmer can be useful as it can reach many areas a lawnmower can't get to and can make your lawn look more tidy and uniform this way. Unfortunately not many people know how to extend the life of a string trimmer so here are a few useful tips on how to do just that.


You will need to work in a well ventilated area. Before beginning spread a drop cloth over the work area to make cleanup easier when you're finished. There are subtle differences between different string trimmer models but all the general procedures will be outlined but remember to read the documentation that came with your strimmer for maintenance. Before starting make sure all moving parts have come to a stop and if the strimmer is gasoline make sure the spark plug wire is removed from the spark plug and make sure the electric trimmers are removed from their power source.

Replacing the trimmer Line

Regardless of the type of trimmer at some point the strimmer line will need to be replaced and there are several different methods for doing this, depending on whether your trimmer is single or dual line and whether or not you use pre cut pieces of line. Use a pre wound spool or wind the line yourself. Follow the manufacturer's instruction for your model and use the specified trimmer line. While replacing the line it is a good idea to clean the cutting shield and area around the head. Also inspect the area for damage and wear. You may be able to fix some of the possible issues yourself, but some will require professional attention.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How to cut down a Tree with a Chainsaw

The Tools for the Job

That’s right we are going to need more than just a chainsaw in order to cut down a tree. To cut down a tree safely you need a lot more gear than just that but don’t panic, we are going to provide it all in an easy to read list format:
  1. A Chainsaw (preferably petrol)
  2. Two Plastic Felling Wedges
  3. Loggers Helmet
  4. Kevlar Chaps


If you have trouble picking these items up from a local store I highly recommend Timberpro or Right Tool.

Estimating the Fell Area

Estimating the fell area of the tree you are going to cut down is absolutely vital in order to make sure your shed, neighbours fence or your house doesn't get a massive tree falling on it because believe me when I say neighbours aren't always friendly.  But worry not, there is a simple procedure we can follow in order to estimate the tree fell area:
  1. Hold an axe handle at arm’s length
  2. Close one eye
  3. Position yourself so looking at the base of the axe you cans ee the bottom of the tree and when you look at the top of the axe you can see the top of the tree.
  4. You are now standing roughly where the tree will land. Allow for extra room if near anything of value.

The Notch Cut

The picture below shows a notch cut demonstrated and the angles required. The important thing to remember when using a notch cut is to cut it into the fall side of the tree and make sure you mark your angles using chalk or the chainsaw before beginning the cut. The notch cut should be one fifth of the tree diameter as a rule of thumb.

Picture from The Family Handyman

After making the notch cut, cut from the other side of the tree towards the notch in a circular motion and use the wedge to help guide where the tree will fall.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Hedge Trimming Tips

Lots of people have trouble trimming their hedges and keeping it even so this is a few tips for you to keep your hedges looking neat and tidy.

When to Trim your Hedges

New hedges require formative pruning for the first few years usually carried out in winter or spring after which trimming starts. Usually you will need to trim informal hedges once a year but twice or possibly three times for formal bushes.


Hand held shears are fine for smaller hedges but when it comes to big ones you'll probably want a powered hedge trimmer. If you're using an electric hedge trimmer make sure you place the lead over your shoulder to avoid it getting accidentally cut. Always wear goggles and work gloves when using power tolls and never place them over your shoulder height. For larger bushes use a step ladder or platform just ensure whatever your using is stable.

Trimming Techniques

Even vigorous Hedges don't need to exceed two feet wide if they are regularly trimmed. Formal hedges should be lightly tapered on both side so the base is wider than the op. This will help it grow as more light can reach the bottom this way. Cutting straight edges by eye can be difficult so use something to help you. Pushing stakes or canes into the ground may help for vertical lines while horizontal strings between them will help for horizontal lines. To shape your hedge, for example with an arch, it is much easier to do with A template cut out of what it is you want with cardboard or plywood and follow it. When using shears keeping the blades parallel to the line if the hedge. When using a trimmer keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide sweeping motion working from the bottom to the top of the hedge to ensure all foliage falls. For informal hedges just remove misplaced shoots and cut the hedge back to its required size.

Trimming Different Plants

Upright Plants

Cut plants to 15-30 cm and in summer trim side branches lightly to encourage bushing out. In the second year cut the growth back by half and throughout the summer trim the side so it tapers to the top.

Stocky Plants

On planting, cut back shoots and sides by one third to a well placed bud and repeat this in the second winter.

Conifers and most evergreens

On planting leave the leading shoot unpruned cutting back any straggly side shoots. In summer trim side shoots and tie the leader to a supporting cane as it grows. Clip to the desired shape one to three times during summer.