Equipment

Chainsaw pruning


The chainsaw for pruning


The pruning saw is built with specific characteristics, for the particular field of work for which it is intended. Of course, not all work situations are the same and not all plants need the same type of pruning. Pruning a fruit tree or a tree in a park is not exactly the same thing, although it is still pruning. So, although some typical features of these media are common, there are different types of chainsaw pruning. What most differentiates them are the length of the cutter bar and the power of the engine. In addition to the type of power supply: battery-powered machines are intended more for hobby or "light" professional use, while motorized ones are more suitable for professional use.

The features of the pruning chainsaw



The pruning chainsaw serves mainly as an aid in the practice of pruning: while the pruning shears are used to prune small branches and branches, the machine reserves the right to cut the branches of larger sections. The most evident characteristics of this vehicle are: the reduced dimensions of the chain-holder bars (usually not exceeding 35 cm in length), the reduced speed of the chain, compared to the "major" sisters destined for the actual cutting; reduced power, given the reduced effort the engine is subjected to in this type of operation. In addition, there is often a ring attached to the machine body or made in the rear part of the handle: its presence serves to pass the rope to raise the chainsaw on the trees.

Because the pruning saw



If the pruning saw is a help, a "supporting player" of the shears, in the operation, this must not deceive. Often the opinion on the supporting actor (perhaps due to the derivation of the term from competition, where one must always be the first) is associated with a second choice, with something that has quality, but only to a fair extent. This is not the case for the chainsaw which, on the other hand, is used for a very specific task: to arrive where the shear fails, due to its size or cutting power; especially when pruning fruit trees. On tall trees, on the other hand, it allows for easy movement; thanks to the small dimensions that make it usable even where the largest chainsaws are not usable. In addition, fuel consumption is reduced: a smaller engine needs less fuel (no need to shoot a fly with a cannon).

Chainsaw pruning: Safety



The use of the pruning chainsaw does not differ from the use of the cutting wheel saw in terms of safety. The risks that its use determines are practically the same: cuts, exposure to high levels of noise and (especially on dated models) to vibrations, in addition to falls from a height as a risk derived from the operation itself, not so much from the use of the car. For all these risks there are specific protective devices to wear; in addition, of course, to the specific training of its employees. It is advisable to always use cut resistant clothing, anti-cut footwear, safety glasses, safety helmet, gloves and fall arrest harnesses both when working on the so-called "baskets" and on plants directly. It should also be remembered that those who perform tree climbing by profession are subject to specific safety regulations.