Helpful tips when offering Light Chainsaw services.
Light chain saw jobs can also be profitable as long you are safety conscious and feel comfortable using a chain saw.
Remember these saws are more dangerous to use than any of your other pieces of equipment. One slip and you’ve cut off a leg or the saw has kicked back unexpectedly and you’ve got a major gash some where on your body.
If you have not had any prior experience using chainsaws then taking a training course is highly recommended.
I also suggest that you only take on jobs that don’t require you climbing any tree unless you are extremely confident scaling trees.
The type of job should be limited to cutting down trees that have already partially fallen over or trees that are already on the ground (may have been just blown over in last big storm). A third option, smaller trees that will not come into contact with hydro (electrical) or any other type of line near a residential or commercial property.
Keep in mind that you will probably need to talk to your insurance company before attempting to offer this service as they may not cover you if you knock off someone’s hydro service to their business, land a tree on a nearby car or cut yourself.
Remember that this type of work should just be a side or add on service that should have little or no risk if you are asked to cut down a tree that is still standing. If you feel that it is too close to wires or other property that can be damaged by an improperly felled tree then refer that job to a professional tree service.
When it comes to charging for this service then the same $75.00 per hour should be applied.
If the tree is a large one with a lot of brush you will need to keep in mind that you will either need to rent a chipper to turn all that brush into mulch or trailer that brush to the nearest compost or landfill site.
So if you are asked to give a price up front make sure you know what the rental costs are for a chipper or where the nearest place is to legally dispose of the brush. To dispose of the brush your dump run fees should apply to this type of situation.
Offering to do light chainsaw work is an added bonus if you live in a cooler climate where people burn wood as a source of heat for their homes or for campfires. You can sell or burn this wood yourself if you heat your house with a wood stove after the wood has been cut up and split into manageable pieces and allowed to dry out.
When it comes to what chainsaw to buy I suggest a Stihl brand saw. By far I have found that this manufacturer has the best products out there. You shouldn’t need a very large saw either as you won’t be taking on any huge jobs that involve cutting down a 100 year old tree that stands 100 ft in the air (those jobs are for professionals).
I have gotten 100’s of hours of work out of the second smallest chainsaw that Stihl offers the 009. It only has a 13in. bar and will handle a tree trunk with a diameter of approx. 2ft. with ease.
This saw is light and easy to handle which also makes it good for cutting/pruning smaller branches of healthy trees.
Once you get into large trees then you will probably need a larger saw and will be getting into a job that is more than you should be taking on.
These saws only need a minimum amount of maintenance as long as it is done regularly to produce a profit and pay for itself many times over (depending on how much you advertise this service).
“Must Do” basic maintenance tips for your chainsaw are:
- make sure that you use the proper 2 stroke oil for your chainsaw
- make sure you mix the gas and oil properly to achieve the required mixture ratio that is given by the manufacturer
- make sure that you use a sharp chain and know how or have someone sharpen your chains
- always keep and extra sharp chain with you in case of
- always clean your chainsaw after every use, paying attention to the cleaning out the air filter as well as the area were the chain/bar mount to the rest of the saw
- make sure that every time you add gas to the saw that you add red chain oil to lubricate the chain in its’ separate compartment
On left hand side shows area were saw dust can plug chain, on right hand side notice 2 black caps, the top one opens to fuel tank and the bottom one opens to chain oil tank.
When you are chain sawing you must wear the following minimum safety equipment: safety glasses, steel toed work boots, chainsaw pants (or at least tight fitting long pants), ear muffs or plugs and a long sleeved shirt that is not loose fitting. Wearing any loose fitting clothes can get caught in the chain and cause severe accidents.
When cutting up a tree after it has fallen to the ground make sure that you don’t let the chain while it is turning cut into the ground as it will dull the chain very quickly. Also when cutting through a tree make sure that there is some type of support under the part of the tree that is being cut.
This will prevent the tree from binding your saw and stopping the chain from turning. This prevents you from finishing the cut that you are doing and you will be unable to pull the chainsaw out of the cut you are currently performing.
By supporting the weight on the underside of the tree you will prevent the chain from binding. Also if there is any dirt on the bark of the tree you sawing then perform your cuts away from theses areas or wipe off this dirt as it will dull your chain prematurely.
When cutting the tree into pieces make sure that they are cut in lengths between 18in. and no longer than 24in. as they will not fit into most wood stoves and will also become too heavy to lift and transport to were the wood is going to be dropped off or stored.
These sizes also make lifting the pieces again if they need to be split either by axe or by a wood splitter much easier. Remember that any chainsaw work can be dangerous so be sure to charge accordingly.
Keep in mind that these are only a few of many services you can add to your lawn mowing business to help continue making a good wage and providing a needed service to your current or potential customer base.