When you have a tree in your yard that requires trimming, the first thing you’ll need to decide is whether to hire a tree service for the job or tackle it yourself. If you feel that the job is within your comfort level, you’ll need to think about the type of saw you wish to use. The idea of buying a chainsaw and making the necessary cuts quickly can certainly be appealing, but there are benefits to using a hand saw — a bow saw is especially ideal for trimming your trees. Here are some things to think about as you make your saw choice for the job.
There’s little doubt that you can still cut yourself with a hand saw, but this tool is generally safer to use — especially in the hands of an amateur — than a chainsaw. If you don’t have much sawing experience, you’ll find that you can comfortably control the hand saw to make your desired cuts without putting yourself in harm’s way.
Easier for Elevated Cuts
If you’re trimming some branches high up the tree and have decided to climb the trunk, a hand saw is typically a better choice. It’s ideal because it only needs a single hand to operate. This means that you can hang onto a sturdy branch with your spare hand while you operate the saw. Conversely, you need both hands to operate a chainsaw, making it a poor choice when you’re up in the tree — unless you have a professional-style harness.
Courteous to Your Neighbors
If you live in a residential area with lots of neighbors, a chainsaw can be annoying to those around you. This alone might make you feel self-conscious about running this tool. Even if you’re not self-conscious, it’s proper etiquette to only run a chainsaw during standard daytime hours. This means that if you’re anxious to get the project underway early — 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, for example — the hand saw will allow you to work with minimal noise.
Easier on Your Body
Although you’ll certainly get a shoulder workout when you use a hand saw, this type of saw can be easier on your body. A chainsaw is much heavier than a hand saw, which can quickly lead to muscle fatigue. Additionally, the vibration caused by a chainsaw can make your hands and forearms tired and sore, while the noise can be bothersome to your ears. You might dismiss a hand saw as taking too long, but, as long as it has been properly sharpened, you might be surprised to see how quickly you can cut through thick branches.