Clearing Land For Your Greenhouse – Part 2
Welcome to our multiple-part write up on clearing land for your DIY Greenhouse. In our earlier post we covered those considerations that you will want to keep in mind before you start clearing your property. These include things such as; knowledge, permitting and location. If you have not yet read this first post on clearing land for your greenhouse, click here to do so.
Once you are ready to start clearing your property you have to decide on your plan of attack and what tools you will need to complete that plan. Your land clearing can involve only hand tools or may include heavy equipment. This clearing of land is a critical step before starting your greenhouse foundation.
Regardless of your “plan of attack” to clear your land, if there are trees involved you will want to use a chainsaw to bring the trees down. Chainsaws are inherently dangerous! If you’ve never operated one before, be sure to obtain training and use all of the proper safety equipment – regardless of how “uncomfortable” they may be. While safety chaps may add some discomfort to a job, they are far more comfortable than not having a leg for the rest of your life!
Chainsaw Safety Considerations For Land Clearing
Safety Concerns Before Starting Your Chainsaw
Taking your time before you start using your chainsaw is not only a good idea for safety concerns – but will increase your efficiency by preventing breakdowns and causing your saw to operate more efficiently. The below steps are a general summary of steps to consider / perform before using your saw, but should not be used as a replacement for proper training.
• Be sure to check all adjustments of your chainsaw before using it. This should include the controls, safety devices and chain tension.
• Be sure your chain is sufficiently sharpened. This is also a good time to make sure that your lubricant reservoir is properly filled.
• ALWAYS start the chainsaw from the ground level. “Drop starting” – where the chainsaw is pushed down while the start cord is pulled can result in injury. Be sure that the chain brake is engaged while starting your saw.
• Take care when fueling your saw – do not smoke while fueling and be sure to use a funnel to fill the saw to avoid spillage. Only proper containers should be used to transport and store gasoline.
• NEVER fill a hot or running saw with fuel. Any spillage could result in the fuel “flashing” and may cause injury or damage to the saw.
Safety Concerns While Using Your Chainsaw
As stated above, and we’ll reinforce it again, running a chainsaw is inherently dangerous. Make sure you’ve received proper training before attempting to use a chainsaw. Below are some safety concerns to keep in mind while running the saw, but they are in no way a substitute for proper training, nor should they be seen as all-inclusive. The reader takes full responsibility for his or her own actions and knowledge if engaging in such activity.
• Proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) must be worn by those persons performing the sawing in order to ensure their safety. This includes protection for; hands (gloves), foot (close toed shoes – most prefer hard toed boots), leg (safety chaps), head to include eye & face (hard hat with face shield), and hearing protection (ear muffs).
• Do not wear loose fitting clothing, jewelry or accessories. As with any rotary type of machinery, there is a chance that a loose fitting shirt or necklace could get caught in the equipment, drawing the user into the saw and causing injury or death.
• Be sure to clear away rocks, dirt, tree limbs etc. that may hinder the saw’s path as it cuts through the tree. Before starting the cut, be sure you also check the tree trunk for items like nails or metal spikes that may cause the saw to “skip”.
• If you are moving from one location to the next, over rough or uncertain grounds, be sure that the chain brake on the saw is engaged. You can also shut the saw off temporarily. The 10 seconds it takes you to restart the saw is preferable to an accident.
• Keep your hands on the saw, and make sure your footing is steady while cutting.
• Do not cut down trees so that they land against other trees or branches. This can lead to what are called “widow makers” – trees or limbs under pressure that can snap back and cause injury or death.
• Watch for saw “kick back” the easiest preventative measure to avoid kick back is to avoid cutting with only the tip of the saw.
We’ll be posting more on land clearing tips and concerns, be sure to be on the look out for future posts!
Below are some products you can purchase for land clearing. These are affiliate links through Amazon
Chainsaw Products For Clearing Your Property
- Husqvarna 450 18-Inch 50.2cc X-Torq 2-Cycle Gas Powered Chain Saw With Smart Start (CARB Compliant)
- Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106B
- Husqvarna 505675515 ProForest Chain Saw Helmet System
- Husqvarna 531309565 Chain Saw Apron Chaps, Navy
- Husqvarna 505642210 Chain Saw Protective Gloves, Large
As you can see there are several safety concerns to consider when cutting down trees for land clearing of your DIY Greenhouse, but everything starts with a single step!