Something like 15 years ago, I had a bunch of Samoan landscapers
remove several yuccas from my front yard. They were part of the
landscaping crew at Charlie Keating's Phoenician Resort doing a little
moonlighting in the suburbs.
Scared the cr@p out of me watching them. They wrapped one end of some
steel cable around the yucca, wrapped the other end around the hitch
on the back of their truck, and put 'er in gear. I had visions of that
cable snapping and taking out the picture window directly behind the
plant. Guess they knew what they were doing though, they came right
out with only some minor ruts in the grass.
For the odd tree limb, a recip saw is a much safer and easier
You can get a good reciprocating saw and a pack of
pruning blades and all you need is a high quality drop cord.
It will NEVER fail to start and is generally, MUCH
safer for the average person to use than a chain saw.
For under $200, you are business for many years.
Nancy Young wrote:
An electric saw would work just fine. I have a good one that cost about
$100 and gets used once or twice a year. But how about a hand-powered tree
limb saw? Not the kind you'd use on a woodworking bench, but one designed
for tree limbs. They're even cheaper. The kind I'm familiar with have a
You should disconnect the fuel line, drain the tank, empty the
carburetor and start it and run the rest of the gas out of it. On the
other hand it's not difficult to start it up once a month to keep it
An electric will work just fine. Just watch what you buy. Electrics
seem to have crappy oilers. Find one with a good oiler or you'll be
attached to an oil can every time you use it. Either that or wear out
your bar and chain quickly.
Great last name! You make a body proud.
As to the saw, well, a whole bunch of reasons why it won't start. Old
gas, and dirty air filter are two big ones. Black spark plug is another.
If you got the cords to get to the trees, electric saw is a great idea.
My Dad has one, and he really loves it. While running, remember to push the
chain oiler every five to ten seconds (or whatever the book says).
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