I have my choice of cutting up some just downed trees,
pretty wet, in the next few days, OR, letting them dry for a
few months and cutting them up next spring or summer. There
is no problem leaving them where they are for months. My
question is: does a chain saw work better on dried out
wood, or on moist wood? (By better, I mean speed of
cutting, wear on the blades, etc.)
Former slayer of dragons; practice now limited to sacred
Green wood is a little heavier to throw into a truck, but I think a
chain saw handles it better than dry wood. Oil on the chain will keep
sap from gumming it. I keep a brush handy in case there's grit where I
intend to saw.
the green wood is a little easier on the chain. The sap provides *some*
cooling and lube. Also as the wood seasons, it'll get harder. Cut it
now, and it'll dry out faster also. (if it's gonna be firewood)
Green wood cuts much easier than dried wood. Wet (green) wood fibers
are fuzzy and limp, dried wood fibers are stiff and locked into each
other with considerable force. Your tools will remain sharper longer
cutting green wood over dried wood of the same variety. The water
offers some lubrication and cooling.
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