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Can you cut wet wood with a chainsaw?

If you’re a wood worker, then it’s likely that you’ll have to deal with wet wood at one point or the other. For instance, you may need to cut off some huge tree branches after a rain, or you might even be hired to slice up wet wood. Now, many people ask a number of questions when wet wood is involved, and many of those questions are truly important. If you’ve never used a chainsaw on wet wood before, then you may want to know whether it’s advisable to go ahead, or whether to dry out the woods first.

There are quite a number of reasons why drying out the wood may be the best way to go, but this doesn’t mean you wouldn’t also do just fine when the woods are still wet. In fact, many people think there are no significant differences between when you’re working on wet wood, and when the wood is dry.

However, if you’re going to be cutting wet wood with your chainsaw, then there are the things you should know or consider before you fire on. Putting every factor to consideration helps you achieve the same good results on every cut, hence it is ideal to take note of them.

Can you cut wet wood with a chainsaw

How to effectively cut a wet wood with a chainsaw

There are no special rules to cutting wet wood with a chainsaw, and you’ll soon discover how easy and non demanding it actually is. Basically, one of the few most important things to consider, is the density measurement of the wood. This factor is about the only thing that would determine whether the regular chainsaw blades or a more purpose-specific one, is ideal. Just like you would do with a dense dry wood, find the appropriate chain that matches well with the wood density, and use only that.

After setting everything in order for work, check all the moving parts to see that they’re well lubricated. If you did not know, lack of proper lubrication on the chainsaw parts, may significantly hinder its functions. So before mentioning that the wet wood slowed down your work, why don’t you do some quick check on the machine you’re using?

Note that the wetness of the wood, has not been observed to necessarily affect the cutting effectiveness of the chainsaw. This means that the saw is able to pass seamlessly through the wood water. However, you must pay more attention to the machine parts, and how the wet wood components may gradually reduce its efficiency. Since the wood is wet, always remember that it would naturally be denser than dry wood, and so also would its dust be.

A basic contrast between cutting dry wood and wet wood with a chainsaw, is that the dry wood dusts falls off more easily- without attaching unto the chainsaw part. This is quite not so when cutting wet wood, and the air filter would need to do relatively more work to get the denser dusts off. As you cut, always watch to see that the wet dusts are not yet accumulated. Sometimes, the sound outputs from the machine changes when there’s accumulated dusts- so you may consider this.

Now, another thing you should know, is that cutting wet wood with your chainsaw, does not necessarily expose the machine to possible damage. Most chainsaw models on the markets, have been designed to cut both wet and dry woods, effectively- without a resultant wear and tear effect. So if you have a spoil chainsaw, stop thinking it definitely got damaged because you used it majorly on wet woods.

Safety precautions when cutting wet wood with a chainsaw

Safety precautions when cutting wet wood with a chainsaw

Asides the regular safety precautions associated with the use of a chainsaw, there are some specific safety precautions that are now more important, based on the fact that you’re working on wet material. Instead of thinking about the possibility of getting your chainsaw damaged, what you should be more concerned about, is your own safety while executing the tasks.

If your chainsaw model uses electric power, then you should know that it is ideal that you avoid coming in direct contact with the machine while it is under use. This is because you can’t always rule out the fact that the water from the wood, may come in contact with the live parts of the machine- which may result in electric shock. In order to protect yourself, always wear protective coverings for your hands and feet, especially.

The coverings should be entirely made of insulator materials, while you should also ensure that all required parts are well covered. In some situations where you have to deal with a lot of water, using a battery or fuel powered machine, is advisable. If your chainsaw allows multiple power source, then electricity power should be the last option you want to use.

Constantly check your machine’s air filter section, and keep it as dry as possible. In the instance that it’s beginning to get wet, take a break and clean off the penetrating moisture. If you discover that you’re really not able to keep the water away from the filter spot, then you really should consider doing the job some other time. For most times however, you should be able to find a way around this, and it shouldn’t turn out to be any much problem.

Furthermore, remember to wear safety boots with enough grip on the ground. It is possible that wet wood may become a little slippery, and you may need to put in some more efforts at retaining your balance. Also, never fail to wear safety helmets and face protection equipment, while you work. These would protect your head and face, even if you eventually fall. Asides the fact that gloves may protect you from electric shock, they could also help your hand grip on the machine.

Now, there are no reasons why you shouldn’t work more, with your chainsaw. The chainsaw machine does not have a problem with the rain; what you probably need is just a raincoat for yourself.

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