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Old 12-20-2012, 10:01 PM   #16
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Reciprocating Saw... Cordless vs Corded


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Looks like im getting a corded one. thanks for the replies. What is the "correct" way to cut tree branches and or cut down small trees?
Well people on forums can argue about the "correct" way all day long, but for occasional trimming, I suggest by hand with a good quality pruning saw and bow saw.
I've never used my reciprocating saw for pruning, though I will admit I've used it to cut out some small weed trees and shrubs along the fence and house.

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:23 PM   #17
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Well people on forums can argue about the "correct" way all day long, but for occasional trimming, I suggest by hand with a good quality pruning saw and bow saw.
I've never used my reciprocating saw for pruning, though I will admit I've used it to cut out some small weed trees and shrubs along the fence and house.
YES! I've got a pretty nice pro chainsaw, but I still use a bow saw and pole saw for occasional limbing. They cut surprisingly fast. I can't see myself ever using a reciprocation saw for yardwork. As for felling, I've always used a chainsaw or ax. I guess either a bow saw or reciprocating saw would work for smaller trees (8" at the max), but it'd be easy to bind the saw if you weren't careful about how the tree is leaning/will fall. A second person might be useful using those tools to help push the tree away from the cut.
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Reciprocating Saw... Cordless vs Corded


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Looks like im getting a corded one. thanks for the replies. What is the "correct" way to cut tree branches and or cut down small trees?
It's a lot easier to look up a picture online so you can see where you should make the cuts, and in which order.

When you cut a branch you should start a bit away from the tree trunk and
1: make a cut from the bottom of the branch about 1/2 way up. Don't try to keep cutting if the saw binds.
2: make a second cut from the top, a little further from the trunk than cut #1. The branch will break and fall.
3: cut the stub off the trunk.

The reason you should do it this way is first, it's easier and safer. Second, it will prevent bark from being torn off the trunk when the branch breaks. The tree needs the bark on its trunk to stay alive. If you do a lot of damage to a tree's trunk it will die.

Here is a really good video to watch of how to cut down a tree. The reason I suggest this one specifically is, it's a knowledgeable guy cutting the tree very carefully, and it still falls down before he expected it to!
http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-To...-tree/View-All

If you notice, he is just getting ready to put a wedge into the tree and finish it off, when it starts falling by itself.

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