Icy-cold air and falling snow are bad excuses for putting away your chainsaw. Chances are, you still need to cut some wood to keep yourself toasty throughout the winter.
But what should you be doing to make winter cutting easier? Surely the cold weather will have its effects on your chainsaw. How can you prevent problems from thickening oil and struggling starts? Just follow these easy tips.
Keep sawing, no matter what the temperature, and, rest assured, you'll have enough fresh firewood to get you through the season.
Tip 1: Wear the Appropriate Gear
No matter how well your saw is running, it still requires a stable operator to get the job done. Making sure you're properly dressed to stay warm and safe is an important first step to ensuring a successful winter wood-cutting project.
While you may or may not choose to wear a helmet and face shield during summer chainsaw outings, it's especially important to wear these while winter sawing. The cold, dry weather will cause the wood to splinter more easily, posing a threat to your eyes and face.
The brittle trunk of a dead tree can also cause it to crack and fall sooner than expected. Wearing a helmet and face shield will protect you from the flying and falling debris of winter wood. If you don't have a face shield, a ski mask can work in a pinch, and will keep your face warm in the process.
In addition to face and head protection, you should always wear protective gloves, chaps, and boots. The beauty of sawing in winter is that these safety gear items will help to keep you warm and dry as well.