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Monday 6 January 2014

Power Tool Tip for January

The right tools for the job

Winter pruning is made a lot easier with the right power tools.

Never work with a chainsaw above shoulder height and always make sure you are wearing the right protective clothing. Cutting logs and pruning is a good winter warmer. When you’re fuelling up remember as well you need chainsaw oil for lubricating the chain.

A pole pruner, effectively a chainsaw on a pole, is ideal for cutting those hard to reach branches and removing over crowded tree limbs. Weather permitting, if there are still leaves on the lawn and you have a garden tractor with a brush sweeper/collector you can clean up, depositing the leaves on the compost.

A chipper shredder can be run off the Power Take Off for reducing prunings to mulch. Then it’s a good time to have the tractor serviced ready for the first cut in the spring. If there are still large areas of fallen leaves that didn’t get cleared up before Christmas a power blower or a blower/vac will be indispensable.      

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