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More of the AdvancedCut 25 April 2021

Yes, I've been playing with the chainsaw again.

The great thing about it is that it handles everything. Normally if I'm cutting away a mass of foliage I start with the secateurs or anvil pruner for the small stuff, but once the branches get above a certain size I have to switch to the hand saw. But the hand saw won't do the small green stuff with any efficiency, so I have to switch back to the secateurs. If I had a big chainsaw, it would only do the big branches; small stuff just gets knocked out of the way.

Meanwhile with the AdvancedCut I can pull a mass of green stuff into a bundle with one (gloved!) hand and swipe through it with the saw in the other, then do the same to a single thicker branch, then step over to the bin and slice that branch into convenient chunks, and so on, all without having to change the tool I'm holding. So I just step to whatever's closest, cut it, deal with it, and go on to the next thing.

I did finally manage to break a chain, mind.

But given the size and mass of the thing that's a matter of a snapping noise and an unhappy whine from the motor, rather than a flailing hazard to life and limb.

One "session" means cutting enough to fill the green garden bin, which is collected every two weeks, but which between times I can load into the back of the car and take to the tip (best done first thing in the morning before there's a queue); that's usually about half an hour's work with the saw. It took me about four sessions to clear away a mass of buddleia and fuchsia that I thought had choked the cherry to death; by the time I'd got that lot done, the cherry had started putting out leaves and blossom. (Trees are happier if they can see the sun, apparently.)

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