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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel; Original edition (7 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565233565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565233560
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..."lots of healthy attention given to safety. There are also excellent photos of the wrong ways to use the saw. Highly recommended. "- Library Journal"The conversational tone and thorough illustrations clearly outline a step-by-step approach for many chainsaw-related-chores around the farm - even stacking firewood and milling lumber - with safetly emphasized throughout. If you've never operated a chainsaw before or want to brush up on your operating skills, this book is worth adding to your library." - Hobby Farms Magazine"Homeowner's Complete Guide to the Chainsaw, by Brian J. Ruth and Jen W. Ruth, is an instructional manual that shows readers how to safely and confidently handle trimming branches and felling trees to splitting and stacking wood." - Woodshop News"As an operator of chain saws for 30 years, this is the most complete all-around book on the chain saw that I have read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has operated a chain saw or is thinking of operating a chain saw."- Mike Sullivan, 5-Time World Hot Saw Champion, Arborist, Logger, and Home Owner."..one of the finest tool manuals that I have ever come across. So, if you are planning to cut down some trees or limb the branches with your chain saw, don't even pull that cord until you read this book.- "Graham McCulloch, Shortcuts.ns.ca"Everything is illustrated and clearly written so you can see immediately what you should be doing. "- Woodworking Plans and Projects Magazine

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Brian J. Ruth is the owner of Masters of the Chainsaw, a talent agency with offices in the United States and Japan that has placed more than 60 professional performance chainsaw artists at more than 1,200 events worldwide. He is a former tree surgeon and has been featured in numerous publications.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. R. May-Hill on 19 Dec. 2011
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This is a clear and very well illustrated guide to using one of the most dangerous (yet readily available) tools on sale today. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is planning to buy (or already has) a chainsaw, or will be operating one. This book would also serve as a useful preparation guide for anyone considering obtaining chainsaw qualifications in the UK (e.g. CS30 & CS31, or LANTRA).

The guide gives advice on selecting an appropriate saw for your needs, as well as the relevant PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) you should buy before using your saw. It then covers a range of "projects" from basic cutting of firewood through to felling large trees, plus important guidance on maintenance and servicing of chainsaws. The style is knowledgeable without being patronising - the authors appear to be husband and wife, and both have many years of chainsaw experience.

The only slight downside is that the book is clearly written by Americans for the US market, and so some of the suggested accessories/suppliers aren't readily accessible to those in the UK. However, the advice, techniques and tips are all applicable, and the chainsaws used in the illustrations - mainly (but not exclusively) Husqvarna and Stihl - are widely available in the UK. (In any case, the principles of safe use and maintenance of the saw are essentially the same, whatever the make.)

Considering the costs (both financial and otherwise) of chainsaw-related accidents, this book is money well spent. I wish I'd bought it before I got my CS30 & CS31 qualifications, rather than after!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Aug. 2010
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As a new chainsaw user I was trying to find something to keep me right - and this book certainly did the job. Although I think I'm fairly safety conscious I like advice - but find a lot of it quite a drag to get through. Not this one - safety as an interesting and sensible section. Even got the other half to read it, now she understands why she got shouted at as she wandered about trying to help. Lots of other good info in the book for everyday use - and goes on to more advanced features which whet the appetite, but probably never be used (bit of a dreamer at times)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david m on 15 Jan. 2012
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This book is a definite must have if you are even interested in the idea of operating a chainsaw. I have operated lots of power tools and am always wary of being safe, especially with thing like bandsaws, circular saws and especially chainsaws. I have no previous experience operating a chainsaw and having purchased one through amazon after a lot of advice from professionals. I still felt the need to get myself as much information as possible and came across this book. It covers all aspects without being tedious, or patronising. it shows everything from safety, setting up right through to felling and even covers how to cut planks ad trim them. I haven't read it all yet, but will be as I know it will serve me well.
I showed it to my brother yesterday who has used chainsaws for nearly as long as I can remember ( not quite as far back as school ), and he was extremely impressed. I had to say I would loan it to him when I had chance to study it enough to feel safe with my new saw. All I can really say is it is worth every penny. Mine was supposed to be second hand, but I don't think the previous owner had even looked at it. their loss, my gain. It is well illustrated with mostly photos and some drawings. It is both suitable for novices and professionals alike. My bit of advice to add to this book is get it and read it. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. John Pritchard on 2 July 2012
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This books is superb. I am SO glad I bought it, and I found it compulsive reading. On the strength of it, I changed my mind about what kind of chainsaw I needed and fundamentally reassessed what I could expect to do with it. The guidance on all aspects of chainsaw purchasing, operating practices, health and safety, maintenance, personal protective equipment, etc., is quite simply brilliant. The writing is clear and straightforward. The book is lavishly illustrated and the photographs and diagrammes have been made and selected with great care. The book is utterly authoritative and well-organised. And a little thing but one that was MUCH appreciated, are the extended front & back covers which unusually for a book of this kind are "perfect bound" but extend beyond the opening face of the book with folds front and back that can be used to bookmark pages. The printing is of exceptionally high quality, too. The book arrived quickly although sourced from the USA. Its timely arrival saved me a lot of money because the guidance offered within the book stopped me from making stupid choices or taking greater risks than I supposed I was about to make without reading this. The book costs little. It is excellent value for money. And it will help readers avoid serious injuries, and it will save lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David F. L. Fowler on 20 Nov. 2010
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This book was just what I needed and more besides,I was looking for safety advice and was happy to find comprehensive advice on techniques and attire to ensure safe practice.I was also very pleased to find good clear photos and advice on maintenence of chainsaws.I can definately recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 3 Jun. 2012
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An excellent guide to maintaining and using a chainsaw safely. This guide includes tree felling, taking the branches off and chopping it up for firewood, as well as sharpening and taking proper care of the chainsaw so that it can last for years - and so can you!
Lots of illustrations to show exactly what the writers are talking about.
It's written in American, but despite the differences in jargon, it's all quite clear. I would definitely recommend the book for anyone considering buying and using a chainsaw.
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