Adventures in Amateur Tree Removal

An underpowered chainsaw and a tree that simply would not give up – sounds like the making for some sort of disaster waiting to happen. Thankfully, in this case, the results were rather harmless. Here, a man somehow managed to pull a tree down but didn’t think to check if the roots were still intact.

Adding insult to injury, he takes what looks like a Stihl 30.2 cc 2-Cycle MS 170 Chainsaw to do a job meant for a Husqvarna 455 Rancher. Of course, the MS 170 is a very affordable chainsaw – available at all the major hardware supply stores. It’s great for shrubbery and saplings, not full sized trees – and that was this guy’s first mistake.


Chainsaws are those things that the average person only needs every so often. A tree limb came down unexpectedly or an old tree died and needs to get taken down before a storm can get to it – people tend to opt for the cheapest choice. It’s possible to get a good deal on a chainsaw, but you can only get a good deal if you know what you’re looking for. We’re going to cover some chainsaw basics.

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The gauge is the thickness of the chain as it rotates about the bar. You don’t necessarily need a super heavy chain but do keep in mind than an inferior one will end up causing