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Homeowner's Complete Guide to the Chainsaw: A Chainsaw Pro Shows You How to Safely and Confidently Handle Everything from Trimming Branches and Felling Trees to Splitting and Stacking Wood Paperback – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565233565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565233560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,385 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

About the Author

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 on the CBS Early Morning Show and ESPN’s Play of the Week. He lives in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

Safety and maintenance are well covered.
Al
Very easy to read, informative guide to chainsaw use.
Aunt N.
Very well written with clear illustrations.
Ian E. Buckberry

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Randall L. Steffens on November 26, 2009
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This is an exceptionally and colossally well illustrated book! In fact, it is likely the best illustrated book I have ever seen. Anyone who needs a picture to understand what's being said, will find this the book of their dreams. I highly recommend this book. I bought 4 books covering this topic on Amazon.com and have found this one to the TOPS!
Go for it. You will not be disappointed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mike on December 12, 2009
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if you have or are buying a chainsaw which you intend to use,then you should own this book. read the book cover to cover before you even take the saw out of the packaging. by the time you finish reading you will be able to handle that saw with confidence and safety in mind. it covers everything you need to know about using and maintaining a chainsaw with safety as the number one priority. big,clear,color pictures and step by step instructions make learning and maintenance easy. plus, you can tell this guy just loves what hes doing,which makes for easy reading. buy this book as your first and most important safety measure....knowledge is the key to safety.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DMB on December 12, 2011
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Excellently written modern book with descriptive photos. Many practical chapters that the homeowner would encounter as a chainsaw project from felling small trees on up to a mammoth one. Authors emphasizes safety from chapter one and the need PPE one should have. The books describes the elemental concepts from safely starting the saw and how to handle it and create safe cuts. Book also contains chain saw maintenance. Also the book is published on quality paper and excellently bound. I highly recommend buying this book for the novice through advanced user. One tip gained is worth the price of the book itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Calder on June 25, 2012
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This book provides an excellent overview of how to choose, maintain and utilize a chainsaw in a safe and responsible manner. I was a little skeptical initially, because I wondered if it was primarily a safety manual that avoided semi-professional advice. Since the focus is on a potentially very dangerous piece of outdoor power equipment I wondered if the book was directed soley at the newbie user, which I am not. Despite my initial misgivings, I consider consistent responsible use and safety my top priority and further advice, pictures and suggestions are very welcome. This is a great book. I have read through some other books and guides on chainsaw use, and this is the best one I've seen. If you are new to using a chainsaw, this is essential reading. If you have been using a chainsaw for a while, but do not consider yourself an expert at felling larger trees (or perhaps even if you do) - this book has some great instructions and photographs regarding proper use of equipment (including wedges, pull cables, etc). The chainsaw care instructions are very useful too. While the text instructions provide a great narrative, the best part of this book are its extremely well done photos. In many cases the photos are step-by-step, bright, clear and just very well done. They are also fairly generic and applicable to most brands. This author even talks briefly about a few other types of related equipment (like pole saws), but the focus here is squarely on chainsaws - so do not expect other outdoor cutting equipment to get the same lavish treatment.

I have heard others, including at least one dealer, be downright irresponsible in their cutting advice. Always err on the side of safety and never think using a chainsaw is about trying to look like a tough guy, ignoring critical steps or skirting safety measures. This book covers most of the bases very well, in an extremely digestible manner. Very highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norman K. Saito on November 8, 2012
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I have been using chainsaws for over 40 years. I knew most of what was in this book, but if I had had it 40 years ago, I would have saved myself a lot of grief learning things the hard way. I still don't notch the trunk to direct tree fall. I make one cut in the desired direction of fall about 1/3 of the way through, then I fasten a rope above the cut as high as I can get it and use a come-along to apply positive pressure in the desired direction of fall then cut through from the opposite side, eight inches to a foot above the first cut. Most of the stuff I cut have trunks less than a foot and a half in diameter. I will try the notch system if I ever have to cut anything larger.

I would highly recommend this book to the novice and experienced (reaffirm what you are doing, and maybe learn a trick or two, I know I did).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian E. Buckberry on October 27, 2009
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Very well written with clear illustrations. One of the best produced tool manuals I have seen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Zink on December 3, 2010
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What you learn here in safety is worth the price of the book and more. The safety chapter is great insurance and will help keep and improve your operator skills to a higher and safer level. I learned a lot reading this book and recommend it to you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RoadWearier on July 14, 2012
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Excellent and well-illustrated book on the fundamentals of safety equipment, safe operation, cutting techniques, and maintenance. Very readable and approachable book for beginners - and good reminders for the experienced. As a complete beginner, I did find that the chapter on chain sharpening could have been more clear (perhaps with a link to a movie on the author's website, where he could show you live how to do it). Fortunately, I found a former arborist to show me. (It is much simpler than it looks.) That said, there is much good in this book - and anyone new to chainsawing will benefit from reading this before using a chainsaw for the first time - and have it handy on the first several days of chainsawing. Think of the price of this book. Think of the price of good protective clothing and gear. Think of the price of taking your time and doing it right. Now think of the price of a visit to the emergency room when you didn't think of the other things first. The author is diligent throughout the book on safety. Take the time to treat every caution with the importance it deserves. For the safety reminders alone, this book could easily pay for itself hundreds of times over. Now take the book out there with you and enjoy a hard day's work in the fresh air.
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