Oh my, please tell me we’re not the only DIY gardeners that do stuff like this…we had a tree die in our backyard. It was an ornamental apple tree and was planted sometime in the 70’s, so it was pretty large. For years it bloomed every summer, filling the air with fragrance and gorgeous blooms, to only have the first rain of the season send the soppy wet mess to the ground to be raked up and disposed of. Still, we enjoyed it and the privacy the leaves provide us from the neighbors and our local park patrons, so we put up with the mess.
But two years ago we noticed that half of the tree was dead. No idea why. Then this year, the entire tree was dead save for one lonely branch that still flowered. The hubby got a wild hare in him and decided the tree needed to come down. Of course, I wanted to have it removed by a tree professional…he wanted to do it himself. So off to Home Depot he went and he came home with a several hundred dollar Homelight chainsaw (model ut10918A).
He pulled out his shiny new saw, showed it off to me, and then started cutting through the tree. He started at the top, lopping off branches, and finally got to just the trunk. He did the “V” cut like a “real” logger and felled the tree…whoo hoo. So the whole thing cost us several hundred so far, but the tree still needed to be cut up and the stump pulled out.
Now what I didn’t know about ornamental apple trees is their wood is HAAAAAARD, and that little Homelight chainsaw cracked and broke. To say my husband was MAD is an understatement! So with the tree lying in the yard, he huffed off and went back to Home Depot with his 4-hr old chainsaw in a box to return it. Luckily, they didn’t complain about the return (my husband would have gone ballistic) and they refunded his money, so he went to a local lawn-care shop and bought a Stihl (all metal, no plastic, and more money…he was in heaven).
He brought his NEW, new toy home and showed this one off as well. Now we’re over $400 into chainsaws and I’m still wondering why we didn’t pay to have the removed, it seems like it would have been cheaper and it’s not like we live in the woods. Save for cutting up downed trees in a snow storm (a rare occurrence around here) or doing some volunteer trail maintenance (once a year), the chainsaw was going to become another expensive garage ornament.
While all this was going on, I was snapping pictures and sharing the whole event on Facebook and Twitter as I like to do from time to time. One of my Facebook friends mentioned that the Oregon Company was looking for people to try out their self-sharpening system and perhaps I should check them out. I had no clue what a self-sharpening system was, being a chainsaw newb, so I went to their company website to get more information and I checked out some reviews (all great), watched a few videos of how it worked, and I was sold.
What’s a PowerSharp Chainsaw Self-Sharpening unit? It’s this really cool chainsaw sharpening system that gives chain saw users the power to sharpen chain themselves in a matter of seconds with an attachment – that means no expensive professional sharpening and no time off the job. Perfect! So I decided to contact the Oregon Company’s PR rep about their PowerSharp Chainsaw Self-Sharpening unit. The hubby had already had to hand sharpen his new saw twice and it was quite the process, so I just knew this would be the answer.Making way with the stump…it weighed several hundred pounds so digging it up and cutting it up was the only way to get it out
The Oregon Company’s PR rep, who’s a sweetheart, had to giggle at the hubby’s exploits and offered to send the hubby a PowerSharp Chainsaw Self-Sharpening unit to try it out. I was thrilled, until she asked for the model number of his new Stihl. That’s when I discovered that while Oregon makes amazing self-sharpeners, they don’t make them for every brand or every size, and the hubby had purchase a model they’re still working on…bummed, I said thanks and moved on….
Check back tomorrow to see what the surprise was and where we are on our backyard redo! And please tell me we’re not the only DIY’s who can turn a simple backyard project into an expensive makeover!
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