I found it at a garage sale about a month ago. It cost us twenty dollars and is probably twenty years old. Its housing is made of ugly green plastic and its label displays the Stars and Stripes.
It’s name is Patriot and it’s a chainsaw that is different from a typical one: it’s electric.
After moving from the suburbs to the country a couple of years ago, we found ourselves lacking some skills most locals have like driving a tractor and wood harvesting. Everyone around here uses gas-powered chainsaws to do the rough work of cutting large timber down to manageable sizes.
I won’t ever use one because they seem too dangerous. Whether or not that’s true I’ve made up my mind. My husband seems neutral. As a result of our attitudes, we’ve been missing out on being able to utilize a massive amount of wood on our property
We had three huge trees cut down that have laid on a hillside for a couple of years. We previously hacked and sawed off all of the branches for burning. We used the bark but were left with lengths of timber so wide in diameter we could do nothing with them.
Enter the Patriot.
It probably has half the power of a gas chainsaw but that’s what makes it so great: less probability of bouncing off a knot and wreaking havoc with the human body.
The day we acquired our new best friend, I ran a couple of extension cords down the hillside and commenced to “bucking” one of the humongous logs. To my surprise, the chainsaw works really well for being electric.
We are now able to cut the giant trunks into manageable sections that my husband splits into firewood. All of that wood that’s been sitting around taunting us is now thinking twice.
I feel accomplished now. I can slingshot and I can buck wood. I now feel I have earned the Carhartt jacket I bought recently.
Give us another year and you might not be able to distinguish us from the locals – except that we have an electric chainsaw.