I had the opportunity to harvest several cord of oak firewood from a house just up the road from my house. That meant I had the opportunity to run my beloved Stihl 290 multiple times. Many life lessons can be learned while running a chainsaw.
That sick of wood will heat you up three times.
You will warm up during the cutting of the wood. You will warm up during the splitting and stacking of the wood. And, you will warm up when its being burned.
Sharpen your chain early and often.
Just do it. Stop what you are doing and sharpen the chain. When the chips flying out of your saw look like dust, its past time to cut. It will save you time to stop and sharpen.
Safety glasses only work when they are on your eyes
I had my glasses on my head, but not on my eyes. They were perched on the bill of my cap when a piece of sawdust flew into my eye. It happens, and I knew better.
Timing is everything:
I guess I have learned this in a lot of places and different ways, but timing matters. At the end of cutting and before putting your saw up for the rest of the season, you should drain the fuel tank and run the engine completely dry. The plan is to run out of fuel after you finish cutting, but that is not the way it always happens. Yesterday the blessing of God was obvious. I usually run out, or break down just before I finish up. These untimely break downs cost time usually, but not yesterday. Yesterday I was cutting the very last branch. It was about 14 inches across and hard as a rock. As I held on to the Stihl 290 and guided the cut, the two pieces release from one another, my saw quit. I had run out of fuel…completely out of fuel…just after the last piece of firewood was cut. Perfect timing is not based upon planning all the time.
I hope I run this race in such a way that I use everything up and run out at just the last moment. I don’t want to run out early and be cranky and unfit for kingdom work, and I don’t want to reserve all my energy for a time that I’ll never get to use it.
1 Corinthians 9
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[b] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.