We had to remove some large hangers over a fenced-in dog walk clinic, last week. A big Silver Maple, about 60″ DBH, with 3 major vertical stems remaining, and a fourth that had long since failed, the remnants being a 30′ hollow spar, and a bit of broken steel cable hanging from the central tie in.
It was warm, wet, and a gorgeous November Day, and with all the SRT-ing I was doing, what with my Stanfield underlayer, and what not, I was causing a big steam-storm in my safety glasses.
I couldn’t do a minute of work, before I’d have to take of the glasses, wipe them ineffectually, and fire up the saw again. I was covered in wet sawdust, sweating, and generally to get this massive spar down on the ground without damaging fence, structures, paving stones, and pavement – NOTE a big piece of maple CAN punch a hole in parking lot pavement.
You can just ‘cut and toss’ these pieces- they had to be rigged out. Try doing it nearly blind, which was about where I was getting with the safety glasses.
So, I brought out my secret weapon. BUGZ! Now, they look funky, but man, do they have a place. Bugz are kind of like goggles, but instead of glass or plastic lenses, they just have a fine mesh screen. Now, the Bugz are not CE-approved, but I don’t think that it takes a genius to realize that the protection offered by Bugz (namely sawdust and some impact ) beats running a chainsaw blind, with your CE-approved fogged-up safety glasses dutifully perched on your nose.
They were definitely an essential piece of kit! Unlike my newly purchased CE Lanyard (more on that later….) which is taking an annoying-ly long time to get used to.