SEARCH BLOG: LEISURE
Yesterday was the first day in October that would be considered normal... mid-60s high and mid-40s low temperatures. Partly sunny, slight breeze, dry... perfect.
So, rather than spend the day with my warm, cozy laptop computer, I hit the links for 18 holes of satisfying golf and a leisurely lunch with my foursome. Upon returning home, I still had no desire to stay indoors, so I decided to take on one of those jobs that come up occasionally around the house: trimming a large tree. Actually we have several large trees that are beginning to encroach on the house and a couple of weeks ago I took on a small, flowering crabapple.
This time the target was a fairly good sized Linden that seemed to be spreading up, sideways, and even downward toward the driveway. It had overtaken the last 15 feet of the driveway so much so that parking was problematic. Plus it was a magnet for bees, spiders and those Asian beetles that love to nip at your skin this time of the year.
Taking on the task of pruning 6-inch diameter branches without climbing the tree meant having more than a manual pruning saw. Yet, the cost of a professional, gas-powered saw was prohibitive. Fortunately, the local Home Depot carries just the tool... and electric-powered pruning saw that extends to 9 feet. It is made by Homelite and had good reviews, so the $100 seemed reasonable.
As an aside, the box itself claims the saw has a "15 ft. Reach." When you buy something like this and it is in a box, you don't really have a chance to examine it very well. So I asked the fellow who worked at Home Depot whether the "15-ft. reach" meant the saw extended to 15 feet or whether the 15 feet included a person 6-feet tall. He said the saw extended to 15 feet. He was wrong.
So, four hours after starting, I had trimmed a large stack of limbs and small branches and stacked them neatly at the curb for pickup by the city. There are still some branches higher up that I'll need to reach with a longer ladder. That "15-foot reach" the Homelite marketing people put on the box would have come in handy... if it had meant what it insinuated - an extension saw that was 15-feet long.
I guess the Homelite lawyers agonized over this for 10 seconds and said, "sounds good to us."
And, no, I'm not getting paid for this review... just in case the Obama watchdogs are watching.
Oh, ignoring the fact that I felt "short-changed" on the length of the pole, that saw actually did very well in cutting through those limbs... better than I expected from a small electric chain saw.