John F Dean wrote:Food for thought .... cutting trees is part of homesteading. From your question, it appears that you dont have a great deal of chainsaw experience. No doubt, you will gain it. I certainly did. I also had a good family friend who had a tree "walk" and come down on his neck. He spend several years in a wheel chair on a breathing machine. He finally died. My point is that I treat tree cutting seriously. I hire out a job that I think is beyond my skills.
Thanks for the warning. In my almost 57 years, I've heard enough chainsaw stories to instill a strong sense of respect for them in me. No matter how many Youtube videos I've watched, I'm not going to be felling anything more than a sapling.
With that said I'll expand on my previous answer to your question. I'm looking into chainsaw mills, because the land we bought used to have an amish run sawmill on it. They of course took all their equipment with them, but they left a pile of logs behind that had been deemed unfit for producing lumber that they could resell. They are too big to move without special equipment so I was looking at the possibility of milling them where they are with a chainsaw mill, so they could be moved one board at a time. The lumber produced would be sub-standard, but I figured it could be suitable for animal shelters, garden fences, etc.