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Instead of a Chain Saw, Use an Arborist's Saw

When there's a 3-foot-diameter tree across your driveway, go ahead and fire up that chain saw. Just remember, there's a reason it plays a part in so many horror movies. The rest of the time, this 221/2-inch arborist's saw slices through branches and brush quickly, quietly, and with much less risk to life or (human) limb. Its teeth cut on the pull stroke, with deep gullets to clear chips fast.

Tip: When pruning live trees, wipe down saw blades with alcohol between cuts to disinfect the steel and prevent the spread of disease within the plant.

6 tpi; approximately $54; Garrettwade

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