A Comparison of Chain Saws, Brushcutters, and Machetes in Thinning a Young Conifer Plantation in the Sierra Nevada

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Chain saws, power brushcutters, and machetes were used in thinning an 8-year-old, 14.5 ac mixed conifer plantation in the Sierra Nevada. A comparison of production rates indicated no significant difference between chainsaws and machetes, with brushcutter production rates significantly lower than the other two tools. Differences in production rates were not attributable to tree size or number of trees per acre. Inefficiency of brushcutters was attributable to greater maintenance and downtime as compared to the other two tools. Further comparisons of these tools could be useful in determining the least expensive method of conducting precommercial thinnings in young mixed conifer plantations. West. J. Appl. For. 4(2):60-62, April 1989.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Forestry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 6C2

Publication date: April 1, 1989

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