Cutting with a chainsaw

The home we recently purchased has a large oak out front. Around the tree is a wood barrier made out of stacked 4x6, and secured with rebar at the ends. However it's starting to shift and has an overgrowth of weeds and basically just looks terrible. Can I use an electric chainsaw to cut the barrier into smaller more manageable pieces? TIA!!
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  • Patricia H Patricia H on Jun 16, 2012
    I should add that I will be cutting into dirt while using the saw...Not sure if that's ok to do with with a chainsaw or not...

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Jun 16, 2012
    Not a good idea to do it. Can you use a sledge hammer and knock it apart first, then use the chain saw after you have it apart? Can you post a picture of it, I am not sure I understand the structure

  • If the chain saw hits the soil the blade will be become dull within seconds of hitting the soil, and possible ruined. If your not familiar enough with the use of the chain saw and what can damage the blade, you really should not be using such a dangerous tool. Use an electrical Sawzall that you can rent if you do not own one. They sell blades to cut tree branches and larger wood frame members. Much safer then chain saw when working near the ground or near metal.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jun 17, 2012
    Woodbridge nailed it...sawzall with disposable "demo" blades..these can cut through wood and an occasional nail. the "chain" for a chainsaw runs 25 bucks or so...a 9" demo blade about 5 bucks. Crow bars and sledge hammers can also be used.

  • Patricia H Patricia H on Jun 17, 2012
    Thanks! I have the chainsaw to trim trees, so I was hoping to put it to use in other areas. Guess I need to "man up" and break out the sledge hammer. groan...