Smooth auger blades aren’t designed to cut through packed or icy snow so the snow may be harder to clear if your snowthrower has this type of blade. Snowthrowers with serrated auger blades cut easily into icy snow. Track drive also helps the machine grip the surface and push into the icy snow.
Rip cuts are cuts that go with the woodgrain. After a proper measurement and marking have been made, carefully use your thumb to guide your saw with two or three short upward strokes. Once the cut is started hold the saw at a 60 degree angle to the wood and make smooth, full downstrokes. If you’re making a long cut, use a wedge to spread the wood apart. This will help prevent any binding.