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Old 09-22-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Wink The big, shiny chainsaw thread

Show 'em off or fire your questions my way.

I've been doing tree work for over 20 years and I've learned a thing or two about making them cut and cut well

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Old 09-22-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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Mee too. Ive learned that a Re-manufactured homelite for 70$ (with a few holes drilled in the exhaust and then a re-adjusted carb) with a chain from Lowes (sharpened correctly) will work just as good as any chainsaw on the market !

Slice thru locust trees like butter ! No BS !
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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I don't have pics of my saws (should I? Dang, another thing to drag out and photograph), but I've been using chainsaws since I was a kid....firewood, harvesting, etc. Now I use them for my lawn & tree service, so I'm still well stocked with a variety of them.

Seems like any chainsaw thread devolves into 91% of the posters screaming that Stihl and/or Husky are the best, or that their sears/poulan/homelite works just fine (to the ridicule of the 91%).

So, before we get there let me say this:

Stihl makes good saws, they have the biggest and best dealer network and control it tightly. They sell more saws than anyone else, in no small part because of that dealer network.

Husky makes a similarly good saw, but have always been 2nd fiddle in sales and dealer network to Stihl, their answer to this was to sell their mid-level lines in big box crap stores like Lowes and TSC, which ultimately cheapens their line....and pisses off their dealers. Shame too, it's a bad business move in the long term.

Sears/poulan/homelite/mccollough is a crapshoot of questionable quality, but for a weekend homeowner needing to cut his way out of some storm damage - fine I guess. However, the value is in serious question. $179 will buy you the entry-level Stihl saw, or plenty of other good brands.

Now, about all the rest:

Jonsered, Dolmar, Shindaiwa, EFCO (and rebadged Cub Commercial), Echo, Redmax, and a few other names I can't remember all make superb saws at least as good and sometimes better than Stihl. If you have a good dealer, don't be afraid to buck the trend and try one. I have run EFCO's and Jonsered along side my Stihl saws and have found them all to be equally well made and long lasting.

That's my tooth hence.
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:02 AM   #4
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I bought my Homelite XL in 77 when I moved out in the country . Heated with wood heaters till early 90's when my kids grew up and left . When I started carring wood I decided I needed a gas heater . I replaced the bow several times and the gas line rotted out several years ago . Now it may sit several monthes but still starts on the fifth pull every time . And Carbide chains are awsome , I can cut a truck load of used RR ties with out stopping to sharpen the chain . A couple years ago I wanted a small saw , the baby is a 16 inch Husky and it will get the Carbide chain as soon as the origanal is worn out . SEYA
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:22 AM   #5
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A lot of inexperienced chainsaw users get frustrated by their saws because they don't know how to sharpen and maintain the chain so that it cuts well. Even the very best saw won't cut with a poorly sharpened chain.
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:23 AM   #6
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Show 'em off or fire your questions my way.

I've been doing tree work for over 20 years and I've learned a thing or two about making them cut and cut well

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What's the best way to clean the chain?
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:25 AM   #7
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This is the big boy in the garage, Husqvarna 385XP with a 36" bar. I have 2 other Huskys, 372XP Walkerized beast with a 20"bar and a 362XP with a modified engine/exhaust. 2 more Stihl's, a small 170 with a 16" bar and a 12' extendable pole saw with a 14" bar. I'm a "Woodwhoe" after all.

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Old 09-23-2009, 06:27 AM   #8
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:32 AM   #9
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What are you cutting that you need such a long bar?
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:35 AM   #10
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What are you cutting that you need such a long bar?
It's a west coast felling saw, used for BIG trees. Here on the east coast, it's used for the occational large oak, pine or chestnut. Notice, it hasn't been used yet!

Got it super cheap at auction, from a saw shop going out of bussiness, never even had gas in it.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:31 AM   #11
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Dolmar FTW!

(They invented the damned thing)

I have a PS-401 and a 7900. If Darth Vader carried a Chanisaw it would be a 7900.

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Old 09-23-2009, 08:33 AM   #12
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What are you cutting that you need such a long bar?

Any dammed thing he wants!!!

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Old 09-23-2009, 09:34 AM   #13
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True story. A storm blew some limbs down last spring and I asked the neighbor if I could borrow his saw. He said sure, but it cuts for shit and he was pissed because it was a new chain and it took him forever to buck up a small tree.

Well, you prolly know the ending: chain on backwards! I turned it around and told him I touched it up some, and now the neighbor thinks I am a born logger.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:38 AM   #14
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What kind of bar oil should I use?
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:42 AM   #15
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True story. A storm blew some limbs down last spring and I asked the neighbor if I could borrow his saw. He said sure, but it cuts for shit and he was pissed because it was a new chain and it took him forever to buck up a small tree.

Well, you prolly know the ending: chain on backwards! I turned it around and told him I touched it up some, and now the neighbor thinks I am a born logger.
once again,mista vern to the rescue!!
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