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  • Stihl

    34 42.50%
  • Husqvarna (from a Dealer)

    29 36.25%
  • Japanese (Tanaka, Shindaiwa, etc.)

    0 0%
  • Chinese (any Big Box Store Brand; Husky, Jonsered, Earthquake, BlueMax, etc.)

    12 15.00%
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    7 8.75%
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Chainsaws: What do You Have?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?


    I have a Stihl MS310. It came with a 20" bar and I also bought a 16" bar for it. I rather use it with the 16" if I can, just because it is a bit lighter for bucking up the tops of trees. I only put the 20" bar on when I cut large trees, most of the oak on my property is 16-24" at the base and it seems easier/safer to cut then down with the longer bar.
    I bought it on 07 and it replaced the 30 year old 032 my father gave me. The 032 never gave me troubles until the fuel cap vent got clogged. I was in the middle of clearing my house lot at the time, so I couldn't wait a week to get a new cap, so I bought the MS310. I've been cutting 5 cord of hardwood (red oak) every year, not a single issue with it and fires up on first or second pull when cold, and always first pull when warm.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    For the OP, I've also used Dolmar saws and found them to be a very good value. Their power to weight ratio isn't as good as big name commercial saws but they are a fair amount cheaper than the equivalent models from Stihl and Husqvarna.
    a client of mine used to run a small engine sales supply & repair shop, he sole Jonsered, Homelite and Dolmar, and he always told me that the Dolmar was the best buy

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Sears branded saw, 16" bar. It was a gift. It cuts okay and is not heavy. But other than that, it sucks. It uses a ton of bar oil, far more than I think it should. The tool-less chain adjustment system sucks; I think it slips out of adjustment. And the chain brake is a joke. The guard connected to the brake broke part way into the second season of light use.

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    Sounds like I have the same thing as you but in 18"

    Craftsman (Poulan) 42cc 18"

    Also a gift (Christmas), I had asked for a Stihl 280 FarmBoss. Needless to say, Santa's heart was in the right place but he missed the mark entirely.

    Lotsa trouble with the tool-free side cover mechanism, so I modded it to be able to use both of the nut posts. I also took the liberty of slotting the air screws in order to actually be able to adjust for conditions.

    3 years later, it still runs well and other than finding its limits on the 3rd use, it makes "okay" power and, with patient dilligence, will take down 60 footers all day....which is exactly how long it takes.



    I am currently saving for my much desired FarmBoss

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    I have a shitbox, and it sucks but I don't have to use it often and it hasn't killed me so I'm in for a win.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    ...Something I am doing wrong makes it not cut straight.
    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    getting the angle of the file is only part of sharpening , apply the same pressure on each stroke and each tooth, file the same # of strokes on each tooth
    There's actually TWO angles you need to be very aware of. And basically what Randy said. You need to be careful to sharpen each & every tooth the same way, the same amount of filing, the same amount of strokes, etc. It's normal for someone to favor one side over the other, it's just the way we are as humans. You file from one side of the bar for one set of teeth, then from the other side for the other set of teeth. It's natural to be more robust from one side or the other...

    Getting a hand-held guide will do wonders for your hand-sharpening. It'll basically insure that you're keeping both angles correct and uniform if nothing else. I'm no lumberjack or Axe Man, but I've been harvesting my own firewood for about 8 years now. I wouldn't think of hand-sharpening without my guide. Just make sure you get the correct one for your chains. Buy the little kits they sell, they usually come with 2 round files, a flat file, a file holder, and the guide. About the time you wear out the 2 round files, your hand guide will be worn out...

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by butcher bergs View Post
    Sounds like I have the same thing as you but in 18"
    Just for that I went out and looked. Mine is an 18" as well. 42cc it says. Looks like it leaked its bar oil all over the inside of the case.

    But as you say, it mostly gets the job done.

    Half the battle is probably the user. And this user barely knows what he's doing. Trees fall over. Firewood gets cut. And everyone makes it back to the barn with all their bits still attached. That passes for success over here.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Just for that I went out and looked. Mine is an 18" as well. 42cc it says. Looks like it leaked its bar oil all over the inside of the case.
    Common with Craftsman/Sears branded saws. I recently reacquired my old Craftsman that sounds much like yours. I'm gonna try to relagate it to small limbing & trail cutting and see how she goes. Fact is, with such small chains (read: thin) these aren't 'landowner' machines and never will be...

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Fact is, with such small chains (read: thin) these aren't 'landowner' machines and never will be...
    3/8" or bust!

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    On the subject of chain sharpening, I suck with a file. Which is why I own an electric sharpener. The worst thing about owning the electric one, is that everyone wants you to sharpen their chain.

    Hmm, Dolmar looks a lot like the Makitas, which is also made in Germany like Stihl. Anyone own a Makita?
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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by B440 View Post
    Hmm, Dolmar looks a lot like the Makitas, which is also made in Germany like Stihl. Anyone own a Makita?
    Dolmar makes all of Makita's chainsaws. I've never owned or used one but I've been told they are pretty much identical except for color and logos.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Oh hey, thanks for that, I'm emailing Santa now! On a related note, chain specs are the most confusing thing ever. I've just spent quite a while trying to figure out what chain I have (or should have) in order to get the right sharpening kit, and I'm still not sure...

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    New 362Mmmmmm 22" bar - I was using this on a 24" oak tree. it never even thought about slowing down. I had to keep up with it. I was slowing it down

    028 16"bar. need to replace the crank seals

    015. need to replace the cank seal

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    getting the angle of the file is only part of sharpening , apply the same pressure on each stroke and each tooth, file the same # of strokes on each tooth
    I try extra hard to keep it straight, but I cant say I have ever counted the strokes. Ill try that next time, thanks.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Thanks man! I have that exact handle but I want that guide!!

    Ill confirm my chain size and order! Super appreciated.

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    But how many strokes does it take?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Husqvarna 445


    Echo CS-750EVL (this beasty will be going up for sale soon i think, don't need it plus the husky)

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    Thanks man! I have that exact handle but I want that guide!!

    Ill confirm my chain size and order! Super appreciated.
    i use this for sharpening and it works well...
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...8557_200308557

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I have one of these.

    http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products...s/455-rancher/

    If/when my house sells, I'll probably be selling it, with a big jug of chain oil, spare chain, tool, etc.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    I try extra hard to keep it straight, but I cant say I have ever counted the strokes. Ill try that next time, thanks.
    fwiw, sharpening saw, axes, etc was something I learned in college (Paul Smith's) required and tested on it. I used to be real good, and for several years used full chisel chains, now I use semi chisel, and do not even sharpen my own chains anymore, I keep 3 or 4 with me, swap them out when they get dull, then drop off and local shop for sharpening $6/chain, sure it only takes 15 minutes, my time is worth more then $25/hr

    besides saws, what other forestry tools does everyone have ?

    me:
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    couple of pulp hooks (606 & International)


    my pride & joy competition axe
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    couple of pole saws, one 12' telescoping aluminum, and a wooden section (6x6'), choker chains, tow strap, block & tackle, smaller Estwing axe, Sandvik, etc., and a Jet Sled to haul everything in


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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Stihl.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    besides saws, what other forestry tools does everyone have ?
    Stihl FS250 with the good brush knife. It's incredibly powerful and isn't even the largest one they make.


    48" or 60" Peavy (I don't remember which off hand)


    A pair of double sheave open blocks


    2" rachet straps, choker cables, 600' 3/8" double braid poly rope, and a few hatchets and axes that aren't anything special.

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    something I don't have any of, that I should is wedges

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I figure Husqvarna and Stihl are roughly the same price, quality, and reputation, so when choosing chainsaws, why not support the company cool enough to make motorcycles?

    When it was time to choose a snowblower, I chose Husqvarna, too.

    I have a Stihl peavy, though, and limbsaw

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    besides saws, what other forestry tools does everyone have ?
    A cell phone with your number in it

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