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  • Stihl

    33 42.31%
  • Husqvarna (from a Dealer)

    29 37.18%
  • Japanese (Tanaka, Shindaiwa, etc.)

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

    12 15.38%
  • Other: I know I missed a few, Just post it below

    6 7.69%
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Chainsaws: What do You Have?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?


    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    I figure Husqvarna and Stihl are roughly the same price, quality, and reputation,
    Hoo boy, you trying to get this thread stoked up again? I hear Ford and Chevy are the same too, just different color engines.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    ...the company cool enough to make motorcycles?
    Which company is that? Surely you don't mean the wholly owned subsidiary of BMW Motorrad.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Which company is that? Surely you don't mean the wholly owned subsidiary of BMW Motorrad.
    BMW sold husky to Stephan Pierer (CEO of KTM) earlier this year


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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    No rakers, no drag links, just a nice tall sharp chisel.
    Do you mean a chain with NO raker what so ever?

    I have never seen a chain like that. Can you point me to a picture of of it? Seems to me that would be pretty hard to handle. I know that even if I get my rakers down a little too low the saw gets jumpy and can actually pull chips fast enough to slow the motor down....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Point37 View Post
    BMW sold husky to Stephan Pierer (CEO of KTM) earlier this year
    My bad. Still isn't quite the same brand that makes saws, is it?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Stihl 290 Farm Boss with an 18" bar. I bought it roughly 10 years ago after borrowing a friend's that was a few years old. I've since lent mine to a different friend and he went out and bought one just like it. He later lent his to his dad who went out and bought one as well. Thus far, all 4 still work perfectly and have never needed any repairs. It's such an upgrade over my old Poulan.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post

    But how many strokes does it take?
    From what I understand, it doesn't take you many...


    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    besides saws, what other forestry tools does everyone have ?

    me:
    4' Peavey

    couple of pulp hooks (606 & International)


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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

    I have whatever's in your shop...


    Quote Originally Posted by Rada View Post
    Do you mean a chain with NO raker what so ever?

    I have never seen a chain like that. Can you point me to a picture of of it? Seems to me that would be pretty hard to handle. I know that even if I get my rakers down a little too low the saw gets jumpy and can actually pull chips fast enough to slow the motor down....
    I was just tossing out versions of 'non-safety'. But yes, I've filed mine down before. And yes, operating a chainsaw like that requires attention. Next time I do it, I'll snap a pic...

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I hear a lot about what is the best saw .

    Let's see some of the end results.

    Here is my pile from last Saturday 2 men, 6 hours each of labor


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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?








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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I just do trimming and weather damage not fire wood

    I have an $88 dollar Walmart Poulan 14 now 10 years old so far so good

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    note the size of the pieces by the back the truck.

    If I can pick up Xlbs., those pieces are about 0.99X

    why does my tailgate have to be so damn high....


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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    note the size of the pieces by the back the truck.

    If I can pick up Xlbs., those pieces are about 0.99X

    why does my tailgate have to be so damn high....

    Right? About half of my 20 or so pick-up loads look like the one you have there. I'm getting too old for that shit - I have a 2x8'' plank I keep out there now so I can at least roll 'em up...

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    my plan is to be a boss and split it all by hand. Havent got started on that yet, and the 5 biggest trees are yet to be cut (they are down, limbed, and I just either need a bigger bar or borrow a saw.)

    edit, its hard to see, but look at that sum bitch by the passenger side corner of the bumper, you can see the end of it over the log in front. Pretty sure the tip of my saw would just barely cut that piece. Truck has 18" wheels so sounda about right for my 18" bar.

    The biggest butts have to be like 22"

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post

    Right? About half of my 20 or so pick-up loads look like the one you have there. I'm getting too old for that shit - I have a 2x8'' plank I keep out there now so I can at least roll 'em up...

    and even after ya to split those oak chunks into quarters or finer after they dried 2 years, they were barely manageable





    tree was huge, 2 cords just in the butt log, prolly close to 5 cords just in that 1 tree

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    This is how I get my firewood out. 65hp New Holland with forks on the front, Farmi winch on the back and a forwarder in tow. 2-3 loads of logs and I'm good for the season. It takes a lot more loads to feed the sugarhouse though.


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    I think this is the biggest butt

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trouble View Post
    It takes a lot more loads to feed the sugarhouse though.
    how big is your sugaring operation #taps, average gallons /year

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Cheated and paid a guy to cut these down for me. Although I did chop 'em to stove length with my dinky little home owner saw. Took a solid day or so just to cut.. then another with a rented splitter to split.


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    Not huge. It's usually between 700 and 800 taps. We've also been buying sap from a friend for the last couple years. I couldn't tell you the gallons per year. We've lost track the last few years because we end up selling quite a bit straight from the sugarhouse and my dad is really poor about tracking that. It used to be in the 150 gallon ballpark.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trouble View Post
    Not huge. It's usually between 700 and 800 taps. We've also been buying sap from a friend for the last couple years. I couldn't tell you the gallons per year. We've lost track the last few years because we end up selling quite a bit straight from the sugarhouse and my dad is really poor about tracking that. It used to be in the 150 gallon ballpark.
    25-30 cords or so for the sugar house ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    25-30 cords or so for the sugar house ?
    15-20 but that can vary a lot. Mainly depending on what we're burning for species. We try to stick to good hardwood as there is plenty around from some major windstorms we had a few years ago.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Cheated and paid a guy to cut these down for me. Although I did chop 'em to stove length with my dinky little home owner saw. Took a solid day or so just to cut.. then another with a rented splitter to split.

    A *DAY* to cut 'em and ANOTHER *DAY* to split 'em??? Lotsa beer breaks?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    At least a day, probably more. It was a while ago. I work slow.. not well trained nor equipped for the job.

    Although I did buy a peavey for that particular job. Partly after reading something Randy posted here on NESR.

    I was really shocked at how long it took me to split that stuff. I had budgeted for a 4 hour rental and wound up paying for a full day. I had no help.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rada View Post
    Do you mean a chain with NO raker what so ever?

    I have never seen a chain like that. Can you point me to a picture of of it? Seems to me that would be pretty hard to handle. I know that even if I get my rakers down a little too low the saw gets jumpy and can actually pull chips fast enough to slow the motor down....
    This would have no rakers:
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