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  • Stihl

    34 41.98%
  • Husqvarna (from a Dealer)

    30 37.04%
  • Japanese (Tanaka, Shindaiwa, etc.)

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

    12 14.81%
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    7 8.64%
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Chainsaws: What do You Have?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?


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    Tried to start the Stihl this weekend and it would start, just wouldn't stay running. It idles, then dies if you open the throttle. I'm thinking the main is clogged and needs cleaned. I've never done a 2 stroke carb, any difference or pitfalls I need to avoid with this? It is so small, I'm sure there are some parts in there that fall under the noseeum category.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Just got my first saw, Husqvarna 445e. Also got the chaps and helmet.



    Also got it stuck for the first time last week! Maybe my notch wasn't big enough? Luckily was able to get it out with a wedge and my splitting axe. I'm not much of an outdoorsman, but I am learning.

    The biggest challenge for me is bucking it up after its fallen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRTie4k View Post
    Also got it stuck for the first time last week! Maybe my notch wasn't big enough? Luckily was able to get it out with a wedge and my splitting axe. I'm not much of an outdoorsman, but I am learning.

    The biggest challenge for me is bucking it up after its fallen.

    your undercut was probably too deep, a tendency for less the experienced. Undercuts should be 25%-33% the diameter. when you make the back cut, slide a felling wedge in behind the saw, as soon as there is room, as you cut further, tap it in more, it will keep the saw from being pinched, use the thickness of the hinge to steer the tree, DO NOT cut completely thru, always leave some hinge,

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    hearing and eye protection here. dealing with mostly felled trees only. few i have to dropped = extra caution and cleared exit paths prior. should also mention- engage the brake often if you have it. some saws have it some have been removed.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
    hearing and eye protection here. dealing with mostly felled trees only. few i have to dropped = extra caution and cleared exit paths prior. should also mention- engage the brake often if you have it. some saws have it some have been removed.
    I remember, when chain brakes first came out, some people refused to change, and removed em. saved my face more than once on a kickback, chain design has changed a little too, not as many kickbacks

    If I remove anything, it's the dogs, but I haven't taken em off my 455 yet in a dozen years

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    The saw I have now has dogs on it. Never had that before. I love it. Lever through things, very easy to keep the saw cutting quickly but not bogging. Genius!

    The rule I try to work with is that if my feet move the chain brake. Not that I always work that way. Just sayin' that is the goal.

    I've noticed that a lot of saws now have guards over the tips preventing you from doing plunge cuts. That would have to go.

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    the only time I take the dogs off, is when working in a large truckload pile of logs, I have see, a chainsaw with dogs get stuck and suddenly a log goes rolling off the pile,you jump back, but the saw gets crushed, a sharp chain will eat wood like melting butter, shouldn't need to lever your saw, but it is convenient sometimes

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I've noticed that a lot of saws now have guards over the tips preventing you from doing plunge cuts. That would have to go.
    That is the ultimate in liability limited newbie homeowner saws.

    If you want to effectively plunge cut with your saw:
    1. Use a bar without a tip guard.
    2. Use non-safety chain.
    3. (Lesser extent) Use a broad nosed bar.

    The first point is obvious. With the second, safety chain has special guard links that reduce the depth of cut the chain can take while going around the tip of the bar. With the third, safety chain needs a small radius on the nose to work effectively which is why it comes paired with a narrow nosed bar. The narrow nose also limits the area of the bar that can cause kickback. The narrow profile increases friction which lowers efficiency and cutting speed. I believe Stihl has stopped making wide nosed bars over liability concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    I believe Stihl has stopped making wide nosed bars over liability concerns.
    Doh!

    I clearly don't know as much as the rest of you about these things. I believe I have a "non" safety chain and a broad nose bar. The bar is oregon.
    It plunges well. That much I know.

    My sharpening skills probably leave a little something to be desired. And my skills at cutting wood on the ground are also lacking. So I tend to touch chains to dirt often enough that they are pretty dull by the end of a session. I've received compliments on my ability to dull a chain from pros.

    So far I haven't hurt anyone, myself included. And the wood gets cut. So I think I'm mostly doing it right.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Doh!

    I clearly don't know as much as the rest of you about these things. I believe I have a "non" safety chain and a broad nose bar. The bar is oregon.
    It plunges well. That much I know.

    My sharpening skills probably leave a little something to be desired. And my skills at cutting wood on the ground are also lacking. So I tend to touch chains to dirt often enough that they are pretty dull by the end of a session. I've received compliments on my ability to dull a chain from pros.

    So far I haven't hurt anyone, myself included. And the wood gets cut. So I think I'm mostly doing it right.
    I too am very proficient at dulling chains and very poor at sharpening them

    I spent like 4 hours yesterday in a man lift limbing my tall red oaks. I hate heights, and my smaller saw doesnt have a sharp chain, so I was slingin around my big boy saw. glad it is done.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I believe I have a "non" safety chain and a broad nose bar. The bar is oregon. It plunges well. That much I know.


    If you take a look at the picture I attached, notice that the drive links on the top chain (safety) have an extra hump on them as opposed to the bottom chain (normal). When going around the tip of the bar, these humps protrude farther than the rakers on the cutter links which causes it to take a shallower cut leading to less opportunity for kickback.

    With normal chain you can bore just fine with a narrower tipped bar but your efficiency and bearing life are generally better with the larger nose.

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    Has anyone tried their hand at carving ? I researched it a little, once, but forgot more than I learned, I'd have to start again.

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    i got board again. letting it dry now. in sept. i should be able to square things up for a new picnic table. 026 with a sharp chain = so much nicer. 3 logs = 3 2xX + was able to squeak a few 1xX

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    If the only thing available at the moment is a safety chain, the first thing I do is give the rakers a few good swipes with my file. After a couple sharpenings, I'll knock those fuckers right down.

    I normally get "standard" chains locally, but if they're unavailable when I need a new one, that's the method I use if I'm cornered into buying a safety chain.

    Cuts SO much better & faster.

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    I'd like to say officially.............fuck a Husqvarna 235e!!

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    They already closed down the pop-up store they had in Hooksett. I don't know what they were thinking. It was entirely the wrong place for them.

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    I didn't even know they had a store in Hooksett. I remember their original hole in the wall in Gorham, before the huge store they have in Gorham now

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    I didn't even know they had a store in Hooksett. I remember their original hole in the wall in Gorham, before the huge store they have in Gorham now
    Yeah, they opened up a small satellite store in Hooksett on 3A (Front Street) a couple years ago. I only stopped just after they opened, but it seemed they were trying to cater to the weekend warrior types. They had a small supply of their own protective stuff, but also had a lot of retail type stuff (Carhartt, Wolverine, etc). I knew the minute I saw their sign go up they wouldn't make it there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butcher bergs View Post
    I'd like to say officially.............fuck a Husqvarna 235e!!
    Chainsaw shoot?

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    Still doesn't run correctly after new tank vent, new o-ring for the gas cap, and the carb work. I'm really learning to hate this saw but I am determined to figure it out.

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