I found a lightweight corded electric McCulloch the previous owner
must have left in the shed when I moved into my newly purchased house
a couple of years ago. Total lightweight POS - but you know what? I
sharpened up the chain with my Dremel and I've used it for light duty
cutting ever since. It came in mighty handy when I had to remove a
whole boatload of saplings to improve my view of the lake. But when
it comes time to buy - I'm digging deep and getting a Stihl.
Skip the chainsaw? I have two of them, but I haven't even fired up either of
them in the 10 years or so since I bought them. You can cut up a LOT of wood
with a bow saw, but if you really want to get serious about it you can buy one
of those old one-man or two-man saws. I have several of them I've bought at farm
auctions. Many of them are around and still in very good shape. You can still
find saw sets and the other tools to maintain them.
With a 32 inch bow saw I have cut down oak trees that were so thick that I
couldn't cut them through from one side. I had to cut as far as I could from one
side then flip the saw over and cut from the other side. It was quite an
I enjoy the quiet, and the chainsaw isn't known for its quiet running.
If you are only going to use if once in a while, you'd probably spend more time
maintaining the chainsaw than using it.
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