Anybody here any experience with same?
Use only for the trimming on occasion and can be long intervals between
usage. Hence, tend to have difficulties keeping gas going--just last
week it started acting up yet again after a few cuts. So, now got to
rework carb or whatever is the issue keeping it from running well presently.
Wondered how well they tend to do...
Have always had gas chain saw too but I'm getting older and find the
constant working on it means it tends to stay even longer between uses
because I figure it'll have to have something done so don't bother...
Don't have the cordless recip saw...altho an idea although I'd like
something for up to 8" or so...
Generally could live with it around the house but where was the other
day is beyond easy reach -- on the farm place there's more area w/o
power than the limited area with.
If have the manlift, it has outlet in the bucket and so if close enough
to get the main unit to power it would work well. But, again, for the
present task it's too far from nearest power.
On Friday, August 29, 2014 3:02:13 PM UTC-4, dpb wrote:
The other option is an electric. I have a Stihl, but like you say,
when you only use them once a year, you wind up with problems. The
Stihl can be more work to get started than the job. So, I bought an
electric Poulan. Used it to cut up 3 big trees, trunk probably 16".
I was very happy with it. If the range isn't too great for a cord,
it's an option.
always run a chainsaw until it stops from lack of fuel when you
plan on storing it for a long period. Use fresh fuel when you
do get it out again and you'll have fewer problems with it.
Most tailed or tailless electric chainsaws are miserably underpowered.
I've done that with my saws, with some success.
However, that success didn't transmit to my ETQ
generator (which says to shut it off electric,
and leave gas in it). Now I have a generator
that only start son ether, and has a miserable
I'm not pleased.
I have 17 trees, up to 90 years old, and numerous shrubs (up to 5" in
diameter). I used to use a chain saw a lot at the farm. Here, I've used
one only once in more than 30 years, when I was repairing it for a relative.
I depend on two bow saws. One will cut through 6" (12" with 2 cuts).
The other will cut through 9" (18" with 2 cuts).
Cutting green wood, I apply oil to prevent gumming. I apply oil to
prevent rusting. If grit dulls the tips, it will probably be on one
side, causing it to cut in a curve and bind. The solution is a new blade.
I find a bow saw quick and easy as long as I avoid cuts that will bind.
Scott Lurndal;3277823 Wrote:
> Most tailed or tailless electric chainsaws are miserably underpowered.
I'm going to presume that by "tailed" and "tailless" you are referring
to corded and cordless.
In the Yukon Territories and Alaska they have lumberjack competitions
where they compete on how quickly their modified chain saws can cut
through tree trunks. Some of the competitors have chain saws powered by
Kawasaki and Suzuki two stroke motorcycle engines that can cut through a
two foot diameter tree trunk in only about 5 seconds. Up in the Yukon,
where there are 3 men for every 2 women, they call that "entertainment".
Get yours running again and try this fuel from Stihl. I have
a blower,hedgetrimmer and chainsaw that I use it all the
Like you, I don't use them weekly or even monthly. This is
stable for up to 2 yrs, only drawback is that it's about 8
bucks a quart.
But figuring in the hassle factor of get stuff to run again
after sitting, it's worth it.
I've tried electric stuff and just doesn't have the power
that gas does.
On Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:56:58 AM UTC-4, ChairMan wrote:
Thanks for that tip. At $8 a quart, it's actually not that expensive
if you just use it for the final tank before storage. You're right,
saving the hassle is well worth it. Also I think putting some similar
alcohol free product that's not mixed with oil in my snowblower as
it's running on it's last drops of fuel would be a good idea too. IDK
why I never thought of that.
Currently the Stihl is in pieces. It's an 031AV, 1972 vintage. It
was behaving erratically, refusing to start. I've gone through the
obvious and think there is a good chance it's the crankshaft seals.
That's as far as I got. If you look on Ebay, there are folks selling
those 40 year old dinosauers, all beat up, for $350. That says a lot.
Just this week ...
I am helping a neighbor cut a mile-long path through thick impenetrable
chaparral as we speak ...
After only about 1,000 feet, we were sick of the hand saws, so, my
neighbor bought this electric chainsaw from Home Depot:
Of course, the puny battery dies abruptly, without any warning, in the
hot sun, in about 20 to 30 minutes of hard use on manzanita & chamise
so we were forced to buy a bigger battery (they were out of the biggest):
We did notice that the battery heats up and just shuts down, so, having
two allows the first to cool down, which gives it another five minutes
or so, after about a 20 minute rest period.
The chain also needs adjustment every five minutes!
We're not sure if that's because of the springy nature of the
chaparral (mostly greasewood & manzanita but some oak & toyon).
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