I've probably bought at least 30 chainsaws over the years. Many were at
auctions or garage sales and needed work. Some of those I was able to
get running, others became boat anchors or got sold at our own sales.
Others I bought new. Those generally worked well, but only once!!!!
It seems that chainsaws are made to be used once, and thrown in the
trash. It dont matter if they were bought new, or use ones that were
just rebuilt, they all have one thing in common, THEY ONLY WORK ONCE!
I've added gas stabilizer, used costly premium gas without alcohol,
tried draining the gas, even blowing out the carb. None of this matters,
if the saw is not used for a few weeks or months, it will never run
again, (at least not without rebuilding the carb, and probably more
And none of this takes into account the amount of times a person has to
pull the string to get that bastard started. It often rivals the amount
of strokes your arm would make to use a hand saw. And by the time you do
get them started, you're probably too exhausted to cut the damn tree.
After spending over $200 to get my Stihl professionally rebuilt, which
occurred after I had already spent 3 full days working on it, and at
least $50 for parts, I had a well running saw. It started quickly, and I
trimmed several branches and cut down a small dead tree in an hour.
But it never fails, a few months later we had a bad storm, and there
were 7 large trees knocked down. I grabbed the Stihl, and spent 2 hours
pulling the string. Thats when I went to the local tool rental place and
asked to rent a chainsaw, only to find out they stopped renting
chainsaws, because people always brought them back broken. (I asked if
that was because of the people, or just an inheritant tendency of all
chainsaws to break down after every use).
- TIME TO CHANGE -
About 8 years ago, I either sold the last of the gas powered chainsaws
for parts on Craigslist, or threw them in the trash. I went and bought
an electric chainsaw. I was very pleased. It started immediately, was
quiet, and worked perfectly after it was not used for months.
Aside from needing long cords and not having the longest bars, this
seemed to be a dream come true. But there had to be a a flaw I had not
yet found. I found it after about a combined use of 8 or 9 hours. THe
flaw is that the chains get loose, and soon they come off the bar. Once
they are off the bar, they can not be put back without a difficult
struggle, which can take hours. After they are put back on the bar, they
are never tight, and will come off soon again. This is because these
small electric saws dont have a tightness adjuster like the larger gas
powered saws have.
My last electric saw became useless after probably 10 hours total usage,
simply because the chain could no longer be tightened and kept popping
off, which cost me at least 2 hours of frustration each and every time,
to get it back on, only to find it off the bar again, after a few
minutes of use. I finally tossed it in the trash. Now, I am facing the
same thing with another saw........
I think my days of chainsaw use and ownership are over!
We just had a storm, I am coping with 6 trees down, and doing all the
cutting with a sawsall on the smaller branches, and just pushing the
trunks into a pile, with my farm tractor, to be burned.
If anyone has any other suggestions for cutting up trees, WITHOUT a
Chainsaw, please post them!