Can't comment on Olea. Here in Canada, it's Stihl or Husqvarna in the bush.
Everything else is a child's toy IMO. It depends what your going to do with
it and how much you will be using it. If you're just cutting firewood a few
times a year then you could probably save some money and go with a little
smaller engine. If you're using it for bigger tasks or using it everyday,
then I would say minimum 50cc engines. The Husky 350 will take a 13 inch to
20 inch bar. Remember that the longer the bar, the more horsepower you need
to move the chain around it. So only go with the longest bar you need.
Try to get your dealer to throw in a face shield/ear protection helmet.
There are no short cuts to safety, especially with a chainsaw.
"Keep your stick on the ice"
Actually, they were brought in over 100 years ago, with the thought that
the fast growing wood could be used for railroad ties. Too bad they
brought the blue gum variety. Totally unsuitable for that purpose.
who has tried to split a euc log or three, without much joy...
First it was planted in the gold mining regions by Australian miners.
They thought it could compensate for California's lack of hardwood
trees. The several varieties of blue gums were the cheapest to produce
in the nurseries. When the Central Pacific Railroad got into the act in
1877, they bought these blue gum seedlings and the story continues from
there. They never developed into the high grade lumber trees of the
virgin forests of Australia.
The ones I am more familiar with are the ones around Oakland and the Bay
Area that were brought in more recently in the early 1900's after
droughts killed many other ornamental trees.
There were also some in Alabama and Mississippi that were brought in
many years ago for medicinal purposes. I have seed pods from some of
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I can't speak for the Husky 350 but I have a 372XP and love it. It will
pull up to a 32" bar easily. The 350 ought to handle a 20" with ease. There
is a reason pro loggers use Husky saws. They are one toguh, reliable saw.
I can't tell you which brand but if I were buying again I would get a 20"
instead. Bought a Sears 18" because the 20 seemed too heavy. The 18 works
great but I would like the extra length to allow the shavings to drop out
before going into the saw. Also, the weight would be good cutting large
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