anyone with a recommendation for a small, arborist style chainsaw? the goal is
able to operate it in small spaces with one hand.
please suggest also an online web store, if you know of any that sell Stihl or
am aware of the Stihl 192T which appears to be little under 7 lbs but am willing
look at alternatives.
Some things are best bought at a local dealer. The saw will be assembled
and set up to run perfectly.
Both are very good. My dealer in town sell both but gives a slight edge on
reliability to Stihl.
I don't know of any brand or model that is truly safe with one hand so
you'll have to make your own choice there. The balance would be difficult
at best, but I'd think smaller is better.
I'll second that thought-- and raise it.
You're looking at 2 excellent brands. It suggests that you are
going to use them to make money. Down time costs you money. Pay a
few extra bucks now and buy it locally. And ask which the dealer
prefers. The saw the dealer likes will be the one he's most
familiar with. The mechanic will attend all the schools- and read
all the bulletins from that manufacturer. You drop your saw off for
a tune-up and that guy knows that the maker just discovered that
changing screw xyz to bolt wxy will keep the saw from falling apart in
the field. You just saved the price of a new saw that you had to
buy to finish that job.
I'd love to see the manual that says 'so light you can use it with one
hand'. OTOH- 30 years ago I one handed my 16" Poulan on occasion &
still have all my parts. [and on yet another hand- my neighbor
survived a 2-handed kickback that split his face from lower jaw to
forehead and all he's got to show for it is a new nose, a great scar,
and a appreciation for a liquid diet for several months]
I notice that has a safety bar brake. Just how does that operate one
handed? If the hand in question is working the throttle control?
Huh? I hope you are not suggesting that this saw is a one handed saw.
Could you show me in the manual how they suggest you operate that saw
with one hand?
[I wanted to point you to their warnings which I imagine are there-
but shindaiwa doesn't seem to put their manuals online.
Here's the manual for Stihl's MS192T - another top handle arborist
saw- 3 pounds lighter than the Shindaiwa
60 English pages;;
p3 "Do not operate a chainsaw with one hand. Serious injury to the
operator, helpers, bystanders, or any combination of these persons may
result from one handed operation. a chainsaw is intended for
p4 "keep a good firm grip on the saw with both hands"
p11 "Never attempt to operate the saw with one hand."
"Always hold the saw firmly with both hands"
"To reduce the risk of serious injury to the operator or
bystanders, never use saw with one hand."
p12 "This rule against one handed operation applies also for those
compact saws for use in confined spaces."
p17 "Hold the saw firmly with both hands"
Seems fairly clear-- the manufacturer would like you to use 2 hands.]
No, the manufacturer's lawyers require them to include that language.
The professionals using that saw in the real world (some place lawyers
are afraid to venture) know how to use the saw properly. It's the same
reason that all chain saws come with useless anti-kickback chains which
the pros throw out and replace with the professional grade
non-anti-kickback chains that actually work and come in a package with
47,000 lawyer required warnings on it.
How can you be so wrong, so many times in one post.
It is not the lawyers, it is basic safety. Pro arborists will raise
hell with a neophyte seen using one hand, Osha will down check a crew
if they spot it. "all chainsaws come with antikick back..." BS. I
have bought 3 new saws in the past few years (building my stable up).
One pro, two homeowner and none of them came with anitkickback. I
also just bought 3 new chains and none of those packages contained
You sound like a typical guy who thinks safety is for sissies, refuses
to wear PPE and, if you run your saws long enough, will be deaf
because you won't wear ear protection.
I thought I'd save a few bucks by buying a new Husq.. on line rather
than buying locally... I did save about $35. But when I tried it
out the first time, the bar/chain got very hot after running it only a
short time. Upon checking out what was wrong, I discovered the bar
that came with the saw in the box did not have a oil hole to let the
bar oil into the chain...... That would never have happened if I
would have bought locally.. Luckily I did not run it long enough to
incurr any damage to the chain or saw.....
I would suggest getting a catalog from each manufacturer to see what
different size saws each make and go to your local dealer and ask them
for recommendations. I have both Stihl and Husq and they both work
fine for what I use them for. I have a 30 year old Husq. that will
still cut as good as any new saw..... My new Husq has alot more
plastic parts on it than the old one does... I doubt if it will last
ps the online store where I bought my Husq quit carrying Husq
saws....... They now carry Echo as their main brand....
You're asking about the *most* dangerous use of a chainsaw there is.
Best to ask the pros at the link below. These guys will be quite blunt about
asking if you have the proper training to operate such a saw, but you're
best to listen to their advice as it is for your own good. These guys know
Aarboristsite.com - Commercial Tree Care and Climbing...
"joe" wrote in message
My dealer sells those two but says Echo now has a better motor, he
bases it on repairs he makes. I was looking for trimmers and blowers,
I know saws are different and the motor is only part of it and I am
not familiar with saws just refering to the engines. But local Echo
has a 3 or 5 yr warranty.
No, Echo is cheaper and everyone knows thats all you ever look at
Because you are a cheap bastard and I might ad that the thought of you
with a chainsaw in your hands is downright scary.
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