I've been talking to the local forestry about collecting firewood after they
have done a "clear fell" and can obtain a permit for a very reasonable cost,
the question now is of a petrol chainsaw !
Been thinking of the McCulloch Mac Cat 335. Need a saw to dress and cut
prev felled timber that the machinery has not removed. Prob 8" or less in
Anyone currently using a Mac Cat 335 for a similar purpose OR got any
adverse comment on the model in general ?
Also thought about the B&Q Performance Power PRO38CCCSA 38cc Petrol
Chainsaw, any comments, good or bad.
I got a small stihl. Fabulous, tho it has developed an inability to cut
itself off - can't move the lever to the off position :-)
Also needs a sharpen or new chain after 18 moths of very heavy abuse.
Its not that mucxh more than a cheapo from teh sheds, but it works - and goes on
working, and is a fully supported product.
I've been using MAC 335 for a couple of years now in my garden, I've
chopped maybe 20 trees with it up to 20inch diameter, no problem as long as
you keep the chain sharp. Oh if you need to get a new chain the Electric
MAC335 has a different chain to that on the Petrol MAC335!!!
Husquavana, stihl and makita are good makes, and the previous poster whos chain
lasted 18 months without sharpening get a chain like his. what price is the mac
you are thinking of, I do not know where you are are but locally to me 34cc
Husqui brand new in the box from a local dealer.
Also think about ear muffs , goggles, chain snagging trosers and mits and steel
toe cap boots, and if you deep in the woods, petrol 2 stroke and chain saw oil,
chain file and possibly a few fools if chain comes loose.
You might also think about a log splitter and somewhere to store the timber for
12 months as you do not want to burn green wood as it will tar your chimney or
flue, unless it is lime which is really the only green wood i would burn, and
remember only a plonker burns conker.
But at the end of the day sitting in front of a wood fire , the fruits of your
own back breakig labour, nothing better.
Stihl comes with most of teh bits to kep the saw going, and teh most
useful thing *I* bought was a petrol can that comes with a second
compartment for chain oil. That means you always hve cahin oil to fill
up with as well as the pteroil mix.
I also got some Stihl 2-strke oil cos THAT comes with a handy measure to
help you make up the 2-stroke mix. Just put the right amnount of oil in
the main can, fuill up with petrol and slosh around. Then back to work...
I keep saying this - don't go to the sheds. Find a local small
retailer who does repairs and get some good advice. You won't pay that
much more but will get a decent machine and will get PDI and after
I've no idea what the mac cat is like but I haven't really been
impressed with most of their stuff I have fixed recently - I wouldn't
buy one. As for the PP one - not sure either. Their stuff is generally
just cheaper made versions of a products from large manufacturers. I
have a feeling their saw is made by Partner - compare some pictures
and you should figure it out. I'd make sure I knew before buying as
spare parts could be a nighmare. Probably best to avoid due to the
risks. Also, their hedgetrimmer weighs a ton so if their saw is the
same then avoid!
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