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Snaggy

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Since I'm such a rugged Canadian man, [Razz] , I'm going to be buying a chainsaw and I wondered if any of the numerous rugged manly men geeks out there had any advice. I've used cheap ones before and they are always a pain, so this time I wanna get a good one. I just need it for cutting firewood and small trees, and looking cool while standing around outside in the woods. [Big Grin]

I was thinking a Stihl, prolly a MS 180 C since I can't afford the 250 I really want.

Talk SAW to me!

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Snaggy______________________I do not think you can go bad with Poulan, Husquvarna, and Stihl. They all make good machines and if proporly cared for, are good performers. Find a nice gin mill that caters to loggers (wood ticks in Michigan) and you will find that those three names come up the most.

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Who's for a rousing chorus of Monty Python's lumberjack song? [Razz]

Our grounds people here have two Stihls and a Husky. I can check tomorrow if they have a preference on brands.

The manly men use axes and crosscut saws, though. [Wink]

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Sxeptomaniac___________________I learned on a two man cross-cut My dad claimed I rode the saw and that he did not mind that but to not drag my feet.

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I am not a fan of Poulan. But as far as Husqvarna and Stihls, you won't go wrong.

The best advice I have for you, is lean how to sharpen your own chain. IMO, there is nothing harder on a chainsaw then trying to cut using a cheap and dull chain. Plus, it is very easy and will save you in headaches, money, and will keep it cutting wood like buttuh.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sxeptomaniac: Who's for a rousing chorus of Monty Python's lumberjack song?
I used to sing The Lumberjack Song to my daughter every night as a lullaby.

I have an Black and Decker electric saw. It's a POS, but it works for clearing fallen branches and precision cutting the stump off the Christmas tree each year.

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Snaggy,

We heated our homes and cooked using wood exclusively for several years. Some of that time we were in Missouri and the wood we used was Oak - hard as rock and tough on saws.

Stihl.

Get a used 026 if you can find one in reasonable shape. Best saw they ever made - a terrific blend of weight and power. eBay usually has a few of them in your neck of the woods.

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Sxeptomaniac___________________I learned on a two man cross-cut My dad claimed I rode the saw and that he did not mind that but to not drag my feet.

I learned to use them on trailcrew. I wish I could afford a vintage one myself (I just like the feel of hand tools, rather than the power variety).

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Dear Snaggy,

Please bear something very important in mind, this will help you as such a manly man ...

Do not attempt to stop the chain with your hands or genitals ...

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Lumberjack Joke

Mitch is working at the lumberyard, pushing a tree through the buzz saw, and accidentally shears off all ten of his fingers. He manages to drive himself to the nearest hospital's emergency room.

The doctor says, "Oh my gosh, reattachment surgery on so many lost digits has never been attempted before! But don't worry, I'm the best surgeon in the hospital, give me the fingers, and I'll see what I can do."

Mitchell says, "I haven't got the fingers."

The doctor says, "What do you mean, you haven't got the fingers? It's 2000. We've got microsurgery and all kinds of incredible techniques. I could have put them back on and made you like new. Why didn't you bring the fingers?"

Mitch says, "Well, Doc, I couldn't exactly pick the things up!"

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the lesson in all of this is make sure you watch what your doing and not try and look too manly. also don't cut down a tree while naked because you might cut down the wrong tree. [Eek!] [Eek!]

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Thanks for the sharp tips. [Smile]

GG: Ooooo yeah, a 026 Stihl... that's what I want! :drool:

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The thing I love about mankind is that anything with an engine in it is raced.

How about nitrous injection, or a nice V6 monster.

Google "hotsaw" for more glorious evidence of human stupidity.

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littlefish_______________________That has got to be insane, however I have seen a Harley powered one 80 incher. That was quite a bit lighter.

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I'm going to second all of the recommendations for Stihls. They're like the prime rib of chainsaws; you'll never find yourself "hacking" at anything, it rides right through.

I've used a Stihl to take down bushes and for chopping up the occasional felled tree, in-home demolition and construction projects, and the occasional head of a n00b. Thumbs-up, seriously.

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Demosthenes____________________And I always thought that you would use a sawsall.

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I still use a hand saw for when I have to dispose of my victi ...... Ummm trees. Yeah, Trees.

I just don't need it enough to justify buying one.

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I did a fair bit of woodland management back in the day (as a conservation volunteer) and all the people I worked with would offer the same recommendations:

1) Stihl for if you have lots of work to do everyday
2) Husqvarna for if you want to sit awhile and
admire your new saw
3) ... and this is crucial.... McCulloch for if you
want to regret your choice everytime you get a
repair bill or another trip to hospital with
white-finger.

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Snaggy,
I'd definately reccommend a stihl.

They're the only brand that the guys at the power company here like. They have the most durable motors, the most power, and they're well balanced.

Some points to consider:

get a bar that's the right size (big enough to cut most of the things you'll need to cut in one pass, but not too big as to lop of stray appendages)

Be sure not to get a chainsaw that's too heavy. Remember, you may be hauling this thing around all day.

I second commandershroom... definately learn how to sharpen your chain (all you need is a chainsaw file and a small flat file). you'll start running into some problems when your chain gets dull, and it's an easy excuse to sit down for 10 minutes.

Lastly, I strongly recommend getting a pair of good chainsaw pants, or chainsaw chaps, and a comfortable pair of leather gloves (besides the obvious eye and ear protection). I've heard of too many people that got hurt because they didn't want to spend $150 on a pair of "stupid orange pants".

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God bless Andreas Stihl and all the little squirrels he left homeless.

Buy the 026, and years later when that saw is still running, you won't regret all the yellling Nitrozac put you through because you couldn't afford anything else that month.

Colonel Panic
Proud owner of a well used Stihl 026

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OK OK, I have drunk the Koolaid on the 026 and I now want one more than anything.

Stihl newbie Q: Is there any difference between a 260 and an 026? [Confused]

Buy the 026, and years later when that saw is still running, you won't regret all the yellling Nitrozac put you through because you couldn't afford anything else that month.

lol, actually, she is "saying go for it, buy the best, treat yourself." [Big Grin]

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Huge difference!

The 026 (no longer made since about 1999 or 2000) was well engineered and constructed - made to last even when used by professional loggers (sawyers and such) as well as maintenance crews for the utility companies, etc. They got into the hand of homeowners and ranchers when Stihl introduced them in 1993 at a very good price (about $450 USD, IIRC).

In fact, since you brought the question up, I'm back on eBay watching and bidding again. I miss my 026 and a 260 is no substitute!

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thanks galicguy!

(oh great, now I'll be bidding against you!) [ohwell] [crazy]

heh I should delete this thread, before it singlehandedly raises the price of 026s [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
...McCulloch for if you
want to regret your choice everytime you get a
repair bill or another trip to hospital with
white-finger.

I didn't know what white-finger was, so I googled it. Answers.com had a definition... and these ads:

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I never knew! [Eek!] I'll certainly be more careful with my... er... massager in the future. [Big Grin]

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Since when did they start putting chainsaw motors in... er... massagers?..

quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
...McCulloch for if you
want to regret your choice everytime you get a
repair bill or another trip to hospital with
white-finger.

I didn't know what white-finger was, so I googled it. Answers.com had a definition... and these ads:

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I never knew! [Eek!] I'll certainly be more careful with my... er... massager in the future. [Big Grin]


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quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Since when did they start putting chainsaw motors in... er... massagers?..

quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
...McCulloch for if you
want to regret your choice everytime you get a
repair bill or another trip to hospital with
white-finger.

I didn't know what white-finger was, so I googled it. Answers.com had a definition... and these ads:

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I never knew! [Eek!] I'll certainly be more careful with my... er... massager in the future. [Big Grin]


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