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Posted By BillLion,
Sep 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM
Saw lowes was giving a free case and qt can of the husky premix 50:1 E free fuel.
Ear muffs and plugs. Very clever. My muffs are pretty good. Much more comfortable than plugs.
That case is great. I've bought 2 of 'em on my own dime. $50 a piece Take the free one.
In the US that would be tough to enforce as most areas have ethanol blended into the fuel. Ethanol itself isn't what kills the saw, but that's a discussion for another thread.
In addition to the excellent advice regarding wearing appropriate protection.....
My advice to the OP is to learn to sharpen your own chain. Both Stihl and Husqvarna have great videos on how to hand file chain. A well sharpened chain will avoid many, many issues new saw owners face.
Yeah, I got the free case. Pretty nice; normally sells for $40.
Wow, thank you guys so much for all of the tips! I recently joined and spend most time in the wood shed forums learning there. But coming over here has been extremely helpful, so I really appreciate all the advice and encouragement. A recurring theme seems to be I need to get ear protection. I had figured since all the heavy metal I listened to growing up didn't blow out my ear drums, that the "heavy metal" tool wouldn't bother me. Guess it's time to rethink that!
So far, I love the chainsaw -as a non-pro "backyard lumberjack" it's perfect for my purposes.
How do you know the Heavy Metal didn't effect your hearing?? What? Huh? Come again? Just kidding - but the reality is once the hearing is damaged it does not regenerate like a good aspen grove no matter how well you protect what is left. We are all aging and our hearing, sight, and other abilities diminish over time - do your best to make that a "long time!!"
Congrats on completing step one in the order of becoming a CAD member. (chainsaw aquisition disease).
If you run the saw 15 mins without ears on one day and then running it the next with them. The difference after is amazing. You don't think they ring after running it as its so mild but when you have used ear muffs the difference is instantly noticeable when u take them off.
Never cut with the bar in line with any body parts in case of the bar kicking back at you, like your shoulders , face etc. Wrap your thumb around the top bar as well, just don't hold the bar! Have fun!
I ran out on my lunch break and picked up some pallets to stack my wood on and these:
Probably not a permanent solution, but should work for now!
That's as good as anything, well most.
I just use the cheap HF muffs that go on sale for like $2.
I use ear plugs most of the time as muffs generally don't play nice with my safety/sunglasses.
Very complicated video.
2 of my saws have a file depth gauge combo. Very cool. One of them has the round files.
That's pretty good. Order this. Very cheap and I can attest to it's quality.
I normally wear corded washable earplugs,but always have a handful of the disposable foam corded ones grabbed from jobsite trailer as backup.Plus regular earmuffs when working in the shop/around the house & other times when not needing a hardhat. I know one thing - if I hadn't started wearing ear protection in my 20's,my hearing would be gone now.
I get these when they go on sale: 3M Ultra Soft Earplugs (80 per pack)
Thanks for the ear gear tips guys!
I'm not sure I understand what you are saying.
LOL, like a foreign language. I can't stand to hear a factory saw "whine" through the choked up exhaust.
So , does a muf mod help on these engines ,like my Husky 445 ?
Every time I hear my neighbor running his choked up saw I feel bad for him.
I'm sure it would. I have a 445 I need to mod once I get time and my carb tool! Its my new to me limbing saw. Much ligjer than the 64cc and the 71cc. But I can't stand to wait on that thong cutting wood.
My 61 had problems a couple if times while out cutting so ,I had to finish with the 445 it was slower but got it done , if I can make it better I'll do it but, I don't know much about doing mods .