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best chain saw for 250.00

Post in 'The Gear' started by JAred, Nov 20, 2005.

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  1. Eric Johnson

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    My advice remains to put safety ahead of cost. "Just good enough" is fine for lots of things, including wrenches, but not where your health and well being are concerned, IMO. A chain saw can kill or maim you in a hurry.

    Inertial chain brakes are standard these days on most decent saws. I have a 1998 Husky 55 and it has an inertial brake and my guess is that a model 51 would have one as well. What they do is stop the chain when the tip of the bar receives a shock, such as that caused by a solid kickback. All saws have regular, break-your-hand-to-stop-the-chain brakes as well. If you take the sidecover off, you should see a stainless steel band around the clutch housing. When the brake trips, it squeezes that piece of ss around the clutch drum, stopping the chain immediately.

    The best way to check if your saw has an inertial chain brake is to push the manual chain brake lever forward. If it clicks and the chain won't move, then the inertial brake is working. Pull the lever back towards you and it should click back into position, and the chain should move freely. You can also check your brake by holding the saw with the bar tip located over a stump or chunk of wood. Let go of the front handle and let the bar tip hit the wood. The chain brake should engage from the shock, and require you to pull the lever forward to unlock the brake.

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  2. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Eric...I like your "check the brake" test... BUT, never take for granted instructions that appear to be crystal clear.

    Do not do Eric's drop the tip of the saw on a log or stump with the saw running.
  3. gumbydammit

    gumbydammit New Member

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    My Craftsman has the brake and it is very sensitive.

    I would like to see some of your reactions to this saw. You might be surprised.
  4. Eric Johnson

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    Right you are, Warren. Thanks.
  5. Mo Heat

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    Which brake? The manual 'wrist/arm' brake, or the 'inertial' brake?
  6. gumbydammit

    gumbydammit New Member

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    Not sure actually, but if the thing gets a shock like what Eric described, you have to reset the hand actuator, or it wont move the chain.
    (Though I have not tried his exact test)

    ***EDIT***
    Yeah, I guess it does.

    This taken from the specs online for my saw:
    "Standard chain brake/hand guard and inertia activated chain brake immediately stops chain in the event kickback occurs"
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