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Chainsaw and pine

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by mlasko, May 20, 2009.

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  1. mlasko

    mlasko New Member

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    I'm going this Saturday to cut up 21 pine logs that are about 9 feet long and about 30 inches long. My question is, will the teeth get "gummy" from the pitch or no....if so, anything you use while you're sawing to get it off?

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  2. joshlaugh

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    I have cut a few pine in my day, and don't remember any problems with sap. Of course a lot of them were standing dead so sap wouldn't have been a problem anyway.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    +1
  4. d.n.f.

    d.n.f. New Member

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    Your gloves and your saw handle will get gummy not the teeth. My chainsaw handle is dark with sap stains and dirt that won't come off.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Thats "Gription" (I'm trying to start a new word, like Steven Colbert) :cheese:
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    Just like pine tar on a baseball bat! ;-)



    To the original poster........your saw will be fine. Just keep it outa the dirt.
  7. mlasko

    mlasko New Member

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    Thankey Kindly.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Never had a problem with the bar/chain getting gummed up...either bucking freshly felled Pine or limbing/pruning Pine & Juniper. It will, however, wreak havoc on a pair of gloves if you continually pick up the freshly cut rounds from the ends. Pick 'em up by the bark, and your gloves will come out relatively unscathed. Rick
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Cut away. And if you get sap on your hands, get some Miracle Whip. Just a dab on the skin and rub and it just comes right off.
  10. d.n.f.

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    Won't it taste piney?
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Yes, and the salad will taste great too.
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    No.
  13. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    It'll come off. Clean it with gasoline.

    EDIT - For hands I recommend Simple Green.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    I keep a spray bottle of Goo-Gone and a rag in my saw tool bag. Works just fine. Rick
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    You shouldn't have to worry about pitch building up on your saw chain, but if it does a trick I use in my woodshop to clean all sorts of cutting tools like circular saw blades, router bits, shaper cutters and the like is to spray on oven cleaner and let it soak in for a few minutes. It dissolves the most stubborn pitch that might get gummed up in and around the carbide teeth.

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  16. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    If you get pitch in your teeth, you prolly should be chewing on pine logs.

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  17. waynek

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    Pitch never presented a problem for me while cutting cords and cords of pine in pine plantations located in central Wisconsin. Red (Norway), White and Jack pine were cut in 100 inch lengths to be delivered to the pulp mills. As one gentleman mentioned on this thread, gasoline will remove pitch from the saw.

    Pitch on your gloves is a different matter.When I started cutting pine pulpwood many years ago it required cutting the tree at the stump, limbing and cut 100" log lengths. At the end of the cutting period I prepared each tree for skidding. All the logs were tipped and piled by hand near the log closet to the stump. A pair of leather gloves would soon be soiled with pitch and after a couple work days would stiffen and needed to be discarded. They would burn like a torch.
    jackpine
  18. BrotherBart

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    In other words, save all the gloves and quit buying Super Ceders. Sorry Tom. :red:
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