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Dang blasted rocks!

Post in 'The Gear' started by kopeck, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. kopeck

    kopeck Minister of Fire

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    I've had my Husky 346XP for about a month now and I've got to say I really like it. The first time I had it out a nicked a rock about a hour or two in to it's maiden voyage. Got the file out and got it cutting pretty well again but it lost that "new chain smell". :)

    Since then I've put 4 or more tanks through it and had finally got the chain back into kick butt condition and what do you know, another rock jumped out of the ground and bit the chain.

    Oh well, not a lot you can do, it happens from time to time. At least this time it was with in the last few minutes of the day. Still, am I the only one that feels like a dope after it happens?

    I do have to say this is the first time I've run semi-chisle chain and it doesn't seem to take a lot of work to get it back into decent cutting shape.

    K

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  2. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Don't cut close to terra firma. Either get a log jack or cut part way through and roll er over!
  3. kopeck

    kopeck Minister of Fire

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    Well....yeah.

    I've bee clearing out an old rock wall, they're somewhat hard to avoid.

    K
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  4. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    If I cut all day long, I might hit dirt once during the day. More often not. I've always lucked out, in that I've never hit a rock in the dirt.

    Like Kodiak, I make all my cuts roughly 80% thru, and then roll the log to cut the final bit.

    I'm not counting the concrete paver that was hiding in a pile of branch wood I was cutting last fall. I have my helper for the day to thank for that surprise!
  5. kopeck

    kopeck Minister of Fire

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    And I do the same. The two times it's happened was while limbing.

    I didn't mean to start this as a "your doing it wrong" thread, more just joking around that no matter how hard you try things still happen.

    Not working on snowmobile trails, that where we usually have the real problems. I save old chains for that kind of work.

    K
  6. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    I have lots of rocks around the cabin (very little soil). I cut a log half way through, rolled it over, and when I continued the cut from the back side, it went through and hit a pebble that had gotten stuck in the original cut, when I rolled the log over, kind of like a tire picking up a rock in the tread. Rocks can be tricky...
  7. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    We don't have many, if any, rocks where I cut. Just a lot of sandy loam, which can put a whoopin on a chain pretty quick too. I've hit more metal in trees than I have rocks.
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  8. ScotO

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    You think a rock does damage, wait 'til you hit a big nail that's grown into the a tree..
    then you have the occasional railroad spike.......that REALLY wrecks your cutting adventure!!
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  9. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    I always seem to nick a rock when I'm just about ready to start a long day of cutting - if I'm just cleaning up, etc., never seems to happen! Always a pain when you are ready to work but the chain isn't! Cheers!
  10. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    I, too, use the cut, roll, cut method. I also carry two extra (sharp) chains. Don't want to waste a day's cutting or the fuel to get there and back.
  11. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Felled tree on black top, almost done limbing n bucking, screwed up !!! one slight touch on the black top, dulled that chisel chain real bad.
    Cut into a hollow tree didn't see build up of dirt n crap in there , when I hit that crap, I pulled saw out gave it a little gas sounded like a sander or grinder , had to clean the whole saw, bar n chain.
  12. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    My favorite is a piece of cable grown in and around the branch.
    Unaware until the sparks fly.
  13. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    I usually wait to cut the logs toward the ground when the chain is getting worn a bit. Hit rocks and it doesn't make me feel as bad.
  14. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Just a lot of clay here with an occasional rock, depending on the terrain where I'm cutting. I try to avoid hitting dirt but if I do, I usually get away with it...
  15. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Got those same jumping rocks here plus horses were kept here at one time so the trees are still full of wire nails and in some cases wire.
    Goats before that.
  16. kopeck

    kopeck Minister of Fire

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    Come to think of it I've hit wire too.

    None of it's fun, that's for sure!

    K
  17. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    I've hit fencing staples , the occasional rock ,etc... .But the worst thing I picked up was some bailing wire . Before I could shut down the stuff was wrapped up in the drive and nose sprockets ,wedged in the rails ,and still in the log as well . Chewed up every thing bad enough that I replaced the bar , chain and drive sprocket .

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