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Posted By HDRock,
Dec 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM
Stihl scabbard, although it's more like a nose protector.
Milk crate and or wheel barrow.
I went into a little country farm store/grocery store/hardware store a couple of years ago because they are a Stihl dealer and I needed a new chain. I saw a Stihl case on the shelf that would fit my MS390, so I picked that up, also. I think the the tag said $40. When I got to the register the lady said that, since I was buying the chain they would throw in the case for free! ($20 chain got me a free $40 case!)
I didn't argue but gave a polite "thank you, ma'am" and promptly exited the building.
I keep all of my cutting tools: goggles, gloves, bar oil, wedges, and a gallon gas can in a milk crate.
I bought and use two Stihl orange boxes that I got for $20 each from a Stihl dealer that went out of business in Amboy, WA. I Keep one 026 and one 361 in them at the ready, chains sharp. Never know when a CL firewood deal will come up, or when a tree will blow down on the highway out here. I also have Stihl scabbards for all my bars/saws on the shelves. I also have a Husky Powerbox that I got with a 346xp on a promo deal, but I do not carry saws in there. That is a square box and I keep mixed gas, bar oil, premix, PPE, files, scrench, odd tools, gloves, etc. in there. That always goes with me on saw expeditions.
I just use a scabbard for the most part. But, I did buy a case for Jan's saw .
In the trailer are the Stihl saw inside the case. There is also a cant hook and axe in the trailer. And as always, there is a milk crate, wire this time. Let's see, yesterday I went out and cut some wood. In the crate was gas, oil, wedges, log tongs, file, dremel tool for sharpening chain, extra stones, old tooth brush for cleaning around oil and gas tanks, grease rag. Maybe a couple other things but that covers the basics. Oh yes, sometimes, like yesterday there is also a log chain in the trailer. I also always take along some drinking water. If it is cold and especially if there is wet conditions, I take along a spare pair of gloves. Inside the gloves are hot soapstone blocks and the gloves are wrapped in some old towels to keep things nice and warm. Occasionally I even remember to take along the camera but forgot it yesterday. Seems that is what I forget most of the time.
Dave, we used to cover our chains with old garden hose too but now it seems difficult to find good rubber hose. We still like the case better overall.
Used to see some guys use old fire hose. Flattened , It would slide over the bar & stay put pretty good.
Don't know what diameter they used though., 3" ?
Prefer that case too. protect the saw well for traveling & bouncing around.
I bought and use the stihl case for the 290 with 20" bar. Mostly to protect the chain and to keep dripping bar oil off of the floor. When the bed of the truck is full of wood I refuse to try and travel with my saw perched on top of the wood, it goes in the cab with me.
Never had a case till I got some with some recent acquisitions, always used the plastic stihl scabbard. I still don't think I will use the cases. The scabbard goes on after use or sharpening, doesn't come off till I'm ready to go again.
I stopped in a local shop today, to get some spark plugs ,and picked up a scabbard, USED for the 14 and 16in , 3 bucks a peace
Scabbord for the saw but no case. For me a case would be most useful to keep oil and dirt contained inside a vehicle, but I never haul my saw in the cab, usually just in the trailer or mule on my own property. The scabbord keeps the chain protected, and from catching, cutting things, etc.
Milk crate for 1 gal fuel, bar oil, wedges, rags, gloves, etc. Someone above mentioned attaching a pouch for tools. Good idea! That's why I love the Hearth forums.
Mine travel in firehose scabbards.
Cheap, tough and works great for 30 years.
Every once in awhile Stihl would blow out pallets of those orange cases to dealers for about $5 for each case. We used to run free case promos when they would do that.
Maybe I should have titled the post, WHAT YOU PACKEN
Next: are you packing , one big saw, or ,one big ! and some little dudes
Both saws come along for the ride!
I would to have one of them feeling left out.
One saw. Mac 610 for past 30 years. Stihl MS261 starting today!!
My 1981 Husqvarna Rancher 61 came with a case. When it finally quit, it was the excellent condition of the saw, due to living in the case, that made me decide to rebuild it. I also like that the case contains oil leakage and protects the chain and the inside of my vehicles. I am looking for a deal on a case for my Redmax, though the Stihl 009L lives in a milk crate with a scabbard (and doesn't get to ride inside the car).
Wow , your Mac 610 ran for 30 years
Yeah, not every day and there were a few seasons I didn't cut wood over the years, but it has been a great saw.
Looks like the Husky 61 doesn't get a case right now, cuz I had to buy a new bar, but I do have some card board and tape
Scabbard. The case ends up all messed up with what else? Bar oil.
I have a big old heavy, now oil soaked, towel that I wrap around the bar multiple times when the saw is not in use.
Your case just needs a diaper. I throw an old rag under the saw but all of my saws hold their oil quite well.
Got a free case with my saw. Holds the basic tools. The jug of bar and chain oil and the gas can ride separate. Works for me.