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Electric chainsaw recommendations

Post in 'The Gear' started by Shmudda, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Shmudda

    Shmudda Burning Hunk

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    I'm looking for an electric chainsaw to use in by garage basement over the winter. This saw will only be used to trim up a piece of wood that won't fit into the stove. I burn some vey large pieces so I need something that will go thru a 10" diameter log or so, but I don't want to spend a lot of cash for something I will use for maybe five cuts per season.

    Give me the good, bad and ugly if anyone uses an electric saw for this type of work

    Craig

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  2. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I have a lot of overlong splits in my stacks. When I find one while loading the wheelbarrow to move the wood to the house, I stack it on the sawbuck with the other long splits. When there are enough of them I bungee them together and cut them all at once. The point is that I use my regular chainsaw outside to cut the long splits. Do you cut your own wood and therefore have a chainsaw? If not do you have a mitre saw/chopsaw? You'd need a big mitre saw for a 10 inch split unless you cut one side then flip it around and cut the other.

    Sorry, I can't recommend a good electric chainsaw.
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  4. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    get a sawzall - about 100 bucks,much more versatile.
  5. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    I know people love it when they ask a question and get unwelcome advice, but if you are coming up with a handful of incorrectly sized splits, then toss them in the yard and deal with them when they thaw out. You are just gonna make a sawdust mess and spend more time cleaning it up and have another piece of equipment to take care of.
  6. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    I'd probably use the 026 you have listed in your sig, measure it outside then cut it.
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  7. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    Without questioning your reasons, I have a 14 in. Homelite (for which I paid $50) and an 18 in. Poulan Pro (about $100). Either is quite adequate for the small number of cuts you require, though I would recommend the 18 in. if your wood is as large as 10 in. I am generally compulsive about length when bucking, so I rarely need to re-cut.
  8. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    I have a Remington with a 14" bar. Decent cutting, but have to self oil the bar which is kind of annoying.
  9. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    i hate the manual oiling ones. That's what my 12" Remington is like. I actually cut all of my wood one year with that thing. My thumb got mega strong.
  10. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    I guess you were prepared for thumb wrestling that year?
  11. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Tri state champion. Undefeated that season.
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  12. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

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    Dad has a Craftsman, 16" bar, (I think built by Poulan; dunno). Made some repairs to it and found significant plastic parts. But, replacement part was not costly, and if you don't push it too hard, it's a handy toy to have around. Cost around $100. It has lasted about 12 years after replacing a McCullough electric, which had the motor self-destruct.

    Oh, on the oiler....the Mac was manual, and the Sears is auto. And it drips/leaks a little. Not too bad.

    Keep the chain plenty sharp, and the electric saw is worthwhile.
  13. Sprinter

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    I don't think I'd want to mess up my garage with any chainsaw, but having said that, I've found a cheap electric to be very handy for small jobs close in around the place. I got a "Hazard Fraught" 14" for about $30 on sale and it's actually pretty decent and has a good Oregon chain and bar and is auto oiling.
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