New mid-range chainsaw for Christmas?

cbrodsky Posted By cbrodsky, Dec 10, 2006 at 12:10 AM

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  1. bobo

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    My new out of the box 5100s will stomp the 346 that I sold to Yogi. The two used ones I just bought are dealer demo saws and to compare the three all run like scalded apes. They are worth checking out.


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  2. cbrodsky

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    A picture of the dropped tree
     

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  3. cbrodsky

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    One more showing the rotted out base of the tree - amazing this stayed up in the recent windstorm. Glad to have it down!
     

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    Pick a Jonsered or Husky dealer locally and buy the saw from him.

    Eric nailed it.
    I never brought my Jonsered back to get tuned up after the first three tanks (like the dealertold me to) and I was thinking that I could tune it myself.
    I used it around the property but not for the grunt work that it does now that I am burning full time and cutting all my own firewood from standing tree to splits.
    After going through another 5 gallons of fuel thinking I was getting a "little closer" every time I finally relented and brought it in, now it runs like it should.

    Mmmmmmmmm Eagle Brook, I havent been there in about 6 years
    Mmmm beer good
     
  5. Roospike

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    The tree on the left is torn up the side ..............

    whats up with that?
     
  6. Eric Johnson

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    Looks to me like the tree was under tension, and when he bucked out the rotten part it took off, taking part of the trunk with it.

    That's one you wouldn't want to be standing on the wrong side of when bucking.

    It also takes some cojones, soap, to fell a tree so close to your woodshed.
     
  7. cbrodsky

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    The tree didn't require a whole lot of cutting... got the rope holding it barely under tension to secure things, notched it, and then applied some tension while he backcut until it started to tip on the hinge - truck took it from there.

    The torn part on the left was created when it was still hung up a bit - we cut from the bottom and the weight eventually broke through tearing this section. Then we dragged it out the rest of the way with the truck and the tow line.

    For a tree without a strong lean, this rig my neighbor has seems to do an outstanding job of dropping it exactly where you want - I would never trust myself to notch and wedge it to control the direction without that assist. Especially after spending a lot of time building that woodshed this spring :)

    -Colin
     
  8. Roospike

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    The strapping tow rig is a good thing ........... dead , rotten and or hollow trees are a real danger to notch , back cut and control , normally there is no control to a rotten tree and a wedge is not going to help on a tree that has no solid mass.

    Good job Colin.
     
  9. Eric Johnson

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    Yeah, nice. Now it all makes sense.

    Trees with that much rot are really hairy to cut because you really have no idea how they're going to react. Nice wood storage.
     
  10. cbrodsky

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    Thanks - the woodshed was borrowed from a design I found via this site as well. In fact, the same handy tow rig from the neighbor was used to hoist up the cross beams after I attached to the two end posts with galvanized straps. That was quite a scene - amazing how heavy those tree beams were! Someday I meant to post a series of pictures of this to give ideas to others.

    I roofed it with second grade cedar shingles over heavy tar paper - that was fun for about the first 40 square feet, and then gets old real quick. Learned that I will not do cedar shakes when I reside my house someday - boards go up a LOT faster :) But I figure it'll blend into the wood a little nicer with the cedar roof. Also have a wisteria vine started up the side and plan to train that grow out along the main cross beam - that and some morning glories, clematis vining along it will keep my wife happy with it!

    -Colin
     
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