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Posted By Backwoods Savage,
Jan 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM
I'd like a yellow chain for my 180!
Many thanks for these saw reports. The oldogy may just have a slightly smaller saw in his future.
that fence post ended up in the back of my truck.
for my small saw I got a refurb husqvarna 435, tips the scale at 9.2 lbs with 40.9 cc's. It seems to be a good saw for the price. I had the stihl dealer make a yellow stihl chain for it. Its fun to run. I probably ought to richen it up a bit but I like the way it runs now. Don't want to mess it up.
I'm so glad to hear an experienced user likes that saw cuz I just got the MS-180 with the easy start. It's my first chain saw. I wanted something light and easy to operate on smaller logs. I recently scored a lot of oak and some of the rounds are pushing 12"s. I was concerned that I didn't have enough saw for them, but it sounds like maybe I do. Stupid question. How much cutting can you do on one chain without having to sharpen or change it?
Rudy, don't worry a bit about cutting a 12" round. I cut a 14" ash and made a couple cuts on a 18" red oak and it did fine.
So far I've found every other tank of gas works out well for sharpening this little saw. Doesn't take long to sharpen it either.
Speaking of Jay, can't help but notice he has not been on the forum much lately. Any reason why?
Yeah, I don't sharpen on the saw. I take the chain off and put a new one on when it is dull. How long a chain will last depends on whether you are cutting hard or soft wood. Generally, I find I can get a cord of hardwood out of a chain before it is cutting like poop. However, that is with an 18" full chisel chain on my MS261. With a smaller chain with less teeth, you might get less wood from a chain before it needs to be sharpened.
When the cut takes longer and chips get small, out comes the file.
He's around, he just posted in that 460 thread.
I had a 180 nice little saw with a small kerf does well. Now I have the 192t its just a 180 with a top handle. I use it alot.
It my buzy time at work. + this firewood thing came full circle after putting in two epa stoves vs one wood furnace. I down 2 1/2 cords for the season. Lol (Last year and warmer I was down 6 cords by now) Hunting has been a big focus now. With my equiment it just does not take long to wrap up a wood season anymore.
So, the wood stoves are giving you better heat than the wood furnace for less wood. Think I am down about 3 to 4 cords right now with the wood furnace and am debating putting a wood stove in the basement.
What kind of hunting are you doing? I used to be heavy into hunting before marriage, kids, and house. Did a ton of deer, dove, and waterfowl hunting from 1998 to about 2007. Actually went goose hunting yesterday, but cannot find a single buddy to go out with me tomorrow. Kind of insane.
It takes both of them to keep up with the old furnace, but only did that a couple days so far. Deer hunting. I traded for a small camper and 4 of us work the state parks.
Glad to have you back Jay.