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Noodling on a Relaxing Sunday Evening

Post in 'The Gear' started by firecracker_77, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Stihlmike

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    So noodling is like splitting with a chain saw, or just ripping large diameter logs to make splitting or moving the logs more manageable?

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  2. clemsonfor

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    Yep, or for things like elm or sweet gum that you can spit.
  3. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    Normally you cut a log perpendicular to growth. Noodling is cutting down through the middle with the grain and results in long noodles as opposed to chips or dust if a dull chain. I noodle really big logs to make them more manageable. I also noodle when I don't feel like getting the splitter.
  4. Stihlmike

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    Add that to my vocabulary. And here I thought you were trying to catch flathead catfish with your bear hands ;)
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  5. clemsonfor

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    I was doing it years before: I knew what it was called. I figures it out here as I knew you made those lo g "noodles " when cutting parallel to grain .
  6. MasterMech

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    Good technique to know because one day you're gonna get one that you ain't wrestling onto the splitter. ;)

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  7. firecracker_77

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    Now that is a big piece of wood.
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    I've had people tell me that noodling was hard on a saw. That you shouldn't cut with the grain. I have never seen any negative effects.
  9. MasterMech

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    Rip cutting (milling) is hard on a saw. But noodling is not. The worst I've seen happen is the clutch cover gets packed real good with noodles.
  10. Joful

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    Ditto. Ripping can be real hard work, but noodling just leads to clogged chain covers. No big deal. Some saws clear the noodles better (those with larger, more open chain covers). Others, you just have to shut the saw down and dig it out, once in a while.
  11. Thistle

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    Me too. Over 25 years ago I just called it ripping,even after buying the Granberg mill in '92.Never heard the term until joining this site.

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