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Post in 'The Gear' started by precaud, Jul 1, 2006.

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  1. Roospike

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  2. Roospike

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    I would think hauling full tree trunks home to buck would be a lot of work , unless .......... one had the equment to load logs of this size on one said trailer / truck . Does it work out better to haul the tree trunks home and buck them there vs just doing it in the woods . Your useing an electric chainsaw once home, correct ?
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    I thought it was a well done review.

    All the stuff over 8" gets cut and bucked wherever it is cut, keeps home cleaner.. The smaller stuff down to about an inch gets left in 6-8 ft lengths and I cut this at home. Some is with a hand saw others 5-8" gets wacked with the chainsaw..I was possibly thinking about the electric after hearing some forum members talking about them..My previous experience had been my grandfathers old 10" inch electric skilsaw.70's vintage....my bowsaw is almost faster.

    I have had one neighbor complain about my saw on the weekends a couple years ago..At the time was cutting between 10:30 am and stop by 4 pm..Would not run constant cut a log, hand split, stack etc...Asked a couple other neighbors and most thought I was considerate, one older guy told me he wanted to here my saw the next day at 6 am..This was during February and March.

    The neighbor who complained, the following Sunday was Easter, guess who was out there at 8 with a circular saw and hammer working on his shed.
  4. elkimmeg

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    I collect wood at the DPW brush drop off What ever I can load into my truck 6' *' lengths. It has to be cut and split.. There are times in life when one does not enjoy sucking down gas fumes in you face ot the ability to hear
    My 16 ton electyric splitter has juice already trhere So I unload the pk truck there for processing. Most of the cutting up is done by an electric saw. Power on demand just pull the switch no iddling no fumes My approach is to pick away at it cut a little split a little and stack I agree my 6 gas saws are for remote cutting. I cut in lengths I can move and refine the lengths and processing later.
    Because you can not see the wisdom of benifit I guess I should suck in gas fumes let the neighborhood know what I doing?
    I process 6 cords a year this way and after 30 years today I find out I have been going about it the wrong way? Or I am wasting my time because their is no value to my method? The Makita in question will out cut 2.3 gas poulans. Back in the day where I cleared over 100 house lots over 2.5 miles of roads there were no huskys. Homelite pros For real big stuff I had a 2 man Ranger it would cut 60" trees Excuse me if a homeowner is telling me what is best to accomplish simple fire wood processing
    There is a situation this Makita does the task at hand quite well you are right limited remote cutting need not apply
  5. precaud

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    Depends what you mean by "logs of this size...". Here in NM, it's rare that I'm dealing with a log over say 20", with most in the 10-15 range. And remember, this is deadwood, so it's not as heavy as green. Yeah, occasionally it's a challenge to get one up into the truck, but most are manageable...

    It works better for me. I can remove 2-3 loads in one day if I leave the bucking and stacking for later. And by stacking higher in the truck bed, I don't come home with much less wood, if at all.

    I am now!
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    Great points of view . Again , my questions are from lack of use and knowledge of electric chainsaws . Please dont take offense to the questions . Kick back , pop the top of a kool one and keep the information rolling .
    ??? Does this statement have "my" name on it Don ?
  7. elkimmeg

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    Roo ITs the heat we all are a bit edgy sorry. 103 here till the thunderstorms came threw. Never saw lighting show like this one it took out my pool filter. So many ground stikes. Bad night on the golf course had to quit after 5 holes one under par go figure.
  8. Roospike

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    Went from 95° to 72° once some storms ran through our area today , that heat is he)) on things . #1 103° #2 thunderstorms #3 lighting nailing pool filter And the worst one of all #4 Bad night on the golf course had to quit after 5 holes one under par . I'd be on edge too . fresh start brotherman .
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    Is the fifth hole the one with the ferris wheel, the waterfall or the little house?
  10. Roospike

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    LOL ! Fell off my chair on that one . Big spoon to stir the pot .
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    Oh MAN.....THat is good...
  12. elkimmeg

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    Actually I hit my new big bertha 454 TI and finally I was chushing it. The feeling when you know you got it all
    I hit a couple drives in the 280plus range, Second shot on the par 5 540yds hit in front of the green and bounced and rolled threw it
    I missed the windmill. A chip and the next put went right threw the clown nose and into the cup. Arrived at the 6th tee, Rumbling of thunder is getting closer I saw the first flash. Rented a cart the first time this year, figuring it was so hot. Man peddle to the metal arriving to the club house, in the not too far distance lightning was making all kinds of ground strikes At that point players were running to the clubhouse (Put puttt golf insert snack shack) I figured I would wait it out and go back to continue the round. The lighting never let up and it was getting too dark to finish. I had only one silver bullit I wanted to finish that round.

    Arive home, been having problems with the pool water, sanitary but cloudy ect. go to turn on the filter ziltch. The pool filter, is on the curcuit I have 200' of cord on the ground, to my electric splitter. I usually leave it plugged in. I needed the cord for my air compressor and up plugged the splitter. What I think happened, the back of my lot is a bit higher and Lighting hit must have found the cord and backed into the filter. My splitter would have been toast. No real concern I have an entire backup filter I can put in service. Right now that seems to be the extent of the damage. My wife said the strike was the loudest she ever heard and knew it hit real close./ All the lights flashed off but came back on

    In the middle of the golf course is a restroom building, Many golfers use it to take cover One lightning strike hit so close it started traveling along the ground towards the shelter Fortunately it dissipated before reaching them, though two said the felt a fuzzy funny sensation that went up their legs. That place emptied out to a full scale run to the club house.. Not so much so to seek shelter but for a change in shorts.. I guess a few soild them. And who knew Putt putt could be so exciting.
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    "I missed the windmill. A chip and the next put went right threw the clown nose and into the cup."

    Love it! I knew that Elk sense of humor would come through. Man, I am glad nobody got hurt in the adventure. It sounds like ya'll were getting hammered by that lightning. Years ago on a Saturday morning I was just pouring my first cup when an explosion occured. I happened to be looking across the family room at that moment and saw the blue flame come out of the top of my three day old VCR. I walked outside and a pretty good sized Poplar twenty or thirty feet from the house was toothpicks.

    Hard to believe with the heat and the storms that the stoves will be lighting off in a couple of months.
  14. tradergordo

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    If I did a lot of cutting at home, I would definitely consider an electric (but only if it can really cut well - I got fed up real fast with my first gas saw, a 42cc and traded up for a 55cc model). I wonder how many people actually do a lot of cutting at their home (and have neighbors close by). I guess there are more people now getting whole logs delivered to their house, so it may work for them. I would think most people who collect their own wood do almost all bucking away from home and do maybe an hour's worth of cutting at home every year? And am I the only person who has a gas chainsaw that DOESN'T spew exhaust, gas, and oil into their face? :)
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    precaud: The big question is, do electric chain saws have inertial chain brakes in addition to to the hand-activated lever? Seems to me anything with enough torque to cut through kevlar chaps ought to have an automatic chain brake, just like the gas saws do.

    I used to buy loads of logs and cut all my wood in the backyard. I was always very careful not to start cutting too early in the morning and I tried to get 'er done as quickly as possible so as not to drag things out too long and possibly piss the neighbors off.

    The only exception was one summer morning. The people in the back had a few cottages that they would rent out and let friends stay in during the summer. On the evening before my wood was due to arrive, they had a big, loud, drunken party that went into the wee hours. Naturally, I'm trying to rest up for the Big Day. My guy showed up with the tri-axle dump truck bright and early the next morning, which we dumped over in the section of the yard closest to the cottages. It makes a big sound and a thud when 7 cords of hardwood logs hits the ground all at once. That and the sound of my Jonsereds Model 90 and periodic pounding with the maul probably aggravated the hangover situation. At least I hope so.

    In retrospect, they probably should have invited me to their party.
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    A man after my own heart Eric J.

    When they cut into the woods next to my place to build more homes the realtor parked a trailer to sell out of at the end of my driveway. I pitched a groan and was told that it was on the utility easement and I could essentially go pound sand.

    The next day I went down and dropped a huge red oak right behind it. It took me weeks to cut up that tree since I only fired Ole Yaller down there during the time that real estate agents were in the trailer.
  17. elkimmeg

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    Eric think about it has anyone ever given you crap with a chainsaw running in your hands? Naturally you could not hear them anyways
    Rev up the saw once or twice the Ask them " are you talking to me" One of DeNero's better lines

    Well I checked out the Filter pump situation Good news its ok The way I figure it the lighting followed the extention cords to the plug.
    would have entered the house but I have the filter motor grounded to the metal pool walls. I think what was left of the surge followed the ground to the pool and spared my home. I now thank god I was smart enough to ground the motor to the pool. I have a switch plug the filter motor is plugged into. I think the switch plug, is the only thing the lightning took out. What a break.

    Some codes are there to protect. The code that mandates grounding of that motor is one of them. I remember 12 years back. why the plug has a ground? But I did it with #8 wire. It paid off yersterday..

    Eric I wonder if tool rentals have the good Makitas or Husky's for rent ? That way there one could try them out first before making the investment, Experience using them for the job at hand. You know what to look for in a chainsaw. Can you make some calls to demo one? Most here reconise you as the most knowledgeable, pertaining to chainsaws, here on The Hearth
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    Good Story Eric.

    My Neighbor started right in on me...He starts out about how he comes out to the country to hear the birds sing (never see him outside) and this is not an industrial area....No Hi i am next door neighbor, good to meet you...I told him this is how we heat our house and I try to be considerate with the hours and time of year, feb and march everyones windows are closed...Am standing looking at two tri-axle loads of logs and he then tells me I should get a electric chainsaw...Laughed and said sorry will be here all summer...what do you want me to do take the muffler off my truck and put it on the saw...end of discussion..

    6 months later was burning brush, fire about the size of wheelbarrow, gravel all around. Shovel and rake 10 ft from fire and hose charged. Had rain off and on day before and when started fire..Town fire guy shows up at the house, wants to know if my fire say yes, he got a call from a neighbor about fire and negligence..Told me i was doing it properly and was glad to see the tools and hose ready just in case..Asked him who called would not tell me..told me not to worry about it...told me next time i wanted to burn just give them a call to let them know and no problems...

    Other neighbors have had problems with him..The neghbor who told me to start cutting at 6 am goes to Florida for winter, he returned to find 3 of his birdhouses that had been in trees that technically were on this other guys property on the ground back in his yard...The previous owner had given him permission to put the bird houses there. He confronted the neighbor and he told him the wind must have taken them down...

    The last couple years it has been quiet. Thankfully.
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    Thanks for that, elk, but I think the guys like earthharvester (and others on this board) who make their livings with chain saws know more about them than I do. But I do have some contacts with the manufacturers, so maybe I can swing a loan or check them out at one of the trade shows I'll be going to later this summer. You're right--I'd like to try one of the better ones and compare. They sound like a great alternative for someone who wants to cut wood in their yard, but keep the noise to a minimum.

    Might be better than a Sawzall for some of that extensive indoor remodeling work, too.
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    "Might be better than a Sawzall for some of that extensive indoor remodeling work, too. "

    Gas saws work pretty well for remodeling too. Twenty years ago, on a Saturday morning, a guy down the hill's wife said she wished she had a country kitchen with a bay window and lots of light. Her husband wrote up a list of materials and sent her to Lowe's in the truck.

    Just as she pulled back in the driveway the whole outside wall of the kitchen fell out of the side of the house. Standing in the middle of the hole was my neighbor holding his big ole forty year old commerical Poulan. Grinning from ear to ear. Two weeks later she had the nicest kitchen in the neighborhood.
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    'ja hear about the one where the couple got into a maritial dispute and decided to get divorced and split everything right down the middle, 50/50? When the soon-to-be-ex-wife was down at her lawyer's, the old boy got out his chainsaw and cut the house in half--right down the middle, 50/50.
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    Was that his half of the plane or hers? :)

    p.s. Does anyone know why electric chainsaws are so quiet but you can hear an electric ciruclar saw from a mile away? You always know when someone in the neighborhood is cutting with a circular saw.
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    That's a very good question, gordo. Maybe a circular saw has some sort of noisy fan for cooling the bearings, while an electric chainsaw uses oil? Just a WAG.

    BB: Just goes to show, chainsaws don't kill airplanes; maniacs kill airplanes.
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    Remember that episode of saturday night live with Belushi,,,Samuri divorce court..he was cutting everything in half with his japanese sword..
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