The new saw, propped in a kerf of some red oak, and a workforce addition, the newly trained "Splitbeast." (scroll down to humanoid) So, this week I let the new-and-only saw hang out in the basement, on the work table — I guess I will have to send it back the to freezing-ar$e garage soon, but for now it is enjoying a new saw tlc. I'm hoping it's up to the task of dealing all the 12" - 17" logs I seem to collect. The bar is a Rollomatic E 18" .325 (3005 008 4717), and printed on it it says 18", which matches with the model#, but only 16" of it actually protrudes from the saw. I guess the mfr measures from a different point than I'd have expected. Not a big deal. 16" out the front is as much as I need. Over 17", the logs get too darn heavy to handle for my old bones. Above it is with some nice but very smelly red oak (at least I think it's red oak). The deep watermelon interior color of the wood is beautiful. I love how some of the thinly sliced parts feel like already dry chips. However once you get inside, longitudinally, you can tell it's got a long ways to go to dry. I taught my eldest to wield the also relatively new X27 today ... at 6'3" he is quite the splitbeast. I hardly got to take a whack myself today, as once he got the hang of it, he had an insatiable appetite for axe-to-log demolition. I loaded up the rounds. He whacked 'em. Very effective. The wood-dog-in-training watched from behind the kitchen glass screen door. Fair trade. Workforce 1 with his first split, a thick knotty piece of maple-like wood that put up a good fight. Back to the white stuff again. The X27 with a round that I sawed off the side branch close, as it was in the way of a good cut. This bit of red oak seemed to have a dry spot inside it from and "interior knot" that was closed over and invisible from the outside. When I picked it up, initially I thought it was some kind of maple (although the smell in the log limo told me otherwise) since the ends were white. However, when I sliced off the badly angled cut at the end, it revealed a rich red interior. Here's a view from above of the section with one "white" end and the fresh cut part red. Almost looks like an optical illusion.