Ensure bar tip spraying oil before cutting?
Cleaning your bar groove and oil holes regularly?
Cutting with a dull chain often?
Leaning on saw (pressing down into the cut) much?
With the bar and clutch cover off, can you see oil coming out when revving the engine?
I've seen a few baby bullets and have one myself, but the vise gurus at GaragaJournal.com will tell all you wish to know. (Ask in General Tool Discussion)
PracticalMachinist.com has plenty of vise gurus too.
A pro 50cc saw wearing 16-18" bar and .325 pitch is a good "do everything" saw for firewooders. It can have a very good power-to-weight ratio. If you later realize you need more length/power, add a 70+cc saw to make a great firewood processing combination. Even with a 70cc saw in your stable...
I have a ballast box but rarely use it. The way I understand the physics is that my 600+ lb rotary cutter on the back is as effective as a much heavier ballast box because it's center of mass is much farther away from the rear axle.
As mentioned, it sometimes does reduce maneuverability in...
Since you're in PA, I'd also add splitters to your list by CountyLine (available at Tractor Supply) and DHT.
For comparable splitters, I'd look for the fastest cycle times and largest volume in they hydraulic fluid reservoir (more fluid keeps things cooler). Also, if I prefer a certain engine...
The 4-way wedge on the Yardmax might be an issue for some wood. I haven't used that particular splitter, but many have reported that 4-way wedges on 22-ton splitters don't work so well in tough hardwoods. Things tend to bog down.
If I run any saw long enough, it has the potential for vapor lock. This is especially true in warmer weather.
Solution: Crack open the fuel cap immediately after turning off the saw. This relieves any low pressure condition in the fuel tank.
I think all the warranties in my home expired all at once and I've been involved in repairing just about everything (ugh). Now, I'm finally free to get back to some real sawing and firewood talk. Feels good!
I'm also a "chain swapper."
Mounting a saw in a steady bench vise is much easier than sharpening in the field where I can't guarantee a stable mount at a comfortable height. I'm also guaranteed shade, no bugs, and a beverage of choice in my garage.
The leaf pictured in this discussion indeed does have some horse chestnut characteristics; however, it's clearly pinnately compound, whereas horse chestnut leaves are palmate in form. Also, horse chestnut typically has much longer points on tips.
Just to cover all bases, don't forget about air pockets. After filling an engine with oil, some engines are more prone to having air pockets that make it look like it's at "full" level. You also can get a false "full" reading if you forget to fill your oil filter with oil before spinning it on...
Make sure to get the specs for any used model you might be considering. Those 27-ton Troy-Bilt models had slow cycle times, with some at 19 seconds (ugh!). With today's entry level splitters at 11 seconds, I'd think twice before throwing good money at a slow used model.
You've changed my mind! When I first looked at the pics, I really could have gone with either black walnut or a hickory. Here's what I see:
Bark looked a lot like black walnut to me. I googled some pictures of bitternut bark and that also fits.
Heartwood isn't as dark as it should be for...
Most folks I know don't "need" a large displacement saw, but those who encounter big wood actually can increase safety with a big saw that can pull a long chain.
1. Small saws require you to work from both sides to drop a large tree or buck a big log, but sometimes one side presents too many...
If possible, a picture of a full leaf with all leaflets would help to confirm. Also, slice a twig longways and see if there's a chambered pith--easy tell for black walnut.
Images: black walnut chambered pith
It's certainly good to be cautious on this one.
On the other hand, there are folks who try to treat them like pre-AutoTune saws and wonder why it just won't run like it should. If that's the case, it's to your benefit that they didn't RTFM.