Help me decide on some equipment. Chainsaws, pickaroons, timberjacks and mauls.

redmanlcs Posted By redmanlcs, Apr 13, 2019 at 12:36 AM

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  1. blades

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    i am a Dolmar fan ( well now days we call them Dolitas as Makita owns Dolmar now) as far as saws go. Not for everybody as the dealer net work is still a bit weak. All In all my advice is pick the dealer first- get what they service - not a fan of box store saws. ( and neither are the dealers).
     
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  2. Tomyv

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    The logox has been a tremendous help for cutting/splitting/stacking. I switched from a county line to a rugged made push thru splitter and added the log ox system this year and it has cut my work load in half I am convinced.
     
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  3. maple1

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    Aside from my saw(s), the next most used and valued tool I have is wedge(s). Plus an axe to knock them in with.
     
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  4. NateB

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    Tools aside I think some of what you are looking for is technique/philosophy to moving firewood. From what i understand you are 400 yards uphill from your truck, and your rounds are around 12". The 2 ways to get the log to the truck are a limbed log or in rounds. If you are cutting often in the same area, spend some time clearing a trail that you can use a sled or wagon on. Determine if you can move more wood per trip in log or round form. To move a log put a sled under the front. To move rounds stack them in a sled or wagon. The idea is to move as much wood as you can comfortably move per trip. Don't carry one round at a time or role it. If you can carry one you can slide 2 or 3 in a snow sled.

    The most important part before you buy more firewood tools get some PPE (chaps, helmet, gloves, boots...).
     
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  5. Sean McGillicuddy

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    I have this Stihl Peavy.
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    added a stand
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    and the mentioned wedges...I us a hatchet to hit them in, I can whack any small branches out of the way with the hatchet..
    Don't forget your helmet/earmuffs and chaps...
     
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  6. BIGChrisNH

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    What Sean said about the safety equipment.
     
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  7. PaulOinMA

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    Thanks! I have the Stihl cant hook. Didn't know about the stand. Will go to the dealer in town.
     
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  8. SuburbanFarmer

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  9. EODMSgt

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    I hadn't even heard of the LogOx until I saw your post so I looked it up and decided to give one a try. I'm definitely sold and have used the heck out of it since I got one. Having had multiple back surgeries over the years, this thing is definitely a back saver. Much better than the old POS log tongs I used to use. I still carry my Stihl peavey and pickaroon in the truck as they have their place as well, however the LogOx makes life much easier.
     
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  10. Sawset

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    Looked up logox.
    And what is this thing he's carrying.
     

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  11. Sean McGillicuddy

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    I have one of these .. that I bring out with the gas and oil ...were it if you want .. too much crap on his belt ..
     
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  12. TreePointer

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    Yep, too much crap. Batman carries less.

    On a serious note, he's arguably breaking a safety rule. Even though it's in a belt pocket behind him, I'd never perform a task while holding/having volatile fuel on my person. I don't see a reason he can't set it aside before sawing.
     
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  13. Sawset

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    I would agree, too much. I have trouble maintaining things kept nearby (cant hook, wedge, file, fuel, oil), let alone keeping it on me. On the other hand - what do the guys in the trade do - tree fellers, timber cutters. I would think a strap on would come in handy, since the truck is sometimes/seldom nearby, but would think better drop it before cutting. No-one has come up with a use for the thing he has though - what the heck is that - photo op saw tooth - no earthly use?
     
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  14. TreePointer

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    There are times I wish I had one of those nice chainsaw backpacks that firefighters & trail clearing crews use, but I never could justify the cost for what I do.

    Like this one:

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    You would need to get a much larger one so you could backpack your wood out when you finish cutting it up.
     
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  16. SpaceBus

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    For some reason I was expecting a flexible shaft driven chain cutting head with a remote engine. I've seen some pneumatic saws for indoor use, quite spendy.
     
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